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Once again, everything moves much too quickly. As Caspian introduces himself, The redhead makes some sort of a field and yells at him and some other people, “Hold on! Was there some memo I didn’t catch? Why are all of you attacking this one person? Lots of people who aren’t used to warping get violent afterwards and there’s no excuse for that. I get that, i really do, but that’s no excuse to pump them full of bullets! You can’t just kill people!”

Parker puts the safety back on and looks at the man in shock. “What the fu- What do you mean, this thing was attacking Caspian over there! Are you saying we purify it or some **** like that?” He sighs in defeat and hastily places the gun back in its holster, stepping back to interact with the two tigers Caspian left behind. ”Bah **** it.I thought I was gonna get to fight something today, but I suppose patching someone up is sufficient enough today. He places a hand in front of each one, allowing them to sniff him and see whether or not he’s a threat. 

Soon enough, he’s petting the two giant, fluffy tigers. Huh…. So this is what it’s like to pet a big cat. They’re not too scary when they’re getting pets. It’s cathartic, really. Part of him misses his cousin’s cat, but perhaps it’s better he not think about home right now. Two. Fluffy. Cats. 

Seeing the explosion and the fact that Caspian is in danger, though… Neither of the two seem particularly happy about that. They charge forward, knowing their human is probably going to be eaten. Parker knows better than to try and hold back two giant animals, so instead he follows. He takes the gun out once more, avoiding putting the safety off just yet. Caution. Caspian could easily be shot if you’re not careful. And then that redhead… looks like he can clock you in the head if you shoot someone. Not a chance you wanna take. Even the biggest pacifist can do some good damage.

Galaxy Person moves to the edge of the battlefield. They don't seem interested in this fight at all. 

You’ve got to be kidding me,” he mutters. He doesn’t appreciate not being able to do much else, everyone else has some sort of magic powers or brute strength, it seems. But if he can help keep these tigers safe from the demon’s wrath… Who is he to not do so?

 

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Sorey -- Gateway

 [ hellion!!! ] - [ free him ] - [ Armatization: Fire ]

 

Sorey is as surprised as the hellion when his sword bounces harmlessly off of a radiant orange barrier. He leaps backwards to give some space between him and the monster, only for the redhead to run in front of it and advise that everyone stop attacking each other. Sorey holds his blade in front of him cautiously and bites his lip. The man who introduced himself as Jin Kaiden was right -- Sorey remembered that when he first appeared here it was quite startling and disorienting and could have easily erupted into needless violence.

 

But at the same time, no one at that time of his arrival -- not even the little monsters -- felt so strongly malevolent. "Jin, it's my duty as Shepherd to quell hellions," the young man pleaded. "I can calm it down and return it to its original form, but not if it's actively trying to harm other people!"

 

'Just kick him out of the way and go on with your day,' he hears Edna say in his mind. 'Before any of these other idiots end up killing it before you can purify it.'

 

Sorey nods, acknowledging her words. Too late -- the barriers are losing strength and just as they were flickering out, a pink-haired warrior charged forth. Predictably, he was plucked out of the sky by one of the hellion's regenerating arms. The demon's counterattack was swift and Sorey is forced to thrust his sword into the ground to protect himself from the sharp red roots of its spell. Most of them screech as they scrape against the steel of the holy sword and some even tore at his clothes. He huffs, a little peeved that he missed his chance to go on the offensive.

 

'Well, so much for being first.'


The Shepherd pulls his sword out of the dirt and charges once more. First thing was first -- he lunges forth at the demon and brings his sword across the arm holding the delicate pink-haired man. Fire and steel tear through rotten flesh and bone and sever the limb, dropping the person. Sorey lands light on his feet. The hellion had many more arms he had to keep track of and they seemed to be quickly regenerating despite the best efforts of the fast cold-wind rogue and the tiger clawing at its side.

 

 

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Twilight Sparkle -- Gateway

[normally i can explain] - [but today is quite inexplicable] 

 

Twilight was ready to lend her aid to the fight at the gateway, but hesitated. What if she messed up again, like last time, and made things worse? It didn't seem like they were doing too terribly against the creature at the moment -- at least, out of the people fighting, she knew that Sorey would be able to hold his own based on the information they had on file -- but maybe it was time to call for backup... Using the magic of her horn, Twilight took one of the cube communicators out from her saddlebags and navigated to the one side that she could make a call from. Most of the agents were on their various missions, but not--

 

One of the newcomers looked like they had enough of the chaos and simply walked off towards Ray and herself. Twilight put the act of calling on hold and greeted xer out of politeness, but still pawed nervously at the ground. "Hello! I'm Twilight, and welcome to the Gateway to the Starry Skies. Fights like this don't usually happen, I'm sorry... I'll have to ask Pascal to see if she can do anything to stop aggressive creatures from appearing on our planet. We were just about to go on patrol, actually, but it seems like trouble has found us first..."

 

The fight seemed to have attracted a few Lumas to the ring of stones. It wasn't uncommon for the native inhabitants of this planet to be curious and appear before newcomers warped here. Twilight was about to tell them to watch out for the danger but stopped herself once she noticed that it wasn't the fighting people that they were drawn to. It was the blue-and-purple haired person. At first one or two floated over, then were joined by three more. Curiously, unlike the vast majority of common yellow Lumas, these star creatures had more uncommon colors.  

 

"A star person!!" exclaimed one of them.

 

"You smell like stardust and candy," said another, this one pink-toned.

 

 

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The horse talked first. Sure, okay, this day was weird enough already. 

 

Hello! I'm Twilight, and welcome to the Gateway to the Starry Skies. Fights like this don't usually happen, I'm sorry...I'll have to ask Pascal to see if she can do anything to stop aggressive creatures from appearing on our planet. We were just about to go on patrol, actually, but it seems like trouble has found us first…

 

Nice to know xe wasn’t the only one having a Really Weird Day. Ace nodded in return, crossing xer arms. “Nice to meet you,” xe said, falling back on social rites for lack of anything of depth beyond what the hells is going on and hey can I friend the space bat, neither of which seemed like good places to start.

