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Ian Emanual Erian

"C'mon. Try and out-snipe me."

651 views · last seen in Present Day; City of Japan ; 2028
a character in “The Paradox”, as played by Asher MstrImmortalis

Description

Ian Emanuel Erian




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Name: Ian Emanuel Erian
Gender: Male "... Really?"
Age: 18
Time: 3400
Written Description: Ian is blonde with blue eyes. He has pale white skin, though it's conflicted with the dark clothes he wears. Usually, he is seen in public with a pair of jeans and a hoodie, a random T-shirt is what was under the jacket. Ian wears a warm smile that can remove any hostility towards him, and even the air he gives actually calms down most people. In rare times, there's a mischievous glint in his eyes.
Role: Future
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Nationality: "..." He's a ghost. Ian has not associated himself with any of the warring nations, nor would he associate himself with the neutral ones.
Race: Future
Job: Soldier "Want another grave filled? Give me a call."
Height: 5"6'
Weight: 110 lbs.
Abilities:
Wire control: This is one of Ian's most prominant traits- his ability to control several wires as if they are an extension of his body. These wires are able to cut into steel and cut through weak defenses. They serve as a versatile weapon, trapping opponents, tripping them to buy time, or practically cutting off a few limbs. It seems, however, that if a string is cut, there would be some injury happening on Ian's body. The more strings cut at a time, the more wounds Ian gets. Cutting too many strings would theoretically cause death, but not even THAT has been tested out to similar subjects.
Ghostly Movement: Ian is able to move stealthily through any area, not any noise. However, he's not going to be able to attack so effecitvely should he be attacked concentrating on stealth.
Passive Abilities:
Slow Down: Not really slowing down time, but during battle (and especially if Ian's looking through the scope of a sniper rifle), Ian's brain has the tendancy to slow down time, somewhat helping the assassin concentrate in focusing into his target.
Eagle Eye: Ian, as a sniper has developed a pair of excellent eyes. He can spots a ladybug on a single blade of grass from a hundred miles away. It's hard to hide things when conversing with him.
Weapon:
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Blink: A sniper rifle, standard model for all military snipers. Ian's sniper rifle, however, is able to aim a mile away and is extremely devastating, even to armored targets such as tanks. Testing with thick metal shows the bullet penetrating through 9 inches with one shot from this rifle.
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Twin Firestorms: A handgun, modified to shoot more rounds per minute than any other. This doesn't go well against armoed enemies, but it can be useful in a fight with machine guns.
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Nero: A sword that can cut through most steel that tries to guard against it. Ian uses this sword in the case of having to fight up close, though he's not too good with the sword.



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Personality: Ian is warm and welcome to any stranger that approaches him. He is a great friend, and he basically makes a ton of jokes (even if they are horrible). And, yes, he will prank friends. He can get things done easily, and he can if commanded to. As a soldier, Ian is loyal to the end, especially to his friends. He follows the motto "No man is left behind."
Of course, Ian is also more used to receiving orders rather than taking them. He's not used to the leadership spotlight, so... he can faint if everything falls upon his shoulders. But, should a friend be in danger, Ian is not hesitant to give his life to protect them. In fact, should push comes to shove, Ian can get serious enough to act outside his zone of comfort, and maybe be temporary leader.
In battle, Ian likes to play it safe from a distance. He rather snipes down opponents (or at least weaken them) from a rooftop. He likes to make a lot of traps if being chased, or if he's camping. Ian knows how to play from mid-distance, but that's it. Up close, Ian is vulnerable to attacks, even with his sword. He isn't that good in close-quarters combat, especially when empty handed.
Likes:
+Sniping
+Shooting Ranges
+Anime and Manga
+Video Games
+Jokes
+Playing Pranks

Dislikes:
-Lame senses of humor
-Fighting up close
-Using a non-long ranged weapon
-Having to confront problems
-When plans go wrong

Fears:
-Being forced to fight hand-to-hand
-Allies dying
-Himself dying
-Being out-gunned and out-numbered in a gun fight.

Talents:
+Excellent marksman
+A gamer
+Guns are his life
+Ranged combat
+Loyalty to his friends
+Trapping
+Wire control

Flaws:
-Horrible melee skills
-Sometimes jokes are just plain horrible
-Damamging wires are damaging to Ian himself




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Bio: A world of warfare calls for desperate measures. Earth had gone into war with itself, and governments are taking unlawful extremes to win the war.
Ian was apart of this. As a child, he was a recluse, playing video games and watching anime and reading manga. Of course, he attnded school, but Ian never really was sociable. It wasn't until his later childhood that a friend got him to go out into the world.
This friend was Devin. She practically dragged Ian out of his room (with his parents' approval) and forced him to play with her friends. Surprisingly, it was a blast to him, and Ian came out more and more until he became the greatest friend anyone can have.
Of course, in his early teenage yers, things went haywire as the government began to recruit younger people into the army so that the army would be able to continue to fight. Ian was drafted and, to his dismay, was forced to go through the process.
Boot camp was hell for the young man. His age didn't give Ian any special priviliges. However, another person named Mikasa inspired Ian to work harder. One of the people in charge if the boot camp, Ellen, caused Ian to be prepared for war.
With Mikasa, Ian mentally created a one-sided rivalry between them. Even though he never made any moves to get her attention, Mikasa noticed his behavior and tested him repeatedly. They eventually respected each other, and were determined to not leave the other person behind in the hellhole.
After boot camp was over, they were seperated for most their time in the war. It wasn't until Ian made it into a certain division that Mikasa was also in. They smirked at the sight of each other's faces, and they nodded at their promise again. Leave no one behind.
And so, Ian's term in the division brought the two together, but at the end, Ian had to leave Mikasa to go to a team dealing in stealth. Most of his missions consisted of sabotage and sneaking in to get intelligence. Ian quickly grew accustomed to doing certain movements to keep himself hidden, and he was able to fit in easily amongst the members of the team.
Of course, everything went wrong when an earthquake struck the team's next mission location- in the middle of it, too. Ian was knocked out, only to wake up in a completely different period...
Other:
Relationships:
Ellen Vince: "Huh... I wonder if I should curse him or thank him."
Boot camp instructor, made Ian able to go into battle and fight without being able to faint at the sight of so much blood. Of course, he still gave Ian hell.
Devin Waltz: "Ah... My first actual friend."
Close childhood friend, though he didn't follow Ian into the army. Devin allowed Ian to be sociable, unlike his past self.
Mikasa Clark: "I've seen her around." Ian smirks.
Ian and Mikasa went to the same boot camp, urging each other to keep going throughout the program. They had a sense of loyalty to each other, and are not willing to leave boot camp without their friend.
During the war, they met again on the same division, Ian assigned as a sniper while Mikasa had the front lines. Again, they showed their support and loyalty to each other, as well as the rest of the division. They helped and comforted each other in times of need. Their friendship stayed to the last moments of the division, when they had to go their own ways.
Character Thoughts Towards Others:
Aria Deomon: "I have no idea what you are talking about..."
Yuu Kokonosuke: "I don't know her either...."
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Mikasa Clark:
[/url] "Hm...? Mikasa...? Where have I heard of that name bef- WAIT. Mikasa CLARK?! Where is she? It's been so long since I've seen her!"
Riye Wakahisa: "Sorry."
Kei Wakahisa: "Er...."
Patrick Iodne: "..."
Joshua Edward Rowan: Ian shrugs.
Naomi Kosatsu: "Next."
Lei Eton: "Seriously? Who are these people?"
Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke: "We're done? Good Lord that was awkward!"
Ryu Koizumi "Is that... an anime character...?
Asher Lucian Evans: Ian facepalms. "MORE?!"
Casimir Uri Tripp "Who...?
Maya Tsukiji ...
[url=http://www.roleplaygateway.com/roleplay/the-paradox/characters/bernard-carrion-talon]Bernard Carrion Talon[url] ...Eh...?



