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Demetria Tempala

"I would give anything to go home again"

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a character in “The Lost Planet”, as played by Simple_Imperfections

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DEMETRIA TEMPALA
"Eventually we run out of time so spend is wisely"

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BASICS
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{Full Name}
Demetria Anais Tempala

{Nicknames}
Demi // most people
The Oracle // known alias throughout Aurum

{Age}
22; Twenty-two - earth
220; Two hundred and twenty - aurum

{Sexuality and Romantic Interest}
Pansexual; Single and crushing on Sebastian

{District}
Time Control

{Location}
Washington, DC, USA

{Occupation on Earth}
Political Consultant
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ABILITIES
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Aurum
Time Manipulation - She could accelerate, slow, and stop time at will. While on Aurum she can full control of this ability and could speed up time to make days feel like seconds or slow it down to make seconds feel like days. When she stopped time for herself, she could hold it for days or even months. Her only limit to this was her mental capacity. If she was sleepy then she couldn't manipulate it as well, but when energized she could have full control.

Age Manipulation - She can manipulate the time of living and non-living things.She could preserve objects in their own sphere of time or reverse time on the object until it no longer exists. For living objects she can keep someone the same age forever or she could age them until they die, forward or backward.

Chrono Vision - Her most powerful ability. She is able to see the past, present, and future for not only herself but for others. Due to this ability, she became known as "The Oracle". She would be able to give advice accordingly based on the lives of those that ask.

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Time Manipulation - She can only slow time down so seconds pass by like hours instead of days. She can speed up time to make days move like weeks. She can stop time for just 24 hours. Though she could only do this ample amount of energy. Pushing her limit results in splitting headaches.

Age Manipulation - She effect the time of living and non-living objects. However on living objects she can only speed up or slow down time by a day. For non living objects she can speed up time for up to a week and down to a week. She can stop time for non-living objects and preserve their usefulness, but she cannot do so for living objects.

Chrono Vision - This ability is the weakest of the other three. She can see past, present, and future but she can no longer control it. They usually come as visions that invade her dreams. They are only glimpses and she can never figure out what they mean or who is involved.
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APPEARANCE
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Demetria hasn't changed from her time on Aurum to her time down on Earth. Demi stands at aboult 5'8" and weighs 145lbs. She has soft caramel skin that his free from any form of damage thanks to her age regeneration ability. She is able to keep her skin youthful and healthy. Her district emblem is on her left inner wrist. Demetria has a heart shaped face and medium length brown hair with blonde highlights. She mostly wears her hair in her natural state, letting the curls fall wherever they like. Her eyes are in the shapes of almonds and they are filled with a beautiful chocolate color that tend to shine in the sun. Demetria doesn't wear makeup very often. Due to her ability to age her skin she, she always looks quite youthful. There aren't many curves on Demi's body, but she doesn't have any problems with that. She doesn't have a specific style of clothing. She can dress very casually and over the top. She tends to stay in between the two by pairing heels with whatever casual outfit she plans to wear for the day. She doesn't like to focus her time on getting ready, but she always likes to make sure she is presentable.
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PERSONALITY
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Demetria matches the stereotype of her district almost to a tee. She is a very level-headed individual. In any and every situation, she tends to keep calm and somehow manage to think rationally. Especially when it comes to her job. It takes a lot to anger her. She is always understanding of the other person's feelings and she tries to figure out why they are angry before getting angry herself. Demi is able to keep a handle on her emotions and tries to remain happy throughout her day. Her optimism and happiness tends to be contagious.

She can also be very calculated and tends to reserve this way of thinking for work. Demi will analyze the ins and outs of a situation before trying to come up with any ideas. It is important for her to rationally think through all decisions, weigh the pros and cons before settling on something. Demetria always tries to see the bigger picture and tries to make sure that decisions better the overall picture. It does take her a while to make these decisions. However, she can work under emergency and high intense situations, she doesn't feel as confident with the decisions she makes. Her intuition tends to lead her to make mostly good choices when needing to make a quick one, but she is still uneasy about it.

Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to Demi. She cannot lie to save her life. She will visibly become anxious and tense up. She is biting her bottom lip and stuttering. It is easier for her and everyone else around her if she just tells the truth about everything, no matter how bad that something may be. Her soft-spoken voice does make bad news seem less bad. Her calm and open demeanor makes her easy to approach. Demi can sit and listen to someone talk to hours and offer advice where needed.

With her friends, she is protective and motherly towards them. She cares for their safety and tries to keep them all safe. A lot of the time, she will put their wellbeing above her own. She would do just about anything for her friends if it meant their happiness. Demetria also tends to treat everything like a friend. Her smile is soft and she offers it to anyone that might need it. She is always willing to help a stranger in anyway she can. Demi can be too nice and people try to take advantage of her. But even with that, she continues to go out and extend her kindness and spread her happiness.

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HISTORY
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Demetria Anais Tempala was the only child born to Annita and Markos Tempala. The Tempala's were a rather wealthy family on Aurum in the Time Control district. They were known for how closely they worked with the royal family. Markos was the personal advisor to the King. He spent a lot of time in the light district and would often bring Demi with him so that she could learn how the kingdom operates. Annita spent a lot of time acting as the public relations for the planet. She traveled a lot between the districts. Demi also would go when she could. Her parents enjoyed teaching their daughter the ways of their family. It wasn't long before she was also advising the royal family and speaking on behalf of them to other districts. She was a natural.

