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[font=Verdana][size=2][color=black]Firstly, here's a list of the people accepted, only the listed people are allowed to post in this thread:[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][b][i]Rogues: [/i][/b]DeathKnight and shadowofdeath13[/size][/font]
[font=Verdana][size=2][b][i]Fighters: [/i][/b]Corey and Lrb[/size][/font]
[font=Verdana][size=2][b][i]Sorceresses: [/i][/b]Takuya and Pumpkin[/size][/font]
[font=Verdana][size=2][b][i]Priests: [/i][/b]Kayin and Outlaw[/size][/font]
[font=Verdana][size=2][b][i]Bard: [/i][/b]^.^[/size][/font]
[font=Verdana][size=2][b][i]Druids: [/i][/b]Sakura and KKC[/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=black]Before you start posting, there's a few points I need to say:[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Verdana][size=2][b]1) Post in a different colour between the real world and in the game.[/b][/size][/font]
[b][font=Verdana][size=2]2) We will stay as a group throughout the majority of the RP, at least in the game, the only times would be if they go on a solo mission, and there aren't many of those.[/size][/font][/b]
[b][font=Verdana][size=2]3) Don't forget the rules from the Inn thread.[/size][/font][/b]

[font=Verdana][size=2]Alright, let's start then. For your first post, I want you to be outside of the game, then you can log in in your second post. At the end of your first post, have yourself meet with the others at the Shrine.[/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2]Any questions can go into the Underground thread.[/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=purple]Sakura walked into the park slowly, it was a beautiful spring day and the Sakura trees had started to bloom, explaining why the park was packed with bodies. She made her way through, excusing herself as she stepped over people's limbs. She walked over to a tree beside her and clambered up into the boughs, she used a hand to shield her eyes and searched the crowd. She found the mop of hair she'd been searching for. Sakura cupped her hands around her mouth and released the howl of a wolf, it was very convincing and many people actually looked around frantically in case of danger.[/color][/size][/font]
[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]The head of messy brown hair shot up and searched around, turning his gaze to the trees. He grinned and waved his arms. Sakura smirked and waved back as he made his way over to her perch. She slipped out of the tree and waited.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Hey Sutiiven, lots of people here, huh?" [/b]Sakura smiled.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Yeah, but this is what it's always like when the cherry blossoms bloom." [/b]he replied, catching a falling flower, he handed it to Sakura with a light blush.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]Sakura accepted it. [b]"Thanks. We better go, you wanted to check out my dad's facilities right?" [/b]Sakura looked at her watch and tugged on his arm, she tucked the flower behind her ear and the two ran out of the park, crossing the street carefully.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]Sakura glanced at Sutiiven, he was a casual kind of guy, wearing a pair of jeans and a simple t-shirt, today he was without his hoodie. She did love his eyes though, they were a kind of amethyst colour, and his brown hair was in it's usual organised mess. She smiled, they had been friends for quite a while, along with her other gaming friends.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]Sakura and Sutiiven stopped in front of a large building that reached up to the sky.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Welcome to GO; Game On, my father's corporation." [/b]Sakura said, entering the large doors.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]She walked past reception. [b]"Hey Kisa, this is my friend I'm bringing in to check out the stuff." [/b]Sakura held out her ID tag that hung off a string anyways.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Sure, go on through, your Mr. Hiwatari's been slaving over a project for months, he hasn't told anyone about it." [/b]Kisa smiled.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Yeah, I know. Dad's been asking me for some help on it, it's got real potential." [/b]Sakura grinned, waving and entering the elevator with Sutiiven.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]The steel doors slid shut and Sakura fished in her pocket, extracting a bunch of keys. She flicked through them and inserted one into the keyhole beside the buttons, half of the buttons were unlit, turning it. The rest of the buttons lit up besides the very last one. [/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"The lower few levels are the store and can be accessed by anyone. From there we've got the testing rooms, creation rooms, conference rooms, etc. The proper offices are on the highest few floors, to get to all those levels you need this key, all the employees have one, and the game testers. Now, this key is needed to access the highest of the floors, that level is entirely occupied by my dad's office, only the head of each department and I have they key." [/b]Sakura explained as she slid the second key in, turning it. The final button lit up and she pressed it, the elevator started moving upward.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]Sutiiven nodded, watching Sakura. She was wearing a simple white button-up shirt with navy blue cargos, but the look suited her well, she looked pretty in whatever she looked, especially in dresses because it accentuated her curves. Sutiiven blushed slightly at his thoughts. She was a beautiful girl, with double toned hair, chocolate brown eyes, and a slight tan. He blushed deeper and shook his head, trying to rid himself of the thoughts.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Are you ok? You look a little red." [/b]Sakura told him.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Ah, I'm fine, really." [/b]he laughed nervously, hoping she didn't know about his crush on her.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"If you say so." [/b]Sakura shrugged it off, the elevator lowered, and the two of them felt the g-force. There was a ping and the elevator doors slid open.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]Sakura stepped out, her father looked up from his desk, he looked tired, but his face lit up when he saw who it was.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Sakura! Welcome back, and you've brought a friend." [/b]he said, getting up from behind his large desk.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]Sakura watched her father with a look of worry in her eyes. His hair was disheveled, he had dark bags under his eyes and his eyes held a look that told her he'd been working on it for the past few days, only getting a few hours sleep. When he was really involved in something he would stay at the office, which was big enough to house a kitchenette, a bathroom, and a bed.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Yeah dad, this is Sutiiven, I've told you about him." [/b]Sakura introduced.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Ah! You're Sutiiven, yes I have heard a lot about you. Nice to meet you, I'm Takeo Hiwatari, father of Sakura, and head of this here corporation." [/b]Takeo shook hands with Sutiiven.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Pleased to meet you, sir. I'm a fan of your games."[/b][/color][/size][/font]