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Theme Song:
The Crystal Method - PhD
Waterflame - Ricochet Love
Joe Satriani - Attack

So begins...

Ian Emanual Erian's Story

Setting

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Aria Deomon Character Portrait: Yuu Kokonosuke Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Patrick Iodne Character Portrait: Naomi Kosatsu Character Portrait: Lei Eton Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ryu Koizumi Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Ian Emanuel Erian

Ian grunted as he woke up. His clothes were ripped in various places by bullets flying at him, and in some of those cuts, blood could be seen. He didn't remember what happened. All Ian remembered was that he was fighting in a battle in the Arctic, and Ian took his post as the sniper in his platoon. Another person was there with him, in case the enemy somehow discovered the sniper's position. After all, Ian was only useful in ranged fights. Up close, he's practically dead.

Mid-battle, the enemy managed to push back Ian's platoon, as well as discovering their position. Thinking fast, Ian's partner was about to throw a flashbang. About to. The land began to shake, and the snow on a nearby mountain began to fall down to the battle. The force of the spontaneous natural disaster caused the soldier to drop the flashbang, allowing it to detonate right under Ian as he was taking aim for the nearest enemy. The result was the deafening of the sniper's ears and the temporary blindness, which, in reality, allowed the incoming avalanche and the occurring earthquake to wreak havoc without Ian's notice.

"Ugh... my head..." Ian muttered as he rubbed the aching noggin of his. Looking around, he realized that he wasn't in the battlefield anymore. "Well... crap." Did I get captured by the enemy or something...? Ugh... Ian thought as he stood up. It was a dark room, with a bit of light coming from the space the closed door to the room didn't cover. Feeling for anything in the floor, Ian smirked as he almost immediately found his weapons. No way... Not even anyone would be dumb enough to leave the prisoner's weapons with him.

Looking around some more inside the room, Ian saw that it was practically ravaged. Geez...Did an earthquake occur here...? Every single thing inside the room had either fallen on the floor, toppled over, or laid as multiple pieces of itself on the said floor. Suddenly, Ian heard voices from outside the door. "Huh...? Who's there...?" He muttered as he approached the doorway. The sniper put his ear against the door, trying to listen in and see if he can get a hint at what's going on. To him, it was just some random nonsense, but through it all, Ian could hear one distinct voice. "As for you... head out and show yourself."

Ian nearly froze at the command, but the voice wasn't really directed towards him. Realizing that, Ian moved his hand away from the handle- that is until his mind registered something about that voice. Wait... could it be...? Ian thought. He moved his hand back towards the handle. No... I thought she was half a world away... There was a bit of joy to the thought as Ian twisted the doorknob. Opening it a bit, he could see a group of people. None of which, Ian could recognize by sight. Of course, now that he revealed his presence to the group (if they happened to be facing Ian's direction), it just became very awkward for him. Ian bit his tongue, secretly, as he can't find the words to say first.

One of those people walked past the whole group, asking for a sort of jailer. What is he- blind? Ian thought. Another of the group had her back towards Ian as she said "I'm afraid that we are no jailers... merely prisoners like yourself. Sorry to interrupt you sir, but I am Ariana and I believe you may just be in the same situation as myself and these others with me... May I ask your name?"

"..." Ian kept silent still, not knowing what to do or say. Sighing, Ian got out of the room. "Uh... excuse me... But, can any of you tell me what's going on?" Ian said, trying to keep a smile.

Asher Lucian Evans


Great... Fan-freaking-tastic. The man in the dark green cloak thought. His head was pounding as hard as a heart of an athlete in the Olympics, and he isn't in New York City. Other than that, the man felt like crud after discovering that he just ate expired food products in a restaurant in- wait. I'm not in New York City.

Looking around, Asher Lucian Evans could see, via the designs of the items inside the dark room he was in, that he wasn't in New York City. In fact, he wasn't in America. "Why... the hell am I in Japan...?" Asher muttered. Trying to remember what had happened, Asher realized that an earthquake ripped through New York City, which was unheard of because no one even recorded an earthquake in that large area. Yet in happened... How?

As Asher inspected the room again, he could tell that wherever in Japan he was, the place met the same fate as New York City. Must've been a powerful earthquake as well to topple all that... Asher thought. Still looking around, Asher finally found a door, but he heard voices. The sounds were too far to be heard clearly, so Asher couldn't make out what anyone was saying. Without having the door opened more than it originally had, Asher peeked through the little space that the door left alone. He can see 9 other people in the house. They were all in front of him, but Asher's position was from a nearby hallway that led to the single room he was located in. Sighing, Asher stood up straight. Alright... So I got an earthquake, transportation into Japan and into a run-down house with at least 9 other people, and nowhere to go... What to do? Asher thought. To keep his distance, or to be apart of the group? That is the ques- "Yeah. I'll stay away for now and see how this will turn out." Asher muttered as he stayed in the room.

Setting

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Aria Deomon Character Portrait: Yuu Kokonosuke Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Patrick Iodne Character Portrait: Naomi Kosatsu Character Portrait: Lei Eton Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ryu Koizumi Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Before anyone answered her question, she heard a male voice talking, "So.... you were also going to school?" he said, Naomi turned her eyes to see Yuu starring at her. "Yes, all I remember is heading to school, and then I woke up in here..." she said admittedly. "H-Hey... you go to Hokkaid┼Ź also, don't you?" surprised at his observation, and relieved that he had also noticed the similarity in their uniforms, although they were slightly different, she answered quickly with a little excitement, "Yes! do you know my school? I don't believe that I had seen you before, but your uniform..." she gave a quick pause eyeing his clothing before talking again, "wait, did you just say 'also'?" she asked with curiosity. Before she gave him time to answer, she remembered what they had said before, and seeing the situation there were better questions to ask "then... do you know what is happening? was there really and earthquake?"

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Before Yuu could answer her question, Joshua introduced himself again to Naomi, he answered her question by confirming Naomi's suspicion, "...I would hasten to guess, albeit reluctantly, that an Earthquake did in fact take place." Naomi couldn't understand the situation, and was unable to answer immediately to his breaking news. But, before a tear could form in her eye and before her voice broke, she gave Joshua a nod and said in a whisper "I see..."Without noticing a tear had formed in her right eye, in embarrassment she rapidly turned her eyes down and hastily she cleaned her eyes.

Although Naomi has already heard their names when she had eavesdropped on their introduction, Aria kindly introduced herself again, to which Naomi answered with a small smile and with a respectful bow. "Nice to meet you Aria" she said respectfully. Naomi was not used to talking with girls, as she had grown used to being with boys girls would often tease her, but Aria inspired her some kind of confidence.

Soon after, everyone was interrupted by a girl and a boy that were approaching them. "We are quite sorry to interrupt your conversation but we seem to be lost inside this building and we were in hopes one of you may be able to direct us towards the exit." said the male with the very pale blonde hair. Strangely he also had an eye colored different one being some sort of blue and the other a sort of hazel, it was something different no doubt but beautiful for Naomi all the same.

"I'm not sorry." said the girl with the orange hair to Naomi's surprise.

"Riye." said her companion somewhat scornfully.

"What? I haven't done anything to feel sorry for. They are weird looking." the girl said before covering her mouth as she yawned, Naomi contagiously after seeing the girl, yawned too. "Their colors are all wrong." she finally said. Naomi felt strange, she didn't know what the girl meant by their colors. She felt uncomfortable at her remark but did not say anything nonetheless, she had would always hear offensive remarks and knew when to identify one when she received it, however this seemed more like an observation rather than an insult to Naomi.

