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

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Jenny

"I'm not asking you to start pandering to the masses, Believe me, I've seen people who suffered in high school back in the Clinic. Just be more thoughtful of your own group. David would have been in a awful state if it wasn't for Aftan fixing him up!" Jenny answered, the shock of seeing David's face get so badly broken like that still in her mind.


Prof. Sean, Asst Prof. Miku & etc.
Location: Avatar Adventures High School | Hallway (Near the Faculty Lounge).
Time: First period break.

"Violin?" Sean said, but he suddenly felt a heavy weight on his shoulder.
The violin case was some how on his shoulder. There was a shoulder strap on it.
This confused Sean. "Did I ... do that?" He said under his breath, so no one could hear him.

Looking back at Devon walking away Sean made sure to say, "Don't worry, I'll thank her after this meeting ... but thanks, again.[/color]" Sean said with a tone of fear. Even though he has a fear of music, he must conquer it to help everyone.
Two things made him happy though. He saved Miku, and he is getting closer to the Rising Dawn crew.

Walking beside the group to the library Sean felt around in his overcoat for his phone.
Though something came into his hand instead, it was a phial filled with blue liquid. "Drink me, when you need me." It had came with a note. The phial felt familiar, something planned by him which he does not remember.
Shrugging he shoved the phial back into his pocket as they continued to walk.

Miku on the other hand was still scared. The feeling was slowly washing away as she walked with everyone, especially along side Sean.

Suddenly and quite without warning a man in an all white pimp suit sprang up out of a trashcan nearby.

"CONGRATULATIONS!!!" He simply starred at the assembled, holding up a bottle of champagne.

Avatar Adventure
Location: Library | Avatar Adventure Highschool
Time: Continuum Shift

A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

As C.C. and Lucieon finally pushed open the doors of the library, and Lucieon had a post-traumatic stress disorder flashbook to the royal archives in Cataclama, where he was imprisoned for many months before rescue arrived in the form of Eris, he had first answered C.C.'s prior question about the feral dogs. With his arm still around her waist he looked out into the middle distance and said, "In my time I have picked up the use of magic. It is not as powerful as raw magic, nor as refined as true sorcery, but I can bend the force of life, astral energy, spiritual force, souls, whatever you might call it, to my will in very specific ways," he sighed and looked past the towers of bookshelves and started to walk toward the other group, "but what amazed me was you. You control fire without incantations, without a flame of pyromancy. You create energy and manipulate magic subconsciously."

Lucieon smiled genuinely, "You are a special, not me. And that's all the more reason I want you to be in better health." When he finished talking to C.C. he turned toward the group and tried to face A.I. Vermillion, who having no physical form greatly confused his mercantile habits, and asked aloud, "Could you then, please kindly explain to me why I have regressed one hundred and eight years in age? I am well aware of the consequences of tampering with a timeline. Where I have spent most of my days, time is but a number and people move freely between eras and ages. Yet I have never felt a wave of causality so unfocused as this."

Lucieon placed his staff into it's holster on his back and continued, "However, my care is, how do we set things right? Or are we stuck in this age for the remainder of our natural, or unnatural lives?"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

Teachers Lounge and Offices: Doktor von Kripplor | Gabrielle | Lupito | Nurse Peach

Lupito kept nuzzling Gabrielle to help her e ait, hopefully helping her more now that h wasn't likely to get crushed.


The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

Slindis addressed Vermillion. "Before we speak, is this room secure? Will nothing in here leave? Because I'm feeling a lot more infernal influence than I would expect - no offense intended, and you know who you are - not to mention the attacks by the machines. Why were they only after Miku, for example? Not to mention the other undercurrents."

Devon kept an ear on the conversation, knowing that Kalastryn would probably come up with the right questions. He could see Melethia was staying near Teri, though, and he smiled a bit. It was ghood to see her with someone she could call family.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

"Before we speak, is this room secure? Will nothing in here leave? Because I'm feeling a lot more infernal influence than I would expect - no offense intended, and you know who you are - not to mention the attacks by the machines. Why were they only after Miku, for example? Not to mention the other undercurrents."

