[ADV] Shards of Memory

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Re: [ADV] Shards of Memory

Post by UmbraSight » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:22 pm

Aki
Aki leaned back in her chair, her eyes turning to the ceiling as the remainder of the room fell silent. Everyone coming to terms, or at the very least clinging onto the denial stage for all it was worth. Perhaps it was some insane joke, perhaps by the time she woke up tomorrow the authorities would have found a way to get them out of the game, perhaps this was just some absurdist dream and she would wake up to find she was late for a test, perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

Denial was a comfortable state of mind.

Still…

Aki let out a slow breath, her shoulders slumping beneath her sodden cloak. She was cold, she was tired, and she was here, as was the rest of this room. Tomorrow - tomorrow she could deal with this, internalize it somehow, let herself snap. Maybe just curl into a ball and wait. But, for now she was just tired.

She stood up, her fingers once more tapping at a console in the air, her cape vanishing into a flash of light off her shoulders, and with a few taps more her boots doing the same. Her kingdom she would give for dry clothes, but she had neither a kingdom nor the will to dash out into the rain to go to a clothing store. Instead she settled for stepping over to the edge of Yumi’s bed. She leaned across the bed and ran her finger through the crying girl’s hair and giving her a soft pat.

“We’re here together, and that’s what matters.” Aki said, her hand falling to Yumi’s shoulder which she gave a squeeze fore she stepped away. That finished she walked over to the table where a candle sat filling the room with a pale light, and with a puff of air Aki blew the light out.

————Day One, End————

November 28, 2027, 8:28 AM. Grimoire, Windy Suite, Room 15.
Hisa
Warm. A breath in, a breath out. Something heavy pressing down against her chest. A faint murmur escaped her lips, a thoughtless sound of annoyance as the weight of conscious thought leaned upon her mind. Relenting, her eyes fluttered open, and Hisa suffered a moment’s worth of confusion. An unfamiliar bed, an unfamiliar room, and an unfamiliar head using her chest for a pillow.

Memory followed quickly after, logging in, yesterday’s announcement, meeting up with a few others and running to this inn. A shutter skittered up her spine, and for a long few minutes she remained still collecting herself.

A breath in, a breath out. Ignore the beat of her heart.

Finally, Hisa carefully raised a hand and tapped the girl lightly on the cheek. “Time to wake up.” She said lightly, before she turned her head to look at the other bed in the room. “Hey, Ichiro, you up?”

November 28, 2027, 8:28 AM. Grimoire, The Blessed Spring.
Aki
Aki ran the tip of her index finger in small circular patterns on the water’s surface. It was nice to relaxing in a pool of warm water after having shivered away a majority of the night before, and Aki was reluctant to leave the pool. She would have to eventually, she knew, their group had things to take care of today, but for now it was nice just to be warm.

With a yawn, Aki lifted her arms over her head, disturbing the follow of the mist around her as she allowed herself a long luxuriant stretch. The game didn’t seem to particularly have feelings of cramped or stiff muscles coded in, yet it still felt pleasant enough to stretch. With a pleased sigh, she leaned forward, caught a small piece of wood with various soaps resting upon it and drew it towards herself.

“As I was saying, after we meet up with Rugaki, do we want to stick in town or head into the field?”

Do we want to hide out in the safety zone hoping we’ll be saved, or leave and gain some levels while everyone else is hiding?

Aki plucked up a purple floral smelling bar, before pushing the boat away with the back of her hand.

“Personally, I think most people will be looking to take care of quests within Grimoire, so it might be best to head out.” She said, rubbing the bar against her neck.
//… and it was there, and her blade flicked out catching only air. She backed from the door, worn floorboards shivering with each misplaced step...// Fall of the Aelir Isles, Vol. III

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Re: [ADV] Shards of Memory

Post by SuXeSoN » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:19 pm

Rugaki didn't say much more after that. He just silently and absent-mindedly rubbed the armour. Yumi did give him a bit of an earful for calling her short. Which was definitely not in Rugaki's mind when he said that. But when he was about to voice denial, the stubborn girl "Hmph" and turned away from him. Leaving Rugaki unable to say anything.

"Doesn't look like the rain'll be letting up tonight." Yumi said in reply to Aki's suggestion. After taking a quick glance at the window himself, he silently agreed. Even though he dislikes going to bed without a shower or bath, it seemed like they had no choice.

Somehow, after that. There was a heavy silence in the air. The kind of silence that was also.. Loud, disruptive, and chaotic. When he took a look at everyone's solemn faces he knew what they were thinking about. The weight of the situation dropped on their heads as the chatter stopped. His heart suddenly felt heavy. By now, the outside world, the real world, might be getting on to this. His friend, Hiro, must've already realized that.

clunk

Was the dull sound of something heavy falling on the floor.

Someone's heart fell

It was easy to see whose. The boy, concerned, tried to stand up. But he felt stiff, shackled by hesitation. It was obvious that Yumi wasn't taking this very well. He has to do something. So why won't he move? Maybe it's because time stood still. That moment felt longer than it should be. But then he saw Aki going towards Yumi, comforting her. Time started up again. Feeling released, Rugaki stood up. picking up the greaves that fell, and placed her armour on her nightstand. And this was his cue to say something comforting.

"Like Aki said, We're in this together, right? We're going to pull through, and we'll go back to our normal lives." He sat on the edge of Yumi's bed

While he was a little anxious at first, he slowly reached out to Yumi. Patting her softly on the head. "There-there.." He then noticed that Aki was going to blow out the candle. It was time for him to return to his own bed.

