DATA 1001 - WONDERLANDBGM: Kodoku na KokoroThe 'Green Cube'.
A material of unknown origins.
It appeared in front of me out of thin air, instilling awe in my heart.
Perhaps it was simple curiosity of a scientist. Perhaps something else.
However, from that day onward... I failed to halt myself from researching this mysterious object.
Very early in the research I have already realized unbelievable truth.
This object tells tales of another world. Another dimension.
A dimension with different laws than our own.
A world where one can exist for eternity, immune to illness and the passage of time.
A world filled with perfection of the like that can't be achieved in this world.
Indeed, an utopia... Shambhala.
In it, lies the solution to my greatest problem...
*cough* *cough*"Are you alright?"
He stopped in order to verify her condition.Alice:
"I'm... I'm fine..." *cough*
She forced a smile. She then took out a small box colored in blue. From it she took out a single pill. Then, she swallowed it.
The Black Count
patted her head with a sad expression."Don't worry. Soon... Soon we will reach our destination. Everything will be alright. I promise you."Alice:
A warm smile. They pressed on.BGM: Sasuke
"Hands up! You are under arrest. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law."
He turned around."Well well. Quite amusing to see a demon using a gun."Lopez:
"Demon powers or not, a gun is still a gun.""But of course. Human technology can be as useful as the so called 'magic'."
They stared into each other's eyes. Each of them was holding a single object. The Black Count
- his orb, Lopez - a gun.Alice:
She stepped behind the Black Count
."Don't fear. That... creature will not harm us."Lopez:
"Oh really? You think I'll just let my apartment being burned to ashes, by your
minion, slide?""What are you talking-"
He stopped himself."Oh... I see. Ironic. You accuse of me of your own crime."Lopez:
The Black Count
rotated his orb. "This tiny missing part."
A small shard could be seen missing from it."Your work, am I wrong?"
Lopez took his time to reply. It was indeed he who sneaked into the laboratory and stole a piece from that orb.Lopez:
'Welp... So that little piece I stole summoned a demon when this whole mess began... feasible..."
He tried to write it off as not too much of a matter. He then shook his head.Lopez:
. It's time you answered some questions"
The Black Count
made a dim smile."I doubt how satisfying you'll find the information in my possession." Lopez:
"Trying won't hurt, will it?""Ask away then."Lopez:
"What's that orb and where did you get it?""I call it... 'Kalapa'. A machine created by me based on data extracted from the Green Cube. It contains pieces from the cube in it, the very few which I managed to separate from the source. My turn."Lopez:
"Huh? Playing questions game here? Fine.""What you and your irregular friends seek in this tower? What makes you special?"Lopez:
"Irregular...?""You, and some of you friends, were gifted with the demonic curse. You turn into demons, yet retain a decent degree of sanity. How? Why?"Lopez:
"One question down my own list it seems..."
The Black Count
sighed."You don't know either... Intriguing."Lopez:
"All I know is that we seem to be the 'key'. One which will open the gate to the other world you wish to visit.""My rough suspicion proved somewhat right then."Lopez:
"My turn. Why have you caused all of this? What's your goal? Why turn humans into demons?""Wrong. Very wrong, boy. The 'incident' wasn't caused by me. It was a inevitable, perhaps even 'fated', event. I merely calculated its time and location, which allowed me to plan ahead."Lopez:
He was lost.Lopez:
"How do you calculate such thing?""Seems like my girl here is an irregular as well. Just like all of you, she also resonated with the Green Cube. To such a high degree, that she could foresee any abnormality in it."
He put one hand on Alice's hand and patted it, trying to make her feel at ease.Lopez:
"If you could predict such things... why hire Pringles and Raspy!?"
He was a bit ignited. His detective persona disliked being on the uninformed side. This reaction humored the Black Count
."Experimenting. You, the irregulars, resonated with the cube. I merely wanted to see what happens when the two abnormalities are constantly exposed to each other."Lopez:
He lowered his gun.Lopez:
"So you're saying I don't really have a reason to get rid of you? What did Claymore try to tell me when he asked me to investigate you...?"
He closed his eyes. He was going over all the facts he has gathered in his investigation.
It stroke him. He raised his gun yet again.Lopez:
"The girl... you said she's an irregular like us, didn't you? In that case..."
He loaded the gun.BGM: Dark ChiiLopez:
"According to the rule which says only a single Tribe is allowed to reach to remain... Her death should be as necessary as any of ours...""So you found a reason to arise conflict in the end. But that's a given. All you need is the desire and the courage to execute it. You have the former as a human and the later as a demon."
He began focusing energy into the Kalapa.
The Kalapa shattered into pieces."Wha-?"Lopez:
"A common mistake is to shoot the person before shooting his deadly weapon. In such scenario, the weapon often goes berserk and causes undesired effects.""You scum...!"
He denied defeat with ll his might.Lopez:
The bullet pierced the Black Count
He collapsed."Sorry, Alice... it seems like... we'll have to part ways here..."
He went with his hand, covered in glass shards from the Kalapa, over her face and smiled."I... have always... acted in... your... best... interests...Alice:
"No! Father! Don't leave! Don't leave me alone!!!"
Naturally, even the ever composed Lopez could't avoid feeling sad in this heartbreaking moment. However...Lopez:
"Sorry, kid... but this is for the greater good..."
