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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Sofia
    "...A fool wouldn't be the word I use. Your intentions were noble enough, certainly reckless perhaps, but do not forget you are a victim in this too, Fairchild Girl. A victim of manipulation can only blame themselves so much, when it comes down to it, the manipulator is truly the one at fault. That is how I see things anyway."
    ...Today was a strange day.

    Cosmos had left her room with the intention of pursuing the truth alone. Still burdened with regret, still chained by self-hatred and self-depreciation that had been building up slowly for years until the tragedy made it grow at an unparalleled rate, nearly consuming her very being.

    Simply put, Cosmos fully believed that everything that had happened happened because of her fault, and that's why as long as she could undo her foolishness, then she would never hesitate to throw herself into the fire. She might be destined for hell, but if she could save her mother from the mistakes of her foolish daughter, then maybe there was a meaning in being found and adopted by Mary. Maybe her mother didn't make a mistake when she found her, ten years ago.

    That was the quiet, silent prayer that Cosmos Fairchild kept in the deep, little corner of her heart: that she could at least do this one thing right. That she could do a little good by ensuring that the world doesn't lose such a kind and saintly woman so soon.

    In comparison to that, her own life and existence is but a pebble. She would gladly throw it away and disappear if it means she could save her mother. She's not afraid of death, nor is she afraid of being forgotten.

    And yet, today she met two people who somehow told her the opposite of what she wanted to hear.

    They didn't call her wrong, or useless, or a fool. One seems to look over her like a mother hen, promising to not let her disappear despite being an investigator and a NWAB agent; the other is a princess who bluntly told her what she thought without reservations, that she is merely a victim of manipulation despite losing someone herself.

    Of course, Cosmos herself disagrees. She had wanted to be called a fool, a mistake that shouldn't have existed; she wanted to be beaten up, to be told that everything that she did was for naught, that her existence was merely so that Mary Fairchild could be killed. She wanted to be justified for her feelings, that her self-hatred was right, that she was not really a victim but an unwilling accomplice. The reason why she didn't take Illia's reassurance to heart was because she was all too aware of her COMP's devotion and love to herself; of course Illia would console her, of course Illia would tell her that she was not at fault, that her existence is a blessing and not a curse upon the world.

    And yet, these two people - practically strangers to Cosmos Fairchild - didn't condemn her. Didn't mock her. They might have thought nothing of it, perhaps even feeling that they are merely stating a "fact" rather than trying to make her feel better in any shape or form, but...

    For a girl who had deliberately avoided people for years, fearing the darkness that lurks behind humanity...

    Being shown the other side, the 'light' and potential to do good from people outside her small world in such a dark time was something that touched her heart in a way that she never thought was possible.

    That's why while Sofia was rapidly typing away at the keyboard with Daniel looking closely, Cosmos used the opportunity to subtly wipe her eyes that were getting rather misty.

    It wasn't enough to truly dispel the darkness that had taken roots in her heart, but it was enough to lit a small ember of hope - hope that gets brighter as she saw the recording of that fateful day, that she wasn't mistaken and that there was truly something that was running away from her.

    Of course, that small moment of reprieve was shattered the moment Alyx and herself disappears into the fountain, as the image of a court jester filled the recording with its chilling laughter. A laughter that lasted for an agonizingly long minute, as if it was laughing at her actions, laughing at her mistakes, laughing at what is about to come...

    Unconsciously, Cosmos gripped the edge of the table.

    And then, those eyes turned into the camera, and--

    Quote Originally Posted by The Jester
    "Hello up there! Now, who do we have watching the monitors this time...? Ah, the midget with a glass heart, the thirsty bitch princess, and Mr. 'The Fedora is still in style, I can make it work even though it was awful in the 80s!' Wonderful! Quite a crowd, quite a crowd! Did you have a fun trip, kiddo?"
    Did something so absurd it left all three of them speechless for a moment.

    Immediately, Cosmos' mind went into work. The first thing that came to mind was that the jester had merely addressed the camera because he knew it was there and that someone will eventually take a look - a notion that was dispelled because the jester had accurately describe the three of them. Perhaps some form of clairvoyance then? But the jester wondered to himself who is watching "this time." Why use that particular word? Someone who could time travel?