"Good night, everyone." He said that as he lay down in his own bed. But they all knew, it wasn't going to be a good night. But the great thing about sleep is that, more often than not, it'll make you feel better in the morning. He hoped that everyone was able to fall asleep that night. He did, after a bit of a struggle.

============================

Rugaki lay afloat effortlessly in the baths. While there were a few other men there, no one paid any mind to him. With the girls in their own room, he was left alone with his thoughts. Drifting.

So this is it..

Last night, before heading to sleep, the atrocity of their situation sank in. They were stuck here, there was no way out. It was an appalling idea that someone would design an entire game, only to make it a prison. Laughable, ridiculous, foolish. Surely, the outside world must have an idea of this. Family members would check in on the gamers, and it will become apparent that those who are playing in SoM are unable to get out. At least, not on their own. Pull the plug? That might work. If that does work, the news would circulate and everyone would be out of the game in a few days. However, if it didn't...

Rugaki rolled over, immersing his face in the water.

So then we're stuck here, until we get out, or die. While there was a chance that dying in the game just meant you'd be forcefully logged out and return to the real world, testing that would be hazardous.

Breathing out, the boy slowly sank into the bottom of the floral bath.

Maybe I could accept this as the new reality. Since dying here meant perma-death. Might as well shape a new life in this game world. I don't even have to try and escape. Just.. Live a new life here. I could think of this as a reincarnation. Accept the new life.

Accept the new life...

Acce-

In the middle of that thought, he stopped. He could see his sister's scowl, she's never going to approve of that mentality of his.

Nah, I don't belong here.

Rugaki raised his head up from the water, wiping his face so he can see again. The idea of his sister missing him already made him restless. Might as well be done with the bath and do some quests. He reached for a bar of soap on the side of the baths, and hurriedly scrubbed his entire body. Since he may or may not be returning to the baths again, he scrubbed for longer than he usually would in the real world.

He looked towards the stone wall that separated the men's baths from the girl's. Then towards the other users of the baths. "Hey, you th
ree! I'll be heading out soon. I'll meet you all at the bathhouse entrance!" He then smiled both awkwardly and apologetically towards the other men.
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Re: [ADV] Shards of Memory

Post by ButteryPancake » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:57 pm

"Tie him up."

With a hard hit in the gut, a man managed to subdue Eikichi into a kneeling position while two others held his arms. They tied his wrists together and raised them, securing them against a pole placed horizontally just above a bucket filled with water. The man who spoke earlier, the apparent leader of the group, placed his palm on top of Eikichi's head and gripped his hair tightly. "I'll ask this one more time... Where are the others?" The way they dressed was not very specific, and he couldn't make what their faces looked like, only that they were three in a room with dim lighting.

"I told you... It's just me." Eikichi barely whispered, insisting.

"Very well then." The man let go of his head, and moved his hand in front of his neck from one side to the other, flattened horizontally, mimmicking a blade. The signal to kill him. Immediately after, one of his men pushed Eikichi's head into the water, holding it down while pressing his weight on his back as well. He struggled as long as he could, there were things he had to do, it couldn't end like this.

After almost a minute, his strength was drained and his lungs were empty, he couldn't resist anymore. Suddenly, a voice rippled through the water.

"Hey, Ichiro, you up?" It was almost soothing, comforting. He wondered if it was death's calling, asking if he was ready to go.

He wasn't. He had to fight.

...

Gasping for air, Ichiro clenched his hands into the pillow in which his head rested, all while he pushed himself upwards in one motion. His eyes opened wide, his mouth gapped, panting. Slowly, he let his arms give in to his own weight and laid on the bed. His head was turned towards the direction of Hisa's voice, immediately noticing Koriko's legs resting on his back, one of them managed to move to his neck. That explained the sensation of drowning, as he liked to sleep face-down, his breathing had been obstructed by the pillow and forced down by her legs' weight.

He was still recovering from the nightmare, sweating and still tense from the awful sensation. Still, they shouldn't have to worry about this, it was just a dream. The reality was even worse. "Yeah... I'm up." A low whisper came out. He patted the leg that was closest to his neck, almost like a tap-out signal. "Hey, Koriko, wake up. The whole town's waiting." A faint smile traced his lips when he said such phrase; it was the one he used to say to his sister whenever she slept for too long, and his parents to them before him. He never understood the meaning behind it, but it made him feel important, as if every day was packed with business, so it rubbed on him. With his other hand, he rubbed the back of his head --the part that wasn't full of leg-- and played with his own hair, it relaxed him.

Today was going to be completely different, yet so familiar, he could feel it.
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Re: [ADV] Shards of Memory

Post by Myrn » Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:08 am

Even as Hisa helped to make sure she was doing it correctly, the menu refused to open. Koriko was worried even more as Hisa asked about a change of settings during character creation. The issue was half of the creation process got skipped or auto completed for her that she ended up in game without a tutorial. And thus she was at a loss. Koriko explained all of this and spent time wiggling and waving her limbs like a madwoman trying to hail a taxi, no menu showed up. Eventually they all had gone to bed so they might have a good early start in the morning.

“Time to wake up.” Hisa poked her cheek eliciting a tired grumble from the sleepy girl.

"5 more minutes." she whined further burying herself into Hisa's chest. It wasn't until something patted her leg that she was slightly more alert.

"Hey, Koriko, wake up. The whole town's waiting."

What?

Koriko was up in a flash and out of bed in a nearly singular movement of rolling over and out.

"I'm up!" she had exclaimed slightly paniced as she had momentarily forgotten she was not in a life threatening game. With a pause and a glance around her, she awkwardly waved at the other two with a sheepish grin.

"Hi."
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