Reggie: Hm... her name is Anansi level 10, seems she's just a babe. No threat to us.
DT: Also to add, an easy target with that hammer.
Lucia: The other monster that attacked me might still be near, what should we do?
Reggie: Hey there dude, you rang?
Derrick: Yes, I need you to check out this girl tied up here.
Derrick: Also, we were attacked by a monster out here, but it seems they're gone?
Alice: ... What.
Reggie: Hehe... >v>
Reggie: Well! Let's take a look.
Ira: ... I still don't sense anything. It's just us three.
Derrick: Look I see Reggie and Bambino coming... And also, Alice?
Reggie: I'm sure you kids have no idea of the items you have on you, do you? -v-
Lucas: ... I don't.
Alice: Nope! Found this stuff on the floor.
Garreth: Same here.
Emily: Me too!
Reggie: Sheesh, I've got a lot of explaining to do then. I'll try to make it quick. >vo
Reggie: Alice, you're wearing the sharp beachwear set. Has damage reduction of -50 points, -75 if you're in sunlight. Physical contact damage will hurt your offender by about 20% of their own damage, before reduction. Also comes with a bluetooth for communication and! A small fear aura from your enemies.
Alice: I see.
Reggie: Stinky, you've got the Morningstar set. Each piece gives +100hp (totalling 400) while the cloak gives +200 with increased evasion and lowered critical chance. If you defend a teammate successfully, you get +10 increase in damage which stacks as long as you're in battle.
Lucas: Cool! Also stop calling me that.
Reggie: Ms. sky blue, you've got the Amicable Artist set. A hefty +1500 hp with a set bonus that gives out status ailments.
Reggie: Lexii, your set is called Rumor's Whisper set.
Lexii: Ahhh!!! FROM THE ROLEPLAY?
Lexii: Oh. My. GOD!
Reggie: Uh... What? ovo"
Lexii: Sorry, sorry. Go ahead?
Reggie: As I was saying, this set makes you less noticeable to enemies, and increases your dexterity to move quicker.
Reggie: Garreth, Your set is called Doomsday Ambassador set. It gives a set bonus that allows you to "weaken" enemies after you've hit them for more chances to deal critical hits.
Reggie: And that's about it. -v-
Reggie: Oh, I'm getting strange vibes...
Bambino: Me too.
Reggie: Seems Derrick needs our help with stuff. Don't wait up.
Alice: I will wait up, I want to know why.
Reggie: Okay, suit yourself.
You use earth magics to form a makeshift holding area for the unknown girl.
Derrick: This will give us one less thing to worry about.
The daggers that were flung towards you phase out into the mist.
Luckily, Iris stops the projectices leaving no damage to you or Lucia. It did leave you both spooked though.
Lucia: S-shit... That was close.
Lucia: Thank you, Iris! You sweet baby!
Ira: There is another entity in our presence, it appears as if it just poofed into my range of perception... ono
Ira: ... It's gone again... But I doubt it...
Ira: I may be unreliable.
A monster has accosted you, but you don't see anything strange...
In the blink of an eye 3 projectiles are cast in your direction!!
"Derrick: This could be a trap, and you shouldn't make a decision either way until you discount that possibility. Go to a safe distance and scout out the area. As you're doing that call Reggie and Bambino to you, the rest will probably figure out something is wrong and come with them as backup. Once they get there have them look at this person's stats. After all of that is done, don't be hasty. Think about the information you have, confer with the others, and take appropriate precautions for whatever the situation is."
Derrick: I don't trust this... Here, let me call Reggie and Bambino.
Lucia: But there's a girl here, should we really hold out on them?
Derrick: Whether or not we should or shouldn't can wait until we have a better look with Reggie.
Derrick: Maybe the others will come too if they figure out I called them.
Ira: Danger..! ono"
It appears as a human girl tied up in webs, she's squirming frantically as she tries to get your attention!
Derrick: Oh my god...
Lucia: A person not yet monsterfied! Come on, Derrick!
You and Lucia venture off to deliver part of the Persona Display.
Derrick: What's wrong?
Lucia: I have a feeling Alice is going to mess with me by being super nice to me.
Derrick: ... Uhm.
Lucia: It's passive aggressive, Derrick.
Lucia: Just remember what I said before, I'm not trying to come off as crazy or paranoid...
Lucia: I just know that's something she would do.
Derrick: Well, alright.
Moments later, you find something strange.
Lexii: Your conjuration is so cute, Lucas!!
Lexii: Such a cute match for Skully!
Kira: Like peas in a pod almost.
Lucas: I meant to tell you about him when I first created him, but you were busy.
Azriel: I'm matched only for Lucas.
Azriel: You would not think me "cute" if you knew of my true nature.
Lexii: Oh? Sassy aren't you. Better than I expected.
Azriel: Moreover, who are the lost ones you have allowed to follow us?
Ahn: *Ahem* Hello little fairy! I am Ahn!
Ahn: The amount of friends are piling up.... Hehehe...
Azriel: I'm not...
Azriel: Never mind, my words may be wasted on you.
Ahn: Err... Timmy? Are you going to introduce yourself??
Timothy: ..... I am called Timothy.
Azriel: Greetings lost ones. Make it be known should you cross any of us...
Lucas: Yes yes, He'll roast your asses, try not to be so brash all the time, Azriel.
Azriel: ... My apologies.
"Alice, Garreth, and Emily: Derrick needs to be in charge of this particular situation for a couple of reasons. The least of which is the fact that any items he makes will work better if they are used in a way he expects/wants them to be. If there's any line of conversation that leads to him acting as leader in this situation it would be wise to encourage it"
Alice: ... What do you think, Brother?
Alice: It's your realm, I think you should call the shots here.
Garreth: I agree... I'm willing to edit any ideas you come up with.
Emily: I also feel like your input would be quite valuable!
Reggie: OvO Well look at that, dude.
Reggie: Finally some respect and recognition.
Derrick: I created an item that might be helpful. It'd be a matter of going out to set it up.
Derrick: I'll go, I'd rather not put anyone at risk.
Alice: How about I--
Lucia: I think I should--
Alice: Sorry, go ahead Lucia.
Lucia: ... I think I should go with you.
Lucia: It might be dangerous, and we're a team after all.
Derrick: Sounds good to me.
Azriel ignites you all with his wraith-fire. You can feel its warmth overflowing from deep within! All the guardians have now received the Rings of Courage.
Lexii: What is that cute thing on your head, Lucia! it's so adorable~
Lucia: Oh, this is Iris. I'm not quite sure what it does yet, but I spawned it very recently by accident.
Lucas: It seems upset.
Lucia: Oh? I can't tell. Don't worry about it.
Lucas: Oh right. Since we're all here. Azriel?
Azriel: Yes. Allow me to burn bright within you all as sheer fighting spirit.
Derrick: Hello Sister! Hello Lucas!
Derrick: I believe you have yet to meet my best friend.
Derrick: This is Lucia. Lucia, this is Lucas and my sister, Alice.
Lucas: Hey there! Nice to meet you.
Alice: Hi there Lucia, it's been quite some time.
Alice: I'm glad we're finally able to all be together.
Alice: So! Now that we ARE all here, shall we begin?
Before meeting everyone you had combined the tinfoil lamp with Lucia's and your flashlights. The lamp became redundant so you left it behind. Lucia had also taken both bags with her.
Alice: Well look who the cat dragged in!
All the guardians have finally congregated! You are very excited and anxious to what may follow.
Derrick: Also, this gives you an opportunity to meet Lucas.
Derrick: With this, we should all be together, finally.
Lucia: Let's hurry up and get back to them now.
You and Lucia pass through the darkness together.
"Derrick: Talk to Lucia. If you're about to meet with your sister, that can't be easy for her. Let her know you remember your promise to try to be there for her, and that you'll try your best to stick by it"
Derrick: So hey...
Derrick: When we go back, I'm almost certain we'll be running into my sister.
Derrick: I just want to let you know, I'm with you on this. I remember our promise.
Lucia: Geez, Derrick... You really caught me off guard with that.
Lucia: I felt that you had forgotten...
Derrick: No way! You're my best friend and I need to work on being yours too.
Derrick: You won't ever have to feel targeted or alone in this, I got your back.
Lucia: Thank you, Derrick...
Lucia: I really feel safer knowing I really can rely on you when it comes to... Her.
You equip Scotsman's Wail and acquire more inventory space!
You combine TINFOIL HAT with LAMP to create:
While this lamp is on it blocks thought infiltration to anyone within its dim light radius. The amount of light given off is decreased by the tinfoil, however.
You remove PANIC BUTTON from your inventory to make room.
Derrick: I'm going to use my lamp here with the tinfoil hat to see if i can create something better.
Lucia: Like uhm...
Lucia: A tinfoil safety light or something?
Derrick: Yeah, something like that.
"Derrick: Why don't you combine one of the hats with another thing that has an area of effect, like a lamp? Just make the anti-psychic effect of the hat apply to the thing that envelops an area, such as the light from a lamp in this example"
You both store your newly created items in your inventories.
Derrick: Follow me, I have an idea.
Lucia: What are those?
Derrick: Tin foil hats, they keep your thoughts from being read or any other sort of mind assault.
Lucia: Only two?
Derrick: I don't want to make more than we can carry.
You draw tin foil hats x 2 to help defend some of your friends from any mind tricks from Lethos.
You create PERSONA DISPLAY. This item is fully controlled by the accompanied remote. Simply leave the display apparatus in a desired location and speak into the microphone in the remote. The remote also has a little camera and a dial to boost your projection.
Lucia: Derrick, look! Iris is on my head!
Lucia: It's so cute!!
Iris floats onto Lucia's head and nestles its feet within her hair. You draw a pod item with a remote control.
Derrick: What ideas do you have now?
Derrick: Let's brainstorm.
Lucia: I'll name you, Iris!
Lucia: I think it likes it.
Lucia learned a new technique. Shadow Snare: Iris! This little guy can hold enemies down for one of their turns and seal entrances briefly, if Lucia has unlocked dark twin another function may occur. After binding, Iris will grow weak and fade back to darkness.
Lucia can summon Iris independently from Ira!
Derrick: Hmm, what should we draw to make ourselves big to Lethos.
Derrick: I'm open to ideas.
Lucia: Yeah, I'm so ready for this, but...
Lucia: Maybe we should name this little guy something, it might respond better, y'know?
Derrick: I guess so.
"Ira: Pet it"
Ira pets the little shadow creature. It stares unflinchingly.
Derrick: Maybe we should keep it moving, we did get what we came for after all.
Lucia: Oh of course.
Ira: See, look.
Ira: I've dismissed the Vorrus summon, but the creature remains.
Ira: This was your product.
Lucia: What, is it a conjuration like you?
Ira: No, it must serve a purpose. I'm sure once it has it will go poof. ouo
Ira: It may be some weapon or means to aid. We can figure it out together.
Derrick: How weird.
Lucia has spawned a shadow creature of sorts. You're interested to find out what it could do.
Lucia: What the heck IS that?
Ira: Hehe, cute!
Ira: Seems I've-- You've conjured something through Vorrus' abilities.
Lucia: I didn't do shit.
Ira: Most of the time conjuring is unintentional to the inexperienced.
Ira: This is a prime example of the scope of power you have access to, under the right training.
"Lucia: See what happens"
You allow Ira to keep shadow snare going to see what happens next.
"Lucia: Unblock the door. The last thing you want is to cause trouble for someone out of negligence"
Lucia: Hehe... Okay maybe we should undo this.
Lucia: Can I cut this stuff off?
Ira: You may try but I've seem to have spawned some sort of creature.
Ira: .... If I take off this form all my powers should cease.
Ira: Or you can let this play out.
Ira: What should I do?
Ira: Not too heavy.
Lucia: Haha! How's the view from up there, Derrick?
Ira: I'm not sure to what extent Vorrus had in terms of power control.
Ira: So things I do may be quite powerful unintentionally.
Ira: This stuff I've created is known as shadow snare.
Ira: Call it out to hold someone or something still or to create a blockade.
Lucia: Try to lift Derrick, I want to see how strong you are.
Ira: Ok. ouo
Derrick: Don't I get a say in this??
You tell Ira to make black veiny shit. She attempts to.
You call out the name "Vorrus"! Before your eyes Vorrus materialises from the surrounding darkness in the room.
Lucia: Oh wow!
Derrick: Looks just like you... I mean her.
Derrick: I mean... You know what I mean.
Lucia: Vorrus, why did you sacrifice yourself for me??
Ira: >u> It's me, Ms. Lucia.
Ira: Vorrus along with any of the monsters in the grimoire is just a mask I can wear.
Ira: Vorrus is no more.
Ira: I guess truly, we will never know what purposes she had in store for us.
Ira: I sort of like this form, oddly enough.
Ira: Looking like you sort of makes me feel like you more.
Lucia: But aren't you already me?
Ira: What I mean is, the me that's me is not the you that's you.
Ira: While in this form, I feel closer to the me that's you.
Lucia: I... see??
Ira: >u< It is quite confusing, I've come to realise.
Lucia: So what can you do as Vorrus?
Ira: Hmm... It sort of works on a command basis.
Ira: Just tell me what to do, and if it's in my job description I'll be able to.
Ira: I can spawn one monster at a time. You may dismiss them to replace for another.
Ira: If they fall in battle, I can re-spawn them back after a little while.
Ira: If all of the monsters manage to fall, then You'll have to switch out to a different weapon while they take time to return.
You return to Alice's fort.
Lucia: Hmm, let's take a look.
Lucia: Hehe... These pictures...
Lucia: And descriptions...
Ira: Your thoughts are emptied into this book while in my possession.
Ira: So the artwork and terminology may not be the best... >u>
Ira: But it saves you from having to update it manually.
Ira equips DREAM JOURNAL unlocking BLACK LEGION'S GRIMOIRE. Ira uses Derrick's dream journal as a weapon to create a Grimoire for summoning or utilizing previously slain shadow based monsters or abilities.
Ira: ... Do you feel that, Ms. Lucia?
Lucia: It's kinda like... The past monsters we faced are fresh in my mind.
Lucia: I can vividly recall some of them.
Ira: That's good.
Ira: This book is now known as Black legion's grimoire as long as it's in my possession.
Ira: Those that we have conquered, whether or not you yourself have slain them, can be conjured back in the form of another able body, or simply powers as an extension to myself.
Ira: Call out their name in battle and I will channel their being into existence once more to aid us in any way you see fit.
Ira: Or, call out their name, and a command and I will mimic that command in their likeness.
Lucia: Holy crap, Ira!
Ira: ^u^ I'm quite excited for this as you are.
Ira: The only progression that awaits us now, is your contract.
Lucia: ... Right.
Ira: Once made and successful, you will be unrivalled.
Ira: The choice is yours to make at your leisure.
Lucia: Haha, yeah!!
Lucia: There it is, Ira collect our prize!
Ira: With pleasure.
Lucia: Now we're talking.
Lucia: What's' wrong?
Derrick: Uhh.. huh?
Derrick: Oh, nothing.
Derrick: I just felt a little weird.
Lucia: Yeah me too, this room always had a creepy air to it.
Lucia: Let's get outta here.
Lucia: Pretty cool space here.
Derrick: It's so weird that we're finally inside my sister's fort.
Lucia: It's about time, if anything.
You enter the Night fort and immediately notice all the gear you and Lucia made for Lucas and Alice are gone. Along with a few other things.
Derrick: Hmm, can't go this way. It's locked.
Ira: There is a good chance my hand will not force it open as there are extra locks.
Ira: Perhaps through the fort networks?
Derrick: It's worth looking into, I guess.
Ira slips her hand into the door's lock and jiggles to vigorously, to no avail.
Ira: ... How peculiar.
Lucia: What is it?
Ira: This door's lock seems to be damaged or jammed. Although my hand in inside I cannot open this door.
Lucia: Is there any other way?
Ira: Derrick may ultimately open this door on his own, when he is ready.
Lucia: Well, Derrick?
Derrick: ... Uhm. On second thought, let's keep it moving.
Derrick: I'm feeling what Ira has mentioned.
Lucia: Okay... Oh!
Lucia: Take us to Locad, now's our chance to snag that extra dream journal!
Ira: Good idea, Ms. Lucia.
Ira: .... Hm.
Ira: This door is giving off anxious vibes to me.
Ira: Let's give it a try.
"Derrick: since you're close by and have your maid at hand, ask her for help getting to Gramp's room"
You decide maybe Ira and Lucia can help you investigate your guardian's bedroom.
Derrick: You know, since I was adopted by Gramps, I never once went in here.
Lucia: Don't you think that's a little strange?
Derrick: Not really, as there hasn't been a need.
Derrick: But maybe now we can try. There might be something useful inside.
Lucia: ... Ira?
Ira: No problem. ouo
You are now Derrick. You and Lucia have just stocked up on some BCS for crafting purposes.
Lucia: You know, I'm kind of worried.
Derrick: About what?
Lucia: Well, My stash is low now. Also I'm pretty sure the BCS pillar is shrinking.
Lucia: Yes! It looks a bit smaller than I remember it.
Lucia: And I don't think this is a resource that comes back if we use it all. What then?
Ira: You may always work on your dream manipulation. ouo
Ira: Your drawings are only a form of it after all.
Daydream: Ahh, you aliens!
Daydream: Stop making Bob do cute things!
Daydream: Okay, thanks for the kind words and encouragement, but I need to get back to it.
Daydream: Thanks also for taking this seriously.
Emily: Not a problem!
Bob: Construct Alice just pocketed a very important crafting box that we need back in derrick's possession, could you please arrange that?
Daydream: I saw that. I'll ask Lucas to return it.
Bob: Don't worry about looking for help from the others. The dream world, and by extension everything inside of here, makes you all better in almost every respect when you come together.
I am not speaking empty words or tired platitudes when I say that together with others you can change literally anything in this world. The rules of reality, the odds of your success, the boundaries of life and death, and even your very self. All you need is the courage to reach out to the others.
Other than that, if you can get Alice to put back that box she picked up in the fort system that'd be great. It's there for everybody's use, she can't use it out in the field anyways, and we're about to make use of it to prepare some stuff for Lethos.
Daydream: ... I'll pass instructions to Lucas.
Bob: Emily, since we've got the chance to talk now, bring things that prevent psychic stuff. Specifically things that prevent hostile psychic powers directed at yourselves, so peaceful uses still work and so if push comes to shove Derrick can use his fear abilities to give you a chance to escape.
Emily: I'm not sure what I can make... tinfoil hats?
Piper: That sounds cute!
Bob: You should also have a way to get out of Lethos' vicinity as fast as possible just in case things happen. After all, just because you hope for the best result that doesn't mean you can't prepare for the worst one. I recommend summoning magic.
Emily: I'm unfamiliar in magic.
Daydream: Magic is basically dream manipulation here. But good luck spawning something.
Bob: And lastly, if you want to explain information you get from us without looking like a crazy person, just say that your role as a Priestess let's you hear advice from otherworldly beings. Which is technically true.
Emily: ... I like that!
Emily: Though on the spiritual aspect of things, it's quite confusing to what you are.
Emily: But I'll keep it in mind!
Bob: Never stop believing that you can change, for change is the only constant in the Universe. Strength and Weakness are likewise only illusions of the mind, for everything is relative. In this ever-shifting, ever-changing Universe, it is only those who remain true to their goals, that succeed. But always be mindful of the costs and consequences of your actions, lest all your joy for everything you've accomplished will turn to ashes in your mouth. Believe in yourself, believe in your friends, believe in Emily, and believe in all of us who believe in you wanting to change for the better.
Emily: ... That was beautiful, Bob.
Daydream: Very encouraging words... Don't think you can sweet talk all the way into my good graces though.
Daydream: I do trust you all more, but we'll see how it goes...
Bob: Malice is a fucking liar, and you know it. It appeared to you when you felt that you were not strong. I am here to tell you that to admit that you do not have all the answers, to admit that you are not strong enough to do everything on your own, to admit that you need help, is a sure sign of strength. It takes a great deal of courage and strength of character to admit your own flaws, to ask for help, ESPECIALLY if you are prideful. Daydream, you have just demonstrated the exact opposite of what Malice wants to convince you.
Daydream: Oh wow, you Aliens...
Daydream: You're going to make me turn red at this rate...
Emily: How uplifting!
Daydream: My frame of mind of what it meant to be strong was certainly screwed up...
Daydream: From your perspective, it seems a simple shift in definition is enough to feel positively about myself.
Bob: Have a shockingly relevant song that everyone would benefit from hearing at some point in their life.
Emily: .... I don't hear anything.
Daydream: Me neither.
Bob: Alice, hello, I'm a new voice here. I know this may be butting in but if Mal has a presence here, you may want to consider attempting to verify some of the things we say, as he has been able to interfere with things we've said to people before. We're not entirely sure of the extent of this power, some of us say it probably isn't an issue, but I'm not willing to take chances. It may prove to be a litmus test that can save your backside.
Daydream: Well hello there, new Alien.
Daydream: It just so happens that Bob is a soulless effigy animated by my power.
Daydream: It is in a sense, the purest thing in existence. Malice cannot touch it, or your words through Bob.
Daydream: It is our egos that allow Malice an in, and we cannot help but have one.
Daydream: That is the difference.
Daydream: So no need to worry your little Alien heads about Bob, or the authentication of your voice in this place.
Bob: As I said. Sorely needed.
Daydream: Hehe... Hehehe....
Daydream: What is that??
Daydream: You Aliens are too cute.
Bob: Any advice on handling the coming meeting? We'd like to avoid any drama popping up before we challenge a giant monster.
Daydream: Them dealing with monsters in this way is unprecedented. I do not care for the outcome.
Daydream: As long as no one gets hurt, you may handle it as you see fit.
Bob: Well, most of us wanted to lighten up the mood with a dance while you two talked. It is sorely needed. I personally wanted to test something, and say that we'll have to talk about Lucia eventually. A simple reminder is all.
Daydream: ... What was that you did with your voice.
Daydream: Also, Bob can't dance. But please, show me what you got.
Daydream: Okay, there.
Daydream: So I was thinking about what you said, before.
Daydream: ... And while thinking about it, my thoughts wandered...
Daydream: Ideas came into my head...
Daydream: And I really feel that, I'm not who I used to be.
Daydream: I mean we all change, but not here.
Daydream: Time is still, frozen. Or really, false.
Daydream: To change, is to grow... And.
Daydream: I have been growing... Very slowly, but still.
Daydream: I've come to realise that... Now that you're here with me, I'm not alone. I can succeed.
Daydream: And then I think about, how it used to be. In the beginning.
Daydream: How strong willed and independent I felt.
Daydream: How sure I could do this.
Daydream: Compared to then, and now. The growth has been...
Daydream: In my own eyes, unfathomable.
Daydream: I never imagined I'd be this version of myself.
Daydream: The vast amount of instances I've traversed, searching for the way to fix everything...
Daydream: Literally, thousands.
Daydream: If I could give you an exact number of how many instances I've tried and failed.
Daydream: My best guess would be between 14,000 and 22,000 times.
Emily: The gap of unknown is quite large.
Daydream: Only because so much has been a blur.
Daydream: I... Felt I was so strong.
Daydream: Since meeting the Aliens... And you coming here.
Daydream: I've actually had hope restored in myself.
Daydream: I cried over and over in this paradigm.
Daydream: Tears for Derrick. Tears for myself.
Daydream: Tears for the pointlessness of everything I've done.
Daydream: Tears for my unwillingness to change.
Daydream: But deep in my heart, my resolve was unshaken.
Daydream: Until just a moment ago.
Daydream: I felt that I was not strong. And because I was not strong is why I needed your help.
Daydream: I understood that because of my lack of strength to do what was necessary, I had to rely on you, and the Aliens.
Daydream: And that is when...
Daydream: I saw it.
Emily: You saw what?
Daydream: I've been running this place for as well as I could manage for over 14,000 cycles.
Daydream: And never once had I seen that thing in here.
Daydream: That's why I brought you here. I am in danger.
Daydream: If I continue how I am, it'll get to me.
Daydream: I'm terrified I'll turn again.
Emily: Oh... I remember...
Daydream: If that happens to me here, while I'm in this place...
Daydream: I don't think I'd be able to continue my work.
Daydream: And if I don't work, time stands still for everyone in here.
Daydream: You'd all be trapped forever.
Emily: Oh no!!
Daydream: I'm glad you understand the gravity of this problem.
Daydream: All I ask of you Emily, is to keep doing what you're doing.
Daydream: Keep being supportive.
Daydream: Don't change...
Emily: All I can be is myself.
Emily: I'm sure if I do change, the change will be necessary.
Emily: But I understand. It must be so lonely, taking on this task for as long as you did.
Daydream: It was... Incredibly.
Daydream: But at the very least, not anymore.
Emily: Do you want to take a session?
Daydream: ... Not yet. I mostly did this to let you know.
Daydream: As well as the Aliens, as to what was going on. I'm starting to trust them more.
Emily: That's good!
Daydream: Sorry if you wanted to tell me anything Aliens, this wasn't a normal encounter.
Daydream: But I guess...
Daydream: I'll be open to anything you have to say before continuing.
Daydream: Mind if we talk about stuff?
Emily: I uhh..
Daydream: Take a minute.
Daydream: I've never done that before, so it is weird for the both of us.
Daydream: Pretty interesting.
Emily: What do you want to talk about?
Daydream: ... Hold on a sec.
Daydream: I'll need to stop reviewing so I don't miss anything.
You are now Emily, stunned as your environment is pulled from you, leaving you temporarily blinded by the change of scenery.
You're startled to find Raziel has moved, and quite silently at that.
Itamie: Look Ghen..!
Ghen: Oh shi...
Ghen: Welp, Maybe this is a good sign.
Ghen: It must be just as curious as us!
Itamie: I don't think so, Ghen.
Itamie: We should not do this.
Ghen: ... You're probably right.
Itamie: It just doesn't feel safe.
Ghen: Let's keep it moving.
Ghen: What secrets remain behind this door.
Itamie: It's worth investigating. This isn't the first time I've seen this door.
Itamie: I wasn't alone however.
Ghen: We should check it out.
Itamie: It's a serious breach in privacy.
Itamie: I don't think she'd appreciate it.
Ghen: The public must know!
Ghen: Besides, we deserve some kind of info on what the heck is going on with the Princess.
Ghen: Even the Boss has sticky lips.
Itamie: .... I have been curious about it for quite some time.
Reggie: Well, well, well.
Kalem: Together at last.
DT: Try not to get in the way at least.
Kalem: We should put our differences aside, at least for the success of the kids.
DT: .... Perhaps.
Reggie: The information bonus would be unprecedented.
DT: ... Which is about the only positive to being in your presence.
Reggie: We don't have to like each other, but it would help if you weren't an asshole.
Reggie: Then I'd never have to call you one! Who knew!
DT: I wouldn't be an asshole if you weren't so pretentious.
DT: Get over yourself.
Kalem: Seriously.... I mean things weren't looking up a while ago, but I'm sure this is a good omen.
DT: For whom?
Kalem: For the kids! Of course.
Kalem: Well, if not for your own peace of mind, do it for them.
Reggie: Fine by me. >v>
DT: Sure. <w<
How lucky of you both to not notice anything of the sort inside of the outpost. On your exit, you do notice however, friends.
Lexii: Ayyy, Alice!
Alice: Ayyy, Lex!
Alice: How are you doing?
Lexii: Oh, you know...
Lexii: Did you get freaked out by the spiders too?
Alice: What spiders...?
Lexii: You didn't notice the spiders in the corner?
Lucas: I did not see any such thing.
Lexii: Well consider yourselves lucky ducks.
Lexii: We're out here waiting for you because it was that scary.
Lexii: But now that you're here.... Emily?
Emily: ... Oh!
Emily: I called you here because you had special skills for what I wanted to do.
Alice: Don't you mean you called Lucas here?
Alice: I would have been sitting out the house by myself if he didn't insist on me coming with.
Alice: Which I again, thank you for Lucas~
Alice: I thought we were supposed to be a team.
Lucas: I was thinking along the same lines as well.
Emily: I uhh...
Emily: I'm sorry..!
Alice: -sigh- It's fine.
Alice: Together we'll take down any and all threats with our combined talents.
Alice: And don't you forget it.
Alice: So what's the plan here, Emily?
Emily: I'm not quite sure, but I know I'll need Lexii's mask, Garreth's insurance, and Lucas' ability to peer into the life of monsters.
Alice: It's a pseudo plan, albeit pieced together as fuck.
Alice: How about when Derrick and... Lucia come around we...
Alice: I dunno, work together as a team and come up with something fool proof?
Lexii: Sounds good to me!
Emily: .... I guess so.
DT: That's my Master. ^w^
Reggie: ... Asshole cat is here?
Kalem: ..... Stupid bird?
DT: ..... Who you callin' asshole? Punk?
You're led to the Graveyard Grasslands outpost. There is no one here.
Alice: Hmm, Maybe they left...
Lucas: This is a weird setup.
Azriel: They could be outside.
DT: I'd bet they are as well.
Lucas stores FLASHLIGHT in his inventory.
Alice: That's funny too.
Alice: I can see your inventory floating over your head.
DT: ... Really? owo"
Alice: Yep, Lucas has a bat, some weird monster doll, and his old sword.
DT: You're full of surprises, Master.
Alice: Let's go! They did need you, right?
Lucas: Yeah, enough goofing off.
Alice stores BLACK CREATION BOX in her inventory.
Alice: I'll take this!
Lucas: What is that even?
Alice: It looked cute. It has Derrick, Bambino and Reggie on it.
Alice stores FLASHLIGHT in her inventory.
Alice: Hmm. That's funny.
DT: What? owo
Alice: The flashlight doesn't really take up that much space.
DT: Your inventory is unique, Master.
DT: Store away until you notice you cannot~
Alice: Sounds good!
Lucas: Here, maybe I should grab one too, just in case.
Azriel: ...Suit yourself.
Alice: We look pretty badass! And these clothes fit wonderfully.
Lucas: At least there was something to look forward to.
DT: I commend Master's brother. He's quite creative.
Azriel: Lucas, that sword has fire damage.
Azriel: Swinging it at enemies will switch it over to Wraith fire, courtesy of me.
Lucas: Sweet, thanks Azriel.
Alice: Here, also grab some flashlights in case the road ahead is dark.
Azriel: No need. My wings and aura can light the way.
Alice: I think you're right Azriel, but I'm going to grab one anyways, because it is useful.
Lucas: -sniff sniff-
Lucas: ... This shawl kinda smells like...
Lucas: ...I think someone has a sense of humor, is all.
Alice: Try out that big sword! I'll see if those clothes over there fit me.
Itamie: How creepy.
Itamie: I don't think anyone's been this close to it before.
Ghen: I wonder why it didn't tag along with the Princess.
Itamie: Ulterior motives, perhaps?
Ghen: Perhaps you're right, Itamie.
Ghen: It's kind of like... A strange disconnected part of her.
Ghen: Just, creepy and random.
Itamie: You wouldn't be wrong.
Itamie: We've all had bad encounters with it in the past instances.
Itamie: Never anything physical... But.
Itamie: Just eerie positioning...
Itamie: And maybe even stalking?
Ghen: Now you've got me creeped out.
Itamie: ... The Princess's quarters have been sealed off for most of our time in this instance, that is, until now.
Itamie: Shall we take a quick look around?
Ghen: In Locad? Or the house itself?
Ghen: I mean, I'm all for adventures and stuff, but we may be needed.
Itamie: With the Princess accompanying the knight, All the guardians will be together at least.
Itamie: I strongly disagree our assistance would be necessary at that point.
Ghen: .... I hate to admit it.
Ghen: But you're right. Let's go explore.
Lucia: That was a distasteful joke, you guys.
Kira: Ha... All in good fun.
Kira: As long as no one was hurt, right?
Lucia: They ended up leaving. Emily went after them.
Pechal: Aww, I feel bad now...
Lucia: I'm sure they'll be okay.
Lucia: A-anyways! Derrick, we should get more stones to draw with.
Lucia: I ran out.
Derrick: Seems like a good idea.
Lucia: I'll use my mirror to buy us some more time.
Lucia: Not like it really matters but, I think it'll be a good idea.
Derrick: I'm cool with that.
Hermes: Where has Lexii gone?
Lucia: ... She's right outside I think. I heard her voice just a bit ago.
Hermes: Oh! Thank you.
You and Alice enter the Night fort to find a wide selection of various items. It seems Derrick has been busy.
DT: Wow, check out all this loot. owo
Alice: Derrick must have made this stuff for everyone to share in.
Alice: Looks like we get first pick of the goodies!
Alice: Look Lucas, there's a pile of armor and a big hot blade for you.
Lucas: ... There's also some metallic looking clothes behind it too.
Alice: Maybe those are for me?
Lucas: Maybe, why don't we try them on?
"Lucas: Insist Alice's company"
Lucas: I think that's stupid.
Lucas: Alice is coming, whether she's needed or not!
Ghen: Well, I'm not about to argue with a knight.
Ghen: Go on ahead.
Lucas: ... Thank you.
Alice: Aww, Thanks so much Lucas!
Alice: I knew I could count on you. <3
Alice: Let me run to grab my lucky scarf and I'll be right out.
Ghen: Thanks for letting us in.
Lucas: What do you need from me?
Itamie: The Priestess needs your aid in an important matter concerning the monstrosity in Lomam.
Alice: This should be good.
Alice: Give me a sec to--
Itamie: ... It should also be mentioned that only the Knight's services were requested.
Lucas: So Alice can't come?
Itamie: I'm afraid not.
Alice: Ahh, it's whatever.
Alice: Like I said, I'm used to it.
Alice: Have fun!
Alice: Yep... Hehe.
Lucas: I'm.. kinda surprised you were comfortable enough to share that...
Alice: Well, the truth is I have trouble trusting people because I feel like they secretly hate me, or want to leave me out.
Alice: But I feel like I can trust you.
Lucas: O-of course..!
Alice: Sometimes I get very lonely...
Alice: I talk with Derrick and Lexii often enough... But I do like meeting new people.
Lucas: You don't act like it though.
Alice: Yeah, I'm really good at hiding my feelings.
Alice: It's not easy for me...
Lucas: I can imagine.
Lucas: Does Derrick..?
Alice: I don't think it's genetic.
Alice: But as far as I know it was just me.
Alice: Our parents would often scold me for it... As if I was doing it on purpose.
Alice: I'd wake up feeling disgusted with myself...
Alice: That's why I started sleeping in here.
Lucas: Ahh, I see.
Alice: Just shy of a year was when it ended, thank God.
Alice: I felt so relieved.
Lucas: Yeah, it's not uncommon.
Alice: Really? I've never actually known a person with that problem.
Lucas: It's nothing to be ashamed about.
Alice: ... Thanks Lucas. You're such a nice guy.
Alice: I'm glad you woke up as my knight.
Alice: I get the impression you've got hardships of your own, as we all do.
Alice: I'm willing to listen if you're willing to share.
Lucas: Well... Where to begin...
Lucas: I guess--
Ghen: Hello~ knock knock~
Itamie: Are you in there, Knight? Your services are required.
Alice: Heh, duty calls.
Alice: Don't worry! We can chat more after you're needed, okay?
Lucas: Yeah, of course..!
Emily: There you are... I'm sorry about that.
Lexii: It's okay, Emily. We know the reapers pulled one on us.
Emily: Okay, good!
Emily: I asked them to bring you here because we need some help.
Emily: I'm trying to see if I can get a line of communication to Lethos.
Emily: I want to try to help her.
Garreth: .... What would you like from us?
Emily: Well for starters, Lexii. You have some kind of mask on you?
Emily: I'll need that.
Lexii: Sure but... I have no idea what it does.
Lexii: Also, how do you know about it?
Emily: I was... Enlightened.
Emily: Garry, I'd like you to assess a strategy for how I can go about this without anything bad happening.
Garreth: I'm really not sure tha--
Tinkerskull: Of course he'll do it! Garry comes up with the best strategies!
Tinkerskull: You can count on him.
Garreth: ... -sigh-
Garreth: Sure, I guess.
Emily: Okay, cool. We'll wait on Lucas now.
Ahn: Well, look who it is!
Lexii: Hello again, Ahn.
Lexii: Who's the scarecrow?
Ahn: This is my new friend, Timmy.
Ahn: He's shy.
Ahn: The others went into that cellar thing.
Ahn: We're staying here because it's not safe...
Lexii: Lucky you...
Ahn: Did you see that huge monster behind you? Isn't it huge??
Lexii: ... I'd rather not look...
Ahn: You will if you want to go back down there!
Ahn: This area is so big and stretches until the edge of the world!
Garreth: We're as far east as we can go.
Ahn: I like it here. The constant threat of falling off the cliffs are gone now!
Ahn: And best of all, I can share it with Timmy.
Ahn: Aren't you glad, Timmy?
Ahn: Don't mind Timmy, you guys.
Lexii: Oh no, it's okay.
Lexii: Did you see it, fully?
Lexii: Just a glance... Clearly it was all it took.
Lexii: What are you thinking?
Garreth: Beaches. Sun bathing.
Garreth: Not doing this.
Lexii: Amen to that.
Garreth: It's too bad we need Uilos' help to do it though.
Lexii: Maybe we could double back, see if we can make this dream come true?
Garreth: Might as well go back and see what she wants...
Lexii: Hehe, you're probably right.
Garreth: Or maybe we'll just...
Lexii: Wait here, yeah.
Lexii: Also... this place is gnarly as hell... Damn.
Emily: No wait! Come back..!!
Emily: Oh my God, Kira and Pechal!!
Emily: That wasn't funny!!
Reggie: Hahaha!!! ^v^
Garreth: Friends don't do this.
Emily: It wasn't my idea! Ughhh....
Reggie: Oh man, If I was them I'd have done the same thing. Rock on, kiddies.
Garreth: Hey guys.
Emily: Garry, Lexii! You're here!
Emily: ... So they told you about it before hand, right?
Lexii: Told us about what?
Kira: They're right through that door over there.
Garreth: Okay cool, thanks.
Lexii: .... Not coming?
Kira: Oh haha, well...
Pechal: This is in poor--
Kira: YOU... wouldn't want to keep her waiting...!
Kira: (Don't spoil it..!)
Pechal: Yes, please. Hurry.
Lexii: You guys are acting weird as heck.
Lexii: Keep an eye on them Hermes, I don't trust them.
Hermes: Affirmative, Lexii. Targets locked~
Hermes: A manner of speaking.
Kira: Oh... phew.
Kira: Looking good, guys!
Pechal: Greetings, Advisor and Messenger.
Pechal: The Priestess has requested your assistance.
Pechal: Please come with us.
Garreth: We're just about finished here anyways.
Lexii: Skully and Garry, stay there!
Lexii: I want to capture your essence of cool.
Tinkerskull: You got it, Lexii! Let me shine my wings for some ambient atmosphere.
Tinkerskull: .... There!
Lexii: Got it.
Garreth: How do I look?
Lexii: You look great!
Tinkerskull: Yes, I agree too, Sir!
Lexii: How do you feel?
Garreth: Pretty good, I think.
Garreth: Feels weird not wearing my coat.
Lexii: Ahh, it was getting old anyways, you needed a change of scenery.
Garreth: ... But I like my coat.
Lexii: ... Well..!!
Lexii: You can come up with more later on!
Lexii: Bask in your new outfit, you should feel good!
Tinkerskull: Oh, there you are sir!
Tinkerskull: I'm not sure how I lost you there.
Tinkerskull: Looks like you have some gifts!
Lexii: Try it on already!
Garreth: Alright, give me a second.
Garreth: Hm, if it's not in this room, they probably left it in the fort.
Lexii: Stay here, Cujo!
Lexii: Oooh, I'm so excited!!
You store VINTAGE CAMERA in your inventory.
Lexii: Let's see what the reapers brought you, Garry!
Take a snap of Cujo and yourself. What a wonderful way to commemorate your new outfit!
