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

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Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #4: Aftan | Altea | Akane | Cadolbolg | Ton Ton
Akane turned at the sound of Gabrielle's voice and caught her partner mid glomp, hugging her back so tightly. She began to tear up and started babbling uncontrollably in Japanese.

A little taken aback, Gabrielle melted into the hug, shhing the Kitsune. "Oi, oi. I can't speak Moonspeak, calm down!"

Akane took a few deep breaths and looked at Gabrielle. "Thank the Gods you are alright! I'm so so so so sorry! Just this once, let me cling to you...? Wait! Cadolbolg and Ton Ton! They made a pact!"

Clutching her Partner tightly, she turned them to face the little pair, Aftan arriving to help the pair.

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Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Tajuh nodded at the succubus. "I think I understand. Just try to keep it civil and I've no issue working with you." One odd thing Ella felt when she talked with Tajuh was a strange emptiness for some reason, but she couldn't quite place why.

After she left, the man kept tending to Melethia. After all, even with the healing she got from Rugal which likely saved her life, she was still a child. The fact that she hadn't stirred yet was more than a bit concerning.


Drop Group #3: David | Elena | Kud | Riki | Saya | Slindis

Slindis nodded. "Good plan. I've done this type of operation before, and I can handle myself quite well in a fight. If you happen to see a fog appear in the village, you'll know I have company. " She was secretly glad this came up, as it gave her space from the rest of the group.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Tajuh gives a dry laugh as he's half-dragged along. "Keen senses you've got there, I have to say. First person I've seen that's actually called me on it as well. Headstrong, too. So then, our little therapist succubi, why would you call me broken? No person's perfect, but that doesn't mean they are damaged." As he was pulled along, Ella could feel that the hands had calluses all over them. In addition, the emptiness she felt was more like something had been forcibly removed from him.

"I've met your father before. I'm guessing Lucifer's kept busy with the whole mess right now, then?" It was odd to see how detached the man was, even when he did his best to be a father figure. He certainly put up a strong mask, that was for sure.


Drop Group #3: David | Elena | Kud | Riki | Saya | Slindis

Slindis stayed in wait, the naturally dark shading of her armor making it easy for her to stay unnoticed by those in the village.


The (Un)real World
Location: Redwood City
Time: January 13

Sav

"Uh, you've reached the home of Savasaan Todaro. I am not here at the moment, if you'd like, leave a message after the tone and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Kay, thanks bye," Sav then immediately turned off his monitor.

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Rosario and Vampire
Location: Yokai Academy
Time: December 31st 2008

Armageddon

"Could you please direct me to two students?" It was a young man dressed in black armor standing before the white-robed director of the school. The red moon shone in the background, tainted by the red sea and the dead forest outside, "I require to meet Aono Tsukune and Kurono Kurumu, and also request any information the school has on the Kurono family."

Armageddon bowed, his eyes a brilliant orange. He might not looked like it, but he was every bit as powerful, if not more so, than his master Nessaj.

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Avatar Adventure
Location: Rising Dawn
Time: Night

BlackHarte

He thumbed through the elvish book again, yet it was completely pointless. He had already memorized the book the first time over, and it brought him no extraneous information. "This is what they must call frustration and stupidity, to keep doing the same thing over and over again with the hope of achieving a different result." BlackHarte sighed and picked up his mug and quickly downing all of it's contents in a single breath.

"Armageddon, I hope you can get me something from that Succubus. The king's books and anecdotes tell us noting about the young master. However, that might just be half the puzzle... if we're lucky."

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Avatar Adventure
Location: Corrupted Forest
Time: Night

Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

"Indeed," Kyre whispered, "all tragedy comes with some sort of blessing. After all, aren't Calamities and Miracles simply two sides of the same coin?"

The shadows around the Anti-Mage died down, and the null-magic field once again became passive, those illusions that Kyre saw were now once again only visible to her. Her armor still chimed beautifully in the wind, and her shoulder length red hair blew in the cold night. "So be happy Ku-ru-mu. That way your short life might be imparted with some meaning." Kyre smiled, "and when you're happy, I will be too."

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Red Mage | Titania

"Aren't you getting tired at all little girl?" Red sneered as he flew backwards and erected a barrier to prevent the incoming fire storm from consuming him.

Titania teleported in front of the Mage in red and kicked him in his face, launching him back toward the forest below, "I am a physical god, I do not tire." Then she fell toward the earth as well, after being struck by an overhead blow with both hands. Red Mage floated right above where Titania was, a grimace plastered over his face as blood trickled from the side of his mouth.

"I am an illusion. I also do not tire... Dil Brando!"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: Angelus | Gabrielle | Jake

Angelus waved a dismissive hand, "Do as you will, Jake. That vision was more than enough for you today. If anything, you should be proud. You've made a great deal of progress in understanding your limits. That alone will aid you in taking a step in the right direction. As for myself, I'll keep guard until the Knights return. If I recognized those shadows that brought you back, Gabrielle will have no doubt have found Aftan."

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Teri was idly reading DnD files on her computer (hoping that she could find a new spell or two to try out later), and found interest in a PDF called "Frostburn". As the name implied, it focused heavily on water and ice based things in DnD campaigns, and as she had an affinity for Water, she took to the book well. An alert tore her from her interest, and when Teri brought up Dimitri's Room, she found it to be empty, sans the guardians placed earlier. The girl frowned and wondered to herself where the other AI could have run off to.

"Dimitri did ask her to do maintenance..." she muttered, and kept a small window of the Room open while she purused the aforementioned file.


Caim looked at the foreign blade curiously, and gave a nod of thanks to the succubus. Even if the blade turned out to be terrible, one does not act rudely about being given a weapon. After going to an unoccupied area a bit away from the crowd, he did some practice swings and found it to be as just as balanced and easy to use as his own. However, he did notice something... Different about it, but he couldn't quite put his finger on it. Replacing The Angel Killer in the Wheel, Caim returned to camp to keep his post as a watch.

Drop Group #4: Aftan | Altea | Akane | Cadolbolg | Ton Ton

Ton Ton wobbled faintly as he got up from the impact, and rubbed his face with a groan. "OW... Man, that really hurt. Remind me to ask you to land before we do anything that stupid again!"