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Image"Their colors are all wrong." said the girl rudely. Mikasa was sure not in a high spirit after her remark but did not say anything. She knew that the girl was not referring to their hair color or the color of their garments. Instead she fixed her eyes on her with a daring stare, if looks could kill Mikasa's stare then Riye would have probably fallen to the ground lifeless.

Showing that he was not the only one disapproving of her rude ways, and after the girl kept on seeing Joshua, he spoke without hesitation and with out boldness "and who are you to call our colors wrong wench!? I'll admit what you are referring to eludes me... still, if you insist on picking on colors when talking to complete strangers I'd suggest you hold your tongue lest someone poke fun at that obviously thick skull and stupendously foolish brain hidden under a sea of vomit-inducing orange..."

For the first time since she has woken up, Mikasa let out a small smile. Did she think Joshua's tone was a bit excesive? Yes, but at the same time she would have done the same had the girl looked at her the same way as she had looked Joshua. It was obvious her comment has touched a soft spot in the boy with the crimson eye, something Mikasa understood perfectly as she also felt the same. Ever since she was young, she was secluded by others simply because she was 'different' and being singled out like that was simply rude.

On the other hand however, Naomi was taken by surprise at the mans aggressive behavior, for the way that he had answered her inquiry she believed him to be a gentleman, and did not expect him to speak the way that he just had.

He smirked lightly and turned to her male companion. "I assume you heard my second introduction then ser? I assure you your interruption is no trouble... however we to are prisoners of this place and as such, seek its exit with equal zest and confusion... now you see we believe there has been an..."

Suddenly Joshua got distracted at the same time as Mikasa heard a noise, 'did he hear that?'. Suddenly he presented a new addition to the group, a female to be exact. "G..Good day to you all, I am Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke, Mister Rowan here has briefed me on the situation and told me your names... so a renewal of introductions are unnecessary..." she said eyeing everyone in the room except from the newest male and female. Once she did, she asked them "He didn't, however, mention your names... just who are you two anyway?"

After the girl with the orange hair replied, that they were siblings, the male concluded by simply saying, "Please just call us Kei and Riye and don't mind my sister's choice of...titles."

Mikasa remained quiet studying everyone in the room waiting for anyone to make a move, besides she had already done more interaction than she had initially intended. Mikasa was most comfortable when she could observe at a distance rather than interacting, she talked when necessary rather than as a priority.

She was particularly interested in the conversation when Aria suggested to look for an exit first, and even more interested when Joshua said there could be a possibility that they would have to exit through the window. Right now everything was a theory and nobody knew where could they exit as soon as possible under such strange circumstances in which nobody knew what exactly was going on.

At the end, Mikasa did not utter a single word again, instead she closely observed a boy whose hair was brightly green, asking something about a jailer, 'Don't tell me... he must be the older brother of pink-a-hair aka Aria here' she thought to herself for a minute. Everything that was happening was too random and too strange for Mikasa to handle for the moment and a little inside humor would not kill her. She saw Ariana and Joshua as they too acknowledge his presence, she saw Ariana talking with the green guy but was unsure as she was distracted by another voice. "Uh... excuse me... But, can any of you tell me what's going on?" asked a familiar male voice.

'that voice... I can recognize that voice anywhere, anytime' she concluded with a small grin on her face. "Ian" she whispered before letting out a sigh of relief, he had somehow survived even though she believed he had died on a mission. She felt almost as if weight has been lifted off her shoulders and for a moment in this bizarre situation she felt somewhat at ease.

Setting

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Aria Deomon Character Portrait: Yuu Kokonosuke Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Naomi Kosatsu Character Portrait: Lei Eton Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ryu Koizumi Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Ryu Koizumi

Ryu remained as silent as he could the whole time, trying to remain unoticed from everyone. He used his ability and remained invisible of course, he attempted to learn as much as he could from everyone that was at the room, at first he had innitially tried talking to the girl with the mid length hair, 'her name's Mikasa I think...' he thought for a moment. However, after seeing her distorted energy that showed she was absolutely under no way human, and her weapons he thought twice before doing so and instead he used his ability of invisibility.

He did not remember what he was doing before he woke up, all he remembers was waking up feeling week and dizzy. Even more so, after he started feeling all sorts of energies emanating from all over the place. Some were dark and heavy, while others much lighter, all in all something was clear for Ryu, something was definitely wrong...

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He heard everyone's introductions, from Joshua's to the latest female addition Ariana, and he was about to find out about the male with green hair when his head felt like it was about to explode. One of the side effects of his power of being invisible was that if he used it for a long period of time his head would overheat and start getting a terrible pain. He wanted to make a run towards the nearest room as his power had yet another disadvantage.

As soon as he became invisible his clothes would fall to the ground leaving him... exposed/nude. Seeing how he could no longer control his invisibility he hid in a room near the girl whose name was Naomi, she was standing the farthest apart from the group and happened to be close to the room where Ryu had particularly left his clothes He remained quiet, clothing himself up again, as he grabbed the clothes that he himself had left in that particular room.

However the girl with the purple eyes upon hearing a noise turned around to see him missing only his shirt. As soon as her eyes met his, Naomi opened her eyes in shock, and was about to scream when Ryu suddenly closed her mouth with his hand. It was obvious he was going to be seen now that he had no energy or strength to become invisible, but he did not want to make the situation worse than what it really was. He smiled charmingly at the girl, probably not the wisest move considering how he was shirtless and practically having some fort of skin-ship but dumb Ryu thought it could calm her.

Image'Somebody, please save me!' Naomi yelled in desperation in her mind, however did not make any sound. With his last effort Ryu used his other power of telepathy, 'I don't want to hurt you. This situation... just happened'. he paused for a moment, his head hurting now more than ever. 'My name is Ryu' he was finally able to say in pain. 'how? how did he do that?! how did he read my mind? wait he didn't even speak so how could I hear what he's saying!?!? Naomi wondered over and over.

Finally after releasing Naomi, he whispered to her ear "I'm sorry about that, I know I am not the only one with... gifts if that is what you want to call them" he said as he gave the girl a smile and a wink, "so please don't look at me like I'm some kind of freak."

Naomi was speechless and could not respond in any other way than a stare full of shock. 'What does he want? How does he know?! How... why...?' and so on.

Setting

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Aria Deomon Character Portrait: Yuu Kokonosuke Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Joshua Edard Rowan Character Portrait: Naomi Kosatsu Character Portrait: Lei Eton Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ryu Koizumi Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Riye Wakahisa



ImageRiye was...overwhelmed? Perhaps was the term. Every time she turned around their seemed to be someone new making introductions and quite honestly she was having a hard time keeping up. Not just because of the introductions but also because there seemed to be multiple different conversations taking place. Even further, she had started to question her own judgement and sight. Why? Because she could have sworn she was staring at the aura of a living person, dim though it may be, and yet there was no one there. Multiple times she closed her eyes and opened them again, somewhat dramatically, but alas the aura was still there. No, it was moving.

Either this place really has ghosts, or I've completely lost my mind. Neither would really surprise me. She interrupted her own thoughts when the aura suddenly took off in the direction of a room near the girl called Naomi. Riye blinked and stared tiredly after the faded aura. Once it was in the room it suddenly brightened and strengthened. I'm not that crazy...am I? No sooner did she think it did her sanity reaffirm itself. A blonde boy, rather cute, almost as attractive as her brother, despite being shirtless, scare the wits out of the girl known as Naomi. Riye yawned and ran her fingers through her hair. There was one more person in this mass of strangely colored people. Still though, what did all the different colors mean. She got the feeling no one here was normal. Their auras had a similar air as Kei and herself, and they most certainly were far from normal. However, there was more to it than that she just wasn't sure what it was.