 

Well. Come to think of it, that first one actually was a fairly solid place to start out. Gateway to the Starry Skies...yeah, Ace kind of liked the sound of that, despite. Xe glanced briefly over at the continuing battle. Despite all that. And Twilight (where had xe heard that name with that creature before?) said it wasn’t normal, so…

 

Ace thought this might have been a nice place to visit in literally any other circumstances. Keyword there, visit. Xe wanted home. Xe needed it. The Shrike, xer crewmates, the stars…

 

There were stars gathering nearby. Little creatures in the shape of stars. Xe could hear their songs, strong as anything. Like xe was staring out from Shrike’s bridge. Like xe was singing to the deeplarks.

 

Ace loved them on sight.

 

“A star person!!”

 

“You smell like stardust and candy.”

 

Without thinking, Ace raised one hand to xer face and sniffed at it. Smelled just the same as ever to xer, but then, xer Touch was hearing-oriented, so xe didn’t know what xe was expecting. Xe shrugged, stopped paying attention to the others, and crouched to eye level with the little stars.

 

Melody. Ace could hear their melody. The urge to sing back welled in xer throat, but these could talk, had spoken with human words. So xe slipped into a half-sung tone, old but familiar. “Hi. What are you called?”

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< STATUS: Stable; Resolute >

< LOCATION: : Gateway  >

< AGENTS: Sorey, Parker, Rayla, Ace, Caspian, Zagreus  >

< OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Demon, Twilight, Tsuki

 

No one listened. Unsurprisingly, yet, still disappointing. 

 

The tall gray man attempted to refute Jin’s statement with a threat. The sheer audacity of the man was more than enough to anger Jin. His brows furrowed, eyes hardening as he balled his hands into fist. 

“Try it and you’ll regret it,” Jin snapped, his emotions flaring. The man reminded him of Veigas speaking mockingly before a fight. The demon loved to toy with his victims with petty words before he disposed of them like sheep to the slaughter. It made Jin’s blood boil just thinking about it. He opened his mouth again to speak, but the fire boy from earlier landed next to him and began to plea for him to listen. 

 

The sheer genuineness of the stranger’s words were enough to snap Jin out of his ireful stupor. He blinked rapidly as the boy spoke. Hellions? Purification? Jin had initially assumed that most of the people at the gateway were, like him, unfamiliar with the base and perhaps even inexperienced with multiverse travel. There was a possibility that the fire boy was unaware that hellions might not be common in the multiverse and he was confusing the woman for something she wasn’t, but he sounded so confident in himself.

 

“You can help her?” Jin’s darkened expression gave way to a hopeful one. There was no mistaking the certainty in the stranger’s voice. If he could actually help the woman, then surely he could end the conflict before it got worse! If that was the case then Jin had to protect everyone from harm until the stranger could save the woman.

 

Unfortunately, before Jin could confirm his intentions verbally, the shields faded. Blood splattered onto Jin’s arm, hot and sticky. The woman doubled over, cackling as she tore out her own fingernails as though the pain of it eluded her completely. She started shrieking incoherently. She shoved her hands underground and unearthed waves of shimmering, red waves of energy that came barreling towards Jin and the others nearby. Suspended in the woman's hand was the pink haired man who struggled weakly in her grasp. In the back of Jin's head he could hear his mentor, Asin, spoke softly, yet firmly.
"You're a Silver Knight. What are you waiting for? Protect them!" Jin took a deep breath then moved.

 

He dodged the glowing red waves with ease. He leaped out of their intended path, feet scrapping against the ground, kicking up dirt. He pressed a hand against the dirt to ground himself as he gained his footing before dashing out of the way of a second wave. Above, Jin could see the fire boy launch himself in the air. He spun his sword into an arc, slicing the woman's armhe knows what he's doing, Jin reminded himselfbefore landing on his feet. The arm began regenerating immediately, bone and sinew fusing together before Jin's very eyes. The pink haired man, who was held up by the air, began plummeting towards the ground.

 

Muttering a quiet prayer to the goddesses, Jin charged straight at the demon. He yelled a quick, "Sorry!" before raising his fists. An orange glow enveloped his Fighter's Knuckles as small flames began to lick the surface of the metal. Jin rapidly punched one of the woman's legs in an effort to make him immobile. He quickly rolled away from her when she swiped at him, just barely missing her sharp claws. As he rolled back, he ran over to where the pink man was falling and held out his arms to catch him. The man fell heavily into Jin's arms. Jin grunted at the new weight, but didn't let it stop him from jumping out of the woman's range. Jin cradled the man close to his chest in case the woman tried to follow after them.

 

"Are you okay?" Jin asked, glancing down at the man. The chaos of the battle called Jin to return to it, but he couldn't bring himself to continue fighting until he was sure the pink haired man was safe.

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The Lumas -- Gateway to the Starry Skies

[a friend!!!!]

 

Upon hearing Ace's starlike tone of voice, a few of the Lumas spun around in place, sparkling with magic. "We're Lumas," said the blue one, "and we've been asked by Mama Rosalina to take care of this special planet."

 

"And we're here to help the ecks... eckdrrs..."

 

"The XDRS," Twilight helped finish. "The eXtra-Dimensional Restoration Squad!"

 

"The ex-dreamers!"

 

"These Lumas have been an excellent help to our organization ever since we set our base here," Twilight continued explaining. "They're not very good fighters so we try to keep them safe, and they're excellent company. It's the first time I've seen them take a liking someone so quickly, though..."

 

"Zaza," the orange one finally concluded, speaking for the first time. The name got passed around, and soon all five of the Lumas were chanting it.