[b][font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]"Haha, you should thank Sakura and my team for that, without them, and her especially, they wouldn't be all that great." [/color][/size][/font][/b]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Aw, come on dad! You came up with the ideas in the first place." [/b]Sakura laughed.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"So, was there something you wanted, Sakura?" [/b]he asked, his fingers brushed against the petals of the sakura flower that she had behind her ear.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Huh? Oh yeah, Sutiiven wanted to take a look around, is that ok, dad?" [/b]Sakura questioned.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"No, not a problem. I'll take you around myself." [/b]he straightened.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Are you sure, I mean, if you have work to do I can lead him around myself."[/b][/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"No no, I've been working for a long time, I think I need a break. Let's go then." [/b]Takeo led them into the elevator again and pressed the lowest button of the key accessible only buttons.[/color][/size][/font]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]In a few hours, Takeo led them through the entire building, letting them try the newest games they had. Sakura commented on them as she usually did, the words rolling off her tongue were professional like she was a real game critic.[/color][/size][/font]

[b][font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]"Alright, thanks for the tips Sakura, I'll tell that to the team later." [/color][/size][/font][/b]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]Finally they had finished, Takeo took them down to the ground floor and said goodbye. He shook hands with Sutiiven, who thanked him, then hugged his daughter.[/color][/size][/font]

[b][font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]"Tell your mother I'll be home for dinner when you see her."[/color][/size][/font][/b]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"Will do, bye Dad." [/b]she smiled as he waved as the doors closed.[/color][/size][/font]

[b][font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]"That was great. Thanks, Sakura." [/color][/size][/font][/b]

[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080][b]"No problem, now we gotta hurry, we're supposed to meet the others at the Shrine in 10." [/b]Sakura jogged off, Sutiiven watched her before following her.[/color][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][color=#800080]

[/color][/size][/font][font=Verdana][size=2][color=black]Take it away guys, do whatever for your first post before meeting at the Shrine. Thanks, have fun, and enjoy![/color][/size][/font]
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[LEFT][COLOR=White]Ami groaned as she uplifting the heavy packages that were covered with dustbunnies and other little suprises. Her grandmother insisted that she needn't clean out the old attic but she felt it was the least she could do for someone who had let her in when no one else would. Anger filled her heart when the thought of her father reached her mind but she brushed it away as soon as the old woman opened the door. [b]"Ami dear is everything alright?"[/b] her grandmother asked with a look of concern on her face. Ami just smiled and exclaimed softly [b]"Yes. Please do not worry about me for you have done so much for me enough"[/b] ushering the old woman out of the dusty room.

She was a sick woman liable to die soon and she would not have her spend her last days helping someone clean up a dusty attic. She scrounged around through a box of photo albums when she came upon a picture of her mother and father on their wedding day and scoffed. She had never seen them together before in her life but she did not care to know more and quickly dispatched it into the corner of the room. Her hands fell upon a picture of her mother and her younger brother, Darren when he was a baby and she felt a sense of protectiveness arouse within her. He was all by himself and she had not heard from him within a month because phone calls were expensive.

Just that second the phone call rang and her grandmother gave a yell. That could only mean that it was her father trying to weseal his way into getting into her paychecks or it was her brother Darren. She dashed for the phone and muffled into the telephone a raspy "[i]Hello?[/i]" only to discover it was her landlord claiming she had left a carton of spilled milk on her kitchen floor and the landlord's complaints about how the apartment should be kept clean. After her conversation with the landlord, Ami felt exhausted from work and cleaning out the attic.

She bid her grandmother goodbye and headed off to her apartment. [i]"Besides.."[/i] she thought, [i]"I still have to meet those people at the shrine..[/i]" a grin had formed on her face. Lady Sin was a way she could escape, to be someone different, and she could enter a world in which everyone knew her face but would not seek her. For most even feared her name.
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[size=1]Corey slitted his eyes against the glare of the sun and the dust falling into his eyes. The wind licked against his skin. He wished it wouldn't. Too much wind could spell quite a bit of danger fifty feet off the ground. He reached out with his left hand and grabbed firmly onto a perfect outcropping of rock. He leaned back and dipped his right hand into his bag of powder. A slip was worse than the wind. He needed to keep his hands free from moisture.