When he moved to pick up his lantern and knife again, Ton Ton noticed something odd about his hands... There were tattoos on them.

Digital Nightmare: A.I. Vermilion | Dmitri vs. Viscus

Drawing THE_NINE_IRON, Dimitri flashed the new AI a goofy grin, "Ms. Vermilion! You got my message! Goodness, by the time this is over, I will owe you so many favors!"

"You say that as if you are you going to survive. Such foolishness."

That was when Viscus came crashing at the shield; and PRINCIPALITY waved it's staff to bolster the defense. However, there was still a distinct crack in the wall between them. Dimitri's smile faded, but he looked determined, "I think I know a way we can escape, but it requires our combined hacking prowess and some time. Do you think it doable? Or did I just condemn you to die with me? If so, I am TERRIBLY sorry."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #4: Aftan | Altea | Akane | Cadolbolg | Gabrielle | Ton Ton

Ton Ton looked at his friend with amazement, and (if he were able) would have grinned ear to ear; "I can! What about me?!"

Cadolbolg nodded his head excitedly, and the two rejoiced for their successful foray into Pact-Making. If only such a thing were so easy on everyone...

Digital Nightmare: A.I. Vermilion | Dmitri vs. Viscus

Dimitri waved Vermilion and his creations over as PRINCIPALITY began to carve a path to a new section of the ship: Storage. As they made their journey, Dimitri laid his plan out:

"Alright, so what I have in mind is that Viscus has locked all the entrances and exits to the ship... At least, those conventional to our kind of lifeform. However, I don't think he included functions that go into the Users realm. For example, if a User plugged in a USB, then we'd be free. However, he almost certainly has the Wi-Fi under watch, so he could preform a wireless hack in. But... If we are able to take something out of the ship, then his sphere of influence couldn't reach us. Thus, I propose we follow through on a letter."

He held up a copy of the very letter Rugal had sent with him;

"As I am a personal assistant, backup chaches for sent and recieved mail is natural to me. This copy is only temporary, but it gave me an idea. I was sent to deliver a request for a supply drop to the Users below. Accuracy would require mechanical assistance, or in this case, us. You are good at hacking and protection. I am good at directing and receiving information. Thus; we can escape and resolve the request without being detected or Deleted! If I know Viscus' kind, which I sort of do, he'd have backups ready.... We need to hack one of those."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Tajuh finally made his way to one of the trees, moderately surprised that a succubus had this much strength. "I've had a talk with him, and there's nothing he can do that I haven't already done for myself. It's easy to tell that you've got some tension when it comes to him, but he does care for you even if he doesn't show it all that well. After all, if he didn't, he wouldn't have had that man back there get you away from where you were." The odd thing about that last statement is that although he implied it, the man didn't feel damned, which she could pick up on due to being raised in hell.

"But you think I need love? Really? I'll not stop you from believing that if you wish. You're smarter than that, though." A small prodding with her allure powers felt an odd resistance to them, one that her mother had told her a mortal man shouldn't have. Also, for all he tried to hide it, Ella had seen him tending to that elven girl which revealed that stern showing was an act. A fine one, but an act nonetheless.


Devon looked over at Teri as she looked at the PDF with his shirt placed haphazardly on her shoulders. "Trying to pick up a few tricks, huh? Sounds interesting. And I didn't mean to piss you guys off earlier. Guess it must've been Lucifer rubbing off on me." He still remembered the ordeal with Bruiser and decided not to surprise her.

"Any songs you want me to play for the group? It's kinda like that Inuart guy that followed Caim around, except I'm sure that I can do more than just that.."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Teri looked up from studies and nodded, "If we're going to be camping here, then I need to look over spell listings and see if I can do something more than summoning little water elementals. Don't get me wrong, I love the little guys; but I need to be more effective than just sitting in the back and patching up people. If I can get a Fighter/Sorcerer to level 6 and have decent spellcasting than I can make myself just as helpful, dammit!"

There was a pause as she perused another spell, which gave Devon a view of the dark circles under her eyes. It seemed all the Authors were being put through the grinder in the Avatar Adventures universe, regardless of what plane they were working under. She didn't look away from her studies when she asked,

"What made you decide to be a bard? I was an accident, which can happen, but you REALLY gotta decide you want to play music for battle. Also, if you know "Every Me and Every You" by Placebo, that'd be awesome."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: Angelus | Gabrielle | Jake
Jake smiled a bit at Angelus' words. Softly he spoke. "Thanks Angelus. I feel bad I can't repay you at the moment, but I should look on the bright side. One of my Guardian Angels is a Red Dragon. That's pretty awesome. If you don't like my singing, smack me upside the head, don't sit there and let me be painful. Uhh... The song is called Khe Sahn, and it's about a battle and a war my people didn't want to fight but did because of our alliances."

He took a deep breath, calming a little before singing lowly, crooning the soulfull song.
Well I left my heart to the sappers 'round Khe Sahn
And I sold my soul with my cigarettes, to a black market man
I've had to Vietnam cold turkey, from the ocean to the silver city
And it's only other vets could understa-and
'Bout the long forgotten dockside guarantees
How there were no V-day heroes in nineteen seventy-three
How we sailed into Sydney Harbour, I saw an old friend but I couldn't kiss her
And she was lined, and I was home to the lucky land
She was like so many more from that time on
Their lives were all so empty, until they'd found there chosen one
And their legs were often open but their minds were always closed
And their hearts were held in fast suburban chains
And the legal pads were yellow, hours long paypackets lean
And the telex writers clattered where the gunships once had been
The carparks made me jumpy and I never stopped the dreams
Or the growing need for speed and novacaine
So I worked across the country from end to end
I tried to find a place to settle down, where my mixed up life could mend
I held a job on an oil-rig, a-flyin' choppers when I could
But the nightlife nearly drove me round the bend
And I've travelled round the world from year to year
And each one found me aimless, one more year the worse for wear
And I've been back to South East Asia, you know the answer sure ain't there
But I'm driftin' north to check things out again
Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
And only seven flyin' hours, till I'll be landin' in Hong Kong
And there ain't nothin' like the kisses from a jaded Chinese princess
I'm gonna hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long
Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone
Well the last plane out of Sydney's almost gone..."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri
Devon rolled a 24 for his Perform check, managing to not butcher the song!

