[19:27:20] <Giantree> (OP THEME BEGINS PLAYING)
[19:27:36] * Firespitter is now known as Adrianne_Lavender
[19:27:41] <Althaia_Atrum> (*Eats popcorn and points out how the OP lies*)
[19:32:23] <Adrianne_Lavender> When we last left off, Adrianne was pinning down the girls upper body with solidified shadow tentacles.
[19:33:08] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia rushed forward with both blades angled down, aiming to stab into the hostile girls feet and keep her trapped for the time being.
[19:33:15] <Giantree> Pain. It felt like pain. The woman's black hair hung over her face as she laughed a bit— but not more than that. The blades that stabbed into her feet were stopped in their tracks, as though the blood running through them had the consistency of tar. Taking a deep breath, the mass of the sword seemed to instantly vanish, and all of her subsequent breaths were much more calm. But that…
[19:34:02] <Giantree> … didn't stop her from chuckling. "Oh, you're good. Really good. Really goddamn good." With another sigh, "alright, let go. I'll talk." Her will to fight seemed to vanish… or did it?
[19:35:55] * Adrianne_Lavender keeps her hold on her steady, "We can talk like this…Althaia, take your blades out of her feet." She orders
[19:37:13] <Althaia_Atrum> "Umm… Ok Adri!", the girl in the Victorian dress complied, gripping the hilt of both swords and heaving them out of the mysterious woman's feet… One of the blades dissipated into a veil of white mist while the other stayed at the ready…
[19:38:08] <Giantree> That didn't stop the loud scream of "SAAATIIIIIIIIIN!" from yards and yards away, as a much smaller girl spewed out from the vortex in the dome's 'ceiling' and glided toward them, skidding into the ground. Instantly, she jumped to her face and kept screaming the name - apparently that's what it was - over and over, even seeing the scene that was going on. Her run was definitely one that one…
[19:38:38] <Giantree> … could call 'girly,' and from that distance all that was blatantly obvious was the fact that her outfit was white and she was wearing glasses. Some kind of glasses.
[19:39:22] <Giantree> As Sa- well, the black-haired woman opened her mouth to speak, she instead noticed the screaming and closed her eyes, waiting for the girl to approach as though she felt she didn't even need to say anything herself.
[19:40:15] * Adrianne_Lavender 's eyes widen, "It looks like you know her, care telling us why she would like to kill this girl?" She says with quite a hint of surprise at the situation.
[19:42:12] <Giantree> As the much smaller girl caught up with them, she panted for a second, completely out of breath. "I'm… I'm sorry, Satin likes to get herself into trouble so much and…" she received a glare so painful it was like she could feel it. It was clear what the assailant was known as now, at least. Cutting her supposed friend off, 'Satin' sighed and began to actually speak. "You, mouth-arm."
[19:42:13] <Althaia_Atrum> "Hmm…. ", Althaia seemed lost for the moment… completely mesmerized by her sword, which she seemed to know how to use thanks to all those training sessions with her brother.. But it wasn't a fencing saber, it was a long sword… Holding the broadside of the blade toward her face, she looked at her reflection…
[19:42:25] <Giantree> "You saw that thing come from out of there, didn't you? Where do you think it went?"
[19:43:46] <Adrianne_Lavender> "No clue, but this girl." She points with her left hand, teeth clearly visible, "Is just like us isn't she?"
[19:44:10] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Even if she wasn't a few moments ago"
[19:45:16] * Adrianne_Lavender keeps holding this 'Satin' girl with the shadows.
[19:45:31] <Giantree> Satin glared and started to shout. "No damnit, that thing took over her bo-" her speech was interrupted by an interjection, like an "Oh!," from the girl in white next to her. Her glasses, upon further inspection, were crooked and actually had butterfly patterns on their rims, despite said rims being as white as her outfit. "That's what I came down here for— the thing you were chasing isn't
[19:45:48] <Giantree> here, it's back there! Y'know, in the Scape!" She pointed backwards and up toward the vortex as she said it.
[19:46:04] <Althaia_Atrum> Squinting her eyes and focusing on the sword, Althaia clinched the hilt tightly… until a rush of steam blasted from her feet and up into the air, generating an upward rise of wind that sent her dress flowing up, revealing her undergarments…
[19:46:43] <Althaia_Atrum> From the long sword extended hundreds of blades, although proportionate enough to not look absolutely ridiculous.. or not.. The sword now looked like a silver pinecone, barely able to tell it was a sword… "Wahhhh!!!"
[19:47:12] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Scape? Thats how you guys call it? I just call it creep city." She turns to Althaia and sighs.
[19:48:04] * Adrianne_Lavender loosens her grip a bit on Satin seeing that the white girl is dissuading her.
[19:49:12] <Giantree> Satin showed a look of… well, it was sort of surprise to the average onlooker. She muttered a "What the hell" under her breath, but it was pretty obvious at this point that she knew she was wrong. Though, she was still being stabbed and it wasn't pleasant. Meanwhile, her partner looked toward Adrianne with a look of puzzlement. "You've been there before? So you aren't newbies?"
[19:51:32] <Althaia_Atrum> "AHHHH!!!!", the whirling white steam blasted again, causing more wind to rise as the pinecone sword transformed into a blinding white light before exploding right in Althaia's hands… The explosion didn't cause any major harm, it basically just caused the sword to vanish… "Ahhh……..", Althaia fell back onto her rear with a thud, looking up…
[19:51:49] <Althaia_Atrum> At Adrianne and Satin with a distraught face… "Mmmm…"
[19:51:57] * Adrianne_Lavender now completely releases Satin, "I've been using it to travel between domes for quite some time. I haven't really found much trouble in general until today." Her shadow spear vanishes into dark dist and joins up with the rest of her shadow.
[19:53:11] <Adrianne_Lavender> "I can't speak about her though, she froze when time stopped though."
[19:54:00] * Adrianne_Lavender turns to Althaia and urges her to come closer.
[19:54:01] <Giantree> The smaller girl in white, hat on her head almost about to fall off, walked up to Althaia with a mousy "What are you trying to do?" Meanwhile, Satin brushed herself off. "Thanks. I was wrong about you two— there must be a reason why she got that power. The thing we're after's back up there." Bending over, she grabbed a small object from the ground where her sword once was and stuffed it in…
[19:54:06] <Giantree> was it a pocket? It may well have been.
[19:56:09] <Adrianne_Lavender> "So, how do we get up there anyways? I can't think of any way up." She says while looking up to the sky. "No shadows I can move through on the way up."
[19:57:01] <Giantree> Satin's tone of speaking was still awfully gruff and unpolished, as if everything she said sounded like an insult even if it were a compliment. That's just the kind of personality she had. Right away, she turned around and started walking toward the vortex. "You really are new to this, aren't you? Sky is no obstacle if you're really one of us." With a leap, gravity seemed to cease as her…
[19:57:08] <Giantree> … body shot like an arrow into the vortex.
[19:58:52] <Althaia_Atrum> "Where are we going… Up there?", Althaia held out an open palm as steam flowed forth, gathering in her hand as it formed the long sword again… "Oh! I'm finally getting the hang of THIS!" Spinning the sword in her hand in a circle motion, Althaia gripped the hilt quickly and stabbed it into the ground…
[19:59:35] <Althaia_Atrum> "Alright.. HERE I GO!!!", as she finished speaking… The blade extended and grew at an incredible rate, acting as an elevator, pushing Althaia up into the air and after the smaller girl. "AHHhhhhhh! YES!!!!!"
