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Side Story Paradisum Perdidit

Discussion in 'Convergence In-Character Forums' started by Jeremi, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Lucky

    Lucky Better than the RK800

    Charles Eriksen

    " I don't disagree with you at all, this whole situation is entirely fucked and nobody should be going through most of the stuff that we are going through, but here we are, having to deal with all of this stuff and it sucks and I know it. We need to work together, no matter how fucking sucky it is. And yeah, I know Chris, I'll put like twenty dollars in the swear jar when we get home."

    @Yun Lee @Ver @Jeremi @Takumi
     
  2. Jeremi

    Jeremi Well-Known Member The Convergence Series GM

    Chapter 4 - Finis



    "Do not worry, you will all return home."
    Ultimecia had listened to to the people talking and turned to face them. "Our destination is closing in. There can you see? The paths final obstacle." Looking out through the window the group could see something huge moving. No, make that two huge things. They were both the size of mountains and seemed to be in a pitched battle.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    The large mammal looking creature delivered an impressive haymaker to the face of the tortoise who reeled back to slap the creature with its front flipper.

    "You wish to steer me into the middle of that?" Jihl asked in disbelief. "Is your plan to murder us all?"

    "The path we need to take is between those two leviathans. Maneuver your way towards them and I will do the rest. As for you others, I'd suggest to brace yourself...and hope our pilot has the skills to get us through."

    Jihl decided to ignore that remark and steering wheel and hand she plotted their course right towards the two fighting monsters. It didn't take long for them to reach the thick of it as Jihl did her best to fly the ship between the monsters. Despite doing her best there was still quite a bit of turbulence causing anyone who wasn't properly strapped in to easily loose their footing. "Bring us above them."

    "What?" Jihl shouted in surprise.

    "Do as I say!"
    The mask of calmness that had surrounded Ultimecia slipped slightly in her words and Jihl complied as best she could as a stray fire ball from the mouth of the yellow monster hit them in the side causing Jihl to momentarily lose control of the airship. She managed however to right the plane and they soared above the two monsters.

    As they did Ultimecia directed her attention towards the red dome in the center of the cockpit as it started to shine a crimson red. "Time to knock on the door."

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    Glyphs formed on the outside as a massive beam of energy hit the center of where the monsters where fighting the ensuing blast causing the very earth itself to crack open into a black void that swallowed up the the two monsters and everything else around it, including the ship. And their world went dark.

    When the crew regained consciousness they were still inside the airship. The view from the outside though was that of pitch blackness the only reason they could see anything they soon realized was due to the emergency lights of the ship. "And so we have arrived." Ultimecia was floating above the red eye seemingly conjuring up some kind of magic spell. "Are you ready to face what is to come?"

    Cast list:

    @Ver as Adam Jensen
    @Sark as Agent 47
    @Minerva as Aranea Highwind
    @Kaykay as Aya Brea
    @Lucky as Chris Eriksen and Charles Eriksen
    @Atomic Knight as Claire "Lightning" Farron
    @CrunchyCHEEZIT as Geno and Mallow
    @Takumi as Hiro and Maribel Mayde
    @Yun Lee as Joy Foster
    @Hahli Nuva as Lara Croft
    @York as Lucca Ashtear
    @Gummi Bunnies as One and Two
    @Crow as Pinocchio and Red Riding Hood
    @Bark as Ramza Beoulve
    @Donder172 as Rico Rodriguez
    @Alex Azure as Sora​
     
  3. Crow

    Crow beatdown time bros

    "Well, it's been nice living outside a world of despair for a while, but... the world of despair that I live in is something I depend on," Pinnochio adds.

    "The sooner I leave this place, the sooner I return home - a place where I'm unbound by the restriction to not spill sparkly, pretty red!" Red Hood laughs. "I'm ready for liberty!"

