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Out of This World

Post by Talal » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:58 am

The group stood there while the leaders decided what would happen next. There would be no leaving the Yamiyo server until this whole ordeal was over. Nighthand gave his directions and then took to the sky. The dark haired Twinblade watching with a touch of envy. She had considered getting wings at some point but her fear of heights squashed the fleeting idea fairly quickly. Visions of multiple deaths as her fear overtook her the moment she left the ground only to come spiraling back down and crashing over and over again. A deep breath before eyes turned to watch Moah get yanked off by the ear to be...examined, leaving he rest of the group just standing there until Demorian appeared out of the rings all happy and jolly. Something Talal wasn't really feeling at the point in time. None of them knew what was going through her mind for sure when the time came to make a choice at the offer that had been set before them. Hindsight as they say is bliss and she was glad that she wasn't the one being toted off by the ear to be examined but the fact still remained...she had considered a different answer.

Canti had seen it in her eyes. His body language and dare she say it, the look in those dark hollow orbs of his told her he knew. He knew what she was thinking. In the end, it was that look from him, thoughts about the possible future if they actually succeeded. A future outside of the game with someone she cared about more and more every day that kept her from accepting what sounded like a great offer at the time. There wasn't much to mull over at this point. She was still herself and had not accepted the offer and now, she was just a Twinblade in need of supplies before her next quest. Looking around the town felt hugely less populated than it did before, at least at the gate. Only a trip deeper into the sectors would say if it was a widespread dilemma or maybe just not a popular time of day for the players. Time was so hard to determine anymore and she had no idea what time it was outside of The World. Was it daylight out or pitch black? What day of the week was it? Was it a Holiday? No...she could answer that one. Holidays had everyone flooding into the game because of their time off from school and work. One small answer in the sea of questions.

Another sigh and Talal looked to Shadow and Canti, wondering if they had any plans or if they would like to tag along on another shopping trip into town. Walking the few steps over to Canti, "I'm going to see if the vendors have anything new and exciting. Care to join me?"
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.
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Re: Out of This World

Post by Lord Canti » Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:11 pm

(They had killed the Elite of Ice. What was left now? Light and Darkness? They had Wood and Fire on their side...ish, and they had several of the Twilight Relics too. For his part, Canti wished there was a ride back to civilization to give himself time to think, but there wasn't. There was only a quick teleport and there they were, in the Element Sector, by the Chaos Gate. Too quick. Too neat. Fast-travel sucked when you wanted to stop and reflect. No sooner were they back than Maoh was getting dragged away to presumably an examination table. And then, Demorian pops in with essentially a 'Hey guys! What's up?' kind of entrance. It was all a bit fast for someone trying to get the recent events through to whatever section of the brain was devoted towards coping. A quote from Freeman's Mind hit Canti now. It might've done before, because the quote in question was 'So yeah! I just killed a guy! Completely on-purpose, this time!'. Was he just going to become a jaded talkoholic like the parody version of Gordon Freeman? Melzas called him out on his act before, his defense mechanism for all this batshit crazy. The way he felt about this game, the way it piled up on him as more and more serious, making him have to worry about more and more consequences, was a definite sign that he needed to get out of here.)

Canti: If I don't get out of here, I am gonna end up nuttier than a fruitcake. And then, I won't be any good to anyone, especially not-

(Talal. Kali. It was nice, having something to run towards, instead of all this terror to run away from. Because it was seriously starting to scare him, what was going on in this place. He'd just been in the domain of his antithesis, the Elite of Ice, and he did NOT feel more confident, coming out. He felt relieved that it was over. Now, he just had to deal with Royce McVaporizer and Garaa Von Blackness and...and mysteriy Master who'd changed ann Admin into a monster to attack them. Yeah, he definitely wanted out of here. The only problem was...for a minute...he almost lost something rather important. Someone important. The winged Twin Blade was giving his devil-hound a pet, right now, but he was thinking back to the vent, to Melzas offering them power and position as a counter to the ultimatum of surrender or death. Maoh had taken the deal and shit had gone down, but Canti had seen...)

Canti: Why?

(She had thought about it. She'd been considering it.)

Canti: Why would you want to stay, after what we've been through?

(The other Twin Blade had wavered. They'd talked about how it would be, trapped in here forever, or at least until The World shuts down. Why was she still not convinced back then, and only after he shouted he shouted at the Elite? Canti felt like this place might close in on him, that he might feel less real and go insane if he stayed here. Talal had said there wasn't much for her outside, but he never understood that argument because neither did he! That was why they made plans, steaks in Oregon! So why...? Why did she almost change her mind? He wanted to go back to living, and he wanted to be there with her when he did. These thoughts - and Shadow being in such ecstacy that he was thumping his leg on the ground repeatedly - were interrupted by Talal herself. She must've had some idea of what he was thinking right now, because she wanted to know if he wanted to go on a shopping trip with her. There was only one right answer.)