He faintly heard his cell phone chirp in his pocket. Twenty minutes until their meeting. He grabbed the outcropping with both hands and vaulted himself to the next hand and foothold. Corey was always finding new places to climb in and out of the city. Today is was a large verticle trench dug the previous day to make way for a new section of sewers. A few people always stopped to watch him, but never enough to draw the suspicion of police. He was, after all, trespassing.

Corey sighted his last few footholds and closed his eyes. He took a deep breath and vaulted again. This time he didn't stop, but just continued jumping from hold to hold using both arms and both legs as propulsion. He was less than three feet from being able to reach the top, he grabbed another rock with both hands and pulled. He lunged toward the top and launched his foot from a small indentation for a little additional push. He neatly rolled onto the top of the embankment and stood up.

The people watching from the fenced off street waved and smiled. He waved back and examined the damage for today. Two deep cuts on his right hand and a few mild scratches on both. Corey took out a bottle of Bactine and sprayed it on both cuts. They instantly swelled and sealed the blood flow. The disinfectant burned like hell, but he just smiled. He always felt good after a climb. The cell phone beeped again.

[b]Corey-[/b] "Dammit..." He started running toward the shrine.[/size]
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As usual, Kiva was the first to arrive at the shrine. She was always there before any of the others arrived. She liked to be 100% certain that she wouldn't be late, so she was always early. She didn't mind, though. She usually had a book she could read, or schoolwork she could do. Rarely was she without something to occupy herself with.

Kiva sat down and waited for the others to arrive. As she waited, she let her mind wander. Her thoughts settled on her mother. Nothing ever seemed to bother Selna, though Kiva knew this wasn't true. Selna was good at hiding it, but Kiva could tell when something was bothering her. And recently, something had been bothering Selna. She didn't seem to want to talk about it, so Kiva hadn't said anything, but it was definitely there.

Kiva pushed her mother's potential troubles from her mind. Selna could take care of whatever it was, and she wouldn't want Kiva's help anyways. So Kiva tried not to think about it. Instead, she turned her thoughts towards the game. She wanted to get started right away, but she give the others time to arrive. She wouldn't wait for anyone who was late, though. She wanted to get started.


OOC: Yes, weak post, I know, but there wasn't much to work with.
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[color=blue]Hitari jumped and her eyes shot open. It took her a moment to realize where she was, but then remembered that she had come to the park to make a few sketches. She must have dozed off when she was listening to the birds. Hitari sat up right and looked up at one of the Sakura trees that had beautiful blossoms poping out of every branch.

She smiled and and started to sketch the tall tree, it didn't take very long, sense it was just a sketch. She darkened over the blossoms and in the middle of one she drew her friend, Sakura's, face. Hitari giggled to herself and desided that she would finish it later and give it to her friend as a gift.

She then spotted a boy and a girl having a picnic near by, they giggled and laughed with each other and the boy gave her a kiss on the cheek. Hitari felt her cheeks turn rosey and flipped the page of her sketch book to draw the two love birds. Drawing was her favorite pass time that rivaled with playing video games. She could do either one for hours and hours.

"It's almost time." Hitari said to herself looking down at her watch, she had about 10 minets until she was to meet her friends at the shrine. She was really excited, like always, and desided to get there a little early. She picked up her bag, stuffed her sketch book inside, and started through the park.[/color]
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Trey's eyes were locked onto the photograph which he held close and he hadn't noticed much anything else. It had been 4 years since his parents and sister passed away on this day. A sniffling sound could be heard from him as he rubbed his eyes with one of his arms. He lifted his head up and looked up from the floor to the ceiling, with his arms draped over his thighs in a seated position. His face was red from trying not to cry. His head slowly turned as he felt a familiar hand on his shoulder. "Hey..." TJ made out quietly as he watched his older brother sit beside him.

"Sup, Tee?" Lee smiled over at him. He shook his dark brown, nearly black, dreadlocks from his face and looked at him again with his brown eyes, as dark as his complexion. "You look like you've been crying a bit..." he said with a look of concern.

Trey turned his head forward again, arching his back down to move his head nearly between his knees. "I wasn't crying, LeRoy...I'm fine...." He slid the photograph back into his hat and put it back on his head. "But, it's really hard to try not to cry...ya know? I mean....they've been gone for four years....and they're not coming back anytime soon...." He sighed, rubbing his eyes again. He looked over to his older brother, "Hey...Don't you have to get to work soon?" he asked.

Lee shook his head and stood up, brushing himself off. "Not yet...I promised to take you to meet your friends today...unless...you don't want to go or something..." Lee looked down at TJ who was still looking away from him. "I mean....if you're not gonna go...at least give them a call."

