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

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Shadow Operative Building, Conference Room

After a moment, Slindis saw a Shadow pop up out of the ground. It wasn't too large, but the way it shambled around reminded her a bit of some of the more incorporeal undead.

"Here's hoping this Evoker works. If not, I'll have to go to the old standby of hitting it until it falls." With that, she breathed out before slashing at her left sleeve with her right hand, causing a cloud of smoke to fill the room. At the same time, a young yet confident voice flowed into Slinis' mind

"I am thou, and thou art I
I spring forth from the well of your soul
I am the Martyred Champion, Joanne!"

The fog then faded away to show the persona that was the same height as Slindis leap in with the staff and impale the shadow with her staff, causing it to vanish in a burst of light.

THe SHadow let out a tired and annoyed sigh as it talked to Devon. "If you're going to want my help here, you'll have to give me a name. Not 'hey, you' or 'that one prick in my head', got it? I just want to get this over with so we can get to things that actually need us instead of playing pattycake with Four Eyes and that one ditz that couldn't even get to first base with The Devil."

"How about Mengde?" The response was met with a card popping up and the Shadow grunting.

"That's adequate."With that, she stabbed the card with her shortsword as a rushing wind popped in the room.

"Look, they can't hear this, so let's make it clear. We're the same, I come from your soul, call me the Hero of Chaos or Mengde. Do I need to repeat myself?" The man that popped up was just under the height of Yu, yet he seemed to radiate an Aura of confidence.

Melethia immediately greeted the pair as she worked in the broaded refining steps to the enchantment for her item."Nothing too much. I was just busy touching up this... NO. Not now. Let me finish making this before you pop, you damn shades."To punctuate that statement, she had stabbed through a Shadow that was trying to attack the pair and caused it to dissipate.

"Do you three need any help with the area?" It seems that she'd gotten used to Som Constance's vanishing by this point, and she was waiting to see what Cz would do.

"Deadshot, you're a very lonely man, aren't you? Oh well, at least you didn't have the brilliant idea of an Evoker that's made of Silver being handed out to me. ALthough I do have to agree with youo; Annie's Evoking was rather brilliant! Now, let's see if this works." The disdain she felt for the gun was rather clear as she pulled it out and unhesitatingly pulled it while pointing at her heart.

"I am thou, and thou are I
I come from the soul that you've established for yourself
I am the Champion of War and Love
I am Ishtar!"

Annie's Persona was then met with a rather beautiful horned woman pointing one of her fingers and looksing a bolt of electricity at one of the Shadows that were popping up.

43 minutes of FAIL.
Yu Narukami, Devon, Teri, David and Garm.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, shadow room 1 | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Examining the room and field, Yu nodded at David who came in and started to try and summon his Persona, Yu just about witnessed failure similar to his best friend Yosuke but yet it still became worse after. Yu knew what was going on, David has not fought his Shadow yet and it would be summoned within this environment and conditions. Seeing David go depressed and a dark pool opened behind him, soon the Shadow of David will come to meet him.

Next thing the Narukami saw was a Persona summon by a girl who he heard was called "Devon" by others. Cocking his head at the confusing name, but most of his concentration was on the dark pool that was behind David. "David-san you might want to look behind yourself ... slowly." He called out to the former cop and probably eldest of the group. Looking to Devon, Teri and Garm, Yu called out to them. "You guys should prepare yourselves!" He motioned towards the pool.

"David, you are about to confront your Shadow. No matter what it says, accept it! If you fail at that, do not worry. We are behind you." Yu said from the other side of the room and brandished his two handed katana and readied his will for anything. After they will win, Yu will place some normal Shadow enemies in here to practice with.

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Shadow Operative Building Training Rooms:

Room 7: Slindis, Angelus, Ton Ton

Angelus gave an impressed nod to Slindis' Persona coming forth and single handedly taking out the Shadow without a second thought, "Interesting... Now, how to activate this piece of machinery..."

She looked down at the dagger with a distasteful expression, "Do I really have to use this thing to use my powers? How greatly the other dragons would laugh, to know I, Angelus, have been brought so low...."

With a sigh of irritation, Angelus held the dagger to her breast, and took a deep breath as she pantomimed plunging it into her ribcage, as she had seen Caim's sister do so long ago. With a sound of tinkling glass, a....Creature, appeared, veiny skin and an enormous mouth to match, swallowing the next Shadow in one gulp as whispered words entered the dragon's mind,

"I am thou, and thou art I.
From the flames of thy soul, I arise.
I am Tiamat of the Empress Arcana, Ummu-Hubur who formed all things.
Smite the weak with my strength!"

After the Persona disappeared, Angelus was left stunned as Ton Ton lept from her shoulder, the collar around his neck activating as a new Persona appeared: A knight bearing a goblet and a knife. The new Persona held the Goblet aloft as it's rays blasted away the next Shadow that dared attack the group, a gentle voice sounding faintly in it's owner's mind,

"I am thou, and thou art I.
From the Light in your soul, I rise.
I am Galahad of the Star Arcana, Knight of the Round Table.
May our light outshine the darkness."

Ton Ton looked to the two young women, almost as if searching for a form of approval as he said, "That was certainly new!"

Angelus simply blinked in astonishment and muttered, "Indeed...."

Room 3: Rugal, Caim

Caim stared in surprise to see what Rugal's Persona looked like, clearly not expecting some kind of sadistic clawed beast to climb from the sea of Rugal's soul. Of course, that meant that it was Caim's turn to try it out. As the next Shadow approached, another SWAT looking fellow, Caim looked down to the dagger in his hands and balked when he realized how exact it looked to the one Furiae used to end her own life with. How the hell would Philemon had known about that?

Either way, the Shadow was advancing, and Caim aimed the knife at his neck, closing his eyes as he 'swiped' it, and a flurry of black feathers appeared as Caim's Persona was summoned. A great bird-like being bearing a sword appeared, and with a sweep of it, it sent a trio of fireballs at the Shadow, incinerating it instantly (and not in a manner unlike what Caim had seen with his own blade) as a deep voice reverberated in his mind,

"I am thou, and thou art I.
From the darkness in your soul I arise.
I am Cael of the Tower Arcana, Ruler of 30 Demonic Legions.
May my sword and fire bring ruin to those before you."

Caim looked to the Dagger and stowed it away. Like Rugal, he wasn't liking the idea of using that infernal replica too often, Persona or not.

"I'll be happy when we leave this place."

Room 4: Annie, Deadshot, Ella, Cadolbolg

After Annie, Deadshot and Ella got a chance to practice using their Personas, Cadolbolg knew that it was his turn. He wasn't quite sure how his new collar was going to help him out, but it had to do something, right? Leaping from Ella's back, Cadolbolg flew forward as the sound of tinkling filled the air, and a new Persona rose. A dragon with scales resembling armor appeared, bearing twin blades, and roaring a challenge to the newcomer. It was easily the size of Gaea, in fact, it made Cadolbolg look even smaller by comparison. Whirling the twin blades, one now covered in fire and the other in lightning, the beast brought down both on the Shadow as it was hit with a double dosage of pain and promptly disintegrated. After that, a calm voice, not unlike what Cadolbolg likened to his friend, Devon, entered his mind,

"I am thou, thou art I.
From the storm in your soul I come forth.
I am Lei Zhenzei of the Sun Arcana, son of the Storm Dragon.
May my tempests aide your family in their time of need!"

After the dragon faded away, Cadolbolg nestled back in Ella's hair, "I think that's what's supposed to happen, right?"

Room 1: David, Devon, Dimitri, Garm, Teri, Yu

As more Shadows began to pour into the room, Dimitri found that the driver installed into his home space was beginning to work, and a little monkey with a book appeared. Handing Dimitri the book, the monkey stated in a matter of fact voice to Dimitri,
"Thou art I, and I am thou.
From the sea of your soul I arise.
I am Thoth of the Lovers Arcana, Lord of Knowledge.
Use my book to tear a path through the sea of ignorance."

Once given the book, Dimitri realized he could see all going on in the room; the locations of each Persona user and Shadow that was to come, and called out, "There is more to come, prepare yourselves!"

That was when Teri decided to start to put the Evoker to her head, when a familiar voice entered her mind and an apparition of herself appeared. Still bearing the Glasgow grin, the Shadow folded her arms, "You don't need that. We both know that. Come on now, summon me, dammit! I wanna bust some heads, and sitting around in your lazy ass brain isn't gonna get that done."

The Shadow then disappeared, and formed into a Tarot Card, causing a grin to appear on the Cleric's face, "Priestess, huh? Hey Sadei, turn into a arm bracelet, if you'd be so kind? I'm gonna practice my stances."

After waiting a moment for her staff to reform and stowing her on an arm, Teri assumed the aggressive Stance Rugal taught her and brought a punch to the card, shattering it and causing a blue mist and a tall woman to appear:

"I'm you, and you're me.
From your pansy ass I'm busting in.
I am Toyotama-hime of the Priestess Arcana, Daughter of the Sea,
all shall love me and despair!"

"You totally stole that last line from Lord of the Rings."
"Shut up."