She looked up at her brother. His usually pale hair was darkening in one spot, which told her his head was still bleeding. They really needed to get medical attention for him. Needless to say it was annoying her that despite having already mentioned once or twice finding an exit no one had made any attempt to actually go anywhere. Even if the exit was a window she wasn't so proud that she wouldn't climb out of one.

Riye crossed her arms and turned around, opting to look back down the hallway she had come down. That was when she saw perhaps one of the most powerful auras in the building, how anyone could miss it was beyond her because it was overwhelmingly not human. No one here had an aura like that. It seemed ancient and that was what made so different and so strong. The red-head wasn't sure if she was scared of it, or curious. It's kind of...cool. Curious it is.

Stealing a glance at her brother who seemed somewhat distracted by the conversations and probably by his throbbing head she slid by him and headed lazily down the hallways towards the singular aura. It was located in a room down the hallway behind the group with its door barely ajar. She swayed a little as she walked, almost as if she was falling asleep but a small smack to her face kept her awake as she wandered. Finally she was within four feet of the door and she went to take the final few steps of her journey to appease her curiosity. Unfortunately, the floor had other plans and her foot went straight through the floorboard and she went down with it face planting right in front of the door. "Damn it." It was muffled admittedly, but it was obviously a declaration of pain and annoyance.

Lifting her face off the ground she then proceeded to reach out with her right hand and knock on the door causing it to open just a little more. Afterwards she waved a bit, "Knock Knock."



Kei Wakahisa



ImageKei was more than slightly annoyed with this group. While he couldn't very well blame them for his situation, since they were in the same one as him, he could blame them for their complete and utter inefficiency in locating an exit. It seemed to be the one topic of conversation that everyone had a hard time actually talking about. Introductions could be made, repeatedly, after they were out of this structurally unsound building. The fact that his head hurt him terribly wasn't really helping his mood. Still though he tried to smile.

As more people continued to appear and cut the conversation of exiting the building short, Kei finally felt the last bit of patience he had disappear. Smiling he coughed just loud enough to get everyone's attention, "While this may strike all of you all as being somewhat rude, I can't help but feel the need to point out the fact that this building is by no means safe and it may be in all of our best interests to leave as soon as possible. Introductions and reunions can be had after we are no longer in harms way...can we agree on this?" Unconsciously he rubbed his throbbing head before motioning to Joshua and continuing, "You mentioned a window. While a door may be preferable I think it best that we wander this building as little as possible in order to avoid incident, in order to do this we should take path we are familiar with rather than search for a different one. Does anyone have any qualms with that?"

He wasn't really one that was fond of taking command, he felt it was somewhat rude and that was the last thing he wanted people to perceive him as. Especially after all the trouble he put into being polite. However, in a situation like this where it is imperative that a large group of people move along someone had to take control and no one else was rising to the occasion. While he wasn't demanding anyone listen to him or obey him, yet, he could at least try to point the group in the right direction. Especially if it meant that his sister would be safe.

Glancing down at his hand he noticed the red for the first time. Ah, I'm bleeding. So I received more than a minor bump on the head during that earthquake...crap. He sighed, for a moment he felt dizzy and tired. He would have to ask Riye for an energy boost when they were finally out of here. He closed his for a moment and lightly rubbed his temples. Getting out of here was only the first of their problems. Figuring out how they got in in the first place was another on a long list of riddles that needed solving and he would solve them eventually. First he needed an aspirin for the migraine that was coming on. Then he would focus on solving the puzzle.

He turned to his sister. Or rather he thought he turned to his sister but strangely the red-head was no longer where he had last seen her. He turned full circle, but alas his sister was gone. He pointed at the area where she was last seen standing and cocked his head in question. He then voiced his obvious curiosity just under his breath, "Where did she go?"

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Character Portrait: Aria Deomon Character Portrait: Yuu Kokonosuke Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Joshua Edard Rowan Character Portrait: Naomi Kosatsu Character Portrait: Lei Eton Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ryu Koizumi Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian Character Portrait: Bernard Carrion Talon

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~Bernard Carrion Talon~/~Joshua Edard Rowan~/~Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke~


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~Bernard Carrion Talon~

"Roughly two hours before Aria Deomon awakens... and thus, the others aswell..."

As the others he notices in that abandoned house lay asleep, trapped in the dreary states of their own minds... he rises from his position, a sick smile on his twisted lips as his sagging body drags itself upwards... he eappears so broken, arms and legs bent in random directions and blood red eyes near hanging out of their sockets... had this been the position he was left in after the earthquake? Perhaps, it didn't matter, he found it hilarious, so he smiled at his own pain and had to stop his own chaotic laughter from waking the others. He didn't want to be found out by them, he knew who they were of course... well not specifically, he knew they were other individuals drawn into the paradox as he was... this meant they had power and dealing with them all as he was then would serve no purpose but the destruction of him and with him the chaos he would bring to all of them... in time.

Yes time... It was ironic that he had thought it that way, especially considering the circumstances. No matter, soon such pointless things as time would be gone. The paradox would most certainly take care of that... yes... soon he would fill the empty void of a broken continuum... with nothing but the chaos it deserved. These were the twisted thoughts that ran through Bernard Carrion Talon's mind as his bones slowly cracked and snapped back into place and he smiled the smile of a man who's sanity was nothing more than a dream.

As he passed a small sofa he spotted two more... a boy with a dark energy... a piece of chaos, of demons, all of his own and a young girl with a lab coat who lay across his lap. As if asserting his dominance over the lesser demon and out of pure bloodlust and insanity, Bernard grabbed the girl by the neck and lifted her high above his head. Such a deep sleep was she in that the choking grip was perceived by her as nothing more than a dark and demented turn in her nightmare. He needed to kill after all... to make his chaos stronger and to simply sate his bloodlusting lunacy. It was such a... good feeling. Watching her squirm... scream in her mind though her voice wasn't heard... it was amazing... so renewing, so satisfying was it for him that every time she whimpered for breath he would squeeze her harder and harder. Soon however she began to cough lightly in her sleep... and somehow this stirred the young demonic man from his slumber as Bernard noticed him shift. He was insane yes... but he was no fool. Killing this girl now, as much as he wanted to, was not the right course of action for him at that moment. So with a heavy heart and unsatisfied lust for death, Bernard dumped the sleeping girl behind a nearby dresser and proceeded to leave through the window, hastily tossing the latch aside and climbing his still broken body through the small space.

Finally, falling with a thump onto the other side and taking a deep breath of the fresh air. Bernard turns his head to see a nearby city. Surely there he would find a suitable kill. So he limps in its direction and as he does so, he turns his head back to the abandoned ruin of a house and smiles. In a different story, one might expect this man to say a line... some form of threat or promise of return but no. Bernard simply smiled a child-like grin... for he knows they will meet again. After all... in every life, the end result is naught but chaotic.


~Joshua Edard Rowan~ &~Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke~

Noticing the obvious distress at the groups lack of definite escape route Joshua, deciding not to get the groups hopes up with an announcement of his efforts, Joshua slowly slips away while the others appear distracted and begins to make his way towards the window he noticed behind the sofa he awoke upon to, believing the other members of the group to be unaware of his sudden departure from the conversation at hand, Joshua is unaware of the eye Ariana had been keeping on him since her previous evaluation of his eye and race... which still continued to baffle her with its mixed signals. Regardless of this however, she immediately noticed him leave the confines of the groups company and followed him to see what exactly he was up to whilst trying to leave so silently.

As she herself left the group, not bothering with the stealth approach and bowing lightly to excuse herself. She found Joshua within the adjacent room examining the window.