Devon looked over the spells with her as he started to play the song. It was a bit clear that he hadn't really heard the band much, but he still managed to play the song with a deal of success. "Well, it kinda happened. When I was with Lucifer, I guess I had to take a quick trip to Heaven because apparently having someone that transfers injuries in a hospital is a bad thing. Stuff happened, I didn't want to be useless anymore so I asked Lucifer to help me pick it up, and I went through literal Training from Hell. The training was hard, but I did pick up a lot there. I even managed to play enough to keep that fake Angelus off Ton-Ton's hide while he offed her."

He finished the song and grinned. "Still, it looks like I'm not the only one that went through the wringer. At least you didn't have to defuse what could've been a nasty fight between Lucifer and his ex-wife. I don't care how you cut that one, it had so many ways it could've ended badly."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: Angelus | Gabrielle | Jake

Angelus kept a bemused expression as she listened to the bitter tale of a war veteran, but said nothing. It almost reminded her of the times in her home world, or at least, at the points before Furiae was taken by the Empire. Closing her eyes, she could almost see it again, the small campfire erected, her fool human and his entourage gathered as the bard sang. Even if the song was a tad repetitive, it was comforting in those times. The same applied here as well. Even if the vocal quality wasn't perfect, the dragon could appreciate the moment of peace...

A.I. Vermilion | Dimitri

As Dimitri and Vermilion rushed into the Supplies Chamber, they could hear Viscus right on their tail; to which Dimitri's three programs stopped moving. Dimitri whirled around to question them, but only saw their backs turned to him, as well as three glowing orbs of light at each program's feet. That was when it hit Dimitri:

"You're going to hold him off, aren't you? And these are your source codes..."

The three programs nodded solemnly as Dimitri moved to compress the files given to him. YAMATA-NO-OROCHI's heads nuzzled the two AI, SEIRYU bowed it's horned head and PRINCIPALITY saluted to the two, before a disembodied voice from the trio emerged: "We were honored to serve you, Master. May our copies aid you better in the next cycle.".

Dimitri gave a deep bow, "The pleasure was all mine, friends. Take off a leg for me, if you could?"

The creatures gave their various methods of acknowledgement, before moving back in the direction of the Cruel AI. When Viscus came into view, the trio cried out before charging the enemy of their beloved Master.

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Teri gave an appreciative nod at Devon's performance, the song being a small reminder of a normal life. Funny how one craves the opposite when they get what they "desire".

"Ah, that gentleman... Next time you see him, could you give him a thanks? I think he's partially to blame for my Cleric powers coming about. Without that speech of his, I don't know if I could have come here whole-heartily. I mean, sure, I wanted to come here to help, but I didn't know just HOW. Now I have a purpose here, aside from Writing from time to time."

She smiled faintly, "Mild gratitude or not, I don't envy you one bit. You'd have to come up with a REALLY convincing argument for me to want to descend to Hell."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Devon stretched after the performance and looked down at the guitar. "Well, you have to hand it to Lucifer. He certainly knows how to get someone ready, and he's one hell of a teacher, no pun intended. I mean, learning the basics in hell was more than a bit unusual, but I picked it up pretty quickly. It wasn't until the hurricane in Lust where it started to get difficult."

When Teri made her comment on descending into hell, he laughed. I gotcha. A year ago, if you told me I was going to hell, I'd have called you crazy. Way I see it, I messed up a lot of things. It's high time I start fixing them. So what's a 50 year stay in hell when I die if I can be useful right now?"

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: Angelus | Gabrielle | Jake
Feeling better after singing a favourite of his, Jake moved onto another song he also liked, a tad ironic for him in his current situation yet still fitting.

"There must be some kind of way out of here,"
Said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion,
I can't get no relief.
Businessman they drink my wine,
Plowman dig my earth
None of them along the line, know what any of it is worth"

"No reason to get excited,"
The thief, he kindly spoke
"There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we've been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late"

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants, too

Outside in the distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl

All along the watchtower...

Viscus : Digital Nightmare
Notice: Sorry if I used them out of character and other mistakes, just wanted to wrap this up while I was online

The trio of support programs, the Firewall, the countless other defences, it didn't matter, Viscus had won the second Dimitri used that password.
Upon seeing the programs attempt to attack, he causally selected "Missile Swarm" on his weapons list.
A single burst of homing explosive rockets was all it took, 3 for each program, they were incinerate before they even reached him.

Back with his targets, Dimitri and Vermillion reached their escape route and in time too.
Viscus was within visual range as the pair began to upload themselves onto the drop pod as it was being loaded with supplies.
Tense seconds passed as Viscus took his time, calmly deleting all the defences between him and his objective.
3 barriers left to mark and Viscus was cutting though with his Sword.
"Ms. Vermilion, I do highly believe we should hurry as our opposite is nearing..." Dimitri said with both panic and impeccable manners.
"I am hurrying, pod is loading..." Vermillion answered as Viscus reached the 4th Barrier.
It was then she realised something, the pod request was already sent, By Viscus.
"....What in the name...He ordered this pod!" She exclaimed to Dimitri as another barrier fell.
"He must have planned to send it after we were deleted. Now, may we please leave? My calculations state Viscus's ETA is under 15 seconds!"
2rd Barrier was down as Vermillion began to set up an attachment for them to escape, causing a digital drop pod to appear next to them, about the size of a small phone box on its side.
"It's open! Get in!"
"But the file size is only for one! It's far too-"

The last one was down as Viscus was now in the room, staring right at them, sword drawn.
"LETS JUST GO!" she yelled, clearly this wasn't going to be one of those sappy "There is only room for one" moments.
And thus, the pair forced themselves in, moving around and squirming as Viscus came closer and closer into stabbing distance.
Dimitri tried to close the door, but it wouldn't close with the two of them in it.
"Oh dear, this is most unpleasant!" He said as Viscus was right in front of of him, about to stab him.
So he did what anyone would have done: suck it in.
Taking a deep breath before trying to close the door again, he succeeded and the sword hit harmlessly off the glass of the Pod.
Viscus glared at the pair of AI's squeezed together though the window of the pod.
He did not look happy about this outcome.
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Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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


Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Tajuh rolled a 16 on the resisting of Allure, and he had a small amount of help somehow...