"Lexii: Do you want to take a picture with Cujo to commemorate this occasion, and the fact that both of you look amazing? You could send it to Lucia's pesterchum with a thank you if you did"
Garreth: I see you've found it.
Lexii: How do I look?
Garreth: You look mysterious. I wonder if you have any benefits along those lines.
Lexii: Kalem thought so too.
Lexii: How about a selfie, Cujo? Get over here.
Kalem: You might wanna talk to the annoying bird about cloth details and the like.
Lexii: What do you think, Cujo?
Lexii: Hehe, why thank you. I agree.
Lexii: I wonder if Garry got anything.
Kalem: There you are.
Lexii: How are you feeling, Kalem?
Kalem: Better now.
Kalem: You got some gifts from the reaper children.
Lexii: Oh sweet!
"Garry: Didn't you happen to see some fashionable new clothes lying around? Derrick made sets of armor for you and the others and the reapers should have delivered them to everyone's houses, maybe lexii's are in her bedroom. Also, where's Kalem?"
Garreth: Hey Lexii, check your room.
Garreth: You may have a gift from Derrick lying up there.
Garreth: And you should probably check on Kalem.
Garreth: He should be okay by now.
Lexii: Yeah haha... I can't believe we dropped him down the falls!
Garreth: Good thing he didn't die.
You are now Lexii after returning back home from your faint glimmer excursion. You are in an awfully good mood from all the fun you had on your travels.
You had to cut it a little short from a certain creature lurking in the dark, perhaps something for another time.
"Derrick: Is there anything in this area that you should particularly seek out or avoid, besides being crushed by Lethos simply walking"
Derrick: I have just one more question for you.
Derrick: Are there any dangers to beware other than Lethos here?
GGG: There is a small population of monsters in this region.
GGG: But they all steer clear of her.
GGG: Continuing further west will physically take you deeper into the darkness.
GGG: Your party may get split up.
GGG: So I suggest you stay within moderate lighting.
Derrick: Okay, thanks.
GGG: You are welcome, Prince. Until next time.
GGG: Standing by.
Lucia: So... What now?
Emily: Let's get Lucas and Lexii in on this.
Derrick: Just them? Surely everyone can join us on this.
Derrick: I don't see why not.
Emily: ....Erm, if possible just them.
Emily: Garreth and Alice's skills won't be necessary for this.
Derrick: Are you sure about that? I mean--
Emily: Yes, I'm quite sure.
Kira: I'll go get the Messenger then. Pechal, coming with?
Pechal: Yes, I'll go.
Ghen: To Locad with us then, Itamie.
Ghen: Aww, don't give me that... I'll protect you if trouble ensues.
Itamie: Thank you, Ghen.
Emily: In the meantime, let's work out plans for something to make us a little more noticeable to her.
"Derrick: Maybe Lucas might be a good call to bring along for this. He's good at figuring things out about people, so he could probably get you on the right track. In fact, you need to prepare a few things to even get into contact with Lethos in the first place. Maybe you should ask GGG where to find some useful things for you all and/or shiny things to trade with Ruu, and use the time you spend searching to watch Lethos from a distance and get a read on her habits. Then you can go back, prepare, and meet up with people and take on Lethos"
Derrick: We should get Lucas in on this. He'd be able to help uncover something about Lethos.
Reggie: I like it.
Derrick: Also there were supposed to be valuables in this region, gathering some up for Ruu would be worthwhile. It's been some time since we've traded things.
Lucia: Maybe she has something new.
Derrick: GGG, what are some memories of Lethos'?
GGG: I don't have the answers to your question, unfortunately. You may ask another.
Derrick: I was told there were some shiny objects lying around here. How might I best locate them?
GGG: Items of interest are most likely buried all across these grasslands.
GGG: Pay close attention to your feet, or craft a tool to aid in your treasure hunting.
GGG: One last question?
Itamie: Prince, that was the bravest, most disgusting thing I have ever witnessed...
Reggie: Didn't know you had it in you kid. ovo"
Reggie: Can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm proud.
Derrick: Please.... Let's never talk about this again.
Derrick: It didn't happen.
Ghen: you mean the bajillion spiders swarming--
Derrick: DIDN'T. HAPPEN.
GGG: Thanks for the hug, Prince.
GGG: It's been lonely here, alone.
GGG: To answer your question about befriending Lethos, the grazing monstrosity...
GGG: You must first understand that Lethos mind is shattered. Time in the dream world has distorted her.
Derrick: It's a she?
GGG: Yes. Though with her mind in such a state, it's not lost. A spark in memory might bring her around.
Emily: We know nothing of her memories.
GGG: Then you have no ground for friendship in her current state.
GGG: Do you have any other questions? I'll allow for two more.
Emily: Ready to go back now?
Emily: Okay, let's go.
"Emily: Emily, this is very important, tomorrow Derrick must kiss Lucia in the construct's waking world to wake her up, failing to do so means Lucia will die. Please help him save Lucia in any way you can"
Emily: (I understand... Please remind me again if I don't remember my dream...)
Ahn: Whatcha whisperin' there, Emily?
Emily: Oh! Uhh...
Emily: How are you two holding up?
Timothy: Give me back my axe.
Emily: ... As I said before, it's collateral for the grief you caused me.
Emily: You'll have to pay me back in kindness if you ever want it back again.
Timothy: ... Wretched girl.
Piper: Watch it, buster!
Ahn: Hey! That's not nice!
Emily: See, and this is why I'm keeping it. You need to learn some manners.
Ahn: Yeah Timmy, be nice!
Ira: What are you thinking, Ms. Lucia?
Ira: Emily seems concerned about you.
Ira: Also, her intentions are pure.
Ira: You seemed defensive.
Ira: Do you not like her?
Lucia: It's not that.
Lucia: I just don't understand how she could put herself in such danger for no good reason.
Lucia: If she was after the special exquisite souls, I'd understand.
Lucia: But no, she wants to do it out of the "goodness in her heart".
Lucia: She's passionate, I can respect that.
Lucia: It's just dumb.
Ira: You think monsters aren't worth the trouble?
Ira: What if... You were a monster?
Lucia: Well good news! I'm not.
Lucia: So nothing to worry about.
Ira: Say you were, hypothetically.
Ira: Wouldn't you want to know something good existed?
Ira: When you were wandering around in the dark, weren't you so relieved to find Derrick was here in the dark with you?
Ira: Something good?
Lucia: I was happy. Relieved, really.
Ira: Now, imagine these monsters are all you, wandering about in the dark.
Ira: And here comes along a stranger, with news just for them!
Ira: The news being, you are not alone, there is no reason to be afraid anymore...
Ira: You can leave this realm, or visit the other parts that are nicer.
Ira: Free of charge for such a dangerous service.
Lucia: Like I said, Ira... It's dumb.
Lucia: Sure it sounds nice, but she's going to run into trouble and regret it.
Ira: >n>... I don't think it's dumb. It's kind.
Lucia: ..... Wait, what?
Lucia: You say it's not dumb, but I say it is.
Lucia: What does that mean? Aren't we supposed to agree?
Ira: ... It means you're not sure.
Ira: You know what she's doing is right, but you can't understand why she'd risk her life for no gain.
Ira: I think... You refused to believe monsters can come around.
Lucia: Everyone and everything has told us not to trust them.
Lucia: Nothing has changed.
Ira: If you have confidence in me, you really have nothing to worry about.
Lucia: I do.
Lucia: I'll need more time.
Ira: That's reasonable. ouo
Ira: You should spend more time with her.
Lucia: What do you think she meant when she was talking about me knowing what my off putting feeling was?
Ira: ... I suppose it's linked to your dark spots.
Lucia: There's still stuff I'm not remembering?
Ira: Of course. ono"
Ira: You've forgotten?
Lucia: Yeah, everything's just been going well I suppose.
Lucia: The contract... That's what's left for me, huh?
Ira: Yes. ouo
Lucia: N-no, not yet.
Ira: Take your time.
Piper: What's on your mind, Emily?
Emily: I don't think Lucia likes me.
Piper: Don't say that...
Piper: Although you don't see eye to eye, I'm sure she doesn't resent you for it.
Piper: She doesn't even know you.
Emily: But I want to be on good terms with her.
Piper: Try strengthening your bond through something other than monsters.
Piper: Team work is a good place to start.
Emily: But on what?
Piper: Maybe something more... recreational and fun!
Piper: Not everything has to be cut and dry y'know.
Emily: Hehe, yeah.
Emily: Thanks, Piper.
Piper: But that's not all that's eating you, is it?
Emily: ... I'm just working damage control.
Emily: From what I'm sensing, Lucia will be leading the destruction of this place.
Emily: She must be fully aware of her actions before then, or we won't be ready.
Emily: Not to mention her situation is precarious at best.
Piper: She did bring up an interesting point.
Piper: If you bump into a crazy one... Can you take not being able to bring it around?
Emily: I did deal with that black stringy one, remember?
Piper: Lucas said you'd never have to deal with them if he was around.
Piper: I'm talking about you.
Emily: I don't want to fight anything.
Piper: know, but..!
Emily: Enough, Piper.
Emily: You'll protect me, won't you?
Piper: Of course girl! I'd be all over them.
Piper: But if it came down to you alone... I'm worried.
Piper: You would at least defend yourself, right?
Emily: That time... When I choked that boy.
Emily: Afterwards, I felt sick.
Emily: I didn't think that kind of thing was something I was capable of.
Emily: After realising it, I'm sure I could kill.
Emily: It... scares me, Piper.
Emily: I don't want to believe it.
Emily: So for now, I will try everything else.
Piper: ... I hear ya.
Emily: Well, I've noticed that... We have still have a difference of opinions.
Lucia: I'm not too keen on getting compassionate with monsters, sorry.
Lucia: They are people who have wound up here, and would throw me under the bus at another shot.
Emily: Perhaps, but please understand, that like you, they were once human.
Emily: These aren't another species.
Emily: I treat them like people because I believe in essence, they still are.
Emily: These "monsters" do not know compassion in this world.
Emily: They've been met with kill or be killed.
Emily: Survive or die.
Emily: I want them to know that is not all there is.
Emily: They can live without this terrible choice, or they can choose the opt out altogether.
Emily: Violence is pointless.
Lucia: Sometimes it's the best approach to show you're not to be messed with.
Emily: There are other ways, Lucia.
Lucia: Yeah well, that's up your alley.
Lucia: It's not personal.
Lucia: It's self protection.
Lucia: I'm not actively looking for these things.
Lucia: Unlike you.
Emily: What do you mean?
Lucia: I'm not sure why you feel the need to seek out monsters to show them the way.
Lucia: They can't get out unless it's through Derrick or me.
Emily: I seek them out because some monsters cannot reach you.
Emily: Some monsters are probably thinking there is no escape. No release.
Emily: I want to show as many as I can that is not the case.
Lucia: Why? Who gives a shit whether they know or not?
Emily: If it was me, I'd like to know.
Emily: If I was trapped in this land alone and scared, I'd wish for someone or something to give me hope.
Emily: That's all it comes down to.
Emily: Hope for a better future.
Lucia: We don't know if what's beyond is better.
Emily: You're right, which is also why I can show them this land is not all bad.
Lucia: ... I still think it's strange.
Lucia: Shouldn't you be more concerned about yourself?
Lucia: What if you find a monster that just would love nothing more than you tear you apart?
Emily: I believe all creatures here have good in them.
Emily: If I can tap into it, I'm sure I can reach them.
Lucia: And if you can't?
Lucia: What if you find one that is so evil, that all they can think about is violence and pain.
Lucia: And your words go unheard.
Emily: ... I simply refuse to believe such a creature exists.
Lucia: But to find one, face to face.
Lucia: How will you deal with it?
Emily: ... I'm not sure.
Lucia: That's dangerous. To not know.
Lucia: That's why I just steer clear, and defend myself if necessary.
Lucia: Forget the rest.
Lucia: If we meet nice ones along the way, yay.
Lucia: If not, no harm to us.
Lucia: So, what's your point?
Emily: My point is to share with you my stance on the matter.
Lucia: It was not news... I knew you were like this since the forest.
Lucia: ... Unless there was something else?
Emily: .... I just don't want you getting in the way.
Lucia: G... Getting in the way?!
Lucia: If a monster gets in my face, the shotgun is coming out.
Lucia: If you want to convince it that Lomam is peaches and cream then do it when I'm not at risk.
Lucia: The nerve!
Emily: I'm sorry if I offended you...
Lucia: You did!
Lucia: It really doesn't matter whether they live or die here.
Lucia: But if one gets a hold of my body? That's it for me.
Lucia: So do whatever you want, I don't really care.
Lucia: Just as long as it doesn't affect me or Derrick.
Lucia: I won't be "Getting in your way" until it concerns my interests.
Emily: Thank you for understanding.
Lucia: I just know this will blow up on you some day.
Lucia: You're naive to think no monster here will not accept your "options".
Lucia: What if you have to fight?
Lucia: Would you fight?
Emily: I'd try my best not to.
Lucia: I wish you luck then.
Lucia: Is that all?
Emily: ... There is one more thing.
Emily: Do you ever get a particularly strange feeling?
Emily: Maybe you've... felt it at some point or another.
Emily: But it's like... Something isn't right.
Emily: Maybe it's the way you look at others.
Emily: Or yourself in the mirror.
Emily: Something gives it away.
Emily: A crack in glass.
Emily: A chink in armour.
Emily: Something unsettling deep in your mind.
Emily: Something... You can't explain.
Emily: But you ignore it. You pretend that it's just another feeling.
Emily: And when you find yourself alone, or maybe with others too.
Emily: There it is. Like you're not like them.
Emily: You're not like anyone.
Emily: I know it well.
Lucia: Why are you telling me this?
Emily: Because... You have to understand this.
Emily: Someone has to tell you.
Emily: When you look at the reapers, how they come to your call...
Emily: Don't you feel some air of familiarity?
Lucia: ... I do.
Emily: When you're with Derrick.
Emily: Don't you ever feel... sad? or in pain?
Lucia: ... Yes.
Emily: I'm trying to help you realise that deep down.
Emily: You know why.
Emily: From everything you've learned here, You know on some level there is more.
Emily: And what you know now is half truths...
Emily: Or flat out lies.
Emily: I want you to know that no matter what happens...
Emily: I know how you feel...
Emily: I've been there.
Emily: And you're not alone.
Lucia: Why are you talking like I'm an unstable person, it's weirding me out.
Emily: I don't think you're unstable, Lucia.
Emily: But I know you're very emotional about things.
Emily: Sometimes, it gets the better of yo--
Lucia: I CAN control myself! Geez!
Ira: Perhaps allow Emily to finish her thoughts, Ms. Lucia.
Ira: You're quick to defend your stability, it's not a good look. =n=
Lucia: Alright, alright...
Lucia: It's just everyone has been saying this and that about me.
Lucia: I just don't understand what they think I've done to make them be so...
Lucia: So cautious...
Ira: Like I've said you're quite capable.
Ira: But also, irrational.
Ira: And also hot headed.
Ira: I do my best to keep you in line, but you must understand these things make you who you are.
Ira: What Emily speaks about is just objective advice.
Ira: Should you feel alone.
Ira: Remember you are not.
Ira: As things progressed, you've had.. off putting vibes of sorts.
Ira: This is objective truth.
Lucia: I'm not denying that, but...
Lucia: I don't see myself as hot headed or irrational.
Ira: Perhaps in the same way Derrick does not see himself as... "Late to the party".
Ira: We only see the good in ourselves, Ms. Lucia.
Ira: Outside advice is necessary to get the whole picture.
Ira: Technically, I am also outside advice. So I can see your flaws just like any other.
Ira: I do not bring attention to them, as they serves no purpose but to belittle you.
Ira: Instead I direct you away from them, having you none the wiser.
Ira: Who knows how many countless mishaps you've saved yourself from simply by taking my advice?
Ira: Not to "Toot my own horn". ou<
Emily: Concentrate on Ira.
Emily: And when you see what I've seen. Remember me, and what I've said.
Emily: If anything at all.
Lucia: But... What have you seen?
Emily: I've seen things... And they were not pretty.
Lucia: What things?
Emily: ... Uhm.
Emily: I would love to tell you in great detail, but experience will show you much more clearly than I could explain.
Emily: Just don't forget what I've said.
Lucia: Right, right... You kinda sound like the reapers. Heh.
"Derrick: Consider the spider hug, not for the purpose of gaining information but for learning how to master your fear. It's a relatively low risk/high fright scenario that makes it excellent for training"
Emily: Hey Lucia?
Emily: I was hoping we could have a little chat.
Lucia: ... What's up?
Emily: Let's talk outside.
Emily: Perhaps it would be easier for you.
Lucia: Yes please...
Reggie: Don't stray too far, ladies. -v-
Emily: Okay, Reggie.
Derrick: Okay GGG, what do you do here?
GGG: I guard this outposts from intruders. Any undesirables are put to trials. If they pass, they're granted entry, if not. A slow death.
GGG: My trials are made so only the Lomam guardians may pass.
GGG: Because you've been granted clearance, my trials can be used for an information outlet if you wish.
Derrick: What are your trials?
GGG: It is only one trial.
GGG: You simply must accept a hug from me.
GGG: Allow my collective spider horde to encapsulate you unflinchingly, and you will prove you really are the Prince of Fear.
GGG: Though, seeing as how all my channels have confirmed your clearance throughout Lomam, alternatively you may seek out another guard.
GGG: We all share the same information.
Derrick: That's wonderful, and a relief.
"Derrick: Take a moment to calm down, then ask the guard if it knows anything you can do about Lethos"
Derrick: Hey Lucia, it's okay...
Derrick: The guard will remain in its confines as long as there are people in here, right?
GGG: I do have a sense of humour.
Lucia: Oh great, spider puns...
GGG: Not quite what I was imagining.
Derrick: To make it very clear, You'll keep to yourself if we ask you to?
GGG: Of course.
Derrick: Okay, good.
Derrick: Do you feel a bit better, Lucia?
Lucia: ... Yes I do.
Lucia: Thanks, Derrick...
Derrick: No problem!
Itamie: What a relief.
Derrick: Wow, that's scary...
Itamie: Breathe, Maid....
Emily: Lucia, it's okay... They're not going to crawl all over you or anything!
Lucia: Not... HELPING.
Emily: Oh, sorry...
Lucia: I'm going to be... here.
Lucia: Tell me when we're done here...
Ghen: Oh, sure thing.
Reggie: Man, whoever made this thing sure had a sense of humour. -v-
Reggie: Not bad at all!
???: ... No promises on that.
???: I see I have your attention.
GGG: I am the Graveyard Grassland guard, or GGG for short.
GGG: I am a collective of spiders, large and small.
Lucia: I want to leave now...
Lucia: I want to leave right now...
GGG: I see I have startled the Maid.
GGG: Shall I grant comfort?
GGG: Oh dear.
GGG: My channels have expressed you all to be in league with Lomam's guardians and therefore have free passage. Enjoy your stay.
Itamie: Try and--
Lucia: KYAAAAA!!! JESUS CHRIST, SHIT...!!!
Itamie: I told you...
Lucia: OH MY GOD, WHY??!!
Kira: Oh man, haha...
Derrick: How bad is it??
Lucia: Itamie? I heard a shriek.
Lucia: What's down there?
Itamie: Uhh... The outpost of this region.
Itamie: Be prepared for what you'll see. The guard is a large collection of spiders.
Itamie: Yes. Spiders.
Itamie: Many, many spiders.
Itamie: ... Too many, if I may comment...
Itamie: I'm warning you out of decency.
Lucia: I'm sure it's not... That bad.
Itamie: If you say so.
Itamie: May I give my opinion, though?
Itamie: I don't think you can handle it.
Itamie: Try not to look if possible.
Derrick: Wow, how bad is it?
Itamie: See for yourself... But I wouldn't recommend it.
Itamie: EEEEE-- Omph....
Kira: Holy shit, haha...
Itamie: -AHEM- Excuse my outburst...
Kira: You actually lost your composure for once, I'm glad I was here to see it.
Kira: Despite the circumstances...
Pechal: That... Is the guard of this outpost.
Itamie: I see...
Kira: We were just talking about warning the others so they don't get scared and freak.
Itamie: That is... necessary.
Itamie: Allow me.
Pechal: Hey, where did you guys-- OH GOD...
Pechal: That's terrifying..!
Ghen: Don't worry, it's the guard in this room.
Kira: Yeah. we were thinking we'd warn the others so they don't freak.
Pechal: That's a great idea, we should do that.
Itamie: What did you find down here?
Pechal: Itamie, hold on a sec..!
Ghen: Check this place out...
Kira: Ew... Look at the spidery ass corner.
Ghen: We're gunna need to warn them before they come down here.
Ghen: Before they get heart attacks across the party.
Kira: Hah... Right.
Reggie checks out Lethos' stats along with the flying minions around its' head.
Derrick: What do you see, Reggie?
Reggie: Well, all I can say is I'm glad we're not trying to fight it.
Ghen: Looks like the outpost for this region.
Kira: It's a good thing Reggie was here to put things in perspective.
Kira: I was thinking this was a real suicide mission.
Ghen: Have some faith in your higher ups, Comrade.
Kira: You honestly believed this wasn't even slightly crazy?
Ghen: I would not follow someone into a dangerous situation if I did not have faith in them.
Ghen: Would you?
Kira: What do you got?
"Emily: Three things: you should scout out the situation/area EXTENSIVELY first and try to learn more about what Lethos does before trying to interact with her. Intelligence is your friend, no matter what you decide to do. Secondly, your size difference from Lethos is going to be a problem for getting her attention. Derrick and Lucia can help you with that though. If you take a projector and a hard light item like a light saber you should be able to make an item that projects a tangible image of you large enough to get her attention. Lastly, and possibly most important, get Lexii's help. Lexii has an item called Nevil's Facade that makes people one step friendlier on your first meeting with them. Lethos can literally squash you like a bug SO STACK THE ODDS IN YOUR FAVOUR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN."
Lucia allows Ira to form into velvet love seat for you both to relax on.
Ghen: Well it's about time.
Emily: Cool couch, Lucia!
Lucia: Thanks, but Ira is the one who came up with it. Heh...
Emily: How about we brainstorm a little bit. What do we know about Lethos?
Lucia: I learned that Lethos is the biggest and strongest monster in Lomam.
Lucia: Also those bird things that hang out with it may be hostile. Like some kind protection against little guys like us.
Emily: My question is how does a monster come to get so big like that?
Reggie: Size in monsters has a lot to do with pain and suffering, hatred, and time in the dream world.
Reggie: Although time is abstract, it still exists on some level. As you can manipulate it still with items and taking advantage of dream levels. it's just hard to measure using clocks, or things like hourglasses and sundials.
Reggie: Lethos, like many, may have drifted deeper into the levels, in which time is perceived slower to things on the lower levels.
Reggie: Spending a lot of time on higher levels could speed up the monster transformation.
Emily: I see...
Reggie: Judging from Lethos' size, they were either one of the first monsters to ever spawn in Lomam, or spent most of its time in deeper levels.
Reggie: I can't make a better judgement than that, as I don't actually know about the monsters' coming and goings in Lomam. I just have insight on their power level and things on that front.
Emily: Do you have any suggestions?
Reggie: For what? Fighting?
Emily: No, to befriend it.
Reggie: Oh man... >v>
Reggie: A creature like this may not even have the same mind as it once had.
Reggie: Talking to it might be very difficult.
Reggie: Also at the size that it is, you'll probably need a tool or something to get its attention.
Reggie: Seeing as we're like ants to it.
Reggie: Though there are risks to consider.
Lucia: Risks like what??
Reggie: Well, Lethos could try to kill us the moment it notices us.
Reggie: Those flying shits could attack us, and they'd outnumber us for sure.
Reggie: We could run into a monster along the way... But I'm sure that's the least of our worries.
Reggie: Also befriending monsters isn't as easy as asking to be friends.
Reggie: It'll want you to earn its trust, if it has any. eve
Reggie: That means recurring visits.
Reggie: Just don't get your hopes up.
Emily: My hopes are up, This is what we came for.
Emily: I will see this through, no matter how many visits it needs.
Lucia: Emily, why are you so determined for this one?
Lucia: We have Zendo, Uilos, the triple threat in Death valley, Locad bosses to worry about too.
Lucia: Why this thing?
Emily: Because... I'm not entirely certain why... But.
Emily: I just know I have to get this one.
Emily: I felt it... A little while ago, when I first had the idea.
Emily: If I could simply establish a line of communication... I think everything will become clear.
Lucia: ... You think?
Emily: Yes... These feelings aren't based on anything certain.
Emily: So I'm not completely sure.
Emily: Creating some kind of item to project us as to appear bigger towards it may work as well, it could keep us safe and have a chance to remind it what people looked like... It has been a while.
Reggie: That sounds good, actually. ovo
Emily: I was also thinking we get Lexii in on this. Is it true she has an item that may prove helpful? A mask perhaps?
Lucia: ... Yes, but how do you know about that?
Emily: Huh? Uhh...
Emily: I think I saw her with it.. last time I checked....
Emily: Just recalled it actually, haha...
Lucia: You don't say...
Ghen: Uhh, I'm gunna take a quick look around.
Emily: I know it seems really unrealistic now...
Emily: But... I believe we can do it.
Emily: So it will work.
Lucia: What will you do?
Emily: I'm not sure yet, also I'm open to suggestions.
Emily: But I'm confident we'll succeed.
Emily: For now, let's rest here.
Derrick: We're gunna need an explanation of exactly what we're going to do about this.
Emily: I'm glad you brought it up, I think now would be a good time for a break.
Emily: We're all pretty stressed out from that cave...
You look off into the distance, the grazing monstrosity Lethos, struts through the grasslands without a care in the world. There are some kind of species of winged creature fluttering around its head.
Derrick: Hey, we're here.
Emily: There it is.
Ahn: Hey, you're back!
Ahn: We got to take a little look around when the door appeared. It's so pretty on this side!
Timothy: Where are the ones in shadows?
Lucia: Oh you know, around.
Ahn: That's good. The more the merrier! Hehehe...
Reggie: Vamonos! No time but the present.
Lucia: Okay, get ready.
Derrick gazes at his own reflection in Black gateway. Together you all pass through the darkness.
Emily: Oh there you are, Reggie.
Reggie: I was able to see what I wanted to see and I'm satisfied.
Reggie: Turns out there was nothing over there. BUMMER.
Reggie: And you would be wise to drop this...
Lucia: You sound suspicious as hell.
Reggie: Hehe ^v^
Emily: Wait, let's all try going together!
Ira: Right! With Emily group travel is quite possible.
Emily: Here, Bambino and Derrick hold my hands.
Derrick: Shouldn't we wait on Reggie?
Reggie: Wait on who?
"Reggie: Hey buddy pal, would it be possible for you to carry all that stuff back to the kids?"
Lucia: Where did Reggie go?
Derrick: He flew off towards the death beds. Said not to wait up.
Lucia: We should head down a level. We're still on level 2.
Derrick: Okay, sure.
Reggie takes off into the night air, the moonlight above erases him from your view.
Reggie: Hey dude, I'm gunna go check out the death beds real quick.
Derrick: Huh? No way, wait for us.
Reggie: It'll be quick so don't worry about it. We should keep things moving.
Derrick: Why do you get to go?
Reggie: Because I'm realm attendant. Psh...
Reggie: I do what I please.
Reggie: ^v^ Don't wait up.
The stranger from before has climbed up as well!
Lucia: You again? Didn't I tell you to get lost??
???: .... I was desperate. I'm not sorry.
???: As for now, I will get lost, having escaped that death sentence.
You notice the yarn begins to gain tension...
Derrick: There you are, Bambino. Did you manage okay?
Bambino: I believe so.
Reggie: Great, now that we're all here. We just need to head down these steps.
As Bambino makes his way up the yarn, you notice it's completely taught almost the entire way.
Lucia: That was really quick!
Ghen: We all came up at the same time.
Lucia: Oh, of course...
Kira: It'd be pretty embarrassing to have fell from something like that.
The Reapers streamline up the yarn like no one's business, you contemplate if they've done something like this before.
Lucia: ... You alright there, Emily?
Emily: ... That was so scary...!
Derrick: But you did it!
Emily: Derrick, weren't you scared??
Derrick: Sorta, but it was okay. I'm more scared of staying in there I guess, haha.
Derrick: I hope the others make it up alright...
Reggie: Dude, I kept quiet inside because we had to, but not bad! ovo
Reggie: We're almost there!
Emily inch worms her way along the yarn, you notice the tension shaking intensely the whole way.
Lucia: There you are. Took you long enough.
Derrick: Is that Ira?
Ira: Yes, it is me.
Ira: I've taken the form of Black Creation Stone to help support you all.
Derrick: Very clever.
Derrick: Also this bridge is very nice up close like this.
Derrick: I can't believe we've finally made it.
Derrick works his way along the yarn, surprisingly he does quite well.
Before your eyes Ira transforms into finely cut BCS. Her sides reflect light so well, you can see yourself within her.
Lucia: You look so pretty like this.
Ira: Thank you. ouo
Lucia: I guess we'll wait here until everyone makes their way up.
"Ira: Turn into something heavier"
Ira: ... Giving it deeper thought, perhaps this form isn't enough weight, yourself included.
Lucia: Well, what else is there?
Ira: There is something I have in mind.
Ira: As you know, I can shape shift. And the most densest thing I know exists at the moment is the Black Creation Stone.
Ira: I could mimic that.
Lucia: Really?? Could you draw with yourself too?
Ira: Heh, not quite... I'd only be taking the form to increase my weight.
Lucia: Aww, that would have been really convenient.
Ira: -ahem- Behold! ouo
You tie off the yarn to each of Ira's legs in loveseat mode. Seems sturdy enough.
Lucia: If this isn't enough weight, I'll just take a seat as well.
Ira: You hardly weigh that much, Ms. Lucia. >u>"
Lucia: Heh, worst case: We both get pulled back down.
Lucia: But I can make some stones or something block us if that happens.
Lucia: Whew, made it.
Ira: Good work, Ms. Lucia.
Lucia: Damn, look at this big ass bridge...
Ira: Up close, it is quite magnificent. ouo
Ira: It appears to lead to you and Derrick's Death beds.
Lucia: I see. There are those tall pillars...
Lucia: Also over there. There's a long stairway.
Ira: It leads to the grasslands it seems.
Lucia: ... Hmm. Now where to tie this off...?
Ira: How about me?
Lucia: Of course!
You are now Lucia floating up to freedom, you're surprised how easy this journey seemingly was!
Lucia takes flight. As you said the tension lessens the further out she goes. You hope she lodged it pretty well into the ground with a tiny bit of earth magic.
"Derrick: If you anchor WARM REACH onto this side Lucia could take the rope and fly to the other side. Then she could either anchor the SILENT SPEAR into the ground or find something handy and tie the rope to it so that everybody can cross."
Derrick: (Here Lucia, take this.)
Derrick: (Take the pointy end and tie it off somewhere on our side. Then take the rope and fly up and out of here.)
Lucia: (There isn't nearly enough rope for that.)
Derrick: (It's okay, the rope will adjust, trust me.)
Lucia: (Okay. I trust you.)
Derrick: (Please be careful also. See if you can tie it to something above that can support most of our weight.)
Lucia: (I'll try.)
You take a look at your panic button. It's completely drained...
You made it back, even better, into Bambino's arms.
Derrick: (Hold out on your painting, okay?)
Emily: (Weird hehe, you read my mind. Sure thing.)
"Derrick: The bridge Emily made made a noise, Daesdyne heard you! panic button, panic button!"
You take out your last resort item. You just know this has to be used here and now, you waste no time pressing the rewind button.
But what is this feeling deep within you that you cannot shake? A soft chill surrounds you for just a moment. Your senses tell you nothing of danger, but your gut is in knots.
In the darkness, death creeps closer. A dead end is approaching.
It's shockingly successful! warm reach grows in length to your surprise to make the distance. Not a sound was made, which has you relieved.
Kira has his mark. He readies an arrow with warm reach tied off to it.
You are now Derrick. You quietly consult Kira on a plan to use your warm reach that you brought with you as a means of climbing out of this cave with a lucky shot from Kira's bow. He complies.
Ahn: Oh wow!!
Ahn: You did it!
Timothy: It seems the rest have failed.
Lucia: No, I just went ahead, heh.
Ahn: What is this bridge?
Timothy: It appears to lead to those tall pillars up in the mountain.
Ahn: And look over there!!
Timothy: It appears to be a fielded area.
Ahn: I want to go there!
Timothy: Hmph... It wouldn't be a terrible idea...
Timothy: I'm sick of this landscape by now.
You want to communicate to Lexii, or maybe Garreth to get you more BCS to use, but you don't want them to find out where you keep your stash...
Ira has used up all of the creation fragment.
Lucia: Here you go, Ira.
Lucia: Can you draw the doorway, please?
Ira: Sure. ouo
"Lucia: quickly go to ground level and draw the exit door, then quietly contact Lexii and Garry to bring you more black creation stone through the newly minted door, you can then go back to current level to quietly heft the kids one by one"
You ask Ira to return you back to ground level, in which she promptly does so.
You've now become Lucia. On the surface you find a huge brick bridge connecting your way to the mountain out ahead. The bridge is bathed in moonlight above. You also find a stone staircase to your right.
Lucia: Holy shit, check this out..!
Ira: This view seems familiar to me.
Lucia: Yeah, can't say I don't feel the same way...
Lucia: And look, those pillars... That must be where we "ascend".
Lucia: Man, what a sight this is.
Ira: What do you want to do first?
Lucia takes off towards the opening at tremendous speed, you slightly become anxious.
Lucia: (Uhh, across is just a bunch of tunnels that end off here as well. Seems to go on for quite a while.)
Lucia: (I'm gunna go for it!)
Derrick: (Wait a second..!!)
Lucia: I see something..!
Derrick: (That's great..!)
Lucia: There's a little light up ahead, that must be the exit!!
Derrick: (We're not out yet, try and keep your voice down still.)
You watch as Lucia sits backwards on Bambino's head. Bambino doesn't seem to have any trouble supporting her in this position.
Derrick: (What do you see?)
Lucia: (One sec.)
"Lucia:Turn all lights off for a moment and check with night vision + black precision, that may give you a better look on what surrounds you in all directions and where to go next"
Ira grants night sight and black precision to Lucia.
Derrick: (What do you see?)
Lucia: (Even with night sight it's still endless darkness off in the distance...)
Lucia: (Get Bambino to come over here and give me a boost!)
Derrick: (Sure thing... Just be careful.)
Lucia: (Worst case, we fall over. But I can fly...)
Lucia: (I've carried Bambino before, you know... Not very well actually, but...)
Lucia: (It was possible.)
There isn't much else out here.
You attempt to raise your flashlight's brightness... To very little effect... Across the gulf is breath-taking emptiness... a low howl is the only thing out in the depths.
You watch as Emily paints a stone bridge to cover the gaping hole in the floor. It wasn't exactly silent however...
"Bambino: Derrick and Lucia are looking incredibly stressed out. Maybe before you proceed you should make use of your fur (and your ability Brave) and give them a hug to calm them down? It might help avoid unwanted freak outs"
Bambino comes over and pulls you and Lucia in for warm snuggles. This obliterates any fear you two might have pent up from Daesdyne's brief encounter.
"Derrick: Don't stray from the path"
It's the end of the road. Infront of you is quite a large gap in the floor, and ahead is pitch black emptyness. It seems like a dead end.
You continue on your way, until you meet another divergence in the path. It seems as if this tunnel is taking you deeper.
Like ghosts, the reapers fade into view.
Ghen: (We might keep low profiles now and again...)
Ghen: (Not trying to get gobbled up, you know?)
Derrick: (It's okay, I wouldn't want that anyways.)
Emily: (Oh... It's just you, Derrick...)
Emily: (Reggie said you'd be this way.)
Derrick: (I'm glad you're okay... Where are the reapers?)
Emily: (Uhh... They're around probably...)
"Derrick: Bambino and Reggie are with the others, so if you summon them to you they should be able to lead the others here"
You imagine Reggie and Bambino in your mind, you're not sure where they are, but they seem to be on move.
Ira: ... Someone familiar is coming.
Ira: (It was the right call, Ms. Lucia.)
Lucia: (I believe you! I don't trust these guys for shit.)
Derrick: (..Where is everyone?)
The strange figure trots off briskly into the unknown.
Lucia: (Hmm, Ira what do you think?)
Ira: (I don't like this one. ene)
Ira: (I'm getting nervous and bitter intentions...)
???: W-what? But I'm not--
Lucia: (Save it!)
Lucia: (Go on?)
Ira: (...... Perhaps the time here has made them hostile.)
Ira: (Desperation is reeking from them.. Blech... >n>)
Lucia: (Do you want to die??)
Lucia: (Then run for your life, before I end you.)
???: (...But I... Please, I beg you..!)
Lucia: (Go on!)
???: ... Damn you...
???: What a relief... I was not forsaken...!
???: Please, you two... Let me come with you, I'll do anything..!!
Derrick: (SHHHH. For starters, lower your voice..!)
???: (Oh, forgive me...)
???: (I entered a strange cave eons ago, having the entrance close I was trapped inside..)
???: (If not for the fact this form of mine allows for an advantage in the dark, I'd be food for that wretched thing that patrols these dark halls..)
???: (Please... If you have any good in you, grant me this privilege..!)
You appear on a higher dream level unknown to you. It should be safe for mild communication.
Derrick: (Are you okay, Lucia?)
Lucia: (No....! What the heck was that thing?!)
Derrick: (Daesdyne, you know the thing we're trying to keep quiet from?)
Lucia: (That was crazy terrifying... I didn't think it would look like that!)
Derrick: (It gets worse.... C'mon.)
???: Is... Is someone there..?
Bambino paps Emily upside the head, and the reapers fade into the darkness.
Lucia slowly and carefully conjures up Black gateway for you both. Since the mirror is blocking Daesdyne's face you feel a spike in anxiety but ultimately calm down a bit.
You instinctively grasp Lucia's mouth shut, you know how easily scared she gets.
No sudden moves now...
"Derrick: Stay on track"
You stay on track, to your own dismay.
You come across a bend in the tunnel after what feels like minutes of walking through. There is a smaller tunnel to the right. It looks uncomfortable...
"Everyone: Go down silently. Use teamwork if necessary. Only use the rope if you are certain it is secure."
You all successfully scale down the hole into the next level of tunnel networks. No one made any loud noises.
The flame reveals another set of tunnels. The drop isn't bad either, though you're not sure if it's the right call.
"Derrick: Let's be cautious for a second and look around with all types of sensory abilities to make sure there's nothing actively trying to kill you. If there is then go deeper into the darkness levels to avoid said danger. Afterwards, try investigating that hole in front of you. You can shine a light from the flashlight down it and dangle something long like a rope to see how far down it goes. You've also got magic so you can use that to test things out."
You check out the hole and cast a small fireball to the light the way.
Ghen stops again. You can see a giant hole in the path. it's far too long to jump, however there seems to be a ledge wide enough to walk across, or the rope pinned down by a loose rock...
You hear something. You're not sure what it was or from where, but the silence was broken just for a moment.
Emily paints a light blue streak across the ground, you think she's trying to make a trail in case you get lost. As you continue you don't hear a sound, not even from your party's movements, it almost might be safe... For now.
You notice Ghen has stopped, everyone follows suit. There appears to be three ways you can go from here. You have no clue which way to go.
You and the reapers make your way down the the winding staircase. An unnerving feeling hangs over you as you shine your flashlight out into the abyssal maw that awaits below. it appears unending almost. As deep as it is, it doesn't compare to the fear of stumbling upon Daesdyne suddenly.
Entering this cave again brings you chills, you did bring emergency measures as a last resort which gives you a reason to keep your composure.
Reggie: Wow, that's hilarious. eve
Derrick: I just.... I can't...