TJ shook his head and smacked Lee in the back of the leg, "Oh shut up....I'm not gonna ditch on my friends. You know me better than that..."

Lee smiled and kicked TJ in the back and backed up to avoid TJ's next swing. "Well, get your butt in gear so we can go already."

TJ got up and brushed himself off, stretching out afterward. He and Lee headed out to the car and got it. The two started down the road toward the shrine. TJ tapped his hand on the armrest attached to the door as he looked onto the road. He lowered the brim of his cap how he usually wears it and looked over to the shrine as they pulled up. "Hey, thanks for the ride, Lee. I'll call you when we finish if you're off work by then," he said as he got out of the car. Lee nodded and waved as he pulled out to head to work. TJ waved after the car as he headed up the walkway toward the shrine through the park. He took a seat on one of the benches in the park, adjusting the pant legs to his jeans and straightening out hiis T-Shirt. "And now we wait..." TJ leaned back and looked up to the sky, waiting.
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[size=1][color=darkred]Kyoske layed on his bed quietly staring up at the ceiling. His room was dim from the black curtains that hung over his windows. Kyoske's eyes moved back and forth from the corners of his room, to the ceiling fan in the center, gently turning. Time seemed to flow by as he just sat there, thinking about everthing, not dwindling on a single subject long enough to gain anything. Slowly he glanced over to look at the blue numbers of his clock.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"Damn, it's that late" He said jumping out of his bed and running out into the hall. [/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]His house was empty, his mom worked during the day and his father, well he wasn't ever really there to begin with, but now he was truly gone. As he neared the front doors he slipped on his shoes, locked the door and was off running. "I'm supposed to be there in 10 minutes, I souldn't have laid down, I don't want to keep the others waiting either...............If it was for them, who knows where I'd be right now." He though as he turned down an alley and sprung over a fence. [/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]Kyoske knew the city really well from his younger days and his was naturally athletic, which proved helpful in some of the pinches, he had gotten himself in. It was kind of ironic, that when he first met his current friends he was doing the same thing he was doing now, though for a reason he cared not to remember. He had heard about people being young and stupid, but he must have taken the cake, but that was behind him. [/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]He started the slow his pace as the scent of the Sakura trees blew threw the air, followed by their blossoms dancing with the breeze. Slowing to a walk Kyoske tucked his hands in his pockets as he walked through a park pretty close to the Shrine. As he walked he noticed a girl in front of him heading for the shrine. Smirking he jogged up behind her.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"You gonna be late you know" He said behind her.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"Don't you mean we?" Hitari said slowing her step so that they were in line but not looking up at Kyoske.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"Eh, I could run and get there on time, but I would want to leave you alone and defenseless" Kyoske stated recieving a swift punch to the arm.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"Heeey, that hurts, when are you gonna stop that tomboy act anyways" He laughed before recieving another punch.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"I don't know but it's better than being a juvenile delinquent" She replied giving Kyoske a smirk.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"What?, no you have me all wrong, I'm just a misguided youth" He finished as the both started laughing.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]As they walked up the steps to the shrine they saw Kiva, her nose buried into a book. They walked up to her, her head peeking up from the book.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"Don't you have anything better to do?" Kyoske asked, examining the cover of the book.[/color][/size]
[size=1][color=darkred]"Not really" She replied, as the two sat down next to her, waiting for the others to come.[/color][/size]


OOC: I hope that is ok KKC and Takuya, it ended up being alot longer than I though it would lol
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[b]OOC:[/b] The others can post about what they were doing before the meeting later because I want to get this going.

[COLOR=Purple]I forgot they use ID scan cards from the game to enter the World. Everyone can make up you ID number, it's just 8 numbers.

Sakura and Sutiiven made it to the Shrine, everyone was already there, some were talking, while some were by themselves.

[b]"Hey guys, sorry we're a bit late."[/b] Sakura grinned.

The others nodded in acceptance and they talked a little before taking off for the VR Centre devoted to Third Edge.

The group walked through the doors of the large building, it was huge, with many floors so there was rarely ever a time when there wasn't room. They got a large room as usual, it had 12 VR pods though the group only used 11 of them.

They all slid into the pods easily, there was a card scanner in each and they all pulled out ID cards, they had information about their World self, a picture, name, gender, class, ID number. Sakura's number was; 15021989. She played with the card and sliced it through the thin slot, it read the barcode on the back and she tucked it into her pocket, closing her eyes as she fell into the World of Third Edge.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=Navy]Sakura opened her eyes in the World, waiting patiently for the others to appear, it didn't take long at all, soon they all stood in the middle of a plain. Everyone looked different from their real self. Sakura wore all black; a black, long sleeve top with the sleeves pushed above her elbows, and long leather pants, with gloves that only reached her wrists, with her only extra accessory being her goggles that sat on top of her head.

[B]"Let's go!"[/B] Sakura said happily.

