Post by ravenheart95 on Aug 15, 2019 17:00:03 GMT -5
Yuto followed Wantz along the path towards where Cid was, making sure to stay as close as possible. If there was another attack it would be better for them to be together. Thankfully, it didn't seem like that would be the case. He smiled at Wantz's comment about being a seasoned fighter. 'At this point, I'd be marinated.' The thought made him laugh a little. He'd have to remember that for another opportunity for a bad pun.
The two walked for what seemed like a while. Yuto took the time to reflect on everything that he still needed to do. 'I wonder how Vagabon's doing. Kinda wish we had a way to communicate so I could tell him how things are going on my end.' He shrugged; if things went the way he hoped then it would be obvious that everything was fixed.
”Finally! We made it!” Want's excitement made Yuto snap back to reality. He watched as Wantz ran to a giant set of wooden doors. As the doors opened, Yuto braced himself for the conversation he was going to have to have with Cid.
Large wooden doors opened to reveal a faint warm glow from the Site within. From the entrance gates was a wide cobblestone path, large enough for at least 10 people to walk abreast, stretching past lines of small humble homes and shops. A few of the small buildings had lights on, though many were dark with the sign of sleep. Outside every small building was a single lantern, lit and shining brightly, adorned on the wall above the door. Every lantern was turned on, giving a calming glow to the long street. There were smaller cobblestone roads branching off of the main one in between some of the small buildings, though some were overgrown and unused, leading to collapsed and dilapidated parts of the town. Others were vibrant with more glowing lanterns and small buildings.
Wantz motioned for Yuto to follow as they began to walk down the large Main Street. Far ahead in the distance was the silhouette of the gigantic ancient castle. Many tall towers jutted from its main form, though some were still broken and overgrown with vines and flowers and grass. It wasn’t here they were heading, as the castle was one of the last things on the ‘to do’ list in terms of repairs. The most important part was the main city. Radiant Garden didn’t have someone who needed a castle, looking down on the city below (though, rumor had it Scrooge McDuck had begun to look into hiring his own construction company and was plotting to buy the building) as though an Emperor.
Though it was still the dead of night, there were a few heads poking out from small homes as a few shouts rang out: ”Welcome back, Wantz!””Glad you made it home safe, Wantz!””Hey! Who’s that?””Who does Wantz have with him?””Where’s Biggs and Wedge?” Ignoring each and every comment, Wantz picked up his pace a bit as he turned down one of the smaller cobblestone streets that branched off towards the right. Glancing at Yuto over his shoulder, the rifleman grinned sheepishly. ”Cid didn’t want the base in the heart of the city. Thinks it’d be annoyin’—“ Truthfully, Wantz was beginning to see why. For years he had been a reliable hand to Cid, becoming well known throughout the town as one of Radiant Garden’s defenders. It had its own pros and cons.
Wantz led Yuto down many streets and past many buildings, less and less becoming habitable the further into the city they went. Eventually, almost every building they began to pass was dilapidated and in shambles. Even the cobblestone street had become a bit dodgy. A faint glow in the distance signaled their destination. The two came across a builder slightly larger than the ruined ones around it, a lantern glowing from the above a strong looking blue door. The building was two-stories tall and fairly wide. There was a beautiful garden surrounding the home, flourishing with countless flowers and greenery. Pulling a key from his pocket, Wantz opened the blue door. Inside was an open living space, with a few couches and a crackling fireplace, a single table in the center lined with old refreshments, half eaten plates of food and open books.
”Ugh! Is Aerith the only one that cleans 'round here?!” For a moment, Wantz stomped into the room, glancing around. It was empty. There were two exits to the room other than the homes entrance, one to the left and one to the right. Sighing, Wantz glanced over at Yuto with an apologetic tone in his voice. ”Ah…he’s around here somewhere. Hang tight, I’ll go find him.” With that, Wantz disappeared through the left exit, leaving Yuto alone in the strange new house he found himself in.