Demetria discovered that she had Chrono Vision when she was child. Once a generation, a Tempala is born with this ability. It was passed down on her Father's side, but he didn't have it. After mastering it, she became quite popular within her own district as well as the light district. She became known as "The Oracle". Demi spent more time in the light district working with the Royal Family personally examining their past, present, and future in order to help them make decisions.

The war broke out and Demi wanted to stay and help her family fight alongside the light district, but she wasn't allowed. The moment her parents were able, they put Demetria on a ship. They didn't know where she was going, but they didn't want her to go down with this planet. Demetria doesn't even remember how long she was on that ship before she crashed on Earth, but she does remember crying the whole time. To say that her first few days weren't rough would be an understatement. Demi spent a long time just trying to learn about the planet she ended up on. Eventually, she picked Washington, DC to settle in.

Miss Demi ended up at her job by being nice to the right politician. He was handing out flyers in regards to his campaign and she only took a flyer, she ended up helping him. Demetria went from volunteering to being paid to run the whole campaign. Other politicians ended up hearing about how she can help with campaigns and she ended up getting paid for it. She was very popular among all of the standing politicians and activists. She was requested by name and paid generously. However, not everyone liked her and supporters of opposing teams would try and scare her away from helping. Eventually she needed a body guard and coincidentally enough it ended up being someone from Aurum.

Life on Earth has actually become wonderful for Demetria. She is doing rather well for herself and is impressed with how this planet functions. What makes it better is that she has someone from home by her side. But she still wants to go home. She thinks about it everyday and hasn't figured out how to get back or even communicate with their planet. Earth is nice, but Aurum is still her home.

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OOC INFO
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{Writer}
Simple_Imperfections
{Face Claim}
Ashley Moore
{Dialogue Color}
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So begins...

Demetria Tempala's Story

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Character Portrait: Viviannah Bellum Character Portrait: Demetria Tempala

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The earthquake was only rated as a 2.5, causing only a couple leaves to fall off a tree. The magnitude was registered in D.C as a harmless shifting of tectonic plates. Everyone continued on about their day as if nothing had happened, discussing the quake, wondering what could have caused it. Seismic activity is not common on this side of the coast and that only encouraged every scientist within the area to investigate. But it wasn’t an elderly gentleman with a Ph.D or a young woman with a double major in the sciences that found the cause. It was Demetria and Viviannah. The meteor stuck out like a sore thumb in the center of a park near their home. The light reflected off the gold and it called to them. They happened to be out getting food nearby and there it was. Beckoning them. As they grew closer to investigate, the sense of familiarity became overwhelming. It did not take much investigation to recognize that this rock was Aurum in nature. It radiated a power that couldn’t be ignored and held vague inscriptions in Dicere. A piece of home was in the middle of the park. Demi and Vivi couldn’t stay long, the government along with very important scientists were coming to collect the source of the earthquake. Demi came up with a plan. There were others that escaped years ago and this was the time to find them. The two of them came up with a way to imbed a message in Dicere that would only be noticeable to those from Aurum. It would be aired on the news and broadcast across the world. With Demetria’s ties in the government, it only took a few seconds of time to make sure it was done. The message was a simple one. A common phrase used on Aurum to grab their attention. After that, it had Demi’s address and they day they were all supposed to arrive.

Lux in tenebris , aureum cordibus





Everyone’s Arrival: Friday morning




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Demetria was tossing and turning throughout the night. She could see people running and hear the screams. Her parents trying to protect their people as well as the kingdom. She couldn’t help anyone. She was just watching as the world was destroyed around her. The dust was getting into her eyes and before she knew it she was being put into an escape pod. It left Aurum and Demi shot up in bed. Her heart racing and a light layer of sweat covering her body. Ever since they found the meteor, her nightmares have been about her last few seconds on Aurum. They were more than nightmares. They were past events. Every night, each nightmare more clear than the last. It started out as just quickly moving pictures, but last night. Last night it was like a movie. Her eyes found the clock on the side of the bed. Today was the day. If anyone from Aurum was on Earth, they should be on their way and arrive sometime this morning. Demi slipped out of bed and disappeared into the bathroom. She took her time getting ready, it really helped shake off the negative feeling of her nightmare. Within 30 minutes, she was dressed and down in the kitchen. It was quiet, Vivi must still be asleep. She got to work on breakfast.

Viviannah had never been the type to feel anxious or overwhelmed, but from the moment the meteor, or what the humans called a meteor, hit close to hers and Demi’s home, she’d been antsy. She had been, for lack of a better word, nervous for what was to come. A piece of their home planet rested just a few meters away from them, and with it a hidden truth. The chunk of gold held encrypted messages all throughout that only she and Demi seemed to notice. It was clear that someone back home had been trying to get their attention, and it worked. The way Vivi saw it, this could go two ways. It was either a message of hope, and announcement of peace letting them know it was safe to go back home. Or, a warning to stay away. That by the time the message reached them on Earth, their homeland no longer existed.