Teri wandered to a terminal after the question regarding security hung in the air, and jacked in her Tablet, enabling Dimitri to flow into the library's systems. There was a fizzle for a moment on the terminals, and then Dimitri's avatar appeared beside Vermilion's,

"This room is now secured, User: Slindis. You may speak freely."

With a fond smile to Vermilion, the AI stood firm as the Users began their questioning, his attentions turned to maintaining the security of this room.

"Nicely done, Dimitri. Now, as you were saying Vermilion, you think a rogue Author is in the works again? I personally think we can rule out Darren, seeing as he didn't want to enter this dimension to begin with. He probably isolated himself as far away from us as he can manage. But, it does trouble me if Mark or Jake when rogue.... Devon have you heard from either of them?"

As she contemplated this, she gave a silent thanks to her staff/pen friend, and gave the smaller Garm in her bag a small hug for comfort.

Meanwhile, Caim and Angelus mulled over this news as well, and threw in their two cents;

"I do not know of this Mark, but I do know that Jake would be zealous in trying to fix this world..."

Caim shook his head, his faith in the Author showing, "I think not. Jake wanted to leave after the Angel wars were over. If anything, I'd imagine he went back to the realm of the Authors in one way or another."

As they discussed this, Ton Ton and Cadolbolg clung to Devon's side, a little confused about what was going on:

"But if they deleted parts of history, how do we remember stuff? Shouldn't we have forgotten it?"

"Do you understand any of this, Mr. Devon? It's kinda creeping me out..."


Prof. Sean, Asst Prof. Miku & etc.
Location: Avatar Adventures High School | Secured Library.
Time: First period break.

Sitting down in a wheeled the blue liquid phial span on the desk.
Sean span on the chair slowly as well. He some what knew that this liquid is what would destroy the suppression in his body. It was probably all thanks to him in ... the other dimension or what everyone was talking about. All he knew is that he shouldn't think too hard about these two dimensions, since it can cause mental damage.

"It is creepy. Though we have to try our hardest to not think TOO hard about this topic. It may damage us mentally." Sean called out to the rather large group whilst standing up holding the phial of glowing goo. "Just keep to the basic facts. Our dimension technically does not exist anymore. We are in the dimension where the Author Daniel won. Most of the events or organisations in our dimension do not exist. Though I do believe we will get to the bottom of this mystery if we last until the end. Now we should stick to the basics, drone robots after my A.I partner here, a weird ass school and many of us have turned into a different version of ourselves."

The music teacher sat back down with his belongings. "But that is only my opinion. Everyone might have a different plan to mine." He final said before turning to Miku. "Try to access this school's ... database and try to find out what has happened in this dimension. It may help us knowing who we are dealing with." Sean said once more.

Soon he began to think about the Authors.
"(Author Jake - Gone, back to his world. Characters, gone.
Author Teri - Divided from real self.
Author Devon - Right here.
Author Shaun - ... Since our minds are connected I can ... he's relaxing in a medieval like bathtub ... ok.
Author Mark - Unknown. Likely source of what has happened, insufficient evidence.
Author Daniel - Unknown. An even more likely source.

Course of investigation, go with the flow and discover more.)"
Nodding to himself he had decided to finally come up with a goal.
"Discover more evidence, find out why they want her and discover way to go back. Got it." He said to himself which Miku picked up. "Hm? Did you say something." Miku wondered as her right glasses lens projected had many pages of information up.

"It was nothing." Sean placed his hand on his chin, wondering what has happened. Still with the lingering fear of his past close to him. The fact that he remembers things from the deleted part of history made him even more interested what had happened. Back in his UNSC days, Sean liked to play the part of Detective whenever he could.