[20:01:20] * Adrianne_Lavender hadn't really thought of going up into the sky before, seeing that she has lived all her life on the ground. She decides to gather up the shadows of the nearby artificial trees beneath her and with a lound oomph she is launched into the air and into the vortex, her witch hat mysteriously staying on her head.
[20:01:47] <Giantree> The smaller girl in white saw that the group understood their rush to get back to the Scape, and… wanted to go with them, apparently, which made things much less difficult. Instead of explaining herself like she had just opened her mouth to do, she instead held out her arms and white strings which were wrapped around them untangled themselves and shot into the vortex, pulling her forward like…
[20:02:00] <Giantree> … a magical grappling hook. "Aaaah, Satin, wait for me~~"
[20:02:24] <Adrianne_Lavender> When she reaches Satin's side she says, "I never thought about doing that before, never needed it."
[20:04:03] <Giantree> And with some sort of bizarre "VWOOP" noise the vortex closed behind them as they all barreled into a city square which all but one of them had seen at least once before. Satin brushed herself off again and the smaller girl finally adjusted her hat, which looked painfully uncomfortable. Looking them over, she started to talk. "So… you'll help us find it?"
[20:05:11] <Giantree> Thinking for a second, she snapped her fingers. Her glasses sparked when she did it too, for some reason, but it was at least a cute flashy effect. "Oh right, sorry! You can call me Silk, by the way." A smile beamed on her face… sort of. It looked like a frown at the same time somehow.
[20:05:16] <Althaia_Atrum> "Wait a second… I'm forgetting… BRO!!!!", Althaia stopped the elevating blade as the vortex closed and materialized it into the air… "DANG IT!"
[20:05:25] * Adrianne_Lavender looks up to the sky at the closing vortex, "Its not like we have much choice now do I?"
[20:06:49] <Giantree> Satin put a hand at her hip and Silk - as she was now known - looked at Althaia and shook her head. The latter spoke. "Oh no no, don't worry, anybody in that world is safe… as long as we stay in here, anyway."
[20:08:12] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Yeah, you'll be able to get back to your brother without much trouble…unless you end up getting dragged away." She says with a grim look in her face, petting her toothy arm.
[20:08:59] <Giantree> Satin, hand at hip, walked off. "Quit dawdling. We're going."
[20:09:41] <Althaia_Atrum> "I need to make sure he's alright later though… I don't need to lose someone else…"
[20:09:54] <Adrianne_Lavender> "She's a bit impatient isn't she?" She asks Silk.
[20:11:03] <Giantree> Silk looked at her for a second and nodded… then paused in her tracks as she remembered something. "Oh! How terribly rude of us, we forgot to even ask— what do you two call yourselves? Have you been weavers for long?"
[20:12:05] <Althaia_Atrum> "Weavers? … I… uhh… my name is Althaia Atrum! And that's there's Adri!" Althaia pointed to Adrianne with an innocent smile.
[20:13:19] <Giantree> "Y'know, Spellweavers! That's what we've got used to calling ourselves, anyway." She seemed puzzled that they were using their real names, but… it wasn't a big deal. There was no need for secrecy in a world like this one. "But nice to meet you two, sorry for all the trouble," she said with a smile. And Satin with a cough, ahead of them all.
[20:13:24] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Weavers? If you mean being to use these powers then, yeah for a while."
[20:14:12] * Adrianne_Lavender moves forward, matching Satin's pace.
[20:14:55] <Althaia_Atrum> "Spells? I just… thought of…. wait.. a second… You were using shadows orrrr something, weren't you Adri?"
[20:15:09] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia followed closely behind Adri, trying to keep up.
[20:15:43] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Yeah, they're more useful than what you would think. They make moving around much easier."
[20:16:13] <Giantree> Ahead of them, magical force gathered. All of them could feel it. Satin took the head of the group and stopped in her tracks before looking down to notice she was standing right on the edge of solid ground next to… what looked like a sort of puddle. But the puddle was expanding and contracting rapidly, like it had the consistency of something that wasn't even liquid. "Here it comes."
[20:16:47] <Althaia_Atrum> "Here what comes… I'm confused… "
[20:17:15] <Adrianne_Lavender> Tendrils of shadow stream from Adrianne's shadow forming themselves into a much larger spear than the one she used before.
[20:17:23] <Adrianne_Lavender> solid black
[20:18:30] <Adrianne_Lavender> "A monster." she says, no explanation whatsoever
[20:19:32] <Giantree> The pool expanded at Satin's words and she was the first to fall into it— though, she did so as gracefully as she could muster, eyes closed. During the fall she reached to her side and pulled something out, which immediately transformed into the 12-or-so foot long blade she had wielded earlier. Silk… didn't do anything similar at all, instead flailing and screaming as she was swallowed into
[20:19:34] <Giantree> the 'puddle.'
[20:19:34] <Althaia_Atrum> "Like that blob that ate me…Adri?", the girl gripped the hilt of her sword with both hands, angling to sword horizontally away from her and toward the strange puddle.. "Anyways… I-I'm ready!"
[20:21:16] <Adrianne_Lavender> "…huh? Yeah kinda I guess?" She wasn't really sure how to classify that thing
[20:22:52] <Giantree> Instantaneously, the 'puddle' expanded to a width far beyond one to encompass where they were standing. Upon landing, however, the two found themselves standing atop a walkway that wasn't walled-off. Though plenty of pillars protruded from the ground, all that was visible below them was blackness. And of course, the torches attached to the pillars provided plenty of shadows as well.
[20:23:36] <Althaia_Atrum> "Eeep!" Althaia screamed.. She was close to the puddle and was swallowed up and fell forward and into the hole… "Ahhhhhh NOOOO!!!", Althaia closed her eyes as she descended… The double tailed scarf flailed and wavered in the air.. Forming into wings?… The scarf flapped, keeping Althaia floating in the air… "Eh…?"
[20:23:37] <Giantree> The problem, however, was that the two landed… but that was it. The other two were nowhere to be seen. The walkway ahead of them had plenty of twists, curves, and forks however— almost like a sort of maze.
[20:24:40] * Adrianne_Lavender landed a bit harder than what she wanted to for her taste. She quicly notices the darkenss around her and makes her spear longer.
[20:26:41] * Adrianne_Lavender looks around and notices Satin and Silk aren't there. "We'll see them later, we're heading to the same place after all.
[20:27:06] <Giantree> Ahead of them is a well-lit path, but no sign of Silk or Satin anywhere. The walkway they stand on is made of solid stone of some type, curving a bit but for the most part branching into multiple paths every few feet.
[20:27:09] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia landed softly on the ground with the aid of the scarlet wings that the scarf had became… "I'm… alright?" The scarf settled down, resting back on her shoulders and fell down her back. " We are? I… am kind of scared…"
[20:29:25] <Adrianne_Lavender> "We're in its lair, keep your eyes open Althaia, it might attack from anywhere." She starts walking on the path, "Keep close and keep your guard up."