Lucia: Wow you guys, not cool!
Ghen: Like I said, we don't really need them.
Ghen: So chalk that up to insubordination and let's move on, okay?
Derrick: Well, now that we have all this light, things should go a lot better.
Ghen whips out an eerie skull lantern that cuts through the darkness. You're slightly confused.
Derrick: Wait, are you telling me that all this time you've had light sources and never told us?!
Ghen: Well, we work better in the dark, and you never asked.
Reggie: He has a point, you know. >v>
Derrick: Of all the times, this would have been nice to know.
Derrick: And you never thought it would be nice to just say, "Hey Prince, by the way... we have lanterns all along".
Ghen: I hear what you're saying, Prince.
Ghen: And it makes total sense.
Ghen: But... I mean, we don't really need them.
Ghen: So much so, that I just plain forgot.
Derrick: Anyone else have secret lanterns?
"Derrick: Give a bit more intel on Daesdyne to your group (such as the fact she work by echolocation), perhaps it would be best to simply find out where she currently is and go to another darkness level to avoid confrontation."
Derrick: Daesdyne has sensitive hearing, so we have to be very quiet.
Derrick: Not even a peep.
Derrick: There won't be turning back if it notices us, so don't get startled if we're suddenly trapped.
Derrick: Also, from what I saw Daesdyne is huge, and has lots of sharp teeth.
Derrick: If you can, pick a person to focus on at all times.
Derrick: There may be a chance, that we'll run right into it, so we should come up with ways to jump levels on the fly.
Derrick: The reapers can jump with ease, but how is Emily going to do it?
Emily: I've done it before, Derrick.
Emily: If I hold hands with someone and I move, I can take someone else with me.
Piper: Not just hands, contact is enough.
Ira: While using Black Gateway on Derrick, if Emily and Bambino are joining hands at the same time I believe she could come as well!
Reggie: What about me?
Piper: You'll have to share this ride with me!
Reggie: Priestess stoop?
Reggie: I'm down with that. -v-
Derrick: If anything happens, we should check back to ground level if we end up jumping all over the place.
Emily: Now, what of light sources?
Derrick: Oh, I made a flashlight for Lucia and I.
Derrick: There are more at the house.
Derrick: I didn't bring any extra though...
Derrick: Sorry guys.
Ghen: It's cool, I guess I can break out my lantern.
Derrick: ..... What?
Lucia: Here, I'll get started on our way out.
Lucia: This door will be paired with another that I'll make later on. As a checkpoint or something.
Derrick: Sounds good to me.
Ahn: Oh! That's new.
Ahn: I hope it helps.
Timothy: This cave spells death...
Timothy: I don't think I'll join you.
Ahn: Wha? You don't want to come?
Ahn: Well, I'll stay with you too then...
Timothy: Okay, it is the only smart decision.
Kira: What is the plan, Prince?
Emily: I have some insight on the cave, Derrick!
Emily: I've talked with the doll thing in the tree fort.
Emily: And it told me the way, but...
Emily: I don't really remember it all... Reapers?
Kira: Beats me, Priestess...
Pechal: I was listening but... There were a lot of twists and turns...
Pechal: Maybe this is a bad idea...
Emily: I think we can do this.
Ghen: Well, if you're sure.
Emily: I just want people in case of anything.
Derrick: I have a couple things for you guys as well. Some silent gear.
Derrick: If we had to attack anything for whatever reason, it would be best if it were quiet.
You come across the cave you narrowly escaped from. Ahn and another monster meet with you in front.
Ahn: We moved ahead and decided to wait here for you! hehe...
Ahn: Are you ready??
Derrick: .... Ugh, not really up for this...
Derrick: But I'm sure with the gear we brought we'll be okay.
Derrick: Who are you with?
Ahn: His name is Timmy, he doesn't talk much...
Ahn: I'm still a bit mad at you from before! But I'll forgive you.
Ahn: If you didn't want to talk you could have just said so...
Timothy: .... Whatever.
Ahn: -sigh-... Oh well, how are you Derrick?
Ahn: It's been so long!
Ahn: That girl told me that you were really super busy and stuff, hehe...
Ahn: So it's okay, we all get busy sometimes...
Emily: Are you ready to continue, Lucia?
Lucia: Yes, let's go.
Lucia: Ira, you're back!!
Lucia: Thank goodness...
Ira: Hello Ms. Lucia ouo
Ira: I may have fallen in battle, but it is no cause for alarm.
Ira: I'm as resilient as you, after all.
Ira: As soon as I realised what had happened, I poofed right back to you.
Lucia: I don't know what I'd have done if you were stuck or something...
Lucia: I'm pretty useless without you.
Ira: >n< Don't sell yourself short, Ms. Lucia.
Ira: You're stronger than you think!
Suddenly you notice faintly Ira's presense beside Bambino.
Derrick: I think Ira is starting to return!
"Derrick: Maybe you should check on Lucia to see how she's doing. Ira being gone can't be easy for her, so maybe try and make her feel better. Also you could probably say hello to Ahn and her acquaintance. Be the polite gentleman you know that you can be!"
Derrick: Don't worry Lucia, if Ira is anything like you she'll be fine.
Lucia: Thanks Derrick.
Derrick: I didn't know conjurations come back with time like that.
Reggie: Yeah, well...
Reggie: Luckily you've never had to experience it.
Derrick: ... How about giving the Hammer to Bambino?
Derrick: He could use it, I think.
Emily: Of course! It's all yours, Bambino.
Bambino: Thank you.
Lucia: When is Ira coming back? It's been a moment.
Reggie: Soon, just relax.
Emily: What's this, Reggie?
Reggie: Oh! Uhh...
Reggie: This is MIANDER'S MIGHT. A big ass hammer.
Reggie: If you block with it you slice off 100 damage points off an attack. It's as good as armour!
Emily: I see.
Reggie: It also packs quite a punch. ovo
Reggie: Should nickname it the concussion stand.
Reggie: Just step right up! >v<
Reggie: Hey, you laughed at my joke!
Reggie: It was kinda crappy, but that'll serve as consolation.
Reggie: Cool. You created SOUL JAR. This item can be stored out-of-inventory and can hold up to 5 souls of any kind.
Reggie: Always coming up with super creative ideas. -v-
Reggie: Now go get that soul, Goth chick!
Lucia whips up a rather crude sketch of a jar with a soul picture on it.
"Emily: Make a container to transport the soul for later, and decide when all the conjurations have Wraith Rings. Otherwise aside from piper they only gain 1/5th the stats they normally would"
Reggie: Who gets the soul, Sky blue?
Emily: Uhm... Perhaps saving it would be a good idea.
Reggie: Oh? How are you gunna do that?
Emily: Does anyone have the magic chalk?
Lucia: I do.
Emily: Can you draw a soul jar, or a container for souls?
Lucia: Heh, sure!
Lucia: Honours, Ira?
Lucia: Hey Ira? Wake up.
Reggie: I don't think she's here. OvO...
Lucia: What?? Where could she have gone?
Reggie: Did you get hurt from that guy?
Lucia: Yeah, it was nothing.
Reggie: Maybe she got smoked protecting you from "nothing".
Reggie: Relax, lucky for you conjurations are slightly different from us.
Reggie: After a bad battle they'll come back to ground level after a little bit. Think of it like respawning in a video game.
Reggie: She should be back with you any moment now.
Lucia: ...... Okay. T~T
Lucia: I guess I'll draw the thing myself...
Miander has been exorcised!
You rest your hand on Miander, you feel as though all the darkness that has covered him slowly begin to melt away.
Miander: How curious....
Miander: This feeling is the highlight of my time here....
Miander: I thank you, child...
Miander: May you share this gift with all who are willing...
Emily: It's my pleasure!
"Emily: point out that if he already thinks there is nothing else worse than this, isn't a better option worth giving it a chance? He has nothing to lose and everything to gain"
Emily: If you think that this is as bad as it gets, why not see things another way?
Emily: This realm isn't nearly as bad as you think, sometimes it can be quite peaceful.
Emily: Not to mention Death Valley is only a small part of this realm! There is more to this place than you know.
Emily: I don't think continuing this fight makes any sense.
Emily: What do you think?
Miander: I've been here since I entered this strange land, and I've yet to come across anyone quite like you.
Miander: I don't really care for this place to be honest.
Miander: And I've grown tired of this strange form I've taken.
Emily: Here, how about I give you a hand?
Emily: The power I talked about was the ability to lead those who want to leave, out of this realm.
Emily: From there you are free to become whatever you desire.
Emily: It's painless, and only works with your express permission.
Miander: ... it sounds better than this.
Miander: I accept.
Emily: Okay... Here goes...
Emily: We're really more than you can handle, you know.
Emily: I want to help you.
Miander: I don't need your help...
Emily: Please..! Aren't you tired of fighting for your life?
Emily: I have power. I can help you.
Miander: .... I've lost faith in a better world a long time ago.
Piper makes a return spin-tackle back for collectively 271 damage with added bonus from back-attack and critical strike!
Piper flies with a furious spin-tackle for... 0 damage!
Lucia casts lightning down on Miander for 135 damage! Miander only received 35...
Ghen blasts Miander for 120 damage! Miander only received 20...
Itamie double taps Miander for collectively 105 damage!
You soak Miander for 50 damage!
Reggie: Hmm. Miander level 30...
Reggie: Has lots of Vitality, and strength.
Reggie: A tough one.
Lucia: He's not that tough.
Miander: You have me outnumbered, for sure.
Miander: However, my defence is unmatched.
Derrick: How about this?
Emily equips AMICABLE ARTISAN set. This set grants Emily +1500hp as well as the set bonus: Colour splash! when Emily gets hit, enemies get soaked in paint (random colour), which depending on the colour causes a status effect (yellow = paralysis, red = burning, green = poison, blue = freeze)
Ghen equips TACTICAL SHOTGUN. This weapon can switch between pellet and slug bullets.
Reggie: The cavalry is here!
Itamie: I've completed your task, Prince. I've brought the Priestess' outfit, along with a few weapons for some of you. And myself of course.
Reggie: Let's see who's causing a ruckus.
"Derrick: Ask the reapers to heal you and Lucia, try and stop Miander's movements by putting Miander into a hole, and for gods sake BACK UP. You have ranged attacks while your opponent does not, take yourself out of Miander effective range. Aside from that, spread out and flank Miander so you can't all be attacked at once and so that you can attack from multiple directions at once preventing all of your attacks from being blocked. If anybody can't take a hit have them stay out of reach of Miander's attacks"
You request assistance from some reapers. Ghen and Pechal fully heal you!
Miander tail smashes you and Lucia for 200 and 195 damage respectively, you only receive 75 and 70 damage. Ira has taken the damage instead of Lucia and was killed!
Derrick won't survive another hit like that!
Derrick lights up Miander for... 0 damage! Miander's defense was too great!
Lucia slashes Miander for 125 damage!
Everyone backs up while you and Lucia take point.
Lucia: Guess you'll make good practice for our new items!
Lucia: Hey guys!
Pechal: The Maid and Prince!
Ghen: Glad of you to join us.
Lucia: What's up with this guy?
Miander: Oh? I see you've brought reinforcements.
Miander: No matter, I shall lay waste to the lot of you.
Lucia: Hah! Is that so?
Lucia: Maybe you need an escort to oblivion? I think you've overstayed your visit.
Lucia: In case you haven't heard, we're the guardians of this realm.
Miander: You'll have to teach me what that means then, child.
Miander: All I see are insolent brats.
Miander: Come, then.
Derrick: Oh! Hey Emily.
Lucia: Where are you running off to?
Emily: Guys! There's a monster that I think may be out of our league.
Emily: I'm retreating.
Derrick: Whoa, slow down. Let's take a look.
Lucia: Yeah, we're stronger in a group. Surely we can handle one monster.
Ghen: Retreat, Priestess! We'll give you some time.
Emily: What? I'm not leaving you guys!
Pechal: We're not going to stay! we'll be right behind you.
Ghen: Just get your head start!
Miander: You're no match for me, children.
Miander: One strike will make this clear.
Piper: C'mon girl, let's go!
You are now Emily again. While moving forward to come across something strange.
Ahn: Oh? This one wasn't here when we were walking around!
Ahn: Where did you come from??
Ahn: Do you want to be friends? It's dangerous to go alone.
???: Foolish girl.
???: There are no friends in this place. Only soon to be enemies and traitors.
???: It wouldn't be polite to lie to the children. So if you're going to kill them...
???: You should be outright about it.
Emily: H-hello! I'm Emily!
Ahn: I don't want to kill anyone! Don't say mean things...
???: .... It won't be long until you meet your end...
???: Best get out while you can.
Emily: You know, I can help you.... There are talents I have that--
???: Your words mean nothing to me.
???: If you wish to help, then die without resistance.
Ghen: Like hell!
Kira: Yeah, who the hell do you think you are?
Pechal: You're outnumbered.
Miander: .... I am the one called Miander.
Miander: Your death will give life. It is a fair trade.
Miander: If not for me then, for someone else less fortunate than you.
Derrick: What's Emily doing here anyways?
Itamie: She's helping monsters, it seems.
Itamie: Something bound to get her in some trouble with the wrong creature.
Lucia: Tell me about it.
Lucia: Does your armour fit alright under there?
Itamie: Yes, it's wonderful. Thanks again.
Lucia: Yeah, No problem!
Derrick: We should actually get Bambino and Reggie to come with us if possible.
Derrick: Do you mind?
Itamie: No! Not at all.
Itamie: I'll fetch them as soon as I can.
Derrick: Thank you.
Derrick: We'll go.
Itamie: That's great news!
Derrick: But first, go with the others and grab your armour, we made some for everyone.
Itamie: Really? You're too kind, Prince.
Derrick: It's important you all are protected and safe.
Derrick: I don't want to lose even a single one of you.
Narren: Aww, Prince..!
Narren: Thanks for caring about us.
Derrick: Make sure everyone gets them.
Lucia: Where to?
Itamie: Death Valley, I'll catch up.
Itamie: Prince and Maid, have you finished with your errands?
Bane: Oh Itamie, Hello!
Itamie: Bane! Where have you been??
Itamie: ... We'll discuss it on the way, but first I must let you know you both are needed.
Derrick: What's going on?
Itamie: The Priestess wants you to accompany her through the cave in Death Valley.
Lucia: Well it just so happens, we made some things for that.
Derrick: I dunno... We did prepare for it, but it seems too soon.
Itamie: The Priestess is waiting as we speak.
Itamie: What shall I tell her?
After creating a ton of items for the reapers and your friends, you and Lucia head down to tell them the news.
Bane: Greetings Prince and Maid!
Derrick: Oh hey! Uhh...
Bane: Yes, I am Bane.
Bane: Though, how did you--
Lucia: The others love to talk.
Lucia: Well, did you finish your task?
Bane: Not exactly... I was relieved by the Priestess.
Bane: She says my skills would be more helpful here.
Bane: What can I do?
Lucia: Well, Derrick and I have a lot of stuff we need moved around, you think you're up for that?
Bane: Of course! I'll move as soon as possible.
Lucia: I called you three in for the same reasons, what do you think?
Medo: Anything to help, Maid.
Odin: Yeah, I'm in.
Lucia: Awesome. I have something for everyone. Make sure to pass them around to all your brothers and sisters. They'll be in a neat pile.
Narren: Oh, you've been really busy, huh?
Lucia: Yeah. Anything worth mentioning happen while we were working on stuff?
Narren: Not really... Just been quiet since you left.
Bane: A status update though: I was unable to catch the Princess waking up.
Bane: So as far as I know, "It" Could be anyone or anywhere.
Bane: Stay alert.
Derrick: How is she?
Bane: She's cheery as ever. We had a long conversation about the lands.
Bane: You came up a few times, Prince.
Bane: All good things.
Bane: The Knight... Is with her now.
Bane: Hopefully things turn out for the better.
Derrick: I'm sure they'll be fine then.
"Emily: Explain to Ahn that they were attacked by a powerful monster, and one of you got hurt very badly. There was also the incident with Derrick's house accidentally being filled with poison. Right now they're preparing so that kind of thing doesn't happen again, so they're understandably preoccupied, but it's not like they just forgot about her. Also, explain how because of the way dreamers experience the realms that it is hard to reconnoiter with people"
Emily: Uhm, Derrick's house was flooded with noxious gas which is why he has been away...
Emily: Not to mention a powerful monster hurt one of us very badly. We're trying to ensure that this does not happen again.
Ahn: Oh I see.
Ahn: I knew there had to be a reason!
Emily: Yeah... Well, that's it.
Emily: Because my friends are... different, we tend to pop in and out at random.
Emily: And how long we're gone is very subjective depending on who you ask.
Ahn: Yeah... I know what you mean...
Ahn: Sometimes I feel like months have past, and then other times like now, I feel as though time is standing still.
Ahn: But since you're here, we'll join you on... Whatever it is you're doing.
Emily: Oh... I actually came here for...
Timothy: My answer is still worry about yourself.
Timothy: I don't need your pity.
Ahn: Well, where to then?
Emily: Uhm, I guess we'll wait for Derrick and Lucia...
Emily: I want them to come with us through the cave ahead.
Ahn: Oh, that again?
Ahn: Well alright. We can have a nice chat in the meantime!
Emily: ... Which one of you guys wants to get Derrick and Lucia and tell them we're out here?
Itamie: I'll do it.
Emily: Okay uhh... Itamie.
Emily: You're up.
Ahn: Wow, my friend is being so weird!
Ahn: I'm sorry.
Ahn: There are some people I've met before you, what ever happened to them?
Emily: Others? Well...
Ahn: Hehehe, it's fine!
Ahn: I'm sure they're super busy.
Ahn: It's not like they'd abandon me, right? After all I just wanted to be friends...
Ahn: No one is that heartless... Hehe...
You suddenly begin to feel anxious.
"Emily: When you discuss exorcising monsters, don't bring it up to them as 'going to a mysterious beyond', as fanciful as that is this reality that they know is at least more stable than the promise of something completely nebulous, which is even more frightening. If an angel told you Heaven was 'the great unknown expanse that you can't come back from' would you REALLY want to go there? You know how the Good Book works. You know the right words to use. Sell that after-afterlife"
Emily: I wanted to ask you something.
Emily: No... Uhh.
Emily: Can you tell me your name?
Ahn: He doesn't talk much, trust me.
Ahn: I asked him a million questions.
Timothy: .... Give me back my axe.
Ahn: You were ignoring me??
Ahn: So mean!
Emily: I'm going to keep your axe, it serves you right.
Timothy: .... You are lucky.
Timothy: You are wise to keep friends.
Emily: What are you trying to say?
Timothy: Just that.
Timothy: Enjoy it while it lasts.
Emily: I wanted to ask you if you were happy being here.
Emily: It seems like a dark and lonely place to be.
Timothy: Don't worry about others.
Timothy: Worry for yourself.
Kira: Well? Do you wanna fight?
Kira: Do something!
Timothy: .... No.
Timothy: I'm fine.
Author note: Because I've been told there is some confusion on where the suggestions can be made, if you go down to where it says info, fav, and suggestions, click suggestions and it will link you to the forums LS is hosted on.
You make your way to Death Valley's plateau. You come across a familiar face.
Ahn: Ahh! New friends?
Emily: Hello. Who are you?
Ahn: My name's Ahn, hehe...
Ahn: What's yours?
Emily: Emily. Is this a friend of yours?
Ahn: Him? Yes. We just met.
Ahn: He doesn't talk much, but I don't mind. Company is nice either way.
Emily: I see...
Emily: I'm going to see if I can convince the last owner of my axe if he'd like to be exorcised.
Ghen: Sweet. Hope it goes well.
"Emily: there should be a monster called Ahn in this area, ask the outpost guardian about her, ask about her current state and her backstory, if you run into her you could exorcise her too"
DVG: Greetings, Priestess.
Emily: Hey, I'd like to ask a question.
DVG: That's fine. But first you must pass my trials.
Emily: Uhm, do you think we can just skip that? I already know you get your information from Daydream and that this whole universe is a fabrication.
Emily: Also, if you insist, then I will just refuse. You won't be able to use your trials regardless because monsters don't come in here as often as they used to.
Emily: You'd really be obsolete.
Emily: So if you want something useful to do, you should just answer me.
DVG: ... Fine.
Emily: I want to know about a creature named Ahn.
Emily: What can you tell me about her?
DVG: Ahn is a basic monster with two forms, and a friendly disposition.
DVG: Its past is a bit pieced together from what my memory serves. Her death had something to do with a botched surgery.
DVG: They may seem quite unhinged as a traumatic experienced occurred post mortem.
DVG: This has caused her to giggle hysterically in the face of danger.
DVG: You may approach without hesitation, but be on your best behaviour.
DVG: ...Anything else?
Emily: Yeah. This axe I have now, tell me about its previous owner.
DVG: ... That would be Timothy. There's not much information on him other than he was a mute in his previous life.
Emily: I see.
DVG: He has one form and is hostile. I suggest leaving him alone.
Emily: What can you tell me about the three dragons over Death Valley?
DVG: ... Those are Aviots, a serpent fleet. They are a band of hiveminded dragons who share the same soul. One of the three boss monsters in Lomam. They have one form and are extremely hostile and territorial. You'd do well to steer clear of them.
Emily: If I want to pacify them, how would I go about it?
DVG: ... This will be your last question.
DVG: Try asserting dominance. Show them they are not the only ones who rule Death Valley skies.
DVG: If you do that, you may bring them to a neutral state.
DVG: You're welcome.
"Emily: Unfortunately, Vorrus was killed some time ago to save Lucia. At the time of her death, she was not wearing her robes. ask the reapers if they have found them, or if not, if they can have everyone else search for them"
Emily: Hey you guys, do you remember Vorrus?
Emily: I know... She's dead.
Emily: But is it true that her robes were left somewhere?
Pechal: I'm not sure how they work exactly.
Itamie: It's possible.
Ghen: If she entered with them, hopefully.
Ghen: The robes won't work on anyone but the owner.
Ghen: And with Vorrus gone...
Kira: Hey, I bet the Maid could use them!
Ghen: ... I guess. It's worth a shot.
Ghen: They'd be around Death valley if anything.
Ghen: But not on this side...
Ghen: We'd definitely need to go through the cave.
Emily: Alright, all the more reason to go.
Itamie: Well, that was kind of a waste.
Emily: We're not out to kill or grow stronger.
Emily: We're out to help.
Emily: If it helps us grow stronger along the way, that's fine too.
Emily: But the main goal is to show the creatures here that someone has their interest at heart.
Pechal: Well, what happens when they just wanna fight?
Emily: That's what my bodyguards are for.
Pechal: Oh, heh. I see.
Eventually, you make it out of the forest together... The Marshes await ahead.
Emily: Well here you are!
Emily: Just keep going straight.
Sharkbite: Thanks for this.
Sharkbite: Farewell. Perhaps we'll meet again.
Emily: ... Bye!
Sharkbite: What do you plan to do next?
Emily: Well, there is someone past the marshes that I want to see.
Emily: I have the same proposition for them.
Sharkbite: What's in it for you?
Emily: I want to help people. I think this is how I can do it.
Sharkbite: ... You should focus on yourself.
Sharkbite: Spend too much of your time on others and you will come to regret it.
Sharkbite: Trust me.
Emily: .... I know I can do good things here.
Sharkbite: Or perhaps what you think you're doing and what you're really doing are not the same.
Sharkbite: Don't lose your way, kid.
"Emily: Give sharkbite the options"
Emily: Okay Sharkbite, how about I give you a better explanation.
Emily: I have a gift, one of many, that allows me to exorcise monsters from this realm.
Emily: This means that you're released from your form into the great unknown.
Emily: From experience, I'm told this feels good.
Emily: I can only do this if you want me to, otherwise it will not work.
Emily: This is my option.
Emily: The other option is we can take you to the misty marshes.
Ghen: It's better than here.
Emily: After that, you are free to do anything you want.
Emily: These are the choices we can give you.
Emily: Otherwise we can leave, and you won't see us anymore.
Sharkbite: I see.
Sharkbite: Well your option to exorcise sounds terrifying to me.
Sharkbite: I'm not sure I'm ready to know what lies beyond.
Sharkbite: Which leaves me with the only option, to go with you to the "marshes".
Emily: So you'll come?
Emily: That's good!
Emily: Just follow us, we have experience navigating the woods.
Emily: It'll take a little bit of time, so be patient.
Emily: Where should we take him?
Itamie: I'm not sure.
Kira: Well, we could just leave him in the marshes.
Pechal: There's plenty of room over at the trail of tragedy.
Emily: That doesn't seem better.
Ghen: Well, to be fair, taking him some place wasn't part of this plan.
Ghen: Maybe you can try and talk him into it.
Ghen: You're not hurting him, are you?
Ghen: So then what's the problem?
Emily: He has to want to on his own.
Ghen: You need to properly explain what you're doing and why he needs it.
Ghen: Then... You can leave it up to him to decide for himself.
Ghen: No one said to force it on him.
Ghen: Would it even work if you tried?
Ghen: Well then! You have your plan.
Emily: Hey, what's wrong?
Sharkbite: ... I don't think you are the way.
Sharkbite: Perhaps this fog has gotten the best of me...
Sharkbite: Or perhaps it's the itch talking...
Sharkbite: But this feels wrong.
Emily: Okay, well then...
Emily: Do you want something?
Sharkbite: I'd like to get out of this forest.
Sharkbite: The longer I'm here, the crazier I feel.
Sharkbite: There are creatures here that let insanity run rampant.
Sharkbite: I don't think it's safe for anything sane to stay here.
Emily: There you are!
Emily: I've come back for you.
Sharkbite: The girl from before...?
Sharkbite: There is a way out of this forest?
Emily: Yes, I can help you out of here.
Sharkbite: What is the need of the children?
Emily: They're my bodyguards, they will not hurt you though...
Emily: So don't worry about them.
Sharkbite stands before you, almost anxiously... The pause gives you feelings of concern and you're not quite sure what to make of it.
You call out the name Sharkbite as loud as you can while venturing with the reapers. You feel a slight chill on your spine and neck, as if something else might be watching you and the others. However you are determined to see this through.
Kira: Geez, that's really complicated.
Pechal: I'm sure the Priestess will handle it, no problem!
Ghen: ... So what are we doing out here, Priestess?
Emily: I'm looking for a monster. Sharkbite was its name.
Ghen: Oh, the one that struck you a while ago?
Emily: I believe so...
Itamie: Whatever your plans are, do not let your guard down.
Emily: No, that's why I brought you guys, I'm not going to have my guard up.
Emily: I know it doesn't seem smart, but if I'm defensive I'm not showing that I can be trusted.
Emily: I ask that you back me up in the case of it backfiring.
Kira: Will do.
Itamie: You have our full support, Priestess.
Emily: Okay, let's get going.
Emily: Is it water?
Ghen: Nice guess there!
FFG: The cave connecting central and east Death Valley is home to a vile creature known as Daesdyne. This creature roams the interior searching for lost souls to consume. To pass through this cave unscathed requires experience, as there are many dead ends and pitfalls. If you plan to pass through, remember this:
FFG: Daesdyne is blind, but has a heightened sense of hearing. Do not make sounds if you are able.
FFG: The entrance of the cave has a winding staircase to the side. Walking straight out will take you to your death.
FFG: There will be many tunnels to chose from. Take the one that's directly in front of you as when you've reached the base.
FFG: There will be a drop in that tunnel, but it is not as deep as it looks, fall into it.
FFG: Taking this tunnel will come to a crossroad, take left.
FFG: Afterwards you will reach another crossroad, take right.
FFG: You will find another pitfall on the path, you'll need to make your way over it as the drop will be fatal.
FFG: As you're doing this, do not go too soon, as this tunnel ends quite dramatically, you'll want to make your way up the wall with something.
FFG: If you keep climbing from there you will reach the exit.
Emily: ..... Okay. That is a lot to take in...
FFG: Be sure to bring your companions along to remind you. Will that be all?
Emily: I think so.
FFG: I see. Standing by.
FFG: ... Greetings, Priestess.
Emily: I was wondering, do you have insight on the cave that takes us through the valley up ahead?
FFG: I do.
FFG: If you want to hear what I know, you must first answer a riddle.
Emily: ... Okay.
FFG: Trial one commencing...
FFG: Trial one begin.
FFG: I am soft when petted, but hard when struck.
FFG: I feel free on warm days and relaxed on others.
FFG: On cold days I keep still, enough to show off my natural beauty.
FFG: I can be as small as a pea, or as big as a mountain.
FFG: I've travelled far and wide, aimless it seems.
FFG: What am I?
Ghen: Relax, it's just us.
Emily: Oh, Ghen... You all came a lot quicker than I expected...
Ghen: Everyone, say hi.
Itamie: Greetings Priestess. I'm Itamie.
Pechal: Happy to help.
Kira: Kira here, relieved you made it, Priestess!
Kira: When Pechal invited me to assist you, I couldn't say no.
Emily: Thank you so much, everyone.
Emily: Also, sorry about screaming...
Ghen: It's cool.
Ghen: What's going down?
Emily: There's a monster in the woods here... I told him once I found a way to help him, I'd come back.
Emily: I'd also like to help the last owner of my axe.
Ghen: Ahh, the stiff!
Ghen: Glad to put an end to him.
Emily: Afterwards, I'd like to work on getting through that cave to the other side of the valley.
Ghen: And, you said you had a plan, right?
Emily: Not exactly.
Ghen: I think you should hold out until the Prince and Maid finish what they're up to.
Itamie: I strongly agree as well.
Kira: Yeah, same.
Pechal: That cave is extremely dangerous.
Emily: If you all say so.
Ghen: Good! Now if you haven't learned yet, The word "Boo" is one of our commands.
Ghen: As it stands the only command we answer to for the other guardians.
Ghen: If you're in trouble by yourself, shout this and we'll come running if we're around you at the time.
Piper: Care to fill me in on your thought process, Emily?
Emily: I need to take care of some monsters. To help you grow.
Emily: Once I do this, we'll be capable of getting to the other side of that cave.
Piper: What cave?
Emily: I'll tell you more when we get closer.
Bane: Greetings, Pechal.
Pechal: Where have you been??
Bane: Locad. I was instructed differently than you all.
Pechal: Really? That's... strange.
Pechal: Oh my..! The Priestess? Is that you?
Emily: Yeah... It's nice to meet you.
Emily: I've brought Bane with me to reunite the group.
Pechal: Excellent, do you have a plan?
Emily: Not exactly a "plan".
Emily: But I know what to do, just not how to do it.
Pechal: How can we help?
Emily: Well, first take Bane to the others and bring three more of you back with yourself.
Emily: There's someone I need to look for.
Bane: This room has gotten a fair bit a use out of it.
Emily: There's a monster girl that lives here named Ruu.
Emily: She's actually really nice.
Bane: If you say so.
Emily: Here, this leads to the others.
Emily: I'm thinking of doing a few things when we get there as well.
Emily: I'll let you know.
Bane: You're... The priestess??
Emily: Yes, I'm here to relocate you.
Bane: Well, I..
Bane: I have different orders.
Emily: Those orders have been changed... I know what needs to be done.
Bane: Alright, I'm with you.
Bane: I don't think I've done a very good job here, anyways.
Emily: Why's that?
Bane: Well, Nothing suspicious has entered on my watch, and I've been here a while.
Bane: Whatever I was here to prevent, probably went over my head.
Emily: It's okay, Bane. When you regroup with the others, you'll have a more meaningful task.
Bane: And what's that?
Emily: Helping us get out of here!
Bane: Of course, how silly of me... That was the point of all this.
Bane: Lead the way.
Piper: Well that was awkward.
Emily: It's okay. Audrey seems neutral towards Lucas at least...
Emily: If Lucas learns how to sew from Alice and spends more time with Audrey, we'll win her over in no time.
Piper: Well, what's next?
Emily: We should find another boss monster to work on next.
Emily: But before that, we need to get Bane with the others.
"Lucas: Remember Emily was mauled by someone in this room and may possibly not really want to stick around"
Lucas: Hey Alice, do you think maybe you could show me a thing or two about sewing?
Lucas: During our encounter back there, I was totally bullshitting her, If she knew more than I did I'd probably been killed.
Alice: ... I guess so.
Alice: But what about Emily? You just want her to watch?
Emily: Oh, that's alright! You two have fun.
Lucas: Yeah, I don't think this room is good for Emily... After the things she's been through...
Alice: I saw Bane around, maybe you can hang out with him.
Emily: I'll do that then. See you, Lucas and Alice.
Audrey runs off.
Lucas: .... Well then.
Lucas: I was not expecting... that.
Alice: Do I smell?
Lucas: I'm sure it wasn't anything to do with you, Alice.
Lucas: Maybe she's just... I dunno... weird?
Alice: ... She took all the fabric too! Greedy...
Lucas: Hey well, that's kinda why we came up here.
Lucas: We're lucky you had some handy.
Alice: You could say that.
Audrey: Hah, you know what? I'd better get going...
Alice: What? You just got here...
Audrey: Yeah, well... I'm usually quite busy with... Stuff.
Audrey: Thanks for the materials though, I'll take that.
Audrey: Visit my playground again sometime, playmate Lucas.
Audrey: I'll reward you for your promise.
Audrey: Until then.
Lucas: ... Seriously?
Alice: I was told you wanted to learn how to sew? I'd LOVE to teach you!
Alice: I'm normally in my room by myself with nothing to do anyways, so why don't you take a seat?
Audrey: Oh! This room is pretty!
Audrey: And look! The materials you were talking about! It seems you followed through, playmate Lucas.
Audrey: Now who is--
"Alice: Give the plushie to Azriel"
Alice: Here Azriel, take this.
Alice: Because I don't want it.
Alice: I made it with my powers, but I decided to get rid of it.
Azriel: What shall I do with this?
Alice: Just... Have it.
Alice: It'll poof on you after a while.
Azriel: I see. Well, thanks for this.
DT: Well, eventually...
DT: But it only relates to your illusion powers...
DT: Which is why you have a timer of sorts.
DT: Removing things from existing is dangerous, and not something even the most skilled guardians can do.
DT: Unless of course, it's part of your skill-set.
Alice: I see...
DT: If you want the plushie to go away, just give it to someone.
DT: As long as you have it, it's real.
Azriel: They take pleasure in creating objects akin to toys for children with the organs of monsters.
Azriel: Lucas has talked them into sparing our lives for a chance to see an alternative.
Azriel: They have been quite receptive to the idea. Which is what brings us here.
Azriel: We would like your help in assisting Audrey in two areas:
Azriel: Giving her advice in the art of crafting, specifically sewing children's toys.
Azriel: Providing Audrey materials in place of her current ones, which as I've stated before are harvested from living beings.
Azriel: What do you think?
Alice: ... Has she hurt anyone?
Azriel: Surprisingly, she isn't interested in senseless violence, only the pursuit of her hobby.
Alice: She must be strong then.
Alice: Heh, well....
Alice: I guess I'll give it a try.
Azriel: Yes, her speed is nothing to scoff at.
Azriel: She wields an oversized pair of rusty scissors. And appears as a husk of a human girl.
Alice: Ahh, undead class.
Alice: Well, you're all still alive, I'm sure I can handle her.
Alice: Hey! You're Azriel, right?
Azriel: We've brought someone... Sort of for our own well-being.
Alice: ... Who did you bring?
Azriel: Allow me to provide some context.
Azriel: It may help tremendously if she fully understands the situation before our encounter.
Lucas: Sounds good to me, go for it.
Lucas: We brought someone with us!
Lucas: And by "we" I mean Emily and I!
Audrey: Check this place out.
Audrey: So bright.
Audrey: I hope these materials are pretty! I'm so excited...!
"Alice: make a Raziel plushy"
You move the materials over to your desk and contemplate a method.
Alice: I'm not sure where I should start with this...
DT: Try your best, Master.
DT: Even not trying seems to give you great results anyways, so...
DT: You almost literally can't go wrong. ^w^
Lucas: Alice! You around?
DT: Seems your knight has appeared.
Alice: There's something I have in mind.
Alice: How's this?
DT: .... This is an illusion this time.
Alice: Must have been a fluke then.
DT: ...... Perhaps.
Alice: How's that?
DT: ... Holy shit.
DT: .... That's... conjured stuff.
DT: And you made like... 7 different items!
DT: That is more than beginner's luck...
Alice: Well, It's my first whack at it so must be beginner's luck.
DT: Damn... I knew you were capable, but... This is unreal.
Alice: It was nothing, really.
Alice: You know, DT... I don't actually keep materials in my room.
DT: Nothing your wonderful abilities can't fix!
DT: Just spawn something.
Alice: Isn't conjuring items really difficult?
DT: Yeah... But you don't necessarily have to "conjure" them.
DT: Just make them "appear".
Alice: What's the difference?
DT: Not much, I suppose. >w>
DT: 'Cept one is "real" and the other is "real" only for you.
Alice: There's no point in that if I was to give it as a gift.
DT: You can set a delay.
DT: The object you make can be real until x amount of time passes.
DT: And as you know, since time is abstract... You'll just have to put your all into it.
Alice: ... Here, let's see.
You pop out of your fort, it suddenly occurs to you that you don't have a sewing stash.
Alice: Hey, you know what would be fun?
Alice: If I starting sewing something~
Alice: What should I make?
DT: ... I'm not sure.
DT: How about a stuffed toy?
Alice: Yeah, that would be great!
Alice: Come on, guys.
DT: Welcome back, Master.
Alice: Hey DT.
DT: Did you sleep well?
Alice: .... Heh, I guess?
DT: What's on the to-do list today?
Alice: Same thing as usual. Just chill.
DT: Sounds good. owo
Piper has obtained the SOUL.
Audrey: ... You eat those things??
Piper: Well, not "Eat" but rather "become one with".
Audrey: I've collected a ton of those light balls.
Audrey: I can't actually do anything with 'em, so I guess I'll give them to you as thanks if your materials are to my liking.
Piper: That's great!
Audrey: Sure! I don't need them. I wouldn't want them to go to waste in my playground.
Audrey: You guys sure had fun!
Audrey: Guess we'll continue on from here.
Emily concentrates... And blesses the party with health! Everyone is fully healed.
Azriel: Lucas, you're quite the trickster.
Lucas: Sorry, haha. I wouldn't abandon you guys, it's not in my nature.
Piper: So clever!
Emily: I'm sorry, I didn't help much...
Lucas: Are you kidding? This spell you cast, or whatever it is, was worth the effort.
Emily: I wish there was another way to have calmed it...
Lucas: Nah. Sometimes a fight to the death is necessary.
Lucas: But if I'm with you, you'll never have to go through that. So don't sweat it.
Ytooh: YOU... CANCEROUS SORE...!!
Ytooh: MAY YOUR FLESH BE FEASTED ON BY MAGGOTS!!!
Lucas: ... Not in this life.
Lucas strikes Ytooh for 50 damage! It's boosted by x2 from fake-out as well x1.2 from wraith-fire for 120 damage!
Ytooh: Do not fear, your comrade betraying you is not unheard of in this realm.
Ytooh: Though one could argue it was your own fault for placing trust in another.
Ytooh: Now, you--
Lucas: Down here!
Piper spin-tackles Ytooh, but misses!
Lucas has fled!
Azriel blasts Ytooh for 127 damage!
"Lucas: Point out that this monster isn't very smart, since it just let its guard down and got surrounded, watch out behind you!"
Azriel falls back to Emily.
Lucas: You realise that you're surrounded, right? You should watch your back.
Ytooh: Help from the enemy is not help.
Ytooh: It was a good effort, though.
Ytooh: I will enjoy the rest of your existence...
Lucas: Shit. Well this is a lost cause.
Lucas: I'm out.
Ytooh: And you called me a coward? It seems you are a hypocrite.
Ytooh siphons 28hp from Azriel and 30hp from Lucas, healing it for 58hp!
Emily continues concentrating... 2 more turns left.