Canti: Absolutely.

(And then, Shadow collapsed onto his side, making content doggie noises and exposing his belly. Canti glared at this.)

Canti: Are- Are you serious? The mighty hunter wants a belly-rub?
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Re: Out of This World

Post by Talal » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:54 am

Leave it to Shadow to put everything into perspective. The scary beast to almost everyone else in The World falling to the ground wanting his belly rubbed. Talal put her hand up to her mouth to stifle a laugh, settling for soft chuckling under her breath instead. Shadow was definitely one of a kind. It was a shame there wasn't an actual hound in the real world doubling as Shadow. The virtual mutt was going to be missed along with the rest of the Freedom Fighters that she would probably never see again. All but Canti, or rather Damon. The real name starting a whole new thought process. Would she be able to call him by his real name or would she slip and use his gamer tag once they were out? Better let that one figure itself out when the time comes. She knew if he slipped with her, she wouldn't really care but would probably still give him a bad time about it. Make him lose at a game of Super Mario or something to make up for the slip. After The World, Talal had decided she would stick to the older games. The "safer" ones.

"Come on Shadow. Let's go shopping and see if we can find you a really big bone."

Did he even know what a bone was? Deciding not to even go there and take her chances, Talal began to walk towards the heart of the sector they were in. She had had enough of technology for the time being so wasn’t really interested in using the Chaos Gate preferring to walk to where ever they needed or wanted to go. It sounded like it might be a while before they would get another email telling them where to meet so might as well kill some time. They only had what…two more Elites to go and then what? She would never get an opportunity to explore the rest of the server because she knew she would never come back to this game once they were out.

Excited and relieved that Canti had accepted her offer and with such enthusiasm, put her in a little better mood. They seemed to be on the same humor wavelength most of the time and she could really use a break from all the heavy seriousness of their mission. Even if she knew somewhere along their walk, the hard to answer questions were sure to be asked of her. He had every right to ask after all the conversations they'd had. Talal wasn't even sure if she could answer even the obvious ones...but she would try because Damon deserved that much.

”So, have any destinations on your list or are we just going to play tourists?” She wanted to make sure that if Canti had any specific plans that they get those taken care of first.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.
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Re: Out of This World

Post by Lord Canti » Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:36 pm

(He could swear that Rey was doing this to him on purpose, throwing in little quirks and oddities to throw him off. Not that any of this was unwelcome. Just questions of How and When and Why sprang to mind. Well, given the reaction from him and Talal, maybe just keeping them amused was the point. Morale had to be an issue while being trapped in a game, otherwise. Still, for for what was essentially a game pet crossed with a tracer program, Shadow was remarkably complex. He'd not only hunted and fought, but managed to hold conversations and definitely make them laugh. If Reyome ever had to retire from her day job, she could definitely use her talents to make virtual pets, full time, for children or something. Anyway, with that having been said, Talal made an offer for a great and mighty bone and - sure enough - Shadow perked right the hell up and got to his feet. Yes, he seemed to recognize that word. Honestly, Canti had been avoiding the word 'Walk', just in case, but they were going on one, so it didn't really make a difference now.)

Canti: I'm picturing one of those giant Flintstone bones, just something big and cartoony like that.

(After all, Shadow looked like he could tear off a car bumper and chew that, so why not? Canti was then asked if there was anything he wanted to do, or to find specifically. The dark Twin Blade looked around, not sure... They were in the heart of the Element District, in between all the dedicated sectors. He noticed a floating neon sign at the entrance to Rue Sector, saying 'DANGER' and 'PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK' with a couple of Heavy Axemen standing on either side. At a guess, that was something to do with Melzas, or lack him of. Diverting his attention away from that, Canti called up the lost player's handy helper, the area map!)

Canti: Let's see here... I wouldn't go to Rue right now if you paid me, and we shouldn't go to Ani until it's time for the meet-up at Velvet's. Maybe we should avoid Elements entirely...

(He was flipping from Elements to Overview to a look at the other Districts... He frowned when he looked at Mercenaries.)

Canti: Not going there again, either. Not much even there but camps and fringe groups looking for a fight.

(That left the Bazaar and Stitcher, and we know that Stitcher is a weird place. However...two things stuck out in his mind that put regular shopping aside, both relating to the same thing: Odd Elements. One of their remaining Elites was an Odd Element, Royce of Light, and Talal right here had one, herself. She had Sonic abilities, which included exceptional hearing.)

Canti: I guess there is one thing. We have an enemy who uses light and another who's full of darkness, but they aren't opposites. We might wanna learn the properties of Odd Elements, see if theres's anything we can do with that to make it less of a threat.

