I do not wish to offend anyone with this story. It is merely a tale with some truth in it. Viewer discretion is advised. Also, should you have your own tales, feel free to post them here as well.
I knew a friend online (never met him face-to-face;only from online chats) that, like me, was a fan of the Neptunia series. We both got into the series in January of that year, about a month before Mk.II came out. I will say that between the two of us, he got more involved with the series than I ever did, even now. He just loved everything about the series, and pretty much became a huge NISA and Compile Heart fan soon after. We got the second game the day it came out, and I remember him constantly telling me everything that he encountered in the game, telling me about the plot, even though I already passed it way before he ever got there!
However, around May, he grew quiet. I was under assumption that he beat the game like I did at the time (Platinumed it in June), so he was probably just waiting for news of the then upcoming Victory, which I wasn't honestly keeping up with. On May 25th, I wrote and published a chapter of a random fanfic idea I had, and I messaged him, asking if he would read it.
No response for four days. I grew worried because of that. He is never this quiet, under any circumstance; he could be getting a limb amputated, and he would still write to me! Finally, around June 1st, he begins...messaging me about the series again, ignoring my offer to read my fanfic. What he wrote at first was just strange, of course, but with each day, he wrote yet another email, each one sounding more and more frantic. I still have no idea what was going on, but not only was he affected emotionally, but I could tell his health was failing too; by the last email he sent me, his grammar was off, and he sounded very...wrong.
His last message was in the middle of June, 2012, and I lost contact with him since. He never answered any of my questions, and any of my other friends that were also friends with him either had no idea what happened or ignored me. I presumed he left for whatever reason, and I hoped for the best that he got his mind back in shape...
Then, on July 28th, 2014, I get a message from him again. Unlike his last message, this one was written as if he suddenly grew sophisticated. The message read:)
I deeply apologize for not speaking to you in so long. Please, if you may, publish the emails I sent you to anyone you deem fit to read them. I think now is the time to show this information to the masses, right? Been too long. I don't even know what the series is like now. I must be so alone and shameful.
(Don't get me wrong, he tends to speak like that. The only reason I was weirded out besides the fact that he hasn't messaged me in over two years, was that the last message he sent me sounded like his keyboard was completely broke. Now, he spoke like before, but it just didn't sound like him still. Hell, what did that last line mean, anyways? After he sent me this, he went offline once more, and he hasn't logged back in ever since.
I felt uncomfortable doing this, especially considering what it was doing to him,but I guess it would be a weight off my chest. Before publishing this, I decided to quickly try and find any picture I could of anything he saw, and if I didn't find it, I made a quick mock-up. From here on out, I will post the messages in chronological order; if you see any italicized text within parenthesis like this, that is my word, not his. Regular text is what he wrote).
Hey buddy, sorry for not speaking for so long. Listen man, I need to tell you something. You are going to be psyched at this, okay! I wanted to make a drawing of IF, right, and I needed an image for reference. I couldnt (sic) just draw her if I didn't remember her hair . So, I go and search for it, and you wouldn't belive (sic) what I find as the first search on Google. I thought it was an advertisement at first (I hate those pop-ups >:( ), but I swear to God, its (sic) completely legit!
I have the link to the website I found. HERE IT IS: (Link removed. As far as I know, it doesn't exist anymore)
Dude, I mean, where did this even come from? I clicked it, and I really am not kidding here, it was a voting page dedicated entirely to Neptunia! It gave me a popup telling me to click confirm when ready to vote. I'll tell you about my experiences with it soon. Try it out when you get the chance !
ABOUT TWO HOURS LATER
I don't think the website really works . Did you try it yet? I accidentally left it at first, and because I set Firefox to not remember my history (I still shudder at the sight of my Mom discovering some of my precious secrets /:/), I had to find it again. I swear to God though, it was completely impossible to find. I did manage to copy the link, but when I put it in the address box and clicked enter, it said it was invalid. Thankfully I wasn't lead to one of those virus sites!
So anyways, it took me awhile, and at one point, I nearly gave up. I decided to search for another picture of IF, and right there, at the top of the search results, was the link. “NEPTUNIA CHARACTER POLL – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVE NOW!” It was weird though; the hyperlink to it was completely different (maybe they switched the domain for whatever reason? I'm not good with Computers ). Apparently, the only way I found the site is by searching for IF with all caplocks and not specifying Neptunia. Isn't that weird?