"Pardon me Mr.Rowan, but what exactly are you doing?" She asked, though she already knew the answer... the question was more rhetorically based however. So she didn't feel it was completely redundant. "'Tis not obvious? I was about to open this window so as to make our escape viable." Ariana sighed at his tone... Joshua obviously wasn't very good at grasping rhetorical question. "Well yes of course it's obvious I just... oh look it doesn't really matter at this point... will it open." Tilting his head slightly but not questioning further, Joshua answered her question by graping its bottom and raising it quickly and thankfully, despite sticking a little, it lifted without a single hitch. The window was of a typical sort, square and fashioned from glass, when fully open it seemed just big enough for a single person to fit through it at a time. Josh was obviously pleased by this result... however the latch for the window had already been hastily removed when he went to open it... it was probably nothing but... it bothered him.

Ariana on the other hand had no such worried and jumped up in glee when she saw the window raise. "Hooray! Good job Joshua-k... *ahem* Well done Mister Rowan... allow me a moment to call the others." Grimacing fro her slip of the tongue she turned away from Joshua and called into the building after the others. "Everyone quickly, the window's open we can finally get out of here!" Job done and a smile on her face for a small victory Ariana quickly turned back to Josh, only to frown fully when she noticed he had already left... he had a smile on his face and took a deep breath of fresh air and Ariana smiled lightly to herself as his red eye glistened in the sunlight.

But then he turned left and suddenly... as if out of nowhere, Joshuas face turned to one of ice cold terror and in an instant he dropped to his knees. "M... Mister Rowan?" She called out to him through the open window. Joshua could easily hear her, but his eyes were fixated on the landscape before him... his will and belief seemingly ripped from his body over what he could see. Ariana, fearing what horrible sights Joshua was seeing and naturally assuming that the earthquake had been worse than she had thought, braced herself for the worst before hopping lightly out the window and rushing to Joshua's side, once there, she followed his gaze to see.

A bustling city. A little out of place maybe... but it was just a city, nothing more. It seemed a little less advanced then the cities Ariana was used to, but not by much that was for sure. Yet as she looked at Joshua he seemed so stunned... what was up with him to get him so spooked over something so normal.

Fro Joshua's perspective however... the World had just been flipped on his head, massive glistening buildings, miles of land... dominated by pitch black roads and towers stretching higher than even the tallest castles or cathedrals. It wasn't that he was scared persay... but he was so shocked... so surprised that his knees had just collapsed underneath him. The only words he could manage to speak were a mutter... a simple phrase of disbelief and awe.

"What sorcery... what sorcery is this... what form of illusion..." "What the Hell is going on here?"

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Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Asher Lucian Evans


"Damn it..." A girl's soft voice was heard from behind the door. Asher looked at the doorway, sighing. Already someone found me? Asher thought. Then, a knocking was heard, accompanied by a voice that said the same sound effect.

"Who's there." Asher said, in an audible volume. The Immortalis walked to the door and opened it. The sight that first greeted him was a girl on the floor. She was laying down, though one of her legs was missing. Leaning to the side, Asher saw it was stuck in a hole. "I guess you need some help there, huh?"

Sighing again, Asher walked through the doorway and offered a hand to the girl. "C'mon. I'll pull you up." There was a slight smile on his face, but it carried no genuine emotion with it. It's purpose was only to alert the girl that he wasn't going to think that pulling her out of her dilemma was a burden to him.

Ian Emanuel Erian


Ian looked through the crowd. Because of his closer view, he can now see all of the faces clearly. None of them were familiar, none of them he remembered from his team. Damn... and I was hoping to see someone familiar..." Of course, at the sight of one face, he finally did see a face he knows.

"Wait..." Ian began to smile as he walked toward her. "Out of all the places, I didn't think I'd see you here." His face now had a wide grin as Ian's feet moved toward the girl. He stretched his arm out and practically hugged her, smiling because last time Ian thought of her, she was half a world away.

"Mikasa!"

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Character Portrait: Aria Deomon Character Portrait: Yuu Kokonosuke Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Joshua Edard Rowan Character Portrait: Naomi Kosatsu Character Portrait: Lei Eton Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ryu Koizumi Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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ImageMikasa kept ignoring everybody and everything else, despite there were a lot of distinctive conversations and noises. Her eyes were locked on the new group addition, someone she knew very well since a young age, someone she thought was out of her life, once again all thanks to the war.

As Ian started walking towards Mikasa, "wait..." he started smiling to which Mikasa responded with a smile right back, "out of all the places, I didn't think I'd see you here". You're not the only one who thinks that Mikasa thought. As soon as he stretched his arm hugging her Mikasa was surprised, but smiling nonetheless, knowing that he was alive and doing well was enough to bring another smile to Mikasa's face.

"Mikasa!" he said in exclamation. "I thought I'd never see you again... Ian" she said admittedly. For a moment she remembered how they had been separated after Ian had gone with a special team focusing on stealth while Mikasa was sent to the front lines.

"I was training with a friend when I passed out" she paused for a minute, "and then I woke up here..." She knew she couldn't trust anyone else for the moment and sharing some knowledge with an old friend did not seem like a bad idea. "I don't know what's going on but, I honestly don't think this is a coincidence" another pause, only this time a little longer, "everyone seems a bit off too..." she finally said, hoping that Ian could make sense into whatever this strange situation was.



Ryu Koizumi

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ImageRyu understood why Naomi had so many questions as she did, but after Kei pointed once again that the building was about to collapse, and after he put his shirt on, it didn't seemed like he would have enough time to even begin explaining himself. besides he was too tired to communicate with her through his mind again.
At the end, he simply smiled again trying to reassure the girl with so many questions, "look, I understand. You want to know how I know about your... talents and all, but I think the guy with the weird eye is right. he paused a bit eyeing at Kei "We need to get out ASAP."
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Naomi didn't say anything as she was still too shocked to even say anything, but somehow she felt a feeling of relief in knowing she was not the only one who was 'different'. Understanding the situation she simply gave a nod to the boy with the blonde hair, seeing closer how he was very handsome she stuttered for a bit, "I... I think you're right" she pointed out looking both at Kei and at Ryu.

"What will you have us do?" she asked at Kei seeing how he seemed to have a plan already. However before she heard his answer she eyed at Joshua who seemed to be on the move already, seeking for what seemed to be the window he had talked about before. She turned her eyes back to Kei who seemed to be a bit worried now, and she turned her eyes where his had, his hands. There was blood in it, 'what's wrong' she wondered a bit concerned for the boy.

She looked around to see if the girl with the orange hair had also noticed his injury, however she was nowhere to be found. Naomi was dumbfounded as she also noticed that Joshua and Ariana had also gone missing, the most obvious answer was that they had probably found an exit already.

"Are you all right?" she asked Kei, coming closer to him, leaving Ryu behind.

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Character Portrait: Aria Deomon Character Portrait: Yuu Kokonosuke Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Joshua Edard Rowan Character Portrait: Naomi Kosatsu Character Portrait: Lei Eton Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ryu Koizumi Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Riye Wakahisa



ImageRiye laid her chin on the floor as she awaited the response from the person behind the door. Deep down she was curious to discover what the creature was. With an aura so ancient she could come up with thousands of different appearances; her favorite one was most definitely the image of a a wrinkled old dwarf with a long grey beard and long wiry hair framing a bald patch on the top of his head. Dwarves are supposed to have unnaturally long lives, right? Admittedly, though she was extremely tired, she was getting a little excited at the thought of meeting a funny looking old dude. What she ended up receiving was most unexpected and on one hand a little disappointing but on the other not so bad.

"Who's there." The door opened revealing the first the feet of a rather young looking boy with silver hair and icy blue eyes. Riye blinked once, twice, three times as she stared at the face of neither a dwarf not and old man. While it was a little saddening that this was not a fantastical creature it was also a little intriguing that someone that seems to be the same age as herself could have such an aged aura. Plus, something about him seemed really experienced and daunting. Cocking her head Riye put some thought into what she was seeing. Between his physical appearance and his aura she wasn't entirely sure which one to trust. She watched him look around her head and speak again, "I guess you need some help there, huh?"