Lucas: Well aren't you just the bravest of the bunch? How heroic to use your enemies to fight themselves!
Lucas: Maybe you're just scared after one strike everyone will know how weak you truly are.
Ytooh: You are coy, child.
Ytooh: You do not have the look of a slanderous welp.
Ytooh: You are right... I am a coward, and I am weak...
Ytooh: Which is why intelligence comes out on top in this realm.
Ytooh: Avoid fights, uses dirty tactics... Flee when battle is futile...
Ytooh: Such things have kept me alive thus far, and will continue to do so...
Ytooh: While you bumble around in the dark, awaiting a slow death.
Your attempts to get a rise out of Ytooh seem to have failed.
Piper spin-tackles Ytooh from behind! She deals a total of 143 damage!
Piper accelerates out of the bush into position...
Ytooh's bewitching has failed!
Lucas: Hah, not gunna work this time!
Ytooh siphons 25hp from Lucas and Azriel! It restores 50hp.
Ytooh: You are surrounded by enemies...
Ytooh: You must--
Azriel: Only cowards resort to underhanded tactics.
Azriel: Extermination is necessary. Don't believe its lies, Lucas.
Lucas: ....Thanks, Azriel!
Azriel blasts Ytooh for 130 damage!
You try to slash Ytooh, but miss.
Lucas: You can't take all the happiness from everything if you take pleasure in doing it, dumbass.
Lucas: But don't worry, I'll make sure to kill you to help you complete your task.
Ytooh: .... You have a point.
Ytooh: No matter, I will still drain you of life and watch you wipe out your own allies!
Emily: ... Don't worry, Lucas... I'll try to heal everyone!
Emily: I may not like fighting but... I won't let you die!
Emily is concentrating, and must be undisturbed for 3 more turns.
Lucas: You punk! Don't mess with me...
Ytooh: Impressive, you've regained control very quickly...
Ytooh: But for how much longer...
Emily: Stop it! What do you want from us?
Ytooh: Terror is the only pleasure I seek in this world.
Ytooh: Everything that wanders has good and bad experiences...
Ytooh: No good shall remain in this place...
Ytooh: Not for a single one.
Piper: Maybe this will wake you up a bit!
Piper spin-tackles Lucas with successive hits totalling up to 102 damage! Lucas is back to his senses as well as Azriel by extension!
Azriel blasts you with wraith-fire for 125 damage! You defend again, receiving 63 damage in which half is distributed to heal your allies! You only receive 32 damage!
Lucas slashes you for 75 damage! You defend yourself and receive 38 damage in which half is distributed to heal your allies! You only receive 19 damage!
"Emily: Defences up, ready yourself for their attacks and try to understand how they attack, then counter"
Emily: Lucas...? Easy now...
Emily: I don't want to hurt you!
Azriel and Lucas have been bewitched! Three good hits will knock them to their senses.
Ytooh siphons 25hp from Azriel and 27hp from Lucas!
Ytooh: You are alone in this world, none can be trusted...
Ytooh: You've always been the only child here....
Ytooh: All else weasel close, waiting for the kill.
Ytooh: Strike first!
Emily: Maybe we can try talking to it?
Ytooh: I am Ytooh.
Ytooh: Surrender yourself to me.
While entering the Faded fields, you come across something strange...
Audrey: Black creatures don't have skin, I tend to leave them alone...
Audrey: But by all means, partake in playtime without me!
Emily: What do we do?
Audrey: The trap is re-trapped and ready.
Audrey: If your materials don't work out, maybe I'll catch something with my own methods!
Audrey: Or you know, just use yours.
Emily: What are you going to do when Alice sees her?
Lucas: Alice won't pick a fight if we explain the situation.
Lucas: She's really quick on seeing when something isn't right.
Lucas: Even faster than I am.
Lucas: I'm sure we'll be able to win her over with some company.
Emily: I hope you're right.
Audrey: All done!
Lucas: Yeah, we will take you.
Audrey: Oh good. I was worried you were going to say no.
Audrey: Go on ahead, I'll reset my trap.
Lucas: .... Okay. I'm going to hang onto this.
Lucas: Come on, Emily.
Emily: I'm coming!
Lucas: You can try an "X" pattern in your stitch. It'll tighten it right up.
Audrey: Ahh! I've been using a horizontal stitch.
Lucas: Yeah, the x pattern is pretty simple, I'm sure you can handle it.
Lucas: Also, you're stitching way too close to the edges of your material!
Lucas: This makes the stuffing very easy to come out.
Audrey: The materials I use are difficult to get good solid pieces...
Audrey: Hehe, I always end up hacking it into bit sized chunks!
Audrey: I try not to, but they always squirm and mess me up...
Lucas: Have you thought about using other materials?
Audrey: Hah! Like what?
Audrey: Do you see anything of use lying around? Besides... My new lovely playmates...
Lucas: I guess not.
Lucas: What would you say to new, stronger, prettier materials?
Lucas: That aren't... From living beings...
Audrey: Hah! You lie. This land is for the cruel...
Audrey: My fun wouldn't fit the theme of this place!
Audrey: Like it would have top tier materials! I've explored far, this land~
Audrey: I can confirm nothing beats fresh skin from damned blood bags!
Lucas: Well, I can confirm you are most definitely incorrect.
Lucas: .... I know a girl who knows a thing or two about this topic. WAY more than me.
Lucas: And they can stitch pretty well.
Audrey: A girl? Who??
Lucas: No, not her. She lives on the mountain.
Audrey: What, this mountain?
Lucas: No no, the one on the far end.
Audrey: I don't go there often...
Audrey: The fleshy forest creeps me out...
Lucas: .... Ahaha-- *Ahem* Uhh, you don't say..?
Audrey: Can't stand the gross scraggly hairs sticking out of the ground like that... -shudders-
Lucas: Well tell me this... Ms...
Audrey: I'm Audrey.
Lucas: Audrey. Okay!
Lucas: If you had other materials for your hobby, would you kill monsters for them?
Audrey: I just like to make dolls.
Lucas: Oh, what good news!
Audrey: I always do find it interesting what kind of screams they make when I remove their faces...
Audrey: It's always distinct... No two screams sound alike.
Audrey: I would like to compare the two of yours...!
Audrey: So curious..!!
Audrey: Oh boy, it's itching me like crazy!!
Audrey: But If I kill you, I may never know if you weren't lying through your teeth to save your own precious skin!
Audrey: What's your name, playmate?
Lucas: ... I'm Lucas...
Audrey: You seem shaky, Lucas.
Audrey: But fear not, I believe that talk is cheap.
Audrey: I'd like to see your friend, and your materials.
Audrey: Won't you take me to them, Hehe?
Audrey zips over to you almost instantly. It took everything you had not to flinch...
Lucas: Here, have a look...
Lucas: Who taught you how to stitch anyways?
Audrey: .... I taught myself. I think I'm pretty good though.
Lucas: Haha, well do I have news for you.
Lucas: See look, the stitches are loose and the "stuffing" comes out with the slightest pressure to it.
Audrey: I see...
Audrey: How can I work on tightening my stitches?
Lucas: Well for one you can try...
Lucas: First off, this doesn't have any eyes, how is it supposed to see anything?
Audrey: ... The model didn't have any eyes!
Lucas: Okay, then where are the clothes? Is it supposed to be naked like this?
Audrey: ... The model didn't have any clothes...
Lucas: How about the feel to it, it's all greasy and gross looking. You could probably do better than this.
Audrey: I've been doing this for many....
Audrey: For a long time.
Audrey: I am the best there is!
Audrey: But... I am open to criticism.
Audrey: What else is wrong?
Lucas: Er... The stitching is all fucked up.
Lucas: Here, come take a look.
Audrey: ... Okay.
"Lucas: Pick up the doll and tell Audrey how sloppy her handiwork is and make a remark about how she's feeling empty inside"
Lucas: Oh! Were you the one who made this doll?
Lucas: It's rather crude to say the least.
Lucas: There are many things wrong with it I could go on and on!
Lucas: Though I can understand the need to taking up a hobby to fill the emptiness inside you.
Lucas: Let's start with the things that stand out the most, shall we?
Audrey: You're both so cute up close!
Audrey: I'd love to make toys from you... I'll be gentle as long as...
Audrey: You stay perfectly still...
Emily: What do we do, Lucas?
You can tell Lucas is nervous, you don't have a good feeling about this.
Audrey: Why don't you stay a while?
Audrey: I'd love to play with you both~
Audrey has shown herself. She is extremely fast and ruthless. Fleeing is not an option.
???: What soft... luscious skin you have...
???: Best I've seen so far...!
???: It appears my new playmates are clever!
???: I like that...
Lucas: How about you show yourself, whoever's out here?
Lucas: I know you're watching.
Emily: Oh my God!!!
Lucas: Well... That was freaking close.
Azriel: Excellent call, Lucas.
Lucas: This was planned well, we're dealing with a smart one.
Upon taking the needle, Lucas opens up a secret pitfall hole!
"Both: notice the square on the ground, stand on it and pull the needle, stay alert and watch what happens, if there's a falling object up there, pull the needle and quickly get away"
You both move towards the needle on the ground.
Lucas: This is an obvious trap, but I think that's the point.
Lucas: Let's try this.
Emily: I don't have a good feeling about being here...
Lucas: Well, me neither.
Lucas: This place screams "terrible things ensue".
Lucas: As long as we're careful we should be fine.
Piper has leveled up!
Piper (level 4)
Str: 83 + 20
Int: 45 + 15
Dex: 55 + 15
Vit: 110 + 25
Up close the doll tied up to the tree stinks of death...
"Azriel: Provide some light"
Azriel illuminates your view significantly, with this you also notice another needle on the floor.
Lucas: Who should we give the soul to?
You both enter Gorge valley, you spy thread wrapped around all the trees in a strange fashion... In front of you, you find a soul.
Lucas: Looks like this forest has murderers.
Lucas: Be very cautious.
Emily: Goryuk mentioned seeing something terrible out here, do you think it could have come from the valley?
Lucas: Probably. There is no shortage of crazy shit here.
Lucas: I trust you'll be able to work your priestess magic on anything we come across.
Lucas: They might not be gung-ho about taking off if they're one of the bullies.
You decide to go outside to investigate...
Lucas: The river here flows through Gorge Valley.
Lucas: I haven't been down there yet, it's quite dark.
Emily: I see...
Lucas: I guess it's as good a spot as any.
Emily: There are monsters we'll have to deal with here.
Emily: We should get on that soon.
Lucas: Yeah, you're right.
Lucas: When it comes to fighting, I don't know if Alice would want to help me out...
Lucas: So I'm glad you're here, Emily.
Emily: Glad I can help!
Azriel ignites you and Lucas with his wraith-fire. You can feel its warmth from deep within!
Azriel: I've learned something new with this.
Azriel: You have my thanks, Emily.
Emily: You're welcome!
Azriel: I will bless you both with a tiny fraction of my fighting spirit.
Azriel: I hope it will be a great boon to you in the future.
Azriel claims the soul and has leveled up!
Azriel (Level 7)
str: 104 +20
int: 28 +15
dex: 43 +15
vit: 105 +25
Azriel has earned Rings of Courage! He can now bless guardians with wraith-fire forged rings that permanently increase gained stats of their conjuration by x5!
Lucas: You had a power like that??
Emily: I guess so!
Lucas: That's amazing!
Lucas: You probably wouldn't need to fight a lot of the monsters here with that.
Lucas: They're mostly confused and scared.
1 EXQUISITE SOUL is available worth 25 souls! Who will you give it to?
Goryuk has been exorcised!
Piper: It's working!
Goryuk: I... I feel...
Goryuk: Thank you, little one...
Emily: You're welcome..!
You place your hand on Goryuk's big yellow teeth. Your head begins to feel a little light, and in a few moments your hands begin glowing bright, much like your encounter with Uilos!
Emily: What would you say if I told you I know a way for you to escape this place?
Goryuk: ... I'd say... Take me with you..!
Emily: I'm going to try something... I don't know if it will work but...
Emily: It's harmless.
Emily: And if it works, you'll get your wish!
Goryuk: I'm ready... When you are.
Emily: Okay, here goes.
Piper: Hey Emily, do you remember how you were able to fix Uilos from his monster effects?
Piper: How about you try it out on that guy outside?
Emily: ... I don't know. He didn't seem too disgruntled.
Piper: You could always ask.
Emily: That's true.
Piper: Emily can heal monsters.
Lucas: Heal them? In what sense?
Piper: Well... Specifically boss monsters.
Piper: Though if monsters are trying to opt out of this place, Emily is their exit plan.
Lucas: Hah, that might not go over well to them.
Piper: It is risky if they're itching for a fight.
Piper: But nice and calm monsters could be talked into it.
Lucas: That's a really interesting power...
Lucas: And you've tried it before??
Piper: Yes. On a boy named Uilos.
Emily: I'll try it.
Lucas: I gotta see this.
Emily: Also, Goryuk mentioned a strong monster outside.
Emily: Do you want us to look into it together?
Lucas: A strong monster, huh.
Lucas: Maybe not yet. We're still sort of weak.
Lucas: Hopefully they don't come to us.
Lucas: Before we go, I should get dressed.
Emily: Okay, so I finally remembered all of the things that happened before and during this... Thing Daydream created.
Lucas: I tried not to trigger anything.
Emily: I already talked to Daydream about it.
Emily: I met her in this white place, that's how I was able to learn about her alias.
Lucas: She didn't tell me about this.
Emily: She hasn't told you a lot of things...
Emily: You know you were being used, right? Alice doesn't plan on taking you seriously.
Lucas: If I try hard enough, she'll accept me.
Lucas: I know it.
Lucas: If not then... I'm sure we could just be friends.
Lucas: I guess...
Lucas: I often got jealous of Derrick, because of how Alice treats him.
Lucas: Even Daydream, sometimes bends things in his favour now and again.
Lucas: I get really angry when he just blows off her affection as "sibling love" when it's obviously a cover.
Lucas: He doesn't appreciate what she does for him.
Emily: How do you know?
Lucas: Because! If he did he'd show it more.
Lucas: But instead he just acts like he can't love anybody.
Lucas: I know Lucia has a thing for him.
Lucas: Though I haven't met her yet in this iteration.
Lucas: To mistreat two girls like that with his insensitive actions is...
Lucas: If I wasn't trying to get on Alice's good side I would have smacked him.
Lucas: I'm really passionate when it comes to people I like.
Lucas: And I can't stand to see them ignored.
Emily: You know, you could always tell him how you feel.
Lucas: He won't listen to me. He never did.
Lucas: If he took one thing I said seriously, this place would have been deconstructed a long time ago.
Emily: What would you like him to do about it?
Lucas: Call Alice out on whatever it is she's doing.
Lucas: It's like they're both playing footsies but Derrick is flat out denying it.
Lucas: I'm no different I guess.
Lucas: I feel like a side character to this.
Lucas: I watch from afar, and help Alice whenever she asks, but...
Lucas: I'm always given cold words, like I'm a grunt or co-worker or something.
Lucas: I guess somewhere throughout all this crazy world building, I began faking how I felt about people.
Lucas: And just playing somebody that would fit into the group.
Lucas: There hasn't been anyone so far to question it yet...
Lucas: I guess except for you.
Emily: But that's because I know the real Lucas!
Emily: Lucia and Derrick are still unaware of what happened to them.
Emily: Which is good, for now...
Emily: But when things become more serious, I want to make sure we're all still tight-knit friends. And nothing can come in between us.
Emily: As it stands you've been the one trailing in the back.
Lucas: It's not healthy to get attached to everyone here.
Lucas: It's been.... thousands of cycles...
Lucas: I've seen people die, I've killed people too...
Lucas: At first it's messed up, but it's just something I do now.
Lucas: I don't see it as wrong, but a necessity.
Lucas: Like eating or breathing.
Lucas: We can't get out anyways, so I might as well fall in line.
Emily: Do you like being treated like this??
Lucas: It doesn't matter.
Lucas: I just hope I get recognition by the end at least.
Lucas: Helping save everyone.
Lucas: Or rather, just Derrick.
Emily: And if you don't?
Lucas: ... Alice isn't ungrateful.
Lucas: Something this big has to earn good graces in her eyes.
Emily: That isn't guaranteed though.
Emily: If she blows you off again, after this long and all you've been through.
Emily: Could you handle it?
Lucas: .... I don't know.
Lucas: I'd be heart broken I guess.
Lucas: I can't see myself with anyone else.
Lucas: And I've never had a stronger passion or something I was so driven towards.
Lucas: I can't say I'd be okay.
Emily: Well, you won't be alone.
Emily: I'll catch you if you fall, if no one else.
Emily: I don't want any of my friends to be hurt and alone.
Lucas: Thanks, Emily.
Lucas: You know, this is the first real conversation we've ever had.
Lucas: That's pretty incredible.
Emily: ... Hah, I guess it is!
Lucas: It's not much, but I might add some things to it.
Lucas: ...Sooo, what do you want to talk about?
Emily: Have a seat over there.
Lucas: Emily? How...
Lucas: How did you get here?
Emily: Don't worry about that, Lucas.
Lucas: ... I see you've met Goryuk. You seem creeped out.
Lucas: What brings you here, anyways?
Emily: I came to see you. How are you doing?
Lucas: Better, I guess.
Lucas: I built a box fort sorta, heh.
Lucas: It's not much, but it works.
Emily: That's great.
Emily: Do you mind if we talk for a bit?
Lucas: Not at all.
Lucas: Come into the fort.
"Emily: Emily, do not fear. This entity is an asset to Lucas. For he has pacified him to Lucas and his friends. I am more worried for his safety than yours to be honest; no offence. Now with Daydream keeping an eye on you and what not. It will be for the best to keep him around"
Emily: (... I understand)
Goryuk: This is... Lucas' space.
Goryuk: I was told to... Stay away.
Goryuk: So, this is as far... As I'll go.
Emily: Are you fine with living here?
Goryuk: ... As long as it's safe.
Goryuk: I suppose...
Goryuk: There is one fiend outside... I've seen.
Goryuk: Quite a devil...
Goryuk: I'd be content if... I never see "that" again.
Goryuk: ... Another little one...
Goryuk: I'm... Goryuk...
Goryuk: Don't be... afraid...
Emily: Where is Lucas??
Goryuk: Lucas is... In his own space.
Goryuk: ..... I've been given... Permission to stay here...
Emily: Well... Alright then...
Goryuk: I've been... Keeping this place safe... From other fiends...
Goryuk: So far... So good.
Emily: Here we go.
Piper: You're really getting the hang of this, Emily!
Emily: Thanks Piper.
Emily: These bubbles seem more like things I want to do, rather than just random places that need me.
Piper: You're not wrong. Your specialty is helping others, so it wouldn't be that far off the mark if you were making some of these bubbles yourself.
Piper: What is it you want to do with your friend, Lucas?
Emily: He needs someone. Anyone.
Emily: This must be a dark time for him. He's been running the motions the longest, right?
Piper: Since the beginning.
Emily: He needs to know that he has someone who cares about him.
Emily: I don't even think he's himself anymore, but "This world's Lucas".
Emily: I'll make sure Alice does right by him.
Piper: Look, here it comes.
Emily: I remember everything, Garreth.
Garreth: ... How?
Emily: Bob helped me remember my past.
Garreth: Who's Bob?
Emily: There was this place that was completely white everywhere I looked. There is where I met Bob.
Emily: I also met Alice there, or Daydream as she calls herself.
Emily: We had a good talk about personal issues.
Emily: Bob is this weird looking thing that looks like a golem or avatar of sorts.
Emily: And what is to the effect of angels speak through it.
Garreth: The Observers!
Garreth: So that explains it.
Emily: I made a deal with Daydream in which if I were to run into a monster that insists on giving me a hard time, Daydream would "talk them out of it".
Emily: I'm not quite sure what that means, but... I'm more confident moving around on my own now.
Garreth: That's good to know.
Emily: Alice is... Not in a good position.
Garreth: I know, things have been rough all around as far as I can see.
Garreth: I'm sorry for all the crap you've been through.
Emily: It's fine. I forgave Alice already...
Garreth: So, do you know what do to with the skull?
Emily: I don't know how I know, but I'll take care of what comes next.
Emily: Afterwards, we need to help Lucas.
Garreth: I just spoke to him, he seems okay.
Emily: He's not.
Emily: There is a lot Lucas isn't telling us, and it's killing him slowly.
Emily: And I'm afraid something terrible might happen once Alice follows part of our agreement.
Garreth: I see. Though I said I'd spend some time with Lexii after I was finished here. I didn't think I'd run into you.
Emily: Ahh, it's fine... But...
Emily: Do you know that's not really Lexii?
Garreth: ... Yes. Better than anyone.
Garreth: I've been distant to her all this time for that reason.
Garreth: I'd like to indulge just a little bit before things get serious.
Emily: ... I understand.
Garreth: Derrick and Lucia are together right now, I thought it best to leave them be until they decide to seek us out.
Emily: I agree...
Emily: I'll try and get to Lucas then.
Garreth: Though... How are you holding up?
Garreth: You've suffered so much for us, but still seem more together than most of us, even me.
Emily: ... I have faith in our success.
Emily: I believe in Bob as well.
Emily: And as long as Lucia is okay, we have nothing to worry about.
Emily: At least... For right now.
Emily: I don't know if we'll be powerful enough to confront the Unknown entity once it appears.
Garreth: ... You know, I don't think we'll have to be.
Garreth: Strength in numbers.
Emily: ... Some monsters here could wipe us all out as we are now, let alone "that".
Garreth: From all the times we've been in a fight you haven't shown your potential.
Emily: ... I don't like fighting...
Garreth: Yes, I know.
Garreth: But you may have to, in this case.
Garreth: Would you, if our lives depended on it?
Emily: ... I don't know.
Garreth: Think about it.
You both make your way to the Misty Marshes outpost where you spot the black skull lodged in its respective slot.
Garreth: That skull there is for you, please take it.
Garreth: This item is very important, so take good care of it.
Emily: ... I know.
Emily: Hi Garreth.
Emily: I'm guessing you need me?
Garreth: Yes, perfect timing. Follow me.
Emily: Hehe. Yeah, sure.
Lexii: Holy, Garry! You got here fast!
Garreth: I had a little help from Uilos.
Lexii: Oh I see..!
Lexii: So uhm..!
Lexii: After you're done your thing, do you think maybe...
Lexii: We could team up..?
Lexii: I mean I understand if you're busy and all...
Lexii: Should I wait up? Or...
Garreth: Nah, I don't know how long I'll be.
Garreth: I'll catch up.
Lexii: Okay! I'll see you then.
Garreth: See ya.
After leaving your stone transport, it dissolves into dust.
Garreth: I guess Uilos is trying to be discreet.
Garreth: Uilos is very resourceful.
Garreth: I'm glad he's not aggressive.
Garreth: With some luck, we may catch Lexii before she leaves.
OBSERVER ROLL CALL: Please check this out if you read this.
Uilos: What can I help you with?
Garreth: I'm trying to get to Lomam, I don't think I can make it by myself.
Uilos: Sure, I'll take you to Faint glimmer.
Uilos: From there you can find your way.
Garreth: Brace..? For what?
Uilos: My awesome landing!!
Uilos: You're not amused?
Garreth: I suppose it was quite... "daring"?
Uilos: I'll take it.
Uilos: Did you need something, Garreth?
Garreth: ... Where are you?
Uilos: Oh, sorry. I'm up in the trees!
Uilos: Brace yourself!
"Garreth: Try to enlist Uilos' help. He seems to know the lay of the land and may prove helpful in avoiding any unnecessary battles"
Garreth: I'm not sure how to find Uilos... From what I remember he just hangs around.
Tinkerskull: "There's something you should know in case you haven't been informed already. Zendo is currently roaming Loham, you might run into him but do not be afraid of his disposition, he was neutral last time we saw him. He can be pacified. Derrick, Lucia, Emily and Lexii had an encounter with him in the past and the situation grew dire and Nightmare took control of Derrick for a moment. He thrashed Zendo so good he ended up with amnesia and doesn't remember anything."
Garreth: Derrick is also Nightmare, it could be a sign that he's starting to remember things from the outside.
Garreth: It would be in our best interest if he doesn't get into a situation where he has to resort to things like that again before he's ready.
Tinkerskull: What do you want to do?
Garreth: The path through Faint glimmer will definitely require Uilos' help.
Garreth: And I'm sure Lucia is with Derrick right now too, I don't want to disturb them.
Garreth: I'll try...
-- quiescentTheorist[QT] began pestering transcientDesire[TD] --
QT: Hey Lexii.
TD: How are you?
QT: I'm okay, just getting ready to head to Lomam.
QT: What are you up to?
TD: I'm gunna go exploring Faint glimmer.
QT: By yourself?
TD: Heck no! I have Hermes and Cujo with me.
TD: I'm not sure if I'll be training this time though, it's more of sight-seeing.
TD: If you're going to Lomam, swing by my place.
QT: I haven't decided which way is faster yet.
TD: How many ways are there?
QT: Well there are always natural gates to the realms in our circle of friends.
QT: I'd need help getting down there.
TD: I'll get Lucia!
QT: I'll let you know what I decide to do.
TD: Oh alright.
-- quiescentTheorist[QT] ceased pestering transcientDesire[TD] --
-- quiescentTheorist[QT] began pestering erroneousExorcist[EE] --
QT: Hello Lucas.
EE: Oh hey
EE: What's up
QT: I'm on my way back to Lomam.
QT: Just thought I'd give you a ring.
EE: Ha, I'm fine
EE: I'm back at the land of horrors and bad life choices
EE: But I should be okay
EE: Last night I visited Alice
EE: I didn't really remember much before which is why I didn't share much at lunch today
QT: It's cool
QT: Have you got yourself a conjuration?
EE: Yes I have, he's a wraith named Azriel
EE: He's quite a fighter just like his source material
EE: He's bite sized too, your fairy and him might get along
QT: Ha, I'll let her be the judge of that.
QT: I'm going to see what Lexii's up to.
EE: Sure man, catch ya laters
-- quiescentTheorist[QT] ceased pestering erroneousExorcist[EE] --
You reach the jungle floor, Skully uses her wings to help your vision a bit.
Garreth: Overall, I'm not worried we'll fail at this point.
Garreth: There are many things that have went wrong in which success was a pipe dream.
Garreth: But if just a few more things go right, this instances could be the one that makes it.
Tinkerskull: "I did say "if you do it right" didn't I? If you have the right timing or say the right thing you can arrange it so that the quest they give you is something you wanted to do anyways. Same as with any other person. Both Uilos and Zendo have a reason to seek out Emily, so if you leverage that you can most likely get them to assist you."
Garreth: You have a point there. If I find one of them I'll try talking to them about it.
Tinkerskull: "Hope you don't mind us asking, but why exactly do you not have a phone? Can you not be bothered to get one, is it a personal choice, or can you just not afford one? Also, concerning tomorrow night - we're not sure if we should explain the details about it just yet, but it is something we should go over sooner rather than later, because we could really use some help. We're not sure if you know about it already"
Garreth: The reason I don't have a phone is because I didn't have friends before a little while ago, after meeting Lucas and Lexii I got pesterchum and was content with that. Whenever you feel like discussing this plan with me, let me know.
Tinkerskull: "Also, another thing to ask - apparently, Lucas has had a different conjuration in each cycle. How come this is happening? What causes them to be different? The items they're made from? Or something else?"
Garreth: Both from the items they're made from and the feelings he had at the time. I'm not sure what Lucas has this iteration but many slight changes happen each time around which can have cascading effects.
Tinkerskull: "Could you tell us what Bambino was like originally? He's been acting a bit strangely."
Garreth: Bambino has always been strange, to my knowledge.
Tinkerskull: "What about the phone right behind you?"
Garreth: That's not a phone, it's an ipod. I like to listen to music sometimes.
Tinkerskull: "Onward, to the Quest for The Random Skull Thingy! For glory! FOR ADVENTURE!"
Garreth: Yeah, I'll be heading out soon after you're finished.
Tinkerskull: "We've recently had Derrick create an item that'll allow others to perform combinations, if you want to look into it and make some new equipment for yourself it's in one of the forts."
Garreth: Oh! I don't think anything like that has been attempted before. Though we always had the convenience of Derrick being around anyways.
Tinkerskull: "Can't you use the phone behind you? If not, the hat's OK too. Also, something really important has happened. Lucia will die tomorrow night if Derrick doesn't kiss her in the hospital. You should really go help Derrick with that. But for now, you should definitely do the things my fellow observers have mentioned. (Also I'm a new observer here. Hi! :))"
Garreth: ... Is that what you wanted to discuss?
Garreth: I see. I will make sure to help Derrick with this then. Throughout my time here the environment has always been in favour of Lucia.
Garreth: So it's in everyone's best interest that this plays out favourably. I'll do what I can.
Garreth: But in case, we should get a move on.
Tinkerskull: Alrighty, sir!
Tinkerskull: "Pleasure to see you again Garry. We've got quite a few things to inform you of."
Garreth: Welcome back, Observers. I'm listening.
Tinkerskull: "Good to see your house has somehow magically rebuilt itself. And yes, we do need to do those things. We may also need your help with something very important that has to be done tomorrow night."
Garreth: I see.
Tinkerskull: "If you do it right you could probably do both at once. If you get Zendo, Uilos, or both of them to come with you to get to Emily's house you could use that as a bonding experience."
Garreth: Pacifying boss monsters isn't strictly bonding with them, though that is heavily involved. It mostly has to do with completing requests, or tasks. Some more favourable than others depending on the monster.
Tinkerskull: "Before you head out, I recommend taking your cell phone with you, to communicate with others, just in case."
Garreth: I don't actually have one. But I think my hat will suffice.
Garreth: ...Where is it?
Tinkerskull: Oh, I have it in storage, Sir.
Tinkerskull: I'll get it out in just a moment.
Tinkerskull: "If you are unable to find Emily, I wouldn't worry about it. Remember how she vanished walking away from you guys at the beach? Well, due to the nature of how she pops in and out, Emily is almost guaranteed to show up to receive the skull at or before the time she needs to use it."
Garreth: What's up with that? I don't understand how she came across such a talent.
Garreth: It was not like this in the past instances I've seen. Though, I haven't seen her for very long...
Tinkerskull: "Actually it's time travel with a large helping of "where she's needed". It is entirely possible that she will have the skull before you give it to her. Should that happen, you still have to give her the skull later."
Garreth: Hmm.. from what I understand, I suppose it would just be best to find the skull and wait for things to work out.
Garreth: Okay, I'll start there.
You are now Garreth inside your now fixed bedroom.
Tinkerskull: It's great to have you back, sir!
Garreth: Hey Skully.
Tinkerskull: What's first on the to-do list?
Garreth: Well now that I'm back, we should finish our first task.
Garreth: The one where we get that black skull to Emily.
Garreth: And afterwards, we can work on the boss monsters.
You create IRON BAR.
Reggie: One of the things I've realised, is that it's difficult to understand this world.
Reggie: This place.
Reggie: One thing you children usually get stuck on is that ball and chain called real world logic.
Reggie: You can feel it though, right Goth chick?
Lucia: ... Heh.
Lucia: I actually can.
Lucia: Using this chalk, using Ira, talking with the reapers.
Lucia: I tend to feel like sky is the limit. Even then it's not.
Lucia: There's always something I want to try and do.
Lucia: And with Derrick helping me in the real world, I feel fuller.
Lucia: At times... I felt like a shadow.
Lucia: Or slightly faded. I felt like there was disparity and hopelessness inside of me.
Lucia: And yes, at times I feel like Derrick may let me down.
Lucia: But he hasn't yet.
Lucia: So until then I will fight for this. I will make this work.
Lucia: I will do it because... Worrying hasn't helped me before.
Lucia: Believing in Derrick has.
Lucia: I feel like there's a whole world to look forward to believing in Derrick, and hopelessness when choosing worry.
Reggie: That's good, Goth chick.
Reggie: Whatever works, hold onto it.
Reggie: I expect great things from you. ovo
Lucia: Aww, thanks Reggie.
Reggie: No, really! You are a passionate little girl.
Reggie: You're the underdog. With the whole parental shit, and your eye and your childhood.
Reggie: It really sucks. But you don't let it hold over you.
Reggie: You're a fighter, even Zendo highly acknowledged you.
Reggie: He could see your fire.
Reggie: You're not a quitter. You'll fight until the bitter end as you said.
Reggie: I kinda.. admire that about you.
Lucia: Oh stop! I'm blushing...
Reggie: And Shadow Lady!
Ira: Yes, Reggie? >u<
Reggie: You're just the icing on this cake.
Reggie: Even the construct itself trembles before you.
Reggie: Your will alone can shape this world.
Reggie: This is why I'm so upset with Derrick.
Reggie: He has this great girl right at his side.
Reggie: And what does he do?
Reggie: He runs to his sister.
Reggie: For SHAME.
Reggie: I just wanna smack him upside the head.
Reggie: But I'll refrain... For now. >v>
Ira: You're very kind, despite what you may think, Reggie.
Ira: I too expect great things from Ms. Lucia.
Ira: Derrick will come around for sure! ouo
Reggie: What's the plan now?
Lucia: Reaper armour. Gunna give them all a gift.
Reggie: -sniff- Oh you..!
Reggie: You taking care of the twerps.
Reggie: You're so good to them.
Reggie: Dammit, Derrick is not doing too hot right now...
Lucia: Don't blame him, Reggie.
Reggie: Like, I'm not trying to be hard on the kid.
Reggie: You know me.
Reggie: But, to be real with you. Derrick is a punk ass.
Reggie: He needs to get ANGRY once in a while, y'know?
Reggie: -v- Respek though.
Reggie: I have to look after both of you, so I'm doing my best.
Reggie: And as realm attendant spawned of Derrick's plushie, I'm inherently apart of him...
Reggie: But even as a separate entity, anyone can tell he's fuckin' up.
Reggie: -sigh- I just hope with all that I am he does the right thing on this one.
Reggie: Not sure I'll forgive him if he doesn't.
Lucia: I know he will, I believe in Derrick.
Lucia: He found me once, he'll find me again.
Lucia: Derrick has been my light through this dark passage.
Lucia: I'll follow it until the bitter end.
Reggie: ... Wow.
Reggie: I sorta pity you.
Reggie: Well, why else?
Reggie: Don't take a page from his book.
Lucia: Is this some kind of self loathing going on if you're talking badly about derrick as you're apart of him?
Reggie: Good you caught on to that.
Reggie: Too bad he's too dense to see it for himself.
Reggie: It's better this way. ^v^
"Lucia: may as well make some gear for the reapers, tell derrick to get started on something that'll serve as armour while you go get your old clothes, may as well get some use out of them"
Lucia: Derrick, go grab some shirts.
Derrick: How many?
Lucia: 12 if there's that many.
Lucia: It's time to get busy.
Lucia combines SHOULDER BAG with MEDICINE BOTTLE, FANCY PIPE and TUFT OF BAMBINO to create:
DOCTOR'S BAG, BAG OF PIPES and BAGBINO.
Reggie: Oh! Very creative here.
Reggie: The doctor's bag heals somebody in your party for +25 hp, much like those reaper kids.
Reggie: Bag of pipes creates a cloud of smoke when gripped fiercely. If you need an advantage in battle, or thinking of high-tailing it, this will come in handy.
Reggie: And lastly, Bagbino. It's super soft fur simulates having Fluffy beside you and this lowers fear for its user! Wonderful.
Lucia stores the items in her inventory...
You create a FANCY PIPE and 3 MEDICINE BOTTLES.
Derrick: It worked!
Reggie: Yeah, you can articulate what you're trying to convey in your scribbles really well with BCS.
Reggie: Though a lot of it has to do with you being a guardian in the first place.
Reggie: After all, BCS is just a means to an end.
Reggie: Consider it low-tier conjuring. Practice makes perfect. -v-
Derrick: Lucia, can you take over?
Lucia: Sure, what should I make?
Derrick: Combine the pipe, fur and one of the meds with the shoulder bag, please.
Derrick: Hey Reggie, would this work?
Derrick: Writing numbers like this.
Reggie: Well, only one way to find out, dude.
Reggie: Nice job, Goth chick. Pretty good for a first timer.
Lucia: Thanks Reggie!
Lucia: I must say, I like doing that.
Lucia: I can make all sorts of pretty outfits with crazy powers if I just imagine them up with the box and draw the ingredients!
Lucia: That means... I can create anything!
Reggie: Yeah, pretty much kiddo!
Reggie: Derrick is kinda slow, so he has linear thinking.
Reggie: But you, ho ho... eve
Reggie: I can't wait to see what you come up with while no one's looking.
Lucia combines TINY HAT, BLACK DRESS, HIGH HEEL BOOTS and ELEMENTAL GLOVES to create:
STEAMPUNK(SP) TINY HAT, SP BLACK DRESS, SP HIGH HEEL BOOTS and SP ELEMENTAL GLOVES.
Together, these make the BRASSIONISTA set! Each piece of this set grants -25 damage reduction for a total of -100 to any damage inflicted. This set also has the set bonus: WIND UP! Increasing Lucia's strength by +10 every turn.
You move all of your things onto the bed, while Lucia stores the rest of the items in her inventory.
You switch your set for STEAMPUNK SHENANIGANS, you also unequip your CRESCENT NECKLACE, PRECISON GLARE, and your SHOES.
Reggie: Damn...That's a lot of cool stuff, dude.
Reggie: The cog gave everything a damage reduction buff of -25.
Reggie: And the set boosts damage by +10 periodically during battle.
Reggie: Now for Goth chick's outfit!
Lucia combines NICE HAT, NICE T-SHIRT JACKET, NICE PANTS, NICE SHOES, and ELEMENTAL IRON FIST to create:
Steampunk(SP) HAT, SP T-SHIRT JACKET, SP PANTS, SP SHOES and SP ELEMENTAL IRON FIST!
Together these items make STEAMPUNK SHENANIGANS set! With each item granting -25 to damage received for a total of -125 damage received! This set also grants the set bonus: Wind up! This increases the user's strength by +10 for each of their turns as long as they're in a battle.
Reggie: Cool set, bro.
Reggie: This set has some... broken damage reduction, as well as a pretty neat skill that gives you power boosts progressively during a brawl.
Reggie: Good on you. ovo
Derrick: With all those items, that'll be my set.
Derrick: Combine all five of those items with the brass cog, please.
Lucia combines T-SHIRT with NICE JACKET to create:
NICE T-SHIRT JACKET.
Reggie: Nice and simple. Seems dumb that you have to combine such things together just to wear them at the same time.
Reggie: But alas, 'tis the world we live in.
Lucia: Here, I'll combine the shirt and jacket for you too, I'd be easier to manage.
Derrick: Okay, thanks.
Lucia combines ALL IN WAND with IRON FIST to create:
ELEMENTAL IRON FIST and ELEMENTAL GLOVES.
Reggie: Okay!! Now you're getting fancy, kiddo!
Reggie: With gloves like those you can spawn arcane majicks and enchant elemental boons to your melee weapons.
Reggie: Very nice! >v<
Reggie: What exactly are you trying to make there, Dude?
Derrick: I had an idea for a cool set.
Derrick: One for Lucia and myself. These gloves will be apart of it.
Lucia combines BRASS KNUCKLES and LEATHER GLOVES to create:
Derrick: Here you go.
Reggie: Those gloves are called Iron fist. Packs quite a punch, but because they're a glove item, and can be a weapon item you should keep in mind what you want them for.
Reggie: It's okay to keep like 3-4 weapons on you if you want to use them interchangeably.
Reggie: But just know if they're not gear, it could clutter up your inventory.
Reggie: I mean, not like that matters anyways 'cuz you kids don't pick shit up.
Reggie: Or there's no shit to be picked up...
Reggie: But that's how it goes. -v-
Reggie: Sky's the limit with these kinds of things, mate.
Derrick: I see!