They mostly all had new names and different looks, but they had already gotten used to it. They headed toward the town to look for a mission to do, as usual the town was swarming with NPCs and other players, everywhere was alive with music, and they all felt as if it was real, and not just a VR game.[/COLOR]

[B]OOC:[/B] I gotta go. Anyone can make up a mission for us to do, or whatever.
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[size=1]Corey slid ceremoniously into his VR pod. He snugged himself in, always appreciating how much of a gateway it was into another world as real as their current one. He pulled the ID card out of his pocket and slid it through the reader with a grace only attained through constant practice. The card went back in his pocket. He saw his characters information displayed on a screen across the room. A Fighter. That's what he was...
[COLOR=DarkSlateGray]Flagg opened his eyes and looked around. Sakura stood to his left, and Hart appeared at his right. Flagg streatched his arms toward the warm sun, his armour creaking and glimmering in its black beauty. He checked to make sure his sword and shield were latched firmly on his back. He smiled underneath his armour. They were.

[b]Sakura-[/b] "Let's go!" He glanced around to make sure everyone was there. It didn't happen too often, but every once in a while the game glitched up, and a player was logged in miles from their designated position. They all began their casual walk toward town.

[b]Flagg-[/b] "So what adventure do you think will find us today?" He smiled through his visor at the black-clad Lady Sin. A breeze billowed her robe behind her. Walking side by side, both of them dressed in all black, they looked extremely intimidating.

[b]Lady Sin-[/b] "I have no idea. But I hope it's something challenging. A lot of the missions we've had the pleasure of completing haven't been preety difficult..." Flagg nodded and glanced toward the upcoming town. There seemed to be a good amount of activity today.

[b]Flagg-[/b] "Maybe we'll get lucky and Astaroth will be in town." Lady Sin smiled.

[b]Lady Sin-[/b] "We can only hope." Astaroth was an explorer and a merchant. He combed the ever expanding land of Third Edge looking for new and interesting places to explore. When he finds something, he travels back into a town to sell the location to players for money or a rare item. Flagg adjusted his armour slightly and hoped for something fun.[/COLOR][/size]
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TJ stood up after everyone else showed up at the shrine and he brushed his pants off. He shifted his cap upward and followed the others. He hadn't addressed anyone outside of a nod or a wave but nothing else since he was still upset. He shoved his hands in his pockets as he walked behind everyone, keeping his eyes ahead of himself. "Well, at least we get toplay this game today..." TJ said to himself with a smile.

As they entered into the VR Center, TJ looked on in amazement at the pods, trying to imagine all of the aspects as to how they work, how they affect those within them...anything that came to mind....never getting tired of trying to figure it out. A grin crossed his lips as he walked toward the VR pod which was left open for him by the others. "I can't wait to play today....and forget about things..." He climbed slowly into the pod, shuffling within it to get comfortable. Trey pulled out his ID card and passed it through the slot designated for it. [I]ID Number 02101988...Name: Chiron Magus, Class: Priest....Logging in...[/I] TJ's eyes slowly closed as he consciousness slowly left him, entering the virtual plane of Third Edge's World...
[COLOR=DimGray]Chiron's eyes slowly opened and blinked, adjusting to the light of the World. He looked around at his friends' characters and then to his environment. The light glinted from his crimson eyes through his silver hair. "Shall we get things under way?" TJ asked, anxious to do something to get his mind off of his pain.

"Well, we'll figure it out on the way as usual, Chiron." Sakura assured him.

He shoved his hands in his pockets after pushing his hair in front of his face behind his ear and followed the others who headed into to town. "So any ideas as to what to do here anybody?" he asked with a smile.[/COLOR]
OOC: Sorry about that....I've fixed things...Just haven't had a clear mind recently....
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OOc: Um, Kayin, your post makes it sound like this is our characters' first experience with [i]Third Edge[/i], but in the sign-up thread, Sakura clearly stated that our characters have been playing for two months. Just thought I'd point that out to you.


"Okay, I've got a question," Kiva said as the group walked rom the shrine to the VR facility.

"Let me guess," Sakura replied. "Your question is: 'why do we meet at the shrine instead of at the VR facility?'"

"Yes, though you didn't get the exact wording. How'd you guess?"

Sakura laughed. "Because you ask that question every week. Yes, we all know that it takes extra time the way we do it. But we're not as impatient as you are. You're the only one of us who seems to mind."

"Yeah, yeah, whatever," Kiva said. "Let's just hurry up, okay?"