Riye raised an eyebrow and after a second and a withheld yawn turned her head and body around in order to see what it was he was referring to. As it would turn out her leg was still stuck in the floor, oddly enough she had forgotten about it. Whoops. Wiggling it a bit she found that yes, she did in fact need some help, "So it would seem."

Looking up at the boy she watched him extend his hand to her, as he did so Riye felt her sleeping mental faculties come to no reasonable conclusion as to why he did so. This resulted in her awkwardly ogling his hand. Fortunately, the boy wasted no time in explaining his purposes, "C'mon. I'll pull you up." Riye blinked again then looked at her right hand. That would make sense. A few seconds went by before she shook herself back to reality and returned his smile.

Giving him her hand she responded, "Thanks." As he helped lifted her out of the hole she adjusted her leg in order to make the process a little easier and reduce the chances of getting a cut. Afterwards she brushed herself off. "I wish I could say this kind of stuff doesn't usually happen to me, but I think I'll keep wishing." She shrugged slightly and turned her gaze back to his aura. One could only imagine just how badly she wanted to question him and simply put no one could very well stop her.

"How old are you?" There was no beating around the bush with Riye, if she had a question she asked it, who needs to waste time having pointless conversation? She smiled a little and scratched her cheek in a way that suggested it was a nervous tick, the red-head was fully aware of how out of order the question was considering she didn't even know the guy's name.




Kei Wakahisa



Image"look, I understand. You want to know how I know about your... talents and all, but I think the guy with the weird eye is right." For a slight moment Kei's normal smile wavered, what an insulting thing to say and this was coming from the guy who was shirtless only moments ago? "We need to get out ASAP." Looking away from the blonde boy, Kei exhaled and closed his eyes so that his kind smile could once again return to his face. It was certainly a good thing he had so many years of practicing this smile of his otherwise there was no way he would be able to keep his cold demeanor from being discovered.

Back to the important thing however, Riye had disappeared again and he needed to find her. What if she fell asleep somewhere in this forsaken building and it collapses on top of her. The horror of the idea made Kei's brows furrow and made him chew the inside of his lip. Damn. If only I hadn't looked away...no...if only she had common sense enough not to go wandering off. No matter how much he loved and adored his little sister even he can be find her odd demeanor a little annoying, but only when it threatened her safety. I would have seen her if she had gone forward, which means she probably wen-

"What will you have us do?" Kei eyed the girl who had just spoken, a little dumbfounded after having been in such deep thought. Quickly his mind scrambled to catch up with his eyes and ears and translated her words so that he could offer up a response. Thinking about her question he leered at the red-eyed boy as he slipped away. Where is that imbecile sneaking off to? He would have made a move to follow him, however, he didn't want to leave this spot for fear that his sister would return looking for him. It would be just like her to return right after he left. He furrowed his brows, still, if the red-eyed boy was headed in the direction of the window he spoke of earlier it would not be a bad idea to trail after him. Kei did not trust him to return to the group and actually guide the lot of them to an exit.

A sharp jolt shot from the back of his head down to his neck and Kei felt himself wince in pain and wobble slightly. He wasn't entirely sure if the wobbling was due to the injury or the lack of sleep. Perhaps it was his selfishness and need for Riye's touch speaking, but he really wished his younger sister was by his side right now. While it wasn't entirely fair nor healthy for either of them that he was constantly leeching off his sister's energy the boy did not have a choice in the matter. He couldn't survive without her energy.

"Are you all right?" Kei turned to look at the girl called Naomi, a small smile encompassed his face as he nodded a little.

"Thank you for your worry, but I am quite alright. I just received a slight bump to the head earlier during the earthquake. Nothing life threatening I assure you." From up ahead he heard Ariana yelling after the group, apparently they had located an exit, nodding in that general direction Kei spoke again, "You should quickly make your way out of the building. I'll follow as soon as I locate my sister, so please don't wait up for me."

Turning on his heels Kei headed down the hallway that he and his sister had originally come from and much to his gratification soon located the red head speaking to another man not too far away. A small glare adorned his face as he observed the boy, but no sooner did it appear was it replaced with his normal gentle features. "Riye. There you are, please don't wander off like that it worries me."

The red-head turned to look at her brother and pursed her lips, "You worry too much, you're going to be old way before me." The girl eyed his pained and faded aura and held out her hand to her brother. His smile left his face as he looked at it then at the third member of the small ensemble, "You're tired, right? Give m-"

"Not now, Riye. Come, they've found an exit we should quickly escape the confines of this rather rundown abode." The elder twin turned and motioned for his sibling to follow him back down the hallway towards the before mentioned window.

"It must be exhausting having to be polite all the time."

"Not really. No."

Shaking her head, the girl lazily started to follow her brother but halted after only a couple of steps. Turning back at the boy with the antique aura she arched an eyebrow before yawning out a sentence, "You coming or would you rather stay in the abandoned building?" Deep down inside, Kei felt his soul grimace. It would seem there would be one more addition to the massive throng of incompetent people.

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Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Joshua Edard Rowan Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Ian Emanuel Erian

"I was training with a friend when I passed out, and then I woke up here..." Mikasa explained. "I don't know what's going on but, I honestly don't think this is a coincidence. Everyone seems a bit off too."

"Oh..." Ian muttered. Ian looked around, and saw that these strangers DID seem a bit... off. "You're right about that...

"However... I was still in a mission... I remember shaking and rumbling from where I was camping out. It was somewhere in the arctic- and I looked up to see an avalanche coming down. Then a flash-bang blew up right under me... and that was what I remembered until I woke up here."
Ian explained.

"What sorcery... what sorcery is this... what form of illusion..." "What the Hell is going on here?" A voice sounded from a far off direction.

Ian couldn't help but turn his head to the source, which was one of the members of the group looking out an open window. Sighing, Ian walked to the window to see what was going on. A whole city was laid out in the view. It was daytime, and the light revealed all the tall skyscrapers and roads. Reaching to his sniper rifle, Ian detached the scope and put it to one of his eyes to get a closer look.

The roads were on the ground. Cars ran on gasoline and on 4 wheels. People wore more fabric and carried less technology than what Ian was used to- then again, this was coming from an ex-shut-in. However, the fact is, the state Ian saw the city in... was 2 things: peaceful (thankfully for him) and primitive. Ian had seen better days for technological advancements. Cars, cell phones (touch-screen or not), and even more green than what the soldier was used to seeing in a city. They were all clues that the human race's advancements... just went backwards. "Indeed..." Ian muttered. "Everything looks so... old and ancient."

Asher Lucian Evans


"So it would seem." The red-haired girl responded. Judging by her appearance, Asher speculated she is just an ordinary fellow, so hopefully this isn't some kind of kidnapping for powers. She seemed a bit sarcastic from her response to Asher's... well, a bit obvious comment on her dilemma. Then again, the sarcasm might be because he deserved it. Other than that though, she might be a cheery person. Looks can deceive, however.

Asher pulled the girl up after she just stared at his hand and waited until Asher said his intentions. Hm... Slower thought processing and realization... She's most likely sleepy. Asher thought. "Thanks." She said, dusting herself off. "I wish I could say this kind of stuff doesn't usually happen to me, but I think I'll keep wishing."

Asher shrugged in response. Of course, here comes to worst case scenario. "How old are you?"

Asher opened his mouth to respond, but lucky favored him for once. Out of the corner of his eye, Asher saw a male coming, one that looked almost like the girl in front of him. "Riye. There you are, please don't wander off like that it worries me." The boy said. Ah... so her name is Riye. Nice name. Asher thought.