Following that, the Persona skewered the nearest Shadow with her Trident, causing the Shadow to disappear in a puff of black smoke. However, this left Toyotama-hime exposed to another that had laid in wait. That was when Garm leaped in, the collar activating as a voice called out (and definitely from the wolf himself), "PEERSOOOOONA!"

"I am thou, Thou art I.
From the sea of your soul I rise.
I am Gelert of the Death Arcana, Faithful hound of Llywelyn.
Use my Strength to protect those you hold dear."

A suit of frosted, canine shaped armor appeared, not bearing any wielder inside it. Blood, or at least what looked like blood, dripped from it's "jaw" covering and large shards of ice floated around the sentient armor's body. The armor leaped in front of Toyotama-hime and took the brunt of the damage, following up the attack with the shards of ice stabbing into the Shadow. Once the Shadow dissipated, Garm turned and continued speaking, "Is anyoone hurt! I'm not sure if saliva is better than healing magic, but it's worth a shot, right!"
It sounded as if he was trying to ask a question, yet where the normal human pitch would raise for the asking it sounded as if it ended in an exclamation. At the very least, the words were correct; putting Garm a few steps ahead of most wolves.

After 43 minutes of Failure

When David's Shadow began to manifest, Teri took her stance and called out to David, "Careful, David! What's gonna come out of that pool will say some really nasty stuff, and it's gonna hurt like hell, but you gotta accept it as a part of yourself!"

Garm took a similar attacking stance and asked in an unintentional deadpan, obviously still trying to work out the kinks in tone, "This woon't be pretty... Be oon yoour guard, Tear-ri."

Jenny, Fuuka

As Jenny stood outside a training room, Fuuka walked to the Gardevior and asked quietly, "I think your abilities are rather like my own. Is that why you haven't went into one of the rooms yet? Mitsuru can accompany you if you'd like."

Training Room #3: Rugal

Following what would only be described as all 10 Jason Voorhees movies wrapped into around a few minutes of nigh-endless mook horror, Rugal was almost glad to see the Persona slowly fade.
"So...This is Persona..." He said as he walked around the remains, deep claw marks marred the walls of the training room as Hercules slashed and slashed and slashed over and over.
"It's impressive...Ain't it?"
Rugal then began to hold his head in pain as his "Friend" returned to him while Caim tried out his own.
"It was nice to flex, but...there is...something missing...I like that form, but...I'd prefer MY own form to this one assigned to me."
"I'll be happy when we leave this place...Rugal?..."
Ignoring Caim and pacing out of the training room, Rugal then supported himself on one of the Hallway walls, checking to see if anyone was looking as he seemed to be pouring buckets of sweat.
"Make no mistake, we both know what belongs to whom and I plan on getting what is mine."
Then, just as quickly as it flared up, the pain left Rugal's mind, leaving him tired and exasperated as he stood outside.
Once he took a moment to compose himself, He then slid down the wall until he was sitting on the floor, wondering what the hell was happening to him.

Training Room #1: David West

Right as Yu warned him, David felt someone grab him from behind-
"David West, It is I. Your Dark Reflec-"
"CHRIST!" He exclaimed before struggling with his Shadow Doppelganger, getting the upper hand and drawing his M500 before hammering the butt of which right in his Shadow's face.
"AHHHHHHHHHH!....FUCKING-JESUS!? I....fuck....oohhhhhhhh...." The Shadow then began to cry and whine as he fell back on the ground, holding his face in pain.
After all, getting hit with anything in the face hurts, never-mind the butt of a handgun.
"Right! Got him downed! Do I blow his brains out?" The Sniper enthusiastically asked his supports with a mixed excitement, like learning how to drive.
"NO! YOU FUCKING RETARD! God, Man, Didn't you pay attention to anything?! ahhhhhhh...SHIT! fucking nose...." His dark-side berated his light side, still groaning as blood(?) poured down his face.
It was strange, it was less anger and more...well, There was anger, but more in the "You just socked me in the face you total prick!" variety then the standard Shadow Fare.

"....So....Ummm....What?..." The Sniper asked, THIS was a Shadow fight?! All he was seeing was a darker toned version of himself laying in pain.
", guess it was a little too much to trust you with a menial task...come on, help me up." His "Dark Side" said as he reluctantly helped him up.
"......Uhhhh...So now what do I-"
"Yeah, would you give me a damn minute?! I just got my fricking nose broken over here...Ugh, nose is pissing like a race horse..." The Shadow groaned before walking right past everyone, looking for a tissue to help clean the blood pouring from his nasals.
"........WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS!?!" David finally snapped, having no earthly idea what was going on as his "Evil Side" harmlessly searched around the edges of the room for one.

Training Room #4: Deadshot

Deadshot couldn't help but let out a wolf whistle at Ella's Persona, noting it was more Angelic then Demonic, although it was clear that he wasn't gazing at it for the symbolism.
"Man, I'm loving this Gig already! Can't wait to see what the Company Healthcare package is like!" He joked as he pulled up one of the folding chairs and sat down on it as Cadolbolg had his turn.

He almost wish he had popcorn as he watched a MUCH bigger dragon come from the little baby one that seemed to follow everyone around.
"Wish you could get them to last a little longer. Having a Personal Kill-machine is always handy and if I'm in a spot, just sell some of that bling of his to get back in the red. Man...And here I was thinking the San Andreas Gig was a easy buck!" He gloated, unaware of anything Ella had went though during their quest to stop him from ruining the entire region.

Outside of Practice Room #2: Jenny

As Cz and Melethia brought Constance and Som up to speed, Jenny opted out of training to study the files they were given in more detail, especially of that virus.
Thus, when Fuuka asked her what she was doing, she had to ask again in order to get though to her.
"Oh...Well, just the rest of the crew kinda have everything they need for...well, anything. So I'm kinda like a "Mission Control" or just someone to ask what's going on. Hence in order to do that, I need to know what's going on. Besides, I would be more interested to get into the minds of these Shadow Victims, see if there is anything I can get out of them." she explained, having gotten so wrapped up in everything she failed to realize that her powers were gone or limited.

Yu Narukami, Devon, Teri, David and Garm.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, shadow room 1 | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Seeing how the Shadow was non-aggressive, this made the veteran Persona user intrigued yet almost made him grab his enchanted glasses that see through illusion and into the truth. Usually a personal Shadow wishes to kill it's lighter side. Yet in Yu's travels he did befriend something who was a Shadow, yet he also had a darker side and personal Shadow. " ... do personal Shadows have a good side?" Yu pondered as he shook his head, he knew that these things were not people, they were the dark sides of the heart ... willing to kill to gain their freedom.

Brandishing his blade once more in annoyance, the shining double handed katana was ready to pounce upon the Shadow. The only thing both him and his new friends could do was weaken the Shadow if it ran crazy if David rejected it. "David-san you must accept your Shadow before it tries to kill you or ... " Yu was going to say something but looking at the Shadow he knew he was about to make David reject him possibly.

I am thou... Thou art I... the time has come ... open thine eyes ... and call forth what is within, Yu Narukami ... for I am Izanagi, creator of deities!

Once more the voice called to him, not knowing why, Yu just listed it as the opening of another journey or due to all the awakenings all around him. The voice was something he already listed as his own Persona, Izanagi an old creation deity that formed Japan and other Japanese Gods. Yu smiled at this, another journey meant that he could form more bonds and make more friends. Remembering the first time he summoned Izanagi, the power still lingered in his hands.

Holding his hand out, a single card faded into life and hovered upon the hand gracefully. "Persona!" Was the familiar line Yu called out. The card broke like glass, into pieces and grew into a raging blue fire which materialized a large figure right behind Yu Narukami. Having prepared himself he looked to the others, "Prepare yourselves for whatever happens!" He said to Teri, Devon and Garm. Focusing upon David upon his Shadow.

Location: Training room #2 | Shadow Operatives Building

Som | Constance | Cz | Melenthia

Cz was taken aback by Som and Constance's sudden appearance. She took a few steps back and her grip on the doll tightened. "You recognized me so quickly?" Perhaps it was just her memory becoming faulty as a result of the dimensional interference, but Cz couldn't recall if she had awakened when Constance and Som were around.The Peacemaker turned her back to Constance, trying to mask the slip of her tongue, yet in her hurry she tripped over her own feet and sent herself crashing into the floor. Her hand tightened around the doll even more as she landed face first onto the training room floor. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on who you were in the room, the head of the doll popped off. The Heart stopped beating and the breath stopped coming from the doll.

How clumsy of Cz. Maybe her adult body was just too top heavy for her to be used to it in such a high-gravity environment.

Cz's heart skipped a beat and her eyes widened. It stopped. Did I? She held her breath and closed her eyes. There was something welling up inside her, something warm. Tears. Cz couldn't stop them from steaming down her face, she didn't know how. Before she knew it she was sobbing uncontrollably, still gripping onto the small doll, which now felt cold her hands.