The possibilities were dead-locked and Viviannah almost didn’t want to find out which ending they would get, but Demi was determined. She wanted to go back home and Vivi would be lying if she said she didn’t hold a sliver of hope within her to do the same. So she agreed to Demi’s plan to send out a message. A call to anyone that may have survived the escape all those years ago. Anyone that could be hiding among the humans. The bottom line is, they didn’t belong on planet Earth. They would never be like the humans no matter how hard they tried, and Vivi was tired of pretending.

As she swung her legs off the side of the bed, a beam of sunlight seeping through the closed curtains, she wondered if anyone would actually come. Was there anyone out there that actually survived other than the two of them? She brushed her dark locks from her face and quickly got to her morning routine, going through the motions of washing, brushing her teeth, getting dressed, meanwhile her mind was elsewhere entirely. By the time she was finished, she could hear Demi moving around in the kitchen.

Vivi may have been Demi’s bodyguard, but above all else, they were sisters. Their friendship originally bloomed on Aurum. While Vivi worked as Prince Oliver’s guard, she would see Demi visit very often. It didn’t take long for the two to start talking. But ever since they found one another on Earth, their friendship turned into a sisterly bond. There wasn’t a soul Vivi trusted more than her, which is why she’d agreed to this crazy and possibly dangerous plan of gathering survivors. ”Morning.” she greeted as she walked into the kitchen, heading directly to the coffee machine.

”Morning, Vivi.” As expected, Vivi made her way over to the coffee machine first. Demetria prefers tea in the morning. For some reason the caffeine excites her too much and she can’t sleep at night. She also just likes the taste of tea more. The breakfast was finally done. She made her signature cinnamon waffles, eggs, and turkey bacon. ”Breakfast is ready.” She grabbed plates and piled them both up with food. She gave Vivi a bit more than she gave herself. Then a thought came to her as she thought about who could possibly be showing up to the house. ”Vi? Should I have made food for everyone?” Who knows if they would have eaten. And what kind of host would she be if didn’t have refreshments.

”Thanks.” Vivi said simply, taking the plate of food. One of the many advantages of living together with Demi was that they could take turns making the food, cleaning, doing the laundry. They could just as easily hire someone to do it, but Vivi saw no need for it when the two of them were more than capable. She took a small sip of coffee between bites before giving Demi a rather confused stare. ”Why would you cook for them? I’m sure everyone is more than capable of getting their own food.” she stated, taking another bite. ”And if not, they can just starve.” although she was partially joking, Vivi didn’t plan on letting Demi cook for anyone. She was already kind enough to open her home to a group of strangers. Not to mention, maybe she didn’t have as much faith in others showing up as her friend did.

Demi started the electric kettle. She wasn’t going to let anyone starve, but Vivi did have a point. They could all feed themselves if they really needed too. Besides, she doesn’t know exactly what time everyone is coming so making food this early would make the food cold and gross. ”Okay. I won’t make them breakfast.” She started eating the food on her plate, happy to have some food in her system. ”Vi, my nightmares were worse last night.” With their sisterly bond, Demi told Vivi everything, including her nightmares. They usually aren’t this bad or as vivid. But last night was something she hadn’t experienced in a while. ”Instead of it seeming like I was looking through a book. I was there. I could see, hear, and smell everything.” She didn’t know what it meant, but it definitely freaked her out a bit.

Demi was the kind of person that fought with her mind, unlike Vivi who preferred a more direct approach. But it seemed like this time it was Demi’s mind fighting against her. After another bite of the food, Vivi was almost finished. She tightened her ponytail a bit and crossed her legs on the dining room chair. Her eyes never left Demi’s figure, concern written all over her features. ”Okay well...was it a vision of the past like the ones before or…” Demi had explained a little bit about how her visions worked to Vivi, but the raven haired girl could only understand so much. There were certain things she couldn’t understand unless she personally lived through them. In a moment’s time, Viviannah thought of chalking these nightmares up to bad memories triggered by the chunk of Aurum that had literally fallen from the sky, but perhaps nightmares wasn’t the only thing it triggered. ”Wait, Dee...when did these nightmares start?” the young woman thought of leaving Demi to connect the dots, but just to drive them point home, she added ”That burn at the edge of the counter there…” she gestured to just a couple of feet away from them. There was a burn mark on the corner of the countertop, as if someone had used a lighter on it. ”That happened last night...I came to get some water and leaned on the counter for about five minutes...my hand did that.”

Demi was expecting Vivi to try and just tell her that it was nerves. That there was nothing to worry about. It would have made her feel better, but instead she pointed out the burn mark on the counter. Her first thought was to scold her roommate. She couldn’t just go around burning stuff in the house, but then she quickly realized that it was an accident. The cogwheels in Demetria’s head were turning and it didn’t take long to put two and two together. ”The planet piece. It’s doing this. I don’t know how ,but it’s the only thing that makes sense. You haven’t burned anything in this house on accident before.” More than ever, they needed to figure out what those inscriptions meant and what this meant for their abilities. It had been a while since she has had to control any aspect of time and she was concerned that if she had to learn again, that Earth was not going to be able to handle it. ”If I thought the meteor would have brought back our abilities, I wouldn’t have suggested they all coming to our house.” She muttered mostly to herself, but loud enough for Viviannah. It wasn’t a factor she considered. If they were anything like these two, then they were for the most part as harmless as humans. But now she wasn’t so sure about how harmless they were all going to be. Turning back wasn’t an option, they were coming.