Derrick: Oh, I forgot to draw another pair of gloves, this one's for you.
Derrick: Use these, and the gloves you're about to make with the super wand.
Lucia combined AIR WAND, WATER WAND, FIRE WAND, EARTH WAND, and ELECTRIC WAND to create:
ALL IN WAND.
Reggie: Oh nice!! That is a really powerful weapon right there. It uses all five elements to do great arcane magic shit.
Derrick: Next after that, combine the leather gloves with the brass knuckles, please.
Lucia combines the HANDHELD FAN and WATER BOTTLE with WOODEN STICK to create:
WATER WAND and AIR WAND.
Reggie: Cool, five elemental wands. What're you gunna do with 'em?
Derrick: Make one epic wand with them!
Lucia: Coming right up.
Derrick: I'm going to save one of those sticks, so just use one this time, Lucia.
Lucia: Sure... But...
Reggie: Don't worry, This method is called the one to many or: a +bcd method.
Reggie: By picking one object as dominant, you can make multiple objects based on it. This also creates ghost copies of the item.
Reggie: Which is to say, objects that do not appear when deconstructing. You followin' me?
Lucia: That means, we only needed one stick then.
Lucia combines a ROCK, LIGHTER and BATTERY with 3 WOODEN STICK to create:
FIRE WAND, EARTH WAND and ELECTRIC WAND.
Reggie: OvO Oh nice work, Goth chick!
Reggie: All three of those wands can make use of magic in their respective elements, those are decent weapons!
Lucia: Thanks Reggie! I'll continue.
Lucia put her QUARTER on the floor to make room in her inventory.
Derrick: Try combining those sticks with the little objects there, Lucia.
Derrick: I want to make elemental wands with them.
Derrick: Why don't you give it a shot, Lucia.
Lucia: Really?? Oh man.
Lucia: How do I do it?
Reggie: Put the items in your inventory that you want to combine.
Reggie: And think about the fashion in which you want to combine them.
Reggie: You can do it a number of ways; a few might be:
Reggie: A + B.
Reggie: A + B +... and so on.
Reggie: A + BCD.
Reggie: or (A + B) (C + D).
Reggie: Get creative!
Lucia: Sounds complicated...
Reggie: It's not really, try it out.
You gaze at your items. You combine TUFT OF BAMBINO, BLACK FEATHER and BLACK BOX to create:
BLACK CREATION BOX.
This item works in substitute for your combination ability, items go into the user's inventory and depending on the combination methods, your result will pop out of the box in front of you. An item stored in the box will pop out the ingredients in the same fashion.
Reggie: Oh neat, that's a black creation box.
Reggie: That will solve a lot of problems with you constantly being away and such.
With lightning speed, you sketch up 2 TUFT OF BAMBINO,
BLACK FEATHER and a BLACK BOX.
Derrick: Hm, the things I want to make, I don't think my inventory space will allow it.
Derrick: How about you take a turn, Lucia?
Lucia: Me? I can't do that...
Derrick: There's a way, I'm sure. I can just simulate what I do with some kind of box or something.
Derrick: Right, Reggie?
Reggie: Well.... I suppose. >v>
Reggie: I mean, you'd need a feather from me, some hair from Fluffy, a box to store stuff in and--
Reggie: You managed to create... another Brass cog, and nice jacket.
Lucia makes room for what else you have in store.
Derrick: This should do it.
Lucia has used up a CREATION FRAGMENT.
Reggie: Goth chick drew a Brass cog, pretty sturdy looking. Brass knuckles are looking good too, would deal some decent damage if you clocked something with it.
Reggie: There's a handheld fan, water bottle, lighter, battery, rock, and tiny hat. All of these items do what you'd expect them to do, and seem rather pointless so far.
Derrick: They're ingredients, Reggie.
Reggie: Derrick, what are you doing...?
Derrick: Drawing sticks for my recipe.
Reggie: Just draw one and merge one to many?
Derrick: ... Oh yeah.
Derrick: Oh well, might as well use them now.
Reggie: Wow, that's a lot.
Reggie: Let's see what we got... High heel boots, leather gloves, black dress, Nice hat, t-shirt, nice pants, nice shoes.
Reggie: Basic items, nothing crazy.
Derrick: Okay, let's keep going.
Derrick: Hey Lucia, I have an idea for a ton of stuff we can make for some really great gear. Just follow my lead.
Lucia: Yeah, sure thing.
Reggie: Oh boy!
Lucia: Look, a bag like the one you lost.
Lucia: I thought you'd appreciate this.
Derrick: Oh wow, thanks Lucia!
Reggie: That's a SHOULDER BAG. It can hold three things.
Reggie: Nice! -v-
You re-enter and give Derrick back the box and take two out for yourself.
Narren: "It doesn't happen often, but sometimes I wake up with ____ next to me."
Lucia: .... I'ma go with "a Pineapple".
Narren: HAHA! A PINEAPPLE??
Narren: I for sure thought you'd pick "undressed mannequins".
Lucia: That's not random enough.
Lucia: With a pineapple, you get a "What??" reaction. Like what you just did.
Lucia: That's what I usually go for.
Narren: What about the last round??
Lucia: ... That was just funny, I had to pick it.
Narren: Hahaha, Kira's reaction though! Too funny.
Narren: Hurry up, so we can play again!
Lucia: It might be a little while, I'm drawing with Derrick.
Narren: Aww, okay.
Narren: Oh man, the guys are gunna like this next one.
Narren: Hey Maid, haha! Look at this one!
You reveal your mountain-like stash. You spent a while harvesting them up, but it was well worth it.
You walk up to your wardrobe. This is where you keep your stash of CREATION FRAGMENTS. You told Narren to watch for anyone messing around over here as well.
Lucia: I'm going to get more fragments. I'll also fill up the box.
Lucia: Just give me a second.
Reggie: Good on you for taking the time to stock up on creation fragments, Goth chick.
Reggie: It'll come in handy.
Lucia: I have a few ideas I want to create as well.
Lucia: Though I was saving them so I could create it with Derrick.
Lucia: Okay, be right back.
You create SPIN TO WIN.
Reggie: Oh cool!
Reggie: This thing is called Spin to win. It has the functionality of all three items for dynamic use. The taser part can stun enemies for a chance to skip a turn.
You take a moment and gaze at the items...
Lucia used up all of her CREATION FRAGMENT.
Lucia: Here, try combining these together, Derrick!
You come up with an idea to draw a YOYO, COMBAT KNIFE and HANDHELD TASER.
Lucia: Here you go, Derrick!
Reggie: Oh I forgot to mention it's an out-of-inventory item. So you don't have to worry about losing space.
"Derrick: ask Lucia if she has some spare black creations tone. if you made an anti poison vial and combined it with the poison chamber, you could make healing items out of the poisonous crystals Mephita is creating"
You ask if Lucia can make something that can counteract poison. She draws something up as well as another object she felt you would need.
Derrick: What are those?
Reggie: Black creation stone Box and Antidote.
Reggie: The BCS box can hold up to 30 of those stones. And the antidote grants the "immune to poison" attribute when mixed with something else.
Reggie: Don't drink it. -v-
Reggie: Oh cool.
Reggie: You drew DRENCHER RIFLE. It's like a rifle, but fires off whatever liquid is loaded in that blue tank there.
Reggie: It's harmless. =v=
Lucia: Hey Derrick, you know you never finished this.
Derrick: Yeah, you're right.
Lucia: Here, let me.
Derrick: It's been a while since I talked with you, Bambino and Reggie. I think we should have a chat.
Bambino: What topic would you like to open with?
Derrick: My blackout, back when I fought with Zendo...
Derrick: A voice was talking to me, but... It was so familiar.
Derrick: It basically said that I'm the strongest, and if I continued to ignore it Emily would die.
Derrick: When I accepted the voice... I blacked out.
Derrick: Do you guys have any insight about this?
Derrick: I believe the way Garry and Lucas were acting today, and the stuff with Lucia going on that there is something huge working in the background.
Derrick: And I have a "clouded glass" in front of me.
Reggie: .... What do you think, Fluffy?
Bambino: He's not ready.
Reggie: Huh, well there you go.
Reggie: Because Fluffy is a part of you, he has your best interest at heart.
Reggie: This info you're not ready for yet.
Derrick: What? Tell me!
Bambino: Derrick, look at me, now look at yourself.
Bambino: I'm calm, cool headed, and ferocious.
Bambino: Though I lack the strength to defeat the enemies that are lurking about now.
Bambino: You are shy, indecisive and oblivious to other's feelings.
Bambino: I know you as well as you do.
Bambino: While these qualities aren't why I do not think you're ready.
Bambino: They're not exactly helping your case.
Derrick: Well, why aren't I ready?
Bambino: Because you still believe that your sister holds your key to happiness.
Bambino: If you save Lucia, I will tell you.
Derrick: ...Fine. All the more reason to!
Reggie: Though, I should give you a little pep talk.
Reggie: I've seen a lot of shit in my time, so believe me when I say you need to check yourself.
Reggie: See the pretty face behind you? That's your priority.
Reggie: And screw everything else.
Reggie: If you were bread, Lucia is the butter.
Reggie: She makes you better.
Reggie: And seeing you neglect her breaks my poor little bird heart. >v<
Lucia: Thank you, Reggie.
Derrick: I understand.
Reggie: Do you?! Hahaha...
Reggie: See the thing is, Kiddo...
Reggie: Along with your blackout there are many weird things you haven't been noticing around lately.
Reggie: You're being Lulled out of reality, whatever your definition may be.
Reggie: I think you'd do well to pay a little more attention to little details, than to just shrug everything off.
Reggie: Your denseness will be your reckoning, dude.
Reggie: But I believe in you.
Reggie: And Everyone knows Goth chick and Bambino do too.
Reggie: Perhaps you should join the club.
Derrick: I don't think I'm dense.
Reggie: I know. That's part of being dense; not knowing.
Reggie: Though I don't mean to bag on you. You're a good guy.
Reggie: Just do the right thing with Lucia.
Derrick: Today, Lexii confronted me in class. And wanted to spend time with me.
Derrick: But I already made plans with Lucas a little earlier.
Derrick: Then after Lunch, Garry wanted to spend time with me.
Derrick: All in one day, everyone seemed concerned...
Derrick: It was mostly to do with my sister, Alice.
Derrick: After class, Lucas mentioned being the one to "take care" of me?
Derrick: He said us meeting was no coincidence, but for some reason he changed his tune very strangely.
Derrick: And tried to play it off like he was just messing with me, but...
Derrick: He looked sad. Every time I see him he has this dumb look on his face, but then... He seemed almost scared.
Reggie: Hmmm, I see you're more perceptive than you let on. This is good, what can you tell us about Garry's behaviour?
Derrick: He pulled me out of class to have a talk. I don't know why we needed to leave but, I went with him anyways.
Derrick: He basically told me "Not to do anything crazy".
Derrick: After I see through the "clouded glass" I mentioned before.
Derrick: I sort of got offended. Alice is my only family member, and I just got her back into my life again.
Derrick: So what if she likes spending time with me?
Reggie: Huhuhu... Yessss!
Reggie: You've come farther than I thought.
Derrick: What do you mean?
Reggie: You're not blindly rejecting what people have been saying. You're listening, but putting it on the back burner.
Reggie: Which means I can work with this.
Reggie: Here are a few things you should ask your sister next time you can with your new information.
Reggie: Why were you adopted separately and not together?
Derrick: How could she know--
Reggie: Just trust me. eve
Reggie: When she was adopted, what were any of her foster parent's names?
Reggie: How many years has it been since she moved out?
Derrick: These are easy questions...
Reggie: Trust me. eve
Reggie: Ask her what she was doing on the day of your parent's demise.
Reggie: And how she knew Lucia died.
Derrick: But she got--
Reggie: The last thing is, pretend your caretaker wrote you a letter saying your sister can't stay with you.
Reggie: And he'd never allow it.
Reggie: If you do all this, I believe you'll clear your clouded glass.
Reggie: And you'll see just how perfect your sister is.
Lucia: Oh wow...
Derrick: These questions she'll have answers to, I know what she'll say.
Reggie: It's not what she says, it's how she says it.
Reggie: I know these are easy questions, but we're playing her game now.
Reggie: This is a battle of composure.
Reggie: Flinging skeletons out of the closet will set people off.
Reggie: But not Alice. She will answer these questions perfectly.
Reggie: And show not a hint of deception.
Reggie: But you see, where she wins, she really loses.
Reggie: If there isn't a hint of a lie, trick or change in voice...
Reggie: If she's 100% on point...
Reggie: Scream as loud as you can "You filthy FUCKING LIAR".
Derrick: What?? I'm not doing that.
Reggie: If you do this, you'll get her. 100%
Reggie: See, she knows she's won, she's never tasted a loss. She thinks she has you.
Reggie: Do this, and watch what happens.
Lucia: I agree, Derrick.
Lucia: I'd love to be there when it happens.
Lucia: I'll be there in spirit I guess.
Reggie: But as Garry said "don't do anything crazy"!
Reggie: Please allow this one exception.
Derrick: ... I'll do this just to prove to you and I guess myself that Alice is true to me.
Reggie: Yep. You have nothing to worry about! ^v^
You enter the Night fort. You find Lucia waiting for you.
Lucia: I just saw Mephita walk by less than pleased.
Lucia: I'm not even gunna ask.
Derrick: Look, I'm really sorry about the whole Auros thing.
Derrick: But we can't go killing monsters just because anymore.
Lucia: Why not? What exactly has changed?
Derrick: We forgot these are people, mostly kids that have died somehow.
Derrick: We're not teaching them anything by killing them randomly.
Lucia: Well, we're not teachers!
Lucia: I learned very early that monsters ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED.
Lucia: We gotta wipe them out if they pose a threat.
Lucia: Not play house and keep them around to have fun with.
Lucia: Was the ghost guy not a threat?
Derrick: He was... But I talked him down.
Lucia: How long will that last? At any moment if he's convinced he'll attack you again!
Lucia: I'm worried about you...
Lucia: I know you want to save everyone, but these guys are lost.
Lucia: We should only be worrying about the reapers, ourselves, and the bosses.
Lucia: It's not even that hard!
Lucia: I think Emily is rubbing off on you.
Derrick: Well, maybe she is!
Derrick: Emily is right you know. We don't have to hurt anyone.
Derrick: I don't particularly enjoy killing things, do you?
Lucia: .... If I have to, I will.
Lucia: Doesn't matter if I want to or not.
Lucia: I'm not going to roll over and die for these things, Derrick.
Lucia: And I'm not going to watch you do the same.
Lucia: But... This conversation is not the tone I want to set here...
Lucia: There's something really important I need to tell you. It involves me waking up.
Lucia: I know how to wake up now... Ghen told me.
Derrick: Really? How?
Lucia: ... Well. It involves you.
Lucia: You met with me... The real me, didn't you?
Derrick: N-no... But I know where to find you.
Derrick: I would have visited you, but Alice pulled me away on our... outing.
Lucia: Listen closely, Derrick.
Lucia: On Friday this week for you. I'm going to be taken off life support where I am.
Derrick: How could you know something like that?
Lucia: Ghen told me... I don't know how reliable his information is but...
Lucia: He said it came from Nightmare himself. The reaper's leader.
Derrick: Why is that familiar...?
Lucia: Yes. Nightmare knows of my situation. I don't know how or why, but it's the best chance I have.
Lucia: You have to do something for me, Derrick.
Lucia: If you have any kind of feeling for me as a person, please consider it.
Derrick: What?? Of course I do!
Lucia: ... I hate to word it like that, but this is as serious as I can be.
Lucia: If Friday comes to pass, I will die.
Lucia: If I die, I will lose Ira. And I will turn into one of those monsters.
Ira: .... ono
Lucia: There is nothing I can do on my own.
Lucia: It's up to you.
Derrick: What do I have to do?
Ira: It's okay, Ms. Lucia. You can do it.
Lucia: ... You have to kiss me.
Derrick: I have to... what?
Lucia: At midnight, on Thursday you have to kiss me.
Lucia: My sleeping body in the hospital.
Lucia: If you don't, you will miss your only chance. And I will die.
Lucia: Don't think of it romantically... Or anything like that.
Lucia: Think of it, as your value for me.
Lucia: Do you value me enough to save my life?
Derrick: Of course!
Lucia: Can you handle losing me for real?
Derrick: I don't think I could go through that again...
Lucia: And most importantly...
Lucia: Will you defy your sister to do this..?
Lucia: Because if the answer is anything but a straight yes... I'm going to have to leave.
Derrick: I won't let my sister stop this.
Reggie: Damn right he won't!
Reggie: This could definitely be under better circumstances, but this was in the cards for a long time.
Reggie: I'm so happy for you, kiddo! eve
Lucia: ... I'm so relieved to hear you say that, Derrick...!!
Lucia: This topic has been burning a hole in my head for so long, but now...!
Lucia: I'm really excited..!!
Reggie: To be clear this takes place in a hospital at midnight.
Reggie: Chances are you won't be allowed in.
Derrick: That's true.
Reggie: You'll have to devise a plan.
Reggie: But for now, tell Goth chick about the "regular" dream you had last night.
Derrick: Oh... While I wasn't here, I had a dream.
Derrick: It's been a few weeks since I had normal dreams, but in this one it felt like a Lucid dream.
Derrick: Or a memory of a time I lucid dreamed before.
Derrick: I don't remember much, but All I can hear was your voice. You were in great pain.
Derrick: Though not physical, almost a distraught screaming, like you've made a terrible mistake.
Derrick: And I could see my sister's face, pale as the dead. But for a split second after that, it's just blank.
Derrick: Nothing I can recall afterwards.
Lucia: .... I see.
Lucia: I haven't told you this, but I have had deja-vus lately.
Lucia: Mostly about the reapers.
Lucia: There are times when I feel like I'm being lied to, and others where I just feel like conversations have been rehashed beyond belief.
Lucia: There is also a sickening feeling that creeps up on me whenever I think of Alice.
Lucia: Don't get me wrong, it's not often, and I stopped holding anything towards her...
Lucia: But I just feel like I'm suffering.
Lucia: Ira knows. Sometimes I cry because it's so painful.
Lucia: I guess the best I can relate the feeling to is you dying.
Lucia: I feel like you died.
Lucia: Somewhere deep down.
Lucia: And I know it's crazy but... I feel like it's my fault.
Lucia: That's the kind of sadness that creeps up on me.
Lucia: But it's not you, or seeing you that reminds me of it.
Lucia: It's picturing Alice.
Lucia: Like she made me do it.
Lucia: And I just get so mad, and then frustrated because I said I'd let it go.
Lucia: I just wish, we could start over.
Lucia: Eight years of my life spent in this place, I've done a lot of self searching.
Lucia: I've grown as a person.
Lucia: I think I'm at the edge.
Lucia: I feel like there is just one more thing I can't recall.
Lucia: But I don't think that'll matter if I don't wake up.
Lucia: I wonder what life will be like.
You feel a spark within you, as if a proverbial candle has been lit aflame. Lucia's dire situation has you determined to save her, as far as you know you're the only one who can.
Mephita has joined your party!
"Derrick: Mephita is in"
Derrick: Sure, Mephita's in.
Mephita: R-really? You'll have me?
Derrick: Yeah, though be on your best behaviour.
Derrick: Normally we don't let monsters in the party.
Mephita: I'm... a monster?
Mephita: But, I look like you?
Mephita: I'm just sick... That's all.
Auros: How cruel...
Derrick: Ah, I didn't mean it like that, I just meant--
Mephita: It's okay, Derrick.
Mephita: I see now that I am closer to Auros than I am to you.
Mephita: You think I'd hurt you willingly, out of joy or otherwise?
Mephita: I'm not a mean person.
Mephita: I have feelings too.
Mephita: I may not be "like you", but I am still a person.
Mephita: Please remember that.
Reggie: .... Awkwarddddd....
Derrick: Ah... Itamie can you escort Mephita to the others..?
Itamie: ... Right away.
Derrick: Auros, can you wait here?
Auros: I can.
Derrick: Hey Itamie, you think you can take Mephita over to the others? Maybe have her meet some of them in order to get acquainted.
Itamie: ... I would like to but...
Itamie: Mephita is not a member of the party, meaning I'd take her the long way and risk unnecessary danger.
Itamie: Though if it's your orders, I will do what I can to take her through the forest safely.
Itamie: What do you think?
Derrick: Oh right... I forgot about that.
Derrick: Don't worry, Auros. Lucia isn't going to do anything to you.
Derrick: You're still welcome here.
Auros: I'm glad.
Auros: It was starting to worry me...
Derrick: Tell me, where did you come from?
Auros: The forest... right outside.
Auros: There are many creatures wandering in the mist.
Auros: Striking down any they see.
Auros: I've had a few struggles myself... Luckily I came out victorious.
Auros: The land is not what you may think, if you've spent most of your time within this house.
Auros: I'm a rare one. Most would have cut you down for fun.
Auros: If things work out... I'll try to repay you, however I may.
Derrick: .... Uhm, Reggie?
Derrick: Is something going on with Lucia?
Reggie: .... Yeah, we'll talk about it with her.
Derrick: It's... bad isn't it...
Reggie: We'll talk about it with her!
Derrick: Last night, when I didn't show up...
Derrick: I had a dream.
Reggie: A regular dream? Ha.
Derrick: Yeah, but it was so weird...
Derrick: I remember Lucia in a lot of pain.
Derrick: And my sister...
Derrick: She did something.
Derrick: But that's all I can recall.
Derrick: I couldn't even write this in my journal because I could not even think back to what happened the day before...
Reggie: Hmmm... This is interesting.
Reggie: Maybe something worth sharing to Goth chick when you're ready.
You pick up ORANGE JUICE and store it in your inventory.
Derrick: What things will be going down?
Reggie: We'll talk with Goth chick about it later.
Reggie: You said you wanted to focus on creating things this time around, right?
Reggie: Okay, well this works out.
"Derrick: If you get that Orange Juice in front of the TV maybe you could make a water gun that shoots out infinite OJ. The reaper kids and Lucia might like that a lot! You could see if Lucia would be better off if Auros looked like a sword around her, and if not you could take him with you to get the OJ as an excuse to give Lucia a bit of time to adjust. You can also use this time to talk to Reggie and Bambino for advice about how to tell Lucia about her situation"
You decide to go downstairs and fetch the orange juice on the coffee table. You decide to take Auros with you.
Derrick: Hey Reggie, do you think you can fill in a few blanks for me?
Derrick: What happened since I was last here?
Reggie: Well, beach episode.
Reggie: That's all you should be concerned with missing out on right now.
Reggie: Hehe... eve
Reggie: Overall though, I think the details are not really important.
Reggie: We'll have to have a chat with your Maid at some point too.
Reggie: Some things will be going down.
Lucia: You know I don't like ghosts, Derrick!
Derrick: He's nice, and he also tried to kill me.
Derrick: In which he's very sorry about, right Auros?
Auros: .... Yes.
Lucia: He can't stay in here!
Derrick: Whoa, be nice Lucia. He's our guest.
Auros: ... This is not new to me....
Auros: I am usually met with hostility.
Auros: Such is the way of this world.
Derrick: See, you bummed him out.
Lucia: HE'S A GHOST!
Lucia: DERRICK, I DON'T LIKE GHOSTS!
Derrick: Well, get to know him. You may change your mind.
Auros: I'm sorry if I've upset you...
Auros: I was told that this realm could have a lighter side to it.
Auros: And it wasn't completely "Doom and gloom".
Lucia: Ha, we'll you're kinda right about that.
Lucia: The only real good thing here are the reapers.
Lucia: I barely leave my house anymore.
Derrick: Lucia! Come on!
Derrick: Give him a chance, please?
Lucia: I don't know.
Lucia: I'll need time to think if I want a FREAKING GHOST LIVING HERE.
Derrick: I'm sorry, Auros...
Derrick: She's afraid of ghosts.
Auros: ... I can see this.
Auros: No matter, I will keep my distance if it pleases you.
Lucia: I'd like that actually!
Reggie: So what are you gunna do now, Kiddo?
Derrick: I guess I could spend some time creating things.
Derrick: I haven't done much of that at all.
Derrick: Most likely things that I can actually get use out of.
Derrick: I haven't used my weapons at all.
Reggie: Ha, that's true.
Reggie: All those bullets and you haven't shot one.
Reggie: Seems like a waste, really. >v>
Lucia: Itamie, there's a ghost behind you!
Lucia: Watch out!
Itamie: Relax Maid. The Prince has befriend this one.
Narren: Maid, you have a message from the Prince.
Lucia: Oh, Derrick's here?
Lucia: What did he say?
Narren: He asked "How are you doing?".
Narren: What should I say?
Lucia: Tell him I'll be over right now.
Lucia: Also Kira and Medo, wanna shadow me for a bit?
Medo: Of course!
Kira: Always down for that, Maid.
Derrick: I'm going to see what Lucia's up to.
Reggie: Also, did you know you missed a beach episode?
Derrick: A what?
Reggie: Yeah, Lucia told me about it.
Reggie: Sucks to be you, man.
Reggie: And I guess me and Fluffy as well since we were waiting for you.
Reggie: See what you do to us? You're messin' up our (your) game man!
Auros: ... Who is this?
Itamie: I'm Itamie.
Itamie: You're the one hunting the Prince.
Derrick: Hold on, we're cool now.
Derrick: Don't worry about him.
Itamie: ...... As you wish.
Derrick: I wanted to ask you what everyone is up to.
Itamie: The others and I have taken residence in the Maid's quarters.
Itamie: We have group chats and basically enjoy ourselves leisurely.
Itamie: There's this entertaining game Narren shared with us called "Cards against humanity". She found it on the machine in the Maid's bedroom.
Itamie: Essentially it boils down to a fill in the blanks with profane or ludicrous statements.
Itamie: I've... enjoyed it significantly.
Derrick: Sounds like you guys are having a blast.
Itamie: We are. Life here is great.
Mephita: Itamie... May I join you?
Mephita: Lucia had spoke of you and others like you bonding together.
Mephita: If I may, I'd like to be apart of this.
Itamie: .... Uhh...
Itamie: A decision like that requires all of us present and the Prince and Maid to accept you.
Itamie: From my short experience you seem like a viable team member.
Itamie: We'll have to see.
Itamie: Thank you for being patient, Mephita.
Itamie: We have successfully removed the hazardous crystal from your container.
Itamie: You should be okay now.
Derrick: Itamie, can you stay a little bit?
Itamie: Hm? How can I help you, Prince?
Auros: Oh, who is this?
Bambino: ... I am called Bambino.
Bambino: I understand you are desperate for a new life?
Auros: Yes... But.
Auros: I'm being patient.
Auros: Mephita has told me patience is a virtue.
Auros: I only do bad things for self preservation...
Auros: As all living things may do.
Auros: It is not personal, but survival.
Bambino: There is more to life than survival.
Bambino: I hope you learn this in your patience.
Reggie: Ghosty flames, you're pretty sneaky.
Reggie: Showing just that big ass sword like that.
Auros: It's to intimidate.
Auros: My form is... cowardly.
Auros: I'd be taken advantage of.
Reggie: Hah, I hear you.
Auros: I guess... I can put it away now.
Auros: I'm still wary of this place.
Auros: Mephita... And Derrick?
Derrick: Yes, that's us.
Auros: Who is the raven?
Reggie: I'm Reggie. ovo
Auros: Reggie. I see.
Auros: There is a large weight that I feel has been lifted...
Auros: Thanks again for this.
Derrick: No problem!
Derrick: Those people in black are reapers. Kids lost in this realm, and others that have banded together.
Derrick: They don't have to cower in fear of the things that lurks in the shadows because they're together. They keep each other safe.
Derrick: When you're alone, it's scary.
Derrick: You get desperate...
Derrick: But you'll see this place is not as bad as you think.
Derrick: ..... And if you still don't want to stay, then I'm sure Emily can help with that.
Mephita: Those were... reapers?
Mephita: The one's like me? Who lost their mothers?
Derrick: Yes, Mephita.
Derrick: Together we're like a family, we protect each other.
Derrick: Fear is not something that controls them.
Derrick: What do you think, Auros?
Auros: Mephita, was it?
Auros: You're lost, like me.
Auros: But here you've found safety.
Auros: You don't know the horrors that walks the land outside.
Auros: But as he has said, there are more. Creatures like us that have found a calling.
Auros: Life in this dark land.
Auros: Fear exists anywhere... I'm afraid.
Auros: There is no proof that leaving this land will do me any better.
Auros: And with this hope you have shown me, how foolish it would be to ignore it...
Auros: I did mention I wished for another way.
Auros: I believe this could be it.
Derrick: So you'll leave me alone?
Auros: I only act this way because... I'm scared.
Auros: I'm lonely as well...
Auros: I don't want to die in this place...
Auros: Anything but that...
Auros has calmed down for now... You're extremely anxious as you didn't really think you'd be able to talk him down!
Wynter: You're welcome!
Itamie: Be still. I'll only be a moment.
Derrick has been healed for 100hp by Wynter and Misery!
"Derrick: Tell him that once Emily is stronger she'll have ways of sending him to a better place, then let Mephita chime in. Let him know that together you all can make Lomam better, and that it doesn't have to be a horrible place"
Before your eyes a translucent boy in pajamas enters your view.
Derrick: ... I have a friend named Emily, she can help you.
Derrick: At some point Emily will get stronger and will be able to help more monsters that don't want to be here anymore.
Auros: And... What exact does "help" entail...?
Derrick: Uhm... I'm not exactly sure....
Auros: It's suspicious... Too good to be true.
Auros: What of you, miss?
Derrick: Mephita, how about you share your experiences?
Mephita: .... When I first came here, I was surrounded in darkness.
Mephita: Derrick, and some others were surrounded around me.
Mephita: I was a bit scared, honestly. But Derrick allowed me lodging in his own room.
Mephita: I am sick, you see... My coughs create poison that harms others...
Mephita: Derrick's friends knew this, and decided to solve my issue instead of evicting me.
Mephita: The kindness they've shown to a stranger like me really gives me hope that this place isn't as bad as it looks.
Auros: Kindness, you say?
Auros: I've wandered this realm and have seen none of such things.
Auros: Only death and pain.
Auros: You'd do well to escape this place too.
Mephita: .... My only concern is to find my mother. She's the one who takes care of me.
Mephita: But... I have a feeling she may not be in this strange land...
Mephita: Though as long as I'm able to live here, I feel like it'll be okay.
Mephita: You threaten the life of Derrick, with no intention to learn more of this place.
Mephita: Shame on you.
Auros: I'm... I'm sorry.
Auros: But I can't... I must leave...
Auros: I felt that this place was my way out.
Auros: And when seeing this boy, I knew his life must be traded for my freedom.
Auros: To escape from this place...
Mephita: .... Patience is a virtue.
Mephita: If you really believe this realm is a terrible place, stick around.
Mephita: Enjoy a conversation or two. -Cough-....
Auros: ...... I....
Auros: I haven't had such an experience yet....
Auros: I see no harm... For now.
Wynter: Incoming heals, Bro!
Reggie: We got Auros at level 27.
Reggie: Decent damage output, with some tricky dex and child-like int.
Reggie: Though the health is nothing to laugh at.
Reggie: Good luck, dude. eve
Derrick: Auros, is it?
Derrick: I was not lying when I said there was another way out of here.
You exit your room into the hallway. The floating sword meets you.
???: ....You said, there was another way?
???: Please, tell me more.
???: This life is... Too much to bare.
???: And my form is... Painful.
???: I really want to believe... in you.
???: Don't tell me... it was a lie.
Derrick: Come with me, Mephita.
Derrick: We'll talk down that thing together.
Mephita: Uhm, what?
Reggie: Dude, you're kinda hurt.
Derrick: Then get some reapers to come heal me.
Derrick: Bambino, fetch two reapers with the code word "Treat".
Derrick: Also, ask another to change Mephita's container. I don't want any accidents.
Bambino: Derrick, Why?
Derrick: Why what?
Bambino: You'll be working with a monster, to pacify another?
Bambino: Monsters that are not exactly "top priority"?
Derrick: Consider it a page out of Emily's book.
Derrick: I don't like the idea of a monster like that roaming around my house with the idea that I'm their way out.
Bambino: ....Well then. I'll see to it.
Bambino: Be careful.
Mephita: I was told this house was not safe...
Mephita: If you believe you can make it so, I will aid you.
Derrick: Mephita, do you mind if we take a look at that crystal?
Mephita: Not at all.
Reggie: Hmm. The Crystal is known as MEPHIUM. Highly volatile and harmful on contact.
Reggie: Basically a crystallized version of the catastrophe that was Mephita's coughing fit.
Reggie: It's a lot more potent too, with her breathing into that container it'll become more volatile the longer it goes unchecked.
Derrick: What can we do?
Reggie: Goth chick had some glass bottles in her room, with some delicacy we can store it in there.
Mephita: Goth chick..?
Reggie: The dark haired girl with the black get-up was Lucia.
Reggie: The one with the glasses was Emily.
Mephita: I see. Emily and Lucia.
Mephita: I will remember this.
Derrick: How is that mask, Mephita? Isn't it uncomfortable?
Mephita: Not really. From time to time I adjust it because I become stuffy.
Mephita: But my coughs don't cause problems for you or the others in this house.
Mephita: I wouldn't want to cause trouble as a guest.
Derrick: That's thoughtful of you.
Derrick: How is Lucia doing?
Mephita: I haven't seen her or Emily since she helped me.
Mephita: From what I could tell she was doing well.
Mephita: She said I could join some others who banded together to keep safe in this land.
Mephita: Just until I found my mother of course.
Mephita: I currently await a verdict.
Mephita: Derrick! It's been quite some time.
Mephita: Are you well?
Derrick: Hi Mephita...
Derrick: I'm fine, just had a run-in with something sinister...
Mephita: Oh dear.
Mephita: The girls helped me clean your home for you.
Mephita: Though, this weird crystal has begun forming in the container, I'm not sure what to make of it...
Reggie: Hey Kiddo, meet any new friends?
Bambino: We're here for you.
Derrick: Where are my things? There's a crazy sword downstairs trying to kill me!
Reggie: Wow, you're so popular these days!
Reggie: How much you've changed.... It's like it was yesterday.
Reggie: If that means anything in here... >v>
Bambino: They're on your bed. Mephita is also inside.
???: Please... Don't drag this out!
Derrick: No way! There is another way!
Derrick: There's always another way. Kill or be killed is never the end-all to any situation!
"Derrick: While absconding, yell that there IS another way out! One that does NOT involve killing OR being killed!"
You toss the blanket at the sword to create disorientation, it rests on something unknown to you.
???: For now... This is the only way!
Derrick is slashed for 79 damage! The next hit will kill him, leading to a dead end!
Derrick: Hey... Take it easy...
???: I'm sorry...
???: This land is too cruel for "people" like me.
???: You'll be my way out.
???: If there were any other way... I'd do it, but...
???: You... You're "Him".
???: Within this place... It's kill or be killed.
???: I don't want to die...!
It appears your call went unheard. You imagine Reggie and Bambino in your mind's eye. You see them scurry out of the Night fort.
You decide to go and check your dream journal, though something strange comes into view. You freeze almost instantly, it appears as a floating sword with a flame in the center. It doesn't appear to be moving.
Suddenly you're not so drowsy anymore.
Alice: What's wrong?
Derrick: Kinda feeling sleepy.
Alice: Oh, you can pass out if you want.
Alice: You're not that heavy to take upstairs.
Derrick: But I don't want to miss this movie, It looks good...
Alice: Don't worry about it! There's always the weekend.
Alice: Besides, it's a school night, and it's almost midnight.
Derrick: Wow, it's that late already?
Alice: I guess so!
Derrick: Uhm... I'll try to watch it.
Alice: If you say so~
About an hour or so into the movie you begin to feel a little drowsy. The warm cosy blanket and your sister's warmth is making you feel like passing out any second now.
Alice: Hey Brother! I got us some OJ.
Derrick: Oh, I was looking for it actually.
Alice: Hehe, I also found a blanket in my wardrobe. Cozy, huh?
Alice: What movie do you want us to watch?
Derrick: Uhm, I was thinking Species. From what I read about it, seems like it would be a great horror flick.
Alice: Horror, huh?
Alice: Guess it's to be expected.
Alice: I'll see if I can find it. Enjoy the OJ!
You investigate the orange juice carton, and it appears empty. Well, you're sure you'll both be fine without it.
You decide that orange juice would be nice to have while watching a movie with Alice. You're sure there's still some left over from breakfast.
You check your dream journal. Seems you're still awake.
You head up to your room to change into your regular clothes. Though despite not liking skinny jeans, they weren't that uncomfortable.
Alice: There you are. Welcome home.
Alice: Did you have fun?
Derrick: Yeah, it was pretty cool.
Alice: I'm glad.
Alice: Hey, let's watch a movie together.
Alice: We can get all warm and cozy before bed~
Alice: I'll go get us a blanket.
You enter the living room. It's quiet, and a little unsettling since you're sure your sister is home. You decide to give her a shout.
Derrick: Hello sister!! I'm home!
You return home from hanging out with Lucas. You're definitely getting strange vibes from him now...
Derrick: Thanks for the food, Lucas!
Lucas: Yeah man, see ya tomorrow.
Derrick: Have a good night.
When you and Lucas order your food and sit down, you notice his mood suddenly changes.
Derrick: Something wrong?
Lucas: Hmm... Depends on your definition.
Lucas: Do you remember when we first met last week?
Lucas: And I told you all that stuff at the sleep over about ghosts and stuff?
Lucas: What do you think about it?
Derrick: I dunno, it's whatever.
Derrick: I mean, I've seen some crazy stuff in my dreams, but...
Derrick: I mean it's not like it's real or anything.
Lucas: I remembered when you said you saw a ghost yourself.
Lucas: The girl in white, right?
Derrick: Yeah... That was pretty scary.
Derrick: But my sister made it go away.
Lucas: You know, do you recall why exactly your sister moved away?
Lucas: I mean she sorta popped back into your life like nothing happened at all.
Lucas: Don't you find that funny?
Derrick: .... No. She's been through a lot within the foster care agency.
Derrick: I'm just glad I have her back.
Lucas: How come you're like that...?
Derrick: Like what?
Lucas: You're just... going with the flow, not questioning anything.
Lucas: There is weird stuff all around you, yet...
Lucas: "It's whatever".
Derrick: I dunno, I guess I haven't seen or heard anything that alarming.
Lucas: Do you remember what you were doing three weeks ago?
Derrick: Not really?
Lucas: Don't you think that's funny?
Lucas: Dude, you need a reality check.
Lucas: It's like you're sleep walking through life.
Derrick: Initially, weren't you the one with a problem?
Derrick: Why aren't you telling me more about why you're bothered?
Lucas: Well... It has largely to do with you.
Lucas: See, when we first met... It was no coincidence.
Lucas: You might not understand but, I've sort of been looking after you.
Derrick: What?? Why?
Lucas: Well, it's kinda complicated but...
Lucas: Uhm... Hehe, well you see...
Lucas: I was just playing! Hahaha!
Lucas: I wasn't being serious.
Lucas: I mean as a friend, I look out for everyone.
Lucas: It's what friends do, right?
Derrick: .... You're being strange again.
Lucas: Well what can I say!
Lucas: ... Oh wow, it's actually gotten pretty late.
Lucas: We should get going.
Lucas: It's a great evening today, isn't it?
Derrick: I guess.
Lucas: Sometimes it's peaceful to watch the sun setting after school.
Lucas: I dunno. It makes me happy at least.
Lucas: How much money does Chick-fil-a usually cost?
Derrick: Well between the two of us, no more than 20 dollars.
Lucas: Okay sweet.
Lucas: Here, I see it.
Alice: Well have fun you guys.
Alice: See you at home, Brother.
Lucas: Bye Alice!
Derrick: Bye Sis.
Lucas: Well there goes Alice...