"Initializing... Initializing... Initializing... Peacemaker Unit Activated. Identifying Self. Unit
Designation Resolved: Artillery Type Unit C-Z"

"Huh?" Cz couldn't be more surprised to hear her own voice read out at her the start-up protocol for a Peacemaker unit. Whatever grace, dignity, and maturity she once had was long delegated tot he far back of her mind.

A black shadow leaped forth from under Cz and formed into a corporeal creature above her. Massive in scope, nearly filling the entire height of the training room.

"Unit is separate from governing body C-Z. Undertaking new designation.... 'Veles'

Veles took her place above Cz, commanding itself in Cz's cool and austere voice. The seperate Peacemaker unit quickly turned her attention toward a burgeoning shadow and let loose a spear of light from the floating disk above it's head. That light struck the shadow and filled it with blinding energy. The boundless darkness filled and bubbled, huge globs sprung and shrank from within it's body as it tried to rectify the sudden input of energy into its system before the stress ultimately became unbearable and the shadow exploded into a plume of smoke and fire.

Yu Narukami, Devon, Teri, David and Garm.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, shadow room 1 | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

David West is now a Natural Persona User! image

Training Room #2:

Confusion. Confusion was what appeared on both the faces of Constance and Som as they watched the Cz spawn a giant - something - and destroyed a creature that was either clad in or crafted of shadows.

"What's going on here?!" The Raven-Haired Vampirette asked in a voice that was filled with much confusion and tinged with fear, fear from what she had just witnessed and fear at not knowing what she had just "walked" in on.

"Does it matter?" Som asked as he looked about the room, his hand never far from the handle of his blade.

"Do you three need any help with the area?"

"Well, maybe you could explain what's going on?" The Cat-Eared Vampire asked as she stood there, oblivious to the fact that there were many things that hinted towards the obvious.

"(Well arrrren't you the clueless prrrrrincess?)" A familiar and feline voice asked Constance from within the depths of her own mind, a voice that seemed so real that it caused the Vampire to turn around to see if the voice had come from behind her.

Shadow Operative Building Training Room

Room 7: Slindis, Angelus, Ton Ton

"Yes, that was was impressive... Good job, Ton-Ton. That's an admirable Persona, and truly a Torchbearer of Hope." She was clearly a bit jarred, seeing how Angelus' persona was rather bestial in nature, not like the woman she knew to be opening up to some of the others. Stil, Ton-Ton's Persona helped reassure her of the truly admirable character that the Tonberry had. From what she'd seen, it looked like he'd rubbed off on her cocky Author, so that was certainly a good sign.

"Well, now that we've gotten a feel for how they function, it would be a good idea for us to leave. Angelus, if you need any help with some self-defense techniques without using the Persona, I'm more than willing to aid you in this." Her statement to Angelus could possibly be seen as a bit Patronizing depending on how skilled Angelus was at fighting, but Slindis saw Angelus as she would any arcane Caster in an Anti-Magic Field.

Room 1: David, Devon, Dimitri, Garm, Teri, Yu

Devon was gearing up to have Mengde battle David's Shadow, but the relatively peaceful ending put a stop to that. The whole revelation of David finding Devon attractive was another shocker to the Bard, and her eyes opened up widely in shock as she tried to think of a response.

"Mengde, ya gotta help me out here! Oh god I did not want to deal with this..."

"I got nothing. Have fun with all of those issues! You should have looked in the mirror over the last week, you know. Might have made that almost as easy to deal with as you are on the eyes."

Yup... Devon was now in a semi-panic state again thanks to Shadow David's statement.

On a more sane note, Sadei giddily cheered Tama on. "I knew you'd look awesome! Toyotama, you can totally count on my help to keep Teri safe!"

Room 2: Som, Cz, Melethia, Constance

"Cz, you need to get some better balance. If someone else saw you like that, it'd be way too easy to place a few daggers in the neck." Although the statement wasn't the nicest one, she was doing what she could to help the woman. It wasn't quite as large of a concern that the two appeared in the room, seeing as they could have shown up while she was touching up her Evoker.

Knowing that it'd take a moment for them to get used to the shift, she casually exposited on the situation."It's simple. Some jerk's trying to spread something that could cause more than this place to be overrun. Think of it like throwing soil on a fire in the cargo hold so it can't spread to other areas of a ship. Only catch is that most magic and other abilities are hard to access; you've only got your physical training to work with." As she spoke, another couple of Shadows popped up and she held up the curved knife that she had been working on enchanting.

"If you want to use some of the magic or non-weapon stuff, odds are you'll have to summon of these Persona. If you need the tools needed for them, I saw a few extra ones in the room out outside. Also, Constance, I don't know how you'll be able to access blood easy, so be careful." To punctuate that, she went and made a stabbing motion at her gut to summon her Persona.

"I am thou, and Thou art I
I am the reflection of your soul
I am Andras of the Death Arcana
Heed my words, and I shall guide you to overwhelming victory."

It was punctuated with an owl-headed man letting out a rather loud cry to cripple one of the Shadows in the room with a loss of sight and a wracking poison for a drawn-out death.

Room 4: Annie, Deadshot, Ella, Cadolbolg

An irritated glare was shot at Deadshot after he half-bragged about getting off so lightly, although there was a good chance part of the reaction was from how her Persona was leered at. "It would be a lot better for everyone involved if you don't mention San Andreas again, got it? It'd also be better for your long-term longevity for obvious reasons. Be more like the Persona and get to the point instead of joking around." Then again, she could have been throwing attacks his way, so it could be a lot worse.

"You've done pretty good, Annie. I'll admit, I didn't really know why Devon wanted to help you out at the start even with Teri asking, but maybe she saw something that I can't." Again she was trying to be open in her own way to Annie even if it probably came off as more of a backhanded compliment than anything else.

Following that, Cadolbolg summoned his Persona to a decent bit of clapping from Ella. "Wow, that was a really good job! Maybe my Persona can sit on top of your Persona's head? He's certainly big enough to allow her to."

SHe followed up with summoning Ishtar a few more times against some other Shadows to get a feel for the keep-away style that it lended itself to, then turned to the three with a question.

"Do you all feel comfortable with using this Evoker? Well, besides the smarmy designs for some of them..." Her last statement was punctuated with her almost yanking out the silver-plated Evoker and only just stopping herself before throwing it away.


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Shadow Operative Building Training Rooms:

Room 3: Rugal, Caim

"Rugal..? Hmn.. Wonder what's eating him?"

With a shrug, Caim decided that enough was enough for this Persona business and decided to leave the room. So long as he could keep his sword, there shouldn't be as much of an issue when it came to fighting this Shadow.

Room 7: Slindis, Angelus, Ton Ton

Ton Ton beamed (as best a Tonberry could) at the praise Slindis gave, as he hoped it was a sign that her opinion of him was being rebuilt. As a fellow fighter of Goodness (at least, as Ton Ton saw her, even more so as a seasoned one), it was a good sign if she thought well of Galahad. Hopping back onto Angelus' shoulder, he spoke up, "I dunno what a Torchbearer of Hope is, Ms. Slindis, but I'll take the title with thanks. I do know that Galahad called himself a Knight of the Round Table, so I guess that means I'm one too? Either way, he sounded nice enough. I think he fights for a Master or a Mistress too, whoever that may be..."

While Ton Ton was cheery from the recent events, Angelus still found herself a bit disturbed by the turn of events, both in the appearance of her Persona, as well as the fact that her fire was not available to her at the moment, save for when summoning the aforementioned monster in her soul, "This is me... That thing is me. It has stolen my fire and rendered me next to mortal... Have I fallen too far?"
"You know what happens to dragons who stay by humans too long. They become just as mortal as the humans near them. Perhaps what Bernstein had said was right after all..."

Angelus shook her head to perish the thought, (alongside the oncoming headache that followed it) and holstered the Evoker, "That will probably be best, Slindis. I usually stick to my fire when I am in this form. To be lacking it now I would call that an inconvenience... No, that phrase is an understatement to how I feel about my fire... I feel as if I will miss a piece of me once we leave this room. I did sense Caim grabbing a dagger for me before leaving his room, so I suppose tactics with that will be best. I am familiar with Kingsblood, to a degree."

Once the trio left their respective training room, Angleus' prediction proved to be correct, and the mute handed Angelus a black dagger with the appropriate sheath, "You'll be needing this since our powers will be locked. You are familiar with Kingsblood, right?"

Angelus only accepted the blade with an attempt at a smile, and was glad Caim could not hear her thoughts, for once, "Thank you, Caim, for thinking of me. I'll make sure to take care of it."

Repressing a sigh from the back of her mind, the dragon attached the sheath to a leg and looked to Slindis and asked with a slightly downtrodden voice, "Training it is."

Room 1: David, Devon, Dimitri, Garm, Teri, Yu

After Shadow!David disappeared, Dimitri did a final scan of the room using Thoth, and spoke quietly, "Threat is neutralized. No more Shadows detected in the direct vicinity." and closed the book, handing it back to the Baboon-shaped Persona before it disappeared into digital dust. What a strange program, that...