(He still recalled his world turning into white void as Royce vaporized him. Canti got one of those unvoluntary twitches in the back of his neck where the Elite had grabbed him, thinking of that. He closed the map, focusing on the lady Twin Blade now.)

Canti: Apart from picking up some things we might want or need, that'd be my thoughts, if you're up for it. Could find something for you too, if you're not the first Sonic in The World.
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Re: Out of This World

Post by Talal » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:00 am

Talal giggled hearing about the Flintstones Bone. “Oh my God YES YES YES!” she exclaimed happily as they waked, Shadow walking between them. Probably so he could look big and mean from both sides of the street for either of his companions should they need him to look like that. She would have asked Shadow what he thought of that kind of a bone but since he had never seen the show, figured he wouldn’t get the reference. Then again, he was technically connected to a huge database and someone on the outside who might get it. “What do you think about a Flintstone size bone Shadow? Too small?” she giggled not really expecting much of a response.

Listening to Canti go through his map and talk through his thought process, it was kind of refreshing and got her mind off of other things for a moment. He was good at using the tools of the game where she wasn’t since she hadn’t had a lot of time to even try out a lot of the tools before she was sucked in. “Makes sense to me. We are kind of running out of decently neutral places to go now that I really think about it.” She looked around, keeping an eye on the players that were sparsely scattered through the streets. “I wonder where everyone has gone? The place seems almost empty compared to the last time we went shopping.” Of course she had a good idea of why there were fewer folks hanging around. Word gets out quick when Elites start disappearing. Honestly though, she thought things would get busier and maybe a little more chaotic. Players trying to figure out ways to take over a sector or something but this...this was just about as opposite as you could get. Speaking of...

“I would hope I’m not the first. I’d love to find someone with the same kind of abilities. With luck, I don’t have a lot of time left here and I want to go out with a bang and use everything I have at my disposal to get us there that much quicker.” She smiled. Of course the spoken desire was practically a 180 degree turn from how she reacted to Melzas’s offer. Or it had a double meaning. Taking the road that would lead them in the direction of Canti’s suggestion, Talal kept an eye on all the vendors they passed along the way, hoping to find one that sold bones, or something like them, or really just someone who might have a weird skill or way of creating one out of thin air. This was a game after all with lots of magic and stuff. Why not?
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Re: Out of This World

Post by Lord Canti » Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:39 am

(All in all, a good reaction to his comment about the bone, as Shadow was looking tough and fierce between the two Twin Blades. Hey, at least he didn't walk around like Butch the Looney Tunes bulldog. That would've been far too much. The Bogie paused, however, when Talal asked him his preference in a bone. He seemed to consider it carefully, then curtly replied...

Shadow: Big McLargeHuge.

Canti: Uhhh...okay, that sounds like the sky's the limit.

(Good god, there was just no pleasing some pups, and as we established before, Shadow IS technically a puppy. He was classified by them as being too young to drink. On the subject of destinations, Talal seemed alright with his general idea, at least. The Uncommon District wasn't the most stable of places to be, but then this wasn't even their first time there. And as long as they kept out of the true madhouse plaza, Stitcher, they would probably be fine. Neutral ground was something of a premium, and even their stay in Gan Sector had been largely due to having successfully stopped the rampaging Admin monstrosity that'd been Tritoch. It was actually a bit worrisome, that they were lately having to scatter like Avalanche of Final Fantasy 7 fame so that they could sneak back into a secret hideout. Talal pointed out that there seemed to be alot less players about as they continued on towards the gates of Rai Sector. It was the most direct route to Uncommons on foot, and it still made Canti a bit uneasy, but as long as nobody gave them any trouble...they'd be fine. The dark Twin Blade risked looking around and inviting potential hazard due to a bit of eye contact and found that...yeah, not too many people around.)

Canti: We've been riling things up. The way it's been going, I wouldn't be surprised if they were fleeing to avoid being found by Admin staff or something.

(People only knew that something had happened to the Elites, that a bubble had burst and that the flow of things had changed. They had no real notion of what actually happened, so they would simply fill in the blanks themselves. That could lead to all kinds of reasonings, and one good answer: Get Out. It was a bit like desertion, but then again, who would owe these people any loyalty? Nothing they did - beyond promises of power - seemed to garner any sort of lasting order here. And as they were walking along, Talal was openly stating now that she was definitely going to be gone from this place and...there was just no avoiding the talk they needed to have, was there? A long pause followed, and Canti was looking more towards the ground. There wasn't going to be a gigantic bone in Rai, at least not to any obvious extent. Now was as good a time as any.)