[20:30:27] <Giantree> To each side, every path looks the same. It almost feels like there's no reason to keep walking forward, but in the same way it feels like there's no reason to walk to the sides either. The maze is constructed in such a way that it seems impossible to not get lost— but something told them that was what they had magic for.
[20:31:03] * Adrianne_Lavender holds her spear up in the air with an open hand to find the right way
[20:31:36] <Adrianne_Lavender> The spear slowly spinning like a compass to show the right direction.
[20:32:12] <Althaia_Atrum> As Althaia walked, the scarf… came alive again, forming into large, hard claws as they rose up into the air, floating above Althaia at around two or so feet… The girl looked up at the scarf, eyes widening… "AHHHHH!!!""
[20:33:07] * Adrianne_Lavender is deep in focus sensing the energies around her.
[20:36:07] <Althaia_Atrum> One of the scarf claws opens its palm and comes lightly down onto Althaia's head, patting it.. comforting her?… "Eh… Eh.. Don't hurt m-me… Ok?" The red cloth, again, pats her head and rises back into its open clawed position…
[20:37:48] * Adrianne_Lavender 's spear starts spinning slowly, then faster and faster until it looks more like a helicopter blade than a spear and Adrianne quickly dissipates it out of fear of it hitting her.
[20:38:27] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Damnit I can't find the way out of here."
[20:39:36] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Lets just pick a random direction and try it later, maybe there's too much interference or something."
[20:39:40] <Althaia_Atrum> "Eh? Umm.. Well uh…", the scarf raises its hand into the air, pointing into some random direction… "I don't think.. you know what you're doing…." The scarf appendage hangs its hand down, in utter shame.. Just trying to help.
[20:44:27] <Althaia_Atrum> "I think Mr.Scarf knows the way out…", Althaia looked up to the garb which pointed forward into some direction… "Alright… I trust you, ok?" Althaia walked in the direction the scarf pointed…
[20:53:48] <Giantree> Burning with enthusiasm, the scarf points in a direction which Althaia follows, Adrianne obviously not far behind. The path leads them to a ramp downward… and more downward… until it seems like they're walking on what would have been a wall from where they just were. It's as if gravity shifted. The myriad of pathways are still there, and all of them look identical.
[20:59:42] * Adrianne_Lavender kneels on the ground and pulls out a a dagger out of her shadow, "Alright, lets try this again." She says as she strikes the ground hard with the hilt, it supernaturally stays upright…not falling even after a whole minte has gone by, "You know, I was never good at this whole finding the right way thing." she says bitterly
21:01:36] <Althaia_Atrum> "I'm not good at much besides fencing and .. homework… Haha…", the scarf formed back into its defensive position, both claws upright and ready to disembowel anything that harms Althaia…
[21:02:39] <Adrianne_Lavender> The shadows dagger dissipates and the shadow motes return to their rightful place.
[21:05:55] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Well, I get lost really easily normally, this place just makes it worse."
[21:08:46] <Adrianne_Lavender> After pacing around a few times she matrializes another dagger and balances it on her index finger. "Lets see if it works this time." and with that, she started focusing and the dagger immediately and assertively pointing to the leftmost path. "Aha, see, it works!" She says excited tarting heading on, the dagger guiding the pair.
[21:09:42] <Adrianne_Lavender> starting*
[21:10:23] <Giantree> And on the leftmost path they went; along it, the other paths seemed to blur and fade from existence, even though they were most certainly visible before. Instead, there is only a long walkway with torchbearing pillars at the side, leading them into a room that looked like what was essentially a large stone box floating in midair. A crude door was in place leading into said box..
[21:10:30] <Giantree> And familiar voices could be heard from inside it.
[21:12:35] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Looks like they beat us to the punch."
[21:13:23] <Althaia_Atrum> "I didn't know we were in a competition…", both tails of the scarf dart forward and twist and serve until they come in contact with the door… Both grip the slit and pull violently to open it up.
[21:14:09] <Adrianne_Lavender> "I'll explain everything later."
[21:15:11] <Giantree> The door opens and inside the box is a massive space with what looks like a… floating head in the middle. A mask, even. However, this mask looks finely crafted and is made of the same stone that the walls are. Speaking of which, Silk is standing straight up on a wall to the left and Satin the ceiling— both pounding on the mask. The latter shouted first. "What took you so long? Hurry up!"
[21:16:08] <Giantree> The mask itself looks like some sort of design that could only be described as "ancient," for lack of a better word. Two gemstones set in its eye sockets glowed red as it turned to stare at the two entering the room.
[21:19:02] <Althaia_Atrum> "What is… AHHH!!", the red garment claws blast forward and grow and expand until they're about 12 feet tall… The massive claws close in on the mash and begin to slash at it heavily with a veil of flaming hot steam.
[21:20:38] * Adrianne_Lavender quickly makes a black javelin from her own shadow and quickly tosses it at the mask yelling "SHADOW MISSLE!". The Javelin is actually expelling small pieces of itself behind it at high speed making it like a pseudo rocket.
[21:22:35] <Giantree> The steam is repelled by the 'mask,' as its red gemstones in its eyes glow even brighter. Like heat isn't going to harm it. Or… at least, that's what it feels like, considering the scarf bounces off the stone creature and quite possibly does something along the lines of smacking Althaia herself in the face.
[21:25:12] <Althaia_Atrum> The red claws flew back and stopped themselves short of Althaia's face… However the force from the push caused Althaia to fall back and tumble onto the hard ground… "Ouchh…. "
[21:25:43] <Giantree> The shadow missiles hit the stone creature and… do nothing, essentially. Instead, it turns toward Adrianne and shoots "missiles" of its own from the gemstones in its eyes, which look similarly goofy but are still just as magical.
[21:27:41] * Adrianne_Lavender is pounded by the missles and barely hides on the inside of her hat's shadows to prevent the worst of the damage. She pops our rubbing her gut and oughing, "I almost dodged it."
[21:28:07] <Giantree> As its gemstones fire though, the statue stops moving and said gemstones slowly begin to rotate. As they do so, the side that becomes revealed through its eyes are blue, like deep sapphires. And the head rotates itself upward toward the woman with the massive sword…
[21:33:06] <Giantree> Its eyes began to glow as… some sort of psychic force shot out toward Satin, but instead of standing in place she rushed forward, holding her sword out so as to deflect the invisible blow— dashing across the entire room she slashed the creature's face and was then positioned on the other side of the room, wordlessly.
[21:36:37] <Giantree> "I-It's my turn!" The small girl shouted out loud from one of the walls as she extended her right arm, 'wires' untangling themselves and instead of attacking the statue, latching on to one of the walls… it was difficult to tell between wall, floor, and ceiling anymore. Propelling herself forward she delivered a kick into one of the eye-gemstones, cracking it a bit, then bounced off.
[21:41:33] * Adrianne_Lavender tries an attack with a large shadow boomerang, but it fails to make a dent. Seriously whats up with this place? Its making Adrianne's powers feel wonky.
