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Realm Between Realms - Rising Dawn Crew

Devon

Devon was one of the first to speak up with her own inquiry. "Pardon me, but who will we be working with? I understand if you want us to wait until we get there, but I'd feel a bit more at ease if I knew who we'd be with..."

After that, though, she had to answer Deadshot's question in a rather stern matter. Unfortunately for her, the effect was lost with her cradling Ton-Ton... "It's a long story, and one that would need you to pick up a new language to understand. Before you ask, me and Ella are in a very comfortable if small relationship. It won't be expanding any time in the next few decades. Are we clear on that?"

Melethia

"Ya mean that stabbing it won't work? That's real odd. From what I've seen, even ghosts die if ya stab 'em enough. Not that hard, really." The talk of the wish had something instantly secured in Melethia's mind, although she wanted to keep it from those there for the time being.

Ella

The demi-Succubus put the ring on and quietly marveled in how it would possibly allow easier talks before making a small quip. "I think I know enough about you outsiders to know that wishes aren't always given to the spirit, so I don't know if I can count on that kind of reward. 'Richest man on earth' might just make everyone poorer without increasing funds, for a classic.

I'll help, though, because I don't want to see their faces for a while. Maybe not ever again. Helping here's a good way to get away from them, and it's good enough for me." The venom that was in her usually playful voice made it readily apparent to Caim, Angelus, and Teri that she was referring to her parents.

Slindis

Slindis was about to inquire into the people they'd be working with as well as who'd sent the rings, but Annie's rather hard statement reverberated through her; she recognized that tone. That was the tone of someone that hated someone and would stop at nothing less than their death.

"Annie, was it? Would yoou mind explaining what Rugal did for such a fierce response? It's a bit outside what one would expect for being held in a cell alone, especially considering Deadshot's looking more for greed than anything else here."\

Location - Between Realms: Annie, Everyone Else

"Annie, was it? Would yoou mind explaining what Rugal did for such a fierce response? It's a bit outside what one would expect for being held in a cell alone, especially considering Deadshot's looking more for greed than anything else here."

Annie placed a hand onto her arm, squeezing it as she fought showing emotion other then her bored self. However, it wasn't helping since Annie's eyes were showing no visual light to them, a look that would be described as 'if looks could kill'.
"..."

Slindis knew something was up for this kind of response out of Annie, especially since she was right about everything else.
"Let me ask you something.." The pause made the atmosphere around the crew feel dense, as if something wasn't peachy. Philemon kept quiet since he allowed the crew to discuss these matters to themselves.

"While I was imprisoned at the Rising Dawn, I have noticed... that many aren't keen to Rugal. I won't mention who spoke against him..."
"Do you know Rugal, as well as you may think.." Annie's eyes were sharp as blades, directly looking at Rugal. For someone to confront that which he or she hated in a forward manner... you know it's going to hit the fan.

"He pushed me so far, as to where I wanted to die. Wishing for death before entering the Rising Dawn for what was to come of me."
Annie turned this time, facing towards Rugal. Even though they weren't close physically, the words Annie was informing to everyone felt like a train was coming Rugal's way and it was going to derail... hard.

"1... 2... 3... breathe." Annie stated, the meaning of what she was getting out started to slowly reveal itself.
"How many gasoline cans do you purposely store for yourself, Rugal? I remember you telling me.. that the airship doesn't require gasoline but the storage bay carries 1,000 gallons. Why, would someone like Rugal mention that to his prisoner?" Her expression lost it's touch with keeping it calm and simple. She was angry, in a way her tone stayed the same level but her appearance was a different story.

"After all, wasn't I just leisure..? Your actions were no longer required to be justified. You could just do it, because you could." Annie's tone was starting to rise up slightly, her body language suggesting she was getting worked up.

"I wonder what your crew members expected when you told them to leave the Brig. Caim and Ton Ton as I recall being their names knew what was going to happen. But they allowed it. They allowed a round 1, a round 2.. a round 3-" Annie was becoming scary. It was really startling with the driven voice rising up and now Annie began to shout.

"Did you get the satisfactory that you so craved Rugal? The bet that you would break me if you kept waterboarding me with that gasoline suffocating me to the verge of dying?!?" Annie brought forth her thumb and bit it, the will to turn into a titan and kill Rugal on the spot. However, it did nothing... and she simply snapped her thumb out as it bled with a face that would haunt your dreams, even if Rugal was something else himself.
"I won't forgive you. As a warrior... I swear... I will take your life."

Realm Between Realms - Rising Dawn Crew

Slindis

After hearing what Annie had to describe about what had happened, Slindis thought it all through before leveling an icy glare at Rugal. Seeing how Rugal had known Slindis to be someone that usually had superb self-control, the level of fury in that one look spoke volumes in itself. "Rugal, I know what you're going to say. That there was some mitigating circumstances that forced your hand, that you just had no other choice than to follow through with that atrocity is, right? That placing her into the brig just wasn't enough and that you had to mete a drawn out justice with your hands, right? There's only one small thing that you forgot.

That one fact is, you don't find out about people when they're in hardship. No, you find out about who they are when they have a position of power over someone else! And take a good hard look at what you did. It's the exact same thing that you did to the Preacher a few months ago! Holding someone for safekeeping is one thing, Bernstein. Torture's an entirely different behemoth, and I want to let you know that you are on thin ice that happens to be melting.

The fact that neither Caim nor Ton had the will to stand up to you encouraged it, which in itself is horrifying! Honestly, do you need someone watching yourself at every moment?! And Caim, don't you get starrted on me about how near-death allowed it. You think that you were even the thirtieth person that I've had to save like that? I can count on one hand the number of people that stood impassively as their combatant was tortured! For how hard my world was, we knew that holding someone was enough in itself.

Ton-Ton, if it weren't for Rugal, I'd have to say that you're the one I'm most disappointed in. I thought that we were kindred souls in a way, doing what we can to protect those around us. And yet you didn't say a word when they proceeded with the waterboarding..." After that, she ore a small strip off her clothing and wrapped it around Annie's thumb to staunch the bleeding, clearly very furious at what had happened.

Realm Between Realms - Rising Dawn Crew

Caim, Angelus, Ton Ton, Cadolbolg

Angelus merely looked at Caim with an air of shock. She knew that her pact partner could be brutal in his kills, but that was simply it; death. To prolong the pain of another was simply unlike the man she had found herself growing closer to, "...It has not been a long time since you have surprised me, Caim. And you had Ton Ton watch, if I understand this correctly? What in the devil were you thinking?!"

Caim took a step back from Angelus, and then pointed at the Paladin and Annie to acknowledge the both of them, "I wasn't there for whatever Rugal did. Yes, I did allow what came to be, to be, but that did not mean I sat there and watched the whole proceedings. Although it's dirty business, sometimes information can be drawn out in less than savory matters, particularly who sent her after us. Who knows, maybe more giants can hide in human form to come after our group.

Now, as far as my son goes, Paladin, he was very much against what has been done; but I took him away from it all the same. What was he going to do to Bernstein, poke him? I trust his strength, but I was not going to let himself get killed over it."

It was about this point that Ton Ton looked to the floor, obviously feeling the shame when Slindis (as well as everyone else) explained that what Dimitri had said before wasn't quite true... Or that Ton Ton himself was negligent, "I was afraid to stand up to Rugal Bernstein, ma'am, for I thought it'd cause a schism like the one happening now. That being said, after speaking with Mr. West on what to do with that in mind, I was about to seek you to stop it, before AI Dimitri informed me that the situation was under wraps. Obviously, I should have checked on the situation anyways.

To Miss Annie, you have my humblest apologies for my negligence. Ms. Slindis is right. I should have checked anyway, even if I was told otherwise. I know it won't take away the pain you have suffered, but do know that I did not mean you any malice whatsoever. What has happened is wrong, and I am incredibly sorry for not helping you. Even if you have done wrong, no one deserves that."

Cadolbolg, Garm, Teri

Cadolbolg only buried himself in Ella's hair, clearly distressed by all the adults fighting among each other. He wasn't quite sure what a waterboarding was, but it certainly didn't sound pleasant, especially if his father was involved.

"I can't believe this..."
"That FUCKER! He was distracting us this whole time from the truth... Dunno bout that bitch threatening to off him though. Look kiddo, you're going to have to take a side eventually, and it ain't gonna end well if this shit keeps up."