 

"Zaza, there's Lumas aaaall across the galaxy!"

 

"And maybe in other dimensions too!

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Caspian Moselle

[ petal symphony ]

 

Ah -- the wind.

 

Caspian feels the weight of the demon's fingers around his neck, holding him tightly in the air as she sways her hand back and forth, carrying him with her as easily as a child would a ragdoll. It is a familiar feeling -- this sinking, acceptance of what is to come, and Caspian's only thought is that he has severely misjudged the demon's power. What would happen to the others, now? He had not been in that world for long, but he has come to filled with an acceptance, perhaps even the beginnings of adoration for the people he has met, carried through to the wonders of the multiverse he has seen. It is unfortunate, he thinks, that he has brought this calamity upon them, as he feels the power surge in her hold and closes his eyes, bracing for an impact that will render him gone to the forever darkness.

 

But it never comes.

 

Instead, there is a shout, some kind of communication that he is not privy too, and then he is falling -- abruptly, his eyes flash open and Caspian realises the demon has dropped him. What? No -- he is wrong again, and it seems the demon's arm has been cut off entirely --

 

Caspian's eyes widen, at the sight of the young boy, feathers flying in the air, his cloak a cape in the filtering wind, a brief breeze of cold-sharp-dust filtering through the land. He strikes an impressive pose, half-held in the air in combat against the demon, shouting determinedly. Something about -- hellion?

 

He lands into sturdy arms, and Caspian blinks in amazement as he realises someone has caught him -- the red-haired man from earlier, who had yelled and placed himself in direct fire of the demon. The young man's arms are strong clutched around his form, cradling him close to his chest in an impressive emulation of the style one would usually carry a bride, and Caspian is half-glad no one he knows is here to witness this rather interesting display. Wind rustles his hair as the man jumps and lands, trembling the ground beneath his feet, and looks down at him with bright, fiery eyes. Behind them, Illustrious bonds in step with the red-haired man's movements, curious eyes watching her owner closely.

 

He speaks, but it takes Caspian a second before he recognises the words. 

 

"Ah -- yes," Caspian says, startling. He gazes up, momentarily stunned at the blazing glory before him, before the pink-haired man realises where he is. The demon! Scrambling, Caspian makes his way out of the red-haired man's hold, stumbling slightly.

 

"Thank you." He coughs, reaching up to press a hand against his sore throat, and turns back to the battle. 

 

"That's a demon," he tells the red-haired man. "You can't purify it, it survives off eating the flesh of humans. I was on a mission to save someone it'd kidnapped before we suddenly got transported here."

 

Gripping the red-haired man's arm to steady himself, Caspian takes a surveying glance of the battle. They don't have much longer, now, and as the battle continues he can almost predict what will happen -- humans, fragile and prone to injury, will tire, while the demon will keep regenerating. 

 

He can still fight, as long as he more careful and does not leave himself open to any more injury. His earlier move had been reckless, and he doesn't intend to stay in the debt of others who may come to rescue him for any longer. Looking back at the red-haired man, Caspian takes a breath and trails his fingers in the air before him, creating spears of glimmering light that shimmer in the air. Illustrious brushes against him, her pelt close to his legs, and he takes a look around, recalling the other two. If they are to -- hopefully -- push for a final attack, he wants to make sure the three are all secure by his side. In the distance, he can see Formidable and Indomitable perk up and begin to make their way over. 

 

"That's a demon -- they eat humans and regenerate!" he calls into the battle, hoping the extra information will prepare the other two for any kind of assault. "Her head has to come off," he adds flatly, with a slightly distasteful glance to the red-haired man at his earlier defense of the monster. 

 

--

 

Her attack had not only missed its intended recipients, but to her surprise there a jolt, a bright flash of light, and then --

 

Her grip around the pink-haired man loosens, her arm falling away into nothing, as the tendrils of her tendons wave in the air, suddenly cut, before her flesh surges again and begins to regrow. She growls, a low, feral sound, and makes to swipe for the brown-haired youth that had attacked her so suddenly, out of nowhere, his face determined and young and delicious.

 

She is aware that the pink haired man has fallen, but that matters not -- until she feels surging pain in her legs as she takes a step forwards towards the falling body, and the demon lurches back, stunned, as the red-haired boy that had been standing in front of her seconds earlier whisks the smaller man away. Her prey! How could -- 

 

"No!" she shrieks, digging into her shoulders once more; she draws blood with the trail of her fingertips and shoves it towards the red-haired man's fleeting back, sending scythes of red after their retreating forms, standing together at the edge of the battlefield. To the other two attacking her, she flings a multitude of arms towards them, scratching at whatever she can find, desperate to grab onto some limb so she can jerk the body closer and swallow it whole. 

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Zagreus

Allies: Caspian, Jin, Ace, Parker

Status: Not Great

Weapon: Exagryph, the Adamant Rail

Location: The Gateway

 

The next few moments are a frantic dance of violence, intoxicating in their familiarity. He manages to drive a few bullets into the woman when the opportunity arises, but he struggles to do much more than dodge the woman’s attacks. He can’t afford to die again so soon. 

 

While Zagreus fights to distract the demon and stay alive, the fire man and the red-haired man manage to free the pink-haired man (he really needs names for all of these people) from the overly-large clutches of the woman. Perhaps the bomb wasn’t completely necessary- 

 

It goes off, blasting bright splashes of wine into everyone within the bomb’s range -- the woman, the fire man, another boy, and Zagreus himself. He doesn’t flinch or blink, even as his body is launched up and away from the ground. 

 

That’s… not normal. 

 

The blast leaves him winded, with a pounding headache, and with the overwhelming scent of wine in his nose, but he expected that. What he didn’t expect was to be somehow launched free of gravity’s pull.