    @Jeremi
     
  4. Ver

    Ver Endearing Misanthrope The Convergence Series GM

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    "Ngh... As ready as I'll ever be," Jensen grunted with a brief cough as he came to, a little worse for wear, but it was nothing he couldn't handle. Things like this never exactly went according to plan, and he always had to adapt accordingly. This was no different. At least he still had his belongings on him, for whatever good his guns and other augmentations will do against whatever they face. After seeing those monsters before him, Adam was frankly unsure of what to make of it, but he couldn't turn back now.

    He never had the luxury of that.

    Wiping some stray blood off his forehead, probably originating from a wound in his head that likely would have given any other person a bad concussion, Adam gathered his bearings, standing ready as best as he could. "Lead the way then."

    @Jeremi @Crow @Everybody
     
  5. Jeremi

    Jeremi Well-Known Member The Convergence Series GM

    Shelke drew her swords and ignited them illuminating the outer area once they exited the now inoperable airship. Ultimecia as well formed a light source in her hand but even still the darkness felt so thick that it could be cut only allowing them a glimmer of light in this sea of darkness. Breaking the silence Ultimecia addressed the group. "When we engage our foe I will need to be protected at all costs. The magic behind time compression is very delicate and any missteps will leave our plan in shambles. I hope you all understand that."

    @Jeremi @Crow @Ver @Atomic Knight @Kaykay @CrunchyCHEEZIT @Alex Azure @Hahli Nuva @Crow @Bark @Sark @Minerva @York @Gummi Bunnies @Takumi @Donder172 @Lucky @Yun Lee
     
  6. Ver

    Ver Endearing Misanthrope The Convergence Series GM

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    "Makes sense. Just make sure you hold up your end of the bargain. It'd be troublesome if all this effort was exerted for nothing," Adam simply said to Ultimecia. To be honest with himself, he didn't love the prospect of possibly having to do a lot of the work himself, and more than that, to have to shoulder the burden of protecting someone while on the job, especially with these unknown and dangerous forces, but here he was.

    He had a job to do, so he'd see through it to the bitter end.

    "Whenever you're ready."

    @Jeremi @Crow @Everybody
     
  7. Takumi

    Takumi Member of the Yato Club

    Hiro frowned as he followed on high alert, sticking close to Chris and Maribel, who held her bronze dagger in hand and got ready to cast Frizz at a moments notice. The redhead had a scowl on her face and rolled her eyes.

    "Yeah yeah, we'll protect you." She grumbled to Ultimecia.

    @Jeremi @Crow @Ver @Lucky @Everyone
     
  8. Jeremi

    Jeremi Well-Known Member The Convergence Series GM

    The group traveled on in the darkness and silence. Not even their footsteps made a sound and the darkness was not making way for any light. "Are we going to walk around like blind mice, or are we actually heading towards our target?" Jihl had lost all interest in this and seemed to be ready to snap at Ultimecia at any moment.

    The sorceress actually stopped in her steps causing the others to stop dead in their tracks as well. "I miscalculated, we do not need to travel further...we are already where we need to be."

    "What do you mean?"
    Shelke asked slightly confused.

    Not giving an answer Ultimecia instead started to twirl her hands around and mutter out an incantations. It didn't take long before the entire area started shaking, "And so the beast comes to us."

    The darkness made way for a new scenery.

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    The group found themselves in an ethereal flower field overlooking a cliff side. "It's here." As Ultimecia spoke something started to form in the sky. A ghostly human sized black mass of tentacles and pure darkness began to materialize.

    "Is that-?"

    "Yes, it has had many names during its existence. Lavos, the Time Devourer...but now having latched itself unto the husk of Sin...it has become..."



    "The Reality Devourer."