Post by ravenheart95 on Aug 19, 2019 16:21:58 GMT -5
Yuto followed Wantz into the Site and was awestruck at the not just the size but the sheer number of people that he saw after having just set foot inside the area. He expected a few people here and there, just enough to cover the town. He looked around to see a few people just going about their day to day, lights in most of the houses were on. 'I guess they would take a Heartless threat so close more seriously.' A small smirk formed across his face. 'Kinda wish this was around when my master and I were here last.'
The man noticed that some of the locals were staring at the two of them, so he decided to wave. Being in the spotlight wasn't anything new for Yuto, so a few people looking and talking didn't really bother him. ”Cid didn’t want the base in the heart of the city. Thinks it’d be annoyin’—“ Yuto gave a small nod. 'People constantly coming up to a person for various reasons could get both uncomfortable and annoying.'
He followed Wantz into the building to be greeted by a mess of books and a half-eaten meal. The man laughed a little at his companion's comment. "It's cool, man. I've seen worse." He examined the room around him. Computers to one side, books and food to another. It was homey. Yuto felt a small pang of wistful longing in his heart. He missed the home that he had. His warm bed, his friends, his family.
He shook the thoughts from his mind as Wantz turned to him. ”Ah…he’s around here somewhere. Hang tight, I’ll go find him.” Yuto nodded. "Take you're time. let me know if you want my help looking." The worst possible case scenario he could think of was that Cid was out doing something right now and would be back later.
As Yuto made himself comfortable in the entrance room, the crackling fire providing a light warmth throughout the space, the door to the right would creak open softly. Standing in the doorway was a woman older than Yuto with brown hair tied back by a pink ribbon. Slight bangs framed her face, her green eyes warm and kind as they fell on the stranger. Only faint signs of budding wrinkles betrayed any sign of aging. She radiated with a light unmatched by many. ”Oh—!” It seemed they had been expecting someone else in the room. ”I, thought I heard Wantz…”
The woman wore a well made pink and red dress, tall brown boots adding to their height as she balanced a brown bag in her hand. ”Are you a new member?” There was a friendly smile on her face as she placed the bag of items on the table, walking over towards Yuto before offering a hand. ”I’m Aerith, it’s nice to meet you!” It seemed this ‘Aerith’ was one who was always kind and welcoming, even to one they didn’t know intruding upon their ‘home’. The door to the left opened in the middle of the introduction, albeit much louder than Aerith had opened the other one, Wantz walking in with a grin on his face before noticing Aerith.
”Wantz! Welcome back,” There was a slight ice in the tone. What was that? ”I see you didn’t get to the cleaning I asked you to do last night.” Wantz stiffened, his face going pale as a slight trace of sweat seemed to form on his brow. ”A-ah—“ Unable to defend himself, Wantz helplessly glanced around the room before noticing Yuto. Suddenly his face lit up. He was saved! ”Oh! I see you’ve met Yuto!” Hastily, Wantz made his way over to where Yuto was, slapping the man on the shoulder while a forced laugh escaped him.
”This is Aerith, Yuto! She’s one of the Committee’s original members! Keeps the place—and everyone in it—in line!” Beaming at Yuto, completely avoiding Aerith’s stare, Wantz began tugging Yuto towards the door he had entered from. ”Er—well, we’re gonna go meet up with Cid, fill ya in later!” Whisking Yuto away, Wantz led them up a carpeted stairway to the next level of the house. ”Phew…she’s scary. Don’t piss her off.” Sighing with relief, Wantz led Yuto through another wooden door that revealed a long hallway. Multiple doors lined the hallway, which led to a larger living space like the one downstairs ahead, towards the right a second hallway disappeared around the corner.