 

Exagryph glows golden before condensing into nothing, freeing Zagreus’ hands to flail uselessly. The weightlessness almost feels like swimming, but there’s no resistance, nothing to push against, no solid earth for his feet to stand on. He never expected to just fall off the world upon reaching the surface. Surely this wasn’t something mortals had to deal with? Achilles and Orpheus had never mentioned such things. 

 

For a moment, something that could almost be considered panic flashes through him, but the fight isn’t over and he won’t let a little thing like not being able to move stop him. The woman is in the air with him, still screaming in rage and clutching her head as blood and wine drip from her skin. Exagryph reappears in his hands and Zagreus fires, taking advantage of the woman’s distraction. With nothing to brace against, firing pushes Zagreus backwards and away from the woman. At least he has some method of transportation. 
 

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death defiances: 1

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Rayla, Alolan Prodigy
<Status: Stable>
<Location: XDRS Base - Gateway>

 

Tsuki, the Beast That Calls the Moon
<Status: Stable>
<Location: XDRS Base - Gateway>

 

<People: Twilight | Sorey | Parker | Ace | Jin | Caspian | Zagreus | multiple Lumas | sweet Arceus what IS that thing-->

 

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Everything seemed to happen so fast it was almost a blur. Another fight broke out, and soon Tsuki was protectively curling around her Trainer. Good thing one of the newcomers decided he'd wanted nothing to do with that fight...

 

Poor Ray wasn't sure she wanted to do the whole "save the multiverse" thing anymore. Sure, the sound of being known throughout numerous worlds was amazing, but... it didn't sound like it was worth the risk anymore. At this point, she just wanted to go back into Ultra Space, beat Necrozma, save Nebby, and go home... but no, she could at least finish what she'd started and help Twilight first. "Tsuki, please, I... I think I'll be fine." The Lunala hesitantly uncurled from around Ray, and she approached Twilight. "With all due respect, Twi, maybe we should get going? Them stars ain't gonna explore themselves, y'know..."

 

Tsuki turned as she thought she'd heard something. Maybe it was her imagination...

 

Did I just hear a song in the distance...? Among the stars, perhaps...?

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[P. Evan Mizushima - Gateway]

It appears I can't catch a break today.

 

Caspian calls his other tigers back, and Parker sighs in dismay. They'd been good friends, he wishes he could pet them for longer. Ah well, he supposes that there's a fight going on, even though it seems that fight is being taken care of. What the hell is he going to do if Caspian says her the demon's head needs to come off and all he has is a gun? Unless he's in close range, he can't do anything more than try to get a headshot. 

 

And in the chaos of the situation, it'd be risky for him to try. 

 

Though it seems that whatever god up there wants to mess with him today, because the Greek looking man had set off some sort of a bomb. The strong scent of wine fills his sinuses as he finds himself and a few others being blasted from the ground. Parker closes his eyes, the sudden jolt and the speed in which he's launched cause his stomach to lurch. As much as he likes a good rollercoaster, he'd never liked those rides that launched him suddenly in the air and threw him back down towards the ground- they always made him nauseous. 

 

He finds himself suddenly weightless. His stomach hurts- but he doesn't want to empty the contents of it either. If he's weightless, that means---

 

Parker opens his eyes. WHAT-- He's in.... Space?

 

A feeling of panic settles in his chest- forgetting to breathe for a few seconds. What about air? He can't breathe without---

 

Parker closes his eyes again and takes a deep breath. 

 

Huh. Air. Who knew.

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Twilight Sparkle (and co.) -- Gateway

[we're finally in space] 

 

Something exploded behind Twilight. She turned to look at the fight that had been escalating, but now most of the involved parties had been blasted into the air. The skirmish had broken up and quote-unquote 'resolved' itself without needing to call upon Nata, so this was as good time as any to gather everyone and regroup. Twilight nodded, acknowledging Rayla's worries. 

 

"Take care of our new friend here," Twilight told the Lumas. "I'll be off collecting everyone else. Let's go!"

 

With a powerful beat of her wings, Twilight Sparkle took off into the stars. Her horn shone with pink magic as she approached each dazed floating person in turn and lit them aglow with the power to propel themselves through space. 

 

Sorey was relieved that Twilight was coming towards him, but something about his movements and vision was strange, almost as if his spirit was too dizzy to stay in his body. Twilight's magic made him glow pink for half a second before the light migrated entirely to the palms of his hands. He found that by moving them in certain ways, he could direct and push himself through the air, but he was too disoriented and borderline nauseous to do anything but clench his fist on something, anything, in an attempt to stop drifting. He didn't feel like throwing up the last time he brushed against space. Was it something about the explosion itself?

 

The explosion. Right! The hellion! Sorey tried to focus on that many-armed thing, but was forced to squeeze his eyes shut because he couldn't tell if the world was spinning or if he was the one who was doing the spinning in a zero-gravity situation.

 

'Oh... feels like we've been drinking too much...' Lailah herself slurred her words. It sounded like the dizziness was affecting her too. 

 

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On the ground, the orange Luma floated towards Ace's head level and gave a wave to get xer attention. "Don't worry, we'll help you fly, too!"

 

The star creatures all looked to one of the pink Lumas, who momentarily puffed up like an angry bird. "Oh, why do I have to do it?"

 

"Cause you're the best at doing your Launch Star impression," said the blue one. "I can only do Pull Stars..."

 

"Fine, but you owe me star bits later!" Floating a few paces away, the Luma performed a little backflip and disappeared into a puff of pink smoke. "Trans---FORM!"

 

When the smoke cleared, the Luma had been replaced with a lazily turning star-shaped ring about the size of a hula-hoop. 

 

"I'm not a red star, but I can still lend you my magic for flying," continued the orange Luma, who had now latched onto Ace's jacket, anchoring itself on xer shoulder. "Jump into the Launch Star!"