    Silently, Cosmos took a deep breath.

    Thinking and worrying about it won't change anything.

    There is one simple thing that she could do to see whether this is merely a recording or if he truly is (was?) talking to them.

    "If Magatsu was your definition of fun, then you have a twisted sense of humor, Mister Jester." Cosmos coldly said, practically glaring at the monitor. "Who are you? How do you communicate with us through a recording?"

    A pause. Cosmos gripped the edge of the table harder.

    "Are you one of the people responsible for my mother's death?"
    Last edited by palad1n; October 12th, 2020 at 08:41 PM.
    Random Regalia Hijinks

    <Mellon> But yeah. Don't play the waiting game too much guys. Just do what you want to do and let God (me) sort it out.

    <Erlkonig|Phone> Why get a gf, when Airen is your waifu?

    <Airen|Phone> I'll save everyone, it's fine

    <Snaxies> Airen is totally Jesus again

    <frantic> I actually hate reading your post because you're so fucking anime

    <Reiu> Regalia is a scary place desu...

    <Mellon> He who lives by the oneshot, dies by the oneshot

    <Airen> No character in ga rei is 100% serious


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    <@RacingeR> Pally would be a perfect shoujo lead

    <Erlkonig> I would fall for Pally if he was a qt shoujo manga lead girl

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    Only pala is pure, the rest of ya are twisted


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    "Why are you talking to a recording, short stuff? I can't hear youuuuuuuuu-!"

    ---What an obnoxious existence.

    Considering it's nature as something that exists inside of a recording, there are a few possibilities that come to mind as it what it could be... Some sort of viral entity that can invade technology? A memetic agent? Someone using clairvoyance to predict the future? That sort of clairvoyance was rare but possible, it wasn't an unheard of power, although when it comes to thoughts of time travel, well...

    The implications of that sort of power are apocalyptic all by themselves in the wrong hands, even if paradoxes and natural laws would almost certainly get in the way of a traditional time traveler, but...

    Probably best not to think about it too much, time travel was one of those powers that existed in the grey area beyond traditional magic...

    Even the Gods couldn't really do it nowadays...

    "But ah well, let's take a guess at what the brat would say eh? Magatsu is super funny! Everyone there had the whole mud hell coming, forcing all of their problems on one person like that! Ah, it's so gross, so gross, disgusting really, let em rot I say!"

    What was it even talking about...?

    A cackling, energetic figure in the recording, the apparent jester shakes the camera a bit in his chuckling...

    "What else? I'm sure there was some indignant call for my name, but you can just call me JESTER. I'd say you could call me Joker, but that name seems to be in use! Ah well, can't be helped I guess!"

    "My my," a strained, ice-cold smile crossing her face, Sofia shows zero fear in the face of an apparently psychic clown, "I hate it already. It's not a viral entity, but it's every word is really just begging to be destroyed, so I suppose I'll just have to find it and fulfill that suicidal wish."

    ---That's intimidating in it's own way, but...

    "That's a good one, as if you even could-!"

    ...The clown responds to that one too seamlessly, it's every sound so perfectly timed it almost felt like it was in the room with you...

    "Princess interjections aside, let's see... Am I the killer? That's quite the question, you know? What does it mean to be guilty really? Although you're quite cold, aren't you brat? Just your mom? Aunt Alisa must be rolling around in her grave! Still-!"

    It cackles.

    "Is it the Shroud's fault for delaying you? Is it the fault of the guards that couldn't protect them? Is it the person who ripped out the soul? If you poke and prod around you could probably find all sorts of people that contributed that day and didn't even know it! Guilt really is such a strange, strange thing!"

    ...Daniel's eyes have returned to their usual analytical gaze, as if automatically deciding not to let the strange entity shake him, his expression is completely unreadable in the face of it, and thus it actually seems to ignore him...

    "But if you're asking if I did the kill blow, well no, not really. Although look at me-!"

    He spins around once...

    "I'm definitely the sort to lie!"
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Cosmos Fairchild had never felt hate.