"You worry too much, you're going to be old way before me." Ryie responded. Eyeing the boy, Asher did see hints of fatigue- and possible hostility towards him. "You're tired, right? Give m-"

"Not now, Riye. Come, they've found an exit we should quickly escape the confines of this rather rundown abode." Oh? What was she going to do...?

"It must be exhausting having to be polite all the time."

"Not really. No." Obviously, they speak to each other as if they knew one another- which is the likeliest. The boy turned and motioned for Ryie to follow him. Of course, she did, but she turned to Asher once more. "You coming or would you rather stay in the abandoned building?" Ryie asked. Definitely, definitely sarcastic. Asher thought.

"Yeah. I'm coming." Asher responded as he began to move his feet. "And to answer your question, I'm eighteen." The lie was said in a seemingly truthful tone. The Immortalis had no regrets in lying about his age, really. After all, he had said it so many times... It was all too easy for him now to say a false age. Hm... this might be an interesting experience...

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Character Portrait: Joshua Edard Rowan Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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~Joshua Edard Rowan~
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Joshua didn't respond to any comments that may have been directed at him as Ariana specifically tried to get his attention. His mind was flailing in all directions. Spiraling out of control. He had to tame its now tormented state at the sight of such a monstrous city... lest he fall into a state of insanity. But he couldn't... it was impossible... all of this had to be impossible. Such large buildings... forged from glass and metal? It would take a thousand... no a million talented blacksmiths to complete such masterworks yet as far as he remembered the county he was travelling had but three. What was happening. As he lay on his knees, pressed harshly against the grass beneath him he felt his own fingers grasping tightly at his hair and digging into his skull. He was losing his cool, his belief and self confidence crumbling at the unbelievable. He felt like screaming, he needed to relieve some stress so he opened his mouth to release his mind into madness but... he stopped short. As he finally began to give in to his crumbling psyche, his red eye began to burn like molten magma and he felt his hands move to cover it.

"W... what?!" He murmured. It was as if his eye was trying to remind him of something... something he needed to do... but he couldn't quite tell what. He just knew that it was important, as he realised this his mind began to clear and he forced himself to remain calm, in doing this his eye cooled down and he felt like his calm and collected self once again. Slowly he stood up straight and looked upon the advanced city before him. "What a marvel... He spoke, slight awe and an impressed tone slowly taking over his shock and confusion, aswell as the sheer insanity they brought him. "This... isn't possible for the place I'm from..." Joshua paused. "So there's only one possible solution here..." Joshuas speaking slowly derived to a murmur, so quiet that only he could hear it. He murmured some form of realisation and nodded to himself. He understood then, it was no longer a matter of where he was... such architecture as compared to that which he now saw was impossible for the medieval period to create. Not even the Asian emperors of the East could even dream of building such creations. No. No matter where he was, these buildings were not a possibility. But that was the point... it was no longer a matter of "where".

It was a matter of "when".

~Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke~
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Ariana was rightfully confused at that point. The previously incapacitated Joshua, whom seemed to be completely resistant to any and all attempts to grasp his attention now stood up clutching at his eye for murmuring some ramblings about a solution? A solution to what? Did he know something about why they were in that ruin of a building? Did he have some clue as to what was going on that he wasn't sharing with everyone else? She didn't know but regardless of the exact details, Mister Rowan was seeming more and more suspicious by the second. She decided it would be best to confront him, if he knew something surely she AND all the others deserved to be in on it too. They were all in the same situation correct? Confused and lost? Though by the way he talked it would seem Joshua had always known or perhaps just realised something that she and the others had not. So she approached him, opening her mouth as if to speak when she heard another voice do so before she had the chance.

"Indeed..." Ariana jumped at the sudden third voices arrival on the scene and turned her head to face the young man whom it belonged to. "Everything looks so... old and ancient." Ariana frowned at his words and spoke back to him. "Old and ancient?..." She paused. "You're Erian-san... correct?" She turned to face him. "Don't you think you're over-exagerating just a little bit? I mean yes I'll admit the city looks a couple of years older than what is the norm but I think "Old and ancient..." might be a bit of a stretch... don't you?" She frowned and droned off the sentence in a bored and tired manner... honestly this whole ordeal was tiring her out.

Just as she finished speaking however, the voice of Joshua broke the brief silence she left behind. His voice was filled with purpose. "That city, old, new or ancient is the only visible source of human activity..." He paused. "I suggest we await the others and head there post-haste... wouldn't you agree... "Miss" Kaizuke?" Ariana frowned at the young mans mocking imitation of her formal naming... but nodded at his idea all the same. "Hai... for now, I think that's our best option This decision was followed by an awkward silence between the two, with Ariana constantly shooting glares in Joshuas direction.

She would play nice... for now. But she didn't trust that man, there was something... off, about him. But the oppurtunity for a confrontation had passed. So for that moment and for that moment alone. She would wait.

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Character Portrait: Aria Deomon Character Portrait: Yuu Kokonosuke Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Joshua Edard Rowan Character Portrait: Naomi Kosatsu Character Portrait: Lei Eton Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Ryu Koizumi Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Mikasa was listening Ian when she got distracted by a far off noise, she heard a female voice, "Everyone quickly, the window's open we can finally get out of here!". Without thinking twice, Mikasa headed out where Ariana's voice came from. Apparently, the window Joshua had claimed to see prior their meeting was indeed where he had said it was. The window was now opened and Mikasa did not want to wait any second longer to get away, however when she remembered everyone that was still inside she let out a sigh and returned where she had left the group.

Mikasa was not used to socialize with others, neither was she easy to make friends and she didn't know anyone besides Ian, that much was true. Even so, that did not mean she would allow herself to leave them to possibly die from the collapsing building. Most if, not everyone, seemed to be unharmed civilians in her eyes, though she knew they were more than probably normal humans and they were far from helpless seeing from the energy that the gave off. Even so, she went back in case they had not heard Ariana.

She first noticed the main group where Naomi, Yuu, and... 'wait a minute... there's a new one' she thought as she saw the new blonde addition. 'you better not give any trouble' she thought seriously giving him a look. At the end she simply told them in an order-like fashion, like she always did, "The others have found an exit, I suggest you better follow it." Before anyone could give her attitude or question her or all the above, she continued. "We do not know if there is another exit, however as you may have noticed the building is about to collapse. The window is already opened, go straight all the the way through the hallway, turn left and go straight again. The last room to the left". she finally said before finding out there were still others missing. 'great... she thought before she was on her way.

She continued walking until she finally heard distant chatter, "You coming or would you rather stay in the abandoned building?". Before she continued listening, or put any attention to their conversation they were having, she moved closer finally seeing the girl with the orange hair, her brother and... yes a new addition. "And to answer your question, I'm eighteen" the new male said.

Mikasa simply spoke again, making her presence noticeable again, "They found an exit" she said before turning to Kei, he seemed a bit weakened, almost as if he was hurt. Also, he seemed the most civilized for the moment being. "A window nearby, the one Rowan mentioned, we weren't able to find another exit yet and we are running out of time. I suggest you leave before that time comes." She finally said before taking her leave.

Without making further delay, she headed towards the window. She hastened her pace when suddenly someone bumped into her, the girl named Naomi. "Gomenasai~! the girl said a bit frightened and surprised.

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Naomi was still waiting for Kei to answer when he reassured her, "Thank you for your worry, but I am quite alright. I just received a slight bump to the head earlier during the earthquake. Nothing life threatening I assure you."
after Ariana said she had found the exit he spoke again, "You should quickly make your way out of the building. I'll follow as soon as I locate my sister, so please don't wait up for me."

He left as soon as he finished talking, not letting Naomi to answer to his suggestion. "Wait~!" she said but he was already out of her sight. Not too later after, someone else entered the room, it was none other than Mikasa. Naomi didn't know what to think of her, but she felt somewhat intimidated by her. As soon as she finished telling them again about the exit, she disappeared again.