Not only did Tajuh brush off the Allure, he brushed it off with an exceptional amount of ease. Ella couldn't quite understand why, though. "Ella, each man has stuff of their own that they keep to themselves. And excuse me for cutting you off on your father, but there's more to him than you see."

It was then that the Succubus ran off and Tajuh saw Mark again. "She's smart, but she'll get a lot better when she learns to see beyond the surface. Agreed, Mark?"


Meanwhile, when Ella got over to Caim, the little girl next to Caim felt off to the succubus. It was clear that she had just avoided death, but there was something slightly off with how she slept.

Viscus : Digital Nightmare

As Dimitri and Vermilion watched their attacker stare at them with utmost loathing, Dimitri couldn't help but grin with joy. Doing his best to not crush Vermilion as they were slowly teleporting away, he said, "We did it! Well, you did it... You really are something, Ms. Vermilion. I must thank you for coming to my aid. You could have easily allowed me to stay in the pickle I fell into..."

It was funny how well the Butler could maintain an unblemished look despite having gone to hell and back. Even his hat sat perfectly on his head. It was an interesting contrast to the very emotional construct, especially when his face lit up about piloting the pod. He said something about homing in on their home signal (The Tablet) and how they could use it to drop the pod that way.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Caim eyed the succubus with confusion as he had no idea why the woman would keep approaching him. However, he wouldn't be too standoffish; as she had been generous for a woman who had fought his copy. He gave a small nod to the succubus and began to practice sword movements with the False!Heirloom.. Huh, that was a decent enough name. Caim decided to file that away as a good name for the new sword, and began hacking at the tree he was practicing on.

As he did so, His PDA called out, "Just make sure your out of my way. Don't want a stray sword stroke to be the cause of your death, now do you?"

A few more sword strokes, and Caim asked, "So, what brings you here? I'm not really a conversationalist, if you couldn't tell already..."

Drop Group #4: Aftan | Altea | Akane | Cadolbolg | Gabrielle | Ton Ton

Ton Ton laughed as Cadolbolg sped ahead of them; "Hey, wait up!"

Drop Group #1: Angelus | Gabrielle | Jake

As Angelus listened to Jake's song, she could have sworn she heard a voice in her mind; one that resembled something that she did not think existed in this world...

"What on earth..? Pact partners here? That shouldn't be possible..."

Viscus : Digital Nightmare
Viscus watched as the pair escaped with their code un-assimilated.
And he saw it was good.
Had he really wanted to kill him, it would have been just a matter of using a compete Purge to flush Dimitri off followed by a hail of Digital Lead.
What Dimitri will do, telling the group of "Rugal's" horrible crimes, just ensured him the Leadership of AIM and the Cartel.
Dimitri tells the team and the team would revolt, there would be a 95% chance they would kill Rugal.
And who could possibly replace him? Who was second in command of the entire Cartel?
And all it took was a little creative interpretation of the Safeties Rugal had installed.
The only thing that remained now was whether or not to explain to Dimitri he just got him promoted.
So Viscus took off his helmet and returned to his post overseeing the AIM attacks, smirking as he did.

Captcha: Wisdom of Inglip

The (Un)Real World
Location: Redwood City
Time: January 14th

Sav | Klaara

"Uh, we don't really drink," Sav answered, "at least it would be best not to let any alcohol grace the presence of this homestead."

He shook his head, the rustle of straw gave such evidence, "I don't know what to say. Still catching up on everything that happened while I was gone."

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Rosario and Vampire
Location: Yokai Academy
Time: December 31st 2008

Armageddon

"I appreciate your cooperation Director," Armageddon bowed swiftly to the old man, "and be confident in the knowledge that I am here on my own terms. The Chaos Servants do not wish any harm to this school nor it's students."

With that Armageddon placed the filed inside his black chestpiece and pushed open the door to the Yokai Newspaper Club without knocking.

A small witch, a pink haired vampire, a blue haired Succubus, and a mauve haired snowwoman. A strange group indeed. Armageddon bowed deeply and placed a gloved hand over his chest, <Good morrow to all who are present. I would like to speak to Aono Tsukune, Kurono Kurumu, and Akashiya Moka. The rest of you please leave the premises immediately.> Armageddon's Japanese was perfect and fluent. Yet there was something inherently off about the way he spoke, his voice almost seemed to be modulated, holding it's own echo.

He brought himself back up to his full posture again and ran a gloved hand through his dark black hair. <My name is Armageddon, I am the Harbinger of the Apocalypse.> He scoffed a little, <Or at least I would be were my rider not the incompetent idiot that he is. Kurono Kurumu, I am here to inquire about your family and your relationships with them. Aono Tsukune, I will require you to remove the Rosary on that vampire. I have matters I need to discuss with those two girls.>

Avatar Adventure
Location: The Corrupted Forest
Time: Night

Kyre | Kurumu | Puce

"Well," Kyre said playfully as she turned her head to look up at Kurumu. For the first time she noticed the Succubus' features, her blue hair and purple eyes. Her fair white unblemished skin, and her painted nails, "what I want... I will now take!"

Kyre leaned in as if to kiss her, and then promptly fell her lips to Kurumu's neck. The young anti-mage bit down on the Succubus' skin and tore a small opening before beginning to drink a little of her blood. That sweetness she remembered from so long ago, hidden from somewhere deep within her mind, from some long forgotten dream.

And then Kyre coughed, the blood burnt her throat and stomach. Her mouth felt as if it were aflame. She fell back off of Kurumu and onto the floor, her small cough had developed into a hacking , almost choking, series of heavy expulsions. "What... what's going *cough* on...?" Blood came dribbling out of the Anti-Mage's mouth, deep red, almost black. And definitely in larger volume than the little that Kyre had swallowed beforehand.