Anyways, I click it, and it brings me to that confirmation page I mentioned before, though this time it was really badly written; Remember Mrs. (censored) and her grammar Nazi ways? Yeah, it says “Love vote for Neptunia? Game character votes needed now! Go at them with confirmation!” Why the heck would they do that? Eh, I don't know, but the button works at least
30 MINUTES LATER
Yeah, the site's really not working. All the pictures aren't loading, and some of the text is either incorrect or wrongly laid out. The background looks nice, though ^^. It had to have taken them awhile; I mean, when you scroll over the background, these small squares bounce around; they have no function, but I find them kind of nice. They even have the Neptunia logo on the top1 (sic) Maybe it's just a student project? Would make sense. There isn't even a timer!
If I refresh the page, only some of the pictures load, but it's really slow, and usually, they come out to look blurry, and they are really unpleasant looking then, right? Underneath each name (Nepppgea? ^_^) is a check box, with glowing text telling me “Vota here!” I guess this guy isn't native to the English language :s. Thing is, I could click each check box, no limit at all. When I clicked the submit button on the bottom, it accepted my votes, and a blank (or should I say Blanc?) page popped up saying “Thank so much for voting. Make me super happy EBEORIETEMETHHPITI.” No, I have no idea what that meant either, and for some reason, my computer slowed down until I left the page. Man, this must be an early version of the site!
However, when I went back to the main site, I noticed something peculiar. There were more characters! I thought it was just going to be the Mk.II main cast, but I guess the other ones just didn't load last time. To be honest with you, I thought it was going to be the cast from the first one. I mean, if Neptune and Purple Heart were counted as separate characters, then I guess other characters from the first one could be added. I really wanted to vote for Chian (Chian is still the love of my life! <3)
...but dude, I know that all of these characters added to the list were definitely not from the first one. I can't honestly say who the NPC's were, but these were not them. In case you haven't seen them yet, here are the names that appeared in order of the layout: Bio, Win, Estelle, Famitsu, Dengeki, Moru (sic?), Sango, Riddo, Famitsi (sic?), Tsunemi, Saori, Plutia, Peasho (sic?), RII FAI (all caps?), Wakku (no lady?), Restore, Ain Al, Ai Masushima, Brossa (no Aizen?), Jeneria G, Puuna, Little Rain, Ryuuka, Rei Rights (sic?), SAGES (They were silhouettes, apparently), and, oddly enough, a guy named The Producer. Do you know who they are?
Three of them had pictures that loaded, if you could call them that. I managed to view the images and save them. They...they have really weird names. Here they are, and their file names that followed: (managed to keep them)
This is Win, with the name WINWINWINWINWINWINWIN
This is Estelle, with the name NOIRELUVMEHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
This is Bio, the only one that had an original character. This is the best quality, with the name being WHOWHOWHOWHOWHOWHO
I'm assuming they are fan-made characters. Pretty interesting, though I wish they had put more effort into this :\. Try the website out when you get the chance!
5 HOURS LATER
DUDE SOMEBODY JUST TRIED TO BREAK IN. I'M HOME ALONE AND SOMEBODY TRIED TO BREAK MY WINDOW. I COULDN'T SEE WHO IT WAS, BUT THERE WAS A BRICK LYING UNDERNEATH IT. DUDE, THIS SUCKS! NOW I'M PARANOID.
The weirdest part of the whole debacle was how my copy of Neptunia Mk.II was near the window too. I guess I left it there by mistake! Don't worry man. I should be fine. Dad has a shotgun in the closet, so if things get dicey, well, remember the Alamo, right? I know we didn't win it, but I love the Alamo! Have a good night, and hope no robbers try to get in!
The website's down again >:(. It kind of sucks. Hoped you voted on it while you had the chance! You can still find it, but it just says that the server is not available. Sometimes when I refresh it, I get this one-line page that says “NEPUNEPUNEP” in bold letters, but that usually redirects to an error page. Weird, huh?
Also, I have no idea what happened last night, but as far as I know, no one got into the house. My Neptunia 2 game is back on the shelf where it belongs (maybe it got legs and walked down to the window :0). It was so strange too. I didn't call the police, though I probably should have. I'll keep an extra watch out there, just to be sure its safe. Anyways, heading off to the Pound (never mentioned this place prior to this message, have no idea what he meant) for a little bit, so I'll talk to you later!