Leading Yuto to the second door on the left, Wantz opened it to be greeted with the powerful light of computer screens. A massive computer system took up the entire back wall, multiple keyboards and buttons littering the control panel. In front of it was a man hunched over in a tall chair, typing furiously away at the multiple screens, all flashing with different pop ups and code entries. To the left of the room was a table with two wooden chairs, a bookshelf with a few books as well as a tall lamp. The light was dim but refreshing compared to the glaring screen displays.
”Ah—So you’re the one from town, eh?” Spinning in the chair, the old man revealed himself. Though he was still rather fit and muscular, he had a large gut and reeked of cigarettes and beer. Wearing a stained white t-shirt, tucked into purple pants rolled up and comfortable slip-on shoes, he surely didn’t strike the image of a ‘legend’. ”Been wonderin’ what’s been goin’ on—haven’t been able to get jack shit from this thing all day.” He was grumbling as he motioned towards the computer. Wantz closed the door behind them, though his face was a grimace at the smell of the room. ”Cid, just how long have you been in here?” He tended to forget about time while he worked.
”Shut yer yap, kid!” Waving Wantz’s comment away, Cid motioned for Yuto to take a seat at the table towards the left. ”Wantz told me you said some stuff was happenin’ in the city. Sure enough, I can’t get into the system. Tell me what you know.” Wantz moved to say something, but knew how Cid would react. It was his own fault. He glanced at Yuto apologetically. It seemed he’d have to go into detail for Cid, who was a perfectionist.
Post by ravenheart95 on Sept 4, 2019 10:33:54 GMT -5
Yuto looked over to the door that had just opened to reveal a brunette woman who introduced herself as Aerith. He took her hand in his own in a firm handshake. "Yuto. It's a pleasure." Looking at her, he couldn't help but feel some sense of familiarity from her. Before he could give it more thought, Wantz came through the other door with gusto before catching the woman's eye. Almost immediately his entire tone shifted as Aerith chastised him.
Yuto couldn't do much more than smile awkwardly as Wantz made an effort to escape the room before the situation got worse. As the two climbed the stairs Yuto pondered the familiar feeling he had around Aerith. 'Of course! They're both the same that way.' He laughed as Wantz made a comment about how scary the brunette woman was. "Don't worry about it. I have a friend who's the exact same way."
The two men stepped through another door only to be greeted with the harsh light of several computer screens all flashing with pop-up windows of code only to close almost as soon as they showed up. Yuto didn't try to understand anything on the screens. Computers were never his forte to begin with.
”Ah—So you’re the one from town, eh?” Yuto nodded at the pudgy, aged man, who had decidedly dressed for comfort above all else. ”Been wonderin’ what’s been goin’ on—haven’t been able to get jack shit from this thing all day.” Yuto couldn't help but feel uneasy at that statement. The last time the town was defenseless...he didn't want to think about it. ”Wantz told me you said some stuff was happenin’ in the city. Sure enough, I can’t get into the system. Tell me what you know.” Cid's "request" snapped him back to reality. "Right. Well, to start..." He ran the entire situation he knew to Cid, looking to Wantz to add in any details from when he showed up. "Which, now that I think about it, you should've probably got some form of a diagnostic report from the Bailey. That is where the Vagabond went. Anything like that show up?"
As Yuto filled Cid in on the happenings in Radiant Garden, the old man scowled in his swivel chair, leaning back as he scratched his chin in thought. Wantz stared at the old geezer expectantly, waiting to hear what sort action Cid would be planning. ”Now that I think about it, you should’ve probably got some form of diagnostic report from the Bailey. Anything like that show up?” Cid’s scowl deepened as he leaned forward in his chair, glaring at Yuto for a moment. It wasn’t that he was angry at Yuto—just angry in general. Shaking his head, Cid pounded a balled up fist against the arm of the chair with a springing thud!