[21:43:18] <Althaia_Atrum> "Alright… THAT"S IT!!!!", a large cluster of steam blasts forth from the girls feet as she stands, holding her long sword out as the scarf rises into the air, both hands opened up ready to attack. The steaming white aura twists around Althaia as two massive swords form near the scarf's hands… The claws grip each hilt of each sword…
[21:44:11] <Althaia_Atrum> And in the next instant, both of the scarves slash in an X-formation, firing off a large beam of energy toward the mask before Althaia herself leaped after it, bringing down the sword into one of the mask's eyes.
[21:47:34] <Giantree> The sheer force from the attack not only dug into the blue gem and shattered pieces of it across the room, but shook the mask enough to make the crack in the other one - from Silk's attack - deeper as well. Spinning so as to push the girl off of its body in frustration— well, its head, the statue's eyes again rotated once more, revealing green emeralds in its eye sockets.
[21:51:20] <Giantree> All its fury directed at Althaia, the statue charged straight at the girl with all its mass.
[21:53:42] <Althaia_Atrum> "TAKE… THIIIIIISSSS!!!", holding the sword into the air, it expands and blasts up until it almost makes contact with the ceiling… At the same time, a cluster of white energy and steam swarms around the blade. The girl slashes it down at the mask with all of that energy and force behind it, causing the very ground to shake upon impact.
[21:55:08] <Giantree> … That is, if it's even possible to tell where the ground is. Still, all the walls of the boxed room tremble at the force of the slash and the statue head's eyes completely shatter on impact, causing the entirety of its form to slowly crumble into dust. But through the slow crumbling Silk and Satin lie in wait, as if they know what's going to come from it.
[21:56:39] <Adrianne_Lavender> "You landed the final blow, go claim the seed." She manages to say, still gripping her stomach.
[21:57:18] <Althaia_Atrum> The sword retracts back into its normal size as Althaia takes in a deep breath… "Seed? What seed?……"
[21:58:11] <Giantree> As the statue finishes its routine, 'gravity' seems to shift again, sending all of them tumbling to one specific 'wall' which is apparently the floor now. As Satin steps forth to say something Silk instead extends her left arm in front of the older girl, shaking her head. "These are their souls, their hearts. What we collect after our fights… to fulfill our mission." And with that, alongside
[21:58:19] <Giantree> a 'clink,' a small black orb hit the ground.
[21:59:17] <Adrianne_Lavender> "With thirteen of those you can get any one wish you want."
[22:00:05] <Althaia_Atrum> "Any wish I want…? … … That sounds… … too good to be true…"
[22:00:33] <Giantree> As Althaia approached the seed - or at least looked at it - the room fell apart, revealing instead the city block they were standing in back at the Scape. The seed was sitting on the street, now.
[22:01:49] <Althaia_Atrum> The girl approached the seed and looked at it for a moment… The scarf, as if knowing what Althaia wanted to do, moved slowly forward and gripped the seed, picking it up from the ground… "Oh, thanks Mr.Scarf!"
[22:02:31] * Adrianne_Lavender sits down on the sidewalk, "Well, you have to earn it, and it ain't easy. After I got this" She holds out her left arm, "I decided that I would find home the old fashioned way."
[22:02:41] <Giantree> But Silk looked toward Satin and immediately back to Althaia, as if ther had some sort of telepathic communication happening. Or at least, they understood what had to be done. "But before you start gathering them, there's one thing I wanna ask…" she looked at Adrianne, shaking her head. "No, both of you. There's a reason we're collecting them and can't do it ourselves. Will you help us?"
[22:02:52] <Giantree> Her hands were brought to her chest pleadingly. "Or at least hear us out?"
[22:04:23] <Althaia_Atrum> "What do you say Adri… Should we?"
[22:04:27] * Adrianne_Lavender looks at them weakly, "Don't know, but it seems that something serious is going on around here."
[22:04:50] <Adrianne_Lavender> "I'll hear you out at least."
[22:05:22] <Althaia_Atrum> The scarf brings up both hands as claws form… They move in at both Silk and Satin, letting out… a roar?
[22:07:28] <Giantree> Right away Silk let out a scream and ran behind Satin, who remained stoic at the scarf's "attack." Sword disappearing and being placed in a pocket, she closed her eyes and turned around, ignoring the small girl at her side. "If you're going to do it, then follow us. There's someone who can explain it better than we can."
[22:08:53] * Adrianne_Lavender lets out a sigh, "But before that." Is all she says before a pulse of shadows emanates from her feet making all the shadows change to the opposite direction they would normally be.
[22:09:04] <Althaia_Atrum> "Mr.Scarf! BAD! BAD!", Althaia brought up her long sword, smacking the scarf with the blunt end of the blade and it complied… Retracting back and folding over and resting on Althaia's back… "I'm really sorry… Hehe.."
[22:09:57] <Giantree> Well, at least, that seemed to be the intention— but, in the Scape, shadows were something hardly visible thanks to the lack of things like sunlight so it was something that could barely be noticed at all. Still, it seemed like elsewhere it might've had some sudden effect, Adrianne felt.
[22:10:49] <Giantree> As Satin walked off, however, Silk was shaking where she stood but still tried to make a point to creep forward, extending a hand. "I… I-It's okay, Mr. Scarf… I-I'm not gonna hurt you… see?"
[22:11:18] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Okay, I'm done getting rid of buildup. Lead the way Satin." She says in a more relaxed tone of voice
[22:13:33] <Althaia_Atrum> The scarf, again, let out a growl as one of the tails curved upward, forming into a five fingered claw once more… It moved slowly toward Silk, hissing…
[22:13:38] * Adrianne_Lavender stretches before following closely after Satin.
[22:20:27] <Giantree> The four did their fair share of interaction— Satin keeping mostly to herself even still, they still shared some moments and made quite a bit of smalltalk on the long walk to what eventually became a flight of stairs leading underground. A subway, although it was difficult to tell considering how much debris was everywhere. Satin decided to go off on her own again toward a console, while Silk
[22:20:32] <Giantree> was left alone with the two.
[22:21:52] <Althaia_Atrum> "Mr.Scarf, BEHAVE…", the scarf growled and turned toward Silk with an open claw… However, it listened to Althaia… Reverting back to its lifeless state… "I'm sorry about all of this … What's your name again?"
[22:23:51] <Giantree> She proudly stood up. "It's El-" realizing what she almost just did - a newbie mistake - she shuffled around frantically then cleared her throat. "No, no, it's Silk, call me Silk. It works just fine, I don't need anything more than that," she covered up with a nervous laugh. As she did so, one of the walls slid open as Satin herself 'slid' out from the console room. Beckoning, she walked
[22:23:52] <Giantree> inside.
[22:24:01] * Adrianne_Lavender looks around, her arm apparently asleep after all that magic power usage, "So there is this dome where they make all the food out of insects. YOu would imagine my surprise after they told me what one of their protein bars was made out of."
[22:27:54] <Althaia_Atrum> "Eww.. Bugs… … … That reminds me… I wonder how my Dad is doing…"
[22:28:38] * Adrianne_Lavender walks behind her, "Whats wrong with using your real name? I've never had any problem with it."
[22:29:27] <Giantree> Conversation going along, the group traveled down a winding staircase. The staircase itself, however, was fairly fancy-looking— extremely fancy-looking, in fact, as it looked like it was some kind of crystal. Whether it was artificial or not was almost impossible to tell, as well, but it had an amber tint to it. Walking down, Silk sort of laughed it off. "Well I'm not sure really…
[22:29:50] <Giantree> The nickname just kinda stuck. I think it has to do with these things." One of the 'wires' on her arms was raised and jingled a little.