She never stopped choking, her face reddened and tears streamed down her face. Both of her hands gripped her throat tightly as she vomited more of her own blood onto the forest floor.

Kyre had tried demon blood somewhere before hand't she? With about the same results. Yet she yearned for the sweet drink she had in that long lost dream, cradled against Kurumu's body in some lost stone dungeon.

Digital Nightmare VICTORY!

The ride down was easy enough, with Dimitri and Vermilion working double time to make sure the pod landed properly in the coordinates they had homed in on... Homing in on being tracking the Tablet the duo lived in. As they made their descent, Dimitri and Vermilion realized something was wrong. They had forgotten to take in account the weather conditions outside, and that was beginning to throw off their descent. As opposed to being slow and calm; the fierce storm was buffeting them in the air; and causing the pod to fall at a faster rate than normal... And was heading straight towards Teri's Tablet.

Devon | Rugal | Teri

Teri was still quietly looking through DnD spell listings when she saw a message appear in the top left corner of her screen. With a curious tap of the icon, a recording (as well as a textual transcript) of the following appeared:


Recipient: Teri Gravel, Level 4 Cleric
Subject: Re: Supply Drop
Body: Request number 4675636B20596F75 for supply drop has been Approved. ETA for arrival is 1 minute. Please remain clear from the package landing site, or you may suffer from the following: Broken bones, ruptured lungs, minor discomfort, nausea...

Viscus' voice continued to list of different consequences as Teri looked at the Tablet with confusion. That was when a shadow passed overhead, and Teri's eyes widened when she realized what was going on.

"Oh Shit. RUN!"

Luckily, the warning came in time, and the trio were able to jump out of the way before the pod landed.

Naturally, this was when the recording ended with, "skin grafts, and death. We hope you have a nice day."

A few minutes passed between the trio; and Teri found a new message appearing on her computer, to which she opened and found the two AIs stumble out. With them were a few video files, which were labeled, "Watch with headphones, muted, or when alone."

Teri was more than happy to see her AI (and his lady friend) doing well, but was confused about the circumstances about what was going on. As Rugal and Devon began to examine the pod, Teri quietly played the first video. It wasn't pretty, to say the least; as it showed what little information about AIM that was on Dimitri's and Vermilion's RAM. Soldiers fighting, dying, being attacked by Bruiser... It was a nasty sight for any; and Teri could only guess that the other two files would be worse. She wandered away silently as her AI began to show her more horrors of the AIM and who was involved with it.

Rugal
Rugal was half-asleep at the base of a tree when Teri's warning came in.
He glanced up, saw the drop pod coming in and instantly reacted, rolling out of the way as the Pod crashed into the tree he was resting on.
"Jesus Christ!!" He exclaimed at Viscus uncharastically bad aim.
"....Everyone okay?!" He shouted as the dust settled, receiving a few nods as a result.
While he was un-happy about the delivery, he was happy that Viscus could deliver the goods and went to open the pod, finding a massive pile of supplies, essential and non-essential.
Like fine wine for instance.

Bruiser Video
Teri watched a video with Bruiser on the thumbnail labelled "ZOMG! LLET BOM BOMM!".
It consisted of Bruiser leading an attack on a office building during rush hour traffic from a nearby roof:
"-So we blow the thing up basically.....any questions?.....No?.....Good. Boomstick please..." He ordered as he was handed a RPG and pointed at the building.
The camera shook from the vent on the RPG, but what Teri could see the entire building fell on a crowded street, killing many who were not even targets.
"......Think I shoulda used a bigger gun?...." He asked his men.

*Jump cut* To another video of attacking a nearby base from a VTOL
"-Why not? I'm only a few more kills from levelling up! and by god I'm going to get them! LETS ROCK PEOPLE!" He shouted at the camera before jumping out with a LMG and started mowing people down Rambo style, his manly screams soon giving way to a massive cheer.
He began to glow on camera

*Jump Cut* to a locker room afterwards, Bruiser was showing off in the mirror using the Video camera in place of a photo one.
"-And thats how you get abs like THESE! I mean, LOOK at this shit man! I could grate metal with these!........."
He appeared to be deep in thought....

*Jump-cut* to several minutes later after testing his theory on one of the lockers by humping it.
There was a dent but little
"-But in my defence....This is one of those space alloy thingys. Not even a chainsaw could tear them.....
....
....So to conclude, I'm awesome, Rate 5, ladies post numbers in the comments and stay tuned! BRUISER IS BACK MOTHERFUCKERS! WOOOOO-"

End

"BRUISER IS BACK MOTHERFUCKERS! WOOOOO-""

Teri dropped the Tablet in horror after the video feed ended, and slowly backed away from it.
"No. No no nonononono. No way. This isn't true. It can't be this soon!"

She could hear Dimitri and Vermilion begging their lady to grab their apparatus again, but found that Teri was not to be moved. Instead, she found herself braced against a tree as she voided what was left of the contents in her stomach. After that, she only shook in horror as she began to dry heave, the coughing noises sounding akin to a cat with a hairball. Clutching her sides, she shook as she slowly slid against the clean side of her tree, still staring at the Tablet. Her audio from the thing screeched in her anguish as she shrieked at the AIs,

"WHY DID YOU SHOW ME THAT?! WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE FILES?!"

Dimitri's voice remained calm as ever when he replied, "To help your understanding of the situation you are in."

Teri looked at the Tablet in confusion, and slowly walked to it, "What?! Help my understanding?! Obviously, you got something fucked up from Viscus, didn't you?! I know he has his digital dick so far up that corporations ass that-"

"There's no need for such language to get the point across, Madam."

"I can use what language I want! I know Viscus is involved in that stuff; and it's terrible, but I don't know if we can-"

"And who is involved with Viscus, Madam? You are forgetting a key detail here..."

Teri was shocked that her computer not once, but twice interrupted her train of thought, and was about to yell at him some more about his lack of manners when another file appeared. It was a simple textual file, but the obvious was laid before her. The Bernstein Cartel had AIM in it's pockets for funding. The girl was struck dumb at the information presented to her, and found that words weren't forming properly in her mind for that moment. That was when Dimitri's voice rang out again, "You know what must be done."