”Nothin'! I’m locked out, damn it!” Turning his chair, Cid began to type furiously at the keyboard before him, multiple screens lighting up at the sudden action. BEEP! Glaring red scenes took over the screen—a single word popping up in bold text: ACCESS DENIED. Pointing at the screens with a sigh of exasperation, Cid looked back at Yuto and Wantz. ”Earlier today I was notified of forced entry—so I went inta' the system in order to throw up some extra walls and guards…” Slamming a fist against the keyboard out of frustration, the old man pushed himself away from the module altogether. ”I got kicked out! Someone got past me and locked me out!” Rubbing his jaw a bit, Cid reached for a nearby pack of smokes that lay in disarray on the surface sprawled out beneath the monitors.
Lighting a cigarette, the old man coughed for a moment before waving some of the smoke away. Wantz grimaced. He hated the fact that Cid had picked back up on this habit. According to Aerith, he had been on and off the habit too many times to count. ”At first, I wasn’t that worried. We get hackin’ attempts from time to time…but it’s never usually too serious.” It was a blessing that the Heartless were not fundamentally equipped to deal with technology. Though there were rumors of those that were able to possess such machinery, never before had anyone actually seen Heartless proficient in navigating computer tech. ”But, whoever’s goin’ after the system seems to know what they’re doin’…” The geezers face grew serious as he looked at Yuto and Wantz.
”I’m glad to hear the city’s safe—for now. Wantz, take Yuto and meet up with Biggs and Wedge. I’m gonna work on booting out the hacker from our system to throw back on our defenses.” Groaning a bit, muttering about being 'too old' for 'shit like this', Cid butt the cigarette out early—the old ashtray he did this in showed many half smoked cigarettes. It seemed despite his lapse into the habit, Cid never fully committed. Perhaps that said something more about his character than he realized… ”I’ll fill Aerith in and have her contact Yufi. That girl is faster than any gummiship I’ve ever seen.” For a moment, at the mention of ‘Yufi’, Cid’s face broke into a soft smile. It seemed he had a soft spot in his heart for those he cared about.
”I’ll have her meet up with y’all and send some reinforcements.” With that, the old man cracked his knuckles together as he straightened himself in his chair. Turning back to the computer module, he began to type furiously at the keyboard once again. As Wantz motioned for Yuto to follow and exit, Cid spoke over his shoulder. ”Yuto—thanks for helpin’ out our town. We won’t forget it.” Without even a second glance back, the old man began to type furiously once more. Exiting the room, Wantz closed the door once Yuto would exit back into the hallway, leading the man back down the stairs they had come from. Upon arriving in the living room they had first entered, a closer eye would notice that the once disheveled room was now spotless and pristine. Aerith didn't seem to be anywhere in sight, the room being vacant and silent.
Looking at Yuto, Wantz rested a hand on his hip as he thought of the task ahead. ”How’re you doing on supplies, Yuto?” The rifleman had ample ammo and potions in the small sack-like bag he carried on his hip. He always tended to keep ample stock while out on patrols—one could never be too careful on this world, after all. ”Should we stop anywhere before we head out?” Despite his own readiness, Wantz didn’t want to rush his new ally off into a battle ill equipped.
Last Edit: Sept 4, 2019 21:54:51 GMT -5 by hoodwink
Post by ravenheart95 on Sept 18, 2019 6:05:05 GMT -5
Cid's mention of being locked out took Yuto by surprise. 'Did the Vagabond get sidetracked? He's not altogether so I don't doubt it, but something like this-' His train of thought was derailed by Cid's instructions to meet up with Wantz's friends. The man moved to follow the rifleman out of the room before Cid called over his shoulder. ”Yuto—thanks for helpin’ out our town. We won’t forget it.” Yuto gave a thumbs up and a smile. "Never a problem Cid. Happy to help."
He followed Wantz out the door and back down to the room they started from. Aerith was nowhere to be found, which was a shame because Yuto wanted to thank her for her hospitality. ”How’re you doing on supplies, Yuto? Should we stop anywhere before we head out?” Yuto doublechecked his belt. He had his bat, his Replikeyblade, and a couple of potions. 'That on top of my healing magic...I should be fine for right now.' He gave a thumbs-up to Wantz "I'm good, you?"