They both finished their breakfast and Demi gathered the plates to wash them. She wasn’t really giving Vivi a choice to do any chores this morning. The mundane task allowed her to be in her head as she thought about what this day. She didn’t know who was going to come through that door and it could be good or bad. At first the risk was okay because abilities weren’t a factor, but now they do. Their districts matter again with their abilities. Demi was smart enough to not put out her name or district placement within the message. She wanted whoever came to be neutral. There was a risk that no one would come if they did not like her district or the side they chose because of the war. Her thoughts were interrupted by a knock at the door. She looked to Vivi. ”Vi…go check and see who it is.”




Latin Translation for Message: Light in the dark, golden heart

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Character Portrait: Viviannah Bellum Character Portrait: Demetria Tempala Character Portrait: Astoria Caelus Character Portrait: Eilian Aminus

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“Hello.” The border guard looked up at her with an ice cold stare, and Harper quickly decided against saying anything more. She handed over her passport and documents, and stood awkwardly as the guard examined them. Once he had established that they were in order, he slowly turned to his screen and started scrolling. Harper glanced around at the queues around her, all of which seemed to be moving painfully slowly. How different it all was to Aurum, where all she had to do was scan their district emblem and wish them a pleasant day. None of the border control officers were as much as cracking a smile here. The atmosphere was tense and cold and harsh and made her skin crawl.

“Why are you visiting the United States?” The border guard suddenly droned, making her jump a little.
“I- I’m visiting some old friends.”
“Is this your first visit to the United States?”
“Yes.”
“Where will you be staying?”
“I have a hotel booked near my friend’s house.”
“Who will you be visiting?”

Jesus Christ, she was starting to feel like a criminal. She’d binged enough crime dramas late at night to know that this was basically an interrogation. Sure, she wasn’t in a cold room with a two way mirror, but the way the guard was staring at her was exactly the same way the lead detective always stared at the perp.

“Demetria Tempala.”
“How long are you planning on staying?”
“A month.” In reality she didn’t know, but her co-workers had warned her that saying that would probably result in her being kicked out of the country. That was the amount of time she’d put on her documentation. If it didn’t take quite that long, she could do some traveling. If it was going to take longer... they’d cross that bridge when she came to it.

“How much money are you bringing?” What the hell did that have to do with anything?
“Five hundred dollars.” The border guard nodded slightly, stamped her passport, and gave her documents back to her silently.

“Thank you,” she said, shoving them back into her bag and making her way to baggage claim. Traveling on Earth made her heart sink. On Aurum, she could have travelled so easily, instantaneously. How she missed it. Her bags reclaimed, she stopped briefly to double check the address. She’d taken off her jacket while on the flight and hadn’t put it back on yet. She went to pick it up... and immediately dropped it. It had become a cloak, black and gold, with her district emblem on it. She picked it back up, and the minute her hand touched it, it shifted back to her usual jacket. It had never turned that easily. Perhaps it was just because she was so homesick. That was all, she told herself, as she pulled on the jacket and stepped outside. That was all.





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This was their first time playing in the US, and they were determined to make an impact. Their manager had been working with them to try and build up some publicity. And this was their biggest move. Eilian hadn’t been able to get the golden comet out of his mind, but right now, he needed to be present. An “impromptu” performance in the middle of Washington had gathered quite a lot of attention from those on their way to work. The music made Eilian feel free, the violin feeling like an extension of his body. He never could have pictured something like this for himself back on Aurum. Being a central part of something, something which wasn’t really seen as a part of his district.

But he couldn’t hide from it for ever. He would have ignored it, if it wasn’t for the name engraved on the comet that had struck earth. Demetria Tempala. The closest thing he’d had to a sister. He didn’t want to go home, but he did want to see her. So packing his violin into the case, he got in a taxi and made his way to the address he’d jotted down. He was looking forward to seeing Demi again. But he was lying if he said it wasn’t a little worrying. He didn’t want to go home. He knew that the others would. He knew that they’d all be striving to go home, and he’d have to say no, that he didn’t intend on joining them.

This was the reason he’d brought his violin with him. Well, that and he felt if he’d gone back to the hotel, he wouldn’t have been able to come back. Even in the back of the taxi, he found himself idly plucking the strings of it, the case never staying closed for longer than five minutes. It was who he had become, and he needed a visual symbol of that.

He climbed out of the car and had to do a double take, making sure he’d taken down the right address. This was... impressive. Demi was clearly doing quite well for herself. Eilian has been proud of his small, two bedroom apartment back in Brighton. But it was the right address, so he took a deep breath and knocked the door.

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Character Portrait: Demetria Tempala Character Portrait: Sebastian Eberstark

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The sun nearly blinded Sebastian as he raised the window shade, barely catching a glimpse of the famous White House. A marvel he would've gawked at if his brain was focusing on, well, anything. He rubbed at his eyes, reclining back in his seat, eyes shut. "Why now? Why at all?" He muttered to himself. Sebastian's nails began to dig into his arms. He'd moved on. Aurum had been a nightmare the day he left, and it had taken years for Sebastian to convince himself that’s what it was. A horrible, horrible nightmare, he kept in a locked chest, never to be opened again. He could've ignored the meteor and the message he'd heard, an old Aurum saying, and stayed in Bremen. Maybe the meteor was only a remain of the planet, an old scrap that left the warmongering planet after it was destroyed. Or, it said that the planet was safe again and they could return. Even if it was, it would take an army of Force District residents to make him return and - "Mr. Eberstark? Are you alright?" A soft voice spoke.