Teri didn't really know what to say in light of David's Shadow, seeing as it's not every day one demands that it is accepted by it's wielder. Stepping out of her stance, Teri slowly approached the Irishman and offered a hand, "Come on, David. Let's get you out of this room. I think you've had more than enough for one day. If you want, I can poof you something to eat while we're in here?"

As she tried to accommodate for the Shaken Irishman, Toyotama-hime was making an everloving ruckus in Teri's mind, "Shiiiiiiiit, that was the best! Munchkin, if you want something that'll keep me quiet, you keep getting Pansy-Ass to summon me~! OH MY GOD that was awesome, especially the way that my trident sunk so deep into that Shadow~! And with what Butterfly Face said is true, that also means I got our spell list too... Does this mean I get to influence what spells we pick? Pleeaaaassseeeee? Shadow's aren't people, so we can be as brutal to them as we want, right? Because, for serious, this is the most fun I've had in forever!"

Garm on the other hand, had noticed that Devon was reasonably shaken and brought his fuzzy head against Devon's hand, his wavering tone betraying his attempt in comforting the Bard, "Dooo you need to speak on your thoughts? You seemed troubled, Devon. I am not the brightest, but I know the value of having oone to speak too, especially fuzzy ones to speak tooo."

Room 4: Annie, Deadshot, Ella, Cadolbolg

Cadolbolg grinned at Ella's comment about his Persona carrying hers, his little tail waggling as he spoke, "Sounds like fun! I can't wait to show Mother, Father, Friend Devon and Friend Ton Ton my Persona too~! Maybe I can carry all the Personas with mine?"

It was certainly a bit odd to hear the Turtle Dragon baby up close and personal after the fight was done; Cadolbolg's age showing through very clearly with his voice. Kid didn't sound a day over 11. However, the laughter died down when Ella and Annie began to talk things over, and Cadolbolg looked between the Deadshot and Annie, "Hey, you two are the ones Friend Devon visits often... Now that I think about it, I don't think we met properly have we? I'm Cadolbolg! I guess we're going to be fighting more of these baddies together, aren't we?"

The turtle dragon baby waved a claw after introducing himself, a relaxed expression on his face. Perhaps even if he knew who the two were, he didn't feel a need to worry? That Persona said more than enough in the turtle's confidence.

In actuality, Cadolbolg didn't feel a need to fear on account of the fact that the Dawn had managed to keep the two captive for so long. And with Ella, Devon and the Wanderer keeping the duo under wraps, why did he have to feel afraid?

Jenny, Fuuka, Mitsuru

Fuuka gave a small nod, not wanting to break Jenny's concentration, "You're welcome to borrow the files if you like..? At the very least, if at least one of you knows what to expect, you can easily inform the rest, right?"

As some of the Dawn members began to leave their respective training rooms, Mitsuru stood in and said, "Nicely done, all of you. I am aware that a couple of you are still in your respective rooms, and for that, we can wait. As for the rest of you, you are more than welcome to stay on site, or in your airship if you desire. That being said, rest up. We'll be briefing you on your area of investigation in the morning. If you'd like on site quarters, let me know, and I can have another operative escort you."

And with that, the Kirijo heiress returned to the various machinery monitoring the progress in the Training Rooms...

Training Room #2:

"If you want to use some of the magic or non-weapon stuff, odds are you'll have to summon of these Persona. If you need the tools needed for them, I saw a few extra ones in the room out outside. Also, Constance, I don't know how you'll be able to access blood easy, so be careful."

The Cat-Ear clad vampire would have answered had Som not stepped in and answered for her.

"There is no need to worry. I will allow her to feed from me if needed." The Hunter stated, the offer surprising both Constance and Teddy in its apparent kindness.

"You are no good to me dead, after all." Som commented when he noted the expression on his captive's face, the comment causing Constance to look somewhat downcast as she opened the door of the room to grab a pair of the devices that Melethia had mentioned.

Taking a device from the Dark Girl with the ever darkening mood, Som looked at the device and took note when the Elf pointed her dagger at herself, summoning her Persona. Taking a cue from her, Som pointed the device at himself and felt a surge of emotion as Artemis appeared before him.

I am Thou and Thou art I
From the darkness of thine soul I rise to hunt
I am Artemis, Goddess to Hunters and the Night Moon
Beware creatures most foul. I will find thee.

At a end of the incantation the Winged Huntress blew her horn, calling forth a mounted hunting horde that encircled a group a Shadows before a series of nets was hurled upon the hapless prey and as they struggled against the tangling ropes, a glint shined from where Artemis stood as she unleashed a silvery arrow that split into a number equal to the number trapped by the nets and each arrow finding its mark.

Standing there, Som could only bow towards the Persona as she and her hunters dissipated. Looking at Constance, the Hunter's expression seemed quizzical in regards to what her Persona was.

"I - I don't think so." The Faux Cat-Girl responded as she looked down at the Evoker in her hands before dropping it on the ground.

"(That's right. Show them that you're nothing if not worthless.)" Responded the voice deep inside the Vampire's soul.

Yu Narukami, Devon, Teri, David and Garm.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, shadow room 1 | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

After witnessing David's Shadow both come and go, Yu was actually surprised at the Shadow's attitude towards everything. Yu's face remained somewhere between neutral and shocked but returned back to usual after a few seconds the Shadow faded from the room. "Okay ... that was successful, I think." Yu said still waiting for the awakening of David's Persona, but since this was David's persona, he probably had to manually awaken it and get his confidence back on track.

For that to happen, David would need support not just from him but from everyone in this room. Focusing his attention on the others, he looked at Teri and Garm, they had seemed to be doing well, having Garm talk wasn't a big deal to him since he already knows a teddy bear who can talk. Yu gave a thumbs up to Teri who was talking to David and looked at Devon and Garm. Devon herself seemed seemed shocked. Concerned, Yu walked over to the girl and giant wolf. "Is there something wrong, Devon-san?" He said to Devon, concerned that she might be shocked with what just went down.

Training Room 2#: Rugal

Glad that Caim didn't seem to notice him leave, Rugal began to wander away from his room, feeling he had the concept down for the most part.
Passing by the other training rooms, he paused when he walked past both Slindis and Teri's rooms, watching as the former conversed with Angelus and the latter seemed to comforting(?) David West.
As much as he would like to talk to them, he instantly knew that he was the last thing they wanted to see after that business with Annie.
"Admit it though, she did sorta have it coming."
"shut it."
"What? She did. We sure as hell did!"
With his "Friend" flaring up again, he checked out the other rooms while wishing he has an aspirin.
Stopping outside of the room Melethia, Cz, Som and Constance were in, he watched as the Elf explained the situation before showing off her own Persona.
Hm...Doesn't seem to have even skipped a beat despite everything... He thought was he entered the training room to get a better view then just from the viewing station.
Wonder if Som and Constance were told yet... He thought, hoping the Hunter and Cat Girl wouldn't be in the boat of people who hated him for that torture session.

Training Room 1#: David West

David declined the hand as he just began to walk out of the room, a 1000 yard stare on his face at the crippling realization his Shadow had forced on him, he didn't even bother to pick up his gun.
Ignoring everything around him, he began to make his way out of the building, just wanting to get away from all social interaction.

Training Room 3#: Deadshot

"...Urg, and clients wonder why assassins are all dickheads..." Deadshot sighed, hating the idea that in order to be considered "Pro" you had to act and dress in a certain way, he was killing people for a living, what did it matter what he dressed like?
"Stop it." Annie suddenly said, prompting a "...Stop what?..." before Mitsuru's message was relayed around the building.
Annie then seemed to walk off some what dejected to one to the in-house bunks.
"...What's her problem?..." He asked out loud before doing the same, although he was thinking of skipping the joint and heading into the city to have a night on the piss.
Come to think of it, I don't think they put some sort of tracker on me... He realized, planning to make the most of his night without going back to his cell on the ship.

Hallway: Jenny

"Mm-hm." Jenny merely nodded in response, not talking her eyes off the files.
From someone who never met her, Fuuka could be forgiven for thinking that Jenny was always the focused type, constantly reading up on the threats that the Rising Dawn battled against.
Though after hearing what their own Captain did, she seemed to have changed...

Shadow Operative Building Training Room

Room 7: Slindis, Angelus, Ton Ton

"I can explain the story later, but it's not a title I hand out easily. Now then, if you would excuse me?" Caim's arrival and passing off the rather large dagger to Angelus gave Slindis the time needed to compose herself. She certainly needed it since she was going to have to make a caster able to defend themselves competently in a melee. She knew this was going to be a nightmare to pull off. After all, it had taken a few months to get Teri to know how to use a quarterstaff.

"Thank you for giving her a weapon, Caim. Now then, Angelus. You'll need to follow me; we have a long night ahead of us if we're going to make you better at defending yourself. We can't count on you always having Caim around here, and I doubt we can use these Evokers in the city where there's no hotspots.

After all, there's more to worry about than the Shadows." Her statement shifted over into the blunt, minimalistic tone that was characteristic of her shifting over into Teacher mode. From what Angelus remembered from the few times she'd aided with Teri's training, there was certainly going to be some pain here.