David/Rugal/Jenny

"Whoa, Whoa, whoa, Whoa, Back-pedal. Our entire fucking realm...gets wiped off the map...AND THE HAMMER EMPIRE ARE THE ONLY OTHER SURVIVORS?!" David shouted, the loss and underlying madness getting to the Sniper.
"David, Calm down, It's not gone, just certain elements have been distorted." Rugal said in a attempt to calm him down.
"Listen...First I'm 13 again...Then I got my face rearranged by a bullet speed dodgeball. Then I learn that because of the Hammer Empire, Lucretia might be some crazy ass clone of me and Elena. AND NOW, I LEARN THAT THE ENTIRE FUCKING UNIVERSE HAS GONE TO SHIT BECAUSE OF CRAP I WASN'T EVEN AROUND FOR! AND ALL YOU SEEM TO CARE ABOUT IS SOLVING A BUNCH OF MEANINGLESSMURDERSBECAUSETHISISALLSOMESSEDUP!"
David then stormed out of the library, holding his head and screaming, This turn of events was clearly too much for him to process.

Rugal watched as David stormed off and sighed.
"Right...So find a another Author and have them fix this mess. Okay....How do we do that?..."

Jenny too paled at the news.
"....Why couldn't it have just been another strange realm?..."

Kura stood up now. "Wait wait wait... You cannot possibly pin his on my grandfather. I've kept in contact with him through my mom. He's been living a nice life in the void, the area outside of the universe, helping raise my cousins." She said to the group. "It's Daniel I'm talking about..." She said as a few strange look from around the room were directed at her. Meanwhile, in her arms, she was cradling Rosen and scratching the kitty's belly.
"You can take my word on him. He's no longer evil or wanting to rule anything."

Rugal

Rugal wasn't so accepting of Kura's explanation.
"How can we take your word for it? Even if it wasn't though Malice, how do we know he didn't cause this to happen by mistake? I mean, He DID attempt to take over the world with his powers...." He asked, clear wanting someone to blame for this situation.
"And before you point out the Irony of a Former Villain calling out another Former Villain, My Evil never threatened the existence of reality!"

Jenny

"Rugal! Stop it! This is too big of a matter to simply point fingers at!" Jenny protested before turning to Kura.
"Sorry, he can be like that sometimes..." She said as Rugal crossed his arms in annoyance and shot a glare that screamed "I'm watching you."

Diablo1099:
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"Now now, let's not start pointing fingers, and bickering amongst ourselves. I know now that the murder cases at this school are small time compared to our reason being here... I haven't been in this world long... however... if you ask me... is this really that bad? I'll admit I'm not exactly qualified to ask that question as this world is not my own... however... this change seems to work to advantage, does it not? New York city, since the change, has not been restored, but never even destroyed... that's millions of lives re-granted. I take it this "Hammer Empire" was a bad situation and a half, not that I was around for it, but that's gone now too. At this rate we could... theoretically, just age and train back into our old bodies in a more ideal world than what we got ourselves into before. I admit I've never been through high-school... but how bad could it be? Once we get out of this place, what's to say we couldn't live normal lives, or be heroes here as well? After all, this is the first place I've been where horns didn't get me weird looks... yet anyway."

"He has no powers to divert from the shield he's protected this universe with. Now look, something internal has to of caused this, because it certainly wasn't from the outside." she finished.

"And horns aren't that weird. rather cool actually. So long as you're a hero, you'll be accepted on the dawn." Kura said to the one who just spoke. "But i've been though here and done it, i'd rather not live my teenage years again. The freedoms i had grown up are far too valuable to me."

"Kenneth Black here, I would like a theory as to why I'm here at all. Oh and Matt wants to know when the school day ends and where are we going to sleep?" Ken asked the AI. Of course at this point Matt had climbed on top of a bookcase and was jumping from one to the other.

mcpop9:
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"Accepted as a hero? Has a good ring to it... if it kinda didn't already happen." She says with a chuckle.

"I admit that horns aren't that weird if you weren't from where I was... Slindis could confirm that it took well over a year, and intervention from their highest ranked paladin, for the silver flame exorcists to stop trying to murder me in my sleep... she says with a sigh.

"Not to mention the warheads that went off when I went through the "Chronoscope" to a time my people invaded the city I took residence in... yeah, that was fun..." she says with a scoff

Then she finally realized if she went through and aged normally her body would have... maybe a 97% chance of staying this way.