Teri only shook her head in shock as the truth was laid bare. She really wanted to believe that her father wasn't involved with the torture session, but this all the more incriminating. Furthermore, the fact that Annie looked like one of Brusier's victims was all the more horrifying. On top of that, the training had left Teri too tired to think about talking to either Slindis or Rugal, which was all the worse for it. One hand buried in Garm's fur, a familiar gesture of comfort for Teri, the Cleric kept her gaze well away from Rugal's as shit began to get very real-

Philemon

Or it would have, were it not for the man in the mask speaking very firmly, "Enough. That will be enough. I understand you all have your personal issues with one another, but do understand that when I say this threat will spread to other worlds if not quelled, it will indeed spread. You will need to put aside your differences for a brief time if it is to be stopped.

Now, as far as your questions and comments go-"

He began with Rugal, "Nyarlathotep has begun a process that is forcing humans to revert to a form of being called a Shadow. A few of you are quite familiar with them, but to the rest of you, a Shadow is the negative emotions of a human given form. They can take a variety of appearances and shapes, and are bestial in nature; but at their core they are the same. Now, while the Shadows can normally be quelled by a small group, Nyarlatothep has found a way to make their number grow exponentially via the civilians in my world.

I have called upon mortals in my world to fight against Nyralatothep before, but those forces are scattered in taking down similar situations Nyarlatothep has placed elsewhere. Thus, I have called upon you. I am not familiar with the exact methods Nyarlatothep is using, but you will have help in identifying the beginnings of this problem, as well as signs to look for in those being targetted by Nyarlatothep's designs. If you choose to come, there will be two young women, Mitsuru Kirijo and Fuuka Yamagishi,

He waved a hand and a pair of full length projections not unlike Devon's illusions appeared, each in the semblance of a young woman, the first with wine red hair and a white fur coat, and the second with teal hair that was braided to the side and a gentle smile.

"Who can give you more information on what Nyarlatothep has done to the Mortal Realm."

He then turned to David West with that same mysterious smile (or as much as the mask would allow), "I was given 'The Rising Dawn' to call upon. You are a part of it, are you not? They are not, as far as I can see. Take heart, David West, there is much to be had in one as persistent as your's.[1]"

And that's when the topic of the reward at the end of the tunnel came up. This Philemon DID expect, as he turned to Deadshot, Annie and Ella respectively, "I cannot turn back the hands of time, nor can I change another's fate. The last time I did that, someone precious to her friends was erased from their memories, effectively killing her, even if her life was restored[2]"

Teri flinched faintly when hearing that, a fact Philemon did notice before continuing, finishing to Deadshot before turning to Annie, "I can however, grant you a possession of your choice, if that is what you desire. The money, for example, could be yours if that is what you asked.

As for you, I merely offered the favor as a further incentive to aid in saving my world. As you can see with some, it is an effective offer. That being said, I cannot go through with what you ask of me. To bring harm against another mortal would be against what I am. I am a being in search of the goodness in humanity. If I were to aid you in ill will against another, even if he has wronged you, would be detrimental to that cause, would it not?"

He then turned to Ella, "I would not employ such tactics in giving these favors. If this task is completed to fruition, then I would be more than happy to grant your wishes with your intent behind them. The tactics you speak of are more on par with Nyarlatothep's designs..."

And finally, he turned to Melethia, "If there is no other questions, that will be my second point to make. All of you, tell me this...."
(Click the big red button, not play all)

"With your Personas, you will be able to harm the Shadows that confront you. Any weapon in your possession, from teeth to swords to guns, will affect them. That is the power I can grant you to fight the oncoming darkness. Do you understand now?"

[1] Helloooo, wordplay.
[2] A reference to Persona 2: Innocent Sin's ending.

Realm Between Realms - Rising Dawn Crew

Rugal

Rugal stood still and silent, looking down and away from their, as he took the entire brunt of everyone's (Justified) anger and wrath.
In allowing his anger to take root like that, in that one moment of weakness following the death of a woman he barely knew, he felt he had managed to destroy everything he had gained, his family, the trust of the ship, and judging by...whatever was going on in his mind, his sanity wasn't long behind.
"...What?...Not even going to try and say "I'm Sorry?"..."Sorry I enjoyed teaching that bitch a lesson?"...Well come on! Aren't you a changed man?..."
"...I'm so-OOF!" He attempted to say before he was slapped across the face by an unseen hand.
He then realized it wasn't Slindis, but rather Jenny, someone who was competely unaware that this had even occurred for the most part and a former victim of such torture.
"...Jenn-"
"Don't. Even. Speak. To Me." the "Team Mom" of the Rising Dawn spat in a EXTREMELY out of character manner, if you even remotely managed to piss Jenny off, you KNOW you've fucked up.
"...I'm starting to think we've over stayed our welcome...Wouldn't you agree?..."
"..."

Even with Philemon managing to break up the scene, he remained nearly motionless, clenching his fists even as his question was answered.

David West

"...Whoa, J..." David said after Jenny's sudden outburst, it was a first for him.
He also shyed away from the group meeting as his name was mentioned, suddenly feeling that his explanation to Ton Ton mightn't have been the best.
While he knew Torture was used as a means of interrogation, he didn't know Rugal was going it for kicks.
Getting back to Philemon's Q&A session, he merely mumbled "...Awesometastic..." at the notion he wasn't going to be allowed to have someone else take his place.
Great...Fate of the entire Universe and all I got is a gun and a bad hair dye job...

Jenny

Rugal's crime reminded her so much of her former tormentor, Jenny just had to act in anger, using her psychic powers for a rarely done offensive action, slapping him across the face as hard as she could.
"Don't. Even. Speak. To Me." she spat before Philemon stepped in to calm everyone and get them back on track.
She listened to the part about "Shadows", realizing that whomever this Nyralatothep was, his plan was already affecting both Teri and Devon.
"Understood. I'm not letting that thing get to our realm..."

Deadshot

...So recap: Guy who busted me is a chick now (Devon), Annie's torturer is getting chewed out, The Rising Dawn is in disarray and after this job, I'll have enough money to buy my way out of whatever UNIT decides to charge me with...
...I'll take this as a win...
Deadshot smugly thought as he watched the "Heroes" fight, feeling certain that he could get off the hook for the San Andreas gig now.
He then turned to Annie, while she was the focus of this entire argument, she seemed to have been forgotten as the rest of the crew turned on their "Leader".
Wrapping an arm around his fellow prisoner, he said "You did good. I have a feeling you won't need my help taking him down...Just know this, just because you can't wish for it doesn't mean it can't happen..."
In his near future, Deadshot could see Freedom, Wealth and the legend of being the man to Kill Rugal Bernstein.
(Even if Annie did it, he would take the credit)

Realm Between Realms - Rising Dawn Crew

Melethia

"Okay. How about we get there, eh? Stuff to do, Personas to try out..." For her part, Melethia went over to Rugal and held his arm. At least he has someone in his family that wasn't mad at him, right?

Ella

Cadolbolg found himself being comforted by his soft hair cushion (Ella) as he did his best to hide more in the soft, fluffy hair."Easy, Cadolbolg... It's okay now. Your sisters won't let that happen again, okay? Come on, I'll hold you while we're taken to those two..."

Looks like she'd learned a bit of comforting others over the past week thanks to Devon's problems...

Slindis

After getting her statement in and hearing out Caim and Ton-Ton, she finished with one brief statement. "Caim, I can not agree with that at all, but we have to go on. And Ton-Ton, we have to set better examples, okay? It's not easy, but it's better than hoping that someone else will."

She hardly glanced at Rugal before turning to Phil. "Straightforward, since I assume they will explain it. Are there any caveats to this? I already feel some things that are much harder to access compared to normal."

Devon

As they got ready to leave, Devon held Ton-Ton closer and noticed that the armor wasn't blocking anything. Heck, she could feel the slight trembling as Ton-Ton was apologizing. It was almost like it wasn't there! "Ton-Ton, it looks like we both messed up, huh? At least you can forgive me for what almost happened with the imps..."

She was more than eager to get away from Deadshot and Annie, deciding that now was an excellent time to apologize to David "Speaking of that, thanks for saving Ton-Ton last week, David. I'm really sorry I couldn't get to you before now... Here, let me touch you up."

Only this time, there was no prestidigation... Had Ageha taken out all of her magic? Slindis' talk was a strong argument for something else happening, though, so she'd have to wait it out.


Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo and Fuuka Yamagishi.
Location: Personaverse | Japan, Tokyo | Kirijo Group Building | Penthouse.

Bowing to the two, Yu Narukami was intrigued that the two Shadow Operatives provided him. Smiling lightly he already knew his answer. "Of course I will help, but as you have seen I am only a natural user. I cannot teach them to use ... those things." Yu eyed the evokers that the two still had on them. Yu himself was more interested with what they went through and what other mysteries this world holds, though one important task to him is finding more information about the person who was the master mind of the P4 Tournament.