Room 1: David, Devon, Dimitri, Garm, Teri, Yu

After Teri told Garm that she intended to go after David and how to catch up with her, Devon definitely took a bit of time to stroke Garm's fur to calm down. Saying his fur was a bit shaggy would be like saying water was wet, and she'd cast Prestidigation if it didn't mean bringing Mengde back out.

"It's nothing that's a large issue, Garm... It's just been a really long week for me, although I'm glad you asked." She smiled before holding back a small sneeze. Devon'd always had a small allergy to pets, and that looked to be one of the few things to never change. She was so wrapped up in things she didn't want to think about that she didn't see Garm's talking as that shocking. What's a talking wolf when your self-identity was altered last week?

Yu was then greeted with an open smile and a kind tone. "Could you please just call me Devon? I've just had some bad memories pop up, and I'd really like someone to talk with if it's okay. Nothing against you, Garm." The smile that crossed her face as she responded to Yu's rather kind inquiry may have sent the wrong message across to Yu, however. After all, she was speaking in Japanese, and asking someone to not use honorifics was usually a pretty significant statement.

Not that she knew that, though.

Back with Sadei and Tama, though, Sadei was trying to be a mediator with Tama. Even though Tama was a Persona, Sadei didn't feel that comfortable with Tama going too wild. "Tama, let's be a bit more careful... I don't want Teri to go too big, okay? Maybe we can both talk with her about the spells, and she chooses what's best. I think we could work something out there, and it's best for all of us if Teri stays safe."

Room 2: Som, Cz, Melethia, Constance

"Yeah, just like that. Not too hard, and it'll take some time to work with it. Just showConstance about it, since magic's a no-no with it around. I'd not want to see her die to them, since I don't know how good she is with a blade." Melethia certainly seemed disappointed in Constance's refusal to use the Evoker. After all, they'd need all they had to get rid of the threat here. Didn't Constance know she'd be dead weight to the whole group by refusing to learn how to defend herself?

She finished packing the equipment back up and turned to the trio to finish her talk with them. "If you end up needing me, I'll be getting some other weapons ready outside. I know Keeneye will need some new ones for here, so I need to meet up with him. Meet with that Mitsuru or Fuuka if you need help, and they can explain it better." After that, she left then went off to the Canteen on the Rising Dawn. It was odd, but she knew that was the best place to find the Irish gunman.

Room 4: Annie, Deadshot, Ella, Cadolbolg

Ella turned her focus on Deadshot again with a bit less of an edge in her voice after Cadolbolg's infectious enthusiasm. "Deadshot, I'm in as good of a mood as I've been over the past week, so I'd like to keep it up. Act with a bit more seriousness? I know you know the stakes here." It wasn't exactly praise but it was certainly the closest anyone had come to treating him as more than a prisoner over the past few days.

"So, Cadolbolg, want to show your family what you can do in a while? I think that we'll have a harder time after this - no, I know we'll have a harder time than this. Why else would we have been called here? That man definitely didn't seem to be assocated with either of my parents..." Despite her best efforts, her mood kept wavering after the implications sunk in. She then caled out to Annie as the soldier got ready to leave in hopes to try to get through to her.

"Annie, just remember that anyone can change. I know it sounds ridiculous, and it sounds hard, but it's never not within reach."

After that, she went to find Mitsuru to see if she could track down some way to get an idea of the city or who else could be counted on as friends here.

A quick post before I leave to go back home.

Yu Narukami, Devon, Teri, David and Garm.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, shadow room 1 | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Pulling up his Shadow Operative arm band, Yu saw David leave his Evoker and exit the room. Thinking that it would be better to leave him for now, Yu waved him hand and Izanagi retrieved the Evoker and held it out to Yu. Pocketing the gun like object for now, Yu would go after David later. After a single thought of leave, Yu's Persona suddenly faded from the room. Still listening to Devon, Yu smiled calmly even if Devon was not using honorifics.

"Okay ... Devon." He said, still calm. "What is worrying you?" Yu said in a normal manner, intending to make the girl comfortable with this place and whatever worried her. Yet the thought of David still lingered in his mind, was everyone else in the same mood?

Shadow Operative Building Training Rooms: Sleeping Bunks: Deadshot

Swiping a city guide from the lobby (As well as someone's Credit Card), Deadshot was more or less set for this night on the city.
Seeing how this was a largely gun-free city, he felt that he could easily kick the shit out of anyone who wanted to have a shot at him.
While he was unable to find anything to wear outside of his maroon jumpsuit, he figured seeing how this was Japan(-ish), No one would pay any heed.
Before he went about hailing a cab, he remembered a statement he made earlier.
...Eh, bet she never lived a day of her life... He thought in relation to his fellow prisoner before seeking out the Titan Shifter.

By process of elimination (And LOTS of "Sorry! Wrong room."), He finally managed to track her down.
"Yo, Annie! Up and at them, Going out to wreak the city. Figuratively speaking. This is not open to negotiation!" He said as he knocked loudly on her door

Rising Dawn: David's room: David, Melethia

After checking the bar on the Rising Dawn, Melethia went to the 4th most likely place she could find David West (Outside of the Armory and the Medical Bay), his quarters on the ship.
David himself meanwhile was slumped in bed, laying face down and staring blankly at the wall, not moving so much as a inch since he got back.
"Keeneye, you there?" He heard Melethia ask as she knocked.
"Come on, you in there?..."
Even in this state, he let out an annoyed sigh as he heard the Elf's Infamous lock-picking skills unlock his door before letting herself in.
"...Can you please not do that in the future?..." He asked, not bothering to turn around and look at her.

Shadow Operative Building Training Room

Room 1: Devon, Dimitri, Garm, Teri, Yu

After Teri told Garm that she intended to go after David and how to catch up with her, Devon definitely took a bit of time to stroke Garm's fur to calm down. Saying his fur was a bit shaggy would be like saying water was wet, and she'd cast Prestidigation if it didn't mean bringing Mengde back out.

"Can I sum it up with it's been a really long few days? It's really what it all goes down to, and I think it'd help if I could go and see some new sights here... Maybe I could invite Ella to come along?" Her striking of Garm slowed down shortly after saying that, and she called Ella over the Rings to see if she was up to seeing the town.

She certainly needed like she needed a break from something, at least. It's a shame she wasn't too in depth about what it was, though.

David's Room: Melethia, El Davido

"Something's bothering you. Could it be because of the stuff we have here? I know it's a hell of a lot harder to add my more useful perks to my gear here, but " She could be heard plopping down on the bed as she gave David's gun a once-over.

She finished packing the equipment back up and turned to the trio to finish her talk with them. "I'll make you a better one for here. Close-range, long-range, you name it, it'll blast those things away. Point being, you'll be using it and not some half-baked stuff pushed on us. Now, before you say we need those personas to gut them, I've already got an idea on how to shove that that in their faces.

And you know what that is, my gunslinging ally? Superior Firepower. Nothing it hasn't solved, nothing it can't solve, and nothing it won't ever be able to solve." It was crazy how the kid sounded more like a weapons dealer than anyone else on the ship, but she certainly knew her stuff thanks to some of the other things David'd seen her toys do. If she were any older, she would have been working for Rugal back when he ran the Cartel!

Room 4: Ella, Cadolbolg

Our Succubus quickly and cheerfully responded to the message sent to her by Devon. "I'm up for it as long as you are, Devon. I don't think I'll be able to tell Cadolbolg no to any trips, though. Sorry~!" Even with all that was going on, she was definitely up for a small trip in the city. Who knows, maybe she might even get some sushi?

"I don't think I really have to ask this, Cadol, but are you up for a trip around the town tonight? Devon's already wanting to go out, and I think it's just what our little Bard needs." An outstretched finger was shown to the dragon for her best approximation of a handshake, and she followed up with a playful tome

"After all, we both know you earned a little treat after earlier, right? Your mom and dad should be just fine with it."

Shadow Operative Building Training Room

Room 7: Slindis, Angelus, Ton Ton, Caim

Angelus flinched faintly at the implications she needed Caim to defend herself, and a low, inhuman growl escaped her throat as her pride took a heavy hit, "What? Did I hear that right? Does this MORTAL think that I NEED that fool? Oh, she will have another thing coming..."

It took much in Angelus' power to restrain herself before curtly answering, "It seems I have worn this guise for too long, for you forget my true nature. I don't need Caim to defend myself, Slindis; and I'd appreciate it if you didn't say anything like that again. It is only because of this blasted Persona business I should take upon this training at all. ...."

And with that, she placed Ton Ton on Caim's shoulder and stormed out of the room after the Drow, fury fueling her every step. It didn't take a pact bond for man or Tonberry to know that the dragon had taken that offhanded comment for worse, and was going to try to prove the Paladin wrong.

"I have a distinct feeling there was good reason for neither of us to say anything..."
"Good call. Let's get back to the Dawn before we see any sparks fly."

At the very least, Angelus did have the leg up on Teri in one regard: She was far more familiar with Kingsblood as an extended talon than Teri did with a quarterstaff.