"Actually... now that I think about it... WE NEED TO GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!"

She says, then apologizing for the scream.

"I'm a bit new here, so honest mistake. By the way, i'm Kura." the kunoichi said holding out her hand. "The demon look looks good on you." she complimented her.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School


The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

Devon shook his head. "Unless this Daniel or whoever he is has a black mask and has the tendency to wear a mask a lot, I don't think it's him. I could be wrong, but me and Melethia saw it. And I haven't heard from either of them, but Jake was a more straightforward man." He patted the two on his shoulders as he put some distance between himself and Kura. After all, she'd not given any evidence of being anyone he wanted to associate with, even with her interactions with Kalastryn and Jenny.

Melethia nodded and turned to Kalastryn after Kura introduced herself. "We'll find another way out of here. Heck, I'll make one of I have to! I don't care where we are: This isn't any place I want to learn, and if I have any say, I won't be learning here."

After that, SLindis turned to everyone there. "For now, we need to pair up. If you go alone, there's the very real risk of those machines going rampant and targetting you. And they will find your flaws and exploit them."

Rugal

Rugal went over to a desk near the bookshelves and sat down, sighing deeply as he let what just happened sink in.
"Look, I just want to return the world as *I* knew it and I'm certain everyone else here agrees with me." he said as he rubbed his face slightly, trying to think of their next move.
"Okay, Author, that's what we need. Now, think, where would we get the means to get to this Mark?" He asked the group.

Jenny

"Mmmm....What about the Science Lab? I mean if this place has robots then they must have other pieces of technology too. Maybe enough to build a portal?" Jenny suggested as she sat her 2 foot high body on a small pile of books.
"We'd still need power and someone to do the calculations though..."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School


The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

Caim grunted at Rugal's comment, "Agreed, for once. I'd rather not lose Furiae again to some temporal distortion!"

Teri looked up from her Terminal with a thought, "I also think that the universe we inhabited moments ago may not have been lost. Rather, this is another outcome to those events that unfolded... One where Daniel's empire fell in a different manner. I've read about stuff like that happening. Mind you, most of it was speculative at best."

Angelus nodded in agreement, "That doesn't make the line of thought completely wrong. We've encountered alternate realms before, and have been transported to them for multiple reasons. I agree with Jenny's assessment though. Perhaps this lab might prove of aid to us."

At Jenny's mention of calculations, Dimitri brightened up, "Well, User Jenny, Ms. Vermilion and I are probably just the people to do that! After all, the two of us run Rising Dawn's systems on a day to day basis!"

With a thought, Teri leaned against the main metal of the Terminal, "Would you need my help hacking into those systems though? I'm kinda wiped right now..."

The AI's eyes shimmered for a moment as the calculations went through his mind, and he answered, "Depending upon the strength of the security I might require-"

He was interrupted when the Cleric's face blanched at a realization, "Wait a sec! Devon, did you say Black Mask? Sorry, Dimitri, I'll get back to you in a sec."

With a curious glance, Devon answered, "Yeah, a black mask. What's up?"

Her eyes looking downward, she sighed, "That sounds like Mark alright. I would know, I spent a good chunk of the Red Mage crisis hanging out with the guy. He's the only one of us that wore a mask at all. I remember him joking about wearing one over the chat logs too... But why would Mark do that? I never thought he'd kill innocent children."

Caim shook his head, "It matters not. Process of elimination leaves him as the culprit. So, black mask it is...

He paused, and with a tone that harkened back to his time as a commander in the Union army, he began to speak, Now, Slindis is right. We need to stay in pairs or small groups. This school is obviously dangerous. I also agree that investigating the technology here would probably help out our situation. Any other ideas?"

In the meantime, the Cuties sat quitely on Devon's shoulders, mulling over what was going on. After another moment of silence, Cadolbolg broke the silence to Ton Ton with a small joke, "And here I was thinking that our biggest worries would be dancing lessons!"

