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Posted: Mon, 05/06/2023 09:57 (1 Day ago)

Did Jack get it? She didn't dare hope... But even so, the clouds dissipated just a little.

Yet she wasn't sure she could find anything useful. She'd been trying for the past... Ogd knows how long. And still, there was nothing. A blank space where there should be a well of information, however shallow. A feeling of awareness of what she was trying to find, yet being unable to fully grasp it.

But even as she hissed in frustration, a few bits and pieces seemed to weave in and out of existence.

Anger. She could use it as a fuel. A rope. A lasso. A net, even.

In a burst, she channeled all her frustrations, disappointment, anger, into grabbing even the tiniest shard of memory.

Suddenly, there came a complete memory, perfectly whole and found.

It was a darkly lit hallway.

She crouched, ear to the rusting, locked keyhole, straining to hear the whispering voices of the nobles gathered inside.

"Masquerade... Evil organisation kidnapping people..." The voices lower, and her past self squeezed against the door to listen. "Slave auction... Elizabeth's son and Edward's daughter are missing..." The voices lower even further, and she had to be careful not to accidentally break the rotting wood of the door with her pushing against it.

Yes, she recognised the place. The secret meeting facilities under the castle, used only to discuss top secret issues which were extremely sensitive, or at least those the screamish aristocrats thought were so. The facilities weren't really kept in good condition, having also served as emergency hospitals, dungeons, and even interrogation chambers.

"Lots of priceless treasures were also stolen... Yes yes... We must investigate..." Then a voice, stronger and firmer than the rest spoke up. "A member was caught by my guard. A young boy, unusually strong for his age, a traitor, used to be one of my elite soldiers. He was throughly interrogated, and he revealed one of the locations the supposed slave auctions are being held. An abandoned weapons factory just south of the marshes. He also told us, in a fit of desperate glory, that the organisation has many members under disguise, mainly as adolscents."

She couldn't hear it then, but she knew that a series of titters were going around the room, as well as hushed whispers. After all, the owner of the voice didn't have the best reputation.

"Thank you... We will investigate... This meeting is dismissed..." Sounds of people rising heavily and shuffling footsteps could be heard. She sprinted away, leaped up the slippery stone stairs, and weaved through the maze of the castle into her room.

That was it. She was slightly disappointed. The memory was old and outdated, and if the Masquerade was smart enough, and they most definitely were, they would already have moved out, very likely having removed all traces of evidence. The fact that there were traitors among them was something they'd already learned the hard way.

"I've got something. The Masquerade used to use an old weapons factory south of the Rotting Marshes as a slave auctioning venue."

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Posted: Mon, 05/06/2023 09:09 (1 Day ago)
Slowly but surely, a ray of light was growing in a far corner of the room.
It flickered dangerously, and almost went out many times, but each time it came back.

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 13:14 (2 Days ago)
Athena was... Offended? It was an unfamiliar feeling. No one ignored her, never. It just... Wasn't done. It wasn't right. A nagging thought told her she was being selfish, proud, the spoiled brat she'd tried so hard to run away from. But it was quickly brushed aside by a rising wave of anger. She wanted to help. Didn't the idiotic girl see that? Didn't she understand that she wanted to be of value, be useful, be a friend?

No. She didn't understand. She would never understand. They would never understand.

Maybe it was a mixture of self-disappointment, confusion, and complicated backstory, but Athena was quickly straying from the land of reason into the trenches of emotion.

Not good enough, second best, not actually contributing to the plotline...

She stalked after Jack, not bothering to conceal her emotions, a dark cloud gathering above her head, literally.

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 13:07 (2 Days ago)
The light was simply swallowed up.

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 09:16 (2 Days ago)
Sobble emerged into the cavern.
It was cold.
And most notably, completely dark.

The shadows were tangible, wrapping around your limbs, an inky blackness threatening to drown you.
The silence had sound, a suffocating, heavy kind of sound.
The air was icy, a dozen frozen fingertips poking at your skin.

Yet you could feel hope.
Weak, fragile, thin hope.
But hope all the same.

It radiated from the far end of the cavern.

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 07:57 (2 Days ago)
Res? Thanks!

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 07:13 (2 Days ago)
Strangely, the skeletons seemed to dissolve as they reached the rim of the rip.
They turned into flakely white ashes, which floated into a harmless heap on the floor.

Still, the rip grew.
It seemed to be generating its own gravitational field as well.
Skeletons were being sucked into it, only to turn into ashes.

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 04:43 (2 Days ago)
That was not the reaction she'd expected.

In hindsight, she had pretty much ignored the fact that Jack was standing in the portal. But in her defence, it was always better to be cautious.

It seemed the girl and Jack had struck a deal. Unless this was all some elaborate trap and Jack was in league with the Masquerade. But Jack didn't seem like that kind of person...