    The creature didn't look like much as the black formless mass that it was, the group could still feel a crippling sense of menace emitting from it. "The final battle is at hand, protect me as I ready the Time Compression so that we can finally end this." As a gesture of good faith Ultimecia used her magic to arm the people in the party that had no weapon of their own. Whatever weapon they wished to use they would get. After all if they died Ultimecia's chances of survival dropped drastically as well.​



    @Jeremi @Crow @Ver @Atomic Knight @Kaykay @CrunchyCHEEZIT @Alex Azure @Hahli Nuva @Crow @Bark @Sark @Minerva @York @Gummi Bunnies @Takumi @Donder172 @Lucky @Yun Lee
     
  9. Ver

    Ver Endearing Misanthrope The Convergence Series GM

    As they traversed through the darkness, Adam had actually hardly thought to use his Smart Vision to illuminate his way, assuming that the path wouldn't be so long, and by the time Jihl had pointed it out, Ultimecia had evidently already led them to the summit of their journey. Too little, too late, it seemed.

    Adam staggered a bit as Ultimecia murmured strange incantations, causing the man a degree of unease as such unknown words were followed by the scene shifting before them all. The man let out a soft grunt to himself, feeling stupid for even being any sort of surprised anymore, but here he was now. And with the moment came a bizarre terror, straight out of an old, haunted memoir.

    A monster called Lavos. An entity called Sin. That which devours reality.

    [​IMG]

    "Tch!"


    Gritting his teeth, Adam's body lightly surged with what appeared to be a small burst of electricity as he got into position to fight, tossing his long coat aside for the moment as he bucked his knees. "I know this place isn't exactly Kansas, but I didn't really think you'd expect to put me against something called Reality Devourer."

    "... But fine. I'll stick to the plan, just as you laid out. Just don't take too long!"


    FWOOSH!

    With that, Jensen dashed to the side, away from Ultimecia before moving to attract the mass's attention, if such a thing were even sentient, sticking his two arms out at the entity and firing out two of his retractable blades at it!

    @Jeremi @Takumi @Crow @Lucky @Everybody
     
  10. Lucky

    Lucky Better than the RK800

    Charles Eriksen and Chris Eriksen

    ""Maybe I could-"

    Charles cut his son off. " Chris, I don't want to see you get hurt- maybe we should stay here. See what we can do from the ship."

    @Jeremi @Takumi @Crow @Ver

     
  11. Jeremi

    Jeremi Well-Known Member The Convergence Series GM

    The blades connected to the foul form, if it hurt it Jensen couldn't say but its attention was now on him. Before it could do anything however it was enveloped by purple energy and its entire core shook. "You are an abomination, but do you feel pain I wonder?" Jihl joined in to help her college in the fight.

    The mass of tentacles reeled back before firing a bunch of laser beams towards the group while still keeping its distance.



    @Jeremi @Crow @Ver @Atomic Knight @Kaykay @CrunchyCHEEZIT @Alex Azure @Hahli Nuva @Crow @Bark @Sark @Minerva @York @Gummi Bunnies @Takumi @Donder172 @Lucky @Yun Lee
     
  12. Ver

    Ver Endearing Misanthrope The Convergence Series GM

    "Gngh!"

    Continuing his attempt to circle around the monster to keep a hold of its attention, Adam did his best to evade the following counter attack, the barrage of laser beams brushing around Jensen as he did his best to dodge them all. There was no telling what kind of effect they'd have on him, and he didn't dare find out by being any sort of careless.

    Stopping for a moment, Jensen dashed behind a piece of tall, fallen debris and slammed his back against it, taking cover before drawing his pistol. He knew the little handgun probably would do little against such a monstrous threat, but of course, he was here to distract it. To even hurt it would be a miracle, at least with what he could do, but even so...

    [​IMG]

    "..."

    Adam waited for the lasers to subside, and when he was confident enough to make his move, he bolted from his position, aiming his gun at the so-called Reality Devourer and firing shots at it indiscriminately!

    @Lucky @Jeremi @Crow @Takumi @Everybody
     
  13. Lucky

    Lucky Better than the RK800

    Charles Eriksen and Chris Eriksen

    " We can't just stand here... I feel so useless. Miss scary lady, is there anything we can do to help?"
    He asked.

