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Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:26 pm

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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Quinn The Fox on Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:17 pm

Merith suddenly looked quite frightened, as if he were something repulsive and scorned by the galaxy, and Asher was a creature of some higher judgement that hung the man so effortlessly over the fire. Vanessa squeezed Merith's hand endearingly, looking quite saddened herself. After a few seconds of quiet, she finally answered.

"We will tell you, but this is not a topic for public walls with ears."

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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:23 pm

Asher had expected a reaction of some sort, certainly unwillingness to say their crimes, but not the sort of terror Merith was showing. He frowned. "Of course. You can tell me when you're ready, and wherever you think would be safe. Or not at all, if you'd prefer."

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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Quinn The Fox on Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:35 pm

Vanessa was about to back out, opening her mouth before Merith shook his head. "I believe... That at least one of them, should have the right to know what we have done."

Vanessa finally nodded. "I fear if we don't get immediately to the subject, we will quail at the thought of speaking later." Her smile was watery. "We should find somewhere private. Merith, what about Inari's realm --?"

Merith shook his head, quickly shutting down the thought, looking at Asher, "While her realm will offer the solitude we need, I doubt Asher would be comfortable in the presence of the Leash and its kin, not to mention Inari herself..."

"Well... We must decide somewhere... I unfortunately do not trust the ship in this state. She may take our past to be... dangerous to the passengers."

Merith shook his head, thinking.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:40 pm

Asher looked uncertain. "I'm sure I could handle it, if that would be safest for you," he said carefully.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Quinn The Fox on Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:46 pm

Vanessa looked surprised, but Merith looked relieved. "Thank you..." was all he said.

"Very well... Follow us. It wouldn't do well to open the portal in front of everyone, would it?" She smiled, beginning to walk.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:50 pm

Asher followed, rather wondering what he was getting himself into. Oh well, he doubted they would smite him, and he doubted they would strand him. So he might as well trust them.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Quinn The Fox on Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:00 pm

They quickly found an abandoned alley where prying eyes were not to be seen. Suddenly, Merith pulled out a charm from the folds of his jacket. It was an obsidian black magatama about the size of his palm. He held the carved stone to his lips, and with his eyes half-closed, spoke.

"Though my heart beats for two,
I know that there is one
That I shall entrust
During the times of woe
And like always
Help guide me through.
"

The magatama glowed a soft purple light, and so the man tossed it away from them, where it suddenly hung suspended in the air, before righting itself and beginning to spin. A faint outline of another magatama is a golden glow connected itself to form a yen-yang symbol, and it began to spin faster and faster as the familiar feminine voice answered.

"It is true, your heart abandons thee
But while you still beat for her and me
Mine shall only beat for you.
"

The light grew into a painful flash and before them stood the gateway, an ovular portal that glowed a warm green of lush forests, a summer breeze emanating its calming breath towards the group. The sound of forest, with birds singing and rivers flowing echoed from its bright depths, and the city grounds near it began to be overtaken by small healthy weeds of forest days. Vanessa couldn't help but smile at the sight and went first, her form eveloped by the sunlight. Merith looked at Asher with a reassuring smile, waiting for him...
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:04 pm

Asher spent a few seconds making sense of the portal's existence. It wasn't the sort of thing you expected to see, even if you were accustomed to the concept of magic. He looked at Merith uncertainly for a moment, then shrugged and stepped through.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:32 pm

Meanwhile, somewhere.. Esk was getting fairly drunk. It helped, not just his mood but his attitude problem.
He wasn't totally sure how he felt about seeing his brothers. In a way, he'd half hoped he'd never see any of them again and could just pretend like they didn't exist. Ignoring his past always felt the easier option.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Starrnico on Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:51 pm

Dawn stayed close but only sipped at her one drink as Esk got drunk. She was not happy about this, but didn't have a way to stop him.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:56 pm

"Do you really have to look so sour about this?" Esk snapped at Dawn.

Luka nursed her drink as well, wary. Sure they others said he wasn't such a dick when drunk, but she wasn't ready to take that risk and not be ready to shoot him if he became aggressive.