He pointed his gun at her.
She gave him a deadly stare. In her right hand, she held pieces from the Kalapa she took from her dying father's hand.Alice:
"This... THIS IS FOR FATHER!!!!!"Lopez:
She swallowed the pieces.Lopez:
His hand trembled. Suddenly, unimaginable force covered the whole area.Lopez: Shoot! Shoot goddamit pez!
He couldn't life his finger. He was paralyzed in fear.Alice:
"I SHALL ERASE YOU FROM EXISTENCE AND -" *cough*
This time it was a blood cough. She put one hand on her stomach. Tears began to flow from her eyes. Both from pain and sadness.Alice:
"Just... Just... Die for me!"
A huge amount of energy was about to burst from her and erase everything.Lopez:
He was quick to understand that. He didn't even think twice before running away.
Huge light covered everything.Alice:
"I'll soon be by your side... father..."
Those words echoed as everything around her ceased to exist...Xeras:
"And this is the end."
He was atop Vampko with a hand charged in fire.Vampko:
"I... guess that's how it ends then..."
He closed his eyes.Vampko:
"I long since accepted this fate. I just hope that Lopez will make the right choice and choose life by your side instead of death by mine."Xeras:
"If that was everything then..."
He charged even more flames into his hand and was about to strike-
He was pushed away by a powerful wave from elsewhere. He was sent flying and crashed into the wall.Xeras:
He felt numb. Xeras:
"The worst luck ALWAYS strikes me just before I claim victory, doesn't it? Heh..."
He smiled awkwardly. Ubi, who was as usually observing, walked to him.Ubi:
"Well, you can't have AAAAAAAALLLLLLLL the luck AAAAAAAALLLLLLLL the time, can you?"
He smiled dimly. Xeras:
He tried to stand up yet fell again.BGM: WillUbi:
"Isn't it enough?'
Xeras didn't react. He just kept trying to stand up.Ubi:
"You are undoubtedly the best fighter in this battle royal. I have observed many battles, and your performance was indeed flawless. I admit is as such myself."
Xeras just laid down, out of energy.Ubi:
"Yet I believe... That the time has come for you to step out from the stage. You have done enough. I can see exhaustion in your eyes. Both physical and mental. You worked hard."Xeras:
"Heh... no joking. Without me, this stupidity would have gone on for at least a year."Ubi:
"You took many lives. As such, you have come to be seen as a cruel monster. But, as your companion along the path, I know that is false. You merely took upon yourself responsibility which others were too afraid to hold. You bore it for them and eventually... that broke you."Xeras:
"Stop that... Making me sound like a good guy..."
Ubi leaned toward him.Ubi:
"I could heal you now and let you go at Vampko again. Do you desire that?"Xeras:
The part of his which craved for victory...
The part of him which wanted a rest...
The part of him that believed Vampko will be a better leader for the survivors...
So many inner conflicts filled his head.
But the end of it all was a simple smile andXeras:
"No... let me rest... in my eyes... I have already... won
He closed his eyes. Ubi:
"Rest in peace, noble warrior. Your memory shall be carved in our hearts and will support us in what is to follow."
Xeras was the first person who managed to awake powerful emotions in Ubi since the moment he became a demon. That was indeed... a big achievement.Xeras (Senri/Angi/Leader) reached his limit on Turn 8Vampko:
"Was that really the right choice...?'
He sadly looked over Xeras's body.Vampko:
"I wasn't really much of a leader... I tried to protect everyone and yet Mizu still died... and I couldn't even enforce proper team work... I'm a failure as a leader... then why? WHY ME!?"Ubi:
"Don't fret. Friends are always there to help you when lost. Being a leader doesn't mean you have to bear some sort of great responsibility alone. To be strong. That's all you, and any of us, really need to do."
Vampko wiped the tiny tears and recovered courage.Vampko:
"You're right...Let's go. We'll meet up with Lopez and put an end to all of this."Ubi:
"Indeed we shall."
The two left the place and pressed onward - to the top.Lopez:
He was sitting, leaning on a wall.Lopez:
"Was getting tired waiting for you."
A link connecting Ubi and Lopez was made temporarily visible and then faded.Lopez:
"Used me as a safe-net, huh?'Ubi:
"It was necessary act"Ubi joined Hades Tribe
A giant gate appeared in front of them. As it opened, bright red color could be seen from the other side.Vampko:
"Shall we go then?"Lopez:
"No need to ask twice."Ubi:
"Right behind you."
And so they headed into the unknown."Welcome to ORGIA"
They were soon greeted by a familiar voice...Information Leak:
Xeras used Elemental Magic
Ubi used Elemental Magic
Vampko used Single Physical
Lopez used Single PhysicalHades Tribe [Vampko, Lopez, Ubi] won the game!
But... there's more!The final dilemma. Leave things as they are and allow humanity to be replaced with demons? Or put one last effort into fixing the chaos and returning things back to normal?
Pick your choice in thread. Every winner winner is allowed to vote for a single choice. Whatever chosen by majority will decide the fate of the journey.
Dead players are allowed to discuss this subject too and state their opinion. However not
to vote.Final Turn.
No Time Limit. Once all votes are placed, game will go on.