A young flight attendant was looking at him with wide eyes, glancing down at his arms. With a quick glance, Sebastian noticed his nails had broken skin and he was bleeding. Even with diminishing strength, Sebastian still forgot how strong he was. He looked the young man in the eye and smiled despite how fake it felt. “I’m fine, sir. I appreciate you checking in. Thank you." With a quick grab of his wallet, Sebastian slipped the young man a one hundred euro. "Sorry, I haven't had the chance to convert anything yet.” Sebastian remembers when socialites wouldn't glance his direction. He wasn't going to turn into them after making his first million.

Landing and going through border security wasn't difficult, especially when you were invited by an influential... Sebastian couldn't recall the person who hired him. Someone rich and successful who wanted to prove it by having him design a mansion, or was it a lake house, who knows? Sebastian left his things and changed clothes after dropping off his luggage at the local Ritz-Carlton where his benefactor placed him.

Sebastian had adapted quickly to the Earthlings' technology, summoning an Uber to take him to his destination. He paled when the drive announced they reached the location. Sebastian forced out a thanks, tipped him handsomely, before getting out of the vehicle. The mansion was gorgeous, and Sebastian would've asked for the floor plans if it wasn't for the dread of what was inside the home. He wasn't stupid enough to come without protection. A taser sat in his left jacket pocket, you never know.

Sebastian leaned on a nearby stop sign, observing the many people approaching the mansion. Her face wasn’t among them. 'Did she make it?... please be here.' Sebastian hasn't thought of her in a long time, preferring her to stay a happy memory. Honestly, he's here is to see Demetria. Sebastian wanted was to know if she was alive, and happy if the former was true. The rest didn’t matter. Sebastian continued to watch, hope in his eyes.

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Character Portrait: Oliver Argenti Character Portrait: Viviannah Bellum Character Portrait: Leonardo Magnus Character Portrait: Demetria Tempala Character Portrait: Apollo Mundi Character Portrait: Bea Amador

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Tap. Tap. Tap.
"I think we've got what we need."
"I do too, but one should always take a few extra shots just in case. C'mon Ollie."
Tap. Tap. Tap.
"Ollie? Oliver!"
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A hand was firmly placed over Oliver's tapping fingers, bringing the boy out of his accidental trance. He looked up with a hum, confused as to why all eyes were suddenly on him. "What? What's going on?". His manager Ricky let out a quiet sigh, signaling the photographers that their daydreaming model would be over there shortly before taking a seat beside him. "Alright, talk. What's going on?" Oliver, in turn, kept silent, his eyes round and curious as if to question what exactly the man was referring to. Ricky made it clear he wasn't buying the act of innocence. "Don't give me that look. You've been acting weird since yesterday morning!" The young boy blinked a couple of times before getting to his feet in an attempt to get away from the questions. "I'm not acting weird, you are." he protested. Though a good plan, it didn't work the way he hoped. After giving Oliver an overdramatic eye roll, Ricky followed his lead and got to his feet, standing directly in his path. "Really, then explain to me why you haven't even touched your lunch."

"I'm just not hungry." Ollie answered with a slight shrug, to which Ricky immediately responded with a shake of the head. "Highly unlikely." Once again, Oliver attempted to move past the man, but he proved to be just as if not more stubborn than he. The two mimicked each other's stance by folding their arms across their chest as a sign of not backing down as Ricky continued to speak. "You've been spacing out since yesterday morning. Ever since-" he paused, a sudden look of disbelief taking over his otherwise tranquil features. "Please don't tell me that meteor and all those alien conspiracies have you spooked. You don't actually believe in that stuff, do you?" There was a sudden knot in the pit of Oliver's stomach at the mention of the so-called "meteor". Even as he firmly responded "Of course not!" and successfully pushed past Ricky with the excuse of his needing to do his job, the knot remained.

Truth be told, that's all the silver-haired boy had been able to think about since the previous morning. When the news of the "golden meteor" hit France, he'd been working. He didn't have a chance to see it until a few hours later while he was having lunch with his manager. The images that flashed across the restaurant television sent uncontrollable shivers down his spine. There it was clear as day. There was no mistaking the symbols that adorned the golden gloss. And that phrase he'd heard time and time again from the moment he was born. Lux in tenebris , aureum cordibus. He recalled his mother very tenderly teaching him those exact words, and what it meant for them.

"Every citizen of Aurum is important, Ollie. Every one of them has a heart of gold. And we have to be their light when times are dark."

Before he'd realized, he was running out of the restaurant with his manager frantically calling out to him. From the moment Oliver found himself on Earth, on this foreign planet in a city he knew nothing about, he'd been desperately searching for something, anything that could lead him back home. Back to his people and his family. Over the years, he'd all but given up. He still searched from time to time. Somewhere in the back of his mind, he felt there was still hope, but common sense often scolded him for being so naive. However, the moment he saw and heard the news it's as if light had given birth to hope again.