Lucas: Are you ready to go now?
Derrick: I think she was a little sad that we couldn't walk home together. But I'll make time tomorrow.
Alice: Hey Derrick! How was class?
Derrick: It was uhh... Good I guess. Normal.
Alice: Ready to go?
Derrick: Oh! I forgot to tell you I'm going to Chick-fil-a with Lucas. I'll be home later.
Alice: ... Oh. That's cool.
Alice: I guess I'll see you at home.
Garreth: This might be a weird question, but do you trust your sister?
Derrick: ..... Why are you asking me this?
Garreth: Just the way you talk about her, it's like she can do no wrong.
Garreth: Hasn't she ever made you feel bad, or done something you didn't like?
Derrick: ..... Well, There was the time with Lucia...
Derrick: But I talked to her about that, and she said it wasn't her fault.
Garreth: And Lucia, the girl in your dreams... She has talked to you about that?
Derrick: .... Yeah.
Garreth: Do you trust her?
Derrick: Of course I do!
Garreth: Well, what does she say about your sister?
Garreth: Ahh. Nothing good I assume.
Garreth: The reason I pulled you out of class is because you're living life in front of clouded glass.
Garreth: And this concerns the safety of you, me and our friends.
Garreth: When that glass becomes clear, I want you to know that it's okay to feel anger.
Garreth: It's not okay to act on it.
Garreth: Do you understand?
Derrick: Again, why are you asking me this?!
Garreth: Dude, do you understand?
Garreth: As I said before, I can't explain exactly where this feeling of mine is derived from other than deja vus. Things that I feel have happened before.
Garreth: If you and I can get to the bottom of this, it'll benefit everyone.
Garreth: How are you in a fight?
Derrick: .... I've never fought....
Derrick: I mean...
Derrick: I guess there was a time I put two people in the hospital.
Garreth: Really? Why'd you do that?
Garreth: You seem rather timid...
Derrick: They were trying to mess with my sister.
Derrick: I don't take that lightly.
Garreth: Ahh, you're protective of her.
Derrick: Of course!
Derrick: No one understands that she's kept me going through my loneliness and depression all of the years since our parents died.
Derrick: She's been my anchor for sanity. I would be lost if not for her.
Derrick: And she's all the family I have left.
Derrick: I would kill for her.
Garreth: .... What if she betrayed you?
Garreth: Someone you hold so high, taking advantage of you, or abandoning you. That would crush your world, wouldn't it?
Derrick: ...... She would never do that.
Garreth: Haven't you ever heard the saying "never say never"?
Derrick: ... I have but--
Garreth: Then you understand it means you can't confirm what will never happen and what might.
Garreth: You don't know what people are like when you're trapped inside your own head.
Garreth: If she hurt you, would you forgive her?
Derrick: Of course, she would never hurt me on purpose.
Derrick: I'd forgive her for anything.
Garreth: Even hurting a friend?
Derrick: ... That's...
Derrick: I would need to hear her side of it.
Garreth: What about the other person's side? Does it not matter?
Derrick: It matters! But...
Garreth: Do you see?
Garreth: You instinctively assume your sister is perfect.
regardless of who vouches against her.
Garreth: I'm not saying you shouldn't support your sister. Just that you should hear the whole story of something, before jumping on her side.
Garreth: Also, I hope I don't come off in a bad light for telling you this. I'm still your friend, I also don't mean to tell you what to do, but just to consider some ideas.
Garreth: Trust is sacred. Especially with certain people. You may not think or feel it now, but...
Garreth: Sometimes certain people can bring out a whole new side of a person.
Garreth: A side that once out, can't be returned.
Garreth: You're a good guy.
Garreth: I'd like to see you stay that way.
Derrick: Okay I will.
Garreth: Just remember.
Garreth: Don't do anything crazy.
Garreth: Here, now that that's off my chest, let's go grab some drinks.
Derrick: You said damage control... What did you mean by that?
Garreth: Remember when I told you I get weird deja vus?
Garreth: Well, today I got a really weird one.
Garreth: And I've noticed that a lot of the time it's important to take them seriously than not.
Derrick: What was your deja vu about?
Garreth: In the lunch room today. When Lexii and I were telling you about our dreams...
Garreth: Did you notice Alice at all?
Derrick: She was looking at me.
Garreth: Yes. Though I distinctively remember that look.
Garreth: It's haunting, the look gave me chills.
Derrick: Well, she's harmless. How does this explain damage control?
Garreth: Come with me.
"Derrick: Sure let's go"
Derrick: Sure... I'll go.
Garreth: Okay, let's head off now before someone tries to stop us.
Suddenly Garreth stops you.
Garreth: Dude, let's take off.
Derrick: W-what? Why?
Garreth: Just damage control.
Derrick: Please make sense.
Garreth: Hey, it's up to you. I'm not sticking around though.
Garreth: We'll be back before school ends if you don't want your sister worrying.
During lunch Lexii tells you all about her crazy dream at a beach and her run-in with a few scary monsters. Garreth explain his side of things, which was significantly more dramatic but along the same lines. Lucas had little to input himself, meanwhile Alice kept giving you looks the whole time. You hope she's not mad at you.
Lunch has ended, you head to computer studies.
"Derrick: We already spend plenty of time together at home; that's not going to stop. Let's eat as a group today"
Derrick: You know, we spend plenty of time together at home and that's not going to stop. How about we eat with everyone today?
Alice: .... Well, I guess that would be good.
Alice: ... Alright.
Lexii: Aww! Alice you're so cute! Don't wanna share your brother, huh?
Lexii: I just wanna squeeze you until you stop breathing!
Lexii: Hahaha!! Just messing around. But you couldn't get any more adorable.
Lexii: Also, I want to share my dream with everyone, which includes you!
Lexii: To the chamber of sustenance!
Alice: Hey Derrick!
Derrick: Hey sis.
Alice: ... Hey, I was thinking if you and I can go out to eat today?
Alice: Just the two of us?
Derrick: Oh, er...
Lexii: Hey Derrick, you look irritated...
Derrick: Huh? Oh, it's nothing... Sorry.
Derrick: Oh here's the money for the gift you got Lucia. Thanks again.
Lexii: Thank you.
Lexii: During my dream last night... I don't remember seeing you.
Lexii: I just thought that was weird.
Derrick: Oh uh... I dunno. Last night is just a fog for me.
Lexii: Feel like going for some slushies or something after school? Maybe we can talk about it more.
Derrick: Oh, I'm already going to a place with Lucas after school.
Derrick: He seems... different today.
Lexii: Lucas? Yeah...
Lexii: I know he's crushing hard on Alice, that's probably what's eating him alive.
Derrick: You knew about that?
Lexii: Well obviously, I'm a girl. I know when a guy is trying to put himself in a good light for someone.
Lexii: You however, don't seem to do that for anybody.
Derrick: ... I don't really--
Lexii: Haha, I'm just messing around! Come, let's go find your sister.
... You begin to think back to what your sister was like before she moved back... Your childhood feels like it was a dream, you're not quite sure what did and didn't happen. The only memories of your sister are pleasant though. Even when she spoke with you on the internet she was nothing but caring and kind. You really think Lucas was just messing with you now and you're a bit pissed off.
Literature has ended. You see Lexii coming over to you, she pulls up an empty chair and sits down.
You begin to wonder a bit on what Lucas said about your sister. She has been a bit more doting that you're used to, but you're not sure why. You don't know what other siblings behave like so there isn't much to compare to. Though you don't exactly hate all the attention.
After finishing up some notes, Math class has ended. Time for Literature.
"Derrick: Sure, why not"
Derrick: Hey that sounds good actually.
Derrick: Though for some reason I'm feeling like Chick-fil-a instead.
Lucas: Yeah, sure dude.
Derrick: Great, let's head to class.
Lucas: Sleep well last night, dude?
Derrick: I honestly don't know.
Lucas: Haha... I hear ya.
Lucas: I'm not sure why but... I think Alice doesn't like me.
Lucas: Yeah man, I try to be really nice and helpful but she kinda gives me the cold shoulder.
Lucas: Lucky bastard.
Derrick: Ha, well sibling love is natural.
Lucas: That's true, and there isn't anything wrong with it...
Lucas: She just told you "I love you" Just before leaving like it's been a normal thing.
Lucas: I mean, how often do siblings tell each other they love them, don't you find it embarrassing??
Derrick: Honestly, a bit.
Derrick: But it's okay, because everyone knows we're siblings. I don't think it's weird at all if Alice wants to show her affection.
Derrick: I mean obviously in moderated amounts.
Lucas: Damn! So lucky!!
Lucas: And she probably cooks for you and things like that...
Lucas: You got it made, man.
Derrick: I don't think so, she's just loving.
Derrick: I don't show it as much because I'm kinda shy about it.
Lucas: Well, remember when I told you I have a thing for reading people?
Lucas: She's showing serious signs of being "interested" in you, man.
Derrick: That's crazy.
Lucas: Think about it...
Derrick: No! The heck man.
Derrick: Just because you're jealous doesn't mean you can say whatever you want.
Lucas: .... Heh... You're right. Sorry...
Derrick: It's cool...
Lucas: Hey, let's go somewhere after school.
Lucas: I dunno, anywhere. McDonald's or something. I'll pay.
Lucas: Good morning ladies!
Lexii: Hey, Good morning Lucas!
Derrick: Good morning.
Lucas: Yesterday was fun, maybe we should hook Emily with us when she gets out, maybe make her feel more comfortable.
Lexii: I was JUST saying that! Isn't that funny??
Lucas: Oh, haha. Cool.
Alice: Well Brother, I better run. I love you.
Derrick: ... I love you too, sis! Have a good morning.
Alice: Thanks. See ya guys later.
Lucas: Bye Alice!
Lexii: See you soon.
Lexii: I better dash too guys. Later!
You head to your locker to put your backpack away. Your sister tells Lexii of your wonderful evening...
Lexii: Damn, Derrick you're a wild one.
Lexii: I wish I could have been there to see you in action.
Derrick: I suppose in a way, so do I...
Derrick: When we left, how was things afterwards?
Lexii: Oh it was great. Lucas, Garry and I continued to shoot the breeze with Emily.
Lexii: She's been dreaming weird dreams like we have! I think we're all connected.
Alice: Hm. Interesting.
Lexii: Emily is quite an insightful girl, we should think about adding her to our circle of friends.
Derrick: Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.
Lexii: When did the Willford twins get so cute together?
Alice: Hey girl~
Lexii: Hey! Good morning guys.
Lexii: I see you had a great night out?
Alice: Oh, we did. Believe me.
Alice: You'll have to hear it from me though, Derrick Kinda forgot everything after we drank last night.
Lexii: Derrick? Drinking? Do tell.
Alice: Oh, sorry brother, Did you want to tell Lexii about it?
Derrick: Oh, no... I don't normally drink, I didn't want you to think poorly of me.
Lexii: Oh relax dude, I know you don't normally drink!
Lexii: Doesn't mean it wouldn't make for a cool story.
You walk to school with your sister, you notice a few more glances at you than normal. You see Lexii coming towards you.
Lexii: Well, Hel-lo!
After your shower to make sure to grab some money for Lexii's kind gesture yesterday.
Alice: Well, are you ready to show the world our sweet new threads?
Alice: Let's go~
"Derrick: Get ready for school"
After breakfast Alice cleans up the kitchen, she gives you a loving smile when she catches your gaze.
Alice: Not done getting ready?
Derrick: Oh, I was just gunna shower real quick.
Alice: Don't take too long! If you keep me waiting I'll drag you out~
Derrick: I won't, relax...
Alice: See? You look great!
Alice: Skinny jeans suit you.
Derrick: No... I don't think so, haha.
Derrick: The sweater is nice at least.
Alice: Wear this to school! I'll wear this too.
Alice: C'mon, please?? I'm begging you~
Derrick: Fine, okay.
Derrick: Oh... I have to get into those??
Alice: Yes! Put 'em on.
Derrick: -sigh- Well, okay then.
Alice: I like this one a lot because it feels home-y AND outside-y! It's pretty and light. And the tights with boyfriend shorts were a great combo.
Alice: You really have good tastes, Brother!
Derrick: Thanks! I like this one a lot too.
Alice: Which one's your favourite?
Derrick: I really like the... Sweater one!
Derrick: Your hair looks cute up like that too.
Alice: Aww, thanks!
Alice: Let's get you into your outfit.
Alice: Voila triple combo~
Alice: This is a more classy, stylish outside attire, the arm warmer gloves were a nice touch! You even recommended the sexy garter belt as a joke.
Derrick: I did? Haha...
Derrick: My sense of humour sucks...
Alice: It's okay, I think it makes me look gorgeous!
Alice: Voila x2!
Alice: This would be something I'd wear at home, the sweater is nice and baggy, and with the short shorts, I feel completely unrestricted!
Derrick: Yeah, it looks awesome! Definitely something I'd pick.
Alice: Okay, check it!
Alice: Stand over there, I'll change into 'em and you tell me which one you like the most, or just thoughts in general. Sound good?
Alice: Okay, first one...
Derrick: How about, where we went?
Alice: Oh sure... First when we left the hospital we went to the mall.
Alice: We window shopped for a long time before deciding to watch a movie.
Derrick: What movie did we watch?
Alice: Oh, This horror movie, Lights out.
Alice: About this girl made of shadows or pure night or something that only exists in the dark.
Alice: Ohhh man, it was so scary you would have had to pry me off you with a crowbar!
Derrick: Wow, sounds like I would have enjoyed that...
Alice: Aww, it's okay. We can watch it again if you want! On me this time.
Derrick: Ahh it's okay, I'll watch it on the internet or something later.
Alice: After the movie we went to McDonald's for burgers, then we went to some dine-in restaurants with waiters and everything. We never ordered a lot so we could keep jumping from place to place.
Alice: After like three different places we decided to go to the park, hung out on the jungle gyms and just talked... Afterwards we went actual shopping.
Alice: We decided to buy each other clothes, but you refused all the cute stuff I wanted to pick!
Alice: So we agreed no more of that if I could pick one outfit for you at least.
Alice: You have lovely taste I should say, the clothes you got for me are stunning.
Derrick: Can I see them?
Alice: Sure~ I'll give you a viewing when you're all up to speed.
Alice: After shopping I bought some alcohol for us at a place.
Alice: They're really relaxed with their ID checks. Though I always have a fake ID just as a precaution.
Alice: We then went back to the park and drank the whole bottle together!
Alice: Yeah, then after "Events" I decided to end the night and took you home. You could barely stand.
Derrick: What did we buy?
Alice: We bought clothes, movies, dinner x3, alcohol, anda, that's pretty much it.
Alice: You'll be seeing the outfits so they'll explain themselves.
Derrick: Okay... How bad was I?
Alice: Oh, you were BAD.
Alice: You were loud, hyper, and carefree.
Alice: I had to chase you a couple times because you kept running off.
Alice: And you took a tumble down some stairs, I hopped on you to prevent you from going further, which hurt a lot by the way!
Alice: You tried singing too, pretty poorly I should note.
Alice: And besides that, you were mostly just an average drunk person.
Derrick: What about you? Did you get drunk?
Alice: Nah, I can hold alcohol really well.
Alice: You could say I have a strong tolerance for it.
Alice: Also, who would get us home if we were both too drunk to think properly?
Derrick: True, hehe...
Derrick: Then what? Any funny moments?
Alice: Well, you barfed.
Alice: Yep... luckily you didn't get any on your clothes.
Alice: You also said I was the best person in the whole world, and you were so glad to have me back again.
Alice: You also spilled beans that you were in pain from us not being together and you sometimes cried yourself to sleep.
Derrick: WH.. I SAID THAT...??
Alice: Do you?
Derrick: It was a long time ago... I was really lonely, and going through some stuff...
Alice: Ahh, it's okay Brother! It would make sense since you're my other half.
Alice: We need each other like how the earth needs the moon, or how like puppies need love.
Alice: I've... gone through my share of misery from being away from you too, y'know.
Alice: So it's okay.
Alice: Just know that whatever happens in life, you'll always have your sister.
Derrick: .... Yeah.
Alice: Now! How about I show off my hot new shit!
Alice: We'll finish breakfast afterwards, c'mon!
Derrick: Haha, what are you wearing??
Alice: You would know! You picked it out for me.
Alice: Kiss the cook~
Alice: I kinda wanted something to cook in since I'd be doing it more often, and you thought this was so darn funny we just had to get it.
Derrick: It might have been the drinking...
Alice: It's hard to say, hehe.
Derrick: You think you could go over what happened last night? I honestly don't remember a thing.
Alice: Nothing?? We did soooo much though!
Alice: You don't remember anything at all??
Derrick: Nope. Nothing.
Alice: -sigh- Well sure, I don't mind.
Alice: It would be fun to go over that night again, such an amazing time we had.
Alice: What would you like to talk about first?
Derrick: Hey, it smells good down here!
Alice: Oh, there you are. I have pancakes and tea hot and ready.
Alice: Have a seat, I'll serve you.
Last night I had an outing with my sister. I'm not quite sure what we did but it involved alcohol and now I can't remember if I had a dream last night or not. Though I'm sure we had a great time because my sister was practically glowing when she saw me this morning. I really can't believe I'll get to see her every day from now on!
You tell your sister you'll be down in a sec, and that you want to update your journal, she reminds you not to take too long.
Derrick: What happened last night, Sister?
Alice: Oh, don't worry, we can talk about it when we get downstairs.
Alice: You might be a little sore, or have bruising on your arms and chest.
Alice: Don't worry about those, you fell a couple times in your drunkenness. I had to restrain you from flailing about as well.
Alice: I took good care of you... That's how you got here.
Alice: You're really light! You should let me make all of your meals for you.
Alice: I can fix that right up.
Derrick: .... I don't know, I don't want to burden you--
Alice: Nonsense! I insist.
Alice: Come! Breakfast awaits.
Alice: Oh! Uhh.. Good morning brother!
Alice: I was just about to get you for breakfast... How are you feeling?
Alice: You were... quite something last night, haha. Who knew alcohol could do THAT to you!
You decide to head downstairs for breakfast, maybe get your sister to jog your memory.
These clothes look brand new, certainly not your tastes in pants, but the hoodie is pretty cool. You must have went shopping and bought these with Alice.
You head over to your dream journal to write up a log but... You're really drawing a blank here. You have no idea what happened last night.
You get out of bed and succumb to a wave of disorientation. You feel light headed, and really, really sore in your hips. You hope you didn't fall down stairs or something...
You are now Derrick, awake. You're not sure how you got here. And you have quite a headache.
Dream 13: END
Bob: Are you sure we can't play a game or something, or have you had too much stress for the "day"? I hope you don't mind the question!
Daydream: A game? Nah. Not now.
Daydream: Bored or something? Is saving lives becoming a chore?
Daydream: Probably next time I'll think of something fun.
Bob: Emily you are super cute, and the way you helped Alice is super awesome. Be proud of who you are and what you do. Also, you're really cute. So, props for that. Keep on being awesome.
Emily: ...Aww. Thanks!
Piper: Looks like you have a fan, Emily.
Bob: Daydream, please listen carefully, we may not have much time before Emily is pulled back to the main timeline. To be honest we've been rather ambivalent towards you all this time, not fully sure whether we can trust you. But seeing as how you kept your promise and how Emily has readily offered to help you, I believe we can trust you to make the right choices with her as your moral compass. It's about Nightmare.
Bob: He's slowly clawing his way inside the construct. You may not know, but it's already possessed Derrick at-least once, imbuing him with his dark unfathomable powers. We know not yet the full scope of his ambition, but we do know it's game-changing. And it involves the Arena of Darkness.
Daydream: Arena of darkness..?
Bob: He may also want to save Derrick and return to his old life, or he may want to tear the Construct down just to spite you. He is very much a wild card in this regard, so I am deciding to fully side with you. Also, please, for your own sake and Derrick's, make an effort to change your ways. Make this the iteration where everything is fixed. You have the power to undo the damage that you've caused.
Bob: Not many get that kind of second chance ...soo, is there a chance that you can stop Alice from ra... from taking advantage of Derrick this time around, or is it already too late? If so, maybe you could use Emily's time-travelling powers to repair that blunder? Since the Event Horizon is somewhat outside the normal time-stream of the Construct, you should be able to remember this conversation without having to create a stable time-loop first.
Daydream: Sorry Aliens. You missed that boat. Alice already finished the deed this time around, if Emily were to stop it, it wouldn't have happened to begin with, meaning she won't or can't.
Piper: Also Bob, The dump exists in this dream world, not reality. Which is where THAT happened...
Bob: Also, another thing that's been bugging me is... Lucas has been killing his in-construct self all these billions of iterations in order to keep up the charade, but Emily here is the only one we've seen thus far. What will happen with the in-construct selves once your plan succeeds? Will their memories merge with the originals? Will they outright replace the originals? And most importantly... what sort of faustian deal did you broker in order to erect the Construct in the first place?
Daydream: The construct is a collection of memories stored in a auto-generating universe.
Daydream: Everyone we meet, that we didn't already know, is fabricated. Moot. 1's and 0's.
Daydream: Us however, especially those of us from the outside, are all that really remains in here.
Daydream: It's an illusion. None of it is real.
Daydream: Now don't tell any of them that, or it could cause problems. Emily is Emily. I am Alice, Nightmare is Derrick, Garreth is construct Garreth, Lucia is Lucia, Lucas is Lucas where construct Lucas should be, and Lexii is outside. The realm attendants are memories, at least from what I remember, Reggie might know a little more this time around.
Daydream: I'm not entirely sure what will happen when this place is terminated anymore. I was sure but... I'm not that sure of anything anymore.
Daydream: Other than that Derrick will be getting out alive.
Bob: Thank you both ladies for trying your best to get things solved, we are sure it wasn't easy for either of you. You've both been very strong. We'll continue to support you both to try and save everyone, we know for a fact that it can be accomplished and if we all work together towards this goal, our chances can only be better. Emily, you may not be able to talk to us directly out of Event Horizon, but you may feel us 'nudging' you to do certain things, so if you are alone you may address us directly. Garry also knows about us so you can talk to him about it.
Emily: Oh! Okay.
Emily: So you'll be like, the holy spirit right? Working through me?
Emily: But, I can talk to you too, so you have a deity-like nature?
Emily: I'll most certainly keep this in mind!
Bob: There's still the matter of lil mal, Daydream. We have seen him target Lucas before he left his house to see Alice. Dealing with lil mal directly may be out of the question for you kids, but maybe Bob can look after Lucas and protect him. He'll probably need a disguise and the silly O.I is just making him stand out even more. Do you think we're ready for the outside world? Also can we give you a hug?
Daydream: Lucas can handle himself, no need for you to get involved.
Daydream: Also, you talk as if I'd entertain the idea of you entering the memories.
Daydream: Bob stays here with me.
Daydream: Anda... Yes.
Daydream: I'll give you a hug when Emily leaves...
Bob: What is done is done, we all have our sins and must atone for them, you are stepping in the right direction Daydream, if your love for Derrick is true, you'll follow Emily's advice, we thought for a moment you were unredeemable and too far gone... but maybe there's still hope for you!
Bob: Emily, you did a great job! keep it up!
Emily: Thanks, Bob...!
Daydream: How understanding of you, Aliens. I wouldn't be surprised if you wanted to kill me to set things straight.
Bob: Other people are overloading, so I'll make it brief. Could you please give me a question that if answered would prove the existence of the omnipotent being we've been telling you about? Just so that you could more easily believe me when I give you the answers.
Daydream: Huh? Ohh, right. Your leader.
Daydream: Having thought about it, it seems too much like a can of worms not worth opening.
Daydream: I'm already distraught, and with Emily, I really feel like Derrick has a real chance now. Perhaps I'll excuse this with a request anyways, since taking care of Emily was your responsibility and it has helped me a lot.
Bob: And Emily, there's a mask item Lexii has called Nevil's Facade. If you can bring it to Derrick along with a full set of clothes and a teddy bear he should be able to make something to help you avoid fights, and theoretically make you a better shot in case you can't.
Emily: Oh Uhm...
Emily: Nevil's facade? Alright, I'll ask about it.
Daydream: Hm. You're quiet now, Bob. Time to move on.
Daydream: See you later!
Daydream: Fine. I'd do anything for Derrick, and I've tried everything at least fifty times.
Daydream: I'll humour you.
Emily: Good, with this, I'll be able to leave here.
Emily: How will you bring me back?
Daydream: When you least expect it, you'll be back.
Daydream: I can't believe I killed and tortured you all those times and you were the only one who managed to get here.
Emily: ..... Yeah.
Daydream: So sorry about that.
Piper: If you're really sorry, you can show it by giving us a battle benefit!
Daydream: What do you want?
Piper: Well since Emily doesn't like fighting very much, and you're probably keeping an eye on us often. When we meet a monster that wants to give us trouble, give them a reason not to.
Daydream: I can't be bother--
Piper: Ahh! You DID torture Emily thousands of times, it's the least you could do.
Daydream: Ughh... Fine then. If something tries to piss you off, I'll let them know kindly that you're not to be trifled with.
Daydream: But what they do after that is on you.
Piper: Fair enough!
Daydream: Aliens you can speak now if there's anything you wish to say.
Daydream: Otherwise it's back to reviewing.
"Emily: use your judgement to continue this conversation. Perhaps it would help to put things in perspective for Alice: if she was not Derrick sister and someone else was, would she still think that person doing the things she's done would be justified and correct, as her position as 'sister' and being closest to derrick? Only follow this line of thought if you think it would help the situation"
Emily: Alice think about this line of thinking.
Emily: If you weren't Derrick's sister. If you were just another girl, and Derrick's sister behaved like you.
Emily: What would you think? Would they be right in keeping Derrick to themselves? Is their love stronger just because they're related?
Daydream: .... No. Uhm...
Daydream: I guess it's just me.
Emily: I want you to say it.
Emily: Say that without a doubt, how you're behaving is in Derrick's best interest!
Daydream: .... It's--
Emily: Be Truthful! Can't you for once just think about someone other than yourself?
Emily: You only want Derrick to live because you know if he dies, you will want to as well.
Emily: You don't want to die.
Emily: So you're saving yourself. If you loved Derrick, you'd be able to let him go.
Emily: Familiar? It should be.
Emily: You think because Derrick was unconscious he wouldn't know what you did.
Emily: You tried to hide the truth. But it gets out.
Emily: Just like how I remembered, Derrick and Lucia will remember.
Emily: Lucas will... Oh, poor Lucas.
Emily: You're destroying us.
Daydream: ..... I'm doing my damned best here...
Emily: Well then why haven't you considered leaving Lucia alone?
Emily: Why haven't you considered leaving me alone?
Emily: Why haven't you considered leaving DERRICK alone??
Emily: If you did nothing, he would live.
Emily: You're keeping him here.
Daydream: ...I... I can't...
Daydream: I... -sniff-
Daydream: FUCK... I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE.
Emily: Oh no, you can't whimper your way out of this one.
Emily: This mess you created, it's tangled, but it can be straightened out.
Daydream: .... No, it's hopeless. I'm hopeless...
Daydream: I'm so screwed up, this hell will never end.
Emily: It will, with faith.
Daydream: Don't start with that shit, Emily...
Emily: Hear me out. Faith brought you here.
Emily: You believed you could save Derrick. You didn't know, you believed!
Emily: That's faith. You kept believing, and you'd die believing.
Daydream: I would... If I can't save Derrick, I'd never end this place.
Daydream: Nothing could make me. There's always an answer, even if I don't have it.
Daydream: It exists, and only time will tell.
Daydream: Here, I am time. So it's up to me.
Daydream: But, I am a human. I have a human mind, I was not meant to have such power.
Daydream: My head hurts so much... My heart is black and rotting...
Daydream: I think at some point... I lost my way.
Daydream: And I just review to scratch the itch I get every now and again when the loneliness becomes unbearable.
Daydream: My greatest fear is... That I'll settle for this life.
Daydream: I'll become content with being a God, forever selfishly getting my needs met while others suffer.
Emily: SEE, this is it!
Emily: This is your faith, you're so determined to save Derrick that you'd condemn yourself to this pain and suffering than to let him go because you know that there's a way. Some way, somehow.
Emily: What if I told you, I know how to save Derrick?
Daydream: ..... What..?
Daydream: I'd want to know how in the hell do you think that?
Emily: I'll tell you, but I'm going to need some requests.
Daydream: Anything. If you really can...
Daydream: You have all the resources.
Emily: First, forgive Lucia for everything. Clean slate.
Daydream: WHAT?! ABSOLUTELY--
Emily: Alice, this is only my first request. Just think, do you really want to save Derrick?
Emily: No more grudges, no more dirty looks, no more anything.
Emily: She is just a girl, a girl who could become your friend.
Emily: A girl who loves Derrick, and would never try to hurt him.
Emily: A girl you could respect for actually doing that since you sure didn't.
Daydream: ........ It'll be hard. But.
Daydream: For Derrick, Lucia is pardoned.
Emily: Next. When you get a chance, you must tell Derrick what you did to him.
Daydream: WHAT THE FUCK, EMILY?!
Emily: Remember what I said. Do. You. Want. To. SAVE. DERRICK?
Daydream: Oh God....
Emily: Regardless of how he takes it, you will also tell him how you feel about him.
Emily: Ahh, I'm not done.
Emily: You will also tell Lucas how you feel about him.
Emily: How you really feel. He is not your slave, and you're abusing his trust and loyalty.
Emily: And lastly, When you're not reviewing, I want you to bring me here.
Daydream: I'm most definitely not going to--
Emily: Ahh! What did I say?
Daydream: .... I can't just--
Daydream: WILL YOU STOP THAT?!
Emily: You are supposed to be like, a God or something right?
Emily: Just make it happen.
Emily: If I can work with you consistently, You can be saved.
Emily: If it were anyone else, ask yourself. Would they forgive you?
Emily: Well, I would. Criminals can be rehabilitated if they so desire.
Emily: I will be your shrink. It'd be good practice, and you could use a friend.
Emily: What do you say?
"Emily: You now have Daydream at a disadvantage. To get her to trust you, confide your own worse sins with her. Then make it clear to her that she clearly does not love Derrick enough, since loving someone implies wanting to protect them from everyone and everything, including yourself"
Emily: Well, since you've told something so intimate. I guess it would be fair if I shared a sin of my own.
Daydream: Oh? Miss goodie-goodie is a trouble maker?
Piper: Are you sure about this, Emily?
Piper: Oooooh man...
Emily: I wasn't always the way I am.
Emily: I had a bit of an anger incident.
Emily: Took me about a year to get over it.
Emily: Some boys were harassing this girl I've talked to a couple times at school.
Emily: I tried to intervene, to help her. But they didn't take that too lightly.
Emily: Eventually they moved to me. Even girls started talking about me behind my back.
Emily: I got passive bullying for a long time. Then one day, I got a note.
Emily: "Hi Emily, I really like you, meet behind the school at 4pm."
Daydream: SHHH. Go on.
Emily: Well, I went to see this person. And waited for 2 hours.
Emily: They never showed up, so I went home.
Emily: I was a little sad, but I was okay.
Emily: Then the next day i got another note apologizing for not showing up, and to meet again for the same time.
Emily: I shouldn't have gone, but I did...
Emily: At this time, I had no friends, no one treated me well.
Emily: I'd like to see this person.
Emily: After 30 minutes of waiting a group of people showed up.
Piper: Oh God...
Daydream: SHHH, PLEASE.
Emily: One of the boys had a bucket...
Emily: I looked at them all, thinking they were going to hurt me, but it was much worse.
Emily: The boy walked right up to me and dumped the bucket over my head...
Emily: It was gore.
Emily: I guess he worked at a meat shop or something.
Emily: I was drenched in sour blood, maggots and rotting flesh.
Emily: They all started laughing hysterically.
Emily: I stood there covered in disgusting bloody waste.
Emily: And thoughts were swirling in my head.
Emily: Wastes of oxygen.
Emily: I looked right at the boy, the look on his face quickly changed.
Emily: I reached out and griped his throat. I lunged so hard I tackled him to the ground.
Emily: I just held him there. Squeezing. Everyone there became petrified, they didn't know whether to run away or help.
Emily: So in weird way, they just stood there watching.
Emily: The boy gasped for help, but they didn't help.
Emily: Eventually a teacher saw and restrained me. The boy was hospitalized.
Emily: It turns out I squeezed so hard, I destroyed his vocal cords, and scarred his neck with my hand prints.
Emily: I was expelled from the school, and my parents and I moved away.
Daydream: Damn. I knew you'd have a temper, but not quite like that.
Emily: I wouldn't say I have one now, as much as I should for the amount of pain you've caused me.
Emily: I just learned how to forgive people. Treat others how you would like to be treated.
Emily: Now we should evaluate whether you really love your brother, or you're just obsessed with him, because they're not the same.
Daydream: W-what? How dare you!
Daydream: No one can question my love. They're not me.
Emily: What does love mean to you?
Daydream: Love is...
Daydream: I love Derrick! That's all that matters.
Emily: What does that mean? How do you love him?
Daydream: I take care of him! I protect him, I keep him safe.
Daydream: I make sure he's happy.
Daydream: No one can do this but me, because I've known him since birth.
Daydream: I'm the only one who understands and appreciates him.
Emily: Like a mother?
Daydream: What? No!
Emily: Like a sister?
Daydream: .... Like a lover.
Emily: If you ask me, you've overstepped your bounds...
Daydream: Well, I didn't ask you. If I'm going to be the only one who will truly love him, I should take the role of his lover!
Daydream: It's just a coincidence that I'm his sister.
Emily: Do you hear yourself?
Daydream: ...... Girls are a dime a dozen.
Daydream: You can always get someone to hold you, kiss you, or bang you.
Daydream: But that ends.
Daydream: At some point you will lose that person, and what will you have?
Daydream: You'll have friends, and family.
Daydream: I'm already Derrick's best friend, and his only family.
Daydream: I don't think anyone deserves to be his lover as much as I do.
Emily: That's not your choice to decide!
Emily: You have to let Derrick decide who he wants to be with. Same as how you decided who you wanted to be with.
Emily: This is not love. This is possession under the pretence of love.
Emily: If you really loved Derrick, you'd let him choose you.
Emily: Not force him.
Emily: I think you know this already. He would never choose you.
Emily: If you told him the things you've done. He'd hate you.
Daydream: No... Derrick would never hate me.
Daydream: He loves me too, he knows family comes first.
Emily: Not lately... Lucia will get him to see the truth.
Emily: And how will you handle it? Will you hurt Derrick?
Emily: Will you lie through your teeth that we're all just against you?
Daydream: I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Emily: You can't sit there and tell me this is love. It's toxic.
Daydream: What do you know?
Emily: Love is kind. Love is patience. Love is forgiving.
Emily: You're none of these things.
Emily: How could you understand love?
Emily: Did you get love from your parents? What was that like?
Daydream: My parents didn't love me.
Daydream: It's always been Derrick for me.
Daydream: He's my reason for life. We entered this world together.
Emily: I'm worried about you. I hope you're not lying about any of this.
[TRIGGER WARNING!! This contains implications of sexual assault and incest]
Emily: What would you like to talk about?
Daydream: I have a confession. It's... dark.
Daydream: It's sad.
Daydream: It's... Just indescribable.
Emily: You can say it, speak your mind.
Daydream:... I'm in love with Derrick.
Emily: But he's your brother!
Daydream: I know... It's sick.
Daydream: It's disgusting. Unforgivable.
Daydream: I have had such a difficult time suppressing these feelings.
Emily: Well, you need some way to cope with it.
Emily: You can't keep things like this bottled up.
Emily: It's good you're comfortable telling someone this.
Daydream: I'm not done.
Daydream: The sick part isn't that I'm in love with Derrick.
Daydream: The sick part is... I did something bad to him.
Emily: What did you do?
Daydream: I... I...
Daydream: I took his virginity.
Daydream: ....... It's so fucked up.... I know.
Emily: When?? How??
Daydream: It was a long time ago for me.
Daydream: But just now for Alice.
Emily: Alice..? What?
Daydream: Oh, I'm Daydream. Alice is the girl you just met.
Daydream: Ugh... I'm so ashamed of myself.
Emily: .... Keep talking.
Daydream: Well at the time, I knew how Derrick felt about Lucia.
Daydream: He would never be with me.
Daydream: I loved him more than living.
Daydream: I was possessive. I was controlling.
Daydream: I was selfish.
Daydream: I was the worst kind of person.
Daydream: I really hate Alice. But she's necessary to save my brother.
Daydream: On our first "date". We had a great time. We went to all sorts of clothing stores, food stores, movies, parks, you name it.
Daydream: It got pretty late, so I managed to score some alcohol from a place. Derrick didn't want any, but I talked him into it.
Daydream: We drank a whole bottle between the two of us.
Daydream: But I use "we" very sparingly.
Daydream: I pretended to drink, while Derrick drank pretty much all of it.
Daydream: When we got home... He could barely stand. I took him to my room.
Daydream: I kept the lights off, and asked him if... He'd like me to take care of him.
Daydream: And he said yes.
Daydream: So I....
Daydream: Well. You get the picture...
Emily: How could you do something like that??
Daydream: I said it was fucked, didn't I?!
Daydream: I wanted him so badly, I would die if anyone got his first.
Daydream: I planned that night hundreds of times in my head.
Daydream: He was my first as well.
Emily: This is...
Daydream: I felt I HAD to!
Emily: You raped him?!
Emily: That's a crime! You're a criminal!
Daydream: FUCK, I KNOW.
Daydream: I didn't expect you to understand.
Emily: Well, did you completely destroy him??
Daydream: No, he was shit-faced. He did not remember anything.
Daydream: After I finished, I cleaned him up and carried him to his bedroom.
Daydream: He'll never know.
Daydream: Because you won't tell him, and neither will I.
Emily: What if I did?
Daydream: He'd never believe you. Try not to burn any bridges here.
Daydream: I trust you very little right now. Don't make it non existent.
Emily: .... So, you raped him, and he doesn't remember. And I was brought here to make you feel better?
Daydream: I dunno why you're here. But I do feel better.
Emily: .... Anything else you want to talk about it?
Daydream: ..... Yes.
Daydream: I've had you killed every cycle until now.
Emily: It was you??
Daydream: ....You remember?
Emily: Yes I remember! Bob has jogged my memory!
Daydream: ... Damn Aliens.
Daydream: Well, Sorry for killing you thousands of times.
Daydream: I promised the Aliens I wouldn't kill anyone. And Bob = Aliens.
Daydream: I've been... Really conceited. I felt I didn't need any help. So you being here is clear how fucked this place has gotten.
Daydream: I'm so alone...
Daydream: You're probably judging me with your Christian values.
Daydream: I bet you think you're hot shit. Nothing can sully precious cinnamon roll Emily. Too pure for this world.
Daydream: Well go ahead. Judge me.
Emily: I'm not judging you. It's pretty... bad. But I'm not going to judge you. I'm not the standard for humanity. I also have my sins.
Daydream: Oh yeah? Well it gets me off.
Daydream: What Alice did. It happens every cycle.
Daydream: And I watch.
Daydream: Are you disgusted yet?
Daydream: Sometimes I give Alice "some time to sleep" and I take over.
Emily: WHAT THE...?!
Daydream: Disgusting isn't it? It makes me sick.
Daydream: But I love it.
Daydream: I hate myself and Alice for what we did to Derrick.
Daydream: But, it's been a while since I've done that. At least a few thousand cycles.
Daydream: But in the first while....
Daydream: I did him like a dog.
Emily: Okay... Stop. This is gross...
Daydream: You're disgusted by me now, aren't you?
Emily: JUST.. STOP IT.
Emily: OKAY, IT IS DISGUSTING.
Emily: I THOUGHT YOU LOVED HIM.
Daydream: I told you it was fucked up.
Daydream: Besides getting Lucia's father killed and getting her eye fucked up, that is my biggest sin.