Eventually, they reached the VR facility. As usual, there was an empty room with enough VR units for all of them. Kiva chose one and slid herself into it. She swiped her ID card through the slot, then put it back in her pocket. A few seconds later, there was a brief moment of disorientation, and then [color=indigo]Kiva was in the world of [i]Third Edge[/i].[/color]

[color=#4b0082]Kiva, known as Kaia while in-game, walked towards the town with the rest of her group. They were currently without a mission. The others generaly didn't like these occasions, because finding a good mission could sometimes be difficult. Kaiaa, however, enjoyed every minute of the game. Well, 'game' was really the wrong word. [i]Thirs Edge[/i] was more than a game; it was an experience.[/color]

[color=#4b0082]Kaia enjoyed the missions, of course, but she also enjoyed just wandering through the incredibly real-seeming world of the game. Even after two months, the whole thing still seemed impossible to her, more like something out of science fiction than something that actually existed. In fact, she'd just finished reading a very good book about a virtual world. It was an excellent story, but it was just a story, a product of an author's imagination. [i]Third Edge[/i], however, was not just part of a story. It actually existed, no matter how impossible this seemed.[/color]

[color=#4b0082]Kaia knew that it was just a game, but she didn't act like it. Well, Kiva did act like it when she wasn't in-game, but when she was in-game, Kaia fully immersed herself in the world, treating it as reality even though she knew it wasn't. She loved the game. It was the perfect form of entertainment, in her opinion. She just couldn't get enough. The others would stop sometime, and even Kaia might tire of it eventually. But she didn't think that that would ever happen.[/color]

[color=#4b0082]As the group neared the town, Kaia enjoyed the fully realized world of the game. She did enjoy just wandering throughout the game's world, but she did occasionally feel a need to do something. She was definitely looking forward to the next mission.She didn't know what it was, but she knew that she'd enjoy it.[/color]
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[Color=DarkBlue]Gabe cursed at his brother once more as he ran down the stairs. The two of them had been working on homework and his brother was supposed to have told him at three to start packing up so he could get the Shrine. Of course, at three thirty he pops his head in and says, ?Gabe shouldn?t you be leaving??

Gabe almost tripped down the stairs as he threw open the door. He began a full out run to the shrine, which on a normal day was about a five-minute walk. He made it just in time to jack in. He apologized profusely and plopped down into his terminal. He then swiped his card and felt the sensation of entering the game.[/color]

[Color=DarkSlateGrey]Uke?s eyes opened and she smiled. It was great to be back in the game. She realized she was one of the last people to head out towards town, so she started jogging to keep up with the others, but all the while, not tripping over her own dress.

She caught up with Lady Sin, Flagg, Kiva, Chiron and Sakura. She smiled again and said, ?So, what?s on the agenda today??

?First things first, we have to check for Astaroth. Then we?ll see if there are any good missions lying around.? Sakura said.

?Sounds good. Aren?t we going to wait for the others though?? Uke asked, looking back.

?They?ll catch up. Don?t worry so much Gabe.? Lady Sin said, looking at him.

?OK.? Uke replied, shutting her mouth.

The party entered town and the bustling caught up to them. People bustled back and forth while vendors called out their daily sale. Uke looked around, half in awe. They had gone into town millions of town, but the sheer number of people always surprised her.

?So, where could he be?? Uke asked, looking around.

?In the alleyway near the Inn, where else?? Flagg said, pointing to it.

?Of course.? Lady Sin muttered.

The group quickly walked over and Astaroth winked. ?Back again I see. I think I have something for all of ya.?

Astaroth?s coat swooshed open and the faces of every team member shined.[/color]

OOC: I?m so sorry everyone, I should have posted ages ago, but I?ve been, *ahem* busy. Hopefully this is OK.
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[color=crimson]"Hey, Arch!"

From next to him came a familiar voice saying his nickname. Lucian looked up to the speaker and gave a slight smile to her. He was at his favorite restaurant in town, relaxing with a nice book. All of the [admittedly cute] waitressing staff knew him and he was even beginning to be good friends with the owner. He set his book down on the table and gave her a slight wave, "Yo, Kyoko."

The teenage girl nodded to him, "How are things, Arch?"

"Can't complain.. and yourself?" He leaned back in his seat lazily and looked to her.

She shifted slightly and placed a hand on her chin, "Oh, I [i]guess[/i] things are alright. This job is really killing me though!"

"Oh yeah?"

"Yeah!" She exclaimed and gestured to the people around them, "This is just a small crowd compared to earlier!"

Lucian glanced at the people around them and noticed the small crowd. He let out a low whistle, "That must be hell."

"No kidding!" She held up a finger and smiled brightly, "But! The tips are great."

"Everything evens out in the end, huh?"

"For once, I think it did." She gave a thumbs up before taking out a small notepad and a pen, "Anyway, what do you want today, Arch?"

He arched his eyebrow and gave it some thought. A quick glance to his watch revealed that he would have to get going in half an hour to meet everyone at the shrine. He shrugged and looked back up at Kyoko, "Just the usual hot tea."

"Really? Is that all you want?" She tilted her head a bit.

"Yeah, sorry. I have to bolt pretty quickly to meet up with some friends." He explained.

"Oh! That's pretty cool. Alright then, I'll get that out for you." She hurried off and left Lucian alone.