[22:31:05] <Althaia_Atrum> The jiggling wire set off the scarf… Causing it to slightly arch into the air, ready for anything… "Calm down…"
[22:32:11] <Giantree> As it wrapped itself around the girl's arm again, she let out another giggle. "Maybe we do have a lot in common after all, huh?" It almost sounded like she was talking more to the scarf… or maybe she was.
[22:32:12] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Althaia, are you sure you can keep that under control?"
[22:33:59] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Silk, what is this place? I didn't even know people stayed in here for long."
[22:34:16] <Althaia_Atrum> "I-I'll try… Mr.Scarf, CALM DOWN NOW…", again, the scarf literally whimpered and went back to its lifeless state… "Alright… That works!"
[22:36:05] <Giantree> Beaming, she turned from facing Althaia behind her and instead looked toward Adrienne in front. Satin was far ahead of the group, showing no interest. "Apparently down here where it's calm is where our l… our friend is most comfortable. Like us she doesn't go by her name either, but we don't even know what i-" Cut off, Satin started to speak. "We're almost there. Be on your best behavior
[22:36:12] <Giantree> around her; she doesn't get guests often."
[22:38:25] <Althaia_Atrum> "I really don't know what I'm going to do.. I need to get back to my brother soon.. That's all I have to say… Hehehe… And how do I turn.. back?"
[22:40:10] <Giantree> Silk turned around and didn't stop. Despite Satin's words, they still had a while to go. Silk herself was still beaming, however. "Don't worry, when you come here like this, time doesn't flow there at all. I'm sure your brother won't even notice you were gone. And…" she looked over Althaia's costume, ignoring the scarf. "It appears when you come here. That's what kind of place this is."
[22:41:44] <Adrianne_Lavender> "I don't think you can while we're here, I never tried it though, seeing as I always tried to get to the next dome as fast as possible."
[22:42:36] <Althaia_Atrum> "So… … ", Althaia looked down at her red and blue dress and her armored knee high leggings, finishing with the metal boots that were surprisingly comfortable. "I noticed something.. about.. well you guys… You seem to have an attribute or.. something like that… Adri is darkness and.. you are… wires?"
[22:44:03] <Giantree> The fancy staircase ending, the group was now proceeding through a much more normal-looking corridor; if anything, it just looked like a fairly fancy house. Though, nothing holographic or common where they came from— only well-polished floor and walls. No windows, of course. Silk kept beaming. "Wires… I'm not sure if that's what you'd call it. Actually…
[22:44:36] <Giantree> … I'm not sure what to call it myself either, I just know what they do. Feel them. But oh, Satin's is a lot cooler, she can control b-" "We're here." A door creaked open.
[22:45:04] <Althaia_Atrum> "Control b-what? … … … I think I'm energy or… steam.. or .. something… and…. huh?"
[22:47:41] * Adrianne_Lavender raises an eyebrow, curious.
[22:48:19] <Giantree> Silk shut herself up, for good reason too. The group was led into a much more elegant room - even moreso than the hall alit with chandeliers and such they came from - in which sat an equally elegant table in the middle. Curtains of bright colors draped across the room, and the atmosphere was certainly fancy. But it seems like there was something missing. Something that made everything.. dull.
[22:50:06] <Giantree> "Quartz," spoke Satin almost rudely, or maybe it was just something she knew she could get away with. Without lifting a finger to reveal the new group, her face instead changed completely as she walked forward, toward a blond girl wearing a rather plain dress in a wheelchair. A lost technology, if anything, but she didn't show incentive to get up from it. "How are you feeling?"
[22:50:16] * Adrianne_Lavender looks surprised there is even a place this fancy in creep city.
[22:50:44] <Althaia_Atrum> "Huh… Mr.Scarf, what do you think of this place?…" … The scarlet garb rose up in the form of its two claws again… They were calm and at the ready to attack anything… "Oh my… what is… "
[22:52:01] <Giantree> The girl coughed and attempted to use her arms to push herself off the chair, but was instead held in place by Satin who shook her head in a way that showed… concern, which seemed awfully out-of-character at this point. The girl, Quartz, scanned over the group and almost immediately opened her mouth while looking at Silk, who saluted goofily and ran off before a word could even come out.
[22:52:16] <Giantree> "Aye aye! Chrysanthemum tea, right on it!" Of course, she ran off.
[22:53:36] <Giantree> Another cough and another. Clearing her throat, the girl looked up as Silk left the room. "You are… new Spellweavers, yes?" There was a bizarre sense of elegance to her voice.
[22:55:19] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Well, I'm not sure what you call yourselves, but I'm just a wanderer, trying to find a way back home." She says as a matter of factly.
[22:55:26] <Althaia_Atrum> "Yeah! My name is Althaia Atrum! Pleasure to meet you.. And this is my friend Adri.. And Mr.Scarf… Say hello!", the red scarf wormed forward with one of its claws, patting the sick girl on the head lightly and in a comforting manner. "Aww.. He likes you!"
[22:56:48] <Adrianne_Lavender> "My name is Adrianne Lavender, nice to meet you."
[22:58:30] <Giantree> As the scarf came closer, the girl let out a giggle— a refined one, much unlike Silk's goofy kind. Satin almost lurched forward but held herself back, like she knew better, but didn't move from the girl's side still. As Silk returned with a big tray of tea, Quartz extended an arm. "Please, make yourselves at home." The table she was sitting at was awfully fancy-looking, but there wasn't…
[22:59:46] <Giantree> … a whole lot on it besides a tablecloth. Nothing at all, actually. Considering what tables looked like on the outside world, it and even the chairs were a fairly rare sight. Silk passed out the tea as the sickly girl coughed once and spoke again. "As I'm sure you know by now, I'm known as Quartz. That's.. the only name I've kept, to be honest. But still, pleased to meet you both."
[23:02:41] <Giantree> Chrysanthemum tea was something that didn't exist commonly in 2072 either, but in the Scape there was plenty of it, as evident by the sheer amount placed on the table. More than the number of guests, even, but that's probably just Silk not bothering to count. With a big grin she joined the table and took a big gulp. Quartz took a sip herself. "I'd like to get straight to the point: You know
[23:02:46] <Giantree> what this world is, yes?"
[23:03:35] <Althaia_Atrum> "Well… My name is Althaia Atrum as I said… My brother is Avlein Atrum… My father Ronald Atrum and my mother … was Ambrosia Atrum… and… I don't know what this world is, I'm sorry."
[23:04:17] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Not really, I just use it to travel between places, "I've had some spare time and I thought it was maybe an…alternate dimension or something like that?"
[23:06:43] <Giantree> Sip. "You're partially correct. This world is… let's call it a ghost of what your world once was, shall we? There was once a land that thrived, but due to an unfortunate accident it was forgotten by the world. That's what we call the Scape, or the City of Silence. As I'm sure you've seen, the people here look and act… quite strange." At this point she saw it fit to draw attention to…
[23:07:21] <Giantree> … a certain aspect of herself and looked into their faces. Her eyes, much like that of the citizens', had no pupils. Only irises filling the entire eyes. And they were an amber color, much like the staircase from earlier.