This is how he ended up in Customs and Immigration at the Washing DC airport. Admittedly, it was wrong of him not to tell Ricky he'd be leaving indefinitely until the day of the flight. Eleven hours and a half later and the man was scolding him through the phone line, wondering why the hell he'd decided to ditch so suddenly. "This is insane, Oliver, even for you!". Ollie tried his best to appease the man, promising to return as soon as "matters are taken care of", though he never mentioned he had no clue when that would be. Finally, after what seemed like hours and a hundred and one procedures later, he was handed back his passport and sent off to baggage claim. Oliver's nerves were running ramped the closer he was to the destination. Demi, Bea, Po, Vivi...and Leo...all these people he assumed to be dead could very well be alive and quite possibly somewhere in this very city.

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Character Portrait: Viviannah Bellum Character Portrait: Jayden Kaze Character Portrait: Leonardo Magnus Character Portrait: Demetria Tempala Character Portrait: Alfred Hanston Character Portrait: Eilian Aminus Character Portrait: Sebastian Eberstark Character Portrait: Bea Amador Character Portrait: Harlow Sera Character Portrait: Eli Acerbi Character Portrait: Oona Agnelli Character Portrait: Cassius Praetorius

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Viviannah was nervous. No...afraid, for the first time in her life. AFraid of how fast everything was happening. One moment her and Demi were living as much of a normal life as they could manage, which admittedly wasn't so hard with heir abilities dulled almost to non-existent. The next, there was a giant golden chunk of metal basically within their back yard's reach. Not just any chunk of metal, but a piece of home. A home Vivi never imagined she'd get to see again. And based on what both her and Demi were experiencing, said chunk of metal brought with it much more than Dicere markings. It was as if being far from home for too long stripped them of their birth given abilities, but all it took was a small piece of their vast home planet to breathe life back into them. And although Vivi was grateful for her abilities that were slowly returning, she was hesitant. It also brought nerves, fear, and a group of strangers right to their home.

”Vi…go check and see who it is.” the raven-haired girl took one more swig of her coffee and sat the cup down with a light clink. The steps to the door were slow and calculated as she envisioned what could be on the other side of it. Once opened, Vivi stood with the knob in her hand as her dark eyes examined the face in front of hers. It was vaguely familiar. She'd met this man before, but not enough to remember his name it seemed. "ID please." she said, mimicking the words she'd heard from the border patrol on Aurum each time she traveled. For humans, being asked for an ID meant they'd be handing in a small card with basic information such as name and birthdate. For someone from Aurum, this meant something entirely different. Instead of a small, plastic card, they'd have to show their district emblem, regardless of what part of the body it was tattooed on. It was the best way of making sure each person was who they claimed to be without asking too many questions.

The first guest proved to be from the Time control district, which in turn explained why Viviannah almost recognized him. She stepped aside to let him in, allowing Demi the chance to give him his welcome. After him came a few more, to which Viviannah did the same procedure, unintentionally making herself a bouncer of sorts. Though they all checked off as legitimate, there were none she recognized until... "ID ple-" her words trailed off as the features of the man in front of her were matched to memory. Her mouth hung open for a few short seconds before she managed to form actual words. "Cas?" Of all the people she'd thought to see, Cassius was not one of them. It'd been so long since she'd last seen him. Since before the war, even. From the moment Vivi left their district to work for the Royal family, she hadn't seen Cas in person. It was surreal. His face looked so familiar...but at the same time so different.

She took a moment to let a few others in, among them was Leonardo Magnus. She imagined Oliver's face if he were there. It wasn't much of a secret that the prince had taken a liking to him. As for the reasons why Vivi had absolutely no idea. She never liked the guy. Not before the war and most certainly not now. Though she wanted to spit every profanity in her vocabulary at him, there were still others nearby soon to be wanting in. She put into play that patience Demi had so often talked to her about and simply sent let him inside with a glare before turning back to Cas, her arms instinctively folding over her chest. "I had no idea you were...I mean, it's...been a while."

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Character Portrait: Viviannah Bellum Character Portrait: Demetria Tempala Character Portrait: Eilian Aminus

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Eventually we run out of time, so spend it wisely


Demetria watched as Viviannah made her way to the door to address whomever was knocking. She dried her hands and moved around the kitchen island, slowly making her way over to the door. Demi had made sure she didn’t have any meetings with anyone today since this planet reunion was a priority. The curly-haired girl wasn’t even sure who was here and how many of them would actually arrive. Even having one arrive was somewhat of an accomplishment within itself. Demi hadn’t been nervous when it was just her and Vivi in the house. She was able to rationally think through all the possibilities of what could happen and justify why summoning all these people in their home was a good idea. But now, there was someone actually at the door. As much as Demetria liked to account for everything, people were unpredictable. She was just hoping that everyone was planning on remaining peaceful.

"ID please." Immediately, Demi glanced down at her wrist. Her time district emblem stood out against her skin. She had always told people that it was just a tattoo that reminded her of home. For work, however, she had learned to cover it up. Many people in politics seem to be bothered by marks on the skin. Though she was born with this, it wasn’t something that was easily explained to the people of Earth. Today, however, there was no reason to cover it. She removed the buttoned-up shirt that was covering her arms and white shirt underneath and tied it around her waist. Now her emblem was out in the open. As people walked in, they would be able to see it and know she was from Aurum and which district she was with.