Avatar Adventure
Location: The Library | Avatar Adventure Highschool

A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

Lucieon was beyond indignant at the situation. The rampant carelessness of the group got to his nerves. And now, his trauma of archives was further deepened by this little incident. "Is there not a single library that is not full of traps and deadly ornaments?" he growled as his armed tightened around C.C. It would be loathed if she lost her life to the myriad amounts of traps present. And he was sure that this girl was much more mortal than the giant soaking up damage in the corner.

Lucieon raised his staff and let off a loud bang to get what attention he could from the group gathered. "Would someone please tell me what in the world is a writer, and how is he bending the reality we reside in without anything in the semblance of magic or technology!?"

Rugal

So the entire room is trapped now....That just happened.
Rugal was the first to react to the now trapped room, luckily he was sitting down near a desk at the time so he was able to get up on the table to avoid the brunt of the traps.
"Son of a-EVERYONE DON'T MOVE! Melethia, See what you can do. Jenny, try to make a barrier for the others to escape with. NOW PEOPLE!" He shouted at the others, doing his best to avoid setting something off.

Jenny

On cue, the little pokemon began to try and set up a barrier or two around the group but failed thanks to her under developed powers.
"God, this place is a madhouse!" She said, opting to stand still and duck to avoid setting something off.

David

Having the good sense to leave the room earlier, David was now knocking back bottles of energy drinks (Booze being unavailable), coming to terms with what the hell just happened to him over the last few hours.
Needless to say, he was going to be there for a while...


Prof. Sean, Asst Prof. Miku & etc.
Location: Avatar Adventures High School | The now not so secured Library, which is now trapped.
Time: First period break.

Sean span around in his chair once more. Intrigued that the room is not only trapped, but that there is also stupid people that can kill everyone if they miss a footing. "This is somewhat cliche ... " Sean said quietly and smiled as he looked at the desk his chair was at. Miku was sitting on the desk, afraid. Sean took her hand and smiled at her to calm her down.

"Well, least we know who the culprit is. It's just a matter of time until we deal we him, that's usually how things go. Well according to him anyway." Sean was talking about his other self, Shaun. Which was an Author as well, the two shared a strange connection. "As much as I would love to see his interpretation of Angel Commandos, I'm afraid it wouldn't be quite the same as the real deal." Sean said as he shuffled himself onto the desk as well.

"Everyone keep calm and analyse the environment and the floor. Something around here will help us, or we can somehow bypass the traps. And unfortunately it seems I don't have my power or suit of armor. And that Author Mark has a sense of control on this place or world." Sean pulled out the blue phial, he needed an injection.

Looking at Miku he waved his hand telling her to stop whatever she was doing.
A mind message arrived at Sean.

"Sean, myself.
Shaun, Author and creator. The main soul connecting us.
Shorn, with Shaun, sheet/connection in process.
Shawn, unknown."

"In process of recruitment and connection, we just settled his story. He'll be there soon once he knows everything. It seems Shorn was smart and understanding. The next one shall prove to be the challenge. - Shaun"

"Ugh, right now?" Sean grasped his mind. It had began to hurt, it always does when Shaun talks to him.
Sean is a part of Shaun which has grown to a full soul. He was placed in this world by Shaun, though Sean wanted to help every one in this world after Shaun connected with him.
This means there was two Shaun/Sean. But there are always more.

A strange warmth was placed at the top of his head. It was her hand.
Looking up Miku returned the smile to Sean.

Meanwhile.


Shaun and Shorn.
Location: Fire Emblem Universe | Ylisse | Random field.
Time: Midday.

Both Shaun and Shorn were walking along a path. Behind them was a group of unconscious bandits.
Shaun dragged himself with his bronze sword behind him. "How can you do this!" Shaun yelled as he lagged behind the not tired Shorn. Shorn simply shrugged. "You need more training to survive this and that world. When did you say we could do that process?" Shorn asked about the connection making Shaun told him a few days ago.