Teri shook her head numbly, "No, there has to be a mistake! He wouldn't-!"

"I have scanned the databases. His previous actions, including those up to this point are nothing short of reprehensible. You must report what he has done. There is no shred of evidence to the contrary."

Before Teri could protest, Dimitri spoke once more, "I understand you have a fondness for this fiend, so I shall allow you to make the final decision. However, I do hope that these things will point you in the right direction..."

The AI's feed of the room went silent, and Teri found herself alone in the woods again.

bluerocker:
Offline after this

Viscus
....
....
....
....Exactly 2 minutes :43 seconds had passed since the AI's escaped, more then enough time for Dimitri to present the videos he had collected to Teri.
Viscus had won, time to rub it in and focus on setting AIM up to defeat Tomoya and herald the world he had spend his entire existence working towards.
So he summoned up a Camera and began recording:
"....Greetings. If you are watching this, then Rugal Bernstein is dead. Killed in action during a quest I can only describe as flawed from the very beginning. He willingly walked into the heart of those who wish to prevent us from attaining our goals. They tried to corrupt him against his ideals and mostly succeeded, Clearly the man failed to live up to the legend. He thought he could betray us and get away with it, to use Cartel Resources to fund our rivals, to aid them in their affairs. As long as the smallest byte of my being exists, I will not allow such misconduct.

Effective immediately, by Order of the Chain of Command, I, The Viscus Mk3., am now the CEO and Commander of the Bernstein Cartel. All business will be done though me and me alone. My superior programming and being will ensure that above all, the Cartel will be able to tend to the needs of all its customers as well as expand and thrive.

I will update you all with changes in management within the next 24 hours. For now, your orders remain unchanged until I deem them fit to be changed. Ours is a world of War and we are it's keepers. Like many things in this life, our sole goal is profit above else.

We are VISCUS.
We are Legion, for we are many.
We will ensure the balance of the world remains in favour for the highest bidder.
And for the Highest Bidder only.
Choose the world you want to live in....or let someone else control you..."

He finished the Video and let another countdown, timing it to when he calculated the group would return.
The message of the Change in command was merely a insult, he didn't mean anything he said, it was all a ruse for his plan.
A plan Dimitri allowed him to get away with....

Rugal
Rugal sorted though the supplies, grabbing a few wine glasses and a nice thick sleeping bag to rest in.
It was around then that he noticed Teri was gone.
"...mmm...Strange...Devon, Find Teri, She might want some of the supplies Viscus sent us." He suggested as he took in the smell of fine wine.

Rosario and Vampire
Location: Yokai Academy
Time: December 31st 2008

Armageddon

<Most troublesome,> Armageddon sighed, raising his white-clothed hand up into the air, [I'm afraid I can't always be bending over to every cute girl's demands.] An orange flame appeared in his hand, crackling and burning with strange design. There was a deep and resounding aura that filled the room. Darkness beyond blackest pitch, a shadowy fire that rose above tumult-waves in an endless sea of Chaos.

<Your future presence has caused something of an existential crises for a young master of one of my dearest friends,> he lifted his head up to look down upon the people gathered in the room, his dark orange eyes ablaze with indifference, <We can either talk over some tea and cookies, or I can bind you against the wall and kill the boy for kicks.>

[Unlike my master, I am not a patient nor forgiving warhorse. So what do you say, Miss Kurono. It'd be a shame to lose Tsukune. To have Moka forever sealed away, to leave yourself without a 'destined one.'] Armageddon laughed, a deep and terrifying chortle not unlike the belching flames of a furnace.

---

Avatar Adventure
Location: Corrupted Forest
Time: Night

Kyre | Puce | Kurumu

"NO!" Kyre screamed, slapping Puce's hand away from her. Suddenly the magic in the area froze solid, "Don't you dare take her out of me, don't you dare take my love out of me." She heaved again, throwing more of her bile and blood on the forest floor. Then suddenly the magic returned to the area, the forest faced re-corruption, and the darkness around Kyre vanished.

The light around her seemed to stop working, her shadow disappeared, and she collapsed onto the floor. Her null-magic field had just collapsed in on itself, and left it's master as little more than a broken heap of flesh. Yet still, through her bangs, the emerald green of her eyes shone brightly. "Human... don't you dare touch me again. Don't you dare try and take her away from me you filthy beast..." For a moment, ever so brief, Kyre had tasted the sweetness of Kurumu's blood. And she clung to that taste because it tingled the back of her mind. It reminded her why she loved this woman so much.

Dimension: The (Un)Real World

Location: Mark's | Bungalow The Writer's Beach
Time: Morning | January 13th, 2013

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: | Aftan | Altea | Akane | Angelus | Cadolbolg | Gabrielle | Jake | Ton Ton

Angelus, under normal circumstances, would have admonished her son for wantonly making such a powerful contract, but when Ton Ton came into view, she quickly put two and two together as to who Cadolbolg's pact partner was. She only gave a small nod to Ton Ton, and the duo heard Angelus' voice in his mind, "I trust your strength, little ones, but I must say this now; your mortality is your greatest weakness now. If one of you dies, so does the other. You must be very careful to take into account your partner in what you do. Self-sacrifice is no longer a term that can apply to you; for your lives are now worth two instead of one. This also means that you are never alone. The strength you have must be shared, as well as the burdens you shoulder. Keep these things in mind as you conduct yourselves in the world. Understood?"

Now, despite having given a mild lecture, Ton Ton and Cadolbolg didn't see any anger or disapproval on Angelus' face. If anything, there may have been pride with the faintest hints of melancholy.