Yet right now this was about a man with a mask, that world he travelled to once and that crew obtaining Personas. Yet when he remembers anything to do with that group, he feels a pain around his neck, as if he was being strangled out of life itself. Touching his neck, Yu nodded to the two woman in front of him. "You got my support in this. I will help both you and the crew." Yu said with determined of a great leader, possibly reminding the two of that blue haired boy that made himself a seal to protect everyone.

"Before this event happens, it would be nice to catch up on both my Persona and weapon skills." He said to them, the thoughts of training reminded him of the adventures he had witnessed both this year and the year before. Right now he needed to focus on training back to his standard, he also wanted to see if he could summon his Persona outside of the TV, apparently it was possible.

Location - Between Realms: Annie, Everyone Else

It seemed Rugal was in deep. He was in the spotlight with everyone giving him a hard time. Even when Annie stood there watching this, she wasn't smiling. She wasn't happy that Rugal was getting the heat. All she could think about was how she wanted him to die so badly. However, emotional as she was, Philemon put a stop to the drama. He addressed her directly since he was keeping his word on answering everyone's questions... even Annie's.

"I cannot turn back the hands of time, nor can I change another's fate. The last time I did that, someone precious to her friends was erased from their memories, effectively killing her, even if her life was restored."

"I can however, grant you a possession of your choice, if that is what you desire. The money, for example, could be yours if that is what you asked.

As for you, I merely offered the favor as a further incentive to aid in saving my world. As you can see with some, it is an effective offer. That being said, I cannot go through with what you ask of me. To bring harm against another mortal would be against what I am. I am a being in search of the goodness in humanity. If I were to aid you in ill will against another, even if he has wronged you, would be detrimental to that cause, would it not?"

"... Tch." Annie said, bored expression now with her nature returning to her calm, natural stage. Still, she was worked up and had her fingers clenched despite the thumb was bleeding. But she noticed that Slindis was treating to her by wrapping up the wound. Then Ton Ton came forward apologizing to Annie which was even more of a surprise.

"To Miss Annie, you have my humblest apologies for my negligence. Ms. Slindis is right. I should have checked anyway, even if I was told otherwise. I know it won't take away the pain you have suffered, but do know that I did not mean you any malice whatsoever. What has happened is wrong, and I am incredibly sorry for not helping you. Even if you have done wrong, no one deserves that."

"..." It was something Annie couldn't get over. No matter what, it seemed the crew had a connection with Annie. To her, she was a prisoner at the mercy of this group who was able to take down her titan form. To them, she's someone they sympathize with and can even see as a potential crew member. Not wanting to leave Ton Ton feeling ignored, Annie replied by looking the other way, her hair dangled and covering her right eye.

"I personally do not hold you to anything.. it was out of your hands." Suddenly, Annie felt someone hug her with one arm who so happened to be Deadshot. He seemed pleased by her outcry on Rugal.

"You did good. I have a feeling you won't need my help taking him down...
Just know this, just because you can't wish for it doesn't mean it can't happen..."

She didn't remove his arm around her but rather closed her eyes and replied in a tone that may stick with someone if it scared them enough.

"By the end of this..."
"Rugal will wish he was left dead by the Shadows before leaving me the opportunity to."

Realm Between Realms - Rising Dawn Crew

Rugal/Jenny

Melethia could feel the tension in her father's arm as she held it, clearly this was affecting him.
But Rugal eased when he realized that she didn't seem to be mad at him, even looking down and giving an small forced smile to her.
Unluckily, Jenny had enough anger towards the captain for the both of them as she took Melethia's hand and pulled her away.
"Come on Melethia." She said, not wanting the elf around that man.

David West

"I...don't think you need to do that..." David said, preferring to have Prestidigation cast on him when he actually needed it.
He got his wish as the pair of them noticed that nothing seemed to be happening as Devon attempted to cast the spell.
"...Huh?...Is it not working?..." He mused, feeling a noticeable lack of that tingly cleaning magic.

Deadshot

"That-ta girl, That-ta girl..." Deadshot chuckled to Annie, keen to get some payback on the group that managed to arrest him.
"Just keep friendly with the others though, don't want a war on 2 fronts." He added, knowing how Annie had bonded with members of the crew already

The Realm Between Realms, Philemon & The Rising Dawn Crew

Philemon perked up slightly at Devon's attempt at magic, and spoke up again, "Ah, the bard brings up a second point I must bring forth. Whilst you are in this world, you will find that whatever strange powers you posess, be they magical, supernatural, Divine, etc; you will be unable to use; save for in the realms of Shadows. It is not any fault on any of you, rather, it is simply the laws of this world bringing you to it's standards. I do recall a conversation with an Arceus regarding this property in encountering you before.

That being said, your powers are not lost. Rather, it is more that they are placed in a different portion of yourselves. When you are in the Shadow Realms, your Personas will be able to roam outside of your bodies, and it is in them your supernatural abilities lie. Do keep that in mind when traversing between the realms of mortals and the realms of Shadows.

He opened his arms wide after this, and a swarm of gold and blue butterflies filled the air, obscuring the vision of the Dawn's crew as the mask man's voice reverberated in the air, "And now is the time! I grant you the power I spoke of before! Awaken Personas of the Rising Dawn, and bring an end to Nyarlatothep's darkness. I bid you good luck on your endeavors; I will be watching and awaiting your timely success!"

The butterflies continued their dance, eventually obscuring the crew's vision to white light as they were brought back to the realm of consciousness....

The Rising Dawn - AI Vermilion and AI Dimitri

Vermilion grimaced as she assumed flight controls, the distortions beginning to cover the Dawn being too much (seeing as they never bought the upgrades to prevent such an incident), and shouted, "We're being pulled in, brace for dimension warp!"

Dimitri, on the other hand, seeing that the warping issue was something that couldn't be stopped, brought himself into his home Tablet and cut on the Mental link between said tablet and Teri, "I'll be getting to the bottom of this, Vermilion. We cannot enter a new realm until these users awaken! We'll be caught unawares otherwise!"

"Understood. I'll do what I can to reduce damages. Initiating procedures in case of a crash. Closing windows, checking airlocks...."

As his red counterpart Dimitri did what he could to attempt to home in on His Ladyship's condition, and paused when a new file began to enter...
"Thoth.exe? Requires EVOKER driver? What on earth...?"

However, not much more could be said as the displays were filled with a bright light, and the Dawn was no longer in the Realm of Avatar Adventures.

Airship Rising Dawn - The rest of the Party

When the group awoke, they found the Dawn as they had left it (Vermilion already rolling up the windows after the warp finished), save that the skyline outside looked distinctly different than what they saw moments ago. Urban Japan was a totally different beast that the American city they were nearby moments ago...

Over the intercom, Vermilion spoke up, "Incoming transmission to the Dawn, patching through."

"Greetings. My name is Fuuka Yamagishi. This is the Rising Dawn, correct? I was told by an entity by the name of Philemon that you would be arriving here on this day. Could you please come out of your ship to speak with us? I am in company of Mitsuru Kirijo and Yu Narukami, if those names are familiar to you, and we mean you no harm. In fact, we're here to help explain the situation that's happened here."


Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo and Fuuka Yamagishi.
Location: Personaverse - 1 Week prior to the Dawn's arrival | Japan, Tokyo | Kirijo Group Building | Penthouse.

Mitsuru and Fuuka let out sighs of relief to know that Yu Narukami had decided to aid in their endeavor, and Mitsuru spoke next, "As Fuuka said before, we have one week before they arrive. According to what we've gathered, it will be near the Shadow Operative Headquarters on Tatsumi Port Island. We'll be sure to inform them of everything when the time comes. We've even been given instructions from this Philemon on what kind of Evokers we will need, and we've been working non-stop since...

That was when the Kirijo heiress gave a mischievous smile and asked, Now, for that training...?"
If what Yu remembered correctly, this was going to hurt.

1 Week Later - Persona Verse Time | Shadow Operative Building, Airstrip | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan
Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo and Fuuka Yamagishi

The trio stood at the airstrip, waiting quietly for the foretold events to happen, Fuuka bearing a laptop and a transportable radio system in order to contact the group once they arrived. From what Narukami understood, Fuuka had been given very specific instructions regarding the arrival of the Dawn, but that didn't belay the nervousness of the group. This sort of event was incredibly unorthodox manner for the Shadow Operatives.