Glancing around him, he rubbed his chin and picked his book back up. The paper book was an antique classic from a couple of centuries earlier detailing an epic fantasy adventure- swords, drama, romance and action. It was a great read that was well worth the trouble he had finding a paper version of it. As much as he loved electronics there was just something different feeling when you read a book on paper. As he flipped to the next page, Kyoko came back with his tea.

"Here you go, Arch." She said and sat it down before him. She eyed the book curiously.

"Thanks." He took a sip of it and let out a quiet sigh. "Ahh. Yeah, that is some good stuff."

"What are you reading?" She asked, trying to make out the title on the worn title. "...o...C..l..rate.... if..?"

"[i]To Celebrate Life.[/i]" He filled in the blanks, glancing at the worn cover himself. "It's a great story from a few centuries back. Swords, magic and the like. Well worth your while. It's a real classic."

She let out a low 'hmm' and smiled, "I'll look it up sometime on at home! I love those kinds of books, you kno-"

"Hey, Kyoko!" Lucian glanced back to see the Manager with a mean look on his face directed right at Kyoko. "Stop flirting and get back to work!"

Kyoko looked like she was about to die of embarrassment and Lucian laughed at this. She flustered a reply to her boss, "Y-yes! Right away!" And, with that, she rushed back to work. Lucian chuckled to himself and returned to his book, passing the time with it. He went through several cups of tea before his watch began to go off- only ten minutes before their scheduled meet up. Lucian rubbed his forehead, stood up and stretched a bit. He walked up to the cashier and paid, giving Kyoko a wave as he left. She waved back and smiled sweetly before rushing back to work. Book in hand, he left and headed for the shrine.

The city was alive with.. life. Lucian shook his head as that had not been one of his better poetic moments. Still, he admired the spirit he felt from the city. His admiration soured as the 'life' of the city quickly impeded his movements- too much pedestrian traffic. He glanced at his watch and clicked his tongue- he was going to be a bit late at this rate. His rushing increased in scope to avoid being late but it wasn't enough. Huffing and puffing he slid into the shrine where most everyone was assembled. He set the book down and slid to the floor. "Yo." He said to the assembled friends with a wave, still huffing a bit.

"Hey, Arch- hate to say it but you are officially one of the latest of the late. I believe congratulations are in order." Kyoske said with a wry smile.

"Yeah, yeah." Lucian shrugged him off and pointed outside. "I ran into a ton of-"

"Traffic." Kyoske finished for him and shook his head, "You say that each time, man."

Lucian chuckled a bit- his tardiness was rather commonplace and expected, as was his usual excuse. "You've got me there."

"I'd suggest you get some new excuses, Lucian." Kiva stated in a rather Kiva-esque way, arching an eyebrow at him.

"I suppose you're right." He replied in resignation and stretched his legs out, yawning a bit. He didn't get much time to rest as Sakura arrived with Sutiiven and they rushed off to the VR Centre. Much to his annoyance most of the traffic had seemingly disappeared- did he have bad luck or what? In any event, they arrived and promptly went to the large room to get into the game as soon as possible. Lucian got into his pod and slid his ID Card through the reader. ~[i]I.D. Number: 76343216[/i]~ It said followed by other information about his character. Crevan, the Pirate. Lucian smiled and nodded- he really loved that class. Disorientation hit him and he fell into it, quickly awakening within the world of Third Edge.[/color]

[color=green]Crevan rubbed his chin and glanced around the game. Even if it wasn't his first time, he always paused to take in the wondrous environments around him within the game. With a smile he looked back down and jogged into town, looking to catch up with the group. He located them speaking with good ol' Rothy, the vendor of adventure as Crevan called him. From his coat Astaroth took out a small user-created parchment- a map. A map to somewhere interesting and, knowing Astaroth, swarming with danger. A little too much danger, but it was sure worth it once you got past all the.. chaos.

"Today I have some good information for you all. I know you guys enjoy cleaning out new places.. and this one will get you alot of glory around these parts. Might be a bit tough for you though." He said while tossing the parchment in the air and catching it.

"Come on, Astaroth. You know that we can't pass up a good challenge." Sakura said.

"Well, alright. You see there's a.." He paused for a moment and thought. "It's difficult to discribe without seeing it. Well, the Admins added kind of a mini-event out in the Badlands."

Someone from within the group muttered 'Tch, not the badlands again' but it went mostly unnoticed. Crevan rubbed his chin remembering their last time in the Badlands as well- an experience to remember, to say the least. They had come out unscatched. Mostly unscathed, rather.

"There's an NPC cult about the size of an army. They are there worshiping some kind of a flaming effigy- they consider it an Avatar of their God. Theory is you kill the cult, you'll win a prize- plus a ton of fame for being the first to do it."

"That can't be that difficult." Crevan said with a glance to the partially-assembled group. "I think we could handle something like that."