"Ah ... ah ... um, if we keep fighting it will take a while."
"This isn't a problem. We can keep training until then."
"Arrrrrg ... he is almost TOO smart, but yet somewhat harsh." Shaun said under his breath.
"What did you say?" Shorn said in a blood curling tone which made Shaun shut up in an instant.
"You should be glad you are guarded by my family as well ..." He smiled as he got to the top of the hill they were walking, he could see his family.

"Don't worry, once you reach that world you can contact me and I can take you back here. It's one of the perks you gain." Shaun stuck his sword in the ground next to Shorn.
And Shorn's silver sword glinted in the sun.

Shaun was actually liking this harsh/hard training, it was fun meeting everyone from the game.
Especially himself.

EDITED: Because of a dub post!

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

Melethia went to her pouch and pulled out her equipment. "Stay where you are and don't move until I give the go ahead. I don't need any of you botching this, got it?" If anyone looked at her face, they could see a rather voracious grin on her face - situations like this were what she lived for. And as she dismantled the traps with alarming speed and skill, it was clear the gorl had a method to her madness.

Both Slindis and Devon stayed put - Slindis more because she'd heard from others what Melethia had done back at their former home, and Devon because he remembered the fact that even though Mel only had a few levels of Rogue, she'd taken full ranks in the trap skills. And people that played the game said that trapping skills weren't needed...

However, even though she'd cleared out a wide area, she still hadn't given the go ahead for anyone to move. Her focus shifted up to the rather large ball on the ceiling more than once, as if she expected something to come of it. After all, it was what she'd do in that kind of situation.

Another nice thing about the situation is that it gave Slindis time to mull over the information. That hellish taint still clung in here, and she was thinking what would be the benefit to have this kind of situation. If Teri was right, though, that had to mean that this Author was being coerced somehow.

Just then Matt appeared in front of Ken except he was hanging upside down from a rope a few feet off the ground. "So what did you find out?" Matt said oblivious to the current situation. "That an Author is killing people and there are hundreds of traps in this library," Ken said deadpan. "Well it seems the only that could make this worse is an infestation of Vashta Nerada. Anyway I'm going back on top of the bookshelves in case you need me," Matt said as he pulled himself up.

"We'll, I'm going to head to the laboratories if anyone needs me, trying to figure out how the hell to get back to our dimension. I have a few ideas, but otherwise need to work them out." She said then looked over at Jenny.
"Wanna come with me? I'm sure Rodem would enjoy the company." She said, letting the kitty get into the safety of her backpack. "Plus, an extra mind would never hurt." She said to the pokemon.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

Teri's posture sagged in despondence at the latest betrayal of the group, and wondered aloud what caused the Author to turn against them like this,

"Mark... Why? I thought we were friends..."

As she kept still, her AI creation stood dumbfounded about the turn of events, and looked at the now still Vermilion, "Ms. Vermilion..? You, the one with the sour attitude! Explain yourself at once!"

As he questioned this, Angelus very pointedly shouted at the AI: "Dimitri! I understand your concern for Ms. Vermilion but we're all in a rather nasty predicament at the moment! If we die, you'll be on your own to aid her! Can you disable any of these traps digitally?!"

This snapped Dimitri out of his paused moment, and he unzipped a file, YATA_NO_KAGAMI, to create a firewall around Vermilion and try to safely allow her to reassemble while the AI got down to attempting to disable some traps.

In the meantime, Ton Ton and Cadolbolg took to the air, and looked down at the floor plan in an attempt to point out any other traps Melethia did not immediately see.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

As Mel made the rest of her way through the ground, she called out to Matt, Kenneth, and Kura. "Well yeah, there is a lot of traps here. The more you blunder around, the more that you could set one off. If you care even the slightest bit about those here as well as yourself, you'll let me finish! Just hold on a little bit more unless you want to be spoken of in the past tense." As she finished up the ones on the ground, the Cutie Bruisers could see a biggish chunk of suspicious area on the ceiling next to the globe. It was only thanks to their area that they could even notice this.