[23:08:06] * Adrianne_Lavender shifts unconfortably in her chair, "…oookay thats a bit wierd."
[23:09:44] <Althaia_Atrum> "Ohhh… Pretty….", Althaia began to exhibit an aura of steam from her eyes that flowed into the air and began to heat the room…
[23:11:34] * Adrianne_Lavender stares at Althalia as if she was retarded, but then remembers this is her first time here and probably hasn't seen the crrepy people closeley at all."
[23:11:45] <Giantree> … But Quartz paid it no mind. The room being a little less chilly wasn't going to change much. "I'm sorry. That's all I can do to explain what happens when you have too much exposure to this place." She began to cough wildly, being calmed down only by Satin's help. A few seconds later, she went on, "Spellweavers coming here are not many. They are only so important because they have…
[23:12:38] <Giantree> … one ability that nobody else in any world does. That ability is to defeat malicious creatures who safeguard amazing power, and compress that power into 'oblivion seeds' formed from their thoughts. 'Guardians' are the only thing I can see fit to name them, though they have been known to have others…" hack wheeze.
[23:14:46] <Giantree> Satin interrupted, sensing her condition worsening. "I'll continue. Gathering these oblivion seeds are what we're here for, because thirteen of them means a wish can be granted to whoever holds them. Our wish is-" Quartz extended a hand, silencing her. It was almost as if she was waiting for a response before letting the explanation continue.
[23:15:50] <Althaia_Atrum> "Wish… I just wanted this power to protect my brother and now I'm being swept into something… much bigger… Umm…"
[23:17:09] * Adrianne_Lavender again shifts unconfortably in her seat, "You just gave me a good reason to avoid being in this place for too long." Adrianne says nervously while pullin on the collar.
[23:19:06] <Giantree> Quartz smiled. "That's exactly why we want to use the oblivion seeds to recreate the Earth. This land is hardly habitable anymore, and from what I hear your world is gradually decaying as well. The unlimited power in the seeds would make it possible to grant us a new, perfect Earth, in which nobody has to suffer." A sip of tea, finishing the cup. "And for that purpose I ask.. will you help?"
[23:20:13] <Althaia_Atrum> "… … … No one having to suffer? … … That's impossible… …"
[23:22:39] <Giantree> The sickly girl admired Althaia's perception. "You may be right. But if people live their lives on your world, won't it eventually become inhabitable, forcing them to look for other planets to settle on? The seeds can let us birth a new, healthy world to support as much life as possible, to minimize suffering as much as we can. These two joined me because…" Satin cut in. "Because it's
[23:22:48] <Giantree> better than wishing for something selfish."
[23:22:55] <Adrianne_Lavender> "…I don't…really know how to respond." She says and then ruffles her hair under her hat, "…man, I can't really say no to that
[23:23:56] <Althaia_Atrum> "It is selfish though… … …"
[23:24:51] <Giantree> Satin took a step forward. "Wishing for people to have a future is selfish? Even compared to people who want infinite money, infinite happiness for themselves?"
[23:25:04] <Giantree> Silk joined in. "Or even wishing for more wishes! We don't wanna do that, right?"
[23:25:49] <Althaia_Atrum> "But forcing your own wish on other people, regardless if it helps them or not is .. kind of selfish…"
[23:27:45] <Giantree> Satin growled and started to speak before Quartz silenced her again. "I understand how you feel— that's why we're requesting. While it's certainly beneficial for us to have cooperation since there will be less competition for the seeds among the Weavers, we can't force anything upon anybody. If you choose not to help us, then we cannot change your mind."
[23:28:11] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Alathia, I don't think its too bad. It would definetely make moving around the between domes easier."
[23:29:16] <Adrianne_Lavender> Althaia*
[23:29:23] <Althaia_Atrum> "I… really want to know what it's like to breath fresh air… … And that rain… and those clouds from that dream… where amazing… … …"
[23:30:43] * Adrianne_Lavender stands up to look at both of them from a different angle, "But I have a few conditions…"
[23:30:47] <Giantree> Quartz looked down, almost like she was about to cry. Assuming she were even still capable, that is. "I think… I think I used to know those feelings. They're only distant memories now, but the reason I want this wish is so that nobody has to live their lives without knowing joys like that."
[23:32:47] * Adrianne_Lavender turns to Satin, "You live in the same dome we were fighting in, right?"
[23:35:08] <Giantree> Satin started to speak, but then turned away. Silk, noticing it, chimed in again. "Nope! Actually, we're pretty much like you— our home is here. Our family is here. We have pretty different reasons for going to that world," she said matter-of-factly.
[23:36:55] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Well, as you can see, all I have with me is what I carry on my back, so I was wondering if you could help me settle down in there. With money or somesuch."
[23:37:27] <Althaia_Atrum> "I have a home with my brother and dad… so I'm set… if that matters at all."
[23:40:53] <Giantree> Quartz smiled, but Silk interjected again. "We'd be happy to have new friends here! I'm sure Quartz gets pretty lonely when we go of-" Satin's violent glaring made her stop her sentence and start shivering a bit instead. Eyes as blood-red as hers were pretty unpleasant to stare into for so long.
[23:42:35] <Althaia_Atrum> "Something… doesn't feel right… I can't put my finger on it… … … Just … … … "
[23:42:44] * Adrianne_Lavender seems a bit put off by Satin's display of anger, "You know…I think I'm staying with Althaia." She turns to her, "Is that ok with you?"
[23:44:00] <Althaia_Atrum> "Me and my brother would be happy to have you Adri!", Althaia smiled as she stood up from her chair.
[23:44:40] <Giantree> Quartz didn't display any more emotion than she had been the entire time, except for a fierce determination. It most certainly didn't change the tone of her voice at all, though. "What you choose is up to you. We will continue to pursue our goal to achieve the purposes we desire. There's nothing we're hiding from you; all we want to ask of you is to be our comrades."
[23:45:43] <Giantree> She smiled softly again. "Don't worry— you don't have to decide right away. You're welcome to spend as much time here as you feel necessary." Looking up, Satin nodded and began pushing her wheelchair into another room. "Please come see me if you make your decision," were the girl's last words.
[23:46:13] <Althaia_Atrum> "I've already made a decision…"
[23:48:08] <Adrianne_Lavender> "So have I…"
[23:49:00] <Giantree> She was already in the other room by the time they spoke, but Silk wasn't. She pepped up and looked downhearted at the same time. "Don't be a rush or anything, you have as long as you want to think about this. We'll always be here, y'know! Or… at least, we'll be around."
[23:49:59] <Althaia_Atrum> "No, it isn't something that hard to think about… but… one thing I have to ask… What's your real reason for doing this…?"
[23:51:00] <Giantree> Silk tilted her head. "Whaddaya mean? We heard the same thing you did and that's why we decided to help— we want a new Earth where people can be happy. That's all there is to it!"
[23:52:32] <Althaia_Atrum> "… … … … … I was always taught to not judge a book by its cover… … … "
[23:52:52] <Althaia_Atrum> "And the way Mr.Scarf was acting before… … "
[23:53:22] <Giantree> Silk shrugged and took a gulp of tea. "Dunno! I was always taught that people living is good, people dying is bad. And people will be dying if we don't do something, right?"