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Ace was pretty sure xe would willingly kill and very possibly die for these things. Zaza, Gilded Saints, that was the most adorable thing--

 

An explosion went off behind xer. Xer face dropped into the flat deadpan that most people mistook for xer default expression. Xe debated the merits of pretending it didn’t exist and had just about hit xer usual conclusion of it’s not my problem so I am ignoring it when the kid next to xer spoke up.

 

“With all due respect, Twi, maybe we should get going? Them stars ain't gonna explore themselves, y'know…”

 

Oh, did xe ever sympathize with that. Ace glanced over at them, nodding once in agreement. Despite xerself, xer gaze trailed over their shoulder, to the space bat staring out into the ever-singing stars, and then--

 

...Had the explosion launched people into space?

 

Ace filed the information away into the little folder of evidence for xer theory that this place ran on a kind of Deeps logic.

 

The little horse--alicorn! That was the word--spoke to the Lumas, then flew off towards the others. Ace watched them fly for a few moments before one of the little stars; the orange one; waved at xer, bringing xer attention back to them. 

 

“Don't worry, we'll help you fly, too!”

 

Oh, this should be interesting.

 

Ace watched the Lumas have a small argument that barely even deserved the name before a pink one transformed in a puff of smoke. The orange Luma settled on Ace’s shoulder, clinging to xer jacket like a perching bird. “I'm not a red star, but I can still lend you my magic for flying. Jump into the Launch Star!”

 

Well. It wasn’t like xe had anything else to do, and it would get xer to the stars. Ace shrugged slightly, stepped back, and took a running jump.

 

****! That was like being shot out of a cannon, xe should have braced xerself more--

 

Ace’s breath caught as the momentum faded, leaving xer drifting. Stars. Stars everywhere, encasing xer in music in a moment of transcendental bliss.

 

...Something among the celestial song didn’t quite match… 

 

Then someone else arrived and everyone started yelling again.

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Caspian Moselle

[ petal symphony ]

 

The spell leaves them floating into the skies above, and Caspian balks instantly. Out of all of the things he expected in the multiverse -- not this.

 

It seems the organization he has found holds powers beyond his understanding, and first judgement, and so Caspian steadies himself in the space where his feet do not touch solid ground, adapting quickly to the new situation even as his mind is filled with constant questions. 

 

The demon -- ? A surveying glance around tells him that in the ruckus of earlier, she has seemingly disappeared, and -- if he were not so tired, Caspian would find that a cause for concern. But he has faced the potential of dying far too much today, and been at the mercy of other's aid, and so the pink-haired man feels a little self-conscious, aware of his own limitations in ability.

 

Ah, speaking of -- his saviours. Head fuzzy, Caspian pushes beyond his thoughts and instead tries to move through the thick emptiness of space, coming face-to-face with Formidable. After so long spent with the spirits, he can read her expression well -- her red eyes are filled with an excitement at their new situation, and Caspian stares at her for a second before the tiger puts out a large paw and bats him on the chest, making him stagger backwards slightly.

 

"Please, not now," he tells her, but the tiger seems to find the lack of gravity fun as she bats him again, wanting to play with the threat of danger gone. Sighing, Caspian leans on her head before looking around for her sisters, in the hope that they're not bothering anyone else. 

 

Ah -- he sights Illustrious a distance off, stalking towards the black-haired man he had assigned her to during the beginning of the battle. Before the tiger can pounce on him, Caspian rushes to the scene, stopping her advance.

 

Realising now that he has to speak, Caspian stares at the other man, mute, before gathering up a speech in his head. 

 

"I wanted to --" He begins, before his words are cut off by a loud cackling. 

 

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god of cyclones,

GRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMNIR!

 

There is a disruption in his land of dreams. 

 

He wakes suddenly, in a space between that of reality and the unknown, but near-immediately Grimnir feels his form begin to materialize into being with each second of the trickling, broken clock. Just as the vestiges of his human form begin to formulate together once more, the Primal blinks and realises --

 

There is an intruder, it seems, although it is unknown to him how she could have possibly gotten here, only that her snarling and scratching must mean she is not friendly. Europa had told him to stay put and Lucio had even gone through the effort of tying him down to make it so, but the years that have passed have weakened their hold, and he wonders what they're up to now. Still traveling with the Crew, years later? He had enjoyed his time then, but now -- Grimnir wanted a new adventure, one befitting his status as the God of War!

 

"Hark!" he quotes, in one of the many man-made -- they wrote things down, how interesting -- books he'd read over the years, "Who could this be? Who dares challenge the God of War?" 

 

She doesn't respond, only making to grab at him with one of her many limbs, and Grimnir dodges easily. Well -- she looked akin to the monsters that often plagued the humans they'd been assigned to protect.

 

"Destiny must have brought us together," he says, drawing an arm back, "yours to die and mine to consume your life, so that I may live onwards eternally." Between his armoured fingers appears a glowing lance with the colours of the beyond, and he gestures towards her, stirring up winds in their location -- ah, above the ground? His domain, then -- that push her backwards. 

 

He watches as the demon soars backwards, obviously buffeted by his attack, and Grimnir can't help but bring his lance together, cheering loudly to himself.

 

"I did it! What an awesome entrance back into the world!" He jots it down, remembering to tell Lucio of it once they meet again. 

 

But first -- a bit of trouble. Grimnir speeds forwards, easily matching the speed of the demon being blown backwards by his winds, and realises they are heading towards a group of gathered humans.

 

Oh -- more people? Realising they will be in earshot of him soon, Grimnir puts on his best front and laughs manically, cackling as he slams the demon into the middle of the group.

 

They come to a stop, large winds drawn up by his attack, and Grimnir thrusts his lance into the centre of her head, lifting the body up. 