Canti: You know, you had me worried, back there. If I'm wrong, then I'm sorry, but for a moment there, I wondered if you were gonna choose to take the offer Melzas was giving.
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Re: Out of This World

Post by Talal » Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:18 am

It didn’t seem to matter what sector they walked through. There was a tenseness in the air and it wasn’t just a feeling that Talal or Canti may have because they knew what was actually happening. Players were quieter than usual, looking wearier than usual. It made her uncomfortable but having Canti and Shadow with her helped her keep her calm. Rai sector wasn’t as much of an issue for her as it was for her darker clad friend. The title of ‘friend’ as it was thought causing her no butterflies or weird feelings which reinforced her emotional standing and her decision to stay on course as they had discussed.

Hearing Shadow’s response to the size of bone it was all she could do to stifle her laugh but she did give him a quick scratch behind the ear. ”We’ll see what we can do bud.” Talal inhaled deeply when the question, or rather conversation starter, finally came. Expected yes, was she ready to answer…not really but all she could do was try.

”You’re not mistaken. I can only say I had a moment of what I thought was divine intervention but when I saw the look on your face, the reminder of everything we had talked about, I knew it was just a moment of pure and simple weakness. I’m sorry for making you worry.”

She sighed. Talal or rather Kali, had always taken the easy way out of things or ran away from them as fast as possible. When she met Takua in the beginning, she tried to play the bad ass but truly she wasn’t and the Wavemaster had found that out fairly quickly. Then, she joined this group and it had been tough. All the fights, getting killed and waking up stuck in a freaking game. She started to lose it, but then she had Canti and Shadow and everything felt like it was going to be okay. No more running away but Melzas’s offer made her realize that old habits are hard to break. Would Canti be able to forgive her? She walked and waited for a response from the one person she was looking forward to meeting outside of this game. Get to know the man behind the mask that liked to fiddle with cars.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.
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Re: Out of This World

Post by Lord Canti » Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:25 am

(A moment of weakness... Could you really blame her? Could you really judge her? The fact that the answers didn't come easily showed that it actually weighed upon her, that she realized that she wasn't exactly sure what she was doing, at first. The tempting deal with a cold demon, the imagination running away with the possibilities... They were judging Maoh right this moment for accepting the deal, but with Talal... Canti wanted her to survive, unharmed and untainted, and there was no guarantee if that could happen for one who took upon the the devil's gift, the cold embrace of the skeleton man they met in that icy tower. Everything about Melzas range false, hollow, and meaningless in Canti's black-pitted eyes. For Talal to consider that deal... It reminded him of her question from before, whether they were really better off in the real world. She'd been considering the idea of staying in because it might not be welcoming out there, and that thought hit him when Canti saw her deciding...and it may've been part of what set him off there. He wasn't sure, but one thing was for certain: The real world would be just a bit more lonely without someone to share it wiith.)

Canti: I know...it seemed like something useful, something to make The World easier to deal with, but apart from my suspicions of Melzas and the fact that his vision of me was ridiculous, I want a clean break. I don't know what that deal would've really done. We have no idea what's happening with Maoh, even now. I've been taken to some dark places in real life, but even darker ones here. And if something happened to you here, something we couldn't take back...

(The Twin Blade looked down, seemingly focused on the patterns found on the ground than anything else.)

Canti: I've always been about the team, that we were stuck in this together and only together can we leave. We even have a couple of Elites who want out, for crying out loud. I don't want anybody left behind, stuck behind because of some error or bad file. I want everyone who's stuck to get out, even the ones that screwed up along the way. I dunno where some of our people even are right now, but they deserve to be let out of here.

(He sounded somewhat agitated, right now. While there were some people he didn't like or didn't get along with - like Zan, Demorian, Maoh, or even sometimes Nighthand - he didn't want them stuck in The World forever. Friends of theirs had gone missing, lost in the shuffle and the crowds. Would they be pulled out of the game, or were they out of luck if they weren't present? Canti didn't know. He shook his head, trying to calm down.)

Canti: I did worry. I thought something terrible would happen, now or much later, some sort of consequence that we'd always regret. I dunno what I'd have done if it'd gone differently. Divebomb 'im, take a hit, I dunno... I've had my own temptations around here. The way Nall has had Elite Twilight Items, I wanted to take Klive's when I heard he was sick, but that all stopped when it turned out that he was taking our side. He was sick. We'd made him sick with a special device that extracts items. I thought I'd be a renegade Elite, but then I also saw what happened to the guy who tried to use Nall's Twilight Items, and that plus how I'd actually hobbled us in the end made me stop. I understand, but...

(He now looked over at Talal, clearly glad that she was there, untouched by whatever could have befallen her.)

Canti: ...I can't help getting that look on my face. I don't wanna lose you, Kali.
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