Eventually she ended up in the entryway where her raven-haired bodyguard was screening people. Demetria’s eyes widened at the sight of the first person that waltzed through the door. She would recognize him anywhere. They were so close on Aurum, basically family. His hair was longer than what she had remembered, but she could never forget the closest thing she had to a brother. ”El…” Just speaking out his name was causing her to choke up. ”You’re…alive...I can’t believe-” Demi didn’t even notice the tears were sliding down her cheeks. She skipped over to him and pulled him into a tight hug. Demetria made a mental note to make sure to address the other guests that were being let into the house, but after she has come to terms with seeing Eilian.

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Her taxi driver was chatty, and that oddly put Astoria at ease. He commented on her accent, and she laughed it off, saying she had originally grew up in a rural part of Germany with that unusual accent. He told her about his travels around Europe and how much he'd loved and missed the food. "Is the food that different here?" She asked, and he laughed. That didn't make her feel at ease, but she chose to ignore it. He agreed to wait for her without charge as she checked in and left her bags in her room.

He dropped her off outside the gates. "Big crowd. You having a party?" He asked. "Not as such," she said. She paid him, and took a long look up towards the house. Someone appeared to be checking their insignias on the door, probably to be expected. Almost the whole way up to the door, there seemed to be a number of emotional reunions. She scanned the faces. A few she recognised... but nobody from her own district.

Her feet came to a stop of their own accord as that realisation sank in. Had... had anybody from her district gotten out? Was anybody left? Was she alone? No. No, she couldn't afford to think like that. She took a deep breath and made her way up the drive, pulling her jacket off in anticipation of having her emblem checked. It was close enough to procedure at home to make her feel a little more comfortable.

That comfort vanished as she saw the face standing beside the dark haired woman checking their emblems. It felt like she was dragged back in time to that escape vessel. The echo of her own scream ringing in her ears, the blood running onto the ground, and that empty, empty look in his face.

"You." She swore, managing to make the word sound like a threat, an accusation. "How dare you- what the hell do you think you're doing here?" She asked, looking straight past the woman and up into the man's face.


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EILIAN AMINUS
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He jumped a little as another person appeared beside him, knocking on the door for a second time. It brought him out of his head, and it made him realise that he was about to see Demi again. A smile settled onto his face, even as his heart started to pound. It wasn't Demi that opened the door. It was a dark-haired woman that he vaguely recognised but couldn't quite place, her eyes scanning him for a moment. Then she asked him for ID. It meant something different here, but he lifted his shirt to show her the symbol on his hip. She stepped aside, and Eilian stepped into the hall.

Demi was there waiting for him. Tears streamed down her face as she recognised him, and it brought tears to his own eyes. She pulled him into a tight hug, and he wrapped his arms around her, the tears spilling over his cheeks. He didn't miss many things about home, but probably the only thing he had missed was right here, right now. The closest thing he had to a sister.

"Of course I'm alive, I wasn't going to go down without a fight," he laughed. "But look at you!" He said, stepping back to take a look at her. "Look at this house!" He laughed, looking around. "You really fell on your feet, didn't you?" He remarked, stepping back in for another hug. "It's so good to see you," he said. "I thought I was hallucinating when I saw your name on that comet, I was on hour twenty seven of no sleep," he joked. Well, partially joking. He had been on hour twenty seven of no sleep thanks to business meetings and a video shoot, and he'd thought it had all been some strange, weird dream. But then that's all people had been talking about once he had slept for about twelve hours, and he realised it was real. Demi was still alive. Now that he saw her, pride started to well in his heart. He'd only really gotten back on his feet and yet look how well she was, look how successful she seemed to be.

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Eventually we run out of time, so spend it wisely


All the worries that Demetria had regarding bringing strangers into her home instantly vanished the moment Eilian wrapped his arms around her. She did not know what to expect when that message sent out, but she was beyond grateful that he had seen it and came. Demi did not know the whereabouts of her family. When she landed on Earth, she didn't even know where to begin looking. All traces of home vanished when she landed on this foreign planet and she did not know where to begin to look. Before finding Vivi, she thought that she was alone. Demi assumed that most people did not make it and that she would never see anyone she once loved again. But seeing, Eli brought hope that she did not think she still had. Demi didn’t want to let go, but only did so when he pulled away.

The redness coated her cheeks and the tip of her nose as he went on about how well she was doing for herself. Other humans with her position and wealth, seem to have the same home. Demi only purchased this place in order to fit in. She didn’t want people to think she was different or weird and snoop around. If they did, they would realize that her existence on this Earth was not normal. Many of the people she worked for had homes bigger than hers. ”I just got lucky..” she said in response to the size of her home. If she hadn’t met that politician that fateful day, she wouldn’t be where she was now.

Demi melted into the second hug, holding him even tighter. Holding him, made him real. She couldn’t materialize how warm and inviting his hugs are in her dreams. Eli was really standing before her, alive and well. She had to keep herself from crying even more. This time, Demetria pulled from the hug, wiping the few tears that lingered on her cheeks. ”I am so happy to see you again. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have missed you.” Demi ran her fingers through her hair. ”Please tell me you have been taking care of yourself and doing well?” And just like that, her big sister and motherly nature kicked in. He has been around this whole time and she hadn’t been able to make sure that he was okay. It would kill her inside if she thought that even for a second Eli was struggling and she wasn’t there to help.