[23:55:07] <Adrianne_Lavender> "Whatever their reasons are, as long as the result helps me get back home, It's likely I will help you.
[23:55:10] <Adrianne_Lavender> "
[23:56:23] <Althaia_Atrum> "People dying… That's something that can't be stopped… … "
[23:57:42] <Giantree> The girl sit back in her chair. "There's no reason for anybody with hostile intentions to come this way anymore— we'll leave our door open. As for me…" A vortex instantaneously opened in the air, which she slipped inside. "See ya later~" It closed as soon as the last syllable was spoken. Was it something urgent? Or just an excuse to get out of the gloomy atmosphere?
[23:58:46] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia wondered why the girl left so quickly as if in a haste… This only raised her suspicions further. "Why did she leave so quickly?"
[00:00:01] <Adrianne_Lavender> "No idea, lets go back to the dome, we can think about this a bit better once we cool ourselves down a bit." She says as she makes a wave with her hand and a portal appears.
[00:00:05] <Giantree> The only clue to answer that question was the completely empty teacup by what was her chair. It, at least, seemed like she did all she could do to try to convince them.
[00:06:03] <Madobe_Nanako> _
[00:06:15] <Althaia_Atrum> Lines lines line.))
[00:06:24] <Madobe_Nanako> (Transition)
[00:12:35] <Giantree> "Haa!" The most generic of sounds to make while striking was definitely a sound that was… made. The practice sword of Avlein Atrum had a clear strike at Althaia's stomach, and it took it. A few seconds of breathing later the boy removed his mask and looked at her with a passive smile. "What's the matter, sis? It sure feels like you've been out of it lately."
[00:13:31] <Giantree> It's been five days since the traveler Adrianne started living with them, and for four of those days the news have been plastered with comments and paranoia theories about one terrorist act in a nearby dome— despite it being thousands of miles away. It had nothing to do with them. But still, it was unsettling.
[00:15:07] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia took the blade to the stomach, still thinking about the Scape and that girl in the wheel chair… It was unsettling for her and she couldn't focus what so ever… "Eh..hehe.. Sorry Bro! Just thinking is all…"
[00:17:19] <Giantree> His face became more serious. "Think about your opponent. If you can't even focus on that, you'll be in all kinds of danger!" Sheathing his sword and stretching, he let out a bit of a yawn. "I think that's enough training for today, though. Shall we go back and get some grub?"
[00:18:29] <Althaia_Atrum> "I'm fine… You go on ahead… I wanna explore the forest some.. .If that's alright…"
[00:20:37] <Giantree> He shrugged. "I suppose so. Adri's still out getting the groceries, so it might be a bit late tonight anyway. But don't take too long, alright?" The bulky gear moved with his legs back to the house. Bulkily.
[00:25:05] <Althaia_Atrum> The girl sprinted in the opposite directions, tossing of her gear as she went… Leaving it lay in the field as she approached the darkness and protection of the trees.. Protection from sight that is… She ran faster and faster into the trees, away from anyone or anything that may see what she was about to do…
[00:27:35] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia leaped into the air, performing an aerial front flip as her legs began to glow a bright white, materializing forth those armored boots… Shortly before her dress formed on her upper body and finishing the attire was the living red scarf…
[00:27:47] <Althaia_Atrum> "I have to get the hang of this if I'm going to fight… … …"
[00:29:53] <Giantree> Though, there wasn't much of an opponent for her in a place like this. While there was definitely nobody in the woods, the only thing that could've made training her powers easier would be somebody to train them with.
[00:31:37] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia meant to work on her powers and abilities and expand on them… and some privacy was the best thing that came to mind… Materializing her sword in a veil of steam, she faced a tree. The magical girl swung her blade downward, causing a sword to fling forward from the original blade… The sword spun and pierced into the tree perfectly,..
[00:35:50] <Althaia_Atrum> "I… don't know what to do Mr.Scarf….", the red cloth rose into the air and patted Althaia's head before lunging forward, gripping the hilt of the stuck blade and pulling it out of the tree, materializing it into thin air… "Maybe I can… … turn my body into… steam…?"
[00:37:01] <Giantree> Could she? It seemed to be instilled in her head by the other group that flight, transformation, all things were possible provided she just had the will to do it. But how would she utilize a power like that? And even more of a question, how would she do so without getting stuck inside the tree?
[00:38:44] <Althaia_Atrum> "Alright… Just focus… Just focus… ", steam reared up from her feet and spun around in a spiral motion from her legs to the sky… Althaia held her blade diagonally with both hands at the hilt… The more time passed, the far more violent the spinning steam became.
[00:41:02] <Giantree> As she began her exercise, of ALL ridiculous things to happen, she heard a noise. Noise of leaves rustling nearby. And the noises were getting close and closer.
[00:42:55] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia began to feel a bit uncomfortable… She took in a deep, calming breath to calm the swirling steam down but… that didn't happen.. Instead.. The steam literally spun and retreated into Althaia's mouth… Her eyes widened at that moment… and then she exhaled, causing a massive flurry of hot steam to rush out of her mouth…
[00:43:37] <Althaia_Atrum> It was a powerful breath as it shook the leaves and the branches, even causing weak trees to give way to the power of the move… but afterward, Althaia had better things to focus on… Like the noises drawing closer and closer.
[00:45:29] <Giantree> And closer. And closer! Branches and leaves were stepped on and something was approaching to see her in her transformed state until…. it happened. From behind a nearby tree popped out a canine. A bulldog with a hoverboard in its mouth, actually. It stood in place staring at Althaia, then continued onward through another path.
[00:46:39] <Althaia_Atrum> "Uhhh… huh?" The magical girl blinked at the sight of the dog… Wandering where she saw it before… And then it hit her… Days ago when that blob devoured her and the day she became a Spell Weaver… "Wait a second.. Come back here!"
[00:48:38] <Althaia_Atrum> The girl sprinted after the dog while still in her magical girl clothes… She obviously forgot to revert back to normal…
[00:49:18] <Giantree> It… acted like a dog would, actually. Feeling threatened it broke into a run, past seas of trees— and after a brief while of chase escaped through a bold leap in between some trees, outside of the forest and into the city's limits. Hoverboard still in its mouth it attempted to trot off.
[00:50:53] <Althaia_Atrum> "Heyy…ahhh!", Althaia stumbled forward but one tail of the scarf blasted forward, contacting the ground with an open palm to keep her from falling… "Thanks…", the red garb retracted and patted Althaia's head as she continued to run after the dog.
[00:58:11] <Giantree> And she did, with the few people who were out and about on that city block stopping to stare at her outfit— and even moreso, at the dog. But that didn't last long, as a few seconds later she found herself struggling to keep her footing and not trip over said dog. A grayscale dog, with its hind legs stuck behind it and hoverboard still in mouth, not moving. But something nearby definitely was.
[01:00:06] <Giantree> It was, specifically, a 'VWOOP' noise behind her and a not-so-heavy object that collided into her back. But that object didn't skip a beat to start screaming. If it sounded like words at all, it was certainly something like "HELP HELP HELP HELP HELP HELP HELP HELP," jumbled together with an explanation that seemed to be a run-on sentence or maybe even some new attempt to break the world record
[01:00:34] <Giantree> on longest single word. Obviously, the white outfit she was wearing was nothing new. Hoo boy. What could she want all of a sudden?