"Hey, hey." Astaroth shook his head. "Let me finish. It shouldn't be that hard, you're right- there are more expierenced people than you out there running amok, decimating whatever 'new' areas there are. However, on this one, there's a small surprise that most of them don't expect."

"... Go on." Sakura said with interest.

"Well, I went out there to see for myself what was stopping someone from claiming the big prize. I watched this group mercilessly slaughter the cultists.. no contest whatsoever. Well, apparently, the death of all it's worshipers doesn't go over well with the effigy. Not much left of the group aside from pieces within half a minute." He smiled. "That's all I'm going to say. You'd have to find out the rest for yourselves, I'm afraid. You interested or not? If not, I think I have one or two more locations of interest.. but conquering this one would boost your prestige around this game pretty significantly. I guess missions would be less intense, huh?" He shook his head, "This stuff is pretty.. difficult. Oh well, your guys call."

OOC: Pass on it if you are so inclined. It could be used in the future or forgotten completely. Only thing I could think of, lol.[/color]
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OOC: Nice reference there, DeathKnight. Good to know that someone remembers that RPG.

[color=indigo]"We can deal with that," Kaia told Astaroth. "I mean, it sounds to me like the previous groups lost because they weren't expecting the object of worship to start kicking them around. That particular problem can be solved by taking out the effigy thingy before we take out its worshippers."[/color]
[color=indigo]"I don't know if it will be that easy," Astaroth replied. "For one thing, the cult won't just let you destroy the effigy."[/color]
[color=#4b0082]"Who gives a shit? I'll just blast the thing from a distance. They won't be able to do a thing about it. And if they have spellcasters that can counter my spells, well, then we'll have to fight our way to it. Besides, we can always pull out if it's not working."[/color]
[color=#4b0082]"That may not be possible. I'm sure the other groups tried to run when the effigy attacked them."[/color]
[color=#4b0082]"Well," Kiva replied, "if we can't kill it and can't run run, then we'll just have to use the secret weapon of all relatively inexperienced players: doing something extremely stupid, something that a really good player would never even consider doing, but something that people like us are too dumb to know not to do. Something so stupid that no opponent would never worry about having to counter it."[/color]
[color=#4b0082]"That sounds to me like inviting Death over for a visit," Astaroth remarked.[/color]
[color=#4b0082]"Hey, stupidity's saved my ass more than once," Kiva said. "Anyways, I can't speak for the rest of the group, but I'm all for takeing these nutjobs and their effigy thingamabober out." She turned to face the rest of her group. "Anybody else want to give it a shot?"[/color]
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  • 2 weeks later...
Hart brushed some dust off of his left shoulder and pushed his hair back. He smiled and stretched is arms around himself.

[b]Hart-[/b] Sorry guys. Went AFK for a bit there. Had to take care of some business. Anyways, what's happening?
[b]Hart-[/b] ...guys?

Hart looked around. They had left without him. He went into his menu and then into his friends list. They were all in the closest He put one leg forward and bent down to touch his toes. He did the same on the other leg and trekked towards the town nearby.

He reached his end point faster than he thought he would have. He wiped some sweat off of his forehead with his arm and entered. He quickly spotted his friends and trotted towards them waving his arms.

[B]Hart[/B]- Hey guys!
[B]Gulstaf_the_Gr34t-[/B] Shut up, noob!
[B]Hart-[/B] Sorry..
[B]Gulstaf_the_Gr34t-[/B] You should be, noob!
[b]Hart-[/b] Hey watch your mouth, buddy.

By this time, Hart's friends had heard of what was happening and rushed over to where Hart was standing. The fighter clenched his fist as he walked in circles across from Gulstaf.

[b]Gulstaf_the_Gr34t-[/b] Whaddya gonna do about it, momma's boy?
[b][color=purple]Sakura-[/b] Hey! What are you doing?! Just leave him alone, Hart.[/color]
[b][color=purple]To Sakura-[/b] No.[/color]

Gulstaf held a staff in his right hand and had a long brown cloak on that covered his entire body. On top of his head was a green pirate-looking hat with a single white feather sticking out of it.

Many travelers came and formed a circle around Gulstaf and Hart. They started chanting.. "Fight, fight, fight..."

Gulstaf pointed his staff at Hart and called out "Tieriara!". A white light flashed and a jolt of light blue electricity raced at Hart at an incredible speed. Hart was struck to the ground and looked up to see Gulstaf swinging his staff down upon him. Hart reached to his belt and whipped out a small one-handed sword. He grabbed the staff with his left hand and used it to bring himself up swinging over top of Gulstaf.

He threw the Magic Class player to the ground and put his sword to the challengers neck. A loud cheer erupted from the crowd.

Hart got off of Gulstaf and walked away.

[b]Hart-[/b] I don't kill other players...

And as Hart put his sword back in it's place on his belt he heard a loud shout of magic and he went unconcious. The last thing he heard was Gulstaf the 'fake' laughing and shouting noob. The last thing he saw.. was his friends charging.[/color]
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