    Annoyed, yes. Dislike, yes. But not hatred. At least, not hatred at other people, because she certainly hates herself in ample amount at the moment.

    But watching the jester on the screen speaking, moving, taunting her... it made her blood boil. It filled her with annoyance and dislike and the sheer want of wiping that smile off his face, and she knew that the world would be a better place without someone like the jester. Just in a short amount of time, Cosmos found herself to hate hate hate hate the clown.

    But unfortunately, she couldn't do that, At least, not yet. They had no means to attack the clown right now, so the only thing that she could do is to try to gather some information. Of course, knowing the clown it would be obnoxious and likely dodge any such attempts, not to mention he could lie, as he himself admitted...

    But then a flash of inspiration struck Cosmos.

    If there's one thing about the clown's personality that she's pretty sure of, then it's the fact that JESTER is a sadist. The type to relish on other people's pain and suffering. The fact that he made that snide comment on Aunt Alisa - and the fact that it worked, as she felt like she was stabbed in the back - made her quite sure of that fact.

    That means he might slip up the truth if it would make someone suffer.

    So she prepared herself for what she is about to do, and prepared herself for the answer. Hopefully, whatever answer that he would give from this question, they'd glean some kind of information from it.

    And hopefully, she'd be able to tell whether he's telling the truth or not.

    "Then you know who ripped their souls out." Cosmos accused. "You know what happened in the cathedral. So answer me. Who does it?"

    She took a deep breath to calm herself down. It doesn't work, if her trembling is of any indication, because she knows full well that the truth can be the cruelest mistress of them all.

    "Am I the culprit? Did Alyx and I... Am I the one t-to ripped their souls out?"
    Random Regalia Hijinks

    <Mellon> But yeah. Don't play the waiting game too much guys. Just do what you want to do and let God (me) sort it out.

    <Erlkonig|Phone> Why get a gf, when Airen is your waifu?

    <Airen|Phone> I'll save everyone, it's fine

    <Snaxies> Airen is totally Jesus again

    <frantic> I actually hate reading your post because you're so fucking anime

    <Reiu> Regalia is a scary place desu...

    <Mellon> He who lives by the oneshot, dies by the oneshot

    <Airen> No character in ga rei is 100% serious


    Personal Compliments

    <@RacingeR> Pally would be a perfect shoujo lead

    <Erlkonig> I would fall for Pally if he was a qt shoujo manga lead girl

    Quote Originally Posted by Airen View Post
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    "...You can call me Verity, if you must have a name. A certain two fools once called me Rice, but I never agreed to such a moniker."
    : Verity, huh? Truth. Amelia, run a search on that, see if anything pops up.

    : Just some rumors and a bit of whining on how she can’t be hit. Doesn't seem like she's attacked anyone or done much of anything really. Though someone says they saw her by the moon, but that can’t be right, right? I didn’t find anything when searching ‘Rice’ either.

    : Rice… What a weird nickname. If you really had to compare her to food, she’s more like a partially unwrapped stick of spearmint gum.

    As Amelia cackles in his mind, his eyes stay trained on Verity.

    "...I am the one that locked you in this room yes. I'm sure that's quite upsetting for you, unfortunately, I don't really care if people like me or not, I have a job to do, and my other coworkers are down for the count it seems."
    “Other coworkers?” he can’t help but exclaim, even as Verity continues to speak.

    "Not much time to do it in either, so I thought I'd do a lot of things at once. It was a bit of a pain, getting you this isolated, but I'm sure it will work out in the long run. If it makes you feel better, I'm pretty sure you will forget this ever happened eventually, that's something else I need to test..."
    ‘Get you isolated’ - She needed me, in particular? Why? And forget everything?

    "Interference in the sync ratio...? No, it's never 100% for most human-COMP pairs... Is that fixable...?"
    : What even is she talking about? Amelia, check our ratio if that refers to us, and see if there’s anything up with our perception of time too. As for everything else, she’s raising way more questions than she’s answering; I’m about done with this.