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Caim, while he was being lenient at first, decided to throw caution to the wind as soon as the Succubus decided to prod at topics that were not her business to pry into. Reaching into the Wheel in one swift motion, his family blade appeared in his hands, and False Heirloom was sent to the Armory; after which Caim blocked the attack coming at him. Throwing it off with brute force, Caim charged with a sweep of his own. After Ella managed to dodge it, she gasped with pleasant surprise. Already, she could see that the man before her was far more powerful than his clone could have ever hoped to have been. In proper terms, it was not only a matter of "power", it was that the clone was a distilled, "thin" version of the warrior. The real thing was far more terrifying to behold. No sharp quips, bloodlust filling his eyes, and angry screams filling his throat; the warrior was a perfect picture of a man who lived and died by the sword.

Steps to Making a Mortal Angry: 1) Insult their loved ones.


Teri only stared at her screen with a mixture of being dumbfounded, furious and misery. In this time, she picked up her stylus, and began to do what she had to land her in this place... Write.

Dimitri's Room: A.I. Vermilion | Dmitri

After the conversation with Teri ended and the feed was cut, Dimitri turned to Vermilion; "I certainly hope she knows what's best... I was afraid of what might happen were she to grow too attached to that man..."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: | Aftan | Altea | Akane | Angelus | Cadolbolg | Gabrielle | Jake | Ton Ton
Jake finished his song, and let the peace and silence sink in. He could still not see, but he was he could still hear the Dragon's light breathing. A short sharp intake of air, then she was back to normal.

Jake thought nothing of it and readied to sing another song, when he heard a slight rustle through the air. Perking up a tad, he waited for Angelus' commands, but none came, along with the sound of wings flapping. Cadolbolg, he knew. Otherwise, Angelus would have made a sound. Odd, however, that no words were spoken. Perhaps a hug was in order. Jake shrugged a little, slumping back to the warmth of the fire. He looked peaceful, staring into the flames, though his eyes were unfocused and sightless.

"Sorry to interrupt you, Angelus, Cadolbolg, but who is around? I can hear several sets of footsteps drawing nearer..."

Rugal
After Devon seemed to not hear him, most likely because I forgot to snip him, Rugal managed to pry himself away from the warm of his sleeping bag and the wine and proceed deeper into the jungle to find where Teri went off to.
"Teri!....You there?!.....Come on, you know better then to wander at a time like this..." He cried up as he made his way though the trees and vines, the sound of his cutting giving his position more then his shouting.

David West
"About time, Saya, you go left, I'll go right. Slin, if you can get though, Find Kud and if he's there, Riki. LETS ROCK!" David detailed his master plan before the group charged into the camp, instantly gaining the attention of the entire tribe in the process.
Spears and arrows were thrown and the best ever live action zerg rush raced towards them.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Tajuh looked over at the writer with an air of annoyance and began talking in a tone that reminded the author of Severus Snape with its scornful drawl. "I wasn't aware that authors believed they were privy to the inner workings of my mind, even if that's but an assumption. Don't you have other things to be checking up on?"

The message from the man was quite clear to the author: step the hell off, because I'm not telling you a damn thing.


At Rugal's request, he went over to Teri to see her scribbling on the tablet. "Teri, we've got those supplies. Are you coming to get some of them?"



Drop Group #3: David | Elena | Kud | Riki | Saya | Slindis

The moment the gunfire started, Slindis began moving through the village, making little noise and being even less noticed from the armor that seemed to give off little light. Okay, grid search, if any of them appear to be casters or bards of some sort, take them out first. Simple, and it's exactly what I need to help them get their minds off what was heard.

She made her way to the first group of tents, taking a quick look to see how many people were around before infiltrating any of the huts.


Rosario and Vampire
Location: Yokai Academy
Time: December 31st 2008

Armageddon

"It is fortunate that I have finally garnered your full attention," Armageddon closed his hand and extinguished the dark flame that he held in his gloved palm. Now he needed to tread lightly, Chaos Servant that he was, not even the Witch of Izalith would willingly go toe to toe with a hero in their own plane. Especially in such a one so conducive to fanservice. "Moka." he began.

He raised a hand and pointed to Kurumu, "Tell me now, what you understand about the euphoria caused by ingestion of demon blood is like. If you do not know, take a bite and tell me."

Armageddon turned his attention back to Kurumu, who had foolishly adopted a melee combat stance, a useless technique against his arsenal of pyromancies if he had actually chose to use them, "And you, you will tell me everything you have understanding of about your family. Specifically... tell me about your sibling." Then Armageddon stopped, his finger and hand was trembling. "What... what is this... you don't."

He closed his eyes and opened them again, this time they shone deep blood red, "Yuo have a sister don't you...? Alashi... Right? I couldn't... I couldn't be in the wrong world. This is the only one with anyone like you at all." A black flame burst into existence around his right hand, "This is an inconsistency BlackHarte... What the fuck are you saying that Kurono Kurumu doesn't have a registered sister!?"

---

Avatar Adventure
Location: Corrupted Forest
Time: Night

Kyre | Kruumu

Kyre answered Kurumu by bringing herself upward and locking lips with the Succubus before forcing herself onto Kurumu. The taste of blood was still fresh on her lips. Then she pulled back and fell into Kurumu's embrace, still wracked with pain of the demon blood reacting violently with her core physiology, "You are my everything Kurumu," she muttered, "you were the first face I saw when I woke up, you're the last person I know from my past that's still alive. Somehow I know that I'm me when I'm near you. I don't know if that's called love, because I've never felt this way toward anyone buy you!"

She placed a bloody hand on Kurumu's knee and tried to bring herself to her feet, "In a twisted sense, you complete me."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: Aftan | Altea | Akane | Angelus| Cadolbolg | Gabrielle | Jake | Ton Ton

Angelus turned and said, "Our wayward comrades have returned."

She looked back to her son and his pact partner, and she hugged the two tightly, "I"m so sorry, Cadolbolg, Ton Ton. I know for a fact that myself and Caim did not intend for this line of thought to cross your mind... You see, we, if anything, want you to be happy. You are our son. It does not matter whether or not you are 'as strong' as us. If anything, we would have wanted you to be in a world without strife, or war. I'm terribly sorry that you had thought that we would have wanted you to..."

She shook a little, still holding the two close to her, "When we trained with you, we did so that you could protect yourself when we weren't around. Yes, Caim has been proud of your quickness to learn; but that doesn't mean he wants you to be a soldier. I know I don't want you to be."