However, that did not last long as the massive Airship appeared in the Airstrip, a pair of golden and blue butterflies heralding the arrival of the ship before disintegrating into dust. That was when Fuuka took to the radio and the laptop, typing some stuff into the computer before speaking into a microphone, "Greetings. My name is Fuuka Yamagishi. This is the Rising Dawn, correct? I was told by an entity by the name of Philemon that you would be arriving here on this day. Could you please come out of your ship to speak with us? I am in company of Mitsuru Kirijo and Yu Narukami, if those names are familiar to you, and we mean you no harm. In fact, we're here to help explain the situation that's happened here."

[u]Rising Dawn: Captain's Quarters: Rugal

Rugal awoke right back where he was, face down on a bunch of Insurance Documents.
"...uhhhhh....what did...huh?..." He mumbled as he realized he was back on the Rising Dawn.
"...It was a dream...Does this mean that-"
"No. Highly Unlikely, don't even lie to yourself." his inner voice was kind enough to point out, making the Former Crimelord realize that now everyone know about what happened with Annie.
"ohhhhh God why?...." He groaned as he buried his face in his hands, knowing for a fact that he would most likely get lynched if he so much as left his room.

David West

"zzzzzzzzzzzz-*Snort* mmmmmm....ehhhhh?..." David groaned as Philemon kept his word and left David exactly where he was.
"...Huh...must have passed out..." He mumbled, thinking that what just happened was some sort of Dream or something (Which it was)
"Ohhhhh...Never chase Vodka with Rum..." He said as he picked himself up and began his usual routine when it came to passing out at bar, forgetting that he was part of a effort to save the universe, least until he finished his hangover cure.

Jenny

Jenny awoke in a fright, the transition between Dream and Reality was always a little jarring for her.
Still, she knew what she had to do and began making her way out of her room and went about finding the others, Bumping into David West on the way.
"Uhhhh...J, I just had the weirdest dream..." He began, causing the Gradevoir to instantly roll her eyes, this happened EVERY time something strange like that happened.
"Just shut up and meet me outside..." she said, using a rather rude Tone that she wasn't really known for.

Deadshot

"Frankie......pass us the bong....I wanna hit that shit......Shit?..." Deadshot slurred as he woke up back where he was left off, dismantling the toilet in his cell in a bid to escape Shawshank Redemption style.
Only thing was, when he passed out, he was standing over an open sewer pipe so when he did drift off-
"....."

"OH! GOD!...SHIT! FUCK! WHY!?"


He cursed loudly as he found himself covered in...do you want me to spell it out?
While he knew of the events of his "Acid Trip", that was secondary objective at the moment as his first involved a bath.

1 Week Later - Persona Verse Time | Shadow Operative Building, Airstrip | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan
Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo, Fuuka Yamagishi and others

Devon yawned, realizing she was still holding a snoozing Ton-Ton in her arms when the communication came through with a name she'd only heard in games... "The others here are still sleeping from what I can see, Miss Yamagishi, but I can get down to the bay area pretty easily. Am I right in guessing we're at Tatsumi Port Island? I'll at least try to wake up some of the others on my way..." After finishing that, she nudged Ella awake and held back a small chuckle at the nest that had been made in the Succubus' hair.

The light prodding caused Ella to wake up, and she easily scooped Cadolbolg out of her hair. "Cadol, I thought I asked you to not sleep in my hair like that again? It's a lucky thing that I know how to get this untangled so easily." It took a few once overs with the brush, but she touched up her hair as they made the rather short trip from the dancing hall down to the exit of the ship and waved hellos to those that were waiting for them.

"It's nice to meet you, and the others should be off the ship soon..."

---

Melethia sighed as she got a feel for the gems she'd been working. Sure, she could try to do more to enchant them, but she still needed the small catalyst to get it to work. If she couldn't get that normally, then she'd have to find out a way to get that open to her. "Forget what the others said. They won't stop me from bein' around Wheathair."

Location - The Rising Dawn's Hallway: Annie

Annie's eyes opened slowly, like from a fantasy movie with sleeping beauty. The eyes took their time opening, the girl having such a peaceful expression with appealing eyes that was looking at the floor. Annie was sitting on the floor; had her back to the wall and legs to the side when she woke up.
"..."

I do not tend to.. drift off with such dreams. It felt so real, seeing everyone there and Rugal-

Annie's eyes went wider, her expression drifting as realization hit her.
"Rugal." Seeing him was the biggest thing that came into her mind. How he was so willing to aid the world from the 'Shadows' when in truth, he himself was nothing of a hero. Her eyes seemed cold, her mouth turned into a sharp frown even if it was unnoticeable because of her usually looking bored.

The crew must know now. I allowed my emotions to overrun me... I again failed as a warrior.
Internally sighing, Annie slowly got up and noticed how not only did she have the handcuffs on her, but also the thumb did not have an injury on it let alone a cut out cloth around it. Yet in her dream, she felt the pain of sinking her teeth into the thumb in sheer anger wanting to turn into the female titan.

Annie gazed at her hand once more, only to bring it up. She opened her mouth, and sank her mouth over with some blood oozing. No change, no transformation. It would seem she couldn't transform despite it was risky anyhow being in such a small hallway with dozens of metal roofs over the head.
The girl leaned back, some blood on her lip. "Nothing.. .." With that, Annie decided it would be best to find someone before Rugal caught sight of her. Who knew what he'd do to her since she wasn't in the best position right now.

disregard. was editing character sheet and that happened...

[u]Rising Dawn: Captain's Quarters: Rugal, Melethia

For several more minutes, Rugal gazed blankly at his desk as the people Philemon talked about began hailing the ship.
"...Well?...Aren't you going to save the world again?...."
"..."
"...Really?...Huh, I thought you called yourself a hero these days?..."
"..."
"...Well, Alright, be that way. I'll be right here when you get your priorities right..." his other-side taunted before seemingly shutting up, leaving him alone for now...
A series of knocks at his door failed to animate him from his trance of sorts, but the tell-tell sounds of the panel on the lock being opened followed by some hot wiring quickly got this attention as the door opened.
"...Did you keep the locking mechanism intact this time?..." He asked Melethia as she walked in, hoping he wouldn't have to replace his door lock.
Again.

Location - The Rising Dawn's Hallway: Annie

For the most part, Annie didn't seem to bump into anyone from the Rising Dawn, though she did notice that the Airship was in a competely different location (It was no longer flying for one).
In her search, she did hear some "Interesting" Comments coming from the brig.
"ARGH! Why is there only one roll of paper?!" shouted a familiar voice as she heard the sound of someone kicking metal.

Inside the brig, after getting knocked out and landing in his un-finished escape tunnel, Deadshot began trying to break off the small sink in his cell in order to access the water pipe contained in it, both to wash himself off and hopefully clear the waste pipe a little.
While Andy Dufresne crawled though nearly 500 yards of shit, Deadshot would at least like to get rid of SOME of it.
"Come on! Break you piece of shit!" He ironically said as he managed to break it off, revealing a pipe that was shooting water upwards.
"That's the one!" He rejoiced as he began to clean himself off with his makeshift shower right as Annie walked in...

[u]Rising Dawn: Captain's Quarters: Rugal, Melethia

"Nah, kept it intact. Just did a bit of tweaking on it that would only hit someone breaking in my style." She casually strolled into the room showing once again that she didn't really care about what had been done by Rugal. As a matter of cact, she seemed to have a bit of apathy towards it - something that was hard to see until she pulled out the gems that she'd received from S'zami.

"Wheathair, a drop of your blood will be worth a gallon of hers if she tries anything. We know she relies on her transdforming to do most anything. There's no magic involved in what I do, and we both know that."

...perhaps it wasn't the best praise that Melethia was so with Rugal...

Rising Dawn: Captain's Quarters: Rugal, Melethia

"Oh her, you're little protege. Almost forgot about her..."

"...Melethia, come here." Rugal said before picking her up and sitting him down on his lap.
"...I know you would. But I'm asking you to not...You know...I wasn't always a-...No...I'm not good man. I was Never a good man..." He admitted, not really sure just how much she knew about his past dealings.
"...Before...Before I came here, I was-...I was one of the worst human beings on the planet. I sold weapons, To Armies, to Warlords and "Kin-Slayers", to anyone who ever wanted to harm others. Why?...Because I wanted power and a Merchant can kill more then any soldier could. Even to this day, the name Rugal Bernstein stands for the worst humanity has to offer..."
"That's not what you were saying back then..."