 

"Behold!" he says to the gathered crowd. "Our chance meeting could only be fate. My winds howl a song of justice for the wicked that dare threaten the sanctity of the universe, and any evildoer shall feel my vengeance tenfold. For I am the --" He shakes the demon corpse around for exaggeration -- "God of War, Lord of Cyclones, the one and only -- GRIIIIIIIIMNIR!"

 

The demon makes to grab for him and Grimnir leaps back with a yell of surprise, leaving his lance floating in the air with her head still attached. "It's moving?!" he asks, looking around for confirmation. "It's still alive?!"

 

He draws both of his hands towards the shifting body, creating a mini cyclone that rips the monster into pieces, again and again, until he could no longer feel the thumping of still-living flesh drawing ever closer to reintegration. Just to be safe, Grimnir flings his hands upwards and throws the pieces of the demon's body into the horizon far beyond where he could see, hoping that Lucio happened to be chilling on the sun at this exact moment.

 

He edges closer then, once he is sure he will get no more scares from his now-harmless lance, and once he is satisfied Grimnir grabs the weapon once more.

 

"My winds are without end!" he says, purposefully making his voice deeper. "The power to swallow the skies and end the universe -- that's my curse on this mortal realm!" 

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< STATUS: Stable; Frustrated >

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< OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Twilight, Tsuki, Lumas

 

The strangle squirmed feedbily in Jin’s grasp. Blinking rapidly, Jin muttered an apology under his breath. He loosened his grip on the man as he hesitantly maneuvered himself onto his feet. Jin winced as the man’s hand clamped onto him, his fingers finding purchase in the crook of Jin’s arm. The fingernails digging into Jin’s skin hurt less than the scornful look the man shot his way.

 

“You don’t know that!” Jin snapped. “There might be a way to help her! Despite his glare, the conviction in Jin’s voice was beginning to waver.

 

Although the pink-haired man arrived with the demon, Jin was familiar enough with the multiverse to know that the laws of a single world could be broken by another. The fire man claimed he could purify the demon, and while that was entirely possible it could very well be false. What would happen if he tried curing the woman only to discover he couldn’t just as soon as she had him in a death grip in his grasp? What if the woman could be saved, but the pink-haired man killed her before they had the chance to cure her? 

 

Frustration bubbled wild and hot in Jin’s chest. His fingers dug into the earth. The dirt began to scorch underneath his heating palm. The ethos of his training as a Silver Knight—to protect and serve the innocent—meant nothing if he did not know who needed protecting. How was he supposed to be a good Silver Knight if he didn’t even know who needed protecting? What was he supposed to do?

 

Fortunately or not, Jin didn’t have to make a decision.

 

There was a bright glow in the sky (Space sky? Sky space?) emitting from the tip of the purple horse’s horn. A faint pink glow surrounded Jin and, momentarily, he thought that perhaps Amy had arrived and cast a spell. That did not appear to be the case. All around Jin, the people who hadn’t already been catapulted out of the planet’s gravity began slowly floating upward. Jin’s grip on the dirt grounded him, but he felt… floaty. It felt as though he was underwater and could simply let go of the ground and float towards the surface wherever that might be.

 

The demon had been launched into space from the sweet smelling bomb the rude man set off earlier. Jin turned his gaze upwards towards where the demon was floating. If he could launch himself off the ground and reach her before the pink-haired man pulled out his sword, maybe he subdue her and—

 

Cackling, manic and horrid, filled the air. A lance pierced straight through the woman’s abdomen. Jin watched in thinly veiled shock as a man, someone entirely new, tore the woman into pieces then chucks them into the atmosphere. Jin grew speechless. His emotions bundled up into an inter tangled amalgamation as the man continued on with his bombastic speech. Jin didn’t know what to do. The woman was gone and so were Jin’s options. He had no idea how to feel but the man… That man!

 

Jin pushed himself off the ground, the force of it kicking up a small dust ground from where he formerly stood. He managed to reach the man safely without floating past him. He grabbed the man by his shirt and yanked him forward.

 

“What are you doing?” he shouted, shaking the man lightly. Emotions swelled up inside of Jin. “You can’t… do you always attack people on sight? You can’t just do that!” Words failed him. Pinpricks of tears began to form on the edges of Jin’s eyes. “I mean she was hurting people but you—agh! What if someone got hurt? A not hurty person! Uh, someone who wasn’t attacking!” Jin stopped shaking the man. His self-made confusion was beginning to simmer his emotions. “Uh…” Jin shook his head violently. “Don’t hurt people!” he said with forced finality. 

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Rayla, Alolan Prodigy
<Status: Stable>
<Location: XDRS Base -> Space!!>

 

Tsuki, the Beast That Calls the Moon
<Status: Stable>
<Location: XDRS Base -> Space!!>

 

<People: Twilight | Sorey | Parker | Ace | Jin | Caspian | Zagreus | Grimnir>

 

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Seeing that they were going into space at long last, Ray hopped up onto Tsuki's back, and the Lunala took off to join the others. It'd been far too long since she'd had a good flight.

 

But where to go first? Space was vast, after all...

 

Hm...? Now she knew she was hearing music. It sounded beautiful...

 

Even if it had a bit of a beat to it.

 

"I think I know which way we should go first. Does anyone else hear that music?"

 

"Yeah, I do, and it sounds pretty good, too. Sounds like a plan, Tsuki. Lead the way."

 

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<Current Song: "Dubwoofer Substep">
<Location: ???>

 

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God, he was bored. He'd been bored since he'd ended up on this miserable rock.

 

But as he looked into the distance, he saw more creatures, more people.

 

It wouldn't hurt to have a little fun...

 

...and play them a little song.

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There was little he could do except witness in abject horror as the demon was torn to shreds again and again. Not even Zaveid, the wayward wind seraph, had been so brutal with his unnecessary bloodshed, and seeing the man look so joyful in his task made the Shepherd a little sick to his stomach. He clenched his teeth, biting back the water beginning to well in his eyes.