"You know the one advantage of me being drunk?" Esk continued. "You probably stand a pretty good chance of getting this cast off me without me being able to grab you. " He nodded.

"That's one way to look at it. " Luka remarked warily.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Starrnico on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:06 pm

Dawn chuckled lightly at his second statement and shook her head "I could get it off without being grabbed anyway and I am not sour."
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:08 pm

"You look unhappy and disapproving." Esk told her matter of factly. "Is it the fact you're stuck babysitting me, or the fact i'm going to have one hell of a hangover you disapprove of?"
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Starrnico on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:15 pm

"The hangover factor is intimidating, but I was thinking more of how we would get you back to the ship than anything else, really" Dawn answered then shrugged again "Especially if you get blind drunk, but I am not going to stop you either."
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:19 pm

Esk shrugged. "I've never gotten so drunk I couldn't still walk." he looked down at his drink. "Besides, so long as you avoid bare skin you'll be fine. " He held up his gloved hand. "If I get too drunk to walk, I doubt i'll be able to be much threat anyway. You could always send the android to carry me, bet he'd LOVE that."
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Starrnico on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:31 pm

Dawn laughed at that and nodded "That's true, he would then we would have to listen to him for a week at least." She said then shook her head "No thanks"
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:33 pm

"Probably not worth it. I'll try not to get falling down drunk then." Esk remarked flatly.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Starrnico on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:41 pm

Dawn chuckled again and nodded "Thanks."
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:44 pm

Esk shrugged and fell silent, swigging his drink.

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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:55 am

----Returning from Inari's realm----

The sudden return to the familiar LED lighting, linoleum flooring, and the sound of peoples' happy chatter in the distance, was more than a bit jarring. Asher was used to this environment, but it was still a shock to return to such an artificial-seeming place after the quiet of Inari's realm.
"That certainly is an effective way to travel," Asher said after a moment, smiling slightly.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Quinn The Fox on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:02 am

"It used to be the Keeper's only way to travel. And during those times our portals spanned not only space, but time as well, so we could document the goings on in the galaxy, but..." Merith suddenly frowned, "That was quite a while ago, and the magic to create temporal portals was lost. None of us remember how to cast it. Our time magic had been taken from us, and we don't know how. Inari is one of the few who still use portals that span realms and space. It's her only way of travel. However it takes a great deal of replenishing magic, so the more mass that passes through a portal, the harder it is to keep it open."
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:08 am

"That's unfortunate," Asher said softly, "Such an incredible ability to have had." He could imagine the complications it might cause though.
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Quinn The Fox on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:34 am

"We didn't use it willy-nilly. Only to sort of spectate on the sides as we wrote down history." Merith explained as they began to walk back to the shuttles. "Now, though, we're stuck in a single span of time. Here and now, like everyone else is."
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:43 am

"That makes sense," Asher said. "I suppose research must have been very different when you could witness history first hand. Still, I imagine changing the past must have seemed tempting sometimes."
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Quinn The Fox on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:51 am

"Oh, no." Merith suddenly paled, "I doubt even the most hardened Family member would want to do that. Too much could happen. The butterfly effect could be beyond disastrous. No, to even think about it terrified most of us."

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Meanwhile, the last shuttle from Vestia was suddenly occupied by a small humanoid and a black winged fox, who poked her head up over the control panel before grinning and leaning her paws on it. "Hehehe..."
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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by flying_purple_monkfish on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:56 am

To their credit, the small part of the swarm HAD tried to talk Quinn out of it. But then they'd given up and decided it wasn't worth the argument. Besides, this should be fairly interesting to watch... from afar... yes, afar.

They remained on the station and watched the shuttle leave.

"Should we have tried to stop them more?" "their lives." "hope they don't crash" "least not into anything inhabited."

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Re: Upon Defiant: Chapter One

Post by Kooshie on Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:14 pm

Asher smiled. "I'm glad that you were all responsible that way. Of course, I know very little about time travel, but what I do know makes it sound like dangerous business." He looked at Vanessa, who had been very quiet for most of this conversation, trying to gauge her current state of mind.
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