"Then...One day...I met you, You're mother and your sister. I realized that...That...There was something other is being..."Me". And from that day forth, I swore off my old ways, To spreading death and misery, to seeking the death of others who opposed me, To finding joy in the suffering of others."
"Oh come on, Those things were fun! I get you wanted to bed that sweet ass, but you didn't need to have to take all the fun out of your life!"

Cringing slightly at his other-side's words, he continued:
"Now...What Annie did was terrible, that much is certain and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. But what *I* did? I used our...Friend's (S'zami) death as an excuse to break the vow I had pledged against my old ways. That is my sin and she has very right in the world to bare ill against me. Does that mean what she did was wrong? Yes. But what I did to her was no better. And more importantly, I think we can both agree that it's not what S'zami would have wanted..." He explained as he picked up the gems that belonged to the woman.
"...And it's not what your mother and sister would have wanted...It's not what any of us would have wanted."

Placing both of his hands on her shoulders, ensuring she was paying attention for this next part.
"I know you would do anything for me, just as I would for you. But...sometimes, I worry for you. That you might become what I have tried...and failed...to reform. It's a lot easier to get into that life then it is to get out. So Promise me, that even when I am gone, by age or by battle, that you will NOT become what I am. That you won't become what I try to fight against, what We fight against. Annie mightn't be a good woman, but I had no right to treat her that way."

"Do you understand me?..."

"Jesus H. Christ, look what you've let us become? From the De-Facto ruler of the underworld. To a disappointing father..." his other-side crooned as sweat began to bead on the side of Rugal's head.

Location - The Rising Dawn's Brig: Annie, Deadshot

When Annie stepped into the brig to check on Deadshot (due to the commotion he was causing), she stopped midway to see a sight that merely disgusted her. Deadshot with a broken sink, the water pouring out to wash away the feces that was on him. She had no idea why he would even be covered in that... was he trying to escape?

She had the same expression but you could tell she wasn't keen on getting closer. With the distance, she called out to Deadshot.
".. What exactly happened for a grown man like you to steep in taking a shower from broken pipes?"

Perhaps he wasn't expecting anyone, let alone Annie. Especially Annie since why would she come back to the brig when no one was keeping watch of her? Still, here she was... looking at Deadshot in his cell as he... bathed himself and was almost clean of the filth. Though the smell was undeniably dreadful.

Location - The Rising Dawn's Brig: Annie, Deadshot

Deadshot froze when someone finally walked in on him trying to wash himself off.
Once the shock of the situation had passed, he gave an honest answer as he resumed cleaning.
"...Abandonment Issues, Substance abuse, getting the right side of my face blown off, the poverty that comes with being a Mercenary without a pay check...You know, usual shit..." He said rather matter of fact manner as he managed to get most of it off his face before bending the pipe towards the sewer pipe he would end up going .
"Besides, You seem to have forgotten, what with all the perks and not-actually-being-in-a-small-metal-cell-for-the-past-week, is that they are just holding us until even BIGGER assholes pick us up. Didn't you ever hear the word "UNIT" get thrown around once or twice, between the meals that aren't made of total 200 year old crap?" He added, showing that while Annie was getting to know the rest of the crew, Deadshot was rotting down here and getting increasingly bitter for it.

"But, While it's not pretty, I'm pretty certain that if I get to the Septic tank, I can undo a few panels and get off this flying madhouse. I mean, unless you happen to have a key-"
Right as Deadshot said that, Annie unlocked his cell, holding her nose as she did, leaving the Assassin with a confused look on his face.
".................You had....a Key...This whole time?...." He said with a look that said both:

"I am going to make mad passionate love to you right now."

as well as

"I WILL TEAR YOU FUCKING HEAD OFF AND PUKE BLOOD INTO YOUR SOUL!"

Location - The Rising Dawn's Brig: Annie, Deadshot

"But, While it's not pretty, I'm pretty certain that if I get to the Septic tank, I can undo a few panels and get off this flying madhouse. I mean, unless you happen to have a key-"
Right as Deadshot said that, Annie unlocked his cell, holding her nose as she did, leaving the Assassin with a confused look on his face.
".................You had....a Key...This whole time?...." He said with a look that said both:

"I am going to make mad passionate love to you right now."

as well as

"I WILL TEAR YOU FUCKING HEAD OFF AND PUKE BLOOD INTO YOUR SOUL!"

Annie wasn't affected by Deadhot's words, but she certainly didn't want to stay around his stench. Still, she managed to endure the smell by letting go of her nose to speak. "I would had- except I was under watch the entire week up until this point."

She leaned against the cell's doorbar, handcuffs still on her arms. "You may not remember, but the Doctor put you to sleep and was tempted to experiment on you then and there. I used my key to confront him.. only for him to promise me you'll be safe as long as I am obedient to the rules. If it was not for me... you may have more on your plate then the bare bone you're fed everyday."

She shifted, her eyes looking away. Due to Deadshot stopping Rugal from continuing the torture... she put up with being in this brig in order to ensure he's safe. Why exactly would someone like her care? Probably because Deadshot had the courage and the balls to stop Rugal even if it meant getting the waterboarding next. He risked it, for her sake. She wasn't sure if Deadshot would understand.

Turning her back, she also stated, "Feel free to leave... but..." Her face turned, a serious expression.
"If this crew took me down when I was a 14 meter class titan... what are the chances of you escaping here? As I recall... you broke your leg leaping off the airship. If you really seek freedom, you might want to just bid by the crew's regulations and show you're trustworthy."

Annie began to walk, placing the key back into her clip while still wearing the handcuffs. It was then that Deadshot took note of the fact she kept those handcuffs on, despite she could secretly remove them from any point of time.

Location - The Rising Dawn's Brig: Annie, Deadshot

"...Huh...Gee, I-er....Thanks..." He merely said as she explained what happened when Shawn drugged him the first time around, his recollection being blurry at best.
He seemed a little confused about just why she stuck her neck out for him, but he wasn't going to complain.
While he wasn't AS bad as he was before his attempt at showering, he still wanted to take a proper one as he edged over towards the exit of the brig.
"Feel free to leave... but...If this crew took me down when I was a 14 meter class titan... what are the chances of you escaping here? As I recall... you broke your leg leaping off the airship. If you really seek freedom, you might want to just bid by the crew's regulations and show you're trustworthy."
"Well, Sorry to break it you ya, but even if they hang onto you, I don't think I'm going to make it past the auditions. See, you wrecked one city while I attempted to wreck 3, which in most numeral systems is a larger number. While my attempts at making a mess weren't very successful, the fact of the matter is while you Godzilla'd the shit out of Las Venturas, I was basically attempting to wreck The Entire Region." He said as he peered into the hallway looking for any witnesses or cameras.

"On top of that, unlike you, I'm a massive nonredeemable cunt who enjoyed that shit a lot more then he should have. Hell, second I get out of here, I'll most likely take up another job and end up in a situation like this one by the end of the month. But such is life, Eh? Get rich or die trying."


Promises are promises.
Doctor S, Annie and Deadshot.
Location: Rising Dawn | Brig.

"YES, you are correct! But I never said I wasn't going to have fun with him!!!"

A loud voice came through the brig's door as it slammed open. Of course it was the Doctor himself, dressed in his elite riot armor that Deadshot knew all too much about. Stomping in with big metal boots a long hose dragged in behind him. "Geez, I could smell that from all the way out there." He commented on the smell before turning to Deadshot with said fire hose. "I thought it was going to be something to do with you." The Doctor rubbed some salt in the poop wounds before throwing in a bar of soap at Deadshot.

Opening his Pip-Boy radio the Doctor contacted the AI of the ship. "Hey this is brig, we need a septic system shut down and possibly a repair crew?" He asked the radio, soon enough the waste stopped flowing and a few robots flew in behind the Wanderer and started to patch up the toilet and clean the waste, they were wearing a raincoat. Smiling, the Wanderer could do what he wanted now. "You might want to strip." The voice in the riot helmet commanded him as he unleashed the cold waters of the fire upon the captured assassin.

"Having fun yet? I heard from some people that you guys were contacted during that ... 'sleep'. Seems you guys are needed for something, but I wans't ... it looks like me and my pals are staying and looking after this hunk of metal." He said towards Annie as the hose sprayed inside the cell, it also drowned out a lot of sound from Deadshot.

"I would hate it you didn't look good when you meet these people!" He yelled over the water.