30 MINUTES LATER
(I have no idea who this person is, but it didn't sound like him, even though it was signed by him. It was extremely cryptic.)
I think I heard crying in the basement. I'm the only one in the house, so why is there crying? I'm the only one in the house, so why is there crying? I'm the only one in the house, so why is there? I'm the only one in the house, so why is? I'm the only one in the house, so why? I'm the only one in the house, so? I'm the only one in the house? I'm the only one in the? I'm the only one in? I'm the only one?
EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI
30 MINUTES LATER
(I Sent an email to him asking him what the hell was that about, but he ignored me. Strangely, he said that he was at the Pound without any electronics; if that's the case, what the hell was that message?)
Dude, the Pound sucked! A whole hour just sitting there, without a single game with me or even my phone. Really, that sucked! My dad was all depressed before, and I guess he wanted to save a few dogs, but he just kind of left just as we were about to get one. Bummer. Wanted a dog honestly
When we got home, our sprinkler was randomly running, and our front door was wide open. I was freaked out; remember what happened last night? What if that guy got in somehow? Apparently, nothing was stolen, but my Neptunia Mk.2 box moved again, this time right on the kitchen cabinet. Of course Mom blamed me for leaving the door wide opened, and of course I snapped back (Stupid mistake, I know!) It wasn;t (sic) my fault, though. I was the first out the door, so it was one of them, unless a guy broke in. I tried to tell them what happened last night, but they immediately grounded me. Dammit, I had a date tonight, too! I'm so pissed right now!
And you want to know what the worst part about all this was? My laptop was SLOW. AS. HELL. Seriously, the internet was working fine, and the connection was good, but the computer was lagging so bad, I though I got thousands of viruses on it. If I move the mouse, it could take a minute for anything to happen. Writing this messae (sic) was a pain in the ass, you know!
My bed was also more towards the door rather than the wall, and it sucked to get in. Seriously, we're we invaded or something? My parents haven't found anything, so maybe I'm going Neppu (the hell?), but I don't know. I put the game back on the shelf; let's hope its stays there now!
TWO HOURS LATER
The website's back up. Had to do a full reboot of the computer before I could even use it again; it literally progressed to a full-stop at one point, and the only way to turn it off was to unplug it (even the power button lagged! Damn technology). Anyways, my parents are still angry at me, and they're forcing me to eat at the dinner table this time; I like doing that, but come on, Nep is coming on (have no idea what Nep is), and I've been waiting all week to see it!
Anyways, the site has a complete revamp of a opening page (are they called index pages or something? You're the IT guy, right>)). I took a screen cap of it, in case you want to see it. Looks pretty fancy now, but I have some problems with it.
First of all, what picture is that? Next Neptunia @Playstation 4? The PS4 was announced? And wait, I heard rumors that the third one was being released in Japan in August. Does the PS4 come out at that time? Seriously, what the (censoredi)? I checked online and all, but no one has mentioned this at all. Seriously, I keep seeing things about a game called “Victory”: Is this Victory? I don't get it, man. Why does it say “@Playstation 4”? This is way too confusing >_<
At the top of the picture, it says something like “Neptune VII” or something. Why VII? We haven't even had a third one yet! Maybe this is just some leaked image, or it was probably just a promo for the third one that the site owner docked and mocked for his own reasons. It's stupid, and I feel stupid looking at it.
But at the top of the page in general, there was a new message; no bold, itallics (sic), underline, nothing. It said that the page has had 485,433 views since it opened. I think I speak for the two of us when I say WHAT?!?!?!?!?! How popular was this page? I can barely find it, and it barely works to begin with. I highly doubt that's the truth, so I'm assuming this guy, whoever he is, is testing like a counter or something. Interesting, but seriously, why is this even online if it doesn't really work even the basics?
Below the odd picture is a new phrase: “I am so ashamed of myself.” Why is that there? Did the guy coding this feel sad that he's making a character poll for some reason (I thought it was a good idea)? Maybe it was a developer in-joke! Still, it's unsettling.
But worst of all, the picture in the middle was actually a link. It's funny, because the cursor didn't change to the hand-thing when hovered over. Is there a code for that <?>. I clicked it, and here's my screen capture of it:
Weird. I wished he spaced it out, you know? Would've made it so much better! Anyways, the site has been slightly updated, though those pictures I showed you were still cheaply made. Maybe the site owner has absolutely no creativity? The layout was moved a little bit to the right, and the annoying thing is that the page won't scroll any further to the right, even though a lot of the text is now being obscured. I hope he or she fixes this soon!