    Charles looked around to see if there was anything he could throw. It would certainly feel better than just standing here.

    @Jeremi @Crow @Takumi @Ver @Everybody
     
  14. Jeremi

    Jeremi Well-Known Member The Convergence Series GM

    The shots sank in like they were hitting the surface of very murky water and the gurgling sound the enemy left behind seemed to indicate that it was getting hurt. Tentacles poised for an attack it shot them towards Jensen only to be intercepted by Shelke who slashed at them with her weapons slicing some of them clean off leaving them to slither on the ground.

    "We need to find a weak spot!"
    Jihl replied between firing off her magic blasts at it. "There has to be something that will slow it down!"

    As Chris spoke the weapon closest to his mind materialized in his had just as Ultimecia had promised, same for his father allowing them a chance to fight back.

    Ultimecia herself seemed to really be struggling with her spell but it seemed like it was getting close to completion.


    @Jeremi @Crow @Ver @Atomic Knight @Kaykay @CrunchyCHEEZIT @Alex Azure @Hahli Nuva @Crow @Bark @Sark @Minerva @York @Gummi Bunnies @Takumi @Donder172 @Lucky @Yun Lee
     
  15. Ver

    Ver Endearing Misanthrope The Convergence Series GM

    "Not a lot of choices to go off on! But I might have another ace up my sleeve!" Jensen exclaimed in response to Jihl, deftly holstering his pistol underneath his long coat like a cowboy, before thrusting his arm forward. With a few clicks and snaps, his augmented limb began to unravel before everyone's eyes, his hand practically dislodging to make room for what appeared to be a hidden weapon.

    "If bullets won't do it, maybe it just needs something with a bit more punch to it," Adam grunted, activating his P.E.P.S. augmentation. He didn't particularly enjoy making use of it, considering how much energy it could use up, especially considering he was just about projecting pure energy out of his own systems to do it, but desperate times called for desperate measures.

    [​IMG]

    FWOOSH!

    With a boom that rippled through the air, Adam fired a concentrated ball of the pure energy he projected with the intent of sending enough concussive force toward the entity to further keep it distracted!

    @Jeremi @Crow @Lucky @Takumi @Everybody
     
  16. Jeremi

    Jeremi Well-Known Member The Convergence Series GM

    As the blast connected the Reality Devourers entire body rippled before ripping a hole in the creature. The damaged caused it to cave in on itself and slowly try to stitch itself together.

    "That certainly seemed to have done the trick."
    Jihl replied mildly impressed with Jensen's attack. As this was going on Ultimecia was just about ready with her spell, but it seemed that the Reality Devourer had realized what was going on and suddenly dark energies started to crackle around it before it fired off a beam of dark energy towards the sorcerer.

    "No!" Seeing this Shelke jumped in the way of the blast blocking it with her beam sabers. The ensuing impact caused every to fall backwards and as the dust settled, Shelke was nowhere to be seen. However, Shelke's sacrifice had been enough for Ultimecia as the Time Compression came into effect.

    To world itself felt like it was folding and twisting unto itself. The past, present and future all folding in on this one singular point in time. "Now!" Ultimecia shouted readying a few spells of her own towards the Reality Devourer. "Time and space has fallen to this point in time. Destroy the Reality Devourer and everything is undone."



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  17. Lucky

    Lucky Better than the RK800

    Chris Eriksen and Charles Eriksen

    Chris looked over at the other woman and nodded, finding the nearest weapon to throw at the creature and pelting it with as many rocks as he wanted. He didn't want it all to disappear. It just wasn't possible for him to want to give up.

    Charles grabbed an actual weapon and shot at the monster, hoping that this would be enough and they could go home.