One week later.
Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo and Fuuka Yamagishi.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, Airstrip | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Standing on the airstrip next to the two ladies only made him nervous, Yu Narukami only could think about what could happen. Every party involved in this is probably nervous, yet Yu still wore his calm and normal face it would be quite expressionless to many people. "Giving them time is a wise thing, coming to our world would be startling to them ... especially if they are going to receive Personas." Yu said to the two as he was reminded of the time in Inaba he spent before, the pain all of his friends went through to gain their Personas, yet both natural users and evoker users go through some kind of pain to use the power of a Persona.

Yu was taught many things during his 'training' at the Kirijo building. Evokers, you practically had to shoot yourself to summon your Persona, that would be a hard feat for many people. Yet curiosity was something lingering in the gray haired young adult's mind, what has happened to this group ever since the time he went to their universe. The three waited until everyone who was needed was out of the ship.

Rising Dawn: Captain's Quarters: Rugal, Melethia

Melethia spoke rather bluntly as Rugal tried to guide her. "Way I look at it, you have to hit back against those that go after you or family. If you want to do something, just do it and make it quick. Give them a clean end. Might not be popular all the time, but it's better than flip-flopping around. Now the people on the ship? I'm gonna stick close to them. If they're not with the ship and try something? I'll strike back so there isn't a third attack. Simple as that.

Now, ya may not have done the best stuff in the past, but one thing that would be good from there is decisiveness. It's hard to see."

Unfortunately, it seemed that she was just as stubborn as her mother... Still, there was some hope. And it seemed that she wouldn't let anyone take her away from Rugal.

Location - The Rising Dawn's Brig: Annie, Wanderer, Deadshot

"Well, Sorry to break it you ya, but even if they hang onto you, I don't think I'm going to make it past the auditions. See, you wrecked one city while I attempted to wreck 3, which in most numeral systems is a larger number. While my attempts at making a mess weren't very successful, the fact of the matter is while you Godzilla'd the shit out of Las Venturas, I was basically attempting to wreck The Entire Region." He said as he peered into the hallway looking for any witnesses or cameras.

"On top of that, unlike you, I'm a massive nonredeemable cunt who enjoyed that shit a lot more then he should have. Hell, second I get out of here, I'll most likely take up another job and end up in a situation like this one by the end of the month. But such is life, Eh? Get rich or die trying."

"..." The way Deadshot described himself did somewhat make Annie feel uneasy. Was it because she thought more of him as a capable fighter then simply the lowest form of criminality in society? In honesty, Deadshout might just be gulling himself into thinking this was all there was in order to get rich. His smile was there, but it may of been simper with a deeper layer beneath that. No matter, she would not judge nor direct Deadshot otherwise. He was free to do as he pleased.

Before walking out herself, an unexpected man appeared. Even Annie's expression could not remain bored when she heard this-

"YES, you are correct! But I never said I wasn't going to have fun with him!!!"

A loud voice came through the brig's door as it slammed open. Of course it was the Doctor himself, dressed in his elite riot armor that Deadshot knew all too much about. Stomping in with big metal boots a long hose dragged in behind him. "Geez, I could smell that from all the way out there." He commented on the smell before turning to Deadshot with said fire hose. "I thought it was going to be something to do with you." The Doctor rubbed some salt in the poop wounds before throwing in a bar of soap at Deadshot.

Annie stood there, just dumbstruck by this. The level of insanity the Doctor showed was met by no one else she knew. Luckily she was a compeer to him- otherwise he might of just did the same for even being near Deadshot. Or perhaps it was because she kept those handcuffs on as promised.

"You might want to strip." The voice in the riot helmet commanded him as he unleashed the cold waters of the fire upon the captured assassin.

"Having fun yet? I heard from some people that you guys were contacted during that ... 'sleep'. Seems you guys are needed for something, but I wans't ... it looks like me and my pals are staying and looking after this hunk of metal." He said towards Annie as the hose sprayed inside the cell, it also drowned out a lot of sound from Deadshot.

"I would hate it you didn't look good when you meet these people!" He yelled over the water.

She was taken back by what the Wanderer had stated. It seemed everyone was asleep like her in that brief moment, all having the same dream. So there was more to it, and proves it wasn't exactly just her imagination. Also made her expression a bit sharper, an annoyed expression thanks to remembering Rugal. She was ready all right, though it was definitely not about meeting the new people. Still, she brushed her hair across the ear as best she could thanks to those handcuffs and replied even if the Doctor couldn't hear her over that rushing of water.

"Who knows if I will even be necessary for this. A prisoner going along the crew for a mission that isn't in her interests.. let alone may be dangerous for a poor, defenseless girl like myself." The sarcasm was obviously there and Annie had a small, if not awkward smile that wasn't exactly forced.. but the very fact seemed out of character instead.

"Maybe by the end, I will be allowed my wish..."

X_X
Doctor S, Annie and Deadshot.
Location: Rising Dawn | Brig.

"Wait, Wait, WAIT-" Deadshot protested before getting blasted with the high pressure hose by Doctor S, knocking him back into the cell he had worked so hard to get out of.
*CLANG!*
Drowned out was the part when the Assassin's skull smashed against the water pipe before getting pressed against the wall by the sheer amount of water, going limp not long afterwards.
"I would hate it you didn't look good when you meet these people!" The "Good" Doctor shouted over the water.
He then noticed that Deadshot was really, well, Moving and that once the brown was washed off him, there was a worrying shade of crimson flowing into the run-off, coming from his head...

Rising Dawn: Captain's Quarters: Rugal, Melethia

"...Young and Malleable, always a good combination..."
"..."
Rugal seemed to zone out again as his message seemed to be lost on Melethia.
"...Alright, just-...Run along. I need to prepare to meet Philemon's people. Among other things..." He then said, before letting Melethia down off his lap and rubbing his forehead as if he had a massive head-ache.
"Come on, a few modifications, the right programming, you could have yourself one helluva a Weapons Designer!"
"shut up." Melethia could heard him barely say under his breath.

Outside the Rising Dawn: David West/Jenny

Not long after Devon, Ella and the Bruisers met up with the Welcoming Committee, Jenny could be seen dragging a half asleep David off the ship.
"Come on! Come on! GOD! Why are you always like this?!" the Normally friendly therapist kept pestering at West as they touched ground.
"Well, Sorry I didn't plan for some shit like this happening! I mean, HOW do you plan for this sort of shit happening?" He protested as he saw Yu and the other two.
"...Whoa, Yu!"
"...What about me?"
"No- YU! As in that guy! Didn't think I'd see him again." David explained as he walked over to the group.
"Sup, Yu? Last time I saw ya, I think it was it just before the...errr, The Angel War, Correct?" He said as he went to shake the man's hand while Jenny went to the others.
"Right, there is no time to waste, I've encountered Shadows before in my own Realm, I'd rather not again. So tell me, What will do have us do?"

One week later.
Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo, Jenny, Devon, Ella David West, and Fuuka Yamagishi.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, Airstrip | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Yu found the shorter Blond haired woman holding Ton-Ton approaching to greet him. "I never thought I'd see any of you in person, I have to say... Word of what you three managed to do spread around if someone wanted to hear about it. Let me be the first to say that I'm glad to be working with you..." She walked over to the high school student and gave a light wave, still a little bit weirded out that she was meeting with what she remembered to be a video game character.

Ella was in agreement with Jenny and continued the Gardevoir's talk with Fuuka. "I have to agree with Jenny: the one I fought was a rather nasty one, and it was a miracle we managed to hold out before Devon could defeat him. What's our next course of action here?" It was clear from how she placed Fuuka in between herself and Mitsuru that she was a bit uncomfortable around the heiress.

Rising Dawn: Captain's Quarters: Rugal, Melethia

Melethia shrugged as she went to gather some new clothes for her dad. "Still, if ya want it, I'll hold to it. Just don't expect me to not reap any harm done to you unto those that did it, okay? Now lemme see if I can help you get ready." For better or for worse, she was more devoted than a good chunk out of his former employees, and not out of any fear. Perhaps he could use that to help shape her?

Rising Dawn: Captain's Quarters: Rugal, Melethia

"Get your coffee? Your reports for the day?"
"Thank you, But I also want you to be able to say "You are going too far." or "You shouldn't do that." Sometimes, stopping someone from doing something foolish can be a lot better then defending their actions." Rugal explained as he took the spare suit she handed him.
"...I just don't know what I can do to make it up to you mother and sister..." He sighed as he quickly got changed into a fresh suit.
"Now then...I guess we better be off..."
"Yes, we better. There is Profit and Conflict to be had!"

The more Melethia looked at him, the more distracted and sometimes distressed he seemed.