Room 1: Devon, Garm, Yu

Garm wagged his tail at the thought of Devon doing something with Ella in town, "It sounds like yoou have a plan, this trip. It soounds like yoou need it."

While the 'o' sounds were still a bit extended, and the emphasis was still a bit off in some places (at least compared to the relaxed body posture), Garm was still trying his hand (paw?) at proper human speech. Garm seemed to... Think? Right, the wolf thought for a moment before adding, "Perhaps I could follow too? I know Tear-ri will be occupied with David West, so I do not think I will be missed. I coould learn more about Human speech while with yoou too?"

Room 4: Ella, Cadolbolg

Cadolbolg held out a small paw, shaking 'hands' with Ella before fluttering off of Ella's head, "Gimme a sec to talk to Father, and we'll know for sure."

After a moment of Cadolbolg going to Caim's side, some excitable conversation on the turtle-dragon baby's part, and Cadolbolg came back, "Father said yes, and Mother is busy at the moment, so I think that's a yes for the both of them~! I just wanna eat something aside from sandwiches... Maybe some kind of noodles? I like hot foods."

Hallway: Jenny, Fuuka

Fuuka wasn't entirely sure how to talk back to Jenny's sudden bout of seriousness, and merely gave a soft nod,"Feel free to borrow them as necessary, Mitsuru permitting. Then again, I don't see why she'd need them? It is a copy of the files after all... Anyways, I bid you good night."

And with that, the teal haired lass left Jenny to her thoughts.

Rising Dawn Training Room: Teri

Prior to Melethia's timely use of her lockpicking, Teri had given chase after David, finally stopping at his quarters (to which David even locking the door). After pounding on the door for a few minutes to get the Irishman's attention (to no avail), the Cleric decided to have Dimitri keep a vigil on David's condition (not to mention a lead sandwich would be the last thing any of the Dawn members needed.)

Following that, she made her way to a training room and asked Vermilion to set up the room for some hand-to-hand practice. With Sadei being locked in the arm-bracelet form, it'd be best to practice the newer method she was taught. Besides, with Rugal being outed as truly being Annie's torturer (as much as Teri still didn't want to believe it), Devon still being tormented by his change in identity, and Caim's words still ringing in her mind, it felt like a good idea to vent. After taking off her gloves and some other extraneous equipment (like that quiver), the Cleric began going at a punching bag with a fervor, her Shadow/Persona chatting back to Sadei as Teri focused on improving her strikes...

"Yo, I have a full name now. It's Toyotama-hime; and dammit, I will be treated with the respect it begets! As for the spells and shit, I say we go high damage output, seeing as those shadows probably don't breathe. Shit like Thin Air ain't gonna get us far. Shivering Touch or Aura of Cold however... Those could be fun."
Toyotama-hime cackled at the image of wreaking destruction with the spells in question and continued, "I'll be nice for now, Munchkin. But don't be surprised if I give my suggestions a bit heavily. I like being able to leave this body from time to time, and I want to max out the full potential I get from it...Though I will admit this punhing bag business is kinda nice too, in a cathartic Our-knuckles-hurt kinda way."

Location: Training Room 2 | Shadow Operatives Headquarters

Cz | Som | Constance

Cz stood up and brushed herself off, her cheeks were flushed red. I didn't mean for that to happen... Veles floated above her, ignorant of its counterpart's overflowing emotions. The mechanical construct merely drifted slightly to the right or the left and launched another well placed laser at a forming shadow.

The Peacemaker took a look at Constance while brushing off her robes lightly, "He-hey. Girl..." Cz popped the head back onto the doll and let the felt the shallow heartbeat start up again, "Constance, was your name.. that's right. Why am I forgetting." Cz wiped the tears from her eyes. "Constance, why do you look so distant. Is something wrong?"


Veles was saying flatly above the group. Her wings splayed out to touch the walls of the training room. Another series of lances ran through a group of shadows a distance away and exploded them into brilliant shards of red light. Cz stumbled toward Constance, concerned for the vampire's well being.

Why am I doing this. This isn't part of my directive...

Shadow Operatives Building: Offices: Rugal

Fading away from the rest of the Crew, Rugal resigned himself to looking over the files again, anything to keep the mental monkey that was his "Other side" off his back.

((Shakes Magic 8 Ball of writers block))

Rising Dawn: David's room: David West

David still refused to get slightly animated as Melethia began designing her mystery weapon.
"...Mel...Listen, I see what you are doing, but I'm really not in the state of mind to craft Gun Porn right now..." He meekly sighed, wondering what good Guns had done for him. Seriously, half of the crew could shrug off whatever he could throw at them.
"...All I want to stay here and go home when this is all over...No more of..."This"...You know...growing up?...The worst thing I thought could happen to me is if I became a Farmer...A Fricking Farmer wasting his years in the West of Ireland...Now?...At least I could be good at it..."
Finally sitting up, he then asked "...Honest question, Honest answer...Do I pose ANY threat to you?..."

Shadow Operatives Building: Bunks: Deadshot

Keeping up his swagger even as Annie looked read to rip his spine out, Deadshot answered.
"Annie, don't think of it as "Escaping". Besides, if we left them, we'd be stranded here, in another Realm with no real way to get home. Think of it as..."Parole". Besides, if they really cared so much, I wouldn't be allowed in this damn building without an escort. And Judging by how many company pens I've taken-" He said before Annie tried to close the door in his face, causing him to stop it with his foot.
"Annie...Come on, you mightn't get another chance for this! What age are you? 16? It's like a rite of passage for kids like you! And I ain't about to have the gal who stopped Dr. Killjoy (Shawn) from cutting me up get all depressed in her 30's because she never had a single night of fun in her life!

Ah go on! What's the worst that could happen?..."

Practice Room #2: Jenny

Jenny was still neck deep into her reading when the sound of something shouting "EXTERMINATE THREATS. EXTERMINATE THREATS." could be heard.
Finally pulling her eyes away, she saw what was going on.
"Huh?...Who's Persona is that?" She asked herself before walking inside the training room.
"Whoa...God, Cz? This one yours?..." she asked as Veles kept unleashing laser death on the incoming Shadows.

Location - Shadow Operative Hallway: Annie, Deadshot

"Huh-WAHHHHHHHHHH-OOOF!" Deadshot cried as Annie swept him off his feet and slammed him into the ground.
"ARGH!-fucking-christ-dammit-The Frick man?! I try to show you a good time and THIS is what I get? Man, am I SERIOUSLY the sane man on this flying crazy boat?" He complained before she let off and began some long winded speak about weakness and such.
"Blah Blah Blah Weakness Blah Blah Blah. ... If you insist though, we can check out the city. Know our surroundings. But, don't expect me to get 'loose' since I respect myself."" was all he managed to get from that conversation, .
"...Do you still do that thing where your body regenerates when hurt?"
"...Well, Yes-"
"THAT! That alone makes you more qualified then every other asshole out there? You're worried about not being powerful enough to defend yourself? Please! I didn't even have any powers to lose! And yet, this rotting drug addled piece of rapidly approaching middle age and still able to hold his own. what's your excuse? Now come on, Lets wreak this city!" He said before he began pull her out of the building with one hand while trying to call a cab with his other.

Captcha: "...Eh, got the Evil part at least..."

Shadow Operative Building Training Room

Room 7: Slindis, Angelus, Ton Ton, Caim

Slindis knew from the rather heated response from Angelus that she needed to do what she could to try bringing Angelus down to a more manageable level.

"Should've chosen a better turn of the phrase... I don't want you to hold anything back in this training. If I can see how you tend to fight, I can get you a style that's both workable and extremely practical for you. After instilling competence in Teri, anything else would be a simple task." With that, she grabbed a sturdy and well-balanced four foot long Iron pole for her use in the training

The most difficult in this training would be finding a way to redirect Angelus' fury towards fighting better; blindly slashing and stabbing might work, but it was a bad habit to instill in anyone because of all of the openings it provided.

Room 1: Devon, Garm, Yu

ALthough she was still a bit snuffly from the allergies, she nodded and stroked Garm's fur, touched by the Wolf's thoughts. "Oh, it should be fine -achoo- for you to come along. Would you want that, Yu? He's really a very smart companion, if the speaking wasn't enough to show that."

Room 4: Ella, Cadolbolg

Her face burst out into a wide grin at the Dragon being able to come along and gave him a light hug. "We'll find something you'll like, I'm sure of it. Want to grab Devon now? It's sure to be a great night out!" With that, the search was on to find Devon and Narukami for their one night out before starting on their task.

Rising Dawn: Mel, David, Teri, Toyotama, Sadei

"You really have to ask that? If you can keep someone at range, it doesn't matter how skilled they are: You can just look for the right place to shoot. You want to complain about not being able to do anything right? Then find ways to surprise people! That's how you become threats to people, and I know that's how you can become more of a threat to me. After all, I can't even touch your skills with guns - go ahead and bring that one weapon up, but they really are equalizers. Why don't you see it?