[01:01:03] <Althaia_Atrum> "Eh? Oh hello the- AHHH!!", The girl flailed her arms to save herself from falling.. and luckily it worked… Turning around to face the girl in white… "What…what is it? Ahhh…. Stop yelling…"
[01:06:14] <Giantree> Bouncing back and standing up, the girl who was known only as Silk's eyes started watering; her butterfly-rimmed glasses definitely made tears look ridiculously unusual. "I-I dunno who to ask anymore, i-it's Satin, she just went to fight this thing a-and then she disappeared and oh god I can't go back and tell the story like this help help help" it continued along something like that.
[01:06:27] <Giantree> But for the most part it was pretty incomprehensible— maybe the word "disappeared" wasn't.
[01:07:20] <Althaia_Atrum> "Dissapeared… What happened?… … ", Althaia looked around at the local people which were definitely staring at them… "Let's go Sil! Lead the way…"
[01:09:44] <Giantree> At least, their still bodies were; there wasn't much they could see considering how grayscale they were. But the girl sniffled instead of even attempting to wipe her tears. "O-Okay, thanks, let's go!" Grabbing Althaia's arm by the wrist, she leapt back into the portal which disappeared with a VWOOP.
[01:11:11] <Althaia_Atrum> The scarf didn't react to Silk as it knew that Althaia wouldn't be pleased with it… For now, the garb let Silk make contact with Althaia… Althaia, on the other hand, was taken by Silk into the portal with determination in her eyes… She wanted to know what happened…
[01:14:20] <Giantree> As they emerged into the city square like usual, Silk stared up at the air and looked about frantically until she finally saw something. "Over there," she pointed to what looked like… it was difficult to tell what it was, actually, but it was almost rectangular and it was definitely floating in the sky. "That thing! That's what took her!" The cape attached to her outfit started to blow in
[01:14:28] <Giantree> the wind… or a wind that was newly created, anyway.
[01:16:59] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia looked at the box, slanting her eyes in anger… The scarf surrendered to the wind as it whisked too and fro in the strong gust… "Alright… I'll take care of it for you Sil, you wait here, okay?"
[01:24:18] <Giantree> She pouted. "What, d'ya think I can't fight or something? There's no way just ONE of us can take on something like THAT alone!" Thinking about what she said and what she'd do, her cape acted as wings and fluttered as she took of after the girl. "I-I'll provide backup!"
[01:27:24] <Althaia_Atrum> "Alright, just stay out of anything dangerous and if it gets to bad, run!", the red scarf readied itself in its winged form again as it flapped… Althaia leaped into the air and flew fast at the floating shape… She readied her blade as a aura of steam flowed from her body.
[01:32:04] <Giantree> She nodded, though Althaia was already too far ahead of her to see it. Catching up she tried to speak as the two flew straight toward the… whatever it was. "By the way… I'm sorry for asking you to do this." The wind was strong, she swirled around to girl's other side to keep her momentum. "I know you still don't know if you want to help us or not but…" Swirled again. "Even if you say..
[01:32:56] <Giantree> .. you won't, I think that's fine. All I really want is somebody to be able to call a fr-" Of course, the speed and the altitude weren't the greatest combination— right at that second they reached the left side of the monstrosity, which was now moving forward straight toward the direction they came from.
[01:34:01] <Giantree> The intricate golden patterns on the otherwise dull gray ship's hull made themselves clear as it pushed forward, forcing them to what was the ship's right side. The only way they could go from here was up.
[01:38:04] <Althaia_Atrum> Looking at the ship … Something didn't feel right… The scarf wings flapped again, causing her to accelerate, going faster and faster toward the ship… She had her blade at the ready and a steaming aura ready to attack…
[01:39:23] <Giantree> As the ship started to descend a bit, the two found themselves face-to-face with, unsurprisingly, a wall of cannons. You know, considering it was an airship and all. The cannons stood in place menacingly and began charging magical energy from nearby as the two struggled to keep their position midair.
[01:48:28] <Althaia_Atrum> "Not on my watch…" Althaia flew higher into the air as her sword began to glow with a radiant white light… Slashing downward, a gigantic stream of concentrated, heated steam fired like a beam… Swirling and twisting as it smashed into the cannons with such heat and power, it caused them to explode, leaving only one left when all was said and done.
[01:55:20] <Giantree> "Alright! My turh!" Fierce determination burning in her soul, the smaller girl in white stretched out her arms as all of the 'wires' - which were built like sleeves - on them were unwrapped at once, now more or less telekinetically under her control. Focusing, her glasses' butterfly patterns began glowing and the wires arranged themselves behind her so as to form an identical pattern trailing….
[01:56:35] <Giantree> .. Behind her cape. As the butterfly wings spread her own orb of magical energy began being conjured, which was released with a quick movement of the 'wings' and straight into the final cannon, which exploded on impact. Wires wrapping themselves around her arms again, the cape returned to being her method of flight as the began ascending. "Alright, let's go in."
[01:57:44] <Althaia_Atrum> The scarf wings beat the air below the magical girl, causing her to gain more altitude above Silk. "Alright… I'll head in first…", with one thrash of the wings, she sped toward the entrance…
[01:58:30] <Giantree> … But found herself crashing against some sort of hexagonal object. It flashed in the sky for a split second but disappeared upon contact— like a barrier.
[01:59:29] <Althaia_Atrum> "Ehh?", Althaia hovered back, away from the invisible barrier and began to think… "How can we get through this thing…?"
[03:00:27] <Giantree> Silk had no idea either. Seeing the flash of the barrier she gave off a pretty terrified look— in fact, she actually bit a nail but she hoped it was behing Althaia's back enough to not be noticeable. "We… We can't try to break through it, can we?"
[03:06:17] <Althaia_Atrum> "Alright… I got this… ", Althaia closed her eyes as the blade dissipated into a veil of steam that became one with Althaia's aura… A small, thin blanket of steam coated her skin and out from her eyes came forth a smog of the hot vapor… "Huff…huff….huff….huff……huff…", taking in deep breaths… She focused…
[03:07:09] <Althaia_Atrum> Althaia's body began to vanish into thin air… Starting from her legs up to her head.. Within only ten seconds, her entire being was replaced by a barely visible steam silhouette…
[03:07:23] <Althaia_Atrum> "I did it!"
[03:08:21] <Althaia_Atrum> The now invisible vapor Althaia flew forward and through the barrier with no difficulty… Air made it through so why couldn't a simple vapor?
[03:09:28] <Giantree> .. But all Silk did was panic more as Althaia made it past the barrier. "B-But… !" Taking a second to calm herself, she understood what was going to happen. She couldn't do much besides provide encouragement now, but that was definitely the easiest way through their problem. "Pr.. Promise me you won't get lost or hurt, okay?" The 'wires' had more or less forcefully untangled themselves…
[03:09:50] <Giantree> .. and were trying to whack at the barrier to no avail since the transformation started. "I'll take care of things out here… or at least I'll try!"
[19:27:20] <Giantree> (OP THEME BEGINS PLAYING)