Meanwhile, Slindis turned to Teri. "Teri, I need to know this: was there anyone or anything that held a position of power over him? That's a possibility for what's happened here."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

As the Cutie Bruisers did their trap checking, Cadolbolg looked up with confusion, and 'sent' to his pact partner, "Friend Ton Ton, I think I see something... Could you hold you lantern up there by that section of roof?"

With a small nod, the Tonberry complied, as Cadolbolg slowly ascended to the area in question; the tiny lantern providing illumination with a pale blue light,

"Miss Melethia! I think we found something! When you get the chance, you might want to examine it!"

In the meantime, Teri looked down at the question, thinking quietly to herself as she contemplated the options of what held power over Mark,

"Wait.... Didn't I hear something like that from someone? Something happening to Mark..."

As she mulled over the possibilities, her eyes widened, and a hand instinctively went to an item around her neck as she realized what it was she was thinking of. It was a conversation she had some time ago, in the finer corridors of her mind with a Devil...

"How in the Pit did you get stuck with these poor sods?

You've got Mark and Devon... Damned... One sold his soul for power and the other for the life of someone that he tortured to death and let's not forget that one of them is rather sociopathic with these new friends of yours. Your creations, Caim... Angelus? Psychopath and his enabler? Rugal? Criminal is simply a word compared to what he really is."

"Mark... Damned... ...sold his soul for the life of someone that he tortured to death..."

"But why would he..."

Slindis didn't need to ask when she saw the look on Teri's face, and given what she was muttering, it confirmed her suspicions that her daughter knew something was up.

As for our other set of pact partners? All they could do was stand around helplessly until the traps were properly dispelled.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

Mel finished up with the traps on the bottom and waved Cadolbolg over. "Would ya mind liftin' me up there? I need to see what I'm workin' around and with."She knew the moment she got up there, she'd start taking the trap apart. Due to it being so inaccessible, it would likely be a lot easier to dismantle.

SLindis put a hand on Teri's shoulder. "Teri, tell me now or after we leave the room." At least SLin gave an option for sometime that wasn't this exact moment.

And finally, Devon just stuck next to Ella and got the info on how the dodgeball game went. "Wow, sounds like one heck of a game."

Rugal

Rugal watched as Melethia got to work on the upper-most traps, the way out starting to clear of dangers.
"That's my girl. Just be careful up there!" He shouted from his table, still wondering how the hell the AI managed to set all this up so fast.

Jenny

When Kura offered, Jenny basically leapt into her arms, keen to get as far out of harms way as possible.
"Oh god, this is like that Creepy Guy's Trick House in Hoenn! It took me 3 days to get out of there!" She said as she rushed into Kura's backpack and zipped herself inside, hoping she wouldn't be harmed.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

Cadolbolg showed a surprising amount of strength in being able to support Ton Ton and Melethia; but was obviously straining in lifting the two to the various areas of the roof, Ton Ton providing additional light with his lantern.

"Nnnngh... Where to... Next, Friend Melethia?"

"You're doing great buddy! Just keep at it!"

In the meantime, Teri kept her head low, and muttered, "Afterweleave. Please?"

Whatever was up, it was obviously distressing to the Cleric.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

As they finished going around, Melethia nodded in satisfaction. "Well, that should be everything here. Thanks, Ironhide!" With that, she got down and gave the go ahead for the others to move around the room and gave Kalastryn a high five. "Kala, I think this is the first time ya ever saw me at work with this kinda thing, isn't it?"

Slindis looked her student firm in the eyes. "We need to talk about it, now. You think I can't see that it's troubling you a lot?

Sadei chimed in. Teri, I think I know what these authors are. Isn't it possible that the one guy you're close to is being controlled by this Mark?

And Finally, Devon moved over to Caim and Angelus who were somewhat near Lucieon. "So, what do you think we should be doing next? I think I hae either your class or Dance next, but man... I don't think school was this crazy the first time around!"

The Whole Gang

Thanks to Melethia's efforts, the group was able to move out out the overly booby-trapped library.