Daydream: And I feel... Relieved.
Daydream: I don't think anyone would respect me if I told them.
Daydream: Anyone but you.
Daydream: You respect me, don't you?
Emily: No. You don't have my respect.
Emily: But you're a person. Same as me.
Emily: You've done wrong, same as me.
Emily: And you have wronged me, but...
Emily: I don't hate you.
Daydream: Wow. Aren't you something.
Daydream: How long will you keep that attitude up?
Emily: It's how I am.
Emily: But you need serious help. Serious.
Emily: You may be criminally insane.
Daydream: Hehehe... Ha.
Daydream: I'm not insane.
Emily: If you know what you're doing...
Emily: Then that makes you a psychopath.
Daydream: I bet the aliens are judging me.
Daydream: Like they're so perfect. Ha.
Daydream: I don't give a shit.
Daydream: I know I've done wrong.
Daydream: Do I regret it?
Daydream: The really fucked up part is, I don't.
Daydream: If given the chance, I would do it under better circumstances.
Daydream: I love Derrick so much and I want him so bad... I'd never allow anyone to have his first.
Daydream: If he was conscious he'd never give it to me.
Daydream: I don't want him to see me badly if I forced it from him consciously...
Daydream: So unconsciously was the only way. The safest, selfish way.
Emily: The only way??
Daydream: Thanks for listening I guess.
Daydream: That's something you're good at it seems.
Daydream: Take a seat beside the Aliens.
Daydream: ....Here. Let's have a little chat.
Daydream: You seem to know enough to have a meaningful conversation. Take a seat.
"Emily: Say something to confirm your realness. Something only someone outside the construct would know"
Emily: Err... Uhh..
Emily: Well, If you don't think I'm real, I remember you.
Emily: Why you ended up here. Why we ended up here.
Emily: You're perpetually in a state of pain. But you've gotten very good at masking it.
Daydream: You don't know shit.
Emily: I know that you're lovesick.
Emily: It's okay, I was too, at a time.
Daydream: Ohhhhh... If I weren't DEEPLY exhausted you would have been...
Daydream: I promised I wouldn't touch you. So go.
Daydream: Explain yourself.
Emily: ... Well, I kinda came here through a bubble.
Emily: From the thought ocean... Or the dump, as Piper calls it.
Daydream: ... The hell is the dump?
Piper: You don't know?
Daydream: NO! TELL ME.
Piper: It's like. Residual feelings pent up overtime.
Piper: They created an alternate space.
Daydream: You're bullshitting me. Please stop.
Emily: Are... Are you okay? You seem edgy.
Daydream: AM I OKAY?!
Daydream: NO, I'M NOT FUCKING OKAY.
Daydream: I LITERALLY DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE... BETWEEN REAL AND FAKE.
Daydream: I Don't... Know if you are from the outside, or in.
Daydream: So no.
Daydream: Any more questions??
Daydream: Aliens. Not another word please.
You feel slightly strange. The items you saw behind Bob are no longer there anymore.
Suddenly Bob Server's mouth is sewn shut! you become startled!
Daydream: What. In. The. HELL.
Daydream: Are you doing here?!
Emily: Uhm... Hello there.
O.I: Hello Emily. We don't have much time, so I'm going to have to be painfully brief. This is the Event Horizon, Alice is behind us and basically omnipotent here. Keep your calm and think things through, and you should be fine.
Emily: Alice is in here? Oh, I see a chair behind you...
Emily: Well, who are you?
O.I: We are called the observers, we're here to make sure all of you kids stay alive throughout this and help kill the Unknown Entity. We're going to be talking one at a time btw.
Emily: Why are you talking like that? Who is we?
Bob: We're not actually the thing in front of you. We just talk through him. His name is Bob Server. There are a bunch of us that talk to each other, and you might want to come up with a few questions that are more immediate for your situation. We're going to be silenced pretty soon from what I understand.
Emily: ... Uhh..
Emily: Well, here is a question...
Emily: Is... Is everything just a dream?
Emily: It's been on my mind for a while now.
Bob: You're indeed in a dream, but what happens here will have very real consequences. Your friends may live or die.
Emily: Well, I know I'm dreaming... but how far does this dream go?
Bob: You are inside a dream within a dream, but the repercussion of it are just as important and lethal as the real one, Alice created this "construct" to save her brother from dying, this is the ONLY chance we have to save Derrick. You'll now remember your life before you and the others were trapped inside the construct, you might have been hurt in the past, but please be careful what you do, your friend's lives are at risk here.
Emily: ...! I knew it! Thank you Bob.
Emily: That means I'll--
Bob: "Use the force, Luke!"
You stand in what feels like a framework. There is white as far as you can see in every direction, though a few things stand out to you, and it's getting closer.
Piper: Well, looks like we're on the last bubble.
Piper: So far so good, Emily!
Emily: ... I hope Mephita does alright.
Piper: She'll be fine, in we go!
Lucia: Emily, you coming in or what?
Reggie: Well? How'd it go in there?
Lucia: It went rather well. You didn't hear any gunshots did you?
Reggie: Nope. -v-
Reggie: Good job there, Lucia.
Lucia: Oh, first name basis again?
Reggie: Well, it must have taken a lot not to wipe her out.
Reggie: So I'm being "formal" to show my sincerity.
Lucia: Why does that make it sound MORE sarcastic?
Reggie: Haha, well what can I say.
Lucia: Good job, Emily.
Emily: Thank you!
Lucia: To tell you the truth, I was so ready to shotgun her face off. Good thing I had a change of heart.
Lucia: I'm just kidding! Sorta...
Lucia: I'm going to see if the others can maybe craft up another set of robes for Mephita.
Emily: Alright, I'll bet she'll fit right in with them.
Lucia: I'm going to go tell the others and see what they think.
Mephita: Wait, what should I do?
Emily: Stay here, Mephita. Your mask will cleanse the poison.
Mephita: Oh, alright then.
Mephita equips CLARITY MASK. There's already a slight change in the density of the poisonous gas.
Emily: Well, how do you feel?
Mephita: The same, I suppose.
Emily: Keep this mask on at all times okay? Think about the safety of others.
Mephita: Right... I won't let you down.
It falls to the ground, you've used up your CREATION FRAGMENT.
Emily: Here Mephita, put this on. With it, you won't endanger anyone with your toxins.
Mephita: ... I don't want to cause any trouble. Okay, I'll wear it.
You quickly sketch up a new design for a gas mask. One with a glass jar attached.
Emily: Hold on a second, Lucia...
Emily: Think about this.
Lucia: .... -sigh-
Lucia: Well, I suppose with you around monsters will stay the heck away from here.
Lucia: But this room isn't perfectly safe, you know.
Lucia: Just a while back Derrick and I ran into a monster that burst into the room from the window.
Lucia: It was in Locad, but still.
Lucia: There are a group of kids just like you who have lost their mothers.
Lucia: Together, they co-operate and keep each other safe.
Lucia: Would you like to be apart of that?
Mephita: ... Kids... Like me?
Mephita: ... I suppose, that would be nice.
Mephita: When you all ran off, I didn't like being alone.
Mephita: But..! Just until I find my mother, or until she finds me, okay?
Mephita: She must be worried sick.
Lucia: That's great! But we're gunna need to control this crap you keep coughing out.
Emily: I have an idea. I'll make a gas mask, but inverted. So instead of breathing out poison, Mephita will breathe in poison and breathe out clean air!
Lucia: That sounds pretty good, go for it.
Emily: How about we help you... Find your mother?
Mephita: R-really? You would help me?
Emily: Yes. But only if you come with us.
Mephita: ... This isn't a trick, is it?
Mephita: The outside... Is it safe?
Emily: Not... exactly?
Mephita: Then I won't go.
Mephita: I don't want to get hurt, Mother will have a heart attack.
Lucia: I sense trouble... You know what that means...
"Emily: Open Derrick's window while calmly explaining to Mephita that she needs to leave. Be sure she understands why"
As you go for the window, you immediately notice that it does not open. You'll have to figure out another way to disperse the poison gas.
Emily: Mephita, are you feeling okay?
Mephita: I had another fit before but... After getting up I felt better.
Mephita: Where have the others gone?
Emily: I'm not sure... But hey, listen.
Emily: Why don't we go for a walk? You shouldn't be in here.
Mephita: ... Derrick gave me permission. Also, why?
Lucia: Are you aware you're causing this toxic gas??
Mephita: Oh, well would you look at that.
Mephita: I woke up, and the room was like this.
Lucia: It's harmful to Derrick! He'll be here any moment now, and he'll breathe it in and die!
Mephita: Uhh... I don't like the sound of that.
Mephita: But... What if mother comes here looking for me and I'm not here?
Lucia: Your mom doesn't even know you're in here!
Mephita: What if she searches and comes to this place, and misses me??
Mephita: Hello again, girls.
You exit to Derrick's closet, the poisonous mist is seeping in here as well.
Lucia: Cute little gas mask..!
Lucia: Okay, so I was thinking.
Lucia: If she's asleep, we wake her up and convince her to get out.
Lucia: If she's awake, we just convince her out.
Emily: What if she wants to stay?
Lucia: Nah, we'll convince her to leave. Trust me.
Lucia: If she wants to give us trouble, then we'll give her trouble!
Reggie: That's a PANGOLIN GAS MASK. It's like a gas mask, but for pangolins.
Reggie: Seems Spiky is the only one getting use outta that.
Piper: I'm Piper, birdy!
"Emily: Piper needs a mask as well"
You go back over to the wall to draw a gas mask for Piper as well.
Ira: I'll be syphoning clean air from anywhere that it exists.
Ira: So you don't have to worry about any impurities.
Lucia: This is awesome Ira, Thanks.
Ira: No problem!
Lucia: Oh right.
Lucia: Emily, do you know how to call for help from the reapers?
Emily: You mean like Ghen and Medo?
Emily: I don't...
Lucia: Well you just shout "boo" really loud.
Lucia: If they're around they'll hear it. Have you met Narren?
Lucia: She's been my secretary for a while now.
Narren: Greetings Priestess!
Emily: Hello there..!
Emily: My conjuration is named Piper.
Piper: Hello you guys!!
Ira: Greetings. ouo
Narren: Hello Piper.
Emily: Do you have any pointers on how to deal with Mephita?
Lucia: Nope. I haven't been in Derrick's room since that fiasco.
Lucia: You look cool!
Lucia: I kinda want one too.
Lucia: I'm curious to see what you're going to do next.
Emily: Well, I'm not quite sure yet.
Lucia: Ira, what do you think about a gas mask?
Ira: I think it's already on your face. ouo
Emily: This will do.
Reggie: Good job there, Emily.
Reggie: Let me have a look-see.
Reggie: Hm. You've drawn a GAS MASK. It prevents ailments that inflict poison from being breathed in.
Reggie: That's all.
Emily: It will do perfectly then.
You get started on drawing. You quickly sketch out a design of a gas mask, not too shabby!
Narren: Impressive. The priestess is quite the artist.
Lucia: Oh, Nice!
Lucia hands you 1 CREATION FRAGMENT.
Emily: Thank you..!
Lucia: Here, let's see what you can do.
Emily: Hi Lucia. I was wondering if you'd help me with something?
Lucia: What is it?
Emily: I'm trying to cleanse Derrick's house from poisonous gas.
Emily: And I need "creation stone" to make a gas mask.
Emily: I saw Derrick make a gun with it, so it shouldn't be too hard.
Emily: Reggie says you can help?
Lucia: Sure. I collected a shit ton actually.
Lucia: I can't tell you where they are though, it's a secret.
Lucia: But here. You can have this one that I just happen to have on me.
You exit the fort from the small gap on the wall and emerge from underneath a bed!
Lucia: Oh..! It's you.
Ruu-Andaros: -sniff sniff-
Ruu-Andaros: ...Ruu nose says..
Ruu-Andaros: You are saint of this land!
Ruu-Andaros: Ruu loves your smell!!
Ruu-Andaros: Ruu is looking for adventures. Went off with friends, but short lived.
Ruu-Andaros: Ruu was told skies have fierce flame mouth dragons.
Ruu-Andaros: Ruu know better than to tussle with foreign beasts of sky.
Ruu-Andaros: If want, stop by Ruu home.
Ruu-Andaros: Bring shiny item and Ruu offer deal. Okay?
Ruu-Andaros: Ruu also warn about stinky gas in Derrick house.
Emily: Ahh yes. I'm working on that now.
Ruu-Andaros: So nice!! Ruu asks for sweet smelling girl's name??
Emily: I'm Emily.
Ruu-Andaros: Ruu will remember this.
Ruu-Andaros: In meantime, Ruu will laze about.
Ruu-Andaros: So bored with no friend, Derrick.
Emily: See you later...
Emily: Oh hello.
Reggie: That's Ruu, she lives in that other room.
Emily: ... One of the reapers told me about her.
Reggie: Just go through this door here.
Reggie: But for the record, are you "Busy"?
Piper: Yes. We are "Busy".
Reggie: I wasn't able to before, because of the way things played out.
Reggie: But now that you're here, things are definitely going to be wrapped up.
Reggie: Don't worry about a thing.
Emily: Do you know where I can find Lucia in here, Reggie?
Emily: I'm not used to this place yet...
Reggie: Sure! I'll come with.
Reggie: Just head down that hatch, and I'll tell ya which door to pick.
Emily: Oh.. Hello again, Bambino.
Reggie: You're the kid from before, Emily right?
Reggie: Welcome back.
Bambino: Who is on your head?
Emily: This is Piper. Say hi, Piper.
Reggie: Well isn't that special. Now you'll be taking names and numbers with your ultimate powers.
Reggie: I'm just messing with you, you don't have anything like that.
Reggie: Or do you?? =v=
Reggie: Up to you.
Emily: I'm uh... I'm here to clean up the gas.
Reggie: Really?? Oh boy!
Reggie: I was worried Derrick was going to wake up to it.
Reggie: Wouldn't that have been a disaster, huh?
Emily: ...... Any ideas?
Reggie: Well, the green girl is still farting up the place in there.
Reggie: Maybe you could, I don't know, talk to her?
Reggie: You may want some sort of breathing apparatus.
Reggie: Goth chick is good at getting creation stone. Ask her.
Emily: Uhm... Is that Lucia?
Reggie: Also, Keep up the good work, kid. eve
"Emily: Go upstairs"
You come upstairs and come across Bambino and Reggie.
Emily: Here again...?
Piper: Hmm, seems something has been living here.
Piper: There are a few ways we can go.
Inside the pantry, you find a two small boxes with a cloth over it, you think you'll enter to escape the poisonous gas.
"Emily: RUUUUUN into the kitchen, there's a fort past the door in there. If something goes wrong, run out of the house"
You dash towards he kitchen. You and Piper succumb to 15 damage!
You enter Derrick's house. You cover your breathing passages to prevent much poison gas from entering your system, Piper does the same. Though it does not prevent it.
You are stricken by toxic sickness and will lose 15HP periodically.
You enter Derrick's house bubble and find yourself in front of it. The green mist is from Mephita you remember. She was wheezing and you and the others had to escape. You're not quite sure how to get rid of this safely...
Piper: Eww... Well we're going to have to make this area clean again.
Piper: Hope you brought your gas mask.
Emily: ... I have not.
Piper: ... We'll think of something.
Piper: Where to?
Emily: You wanna explain that?
Piper: Relax! I knew exactly what I was doing.
Piper: Besides I found two more souls that Uilos guy left back there.
Piper: It seems you were able to restore his ugly mug to nothing but handsome.
Piper: And if I think he's handsome, that means you--
Emily: Alright..! Okay, I understand...
Piper: Formally, that thing you did is called Redemption. It reverts monsters back into their human states. Only with their permission can it work though.
Emily: I see...
Piper: Also, it only works on certain monsters, else it will lapse into another skill called Exorcism, which is the same skill, except instead of reverting them to normal, you release them from this world.
Emily: You mean, killing them?
Piper: No, no! This is more up your alley. It's a painless defeat, something they have to give you permission for. You get a soul out of the deal as well.
Emily: Hmm... Painless? So, no fighting?
Piper: Not even a little.
Emily: I like that...
Piper: Though you may not be able to do it whenever, because these memories are all jumbled up. You'll know for sure when we get outta this dump.
Piper: And speaking of getting out, look what has arrived.
Uilos: What's your--!!
Emily: Piper, wait I said!! Stop rolling!
Uilos: W-wait, miss!
Suddenly Uilos' darkened skins and leafy hair flakes off like wood shavings, as if becoming anew.
Uilos: I'm... Me again..??
Emily: What is that pangolin doing...??
You place your hand on Uilos' forehead. You're not sure what you're going to do but you imagine all the times you've been given a second chance. It feels good to you, and brings a smile to your face. You notice Uilos shedding tears of blood.
Piper: Vroom vroom!!
Uilos: You're... Not afraid..?
Emily: Of course not.
Uilos: I've killed... everything...
Uilos: All dead... Because of me.. I...
Uilos: I don't deserve to live...
Uilos: Kill me, if you can't... I'll keep--
Emily: Shhh... it's okay.
Emily: I believe in second chances.
Emily: You've lost your way, and ended many lives here.
Emily: With your permission, I'd like to know.
Emily: Would you like to start again?
"Emily: Deep down, this is still the nice boy you met minutes ago. Lay a healing hand on him"
Emily: Oh! (Wait a second...)
Emily: (Lucia mentioned this to me... Am I... The one who helps him?)
Emily: (I... I must try... Piper doesn't think so but... I do!)
Emily: ...Uilos... You're in pain, right?
Emily: It's okay. I... I can help you.
You run into Uilos, though he looks a bit strange...
Emily: Uhm... Uilos?
Emily: Have you seen Piper, she took off and...
Emily: Uhh.. Heh...
Emily: Are you okay?
"Emily: Tell piper to be careful: A powerful monster must have been around to leave all these souls"
You chase after Piper, but lose sight of her.
Emily: Piper, I said wait..!
Piper: Hey, maybe there's souls scattered about in this memory!
Emily: Hold on, Piper. Wait up...
Piper gathers and absorbs 3 SOULS. Piper has leveled up!
Str: 75 + 8
Int: 30 + 6
Dex: 40 + 6
Vit: 100 + 10
Piper earned lovely kisses! Piper can extend out her tongue in the form of a heart that fully heals anyone whose head she's on.
You enter the Ancient woods bubble. You are surrounded by 3 floating SOULS. What happened here?
Piper: OH, SWEET!
Piper: Free levels!
Emily: Were there monsters here before?
Piper: Hey, not anymore! You must know about these then, right?
Emily: Yes... Souls from monsters make you strong.
Piper: Ahh, I get to save the explanation then too.
Three memory bubbles level with you. One appears to be the dense ancient forest in Loham. You also spy your house in this bubble. The next appears like Derrick's house, only it's clouded in a thick mist. Looks dangerous. Another is an open plane void of anything. It's almost completely white to you.
Piper: So, which one shall we jump in first?
Emily: At a point, there were strange voices being tossed around.
Emily: They all sounded stressed and panicked.
Emily: I haven't heard them again.
Piper: Just residual feedback from the dump. You had some influence in hearing that it seems.
Piper: A lot of the time you have a strong feeling of sympathy you like to use often with little thought.
Piper: It's nice to be a good friend, but bearing everyone's pains will take a toll on you.
Emily: I know this... Sometimes I can't help but care.
Piper: It's okay!! It's one of your strengths. You'll see.
Piper: You may hear weird things from time to time, you never know.
Piper: Ahh! Here come some more memory bubbles.
You return to the deep blue thought ocean.
Piper: Well, here we are.
You get up from the group and take a few steps over, suddenly you feel a pull coming over you.
Emily: I can feel it coming this time, Piper.
Piper: Yeah, you're getting a bit more perception to it, it seems.
Piper: Let's get to work.
Lexii: Kalem! I've missed you!!
Kalem: Hey there, Lexii.
Garreth: Emily, It's good you're here. I have something for you.
Emily: What is it?
Garreth: ... Well. I had something for you. It's very important.
Garreth: You mind staying a bit? We can get it together.
Emily: ... I uh...
Piper: We can't stay. Sorry.
Piper: Thing is... Well. I don't think you guys will understand.
Piper: Best to leave this to us.
Lucia: What are you talking about?
Piper: There is no way to explain it without sounding crazy.
Garreth: At the very least, how about an introduction?
Piper: Oh! I'm Piper!
Garreth: Hello, Piper. I'm Garreth. The fairy on my head is Tinkerskull, or Skully for short.
Lexii: I'm Lexii, and the robot here is Hermes.
Piper: Well it's nice to meet the four of you.
Lexii: How long can you stay with us?
Emily: I'm not sure... Piper knows a bit more than I do.
Piper: Well, it's hard to say.
Piper: There isn't much time usually after completing goals here.
Piper: I'm sure we'll meet again though!
Uilos: It's too bad, I have enough creation fragments to draw you a swimsuit.
Uilos: Maybe next time, then.
Uilos: Huh... You're strikingly familiar. But come! Join us anyways.
Emily: Oh... Alright.
Emily: I've come just to return Kalem though...
Lucia: Can't you stay?
Emily: Well, I..
Piper: Most likely not guys.
Lexii: WELCOME BACK, LUCIA!
Lucia: Hey guys!
Lucia: Okay, so a monster named Zendo is sort of... wandering around Loham now.
Lucia: He came with Emily, just wanted to let you know in case you saw anyone up and about.
Uilos: Oh! You must be--
Uilos: It... Can't be...
Lucia: Oh shit, my bad...
Lucia: I thought you were having fun, you were raving and screaming down there.
Emily: I... wanted you... to...
Piper: Are you okay, Emily?
Piper: I dunno about you, but I thought that was rad as heck.
Lucia: Well, I'm glad someone liked it. You're welcome, Piper.
Uilos: Oh, so that's what that was!
Emily: NOT OKAAAYY!!!
Emily: L-LUCIA..!! SLOW DOWN..!!
Piper: HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME!
Lucia: WHAT? YOU WANT TO GO FASTER?? OKAY!
Lucia: Zendo handing out gratitude?
Lucia: This is definitely a dream.
Emily: Well, kindness goes a long way. I want to find Lexii.
Emily: Do you know where she is?
Lucia: Sure do, she, Garreth and I were having fun on the beach over there.
Lucia: Hermes called me over and said Bambino wanted to see me, so I had to duck out a bit early.
Lucia: How about I ferry you across? Uilos built this rad boat and we roleplayed on it together. I was Madam Morris, heiress to a gajillionaire.
Emily: Sounds fun! Though...
Emily: Who is Uilos?
Lucia: He's this cool kid that lives here. He used to be a guardian!
Lucia: Yeah, he went a little looney and killed his friends, and Kalem demoted him.
Lucia: He turned into a monster and then a girl came out of nowhere and reverted him back to normal.
Lucia: He's been living here since then.
Piper: Ohhhh~ What lovely information.
Piper: We should take a gander at this "Uilos" boy.
Lucia: Sure, I brought the boat back, just in case, so hop in and I'll take you over.
"Emily: Ask Piper whether you would be able to somehow mend Zendo's body. He looks to be in constant pain"
Emily: Piper, I'd like to help Zendo heal his wounds, is there any way I can do that?
Piper: I suppose. Maybe down the line you'll be able to purify their icky mugs so they're good as new.
Piper: You're still a rookie in this memory. So best not to back that horse.
Zendo: Child, what is your name?
Emily: I'm Emily, and the pangolin is Piper.
Zendo: I see. Emily.
Zendo: You have done me a great service. I wish to explore this realm.
Zendo: I've... never known such kindness.
Zendo: At least, after the endless night.
Zendo: Should I require your aid, I'll be sure to seek you out again.
Emily: Oh.. uh... But...
Emily: Okay... Bye.
Zendo wanders off.
Emily: Oh... Where is Bambino?
Ira: Interesting! We're all on ground level now!
Ira: A collective jump through the darkness... This will come in handy with my mirror.
Emily: OWW! W-what was that for...??
Emily: Okay, so what's the surpri--
Emily: And yours, Lucia?
Emily: Hand please, Zendo?
Emily: How are we gunna get down, Bambino?
Bambino: It's a surprise.
Bambino: First, join hands.
Zendo: Magnificent. A light.
Zendo: With this realm's light being somber, the constrast here is inviting.
Zendo: I'd like to go there.
Emily: Sure! Come on in.
ToTG: Best wishes, Zendo.
Ira: Here, I will get this gate open. ouo
Ira: Ms. Lucia...
Ira: I understand you're still cautious due to Zendo's past behavior...
Ira: Though, he still has no ill intentions whatsoever.
Ira: Maybe you should consider giving him another chance as well.
Lucia: Meh, whatever. Fine fine.
Lucia: I'd like to see him try anything without his boomerang sword though.
Zendo: My what?
Lucia: Oh? You lost that huh. Good.
ToTG: If I may interject...
ToTG: This monster has reigned this region the longest, keeping it barren.
ToTG: Do you wish to be associated with it?
Emily: Yes! He's with me!
Lucia: ....Yeah, don't kill him or anything.
ToTG: ...As you wish. I will refrain from starting trials for now.
Zendo: Thank you.
Emily: You're welcome..!
While entering the trail of tragedy outpost you come across Bambino and Lucia!
Lucia: Emily? What are you doing here?
Lucia: And why'd you bring him?!
Emily: I'm taking Kalem to Lexii.
Emily: I bumped into... Zendo?
Emily: Er... I bumped into him, and he wanted to tag along.
Lucia: What if he... (What if he remembers??)
Emily: ... Well, why not be nice to him for a change? Things don't have to stay the same.
Kalem: See? What did I tell ya. Grade "A" guardian right here.
Lucia: Well, you're on level 2 right now. How are you gunna get down?
Bambino: I can help with that.
Bambino: The reason I brought you here Lucia, is to help open the gate.
Bambino: Emily won't be able to on her own.
Piper: And how did you know she'd be here?
Bambino: I know when I'm needed.
Bambino: Though how rude of us. We have not introduced ourselves to the young guardian's conjuration.
Bambino: I am Bambino.
Ira: I'm Ira.
Piper: ...Oooh!! I'm Piper! Hello hello!
Lucia: Okay, so what did you want that's way out here, Bambino?
Bambino: I know when I'm needed.
You continue on your way with Zendo a foot behind you. Although he's attempted to harm you in the past, knowing he has forgotten everything about himself you still feel a little uneasy.
Kalem: Yes, ma'am.
Piper: ...Ew, don't call her ma'am!
Piper: Ms. Reed if you want to be polite!
Emily: I'm fine with just Emily... Actually.
Kalem: Whatever, what is it? What do you want?
Emily: You died in the hole back there, how did you get out?
Kalem: I didn't.
Kalem: When I came to, I was right outside of it.
Kalem: Normally if you die from some great fall, or say in a pit of lava. You don't perpetually spawn in the hole or the pit of lava.
Kalem: Could you imagine waking up only to die in a lava bath forever?
Piper: Sounds like hell.
Kalem: Exactly. Best not to question it.
Emily: I see...
Emily: We're almost there.
Emily: Yeah... You can come along.
Emily: ... And don't worry about before... When you almost...
Emily: Never mind. There's a gate up ahead.
Emily: You may find a change of pace in Loham.
Zendo: I look forward to it.
Suddenly, Zendo appears!
Zendo: Hush, child.
Zendo: I mean to ask you aid.
Zendo: Since the endless night, I've been... Empty. I know nothing, not what to do with myself. I've been wandering aimlessly.
Zendo: Since those other children left, I have not seen anyone here.
Zendo: Allow me to accompany you. If only to see anything else than this dreary place.
Kalem: Ugh... Now what?
Piper: Well, what do you think Emily?
You offer to put Kalem in your pocket, but he violently refuses. So instead you position him on your head.
Kalem: I should also let you know that Zendo wandered into this level as well.
Kalem: So be on the lookout...
Kalem: Oh thank you. You finally showed up.
Kalem: Thought I'd have to be co-attendant of this realm with the bird.
Kalem: Oh, I see you got your conjuration! Good for you kid.
Kalem: Now you'll be able to do priestess things.
Kalem: What's your name?
Piper: I'm Piper! Hiya.
Kalem: Well then, I'm Kalem. Attendant to Loham.
Piper: Attendant? Aren't you a bit lost...?
Kalem: Yes, I died here, sadly. Do you know if Lexii is okay?
Emily: Yes, she's okay. She visited me in the hospital today.
Kalem: Oh, that's good.
Emily: It's... Kalem!
Piper: He needs help. Jump in!
Emily: What am I suppose to be doing with these??
Piper: ...Hmm... Well I guess for now you're kind of on garbage clean up.
Piper: Fix things. Help people. That sort of thing.
Piper: If you fix enough things in here, maybe something good will happen!
Emily: Something... Good?
Piper: You may already know this. But this place isn't the only reason why you're special.
Piper: You think outside the box!
Piper: You can do...
Emily: Anything I imagine...
Piper: Ha! Birds of a feather, we are!
Piper: Here comes a memory bubble. Get ready.
You step out of your bedroom and immediately become engulfed in the ocean!
Emily: AHH! I...
Emily: I'm... here again?
Piper: Toooold you!
Piper: See, you have boundaries when entering memory bubbles.
Piper: If you don't have a specific goal, then there are none. But if you do, then completing that goal and moving a bit away will toss you head first back into the ocean!
"Emily: Do you think you should check your house? With all that's been going on lately it might not be a bad idea. If you wanted to check around corners from relative safety you could use a mirror, or even a part of a mirror."
Emily: Perhaps we should take a look around?
Piper: ...A look around?
Piper: Didn't you come to this memory to get me?
Emily: Huh...? Uhm...
Piper: Memory bubbles in the dump are fragments in the timeline.
Piper: You can hop inside one and be at any point in time, at whatever dream level, at whatever power level or skill level.
Piper: Bah, see for yourself.
Piper the pangolin has joined your party!
Piper has a long sticky tongue she can use for hilarious antics, and a sphere-like form when on the move. She is prickly when rubbed the wrong way, and has hard scales for natural defence. Enemies may have a hard time dealing damage to her.
Piper: Whew... I hope I didn't startle you...
Emily: I'm... okay.
Piper: I have some insight for you. Something useful as the priestess of affliction.
Piper: You know that ocean you keep waking up in? That's the "dump" of "this world".
Piper: All the painful memories and muck-ups you and your friends had while trying to save "him" have been building up in this place forming a dump.
Piper: Only you can access it. You and another person, it seems. Even now, we're in one of the garbled up memories.
Emily: Why me?
Piper: Well you deal with people's pain.
Piper: Someone needs your help, so you've been pointed in the direction that'll make you more useful.
Emily: How... do you know all this?
Piper: Because you do, silly goose!
Piper: You and I are starting to realize things aren't as they seem.
Piper: In time, when we help everyone here, you'll have to fight.
Piper: I know, I know. It's scary.
Piper: But with me, you won't have to do anything.
Piper: Think of me as... A friend, a bodyguard and a great big piece of you.
Piper: So, what do you think?
Emily: I think... You're quite peculiar.
Piper: Ha, well fine by me. I hope you don't mind if my peculiarity tags along with you?
Emily: Oh, sure!
Piper: I like that name! Make way!
Suddenly it awakens right before your eyes! You are a bit taken back by it.
Emily: Oh..! Hello!
Emily: Uhm, okay. Well...
Emily: Oh, right! Do you want a name?
Emily: .... Okay, then... How about...
You take a moment to gaze into the eyes of your pangolin plushie. What a great idea it was to get plushies in your tween years. You've gotten a lot of use out of it too.
"Emily: What's on the tube?"
You turn on your TV. Nothing but static. Though its not surprising because you don't have cable.
You briefly reflect on your current state in reality... Though it doesn't really matter. As you've been able to retain much of what you've dreamt about and talking with Lucas, Lexii and Garry about it proves it. Whether awake or asleep, you'll always be dreaming. Not to mention you are supposed to be sleeping in a hospital bed right now, and not at home. You still haven't gotten control over the "thought ocean" you keep popping up in.
You also have a kingdom hearts poster and a motivational keep calm and paint happy trees poster. You are pretty good at painting. You don't do it often, but when you do, it's always wall worthy. You've sold your past works for some money a while back. You also like RPG and rhythm games too.
"Emily: Examine posters"
You have a poster of deadmau5 and audio surf. You have a strong passion for music and you like it loud. As a pastime, you started learning how to craft beats on your computer, you're still a rookie though.
Emily: ...... I made it...
Emily: What's going to happen this time...
You have just entered another weird bubble in what you are going to call "Thought Ocean". You saw your bedroom and instinctively moved towards it.
You are now Emily fast asleep, or at least it seems.
Lucas: Nice room!
Alice: So... Who's that on your head?
Azriel: Ahh, allow me to introduce myself.
Azriel: I am Azriel the wraith. It's a pleasure.
Alice: Hey there. I'm Alice. And the cat is DT.
DT: Hello. owo
Alice: I've been talking with Bane about my land and stuff...
Alice: I've been in my house pretty much every night since the sleepover.
Alice: I'd visit Derrick, but I wanna give him some space. Let him self search for a bit.
Alice: It's just been Bane and the cats here, so I must say it's nice to see a person around here.
Alice: Sure. DT tells me you're my knight and you'll protect me.
Lucas: Yeah! I'll definitely protect you from anything that tries to bring you harm!
Alice: You're quite zealous. I like that.
Alice: It's nice to know someone is on my side for once...
Lucas: You can count on me!
Alice: Okay, I'll remember that.
Alice: Well, my house is pretty humble. Not much going on.
Alice: I've been down the mountain a little bit, but I don't like it here. I like to just hang out with the cats until I wake up.
Alice: I mean, who says I have to go outside or something, right?
Alice: Guess we can add two more to the circle.
You look to Bane to ask him for help, but he instinctively heals you before you say anything.
DT: Hey there, have a rough time getting up here I take it?
Lucas: Something like that... I still need a bit more rest though.
Alice: Here, come into my room.
You step into Alice's home and find her talking with Bane. Just the sight of her feels healing to you.
Alice: Oh, hey Lucas.
Alice: ...Did you climb all the way up here?
Alice: I live on the top of a mountain you know. Wow.
Lucas: No.... big deal...
Alice: If you say so.
Alice: I've just been having a chat with this guy. He says his name is Bane.
Lucas: Y-yes... We did it...
Azriel: Now, this has to help your mood tremendously.
Lucas: You can bet on that.
You successfully scale Star-top mountain. Alice isn't much farther.
Azriel: What happened?
Lucas: That weird lantern grabbed me, and you disappeared. Must have took me deeper into the darkness...
Lucas: It'll probably be coming back, so let's climb this shit.
Lucas: COUGH COUGH...!!! AUGGHH...
Lucas: H-holy.. shit.
Lucas: Azriel, we need to hurry now..!
"Lucas: You must be on a different dream level! Slice the air in front of you, and say "Who knows, I did take a baseball bat with me." as soon as you can"
You are unable to use your weapons or items, since you're in a dire situation at the moment, but maybe you can give yourself enough leeway to say something..!
Lucas: Who knows... I did.. T-take a.. Baseball... bat with... M-
"Lucas: Say hi to lamp"
You thought of saying something to the lantern but you are immediately flung up into the air! Your throat is being squeezed but you have a little bit of a handle on it, you have no idea what has grabbed you. You suffer 25 damage.
You take a look around and quickly find the lantern is floating behind you...
Lucas: Azriel, you got my back on this? Not sure I'll be able to handle this myself.
Azriel is gone! What will you do??
You attempt to nudge the lantern as it seems suspicious. But it disappears before your eyes! Weird...
You reached a rope made out of hair. This will be your ticket up Star-top mountain. Though there is something of interest at its base.
Azriel: Lucas, take a look at that.
Lucas: It appears like an broken old lantern or something.
Azriel: Light sourcing is not needed with my aid. But perhaps the object itself can have some other use?
Lucas: Who knows, I did take a baseball bat with me.
You venture though Star-top woods, its flora consists of warped body parts and split ended hairs growing out of the ground as if you were a bug on something's skin.
Lucas: The higher we go, the less likely we'll see monsters, since it's hard to get up here.
Lucas: We'll be in the clear soon enough.
Lucas: We just need to pass through the creepy hand forest next.
Azriel: I see.
Lucas: Then we climb up the mountain side and we're home free.
"Lucas: Examine the needle"
You examine the needle on the ground. There is nothing peculiar about it other than that it's a weird place for a needle to be.
Lucas: Not sure why there's a needle here, but whatever.
You next examine the sign. It's a warning about the steep cliff you just climbed, a drop from here would definitely be fatal. It's a rather nice gesture for somebody to leave a warning here.
Lucas: Well that's one steep climb, there's a few more we have to get through.
Lucas: A quick breather will do some good.
Azriel: Sounds good to me.
Lucas: I don't normally do this... But how about a chat? Since we're just sitting here doing nothing.
Azriel: ... A Chat? Why?
Lucas: I don't know honestly. You just seem like a cool little guy.
Lucas: Plus knowing me err... knowing you, you're a clever sarcastic joker... Like me.
Azriel: I suppose I have some things worth mentioning.
Azriel: My nature is not quite what you were expecting however.
Azriel: Upon awakening, I had an incredible weight on me.
Azriel: It's not easy to explain, it was akin to a giant block of dirt. I felt forced to be... Blunt... Or "sad". I do not feel happiness. If that is such a thing.
Azriel: I only feel a desire to protect against any odds, and the will to serve.
Azriel: What could this mean?
Lucas: ...... Dunno.
Azriel: Lucas, you are quite easy to see through. Do not forget my lineage.
Azriel: My perception is equal to your own, I simply "read the mood" if I sense you don't want to talk about a topic, I will drop it temporarily. A clause to reopen the topic would be a decline in spirits, or reckless behaviour.
Azriel: Otherwise, I respect your wishes to cease conversation.
Lucas: Well... Do you know who Alice Willford is?
Azriel: Of course.
Lucas: What do you think about her?
Azriel: .... Permission to speak freely?
Azriel: I think she is a lost cause.
Azriel: You have an unrealistically high affinity to her.
Azriel: Because of this my need to protect extends to her by default.
Azriel: I pray there is never a situation where I must choose between the two of you.
Azriel: Though my complete allegiance is with you unconditionally, you hold her life above your own.
Azriel: I'm not sure what to make of that.
Lucas: Me neither.
Lucas: I can't help myself. But without me, she doesn't have anyone who really gives a shit.
Lucas: Derrick is going to do something to her this time around.
Lucas: I just know it.
Lucas: And she will snap.
Lucas: I have to be there for her.
Azriel: Why will she snap?
Azriel: She's mentally ill?
Lucas: She's just been stressed out with the whole construct shit.
Lucas: She made it to save her brother, I don't think she'll handle it well if she's rejected.
Azriel: A relationship between brother and sister is platonic. Why is there a need for rejection?
Lucas: ..... Never mind. Let's continue.
Azriel: Alright then, Lucas.
And... You safely make it up. You collapse from exhaustion, and Azriel does too for some reason.
Lucas: Huff... Why... Are you tired..?
Azriel: I am not. I'm mimicking your behaviour to show my sympathy.
Azriel: Don't you feel better thinking we're both tired?
Lucas: ....Yes. I do actually haha.
Lucas: Clever bastard.
You climb the steep mountain side as carefully as you can.
Lucas: Shit, there's broken glass all over the place.
Azriel: Yes, but the concern is useless if you do not fall while scaling this steep mountain of loose soil.
Azriel: Simply put: Don't fall down.
Lucas: Gee, thanks. Easy for you to say, you can fly!
Azriel: Your concerns shrink at astounding speeds. Now you only have to be concerned for your own safety.
Azriel: How lucky.
Azriel: Meanwhile I'm fraught with despair at the thought of you being punctured to death upon descent.
Azriel: I may not appear as such, but I am quite worried for your safety. Just heed my advice.
Lucas: Yeah, yeah...