"How can I trust that you two aren't trying to trick me? I do not wish to prolong the rescue of Kendo and Sera, as well as the others who were taken, but I've got to make sure this isn't a trap and I'm not letting the wrong person go."

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 04:37 (2 Days ago)
It was as if the rift understood Sobbles words.
It widened further, moving towards the Heroes and pushing the skeletons back.

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 03:03 (2 Days ago)
Perfect timing. Just as Andrea jumped out of the portal, Athena walked past "looking for clues". It seemed she had found one.

Not knowing what was going on exactly but having a strong suspicion that Andrea was involved in the whole missing students affair, she waved her hands and a tornado of wind and water hurtled straight at Andrea as a cage.

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Posted: Sun, 04/06/2023 02:55 (2 Days ago)
The skeletons kept coming back.
Indestructible undead warriors.

And yes, the rip was still there, still growing wider.
It would soon consume half the room.

Interestingly enough, the skeletons seemed to stay far away from the rip.

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Posted: Sat, 03/06/2023 12:17 (3 Days ago)
Well, Athena could waste her time being disappointed and frustrated, or actually do something substantial. Fortunately, she chose the latter. Unfortunately, there wasn't much she could do. Except for try and find some more clues. Hopefully there was something for her to find... And maybe keep whacking her brains for whatever clue she had. If she even had any...

For the moment, she simply wandered around, slightly absent-minded and pointless, "looking for clues".

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Posted: Sat, 03/06/2023 10:39 (3 Days ago)
Unfortunately, Fortvera's bashing wasn't doing a lot of damage to the skeletons.
They just reassembled and advanced again.
And yes, Sobble was right.
The skeletons were strong.

Of course...
The rip which was still going strong was an option...

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Posted: Sat, 03/06/2023 07:43 (3 Days ago)
The skeletons advanced.
They would have looked silly with their lopsided walk, some missing limbs or having bashed in heads, if it weren't for the fact that they were out for blood.

But then there was a rip.
Longer and wider than all the ones before.
It was strangely inviting, even with the same dark cavern showing through.

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Posted: Sat, 03/06/2023 07:28 (3 Days ago)
Unfortunately for our Heroes, the rips continued on in the other room as well.
And they were still getting larger and lasting for longer.
As if inviting you to take a closer look...

Was that a flash of red in the eye sockets of the skull over there?
No, it was probably just an illusion.

But hold on a sec.
There was another flash.
It couldn't possibly be real, right?


Suddenly, there was a blinding flash.
When it finally cleared, you found yourself surrounded my skeletons.

And no, you can't break the walls down this time.

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Posted: Wed, 31/05/2023 09:38 (6 Days ago)
The whole dress fitting ordeal was finally completed, and Athena collapsed onto an ornately decorated chair as soon as the dressmakers and ladies-in-waiting left the room. By now the earliest beginnings of the Spring Festival would be starting, although that was only village festivities and the official festival would come quite a bit later. Yet she longed to be able to be among the cheerful villagers laughing, singing, dancing, free. If only...

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Posted: Wed, 31/05/2023 09:37 (6 Days ago)
Then it happened again.
Another rip.
Bigger and more noticable this time.
You could just barely see another dark cavern through the crack, this one even gloomier and absent of light than the one you were in.

And then another and another.
Reality itself was fluctuating.
The rips widened and laster for longer, each one showing the same cold cavern.

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Posted: Tue, 30/05/2023 13:06 (7 Days ago)
Nope, no life at all.
In fact, the whole place resonated death.
Like it was the headquarters of the Reaper.
Who knows, maybe it was... ;p

But then there was a slight shiver in the air.
A rip in reality.
Only to be caught by the sharpest eyes and understood by the cleverest minds.
But there all the same.

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Posted: Tue, 30/05/2023 08:10 (7 Days ago)
"Soon, soon, you shall see that I am right. That I am exactly what this world needs. And then you shall all help me."
The voice crooned, each word resonating again and again, as if the shadows themselves were whispering them.

Then, as suddenly as it had appeared, the mysterious shadow of a presence disappeared.

You are left to explore.
Although there doesn't seem to be much to explore.
But that might all be an illusion, no?

Have fun!

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Posted: Mon, 29/05/2023 14:35 (8 Days ago)
"I see you don't believe me. Well then, you may be a group of tourists, but you all should have heard of Lesandria, the center of the world. You all should have heard of it's glorious history, ruling over the lands, a fair and just ruler at that. Well, what is it now? A useless shadow of its former self. The royal family of cowards are hiding in their little palace, as you have already seen.

I shall restore the glory of the kingdom, along with the properity when it truly deserved its title as center of the world.

Don't you want that?"

There was yet another hint of that sugary tone.
But this time with a more dangerous edge.

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