When she set them down, she spoke properly, "Despite what feelings I may have towards this, what is done is done. You are both pact-partners now. You will have to take more care in what you do. Now, I have one last question; do you know what your prices were? With such an unusual pact, I can only imagine that both of you have had to pay for it..."

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Caim frowned at the succubus' comments, and moved away from the tree. The sword still at the ready; should the succubus come for a second round. However, he was still a tad bit repulsed by the advances towards him; and asked, "If you usually do that to distract your opponent, then I won't judge you. However, in this case it's just annoying. Or is that what you had in mind?"

Inwardly, Caim patted himself on the back for a punch that he dodged; as he had turned the tables, and begun to annoy the succubus back.

Dimitri's Room: A.I. Vermilion | Dmitri

If Dimitri still had any steam in him from his crusade against Rugal, then Vermilion's thoughts on the matter had deflated him. She was right... If anything, exposing his young mistress to those images may have done her some more harm than good; as well as the talk that he had given her moments before... With a heavy sigh, he slumped in his chair, and watched his companion by the fire,

"I am afraid that you are correct, Ms. Vermilion. I may have hurt the young miss more than I thought. It's... It's a part of my natural programing. She is my User; and I am her personal assistant. I am literally wired to protect her, at any means necessary. Even if it might hurt her a little... At the time, I thought that this would be the best course of action, but I also feel that if I try to patch things up this moment, I will appear insincere!"

Covering his face with his hands, Dimitri rubbed his temples as he tried to think of a proper way to fix what problems he may have caused...

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: Aftan | Altea | Akane | Angelus| Cadolbolg | Gabrielle | Jake | Ton Ton
Jake sighed and closed his eyes, moving his face up towards whomever was standing in front of him. A wave of a dismissive hand accompanied the motion. "Worry not about me Aftan, there is nothing you can do to help though you wish to. Angelus provided counsel, and the methods gave me a glimpse into the future and I saw a horrible sight that may come to be. My mind has struck me blind, though I should be fine once I sleep or when the light returns. We used the fire, you see, so that's why the time restriction. Gabrielle, how are you? Thank you for what you did, I owe you just as I do Angelus. If you ever need to talk, my door is always open."

Akane hugged Gabs tight from behind before asking, "Why is Jake thanking you? He wasn't with our group was he?"

"Cadolbolg and Ton Ton! Congratulations on a successful pact. I would like to echo Angelus' words, and I wish you Good Luck and Good Hunting."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

In her writing, Teri found that she had been able to make herself relax a bit from the previous encounter with the data on her tablet and her fight with Dimitri (it also helped he sent her a few messages begging for her to forgive his well-intended extremism); even if the subject of her scribblings were a bit grim. However, when she heard someone approaching, she used a water bottle to swish her mouth out and to clean up her face a little; and forced herself to put on a faux attitude that was not anywhere close to her feelings at the moment. That was when she heard Devon:

"Teri, we've got those supplies. Are you coming to get some of them?"

She looked up from the tablet; "Maybe a little later. All I really need is a few refills in my med kit and another water bottle. You know, to make sure I have a Water Elemental at the ready. I have one right here, but I've been drinking from it... It might make the little guy not feel so good... But thanks for telling me! Is that all? If so, you're welcome to chill here. It's nice enough, with the little puddle of messed up water, and the trees..."

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: | Aftan | Altea | Akane | Angelus | Cadolbolg | Gabrielle | Jake | Ton Ton
"Aftan is right Gabrielle, I can feel it in you... But I won't ask until you are ready to tell us. How are you feeling otherwise, what about the ...burns? I'll never forgive myself for doing that to you... After you jumped in to help me as well..."

"I can help with that ladies. I'm no healer, but I could try and reset her body to the point before she got burnt, a system restore if you would. Essentially, I'd be setting her body back to the last time I saw her unharmed, so back on the airship just before the jump. Be bloody awesome had it of worked on me when I tried it...." Jake interjected, hoping to steer the conversation away from Gabs without having to lie.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #1: | Aftan | Altea | Akane | Angelus | Cadolbolg | Gabrielle | Jake | Ton Ton
Akane looked away in shame as Gabrielle moved over to the Author. "No, I should never have let my wrath get the better of me... Jack would be so disappointed in me right now..."

Jake grabbed his gemstone, placing his other hand upon Gabrielle's breast, directly over her heart. He took a deep breathe and let it out smoothly, the gem glowing and then flashing a brilliant sapphire even through his fist. Gabrielle felt a surge of energy hit her, then nothingness, then like she was fighting fit. Which she was now, her body and nothing else restored to before she suffered the burns. Jake slumped back, his energy now almost all spent and removed his hands, letting them fall to his sides.

"That should do the trick, short stuff. I also have some bad news for your little vampire, the Mark in this realm is a fake, a projection, incorporeal. However, if you wish for Author blood, I humbly offer myself. It's the least I can do. Then I'd like to sleep before sunrise, I am fuck arse tired." he said sleepily. It had been a long day.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri

Tajuh kept up the condescending tone when he responded to the Author. "And you think that any personal issues I may have would somehow compromise the mission? Unlike some people on the crew, I can set things aside for the larger picture. Now I think you should see your way out of that line of thinking, am I understood?" The man walked back to the majority of the crew before the asian had a chance to respond and began unpacking the equipment that had been dropped for them, setting up the field tents and placing sleeping bags in each one.

Dimension: Avatar Adventures Universe

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

Drop Group #2: Caim | Devon | Ella | Kalastryn | Kurumu | Kyre | Mark | Melethia | Puce | Rugal | Tajuh | Teri


Difficulty accessing consciousness.

Melethia stayed unconscious on the ground as the young girl's mind proved incredibly difficult to access. It seemed she didn't want any contact from the outside world.


The man leapt like a cat to avoid getting the water on him, but some of it ended up splashing him on the leg. Nothing big for most people, but Puce could see that the de facto leader of the Rising Dawn was biting his tongue to avoid saying anything. As a matter of fact, all of his muscles were tensed up and his face was a mix of anger and pain.

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