He couldn't shake the feeling that something happened to the Vagabond, however. He would have to find a way to get to the Bailey and see first hand what was wrong. "You ready?"
Seeing Yuto’s ‘thumbs up’, Wantz nodded with a smile. Good. He didn’t want to waste too much time getting to the town. ”You ready?” Yuto’s question caused him to turn, opening the door that led back out to the Construction Site Town, stepping out into the night under a canopy of stars. ”Yeah—“ Truthfully the rifleman was nervous. Not because of the possible Heartless they would be fighting, but for what it all meant. Why is our system being hacked into? Wantz began to lead Yuto back through the small alleyways that led them to the more open market street. At this hour, despite the lit lanterns outside of each door, most windows were dark with the sign of sleep. I’m nervous about leaving them, too…
Wantz and Yuto reached the gate to town, having the armed watchmen open the large wooden and metal barrier to reveal the dark path looming before them. Though they had just come earlier in the night, it somehow seemed darker and more foreboding than before. A shiver passed through Wantz, though he refused to show it visibly. The woods and fields always creeped him out at night. Grabbing the lantern on his hip, Wantz turned the device on as he clasped it back to his belt loop. With this, their immediate proximity would be illuminated on the journey, but nothing else. Pulling his rifle out, keeping it leaned over his shoulder, Wantz began to lead the way down the cobblestone path that stretched out into the open fields lined with tall thick trees.
If the constant threat to their lives was eliminated, it would be a beautiful world. For a moment, Wantz led Yuto in silence as he kept an ear out for any sign of danger. Tch—damn paranoia. With a sigh, Wantz scratched at the back of his head, turning to glance at Yuto as he raised an eyebrow. ”So—Yuto, where’re you from?” He remembered from their earlier conversation that the guy had been to this world before—but it didn’t seem like he was a local. A world traveler, huh… There was an odd pang of jealousy that passed through Wantz’s heart, just as a familiar presence began to cling to the air. Darkness draped over them like a curtain, even the starlight seemed dimmer for a moment as a sound dreaded by many echoed faintly in the night. Whoosh.
Yellow eyes began to form and appear as the Heartless emerged. It was only a matter of time. They were the only two hearts for miles. Wantz knew it would happen sooner or later. Readying his weapon, the man backed towards Yuto a bit, firing at the nearest enemy—a Shadow. The creature melded into the ground just before the bullet landed, causing Wantz to curse as the rest of the creatures appeared. Surrounding them were a few Shadows, Soldiers and NeoShadows. It wasn’t a large group, but being out in the open at night like this made Wantz uneasy. Any fight they were going to do—he wanted to get it over with quick. Blasting another round at the nearest Heartless, Wantz shouted out at Yuto.
”Take out the Neoshadows! I’ll hold off the small fry!”
[[ENEMIES: 6 Shadows, 4 Soldiers, 3 NeoShadows]]
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2019 11:01:13 GMT -5 by hoodwink
Conrí: Okay. *cracks knuckles* I looked over things! I'm likely off to get tea and food, and then, I'll try to...y'know, be a decent student, lol.
Mar 7, 2019 17:12:26 GMT -5
Conrí: But, I'm so happy about all the new activity! Great job on such thoughtful characters, everyone! They will be fun to RP with.
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Mega: *dances in celebration*
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straxeragous: so, a while back Hood and i were on another kh rp site on devientart. and we may have sent this places link to our friends that we still keep in touch with so they can join.
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Conrí: Awesome! Thanks, Hood and Strax!
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Alma Taschner: Been a long while since I did stuff here. Currently considering the idea of coming back and making a new character.
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Alma Taschner: I know I won't be using this old version of Alma if I do.
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