Naomi didn't know whether to wait for the others to leave so she could leave with them, but at the end she decided to go help Kei to find his sister. After all, he was the person she trusted more, alongside with Yuu and Aria, besides she was worried about his injury. She walked through the hallways not being able to find anyone, she felt strange from the atmosphere and having a horrible
sense of direction did not help either.

ImageShe suddenly heard a loud noise, a piece of wood from the upper floor collapsed almost crushing Naomi, it was obvious it would not take long before the structure finally collapsed.

She let out a cry as the wood only stood a few inches away, and she started running where she oped would be the window. 'Maybe the others are already there' she thought as she started walking faster. It was then when she bumped into something, more like into someone. It was nonetheless than the girl who had warned her to leave, suddenly a little scared, not knowing what she would do as she learned that she had ignored her command/suggestion. "Gomenasai~! she said quickly.

"What are you doing here?" Mikasa said a bit annoyed. Naomi was about to explain herself when Mikasa spoke again "it doesn't matter, we need to get out of here" she said walking towards the exit. Naomi trembling a bit remembering her strange armor put herself in front of her with both hands in front stopping Mikasa, she bowed her head saying, "Please... wait..." Naomi hesitated a bit before speaking again, but at the end she finished almost yelling, "I think someone is hurt, I also don't know if everyone is out yet!"

Mikasa starred at her seriously, "look, we don't have time to waste here. I assume the person you say that is hurt is none other than Wakahisa, however we cannot do anything if he doesn't evacuate can we? I have already said what I had to say. That is all." she said before she moved her hands away and kept walking.

Setting

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Mikasa Clark Character Portrait: Riye Wakahisa Character Portrait: Kei Wakahisa Character Portrait: Joshua Edard Rowan Character Portrait: Ariana Ahikito Kaizuke Character Portrait: Asher Lucian Evans Character Portrait: Ian Emanual Erian

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Kei Wakahisa



Image"Yeah. I'm coming. And to answer your question I'm eighteen." Kei immediately felt the jolt of realization that coursed through his brain whenever someone within earshot told a lie. He turned his head in order to glance back at the boy, his eyes narrowing in the process. It was strange to him, why of all things would he lie about something as inconsequential as his age. Unless, that is, his true age was unnatural for the human race. At which point one would have to question his true heritage. Of course, as it is now, Kei was simply speculating for the reason why the boy would lie. The best way to figure out the truth was to gather more information without letting the boy know that Kei was aware of the lie, otherwise he would put his guard up.

Looking forward once again Kei saw a newcomer, or rather he saw the woman called Mikasa again. He nodded in her direction as she spoke, "They found an exit." How aggravating, to be told that which he already knew. He himself came to find his sister for that very reason, but alas, Kei being as polite as he was would hold his tongue. Riye on the other hand was not as wise.

"No...really?" The sarcasm that was dripping from her mouth was noted by her elder brother who simply sighed in defeat. He really couldn't change that about her, nor did he wish to, after all he loved every aspect of his sister. Even her overbearing sarcasm, of course there was a time and place for it. Fortunately, Mikasa took the higher road and completely ignored Riye's comment.

The woman turned towards Kei and continued, "A window nearby, the one Rowan mentioned, we weren't able to find another exit yet and we are running out of time. I suggest you leave before that time comes." Again, it seemed to Kei that she was simply mirroring his own words back to him. He internally grumbled in unadulterated annoyance; this Mikasa woman was starting to rub him the wrong way with her comments. For what purpose did she think they were heading in that direction for? Did she not hear him earlier when he told the entire group it would be in everyone's best interest to leave, all the while she was have a reunion of sorts. Incredibly, however, his calm and gentle facade never disappeared.

"Thank you, Miss Clark. We are actually headed in that direction now." Bowing his head and placing his hand on the small of his sister's back he effectively excused himself and his sibling so that they could speed down the hall. Admittedly, as they 'raced' down the hall Kei felt himself grow dizzy from both his head injury and lack of sleep. He had expended too much energy earlier during that earthquake, and now he was nearing his limit.

Fortunately, it took a very short amount of time for the two siblings to locate the famous window. As proof that chivalry had not died quite yet, Kei pressured his twin to go through first, much to her chagrin. "You're the one with the head injury, you go." She declared stubbornly as she tried to shove him out the window.

"This is not a battle you will win, and we really don't have the time to argue about it." Riye stared flatly at her brother before grumbling and doing as she was told. Kei smiled, pleased that he had won this argument with Riye with a single sentence, before following her out.





Riye Wakahisa



ImageRiye was fully aware that Kei had detected a lie. However, she figured she'd question him about it later. After all she hardly had the chance to do it now as she was hustled in the direction of an exit by her brother, who was obviously not feeling well. No longer did his aura alone tell her that he was in need of an energy boost, now he was even beginning to sway a little as he walked. However, he wouldn't allow her to make skin contact with her sibling, so, grumbling in annoyance, Riye opted to wait until later just as her sibling had order her to do.

When the two sibling finally crawled out of the window, Riye being highly ungraceful, dived face first into the ground on the other side. "Whoops." She mumbled as she stood up once again and wiped herself off. Then turning to her brother she quickly grabbed his shoulders to keep him from making the same mistake she did. The red-head didn't want the injury on his head growing any worse. "Careful."

"Thank you." Kei smiled at his younger sibling as he planted his feet on the ground outside the collapsing building.

"Who says chivalry is dead?" The red-head playfully smirked at her brother before smacking him on the back. He stumbled forward in response causing Riye to withdraw her hand, "Eh, sorry." Responding to her apology, Kei grinned fondly at the young woman and patted her shoulder before motioning towards the group that had gathered a little ways a way. Trailing after her brother they approached the group which was apparently speaking about a city a short distance away.

"Everything looks so... old and ancient." Riye gave a once over of the city before mentally deciding that it was in fact not old and ancient. Maybe a little on the aged side, definitely not the newest city, but certainly not the oldest either. That guy is nuts if he thinks that city is 'ancient'. She was about to voice her thoughts however, another lady did so first, Ariana, "Old and ancient?..." She paused. "You're Erian-san... correct? Don't you think you're over-exaggerating just a little bit? I mean yes I'll admit the city looks a couple of years older than what is the norm but I think "Old and ancient..." might be a bit of a stretch... don't you?"

Riye nodded her approval, finally someone was making a little more sense. Again, she was about to voice her own thoughts but she was interrupted once more. She shot an annoyed look in the direction of the boy who had opened his mouth to speak, Joshua, the boy with the cool eye she recalled, "That city, old, new or ancient is the only visible source of human activity...I suggest we await the others and head there post-haste... wouldn't you agree... "Miss" Kaizuke?" Riye coughed slightly, yawned, and rubbed the sleep from her eyes. She could agree with him on that matter. However, she had no plans to wait for the other. Mainly due to the fact that her brother was still injured and could use some medical attention.

"As much as I would love to stick around and wait for everyone else to show up my brother is injured, so I'm going on ahead to the nearest hospital," She turned to her brother. This worked out for her in two ways, first of all her brother really did need some medical attention; secondly, she could provide him with the energy boost he needs without anyone around to see her do it. Grabbing his sleeve she started to drag her brother in the direction of the city.

He went rather willingly, however, he didn't fail to turn around and look back at the group, "Sorry about this, it was nice meeting you all. Until we meet again then?" He stumbled a little as he was dragged but alas he allowed himself to be pulled in the direction of the city.

OOC: Don't worry, they'll be back with the group pretty quickly (if they do in fact get separated) Riye can find them again, and I'll be giving them a reason to go back and find everyone pretty soon. But Kei needs medical attention, and a hospital is a great way to figure out the fact that they went back in time.