You climb out of the roses to get a bit more height on a nearby rock. Azriel's light gives better vision of what lies ahead.
Lucas: We're close, just gotta watch our asses here.
Azriel: Speak for yourself Lucas, I'm always cautious.
Azriel: I should also remind you that the insect I've dispatched has left you with some injuries.
Azriel: Any encounters faced before reaching our destinations should be abandoned.
Azriel: Lest you meet a swift demise.
Azriel: Though to be honest, I would prevent that from happening anyways.
Azriel: So worry not.
Lucas: You and me are going to do well, Azriel.
Lucas: I like your style.
You come across the edge of the blood drop roses and find a steep sandy deposit hidden in the shade of darkness.
Azriel: I have gained a power that will be of great use to you.
Azriel: Yes. When in battle you'll see its effects. But in the meantime, let us continue.
Azriel the Wraith has leveled up!
Str: 100 + 4
Int: 25 + 3
Dex: 40 + 3
Vit:135 + 5
Azriel earned wraith ward! Azriel can spawn blades made of wraith-fire for Lucas while unarmed. If Lucas has a weapon that deals fire damage, it's replaced with wraith-fire and gains a damage boost as a result. Azriel also spawns wraith-fire to Lucas' aid when physically struck to prevent any damage to him!
Renaldo has been defeated. 1 SOUL is available.
Azriel: This will do nicely.
Azriel ignites Renaldo for 104 damage with a wraith-fire finish!
Renaldo: DAMN YOU..!
Renaldo swings at Lucas for 70 damage!
"Lucas: Finish him"
Lucas: Go for it, Azriel.
Lucas strikes Renaldo for 50 damage!
Renaldo: This... was not how this was suppose to go...
Lucas: I gave you a chance to piss off, man.
Renaldo: I know, but... I got agitated too easily...
Lucas: I don't care.
Renaldo: It was an honest mistake... Let me leave with my life... Please.
Lucas: You were going to attack me anyways, I don't see the point now.
Azriel: Give the order, Lucas.
Renaldo: N-no, wait...
Lucas strikes Renaldo for 48 damage!
Azriel: Taste wraith-fire, you insect!
Lucas: Do you honestly think you can take me down? I gave you a chance.
Lucas: Now you die.
Azriel blasts Renaldo with wraith-fire for 102 damage!
???: YOU INSOLENT FUCK, I WILL RIP YOUR ENTRAILS OUT AND DECORATE YOU WITH THEM!!!
Renaldo: I RENALDO, WILL NOT SPEND ANOTHER MOMENT MORE HEARING YOUR SLANDER IN THIS HELLHOLE, THIS SHIT ENDS HERE!!!
Azriel: How dare you strike Lucas, fiend!
Renaldo has struck you for 75 damage!
Lucas: .... Heh.
???: What's funny..?
Lucas: You. I mean come on!
Lucas: "Oh, let me acompany you, we'll be friends!"
Lucas: Is that supposed to be you being serious? Look around!
Lucas: You're a snivelling worm. A parasite. You need stronger creatures around you to give you some sense of security.
Lucas: Well news flash for ya, This is LOCAD. Land of no one gives a shit about you.
Lucas: Did I pinch the weakling's nerve? Did you think I'd be an easy target?? Ha!
Lucas: How are you still alive, anyway?
Lucas: Hold it, buddy.
Azriel: Lucas has spoken. Halt, lost one.
Lucas: I'm just going to move on past you.
Lucas: I'm not trying to start shit.
???: You must be the little one who lives in that house over there.
???: Perhaps I may... Defend it for you?
???: While you're off, doing little one things?
Lucas: W-what? No man.
???: Ahh... My form is scary... you must think I'm a bad one.
???: I can assure you, I am trustworthy! I haven't talked to anything since I ended up in this wicked place...
???: At least let me keep you company...?
A tall figure stands before you, it stares intently.
Azriel: What should we do?
"Lucas: Scout for danger"
You decide to look around for something dangerous.
Azriel: Hey look, there is something there.
Lucas: I see it.
You enter the blood drop meadows of Locad. Hopefully nothing too powerful is out and about.
Goryuk: I suppose now would be a good time... To ask for your name?
Lucas: I'm Lucas.
Goryuk: Ahh... Lucas.
Goryuk: Thanks for this...
Lucas: Yeah, don't get killed or something crazy while you're here.
You head over to the door to make your way out into the outside world, though Goryuk catches you.
Goryuk: Heading out...?
Lucas: Feeling better?
Azriel: Most definitely.
Azriel: Please, let us continue.
You open the box. You retrieve two stuffed toys buried under packaging peanuts. Perhaps a gift from your father?
Azriel: Toys. Does this please you?
Azriel: Tsk, a failed attempt at livening up your spirits.
Azriel: I suppose the face of the woman who pains you will bring the most relief.
Lucas: Yeah. I really want to see her.
Azriel: The right toy seems odd.
Lucas: How so?
Azriel: I don't know, it's like it embodies anxiety.
Azriel: I'd like to see this one returned to the box.
Lucas: Haha, okay. Will do. The android plush is cute though. I'll keep this in my room when I wake up.
Azriel: Hey, what do you suppose is in there?
Lucas: Oh. Not sure. This was the box I was planning on using to make my fort.
Lucas: Didn't feel like it though, haven't felt like much of anything lately.
Azriel: You seem depressed.
Lucas: Yeah, Or lovesick.
Azriel: ... So that's the word for this feeling.
Azriel: Love sickness.
Azriel: Perhaps the contents of this box will serve to relieve this illness that troubles you so.
Lucas: Who knows?
Something about Goryuk has you feeling a bit nervous...
Azriel: Is something wrong, Lucas?
Lucas: Goryuk is definitely a weirdo.
Lucas: He doesn't seem too keen on cracking me open like an egg, though.
Lucas: I think that's what's so strange about him.
Azriel: Maybe he's different.
Lucas: Okay there, "different" Whatever that means.
Goryuk: I investigated... this hall as well...
Goryuk: This door... is secured...
Goryuk: If you'd like... I will "open it" for you...
Goryuk: Out of respect... I have yet to do so... Without your permission...
Goryuk: Seeing as how... this is your home...
Lucas: Haha, that's cool. I can worry about it later.
Goryuk: As you wish...
Lucas: On a side note, have you seen anyone else who looks like me?
Goryuk: No... You are the first... little one I've seen...
Lucas: Okay, well if you ever--
Goryuk: Well, maybe not the... "First"...
Goryuk: There are all kinds of "children" Taking strolls... Outside...
Goryuk: But they are... traps...
Goryuk: I've seen them... do strange things... to others... Like me...
Goryuk: But you have not done... anything.
Goryuk: ...So I suppose... You are the first... in that regard...
Lucas: Oh.. okay.
Lucas: Well if you see any others like ME.
Lucas: Then try and respect them too.
Lucas: They're friends of mine.
Lucas: Yes. And hurting them is like hurting me.
Goryuk: Do you think... I would hurt anyone...?
Lucas: Well I dunno, maybe?
Goryuk: ...I suppose caution... will be an ally... in this land...
Lucas: Damn straight, Goryuk.
Lucas: Anyways, keep up... whatever it is you do.
You head to your Dad's bedroom. You jiggle the doorknob but it doesn't open. Seems it's locked.
Lucas: Well, that's that I suppose.
Lucas: I'll have to get the key off him when I get a chance.
Goryuk: Having... trouble?
"Lucas: go check dream dad's room for useful loot, take a chance to warn Goryuk against attacking fellow dreamers"
Lucas: Hmm, let's see what's in Dad's room.
Lucas: I don't think it will come to it, but just in case, might as well warn Goryuk about the others.
Lucas: My friends. They're out and about probably.
Lucas: Just better to be safe, than sorry.
Azriel: I agree.
You decide to check your computer to see if anyone is dreaming and having fun without you.
The only person online right now is Lexii.
--erroneousExorcist[EE] -- began pestering transcientDesire[TD] --
EE: Hey Lexii.
TD: Lexii is busy at the moment. This is her conjuration Hermes. Can I take your message?
EE: Oh... Err..
EE: Well I wanted to let her know I got a cute conjuration
EE: she'd probably like him
EE: that's all
TD: Okay! I will let her know as soon as I can.
transcientDesire[TD] ceased pestering erroneousExorcist[EE] --
Goryuk creeps into your field of view, it almost startled you.
Goryuk: This is... wonderful.
Goryuk: Thank you again.. for taking me in.
Lucas: Yeah well, you know me.
Goryuk: Your house is... Empty.
Goryuk: There is nothing else... Hiding in the dark.
Goryuk: .... I will... Pay you back for this... Kindness...
Goryuk: Just... give me time...
Lucas: Oh no need. It's cool.
Goryuk: Please... I insist...
Lucas: Gah, whatever. I'll be in my room.
Hmm... This is Derrick's homework you forgot to bring to him. Your teacher offered to give you a bonus on your grade if you handed it in, you could have just submitted Derrick's, but you honestly forgot.
You store BASEBALL BAT in your inventory.
Azriel: How are you feeling, Lucas?
Lucas: I'm fine.
Azriel: You don't seem fine.
Lucas: Don't worry about me, alright?
Azriel: ... For now, I suppose.
You decide to take the baseball bat along with you.
"Lucas: Examine photos on the wall"
You take a look at your family photos hung up on the wall. You feel nothing, since these people are not your parents.
"Lucas: Examine the map"
You set up the map Lexii had sent you. Plenty of horrible things that can go wrong are the low landed areas, which you happen to be located in. It may be difficult getting up to Alice this time around.
Lucas: We're in blood drop meadows. It's not written on the map though.
Lucas: It's sort of nice I guess. But there are creepy things we best steer clear of that walk about the flowers.
Hey Lucas! I found out you ended up in the construct since close to the beginning! I was looking all over for you... You don't have to push yourself with this much longer, I'm sure you've seen your fair share of horrors, but things will be wrapped up soon enough. Nightmare helped me draw a map of Locad, thought you might want to have some kind of point of reference. See you soon!
Hm... You don't really need this since you've been around Locad hundreds of times by now, but you suppose it could help keep things extra fresh in your head.
You enter your living room and through the darkness you spy something interesting in front of your door.
Lucas: Hey, I like that. Pretty cool.
Azriel: Thank you. This formation should discourage any wandering souls.
Azriel: Should anything trespass into our quarters, their searing flesh with scorch the skies.
Lucas: You are just so eager, aren't you?
Azriel: I try.
Azriel floats over you and puts your door ablaze.
Azriel: How merciful of you, Lucas.
Lucas: Well, that thing's on a short leash. Plus, I'm not looking to get killed.
Azriel: I see.
Lucas: The way he was speaking, there may be some craziness outside.
Lucas: It could mean trouble.
Azriel: I eviscerate trouble.
Lucas: Okay there little guy, relax.
Lucas: How about we focus on defending ourselves for now.
Azriel: I can do that.
"Lucas: I suppose"
Lucas: Fine, you can stick around.
???: T... Thank you, little one.
Lucas: Just don't get too close to my space. I'm not joking.
???: It will... be done.
Lucas: Also, before you go. What's your name?
???: St... Uhh...
Goryuk: Goryuk, I believe.
Goryuk: This place, will be good...
Goryuk: I will even... Defend it...
Goryuk: It'll be... For us... A safe place, from... them...
Lucas: Yeah, yeah. Just don't break anything.
Goryuk: S...So kind... Little one.
Goryuk: I will be... Around...
Azriel's light reveals... some strange chimeric abomination....
Lucas: ...Good God.
Azriel: I'll strike with your permission.
???: I... stumbled upon this place...
???: I thought I'd... have a look. The outside is...
???: Well... Anyways... I don't want any trouble... Please...
???: I feel... pain... My body is horrid... And... the itch... has stopped.
???: Can I stay here...? I don't have anywhere else... to call safe.
Azriel: This creature pleads mercy.
Azriel: Shall I grant it?
You step out of your room and are confronted with darkness, you have feeling something strange might be right in front of you.
Lucas: How about a little light, Azriel.
"Lucas: Suit up and head out"
You change back into your regular clothes. You don't think it would be wise running around in a tank top and boxers.
Lucas: First, being in Locad, I have to check for some monsters lurking about.
Lucas: Though, if I run into something, I'm not sure I can fight it without a weapon and all.
Azriel: .... You need me to defend you!
Azriel: I can do that. If we find anything hostile, I will do my best.
Azriel: What task is first to complete?
Lucas: Hmm... Maybe I should pay Alice a visit, and find out where Bane is kicking about.
Azriel: I see. If we're to explore, we'd do well to traverse carefully. If need be, I can glow and light your way.
Azriel: If you need defending, I will use my wraith fire on monsters. It's green like my wing flames.
Lucas: ....Those are just fairy wings.
Azriel: I'm no fairy! I am Azriel the wraith! Please do not let my appearance deceive you.
Azriel: If you really want to see my full wraith appearance, allow me to get more powerful.
Azriel: There'll be no mistaking me then.
Azriel the wraith(Not fairy) has joined your party!
Azriel is a ghastly spectre, allowing him to become intangible at will, and cause spooky phenomenons, one being able to glow eerily which may creep people out, but makes a good source of light! Azriel may now accompany you into the outside world.
Lucas: That'll be your name.
Azriel: Very well. I am Azriel the Wraith.
Azriel: Has quite a charm to it.
Lucas: Yeah, I am the best name picker.
Azriel: Lucas, allow me to join you in your endeavours. By my power I will cast hell upon your offenders, and carry you to the peak of your potential.
Lucas: ... Yeah man, welcome aboard.
Azriel: Thank you.
Lucas: Awesome, a fairy this time.
Lucas: Hey there, buddy.
Lucas: Shy huh? No worries, take some time to get over the info barf.
Lucas: Yeah, that's me.
???: Please don't mistake my appearance. I'm not a fairy.
Lucas: Okay well, what are you then?
???: A wraith.
Lucas: Ha, a wraith? Do you even know what that is?
???: A ghastly paranormal spectre. Wraiths are born from the dead and appear with an eerie glow capable of strange powers.
Lucas: So you took the "ghost vision" trait of mine a little too seriously during your spawning.
Lucas: Bah, whatever. If you want to identify as a wraith, that's your business.
???: As a wraith I need a calling, an identity.
Lucas: A name??
Lucas: Why didn't you just say so?
Lucas: Let's see...
Lucas: Oh, here's a good one.
Lucas: Your name will be...
"Lucas: Well, it seems like they got you the plushie to be your conjuration; might as well get to it"
You're no stranger to conjurations. It's always a surprise what you'll get each iteration, you try not to get too attached to them because of it.
... No rest for the wicked, you're afraid.
You turn off the lamp and get to bed, maybe this time you'll be able to get some rest.
You take a moment to reminisce about your broken glasses.
In one word you could describe what you feel as "hopeless". Since you first set eyes on the beauty that is Alice you've been lovestruck. You can't stop thinking about her, and she's all that matters to you. You could honestly say you would kill to be with her, or even die to protect her. You can't explain why you're drawn to her so strongly, but the fact remains she is all there is. In fact, you did kill for her, and you have died for her. Because these are your glasses. You had to "fit in" to help Alice's goals, and in order to do that this world's Lucas had to die. In killing him you took over his life. But the worst part is this is not the first time you've killed Lucas. You've killed him since the beginning. Endlessly it feels. Over and over you murdered him to please Alice. You've done this, and you'll keep doing it for as long as she needs. If it could mean you'd be more to her in some way. If you remember correctly, you and her are all there is within the construct.
Thinking about this is actually one of the things you're not supposed to do as it brings your actions in question. It's best to keep this in the back of your mind where it belongs, and get to sleep.
You head over to your dresser and get ready for bed, not much you feel like doing otherwise, really.
Hmm... You surprisingly liked Derrick's idea to build a fort at Lexii's sleepover, but you don't have anything to make one of your own with.
Oh, you remember seeing a box lying about the house you think... Maybe in the morning you'll think about it. You're not feeling up to it right now.
You check your pesterchum.
Hm, seems the only people online right now are Daydream, Lexii and Garreth. Daydream's status is always set to "offline" but she logs on right when you send messages. Usually with quick retorts or "blah" responses. Garreth's status is away but Lexii seems to be available. Maybe she'd be into chatting for a bit.
-- erroneousExorcist[EE] began pestering transcientDesire[TD] --
EE: Hey Lexii
EE: You must be busy change your status then >:I
-- erroneousExorcist[EE] ceased pestering transcientDesire[TD] --
Well that's a bummer.
This is your string theory board. A while back you took pictures of people and places and gathered items and notes to build a case like they do in the TV shows. Lately you haven't done anything that fun in a while. The brown box on your dresser contains the game chess. You often play by yourself to keep your wits sharp. It's been a while since you touched it.
You hate to say it, but life really sucks. You can't remember the last time you were generally happy about anything. But there are options, none of which could help you immediately other than crashing for the night.
You are now Lucas shortly after returning home. What will you do?
Tinkerskull: I'll get on that, in a sec. but first how about a little conjuration conversation.
Hermes: Oh, I like that. Maybe Call it "conjursation" For short.
Tinkerskull: Hey, that's pretty clever!! Though, how are you feeling? Since the whole thing that went down with Lexii?
Hermes: .... I'm doing satisfactory. I'm still a bit unsettled by it though.
Tinkerskull: Well, from what she was saying, you had been hurt by Garry. Do you feel like he has hurt you?
Hermes: Not intentionally. Lexii is very troubled when it comes to the people she has an interest in.
Hermes: From the events that took place soon after, you can rest easy knowing we are currently mentally sound and comfortable.
Tinkerskull: Oh I see...
Tinkerskull: Well, can you keep a secret?
Hermes: I could attempt to, I'm positive.
Tinkerskull: Well... I heard from Garry that he has "strong feelings" towards Lexii!
Tinkerskull: Isn't that exciting?!
Hermes: ... But that means... They're both interested in each other?
Tinkerskull: I guess so!
Hermes: This would make Lexii very happy to know that.
Tinkerskull: It would but you CAN'T tell her!
Tinkerskull: Garry has seen lots of things... And he can't be distracted right now.
Tinkerskull: When things are able to subside, maybe we can work together on that.
Tinkerskull: But for now, keep this between you and me.
Tinkerskull: Do you promise?!
Hermes: Of course.
Tinkerskull: Haa, good. Well then, give me a bit more sand to make the interior!
Hermes: Coming right up.
Hermes: There is something missing... I'm unsure what it could be though.
Tinkerskull: What do you need? Maybe I can get it for you? Or use Uilos' creation fragment for it.
Hermes: A bed, perhaps?
Hermes: But my hands are too big to design the interior.
Tinkerskull: Ha! What do you need to do it for, you have a tiny smoking hot fairy to do it for you!
Lucia: Okay, he has been mounted.
Lexii: Hehehe... You mounted him, alright.
Lexii: Anyways, this game is called... "Water totem wars".
Lexii: The object of it is to push the top person off of the bottom person's shoulders, into the drink!
Lexii: Normally, losing is worse because the water is cold and it comes as a shock when entering at once, but...
Lexii: Loham has surprisingly room temperature water!
Uilos: Isn't it great? Nothing uncomfortable here.
Lexii: Need me to go over the rules again?
Lucia: So I have to push you into the water?
Lexii: Yep! And I have to do the same!
Lucia: Ha, bring it on! Uilos, hold your position the best you can!
Lexii: Garry, We're going to win this, right?
Garreth: I will not fail, games are my strong suit!
Lexii: Haha, ready?? GO!!
Lexii: Huuup! Hold still, Garry!
Garreth: ....Why are you climbing on me?
Lexii: Because... we've just entered a battlefield. This is no longer an ocean.
Lexii: MOUNT UILOS, LET'S PLAY A GAME!
Lucia: WHAT KIND OF GAME?
Lexii: I'LL EXPLAIN WHEN YOU MOUNT UILOS!
Lucia: OKAY! Uilos hold still.
Uilos: Hey, watch where you're putting your feet!
Lucia: Hold still, I said!
Tinkerskull: Well? Do I look cute? Everything where it should be?
Garreth: Why do you have curves? How old are you supposed to be?
Tinkerskull: I don't have an age, but if you're curious all I can say is I'm not a child.
Tinkerskull: Do these hips lie?
Garreth: Haha... No. They do not.
Garreth: You look fantastic. I like how Uilos was concious enough to style your swimsuit so close to your original attire.
Tinkerskull: Right? And I was... lacking... undergarments so this sort of works out in more ways than one!
Garreth: ......Uhm, okay, I'm going to join the others.
Tinkerskull: Haha! Did I make you uncomfortable? I'm sorry, Sir!
Tinkerskull: Alright, you go on ahead, I'll play with Hermes.
Tinkerskull: Sir, wait! You haven't spoken your opinion on MY swimsuit yet!
Uilos: Yes, Garry. Don't exclude your extension.
Uilos: I'll be joining the girls, head in when you're ready.
Lexii: Oh wow! Lucia you look frikkin' adorable with that black meshed onesie!
Lucia: Do you think so?
Uilos: Surely more impressive than anything I could have drawn up.
Garreth: Ira is quite handy, isn't she.
Lucia: Hehe... Thank you...!
Lexii: Well, what are we waiting for? Let's get in the water!
Lexii: Hey guys, I'm back...!
Lexii: Well..? Do you guys like it..?
Uilos: Absolutely stunning. You're glowing, Lexii.
Hermes: If I had blood, it'd be on the outside of my face!
Garreth: ... It's breath taking.
Lexii: ..!! Ahaha, thanks so much guys!! I love it as well.
Lucia: ...This is...
Ira: Do you like it? eue
Ira: It's not often I get to shift into something like this, so I hope it's to your liking...
Lucia: It's really great actually, thanks a lot Ira!!
Lucia: I've never done anything like this before!
Ira: ouo I'm feeling very excited, as you are too.
Lucia: Uhh... Well if everyone else is getting one, I might as well.
Ira: Oh, no need to be modest, swimsuit coming right up! eue
Uilos: Here you go.
Lexii: I guess I'll go change in the bushes or something... Hehe.
Ira: How about you, Ms. Lucia? Would you like a cute swimsuit?
Uilos: There! What do you think?
Lexii: W-whoa... That's REALLY good, Uilos!
Tinkerskull: Wow! it's better than I thought it'd be!
Uilos: Heh, I'm glad you like it.
Lexii: Do you think it'll fit though? I mean it's not like you took my measurements or anything...
Uilos: Don't underestimate loneliness, Lexii. This swimsuit will fit you like a glove.
Lexii: .....Errr, I'm just gunna slip by that anda... Yeah. Thanks!
Lexii: Hmmm.. How about, something blue and frilly?
Uilos: Okay, sounds good. And you, Skully?
Tinkerskull: Base it off what I'm wearing now, but cuter!
Tinkerskull: Think you can handle that?
Uilos: Yes, I'll manage.
Uilos: And... just a little finishing touches...
Uilos: I've got my Creation pencil for anyone who wants a swimsuit. What will it be?
Lexii: So what did you think, Lucia?
Lucia: Well I've never done that before, but it was a really refreshing. I haven't had fun like that in a long time. Or with others.
Ira: Hehe, I felt like I really was a spirit in a expensive necklace. I too found it somehow refreshing. ouo
Lexii: Ha, well I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Lexii: How about you, Garreth? And Skully?
Garreth: That was fun, I liked it.
Tinkerskull: I LOVED it, especially being a little girl instead of a fairy. Not that I... Don't like being a fairy, but I felt more relatable to Garry as his niece and it felt good to me!
Lexii: That's great!
Uilos: I'm glad you all came here regardless of how I may have come off. Loham's a wonderful place, but loneliness can make any place horrible.
Uilos: But enough about that, how about we dress for the occasion?
The key turns and the door cracks open as if not being touched in ages. A blinding white light bursts from beyond.
"Yay! We did it!"
"Good job, Rumor."
"Could... this be real?"
"You better believe it!"
Okay we're here, guys.
That was exceedingly more entertaining than doing it by myself. I really liked your enthusiasm especially Lexii, and Lucia's extension!
You both really got into it more than I imagined.
Haha... This is my average rp skills. You should see me at 3 in the morning after an "Exciting entry" in my creative writing...
I attempt to use the key again... The moment of truth!
I meekly move towards the red box's button. "We're not going to die here, are we Uncle??"
"Of course not, Skully. It looks like we've solved it."
"Crap crap craaap!!" I say in panic as I witness the goo reaching its limit at the half wall.
Haha, good job guys!
I follow suit, and step on the button beside the Captain.
I quickly jump onto the furthest button, activating the yellow keyhole to appear and it's violet face.
"Oh crap, it goes in but it won't turn!"
"...What do you think, little spider."
"There is another puzzle set here. Which involves the pink colour."
"Here, let's all get on the floor buttons."
As I step off the pressured button, the appearance of the green and gray box resets to its original state.
I gather all of the heavy metal chains and wrap them neatly out of the way.
"Hurry, the liquid is increasing...!"
"Okay, I'll use the purplish pink key I found in the cell now."
"What'll happen if I step on this button here?"I ask everyone. In a few moments the keyhole and the violet face on the supporting gray box disappear, or rotate sides. The events in here are lost on me.
*CLICK* A sounds comes from the four locks on the floor, liberating the chains around the door!
The padlock on the chains turns into muli-coloured powder! though there are still four more locks attached to the chains connected to the floor! Each have a coloured light in front of them. Three out of four of them are green and the remaining is red. "That crap is coming a lot quicker! Any ideas for these locks on the ground?"
"...... The sides of the gray boxes, they should all be a solid face."
I step on the pressure plated button in front of the blue box. The keyhole appears as well as the violet face on the supporting gray box.
I pick up my niece to give her a height advantage for inserting the blue key she possesses.
I insert the blue key into the blue box! It lights up inside!
I continue on and do the same thing with the green box beside it.
I insert the red key into the red box facing towards the half wall. The hole lights up like the yellow box.
I step off the pressure plated button. The keyhole disappears and the violet face goes as well. I'm not really sure if the boxes are rotating or not because of a lack of movement. "There. The black substance has reached this far already..."
"I'll use the keys I have, we have to get those chains off!"
I insert the yellow key into the yellow box. The key is absorbed seemingly and yellow light is expelled from the opening. "That's one key down, everyone."
I climb onto the half wall and place the candle on the pedestal. Suddenly, a green EXIT sign lights up atop the chained door. Hopefully that did something! I also remove the yellow key that was attached to the candle's stand. Should help with this puzzle...
"Here, I'll stand here." I begin to move the the pressure plated button furthest in the room. A key hole appears on the yellow box and the supporting gray box's face lights violet in my direction.
I look up at the wall a notice a little pedestal. It would be perfect for the candle I'm holding!
We hop over what seems like a blockade or half wall and reach the end of the hall. A series of interesting objects decorate the remainder of the room. four coloured blocks atop their own monotone gray block. A door with chains wrapped all the way around it akin to a shoelace, and four grooves in front of the blocks which resemble pressure plates or floor buttons. This puzzle may require everyone's help...
The black goo is almost all around us, and is gushing out of the rooms at a far more accelerated rate. The hall could be filled in a matter of moments.
"The path continues down the hall here, let's move!"
Suddenly, black goo starting pouring into the room from the ceiling and lights, and bubbling up from the dark hole in the room. "The substance will escalate now that all the keys have been acquired... Please continue."
"Here we go I guess..."
"Great, with that, we should take our leave."
"Yes, Let's get going."
Lexii and I spy a metal box wrapped in chains much like the one in our cell.
I use my gray key to remove the chains.
I use my blue key to open the box...
Inside I find... A pinkish purple key, it looks a bit bigger than the one's I've seen.
"I'll hold onto that."
"Nice job, ,Skully."
"Thanks Uncle, I'm being helpful!!"
I also fetch the green key off the hook, they're all mine!
"I got two keys now!"
I try again, and I manage to grab the blue key off its hook!
"Woohoo, I got one!"
"Here Skully, take this."
I stretch up to reach the keys, but alas my tiny adorable arms cannot grasp them.
"Voila." the path has been secured.
"Well, whatever works! Here we go!"
"Hmm..." After taking a look at the gap and the board, there's no way it will make it across. But what the heck.
"Oh goodness, you came! I'm so relieved I will not be dying here, not today!"
"Here, we have to get those keys, there's weird goo building up in all of the cells it seems and if it touches you, you will turn into goo yourself."
"Oh... That's not good."
"I'll lay out the board here."
I test the key on the candle, it works! The cell door opens up.
I spy over at my cell door. It's completely overflowing with the black goo substance.
"We should hurry up..."
".... You can come down now."
"But I like it up here. I'm like the rest of you in height. Though a bit taller."
"Okay okay, fine. Just watch that candle, I don't want to get burned."
"Yay, thank you!"
"Look Uncle, I did it!" I convulse with glee.
"That's great Skully, the candle holder isn't hot, is it?"
"Nope, I'm fine."
"This key should open the last cell. Come on guys."
"So do you think you can reach it?" I ask curiously to the little girl.
"Yes, just a little bit closer please."
"Hm. Maybe I should grab the board here. It may be useful."
"Here, how's this?" I says after scurrying onto Lexii's shoulders. "I should be tall enough to reach the candle like this!"
"Hey, be careful Skully..."
"PP! You're safe, let's get outta here!"
"Hold on. The candle has a key attached to it."
"And remember what I said."
"All cells lock automatically when we leave... So we'll need the board and the candle from this room. But the candle is sort of high up... Using the crowbar might be dangerous..."
I go to my affiliate's cell and attempt to open it with the red key.
"It works! I'm in!"
"The spider was on my head all along? Creepy... If we're all in this together, might as well..."
I climb onto Garreth's head as he has given me hope for escape myself. Truth be told, the darkness frightens me...
"Wait... Are you the 'it' that comes out in the night?"
"Sure am. That note never said what comes out would hurt you."
"What's with the black liquid filling my cell??"
"Oh that? It's sort of... a fail safe. To keep you all in here. If it touches you, you turn into the black stuff yourself."
"W-what?? That's scary!"
"Yes, the things that happen here I design from the beginning and are put into play. Thing is, once they go, they don't stop until a conclusion is made. I know, poor trap design. Only I never imagined I'd get involved as much as I have."
"We better hurry then."
"There, you didn't want to get killed in her confusion, did you?"
"Oh thank you. I'm secretly lonely and wanted company... So I made up these puzzles for you all."
"I was being cunning and sneaky before, but only because you didn't know where I was. It seems the ruse has been foiled."
"Indeed, maybe you'd be more comfortable leaving this place? There's a great big world to explore."
"I'd like that, but I'm trapped here... No amount of wishing will change that. All I can do on the outside is bring people in."
"Heh, well maybe we can do something about that. Lexii, we're all getting outta here."
"There's a spider on your head, Lexii."
"You're right! eww...!"
"W-WHA? Get it off me!!" I begin to have a mild panic attack.
"Wait, you're scaring it. Relax for a second..."
We successfully escape our cell together. We find Lexii out in the pathway along with the four cells in the darkness.
"Hey, you guys made it!"
"Yes, thank you." I say gratefully.
"It's not over yet, we need to help my friend and the captain or we might have bigger problems on our hands."
"Yay, we did it!"
"Good job, Skully. Now let's get out of here."
"Wha...! You're right! The hole looks like a painting now!"
"I dunno, Uncle... What if I fall?"
"Don't worry, you won't. Trust me."
"Ooooooo~ There is a shiny glowing key in here!" I contently stare at the bright light within.
"With a light like that, try coming over here, Skully."
"This key works! The chains are off now."
"Here, catch again."
I open up the box, but the chains covering it keep it closed, darn it!
"You mentioned you had a key, Lexii? Can we use that?
"Yeah, sure. It's not doing me any good anyway."
I toss the keys over to Skully.
I quickly lean over the gaping hole and hook the key with the crowbar successfully.
"Nice job, Uncle!"
"This should do the trick, hopefully..."
"You can do it, Uncle!"
"Here Garreth, use this." I say as I slip the crowbar through the opening.
I take a look at my cell door. There appears to be black tar-like liquid oozing from the cracks and gaps of the door as if the room was filled with the stuff!
"What a curious substance... If you don't hurry up, who knows what may become of you and your acquaintances!"
.... I decide that maybe Garreth can use my crowbar.
I quickly run around and test my key on the other doors. It doesn't work on any of them, it seems.
"Hello there, stranger! I am the captain of the S.S Uilos, known as... Captain Uilos, you may refer to me as captain. Who might you be?"
"... I'm Lexii. I've escaped my cell and I'm trying to rescue my friend. What have you got in your cell?"
"H-hey! You'll help me out too, won't you?"
"P-please! Although my ship basically runs itself, I don't want to be stuck in here! I haven't even received a notice or been explained the reason as to why I've been brought here!"
"......" I remain silent. My only obligation is to help my affiliate as to retain my low profile... But the voice did mention escape was futile without everyone working together... So perhaps this is the only way. "Alright, I will help you."
"Really?? That's great! My cell is greatly damaged, a third of it has collapsed. There are two keys over the hole, which are way too high for me to reach... a blue and green key... There's also a small box tied up in chains on a small ledge. On wall right under the keys there are words written in red paint or something... it says 'Reach for freedom if you dare'. Besides these things this room is empty. What do you think?"
"......" I take a moment to ponder, there seems to be all sorts of things in these cells, but puzzles were not why I was sent on missions. I'll need to piece these things together carefully...
"Huhuhu! All the cells have been investigated. Can you really help them all? You're all trapped in here with me if not~"
Bleeeh... So many keys and words. I'm glad you're stuck doing this.
It's actually not that difficult if you think about it, Ms. Lucia. ouo
"Rumor: Check the last door"
I head over to the final cell to see who may be kept inside. "Hello?? Is anybody in there?!"
"Ahh, PP!" I say with a sigh of relief.
"It seems I've been locked up. Wouldn't be the first time." I say with confidence.
What's the situation?"
"There is nothing in my cell but a tall wooden board and a candle too high to reach. There appears to be a yellow key attached to the candle as well, and there is red writing on the wall that says 'Darkness grants no escape'. If I am to leave this place, I'll need this light source.
"I see, well hold tight, PP. I'll think of something."
I investigate the cell across from mine...
"Hello? Is anyone in there?"
"Rumor: Go grab whatever you can from your room and bring it out into the hall. Maybe some pieces of would and glass could come in handy"
I return to my cell to retrieve some items of use...
Uh oh, it's locked?!
"Huhuhu, these doors lock automatically, and you were silly enough to leave things behind in there. Too bad."
I'm a bit surprised but there was nothing really interesting in there anyways...
"Well for one, there's a giant hole separating me from my niece. There's also a little box wrapped in... chains or something... As well as a red key on a hook well out of my reach as there's no way to reach it without falling into the hole."
I take a closer look at the box that's near me. "There's a padlock on the box and the keyhole to the box itself is red. Maybe the key on the wall will help." I whimper softly...
"I also see the words 'The light shows the way.' on the walls. I'm not sure how much help that'll be for you."
I attempt to use the key in my cell room... Unfortunately it doesn't work here either. "What do you see in there?" I ask Garreth.
I toss the crate lid away. It seems kind of silly holding it over my head now.
"HEEEEELPPP! SOMEBODY HELLLLP!"
"Huhuhu, it would seem these two are in a bit of a pickle. With this giant hole in their cell, they might as well be in different rooms! As it stands, there is nothing they can do for themselves or each other, some might consider this unfair, but when there's a will there's a way! My apologies by the way from bringing you both into all this..."
"Huuuh..?? Who said that?! Uncle Garry there are ghosts in here!"
"... Calm down, Skully. We'll need the help of this stranger if we're to escape from here. So, how about it... Err.."
"Lexii." I quickly come up with an alias to keep my anonymity. I jiggle the handle but of course it's locked. There's not much I can do for them out here it seems.
I decide to investigate the cell door to my left. "Hello? Is anyone in there?" I wait for a response...
"Ahh, so there is someone! Who are you?"
"The name's Garreth Matthews, I was giving a tour of the ship to my niece before ending up in this dark place..."
"We're in a bit of trouble in here..."
I scamper out of my cell like lightning using the revealed glowing key, I also shelter my head from the unknown with the crate lid. Outside of my cell I spy two more cells across the hall from mine and the one across from me... The darkness gives me an uneasy feeling, and so far, I'm not sure what to make of it.
"... Oh dear" A voice says from above you. "It appears in the midst of my damning, I've accidentally whisked three more souls into my dream jail who have not wronged Ms. Morris in any way. Though unfortunately for you, you're all trapped together and there is no way out unless you all work together! But I doubt that will happen."
I gaze down the hallway. It appears endless in both directions except for these four cell rooms. I'm not sure how much time I have before reaching my destination, so I'll have to make due with my unknown neighbours.
There! Within the darkness a green glowing object appears by the cell door!
Along with the green object, that isn't the only thing that has appeared in your cell. eue
I throw the lids as hard as I can... And it's a hit! The light fixture has been destroyed, engulfing my cell in pitch black darkness.
"With the room this dark, who knows what you may have unleashed upon yourself!" A voice says coming from inside your cell.
I come up with an idea! I grab the crate lids and wonder if I can take out the lights with them.
Through the darkness, I spy another cell door across from me, along the corridor there is nothing else visible in both directions.
I take a peek out of the cell door...
I pay more attention to the door itself and clearly think about the writing. "Only in the dark can you see." And below it says... something upside down. "The... right key." This must be a clue to escape! If only I could piece together what it all means...
I move over to the corner of the room next to the door and examine the bricks there... There doesn't seem to be anything exploitable.
"Surprised? The structure of dream jail is maintained by yours truly, you will not be dismantling walls here." You hear in the back of your mind it feels.
I can barely reach it, just shy a few centimeters with the crowbar extended out as much as I can allow it. By the look of the room and light, there is no way to control the light in this room.
"Rumor: All of the above, and then turn off the light. No switch or chain? Unscrew the bulb. Can't reach/too hot/secured? Break it by throwing the crowbar"
I try my best to pull myself up into the stack of crates to get a closer reach to the only light source in the room
After a rather brisk look-around, there is nothing on any of the sides...
"You seem like you're trying to figure a way out of your cell, wrong-doer... There is no way out so give up!" The wind says you think.
This is fun! ouo
I'm curious to see if there is more strange writing on the stack of crates. I begin my investigation.
There's a key on the wall! I quickly attempt to use it on the door, but alas, it has failed. I'll hold onto it for now though.
"Rumor: Use crowbar on door"
I think about prying the door open with the crowbar I found, but there doesn't seem to be any leeway for it.
"Have you thought about your wrong-doings yet? You can't leave anyways, so you might as well." Says the creaks and cracks in the cell room.
I quickly pry open the second lower crate only to find... nothing. Both crates are empty...
The writing says "It comes out in the night". I have no idea what that means, so I'll just continue.
What does it mean, Ira?
It's a surprise! OUO
"Rumor: Pry open the other crate, and check inside of the first one, but not necessarily in that order. Also, is there something on the back of those crates?"
I examine the side of the crate and find writing on the box...
After prying the crate open, I fly back a bit from underestimating my own strength... From my sitting position the crate appears empty.
I use the crowbar on the top crate to see if there's anything inside I can use.
Why do you have tools in a cell? That's counter productive.
Consider it an aid for the puzzles. ouo
I grab a crowbar at the corner of my cell leaning on two stacked wooden crates.
"You may have noticed your arm is healed. Your wound has been healed to allow you to focus on your transgressions better and think about what you've attempted to do. I'd rather you did that than focusing on your own well-being." says the voice from yonder.
I am okay with this!
Wahoo! Welcome to my dream jail. It exists on a warped version of this ship, you'll be trapped here until Morris arrives safely to her destination, and I'm sure there is nothing you can do! And don't think I haven't noticed your accomplice feeding Morris poisonous liquids. He's in here too. Enjoy!
"PP!" I shout distressed, though there is no answer, only the echos of my voice. Luckily as a Rumor, I exc