Rugal

Rugal held his breath as he tiptoed from the table he was standing on to the exit, letting out a massive sigh of relief once he was clear.
"I'm tempted to say something about Un-safe work environments now...Great Job, Melethia." He said as he watched the others get out safety, least the Rising Dawn side anyway.
"So...To the Lab then?" He said, keen to get to work on their escape plan.

Jenny/Rodem

Jenny meanwhile just stayed hidden in Kura's schoolbag, not moving a muscle until she was told to do so.
As for Rodem, he leapt from Kura's arms and went to the feet of his master once it was safe.
"Miss me? Hey, thanks for keeping an eye on him. Though if he was bigger, I'd say he'd keep an eye on you!" Rugal joked as he picked his pet up.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures
Location: Avatar Adventures High School

The Library: A.I. Vermilion | Aftan | Angelus | C.C. | Cadolbolg | Caim | David | Devon | Doktor von Kripplor | Dmitri | Ekou | Ella | Gabrielle | Garm | Jenny | Kalastyrn | Kenneth | Kura | Kurumu | Lucieon | Lucretia | Lupito | Matt | Maya | Maxim | Miku | Melethia | Puce | Natalia | Nurse Peach | Rodem | Rugal | Sadei | Sean | Slindis | Teri | Ton Ton

With the traps cracked, Dimitri ceased his aid in hacking, and couldn't help but look at Vermilion's reassembling self with a mixture of confusion and pity. However, his duty lied with his Ladyship, and with her he had to stay. But he wasn't going alone. With a careful hand, he deployed YATA_NO_KAGAMI around the red AI, and dragged her to the Tablet's port, and from there, set her in a Quarantine in order to allow her to reassemble herself; as well as attempting to protect both his home computer and Vermilion from assaults by Mark... Or as best as could be managed. After Vermilion was Quarantined, Dimitri set himself to work to create new protections for the Tablet. If there was one thing he DID know about the Author Mark, he liked to play hardball.

In the meantime Teri answered both her mother and Sadei with whispered words, "No Sadei, I don't think Lucifer is being controlled by Mark, unless Mark went off the deep end. Rather, I think it might be the other way around... Mark's soul was sold to Lucifer to save somebody. But, that still begs the question of what's going on? Why would either of them do this...?"

As she wondered this aloud, Garm crawled out of her bag and nipped his Pup's leg to get her attention, causing her to pick him up and hold him close; a small comfort at the horrid implications swirling in her mind...

As for Ton Ton and Cadolbolg, after depositing Melethia safely to the ground, the duo landed on their usual spots on Caim's shoulders (and in Cadolbolg's case, his head).

"Well Friend Devon, me and Friend Ton Ton are the dance instructors! Father taught me a little bit at the wedding we attended, so maybe we can help you too!"

Angelus smiled at the memory, and quietly prodded, "So you retain a small fragment of your princely skillset, do you?"

The warrior rolled his eyes a the sentiment and remained silent; still on edge about the turn of events. Mark had his hands in several character's lives. If he was forcing some of them to bend to his will, that put a decent listing of persons as possible pawns for Mark's uses... Didn't it?

"I don't like this..."

The Whole Gang

Rugal, Slindis, Teri

She shrugged. "It's not the worst I've seen, but nothing that a school should have no matter what they're doing. I'll talk more when we get there, but I'd like the plans to be discreet."

As they quickly made their way to the Lab, Slindis addressed Teri. "Well, everyone makes lapses in judgement. but why would he come calling for his end of the bargain now? And why is he only calling for Mark? There must be others he would have called for, so there must be a reason."

Meanwhile, Sadei responded to Teri. Is Devon being controlled as well? You may want to make sure to be safe, but I'll trust you.

Devon, Melethia, Caerleon Clan (Caim, ANgie, Cutie Bruisers)

Devon nodded. "Well, while we're in there, maybe I could pick up some more ideas. It's always an idea, you know."

It was also a bit of a surprise that Melethia went up to ANgelus. "Redscale, sorry that I took so long to get us outta that mess. It was a lot of things that I had to get rid of, but it could have been a lot faster."

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