 

If only I were a little faster, a little stronger... There was nothing to say that Sorey might have succeeded with restoring the demon's previous form, but at the same time... The opportunity was robbed from him before he could even attempt it. He had broken the promise he made to Jin mere moments ago. The Shepherd closed his eyes. Jin. He was confronting the so-called Lord of Cyclones about his acts, and Sorey was half torn between wanting to join him and fearing that Jin himself would be pulverized, next -- for he could sense the aura of divinity about this newcomer. His boasts were true. The Shepherd could only add one word: "Why?"

 

Defeated, Sorey let his armatus fade away. His red and white clothing dissolved into a shower of sparks, cast back into the stars. His head had cleared, but he still felt a weight in his body, even though he was floating through the air, weightless.

 

He didn't know if he was hallucinating it at the time, but he thought he could hear some distant... piano... notes?

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Music? The hell? Parker tries to twist his body to face it, but he has no idea where it's coming from. 

 

He likes music, but not when it's coming from a place he doesn't recognize. It's already weird enough that he can breathe in space. So he grabs his gun and twists around a few times, not liking the feeling of zero gravity one bit. "The hell is that coming from? Why is someone playing a goddamn piano in space?"

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Ace’s gaze snaps to Parker, burning on full intensity. “You hear it too. Then it isn’t just the normal music.” Xe’d thought it sounded incongruous with the rest of the celestial song! “Something’s out there. Stars only know what.”

 

“I don’t have a clue!” the orange Luma on Ace’s shoulder huffs. “Maybe another traveler…”

 

Traveler. That word. Xe knew--knows--someone named--


Focus. The firewalls being down are nice and all, but xe still needs to stay on track. No time to delve into what xe might have gotten back now. “Scratch that,” Ace corrects xerself with the slightest of smiles, nigh-undetectable, “not even the stars know what. Better brace for it.”

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< AGENTS: Sorey, Parker, Rayla, Ace, ??? >

< OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Twilight, Tsuki, Lumas

 

Jin didn't think he had been to space before. Well, technically he had been on plenty of space stations that hosted multiversal communities and the occasional spaceship, but he had never actually floated in space freestyle. It felt like he was floating on top of water, except his limbs weren't constrained to stay in a certain position to keep him afloat. Jin's body was simply afloat, spinning ever so slowly. Jin knew that, typically, humans couldn't breath in space, but he also knew that some universe were just, well, kinder than others. Opening his mouth, Jin took in a big gulp of air. His cheeks puffed out comically as he loudly swallowed the supposed air. Nope, he wasn't suffocating to death or dying from decompression sickness. Was that how it worked? Jin furrowed his eyebrows. He had a robot friend, a Geth it called itself, try to explain what would happen to an unprotected human body in space, and Jin had simply nodded, smiled, and retained nothing his friend had said.

 

Just as Jin was contemplating sending an apology letter to his friend, when suddenly music began to fill the silent void. Jin twisted his head as far as he could towards the source of the sound. What was that? A harp? Piano? Some sort of background synth? Jin glanced around at the endless vacuum of space, but he couldn't see where the sound could be emitting from. Jin cocked his head to the side curiously. He had already confirmed this was a world that allowed normal people to breath in space, so maybe the gentle, swaying music was just something that was constantly playing in space?

"Hey, is this one of those universes with a natural soundtrack?" Jin called to no one in particular. "I went to a world that always had music playing no matter where you went! It was this really tiny world full of small animal people. It was really cute, but I'm not sure if it's related to this world or not."

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<Current Song: "Dubwoofer Substep">
<Location: ???>

 

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Ah, good, they noticed the music. This was going to be fun.

 

"Let the show begin."

 

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Because of the extreme amount of bass, listeners' discretion is advised.

 

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Rayla, Alolan Prodigy
<Status: Briefly Dazed; Shocked; Has a headache>

 

Tsuki, the Beast That Calls the Moon
<Status: Briefly Dazed; Surprised; Has a headache>

 

<Location: Space!!>
<People: Twilight | Sorey | Parker | Ace | Jin>

 

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The music changed in the span of several seconds, and both Trainer and Lunala found themselves assaulted by hard-light attacks. "Whoa, nelly--!!"

 

"Oh sweet Arceus-- This is going to be a bumpy ride, Rayla--!!" Tsuki dodged as much as she could, but was caught completely off-guard and struck by bright pink hard light.

 

Instead of hurting them physically, however, the hard-light attack caused a brief but awful buzzing sound in their heads, leaving them with a bit of a headache. The buzz in her mind was enough to have Ray reeling for a few seconds. "...ugh... talk about a head-pounder... You okay, Tsuki?"

 

"I'll be okay as soon as we're not being assaulted! Whose idea was it to do this to us?!"

 

"How am I s'posed to--" Wait... Ray's voice and train of thought trailed off when she realized the hard-light attacks were timed to the music's beat.

 

Even with that in mind, she knew that this wasn't going to be so easy, after all...

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Light.... Music.... The fact that these attacks seem to be coming to the beat...

 

Oh hell no, he's always hated these kinds of games. 

 

Parker attempts to twist his body so he could avoid one of the light attacks, but it winds up knocking right into him before he has the chance to move.  "****!!!! Son of a **** I hate bullet hells!"  His brow furrows as he realizes how far back the attack sends him. "Oh for the love of...." He tries to look for something to kick off of so he could get back to the rest of the group. No luck. So he tries to pay attention to the attacks.

 

After all, as much as he hates a bullet hell, he needs to get through this. 

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LOUD LOUD LOUD PAIN where are the STARS

 

The screaming static feedback was loud but brief, and Ace’s immediate impression was of a firewall designed specifically to hurt xer. Hands clamped over xer ears instinctively, xe blinked hard as the feedback faded out and xe regained an awareness of xer surroundings. Hard-light projectiles, to that foreign shouldn’t-be-there beat--

 

Bracing was all well and good, but this was something that had to be dodged. 