[u]Rising Dawn: Training Room: Teri, Slindis, Garm

Slindis was the first out of herself and her student to rise, and noticed that she had dodged the arrow Teri had shot even while falling asleep. With a shake of her head, she tapped her student's shoulder to rouse the trainee archer as Fuuka's announcement rang in the air, "Wake up. We are to meet Philemon's aides. They've already established contact with us."

Following that, the Paladin brushed herself off, and waited quietly as Teri collected the arrows that she could, requivered them and followed her mother with Garm in tow.

Dimitri pipped up from Teri's tablet as they walked, sounding rather relieved as he spoke, "Ah, you're all awake! That's good. We were beginning to worry..."

"It's probably a side effect of the world warping... Like the partial loss of our powers... I can still feel God working through me, so no worries, right?"

As Teri walked with Slindis, she looked down to her bow, which was now fixed in that form, it seemed. No matter how much Teri tried to convince Sadei to change, it wasn't happening, "Looks like you're stuck like this for a while, Sadei. It's okay, we need the practice anyways... I remember Mitsuru and Fuuka... I wonder how they've been? Which reminds me, THAT'S the reason you took Chihiro's form in my mind, isn't it? You saw my memories with the Persona games..."
The Shadow's prescence shivered in Teri's mind as well, commenting, "So this means I'm gonna be a Persona... Shadows do that in the games, right? Does this mean I'm not gonna be me anymore? Wonder what I'll become..."

Rising Dawn: Caim and Angelus' quarters

The Pact duo arose from their bed, looking equally parts confused and embarrassed. Just when they were about to have that talk that they had been meaning to had, some jerk with a mask had to screw all that up. Add on the realization of the torture to Angelus (who had been kept in the dark about it) and it made for less that romantic lighting. Angelus only shook her head at Caim before turning and leaving, the warrior mutely following after to get to the newest quest (and hopefully go home).


Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo, Jenny, Devon, Ella David West, Fuuka Yamagishi, Teri, Garm, Slindis, Caim, Angelus, Cutie Bruisers.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, Airstrip | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

As more Rising Dawn members greeted the trio, Fuuka gave a nod to Ella and Jenny, "We'll go over the complete details of the mission once the rest of your group shows up, so we can tell all of you what's going on completely. Philemon probably didn't say too much, but I believe that's because he was afraid that hard to pronounce adversary of his would have been listening... Oh my, that's a big dog you have there! It explains why we had a couple collars made..."

As for Ella's distinct discomfort to her appearance, the Heiress raised an eyebrow and asked, "Is something wrong? You seem to be avoiding me at every turn..."

Angelus took it upon herself to stand near Devon in an attempt to be something of a calming presence for the transfigured Bard. Only a week had passed since Devon's transformation, and the dragoness was to be certain that her student would be alright in the new world.

Teri too was struck by the fact that some of the video game characters she remembered playing with were in fact right before her, and kept it quiet, save for when Fuuka brought up Garm. Patting the wolf on the head, Teri only smiled at Fuuka in an attempt to ease the Seer's fears as the wolf only continued his gentle panting.

Ton Ton gave a wave to Narukami as well, "I remember seeing you briefly, when we fought a bunch of enormous monsters. I don't recall us meeting properly though. My name is Ton Ton. A pleasure to make your acquaintance."

Caim found himself drawn to Narukami as well, and gave a wave, "You speak the truth, Ton Ton. He was with us when we warded off those large beasts from our world. I remember you distinctly when we fought that beast of shadow... Your's and my lightning magic allowed it to be kept at bay, if I do recall."

Cadolbolg, as he was resting in Ella's hair, gave a wave to Mitsuru, "Hello~!" to which the Kirijo heir gave a small wave and smile back. If anything, the turtle/dragon baby was rather cute...

[u]Rising Dawn: Training Room: Teri, Slindis, Garm

Sadei seemed a bit disappointed that she couldn't change back, but otherwise kept her upbeat tone as she talked to Teri."Yeah, I think so. It's still really confusing to me, though, and I hope we can get this done with fast enough. You'll be fine though, Tama. Just looking a bit different~!"


Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo, Jenny, Devon, Ella David West, Fuuka Yamagishi, Teri, Garm, Slindis, Caim, Angelus, Cutie Bruisers.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, Airstrip | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Ella nodded and brushed off herself and Devon before calmly responding "Okay, Fuuka. That won't be too hard to do, although it's odd how you needed us to help here. I thought you'd have someone else here that could help."

After that, she then sighed and began to explain her discomfort as best she could. "It's not you, it's just you're reminding me of someone that I'd not want to see so soon... or ever, really. I'm sure you're more pleasant than she is, that's for sure."

It was clear that Angelus standing nearby was helping her student a bit more with the confidence issues. Then again, it'd taken a while for her student to really even start heading out of her room, so it was some form of progress.

Before too long, SLindis and Teri were out there only to see Melethia alongside Rugal. "Let's get down to what needs to be done, shall we?" It was rather clear that Slindis wasn't too happy with Melethia staying near Rugal, but the young girl wasn't budging.

Trololololololol ...
Doctor S, Annie and Deadshot.
Location: Rising Dawn | Brig.

Seeing the water turn red, the Doctor shrugged as he turned off the water to the hose. "Haha, but both know that is wrong. You could easily get those cuffs off and we both know that ... and, you can turn into a giant." He Wanderer said as he opened the flooded cell of Deadshot. The repairs to the toilet had already finished, now with a more unbreakable plating. "Now you start walking out there because ... if you are called, you are called. When that happens, it seems that you will get pulled into it no matter what. Like me ... I get weird radio signals all the time and I somehow always follow them." The armored Doctor hummed as he pulled out a Stimpak and injected Deadshot. "He should be up and running soon ... I'll carry him out I guess. Follow us." He said as he picked up Deadshot and left the brig.

A few minutes later, the Wanderer came to the large group. "Well, here is one guy you need. Now I'll be over there since I am not involved in this ... at all~" He said whilst pointing to the side. The good Doctor walked outside the group and began to examine the scene. He could already tell that everyone gathered around three strangers.

Memories.
Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo and Fuuka Yamagishi.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, Airstrip | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Waving casually to everyone, Yu Narukami's memories were not triggered by this. Bowing shortly afterwards, Yu looked confused. "Sorry, but I do not remember any of these events, I have the feeling that they are true but the memory from your world I remember is being choked almost to death by a dark figure ... other then that I do not remember much." His face still looked calm and neutral as he admitted the truth from his mouth.

Yet Yu saw an armored figure approach the group, he became cautioned because it also carried a body. Coming to the group he dropped the person on the ground who groaned with either pain or embarrassment. The figure moved to the side, Yu simply shrugged at this as he awaited for everyone else. "I believe we should be introduced to each other, my name Yu Narukami. Here I am the person who will teach a group of people about natural users." Yu said as he was reminded about his mission and why he was here.

Personaverse
Location: Airstrip

Cz

Cz held her head, the world was spinning around her and the harsh thump of her heart pounded pain into her skull. What's going on? She thought to herself. Her mind was sluggish, and the processes seem to run slower as well, and only two or three processes seem to be running concurrently. As she stepped out onto the landing strip, the cool ocean breeze cut through her robes and into her flesh, sending chills deeper than anything she had before felt. Cz gasped. It hurts. Everything's raw. What the hell.

In the midst of all the stimuli, Cz recognized the ocean here. This was Japan. She had spent the better part of eight hundred years floating around guarding this place from within aetherspace. Cz looked up and gave a deep glare to all the people gathered before her on the landing strip. She counted off; Jenny, Devon, Ella David West, Teri, Garm, Slindis, Caim, Angelus, Ton Ton, Cadobolg. Then she turned her eyes toward the three strangers and lifted a finger to point at Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo and Fuuka Yamagishi in turn. "Who are you, and what have you done to me and all the people in this place."

Memories.
Yu Narukami, Mitsuru Kirijo and Fuuka Yamagishi and the Rising Dawn.
Location: Personaverse | Shadow Operative Building, Airstrip | Tatsumi Port Island, Japan

Fuuka blinked in confusion, her brow furrowed when she asked, "That's strange... Philemon spoke with all of you, didn't he?"

Ton Ton gave a nod, "Yeah, tall guy. Wears a mask and likes butterflies. He gave the intel about what was going on, Cz. I do recall when he asked you your name, you called yourself a 'guardian of humanity'?"

Mitsuru spoke up after that, "None of use have done anything to you. If anything, it was Philemon who brought you here and... Well, I don't know all of the details, but I know he was able to grant all of you Personas. Which brings us to why you've been called by him at all. Now that all of you are here, please follow me. Narukami-san, you can explain your form of Persona use in a moment."