Just fight dirty and you'll get a one-up over most assholes we fight as well as most of the people here. In fights, honor's only as good as the other person against you. take advantage of that! Use stuff that tears them apart, make bullets that churn up the insides, coat them in poisons or strong reagents, anything to get that one-up on them!" The Elf was clearly annoyed that she even had to spell this out. After all, she thought he'd known this from the start. It was what she'd been taught, after all, and it'd kept her alive all this time.

Tama's rather boisterous response was met with a rather firm rebuttal from Sadei, keeping the both of them from overtaking Teri's mind in their argument.
"Really? I think some disabling ones could work here as well. After all, we could make things easier by slowing down a lot compared to attacking one. With that name, though? Toyotama's really the most fitting there."

Location - The Nightclub: Annie, Deadshot

"Excuse me, coming though, VIP, MOAR IMPORTANT THEN YOU!" Deadshot explained as he pulled Annie though the line, shoving a few actual VIPs to the ground in the process while swiping a pair of sunglasses.
"{Excuse me! Sir! you are not allowed in-}"
"Screw off! I make more money in a month then you do in a minute! I HAVE SPORTS VIDEOS TO SING! NO YOU CAN'T HAVE MY AUTOGRAPH!" He shouted at the bouncer before prying the pair of them inside the club.
As the Titan Shifter had no doubt never been inside a club before, the Sudden rush of lights And sounds would be alien to her.
All the while, Deadshot guided her from the door to the bar.
"2 OF THE STRONGEST DRINKS YOU GOT, SERVED WITH THE 2ND STRONGEST!" He ordered for the both of them and the next thing Annie knew, she had a strange concoction in a glass handed to her.

Location - Nightclub: Deadshot, Annie

"HEY!...WANT TO KNOW HOW I GOT THESE SCARS?!" Deadshot shouted to the Goth beside him, showing off the face half of his face was missing as Annie tried her drink.
"I might just head back-" He barely heard before the man next to her began making moves.
"HEY! WATCH MY SEAT!" He then asked as he stood up on the Counter.

"ATTENTION FELLOW PARTY ANIMALS! FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! I! DEAD! MOTHER-FUCKING! SHOT!" He spoke as he pulled out the credit card he "Borrowed" from that agent back at the Shadow Operatives Building.
"AM PAYING FOR ALL THE DRINKS! DJ! SPIN THAT SHIT!" He finished before handing it over to the Bartender as the entire building went insane and he just cursed some poor hard working agent to a bar tab he could never hope to pay for.
Annie didn't know much about partying, but Deadshot sure as hell did as he got down from the counter and resumed his advances.
"SO YEAH! RICH! YOUNG! LONELY! AND YOURS!" He shouted at the Goth, hoping his gesture helped his case a little.

Rising Dawn: Mel, David, Teri

"......I almost forgot you were a minor psychopath." David sighed, realizing that he was asking a kid that knew more about war and combat then he did.
"I mean, What the hell am I supposed to do against a dragon? Or that Titan bitch? Hell! That fucking dog of Teri's can tear me to SHREDS! You want me to just carry a damn mortar with me where-ever I go!?" He then stated as he stood up, starting to get angry now.
"A WEAPON IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE ONE USING IT! AND I HAVE SHOWN JUST HOW GOOD I AM! TIME! AFTER! TIME!" He then lashed out, flipping over a desk covered in empty bottles and cans.

Rising Dawn: Mel, David

"Dragons? You perforate the wings to rob them of flight and use their grounded state to your advantage since you don't have to be anywhere near! With that Titan, you take her eyes out and then target the arteries and veins from range since they still need blood to live! With the wolf, you overwhelm it with smells then use a Flashbang since again you don't have to be in CQC! For Khyber's sake, BE INVENTIVE! QUIT BITCHING AND MOANING AND DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE IT! FUCK, I'LL TEACH YOU IF IT HELPS YOU GET OVER IT!" Melethia was clearly irate at this point, channeling a good bit of R Lee Ermey as she tried to get it through David's skull that his weapon could be a fantastic one if he thought outside the box with it. Right now, she could think of a couple dozen different ways she could have used them back at her old home,

"Yeah, just like that. Not too hard, and it'll take some time to work with it. Just show Constance about it, since magic's a no-no with it around. I'd not want to see her die to them, since I don't know how good she is with a blade."

Som strugged as he watched the young elf leave the Training Area before turning to glare at Constance, who only seemed to shrink under the intense stare, before shaking his head at her. It seemed that the crew of the Airship called Rising Dawn were not all that different from the Hunter's Ward and the Hunter himself, they were taken to strange new realms without being given much option or say in the matter.

"Learn or you will die. Then what will the death of your family have meant?" Hunter Waterford stated simply before leaving the Training Room out the same door as the elf did. He had neither the time nor the patience to teach the Vampire anything and there was something on his mind that bothered him immensely.

As he walked down the halls of the facility, where ever they were, he pulled out the small crystaline amulet that had served as his protector and found it to be the gem to be dull and inert, appearing far different than he had ever seen it but it did explain much.

"(So this is how Artemis was able to be summoned.)" Som thought to himself as he tucked the gem back under his leather armor. As he continued to walk, he balked at the idea of having to summon some magical being to do battle for him. As a Hunter he had always relied on the skills that he had been taught and learned in the field. He had, however seen the damage that the summoned Huntress was capable of producing. Opening the door to what appeared to be a mess hall, he decided that he would only use it, meaning the Summoned Persona, when the situation needed. He did not want to be too reliant upon something that could fail at any time.

"He-hey. Girl... Constance, was your name.. that's right. Why am I forgetting? Constance, why do you look so distant. Is something wrong?"

The Vampire's crimson eyes, which had been previously focused on the Evoker device that still sat on the floor, flicked up to meet those of Cz.

"(Go ahead. Tell her that you're hearing voices in your head now and that you're scared to go into battle, that you've always been scared but you were able to pull through it somehow but you don't know if you can anymore. Tell her that you're scared of dying and that everytime you disappear, you have visions of your world on a path towards destruction and even with this knowledge, you're in no position to help it pull itself out of the hole that it's heading towards." Said the venomous voice in the back of Constance's mind.

FOrcing a smile to light up her face, The Raven Haired Vampire nodded.

"I'm fine, thank you Cz. This disappearing and reappearing act disorient me somewhat and it takes me a bit to get back to feeling like myself again." The Faux Cat-Eared vampire stated in a voice that sang of sunshine and rainbows and lollipops.

"Why do you ask? Is there something wrong with my face?" Constance asked, continuing to smile as she picked up the evoker device and handed it to Teddy. She might not have learned to use it or what her Persona, or whatever they were calling it, was but she couln not help but feel that the device would come in handy in the future.

As she and Cz stood there, Jenny entered the training room and started talking to Cz about her large Persona, causing Constance to breathe a sigh of relief that the attention had been taken off of her for the time being.

Location Nightclub: Annie, Deadshot, Goth chick

"And all my rich friends are going to be so envious when they hear the things i'm doing tonight to you..." Deadshot smoothly said as cries of pain began to drown out his horrible pick up lines and draw attention from the rich VIP persona he was trying to make.
Cringing as the sounds of cracking bones reached his ears, He said"...Hold that thought my black little rose..." before finishing his drink and getting up right as a few bouncers with nightsticks showed up.
"Oh boy...Fun police. Fun fun FUN!" he shouted before throwing his glass at the face of one advancing on Annie, blinding him with broken glass before connecting with a hard right to one beside him.

The crowd reacted to the fight as any good party going crowd would: spreading out to create a round "Ring" or sorts, getting a front row view of the duo beating down the Bouncers.
"This wasn't what I had in mind, but I'm not one to turn down a good scrap!" He mentioned to his partner in crime as the next bunch came in.

Rising Dawn: Mel, David

"I'VE TRIED THAT DAMMIT! BUT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, THE STAKES JUST GET HIGHER AND HIGHER AND I ONLY HAVE TO FAIL ONCE FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO GO TO SHIT!" David shouted back, now getting into a full blown yelling match with Melethia, someone who was faster, stronger, better equipped, better trained, better connected and half his age.
After taking a moment to compose himself after that rant, he massaged his head as he looked down.
"...Sorry, Look....I've just been having a REALLY bad day...And this..."Job" if you can even call it take...Christ above, I just wish I could tag out, just for a month or two..."

Location - Nightclub: Deadshot, Goth Girl, Annie

Between avoiding swings and punches Deadshot managed to get in "Hey, can you honestly say you are having a bad time right now?" in response to Annie's statement.
While the merc wasn't as skilled as she was, he did know enough about both kicking the shit out of someone and getting the shit kicked out of himself to know the ropes of these sort of showdowns.
Managing to get one of the Nightsticks, he was able to beat back any that Annie hadn't already sent to the A&E, he wasn't going to be taking down any black belts soon, but he could hold his own.

Taking his opponents back towards the bar, he then picked up a pair of glass bottles, smashing them both open at the same time to dual wield a pair of sharp objects.
"Go on! Give the YT-Audience something to flag!" he taunted for his adoring fan to record.
When the pair of them engaged, he jammed one bottle into No.1's right arm while giving No.2 a bit of budget facial reconstruction surgery.
"OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! HE AIN'T PRETTY NO MORE!" He gloated as Annie finished off the last of her group, leaving an impressive pile of broken bodies.