 

And Ace already had a grudge against whoever was on the other end of it.


“You can boost me, yeah?” Ace said to the little Luma, who nodded with a chime. “Yeah. Let’s go.”

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Twilight Sparkle -- In space

[let the bass drop] 

 

 

"Step one, we made it to space, check." With the few... distractions that had occurred, it ended up taking much longer to get the patrol going than Twilight had anticipated, but at least now they were in space! The gateway galaxy wasn't that large, so everything that came next would be relative smooth sailing. Based on the positions of the stars, the next major space body should just be a relative hop away.

 

"No, this universe doesn't usually have music," Twilight replied to Jin, tilting her ears to better hear what they were talking about. "Some plants sing when you bump into them, but for the most part space is wonderfully silent."

 

Not soon after she had finished was the group suddenly under fire. Trouble always seemed to find its way towards the XDRS. Twilight beat her wings in a flutter of panic and managed to dodge one of the bullets while letting out a startled yell. From the corner of her sight she saw Ray and Tsuki get hit, stunning the bat pokemon for half a second. "Rayla!"

 

Making her way to the pokemon trainer, Twilight had to make sure that she or her pokemon weren't gravely wounded. After all, she was supposed to be responsible for this expedition! "I can heal--" she began, then noticed that neither of the two were burned or had any bullet wounds. "Huh? What's going on?"

 

"Talk about hopping out of the pan and into the fire," Sorey commented. He had finally managed to clear his mind and gain a hang of controlling his movements in the weightlessness. The magic granted by Twilight still persisted and seemed to give him a magic ability to move forward without needing anything else to propel him. Unlike some of the others, he managed to avoid getting knocked back by the pellets heading their way -- though a cursory glance showed that the projectiles weren't as lethal as they looked. 

 

Still, better to avoid them than to get it. It looked like an unpleasant experience, and he had to warn his friend. "Jin, watch out!"

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< AGENTS: Sorey, Parker, Rayla, Ace, ??? >

< OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Twilight, Tsuki, Lumas

 

"Aw..." Jin puffed his cheeks out in disappointment. "I was hoping to see the strawberry rhino again." How was he ever going to help catch the orchid mantis Merengue wanted if he never saw her again? Making friends across multiple dimensions was rough. It was so hard to make time to meet up when everyone went by different calendars and time flowed differently in each dimension and some people were in the middle of a war and Jin was pretty sure one of his friends lived in a dimension didn't recognize human rights and

 

"Jin, watch out!"

"Huh?" The warning came too late. Jin, consumed by his wandering thoughts, was too occupied to react to the bullets coming straight his way. The bullet lodged itself squarely into the middle of Jin's chest. Instantly, his head was full of static. Jin flew back from the recoil, spinning wildly in the air for several seconds before regaining control of his body. Immediately, Jin became aware from the situation. He feverishly patted his hands against his chest to feel for the bullet hole. When he drew his hands away, they were clean. No blood? Jin blinked in surprise. The awful ringing inside his ears was beginning to dim.  Despite clearly seeing the bullets pierce his body, they didn't actually harm him like normal bullets would. That was good, wasn't it? Jin had handled much worse than a weird magical headache. He could take this!

 

Spurred by a new rush of confidence, Jin slammed his Fighter's Knuckles together.

"Thanks for the head's up!" Jin waved at the flame boy since it would be rude to not acknowledge his attempt at helping. Idly, Jin realized he never actually got anyone's names. Whoops! He'd need do that once they figured out who was shooting bullets at them. With that in mind, Jin turned his head towards each and every direction. "Who are we fighting? I'll punch 'em real good!"

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The mysterious stranger laughed to himself. It was so amusing, catching people off-guard with his songs and making their heads spin with the strikes from his bullets and beams.

 

And speaking of bullets and beams, he figured a few beams were in order this time. "That's right - dance for me!"

 

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Rayla, Alolan Prodigy
<Status: Head is pounding>

 

Tsuki, the Beast That Calls the Moon
<Status: Head is pounding>

 

<Location: Space!!>
<People: Twilight | Sorey | Parker | Ace | Jin>

 

~~

 

The song went from bullets to beams just as fast as the bullets had started, catching Tsuki completely off-guard and making both her and Ray's heads start spinning from the awful static the strikes caused. "This ain't what I had in mind when a trip to space was mentioned... You gonna be all right, Tsuki?"

 

"...I... I think so... but if we get hit a third time, we might not be so lucky to recover straight off the bat."

 

"Right." Ray noticed Twilight out of the corner of her eyes. "Twilight! These attacks, they don't cause physical wounds! Even now, my head's spinning... Just don't get struck or you're gonna get one monster of a headache from the mental static!"

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Beams this time. Easier to see coming, easier to dodge. And xe was prepared this time. Hopefully that would be enough to get xer through without another hit, another painful screeching feedback. 

 

Beat. Beat. It followed a beat. A melody of its own. Xe was starting to get the hang of it...and xe’d been very good at rhythm games for a very long time.

 

Ace had almost started to grin when a flicker of movement caught their attention. Was that--that was fire kid. Trying to punch the beams. Hadn’t they learned? 

 

Ace rolled xer eyes. “Hey, boost,” xe sang to the Luma on xer shoulder. The star chimed, and a moment later there was a surge of power. Ace...sprung wasn’t the right word with nothing to push off against--whatever, at any rate xe moved forwards fast enough to grab the kid and yank them out of the way. 


“Hey, punching doesn’t work on light. Th'guy we gotta fight’s at the other end, dodge and move it.” Ace flipped away from the kid to dodge another beam, shoving them back so they didn’t get hit either, and focused back into the music. Sooner this ends, sooner I can get back to hearing the stars.

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