    What did this Verity want? What was special about him in particular? She said she didn’t have much time, so does that mean her goal is related to the joint operation? Going back to the second point, what was unique about him, that wasn’t shared among most Tamers? The tattoo on his hand? How would watching a video with few others relate to that? Watching - is it something related to observation? He’s an artificial clairvoyant; that’s neither common nor unique to him. This video, End of Rev, is something Verity wants him to observe… or actualize?

    Logan frowns. Actualization of Reverie Complex. Is she trying to create a specific future by having it forecast by a seer?

    “If you just wanted to tell me something, you could’ve left me a note instead of going through all of this. Whether I like you or not, you’re not inspiring much faith, and I’m fairly certain you’re trespassing as well.” Fates yet to be spun fade from sight as he decides. “If there’s something you need, either tell me more about it or tell it to the Tamers in charge once I bring you to them.” And with that, twin chains of spirit power ripple out from outstretched arms to encircle his mysterious captor.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Logan
    “Other coworkers?”
    ---While the girl's eyes flicker to focus on your face at this exclamation, she only does so for a moment; indeed, the feeling of being under this person's gaze was an enigmatic one, her words seemed to imply she didn't care too much about what you thought for one reason or another, indeed, it was almost like she was looking at some sort of specimen beneath a magnifying glass, but...

    At the same time, that feels like it's not the whole story...

    There's a hint of worry there too, you can only see it for a second, and even then only in that flickered glance, but...

    ...It turns to mild disdain later on, as you continue to speak, to make your mind known to a person that wasn't doing herself any favors in the way she was going about things; indeed, it would have been a lot easier to humor her if she had bothered to explain her actions to you, but seeing as how she had no intentions of doing that, you might as well drag her in to the higher ups and see if they could get anything out of her, and to that end, spectral chains ensnare the enigmatic girl from both sides, arms and legs targeted in one of the basic moves possible with this spell, and-



    -there's a burst of static.

    A flicker really, like something had gone wrong with your vision for the briefest of instants, but when it's over...

    She's moved behind you again, the sound of spectral chains clanging against themselves accompanying your rapid spin to face her-!

    ...There hadn't been any outwards signs of physical or supernatural movement. No air had been displaced in her wake, no part of her body had moved from it's previous position, no reiki had surged, and yet the girl had seemingly flickered out of the way of the attack in spite of that?

    "..."

    A pause, as she regards you again, then...

    "I want all sorts of things, I want to help my creators, but simply telling you what I know from the start is not an option, after all, you could be the traitor."

    ...Eh?

    While a lot of things she had said had been confusing, this one was certainly up near the top of her vague statements...

    "The one person that could have tampered with the memory systems would be a member of the X-Cross, someone stabbed everyone else in the back, and I'm not sure who they are... Is it just one? If not, how many are there? What sort of people are they? Were they my friend once?"

    ...Now she's just getting really strange, using terms you've never heard, her eyes unblinking, staring at you as if she was trying to pierce straight through your soul to find the secrets deep within...

    "Notes can be read by unwanted eyes, conversations can be overheard by unwanted ears, the World is strange, something is often watching; believe me, I wasn't this convoluted just for the sake of it."

    The enigmatic smile returns...

    "But it doesn't matter. Explaining something to someone that will just forget is pointless, and doing the same to a potential traitor is dangerous... So very well, I'll try talking for a moment, humor you a bit, since you're being slightly more level-headed about this than the hermit... At least, if we ignore that arrest attempt just now... Does this simulation bring back memories?"

    It doesn't.

    Her eyes narrow after the first question, and then comes the second-

    "Have you met with Sarah Starbright? Did she feel real to you? Were you happy to see her back in spite of the impossibility?"

    -cuts a bit closer to home, although it's also not clear why she's asking about such things at all...

    Meanwhile, in the distance...

    The meteor-like form of an android approaches at high speeds...

    As for Amelia's self scan, well...

    The dates for last week were a bit... Messy... Every-time she looked at the files, the date of their creation was always different by a day or two from when she had looked at them last, but the sync ratio...

    88%

    Pretty normal for a Tamer, no problems there...

    To get to 100%, Amelia's plume of dusk would have to be actively placed inside of your body, a feat that would probably result in at least one of you overloading and dying as a result...
    Spoiler:
    Death is nothing but a disease.
    But it is one that often comes from all sides.
    An end like that is coming, and yet here you are.