In a rare instance of him actually remembering something someone had said to him, he then hatched a little surprise for her.
Walking up beside her and taking her arm, he raised it up into the air and just before she was able to snap his arm like a twig, he shouted "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, A STANDING OVATION FOR OUR NEW HEAVY-WEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD!"


Needless to say, the crowd went wild as this unknown woman managed to beat down on the staff of the nightclub they were in, chanting and clapping and cheering her name.
Fading from the crowd to let her bask in her well-earned glory, Deadshot returned to the Goth, waving to the camera and saying "And everyone lived happily ever after. The End." as she finished recording before sitting down next to her and wrapping an arm around her.
"Because who doesn't like a Happy Ending? And I'm told I give quote "Wonderful" Happy Endings" He teased as he went to lock lips.
Deadshot might be one the lowest people the Rising Dawn had ever met, but he knew how to party...

Dr. Killjoy (Shawn/Wanderer).
Location: Out of Nightclub ... directly outside of the nightclub.

"And I will always kiiiiiiiiiill yoooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuu~!!!"

Howled the Wanderer as he looked at the moon. The revving of a vehicle buzzed around him as a Whitney Houston song blasted out of the vehicle's speakers. Looking down from the cab of said vehicle, the Wanderer could see a Japanese couple in a much smaller car directly looking at him. It was not every day when you see an armored foreigner yell a line from a Whitney Houston song. Meeting their gaze back, the couple could easily feel the cold touch of fear all over them.

"Hai~!" He briefly said, the couple screamed and drove quickly as the lights turned green.
Shrugging, the Wanderer switched gears on his giant truck and began to drive forward very fast. The current song ended and was replaced by a popular song which was born in this country. The Doctor began rocking out to the song too.

The Wanderer now was taking up his new title of "Dr.Killjoy" and is currently tracking Deadshot. Not to kill him, not to experiment on him ... but just to fuck his day up in total. The Wanderer will keep his word, but he won't mind breaking a few teeth and some of the few remaining brain cells of the assassin that made the grave mistake of backstabbing a violent, insane mutated human who has cheated death many times.

"He should be directly in front of me ..." The good Doctor was looking down at his Pip-Boy, yet he was too cocky with the distance and his own driving ability. Looking up the front doors of the club came into view ... very quickly. "Hey, there it is!" He smiled inside his helmet, the Doctor did not know the concept of being scared ... actually, his trigger had already been flipped. "I wonder if they have those little martini umbrell-SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT" Was the last thought he had before smashing right through the front doors of the building.

"Helloooooooo, Japan!"

Was the first thing the maniac said as the truck found itself not only surrounded by shocked people ... but it was right in the middle of the dance floor. "Uhh ... anyone have insurance?" He said hopping out of the truck cap and right onto the dance floor. Many voices spoke in Japanese, in which the Wanderer only shrugged as he made his way to the bar. "Ugh ... I'll take a ... hey where are you going!?" He yelled as he tried to order something but the bartender ran away.

Grumbling to himself, he grabbed a bottle of Whiskey and walked towards Deadshot and the Gothgirl.
Still, everyone in the club was still mostly shocked that a truck came through the front door and the driver turned out to be this guy. The bouncers were even shocked, they soon will try to restrain him but ... yeah that won't work well.
"You heard the man, don't fuck with me!" He said towards the crowd which could not hear the writings of myself.

The Doctor threw his helmet back in his inventory (Which looked like it faded in a puff of smoke) and started to drink the Whiskey. If this is him in his TRIGGER/insane mode, he had already drank and took many of his own consumables.

Yu Narukami, Devon and Garm.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, shadow room 1 | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Looking at the big wolf, Yu was calm as ever. "I have no problem, the more the merrier as they say." He said to both the girl and big wolf. "Although we should meet up with Kirijo-san and Yamagishi-san, they will want to hear a report about our session. All of you went well, although I will need to meet up with David-san at one point. The Shadow was accepted but can he use his Persona?" Yu began to think to himself but returned to the conversation with a gasp of air.

"Well ... lets meet up with everyone else before we go to Mitsuru. That is my suggestion." Yu pointed to the door but reminded himself that he was not the leader of this whole thing, another reminder about his time in Inaba. Yu's face was still calm but his eyes could tell the right person that he was lonely.

Shadow Operative Building

Room 1: Devon, Garm, Yu

Devon certainly seemed to agree with Yu's idea of meeting with Mitsuru. "I agree, if only to give a better idea to her. Who knows? She could also toss us a bit of cash, and that would be real nice.

If you're talking about David, though... Maaaaybe we can give him some space. You know, like what happened with the other Shadows? That stuff tired all of the other Natural users out from what I remember." The choice of words was a bit off, though... why would Devon say 'all of the other users' instead of just herself and Teri?

Room 4: Ella, Cadolbolg

It didn't take too long for the two to get to a meeting point for Devon and Yu.

Rising Dawn: Mel, David, Teri, Toyotama, Sadei

"Somehow I don't think that you even heard a word I said. You expect any one of us to fully hold this ship together? DO you think that any one of us alone could do that? What I'm asking for you to do with this is have an open mind. Is that so hard?" She was just about done with arguing with this brick wall.

Dr. Killjoy (Shawn/Wanderer), Deadshot and Annie.
Location: Bar | Partly ruined nightclub.

Looking around, the Doctor just shrugged as he took the seat and began to sip the Whiskey bottle. Whilst looking around he could spot the Goth girl looking at him. "Hey, keep those eyes to yourself or I'm taking them with me ... with him." The Wanderer pointed to the possibly drunk and horny Deadshot. "So ... this is a "Nightclub" ... weird. A place for people to dance sexually and drink to death. Greeeeeat~." He said sarcastically as he looked at the shocked patrons of the club.

Ignoring them he looked at Annie. "I'm just wondering why you are here ... with him. I mean I know you guys are friends after being locked up for so long but ... he exactly ain't a good guy, I mean he screwed me over so I made it my mission to screw him over ... forever ... or until one of us die. So that is how I got here, I tracked him here, my insane personality took over and ... yeah." The Doctor's eyes went towards the half destroyed truck which was still on the dance floor, still spilling the song that was playing.

"Honestly ... sometimes I hate it when my trigger is pulled. I feel ... overwhelmed by everything." He admitted to Annie ... or the drink and drugs was coming into a later stage.

Yu Narukami, Devon and Garm.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, shadow room 1 | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

"I never thought I'd see any of you in person"
"That stuff tired all of the other Natural users out from what I remember"

Are the sentences that made Yu curious. "Yeah, space would be good for David's case and I am sure that Kirijo-san can give us some spending money ... I would like to buy myself some origami paper." Confessed Yu but then he decided to hit right on the mark. "What do you mean "All of the other natural users"?" Asked Yu, the intelligence he gained from Inaba was still in the works.

"You say some pretty strange things, you looked surprised when you first saw me as if you know me personally and you know quite a sum of Persona knowledge ever though you are not from this universe ... " Yu asked again but in a serious tone ask the party reached the exit of the Shadow Room. His memories from when he was in their world was jumbled, only now he could see a dark hand grip his throat. This group could know more, but Yu wanted to know how much information they truly had.

"Who are you exactly?" Yu tried to place the final nail on the coffin, he wanted to know more about these people. Yu himself was not trying to pry anything out, he wanted to trust everyone, yet he needed to know.

Shadow Operative Building

Room 1: Devon, Garm, Yu

The girl had the clear look of a deer caught in the headlights, and there was the clear pause of someone trying to think of what to say next. "I'm Devon Hauxwell... From America. I wish I could give you a picture of where exactly, but odds are it isn't there. There's just been a lot more that's happened this last week, things I wouldn't want you to find out about firsthand. Maybe we can just head out around the port island? I really don't want to keep Ella waiting - she'd make me pay for all the shopping and stuff if that happened.

Is that okay? We can talk a little bit more out there, if it's okay..." She'd certainly answered the student's question, but she wasn't quite skilled enough to do too much more bluffing to hide how she spoke. If Narukami had to place it, it felt more like he was talking to Naoto before having faced down her shadow. Not to mention her Persona was a man as well...

Room 1: Ella, Cadolbolg, Yu, Devon

"Devi, Narukami, are you two ready to light up the nightclubs? Even a Karaoke Bar would be awesome~!" THe wavy-haired demi-succubus skipped over to Yu's and Deon's side, wrapping an arm around the two to relieve the tension and create a better mood all-around.

Location: Training Room 2

Cz | Jenny | Constance

Jenny shook Cz's attention from Constance. She looked up and Veles when jenny motioned toward it. The persona was still blasting away, this time letting loose two or three beams concurrently from it's focusing dish. An angel of death, were Angels machines.

"I think so..." Cz answered after a short pause. It was hard to keep thinking about Constance now that her mind was filled with new thoughts. How strange that her subroutines were preoccupied. "It does bear more than a passing resemblance to my own Divine Form." Cz blinked and looked at Jenny, "Would you have one as well?"

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