We now have a date to vote finally It says in “2 Dais” it will be done. If you hadn't voted yet, try it out! I know the site looks pretty bad, but hey, I can't make a site to save my life, so give him some credit at least!
3 HOURS LATER
Dude, my dad completely flipped out. He was in the garage for a long time, and my mom got worried. She went to check on him, and he was just...I don't know, angry? He was starting to yell at me for letting a burglar in because his wrench and screwdriver were missing. Mom was saying for him to calm down, but he wouldn't. Next thing I knew, I heard him stomping up the stairs and heading straight to my room, He busted in, screamed at me, and I (censored) you not, he freaking beat me over the head with a baseball bat. I tried to tell him to stop, but he was not listening. I think I have a few bad bruises on my back, but when my mom finally stopped him, I managed to keep those wounds hidden. As far as she knows, I was only threatened.
Then he turned the bat on her and smacked her across the face with it. I swear, he was never like this. My dad was always this kind and considerate person (why else did we go to the Pound in the first place?), and couldn't even try and hurt a fly, even if it refused to fly about. Now he was just standing there in my room, striking both me and my mom with a baseball bat over tools that he himself probably misplaced.
After he realized what happened, he snapped back to reality. My mom was knocked unconcious, and I was nearly on the verge of hyperventilating. My dad grabbed me by the shoulders and demanded to know what he did. Did you think I answered? Hell no, he knew whar (sic) he did! All I could say was that she had to go to the hospital. My back was killing me, but I was so tense and afraid I couldn't tell him that. He quickly scooped her up into his arms and ran for the car, telling me that I am now the Man of the house until they get back.
Seriously dude, what the hell was that? I never, and I don't think I ever will again see my dad act like that! I just sat on my bed for a good 20 minutes while he drived (sic) away with my mom who was probably brain damaged. I barely can write this to you, I'm just so mad! >:(
But what if we were actually robbed? That NEEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEPEPE (The hell?) would suck! Why would he or she specifically go after my dad's tools, and I guess my Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk.2 box? Weird person!
Anyways, I think I'm going to lay down for a little bit. My back is seriously on fire right now, and I can't take it. Talk to you with hopefully good news later!
AROUND 10:30 AT NIGHT
(All I received in the message was a video he recorded himself, presumably. It's crude, so it was most likely done with his cellphone. The majority of the video was completely dark. The only thing I really could make out was his eyes and breathing. He was calm, if I remember correctly, but he appeared to be out of breath, like he just finished up running or something. He was saying something, but I couldn't make out anything. He was speaking really softly, and the video had a lot of hissing. He was probably laying with the speakers to close to his mouth. Needless to say, it was annoying.
The only words I recall him saying were “X, someone's outside,” which was followed by even more rambling. I think he hung on himself for about 2 or so minutes,saying something while his eyes kept darting about. At some point, he shifted the phone camera towards his window, I'm assuming trying to show me something. His room faced the front lawn, and his front porch light was on, so I at least saw some grainy grass, though whatever light was on his phone was causing too much of a glare.
I have no idea what he was trying to show (and if he truly saw someone, why wasn't he trying to call the police?), but all I know is that when he looked directly at the grass, every sound, with the exception of his breathing, died out. There was no static, no humming, no other audio abnormalities. Just his stifled breathing, which never stopped. It was like he was on a loop. The camera, if I remember correctly, just kept darting about the front lawn, and at one point, I think he might have saw something, but I never saw it.
Eventually, he turns the camera back to him, he continues to breathe, and then it cuts out. I would love to post the video, but a long time ago, I made a promise to him that I would never reveal what he looks like; weird, I know, but I hope you understand. His identity would be hard to make out anyways, but I still value that promise).
AROUND 11:50 PM THAT SAME NIGHT
(Have no idea what the hell this was. I remember sending him a lot of emails asking what was happening, but once more, he never responded).
EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI EBEORIETEMETHHPITI
Please thank all those you ruined thanks to your existence. I cry just knowing that you exist. Please, just, like, die, or something. Seriously, you are really ruining my day.
(No joke. It was addressed by Lady Black Heart herself. Pretty damn sure it was just him playing a joke on me, though I wonder why he would all of a sudden. And seriously, what the hell does that “EBEORIETEMETHHPITI” phrase mean? I still don't know)