    Tell me.

    Could you kill someone you love for the sake of everyone else?


    What a cynical worldview, Messiah.
    Real heroes would find a different answer.


    Right, right.
    The power to break through a sad reality—
    I wonder—

    Will they be able to show it to me?



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    Morning, Sunny


    Eva’s first thought is to refuse.

    Regardless of what others might think, she did not by any means consider herself a child.

    By human standards, her age might be young- but those same standards would imply the same of all the many COMPs that must be younger than her, which did not seem accurate. And her appearance, while somewhat young, was just that- an appearance. In fact, considering that her body would not age on its own, one could even say that this was her mature form.

    Therefore, she did not consider herself necessarily a child, and in fact did not.

    Adults did not accept candy offered by strangers.

    Therefore, Eva would not accept any either.

    Such is her thought process, and yet…

    Her decision begins to waver.

    It begins to occur to her that there is a possibility that this is more than a simple apology- that this is an attempt to actively get along better. It would be a rather aggressive approach…

    But not unwelcome. On the contrary, she wouldn’t mind taking a couple tumbles if they turned out like so- although down a couple mountains, if Myra’s anecdote was to be believed, was a bit much.

    “That’s very generous of you.”

    Getting up and similarly wiping any dirt off her body, she turns to Myra and accepts her offer.

    “If I had to pick… candy, I guess? I don’t have any preference, but I guess I do like caramel more than others.”

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    Blaise Pendragon
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    Afternoon, Heavy Winds

    "-----!"

    No time to hesitate.

    The crimson sphere of bubbling winds and zephyr-like torrent screamed closer, Blaise was already on the move. His COMP had already recovered from the earlier barrage, meaning that his options were now much greater when it came to how to defeat this source of food. He only needed to take one look at the attack it had launched to realize he didn't want to get hit by it - whatever it was, it was an attack meant for this sort of environment. He was not. In other words, he was naturally on a weaker position when fighting here.

    But at the same time... that didn't mean he was weaker.

    It just meant he needed to actually think about what he was doing.


    "Rhhhhhh---!"

    A growl escaping from his lips, Blaise's whole body was enveloped in power that was then thrust behind him - almost like slamming the sea itself with the power of raw magical energy. The draconic jet-thrusts accelerated the boy into a charge that was as fast as it was furious. He became nothing more than a blur on the ocean floor, zooming forward with sheer power and nothing more. That was where the Dragon Flash's beauty lied. It was nothing more and nothing less than what it said on the tin, and thus, it was surprisingly adaptable to different situations.

    For example...

    --- When you moved through the ocean floor at hypersonic speeds, instead of teleporting, you created a cloud of mud and sand!

    The furious charge kicked up the sand from the ocean bottom, first as two trails that appeared behind Blaise and then settling into a frenzied storm thanks to the disturbed currents of the sea around the two combatants. With his movement, he cut down the visibility of the battleground over by a half, a situation that suited him much more than it did the monstrous crab. After all, it was much larger target - he would have less trouble spotting it in the underwater sandstorm than it would have with him. And since the crab had been at the top of a slope, standing on a large rock, aiming his bubblebeam down at Blaise, it would mean that at the very least initially, the beast would experience the worst of the smokescreen! Before the sand had settled, most of it would be up towards the top, from where it would slowly start floating downwards.

    And that position of higher elevation also gave Blaise his perfect route of escape.

    That is...

    --- Straight forward!

    --- Up the slope!

    --- And then...!

    "HRAAAAAAAAAHHHH!"

    Flames struck against the rock, and foregoing his physical strength, Blaise poured all his heat into the rock that the crab stood upon. White and blue flames surrounded it all, increasing the heat by several magnitudes in a hurried pace. The water started boiling and everything became a hazy mess governed by sand and heat. And in the middle of that maelstorm of scorching wills stood Blaise, readying his next course of attack.

    Not boiling the crab alive anymore, no.

    But boiling the rock, heating it up, to the point that it would explode with violent force!

    And as a consequence...

    ... So would the waters around the crab!!!

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