    @Jeremi @Crow @Ver @Atomic Knight @Kaykay @CrunchyCHEEZIT @Alex Azure @Hahli Nuva @Crow @Bark @Sark @Minerva @York @Gummi Bunnies @Takumi @Donder172 @Lucky @Yun Lee
     
  18. Ver

    Ver Endearing Misanthrope The Convergence Series GM

    "You should see what else I'm packing," Jensen said snidely to Jihl, his wrist quickly reforming and hand automatically sinking back into place. As the Reality Devourer seemed to catch wind of their scheme, the man could only watch helplessly as Shelke evidently sacrificed herself to give Ultimecia time to finish her incantation.

    "Kid!" He called out haplessly, but it was no use. Giving a quick look-around with his sensors, Jensen couldn't find Shelke anywhere; she was effectively gone. Adam clicked his tongue in anger. He was a soldier. Considering where he worked in the past, and even considering where he worked now, he should be used to it, unfazed by it, but he wasn't. He couldn't possibly get used to the thought of an innocent losing their own life before his eyes, especially not a young girl like her. Still, as much as he hated to admit it, he didn't even have time to mourn, and all he could do was make sure her sacrifice wasn't in vain.

    [​IMG]

    "Dammit...! Let's put an end to this already!" Adam grunted, his arm once again surging with an energy resembling lightning as he stood in front of the behemoth.

    With that, Adam bent his arm so that it lay horizontal in front of him, the front side of his arm facing the Reality Devourer. His augmented limb opened up once more, revealing glowing holes from inside, and with that, he unloaded another ultimate attack!

    FOOSH! FOOSH!

    BOOM! BOOM!

    Shooting as fast as bullets and many times more deadly, Adam fired off powerful "bomb" like objects, exploding upon impact with a powerful, extra punch behind it as shrapnel exploded inside the entity. This was the power of his Typhoon Explosive System, and if there was anything he could call his trump card above all, it was this.

    He could only hope it was enough.

    @Jeremi @Crow @Takumi @Lucky @Everybody
     
  19. Jeremi

    Jeremi Well-Known Member The Convergence Series GM

    Epilogue - New beginnings

    Everyone spurned on by Shelke's sacrifice directed their attacks towards the so called Reality Devourer. Once Sin had been might, as had Lavos, but now together they had become a bloated corpse clinging to what little spec of life a creature like it could have.

    The oozing black pile barely held itself together as a final powerful magic blast toppled it to the ground. The few tentacles still left writhing about before it finally stopped and dropped limp on the ground.

    The silence was palpable as Jihl looked around awkwardly. "What should we do ne-?" She never managed to speak as their entire world was enveloped in a bright light and everyone gathered felt themselves swept away like drifting inside a powerful current.

    Once they regained consciousness and opened their eyes they found themselves back where they had originally come from. Each world fully restored like their adventure never happened. Because for everyone else that was the truth. Only the chosen few who had stood on the final battlefield knew what had once happened. Now the future was waiting for you.




    "So let me see if I have understood this correctly. You two were part of a group of people that stopped a universe devouring monster from destroying the entire multiverse?"

    "It's all in the report that I'm sure you've read," Jihl responded.

    "And the reason why I do not remember this operation is because a..." The man flipped through the report to the proper area. "Powerful sorcerer used her magic powers to gather time into a single point killing this creature through out time and space at the same time nullifying its destruction?"

    Jihl nodded. "That is correct."

    The man behind the desk sighed. Leo Cristophe, a man who joined ODMA in much a similar situation to Jihl. Plucked from his world just as he was about to die and conscripted to their group. He was in fact one of their first success stories and why they approved of it for larger use in the first place. It was quite clear that he was having a hard time believing this though, having known about Jihl's past and her urge to...rise in the ranks.

    "And you can vouch for this?"
    Leo turned the question towards Jensen. If it had only been Jihl then Leo would have ignored all of this out right, but to have someone to collaborate on the story. Either Jensen was working with her for some goal or they were telling the truth. Knowing Jensen the former seemed to be out of the question.