Mitsuru lead the group inside the building close to the airstrip and into a lavish conference room, lined with chairs and several pitchers of ice water. After waiting for everyone to seat themselves as they wished, Mitsuru, Fuuka and Yu went to the front of the room, where a projector screen was. It was then that Mitsuru began speaking again,

"Greetings. As you probably know by now, I am Mitsuru Kirijo, and I lead a group of people called the Shadow Operatives, an offshoot of my corporation, the Kirijo group. The Shadow Operatives work to keep the beings known as Shadows under control, so they don't leak too far into our world. As Philemon has probably explained, Shadows are the offshoots of humanity, the embodiment of negative emotions. So, so long as humans exist, so do Shadows. However, this does not mean that their activity cannot be monitored and kept under control for a time.

That all being said, we've had a recent problem with them. Unlike the Shadows we're used to dealing with, there is a new source of their growth. We suspect that this Nyarlatothep has gained the means to synthesize a virus that has forced human beings to revert to this form of being, rather than the collective forms we are used to dealing with. As you can imagine, if this spreads beyond this town, which has been quarantined at the current time, the results could be catastrophic. As far as we have been able to gather, there is a 100% mortality rate. Anyone infected will become a Shadow. We've only been able to find those with the advanced forms of the disease, and they turned shortly after."

She made a small sigh and held up a clicker for the projection, "I will warn you now, what you're about to see is fairly graphic, but it should help you identify one of the infected if possible."

Mitsuru closed her eyes as she pressed the button, and images began to flash upon the screen. What they group saw on the screen was nothing short of grotesque. From what could bee seen, there were several men, women and even a select few children shown laying in hospital beds or clawing at the glass walls of containment areas as their sickness was readily apparent. Black spheres where eyes should have been, pale degenerating flesh that exposed bone in some instances, hair long gone from having fallen out of it's roots, teeth and nails missing and only leaving stumps where it once was... It was hard to call the subjects human at all.

After getting rid of the slideshow of the grotesque, Mitsuru took charge again, "As I've said, this is the most advanced stage of the virus. What we've been trying to do is isolate where this virus is being released, as well as try to find those in the earlier stages of the virus. The Shadow Operatives have found that those in the latest stages have an aversion to light, and were found bundled in several layers of clothing well beyond what would be necessary for this weather. Their eyes are unusually dilated, or somehow blackened as well, so do check for that if you find someone suspicious.

Fuuka, I'll get the Evokers. You explain the next section."

"Of course. Hello, my name is Fuuka Yamagishi, another Shadow Operative, as well as a Persona wielder, like Mitsuru."

Fuuka took center stage as Misturu began to pass around to the party (Mainly) what appeared to be guns. However, with some, the objects were different. Caim, Melethia, and Angelus were given daggers of varying shapes, a collar for Garm and the Cuties, Slindis a bladed glove, and Teri was given a gun alongside a miniature USB drive?

"Someone named Dimitri is supposed to get that, from what I'm told.."

As Teri began to gingerly put the USB into the tablet, Fuuka began her portion of the explanation,

"Now, while we do say this is a virus, I think two things can be deduced. One, that the virus is not biological in nature, seeing the final product is a Shadow. The second, is that Persona users are immune to this virus. I think that this is most likely because we've already become part of Philemon's 'side', so Nyarlatothep can't touch us with it.

Now, what needs to be done to solve this problem is that we need to find where the virus is being made, and stop production. In order to do that, we need to find a few living sufferers of this disease, and investigate from there. We also suspect that the areas the virus are being spread from are zones where the Shadows are able to roam about. If you should find such a zone, you will need to go in and find the source of it's creation and eradicate it. That's where your Personas will come in to aide you. And in order to call them to help you, we've lent you is called an Evoker."

She held up a similar gun and pressed it to the side of her head, "By using a device shaped like a gun, or in some cases, with collars or knives etc, it invokes a fear response, and the Persona is able to come forth. At least, we suspect that to be the case with most of you. We don't know how many of you are or will become Natural Users like Narukami-san, who can summon his Persona with the force of his will instead of needing an Evoker.

We've also provided several training rooms that will enable you to practice using your Personas before going out into the field. And that, Narukami-san, is how you can train the current Natural Users in that form of summoning. But before all that, is there any questions?"

Shadow Operative Building, Conference Room: Rugal

Listening quietly to the Operative's explanation, Rugal picked up his Evoker, unknowingly judging the craftsmanship of this weapon.
"Pffffff...Ruger Mk. III semi-automatic pistol, Doesn't have anything on one of ours..."
Wincing from his headache, he pocketed his one before saying "Give us the file of the last Infected you've found. Name, age, Routine, Address, anything we can use to find out how he or she came into contact with this virus so we can follow the trail from there. Unless you already have a lead..."
"~Ohhhhhh, ~Unless you already have a lead~ Tsh! Man, look at you, Captain Picard and his merry men and women."
"Shut your mouth, before I shut it for you!" He could be barely heard saying to himself.(?)

Shadow Operative Building, Conference Room: David West/Jenny

David was the most uneasy when he was handed his Evoker, examining it a distrusting look on his face.
"...You're SURE these things work?...Sorry to sound paranoid, but I'm in the business of blowing people's heads off with guns so I'm a little uncomfortable with doing the same to my own..." He asked as he meticulously checked out his, the device feeling more like a toy gun then anything he was used to.
As David asked, Jenny just kept looking over the pictures of the infected, showing a drive that was mostly absent for most of her stay on the Rising Dawn, as well as a temper.
"She said invokes fear, it's supposed to make you feel like that. Dunce." She explained, thinking David didn't pay attention during the Lecture, like always.
"Hey, I just know what I don't like pointed at my head, alright?...Sheesh, J. Lighten up..." The Sniper protested as he slid his evoker away from himself on the table.
"...So what was that about "Natural User"? Sounds like some classy "Chosen one" Bullshit..."
Jenny merely sighed annoyingly before saying "If we counter any Infected, should we report them to your people or put them out of their misery?"
"..."
"...what?..."

Shadow Operative Building, Conference Room: Deadshot

All the while, Deadshot was Loudly Munching on a packet of crisps he picked up at the Vending Machine on the way up, pocketing a company pen or 6 when no one was looking.
"Hm {question for the red-head} (Mitsuru Kirijo) {...ummm...Are we operating within local laws or is it a "M.I.B." thing where we can kick the shit of anyone and you'll people will make it so it never happened?}" He asked with his mouth pull of potato crisps.
*Gulp* "No, But seriously, how Public is this operation? I mean, those were some pretty fucked up looking victims, can't keep something like that under wraps for long. I'd like to know if we need to keep a low profile or not." He then asked before stuffing his face again, his chewing visible though the part of his face that was missing.
"{...Wait, did you guys want one?...Cheese and Onion...}" He said before offering a few of his crisps.

Shadow Operative Building, Conference Room: Devon, Angelus, Ella, Annie, Bruisers

"Um, I'm still not really comfortable with pointing a gun to my head... I'm not that desperate, but if we have to... SHe glanced over at Angelus and then down at the gun (Which was on the handily-provided hip holster) nervously. Sure, they said it didn't have any bullets, but who's to say that people couldn't swap it out for a real gun? She didn't want to be sent to Ageha at all!

Meanwhile, Ella approached Annie with a kind enough greeting. "Would you mind helping me and Devon? I'd ask someone else, but Devon's already having a hard enough time getting used to her body, never mind puling the trigger and 'shooting' herself."

Shadow Operative Building, Conference Room: Slindis, Jenny

After taking a good number of notes on the condition of those affected, SLindis gave an affirmative nod. "It's eerie how you got something that works so well, but I doubt there's no way to cure it once infected. I'll have to try something first, but if it works I might be able to stem the tide a bit or keep it away from key people in your group if I bring my Persona out." The Drow seemed somewhat confident as she looked the notes over while she let Teri find out what it was she planned on doing, and responded to Jenny's rather straightforward question

"I'd like to give my idea a try first, because if we can save some it's less we have to kill." For many others it would have sounded naively optimistic, but Slindis was trying to keep the idea that they could help some of the infected in the people's minds.

Shadow Operative Building, Conference Room to Shadow Room: Melethia

Melethia had heard enough about the talk and shrugged before bluntly calling out to Mitsuru. "Look, just point me to one of those training rooms. If they can do what I think they can do, I'll need them for what I'll do for my Evoker. After all, if I have to use this, I'm gonna make it a real weapon." With that, she went off to a room and took a good long look at the Evoker.

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