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I never cared for power


Leo remained at the tree, working each side of the fidget cube in his hand. He kept his eyes on the front door and glanced around ever so often to watch more people arrive to the mansion. There were more people around than he thought. He didn’t recognize a lot of them and at the moment he could not tell if that was good or bad. Part of him was hoping that he would not be recognized. Even if no one recognized him as a Magnus, they would recognize his thunder emblem. At the moment it was hidden beneath his jeans, but he couldn’t hide it for long. Finally, the front door opened up and a dark-haired girl was standing there. He couldn’t hear what she said, but everyone was showing her different parts of their body. Leo assumed it was their emblems. ”This will be interesting.” He muttered, mostly to himself. He shoved the cube back into his pocket and pushed himself off the tree ready to head inside.

"TayTay..."

Only one person in the universe calls him that. Leonardo turned around, eyes wide as he took a moment to process Kali’s presence. He wasn’t expecting much from this impromptu call for all Aurumians, but he was definitely wasn’t expecting his sister. He was at a loss for words. Shock and relief written all over his face. ”Liah...when did you..?” When did you get to earth? Where were you on the planet? How did you make it out? Have you seen mom? Many questions, but at the moment he was just happy to see she was alive. He managed to crack a smirk. ”If I knew you were coming, I would have waited for you.” He was mostly enjoying the show. Without warning, Leonardo quickly pulled her into a hug. He was reunited with family again. He was alone for so long. He can take care of himself and he has been for a while, but being so far from home without knowing if there was ever a place he could truly call home again. It was lonely. His heart was tired. The hug did not last long, there were too many people around and Leo can only show so much affection at once. He pulled from her and gestured for the two of them to head inside. ”Let’s see if anyone will even let us in.”

He got up to the front door with Kali at his side and stared down the guard. Leo recognized the dark-haired girl as a guard from the castle. Her name was escaping him, but she was important. She demanded I.D and for a moment he just stared, showing no emotion. Leo then pulled up the right pant leg and flashed her the Thunder District emblem that was on his ankle. She seemed to approve and he walked by her. Leo waited for Kali to do the same thing and join him. He was getting bad vibes from being inside. ”If this starts to go south, we are leaving.” Leo wasn’t going to wait around if this entire situation was a waste of time. He also wasn’t going to leave without Kali. Not again.

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Astoria practically choked at his reaction. He took the opportunity to scan the emblem on the inside of her elbow and wave her through, acting as if it was nothing. “How- how are you okay with that? Jesus Christ, how messed up did the war leave you? He was an innocent man! He was just doing his job! And you straight up murdered him!”

She’d thought one of the rebels had somehow gotten inside the craft when she’d heard the gunshot. She’d just been outside the door when it had happened, the gunshot making her afraid for her own life. So when one of them... one of their own, somebody who was supposed to be on their side, emerged with literal blood on his hands, she’d stood for far too long, staring at the scene. The man had been dead. He’d been killed instantly. She'd found them a pilot, one of the very few reserve pilots that hadn't fled from the fighting or been killed. They'd left, and they'd been relatively safe. But that didn't mean that the blood and the look on the dead man's face hadn't haunted her for months after.

“You’re as bad as the rebels. I hope you realize that. And I hope you’re tried as one of them,” she swore. She could feel the anger building in her veins, in her bones, so she made herself turn away and enter the house, searching for a familiar face. Plenty of familiar faces, people she recognised from home. A few she didn't. But one thing stood out to her. There wasn't a single soul from her district there. Just her. Did the teleportation district even still stand? Was she the only one left? All around her were heartfelt reunions, and she didn't know what to feel. Because this was the closest she'd been to home in years. No. She had to keep her chin up. If nobody was here, there had to be someone waiting for her at home. There had to be.


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He hadn't even realised how much he'd missed Demi. He'd found himself wondering, wondering if she'd made it out, worrying about how she was doing. His world had become such a whirlwind in the past year or so that he'd hardly had time to think, and Aurum had been the last thing on his mind. But he'd never stopped wondering about Demi. And knowing now that she was doing so well... it was impossible not to be extraordinarily happy.

He laughed as she asked if he was looking after himself. "Well..." he started, a little uncertainly, before laughing. "I'm doing fine. More than fine, actually. I, uh... I joined a band," he admitted. "And we're doing pretty okay. Shows all over the UK, Europe, that kind of thing. Got a few shows coming up in the area," he said, making it sound as if it was no big thing. But then he broke into a grin. "It's amazing, Demi. There's no feeling like it, it's incredible. You should come to one of the shows!" He gushed. He was aware of more and more people arriving, aware that he was hogging Demi's attention, and completely aware that he didn't care. This meant more to him than he could put into words. The flights out here had been expensive, and he was kinda banking on Demi letting him stay because the flights had drained his bank account and a hotel had been a little out of his price range. But he'd do it all again, just to see her.

He knew in the back of his head that this golden comet had to be a message, one way or another. And the thought of going home... well, it wasn't one that was entirely welcome. But seeing everyone here was just so incredible. This was the only thing he'd missed about home, and he fully intended on enjoying it.