    "I can," the man only said curtly, nothing more than that. There was no need for more, and his expression didn't betray anything, even if he didn't have his augmented lenses on. He only stood there like a statue, indeed more like an additional voice to confirm Jihl's report than an actual presence.

    Leo nodded, finally looking like he was starting to believe them. "A brilliant performance then, to both of you. I will bring this to command, I'm sure they are interested to know about this."

    "I suppose, we were only doing our duty, weren't we Jensen?"

    "Right. All within standard operating procedure. I'm sure the brass will take interest in it, at least for an afternoon read," Jensen said wryly, almost in a lightly distasteful manner toward those he was alluding toward, but his words, just like his obscured eyes, betrayed nothing.

    Leo looked at both of them his serious scowl not leaving his face despite trusting the story. "Well both of you are dismissed. Once again, good job, both of you."

    Some firm handshakes later Jihl and Jensen were walking down the hallway of ODMA HQ. "If people aren't starting to take notice after this then I'm not quite sure what I will have to do."

    "You could call in for an early retirement. Job's getting too dirty, at this rate. You never know, I hear Wolfgorge is a pretty low key world to settle down in," he said dryly, pocketing his hands as he walked with the woman.

    "Work is the only thing I have, always been the case. The only place for me is here."
    She gave Jensen a coy smirk. "Well perhaps my first step as I climb the ladder would be to get a new operative, you seem to be someone good to have in a fight."

    "It's just my job. I was built like that, after all," Adam said idly.

    "I'm sure we can discuss the details in private, for now I need to get back to my post. Be seeing you, Agent Jensen."

    "Same to you, Agent Nabaat." Both went their separate ways down the hallway, but this was not the end for either of them.

    It was only the beginning.



    Cast list:

    @Ver as Adam Jensen
    @Sark as Agent 47
    @Minerva as Aranea Highwind
    @Kaykay as Aya Brea
    @Lucky as Chris Eriksen and Charles Eriksen
    @Atomic Knight as Claire "Lightning" Farron
    @CrunchyCHEEZIT as Geno and Mallow
    @Takumi as Hiro and Maribel Mayde
    @Yun Lee as Joy Foster
    @Hahli Nuva as Lara Croft
    @York as Lucca Ashtear
    @Gummi Bunnies as One and Two
    @Crow as Pinocchio and Red Riding Hood
    @Bark as Ramza Beoulve
    @Donder172 as Rico Rodriguez
    @Alex Azure as Sora​
     
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  20. Jeremi

    Jeremi Well-Known Member The Convergence Series GM

    The last thing Shelke remembered was getting hit by the blast from the Reality Devourer and then nothing. Was this how death felt like? If it was it wasn't much different from living.

    A cacophony of birds, insects and other assorted animals filled her ears as she opened her eyes to be greeted by a jungle? Getting up to her feet Shelke had a look around. How had she gotten here? Did this mean that the others had succeeded in their mission? Even so what happened to the others would have to wait, now Shelke had to try and help herself out of this place.

    Her weapons came in handy to hack her way through the vines and the undergrowth. The jungle was so lush with vegetation that it was hard to see above the tree tops, but it seemed to be day at least. Soon enough though the trees started to relent and a clearing started to open.

    Sure enough the sun was still high up in the air. A sweet drop ran down her check and landed on the ground. If Shelke was going to survive she needed to find something to drink and fast. Continuing on she soon found something that seemed very out of place. On an elevation she could see a tree hut. What was something like that doing in the middle of a jungle? "Hello?" Shelke spoke aloud. "Hello? Is anyone there?" She got closer to see if there was any life inside. Why would there have been? A hut in the middle of a jungle? As she got closer she heard something slamming down on the floorboards above her. Was there really something alive inside?

    Not taking any chances Shelke held her blades ready for a fight as the door to the hut rattled open revealing its owner. "What?"

    Who was standing at the door? Well I'll tell you. He is part of the




















    crew.

    To be continued...
     
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