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Empyrean

"Will I survive?"

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a character in “Infinit World”, as played by Elyon

Description

Reality Information

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Name: Serah Blackwood
Gender: Female
Age: 17
---Appearance----
Serah is a comfortable 5'5 and built for running.
---Personality---

Serah is an intelligent girl that breathes soccer. Her grades were great and she enjoyed school, but soccer was her element. She was a star on her team and hoped that she would gain scholarships for college. As the only sports fan in her home, she often felt alienated from her family. With Infinit World acting as her bridge to a relationship with her family, she grew a little obsessed with playing. She was eager to show her capability in gaming. Despite her desire to show her abilities, she knows that her inexperience will be the death of her. She is kind to the other gamers and is willing to learn all that they can teach her.

---Background---

Serah's parents were huge gamers. They introduced video games into their children's lives very early on. Despite being named after one of the characters from her parent's favorite series, Serah did not share their love. She enjoyed being herself and could never understand why people would pay money to be someone else. The idea of Infinit World was appealing to her. It was a game that you could practically be yourself.

Her parents had been very excited about the upcoming game and her father was selected to Beta test for the game. Once they had received the Nerve Gear, the game seemed to consume their lives. Serah watched as they took detailed notes for the makers and their own reference. After the Beta period, Serah couldn't contain her curiosity. This game seemed to pull them in more than games usually had. When the game had been released for 2 weeks, she expressed her interest in trying the game. They were more than happy that their daughter was showing interest in video games and allowed her to play.

Slowly, she began to understand their addiction to the game. She saw that her character could not only be like her, but could be everything she dreamed of being. Picking an Elf allowed her to be majestic and graceful. She easily picked up archery, a skill she had been wanting after for years. She had been so sucked into the game that when the initial chaos of being trapped in the game hit, she didn't even notice. It was only after a long day of playing that she noticed the log out button had disappeared.

Serah then realized that being trapped in this game was a little too real for comfort. Being so new to games, she could only hope to find a nice group to help her learn the ropes of serious gaming. Now, it was life and death.



In-Game Information

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Username: WillowTree7

Beta Tester/DoP: 2 Weeks

Current Location: Baldr

Cities Visited
Baldr (Starting City)
Freya (Elven City)

Name: Empyrean

Gender: Female

Guild:
Guild Position:

Gold: 1180 (17700)

Bought Items/Perks
EXP increase Lv.2 - Increases the amount of EXP per post to 3 (Must have level 1) - 3000 gold
Gold Increase Lv.1 - Increases the amount of gold per post to 10 and +250 for dungeons/arcs cleared - 1000 gold
1x IC HP Potion - 600 gold

Race: Elf
Weapon: Archer's Bow

Level: 12
EXP: 0/15

Strength: 11/20
Vitality: 14/16
Agility: 6/16
Dexterity: 8/20
Mind: 4/20
Intelligence: 8/28

HP: 140
SP: 95
P.ATK: 24 P.DEF: 17
M.ATK: 27 M.DEF: 19
Speed: 1 Accuracy: 2
Actions: 3

Professions
Blacksmith: 3/75
Leatherworking: 3/75
Tailoring: 4/75
Alchemy: 5/75
Cooking 3/75

Abilities

Level 1 -
Ability Name: Paralyze
Type: Active
Spell: No
SP: 2
Description – Targets that fail to resist are paralyzed for 1 posts.

Level 5 -
Ability Name: Freezing Arrow
Type: Active
Spell: Yes
SP: 10%
Description – The tip of thee arrow is coated in ice and shot into a target or on the ground. Targets of lower levels that don't resist are frozen solid for 1 additional post. If they are a higher level or resist, they suffer from a decrease in actions by 1 for 1 post. In addition to target takes 1x P.ATK.

Level 10 -
Ability Name: Rain of Arrows
Type: Active
Spell: No
SP: 20
Description – The archer's bow points to the sky, firing multiple projectiles which then rain down over time in the targeted area. Fires 10 arrows, every person within the range has a number which is rolled to see what the arrow hits. Every arrow has a roll and each arrow deals 1x P.ATK.

Level 15 -
Ability Name: Glyph of Repulsion
Type: Active
Spell: Yes
SP: 8%
Description – The caster inscribes a strange glyph on the ground that knocks back enemies. Lasts 5 posts. If activated the enemy or one to activate it will have a roll to resist.

Level 20 -
Ability Name: Accuracy
Type: Active
Spell: No
SP: 15
Description – The archer's mind is clear of everything except the next shot's trajectory, gaining (+(Dexterity - 10)) to attack and (+4 to accuracy). Lasts (VIT/2) posts.

Character History

First Login

Serah was late to the party as the game had already been out for a couple weeks before she joined. She didn't quite know what to expect as this wasn't much of a gamer, but whatever she thought it was, she would have been wrong. This was cutting edge technology. The art for the races was absolutely beautiful. Serah eagerly picked the elf race. They always tended to be her character's race. Once she began giving out the stats, she wasn't sure what to do. She didn't know what most of the stats would correlate to. She started out with a lot of intelligence, hoping it would help her strategize in the game. She then added more strength and agility, to help balance her character (Empyrean) out. When she had submitted the stats, the visage of her character entered the screen. Serah smiled happily as she glanced at the tall, graceful elf. She was more than pleased once she sighted the archer's bow clasped in her hand. After she accepted the character, a blinding light filled her vision as she traveled in the game to the staring city of baldr. After she had opened her eyes, Serah stood in shock. The bustling city around her was filled with players crafting, trading, travelling. The atmosphere was bright and inviting. She knew at once, this was a game she would enjoy.

After recovering from her shock, Serah tested out her new limbs and walked a few steps down the street. She was impressed on how realistic this game felt. She tried to stifle her eager giggles and started off down the street at her usual brisk pace. Glancing into all of the shops as she passed, she would stop in and investigate their wares. She accepted the quests she had been offered, eager to start after she finished exploring all that the city had to offer. Serah froze after looking into a tailor's shop. Entering the store, she tried her own hand at crafting clothing, ending up with quests to get more items. She had traveled around the town getting the necessary objects and once she had returned, she had a nice new cloak and a level 1 skill tailoring.

It had taken her a while to finish the quests for the tailor, but she still had a little steam in her and she decided to test out her weapon. She found more of the low level monsters she had been avoiding earlier and targeted them. She shot her arrow at them, but usually ended up getting run over by the monsters. Luckily, they didn't cause much damage, so she could take them down. By the time she gave up on fighting sleep, she knew she had a lot of catching up to do.

First Week (Level 4)

Serah was leveling slowly, but surely. After the long week, she had gotten a hang of her weapon and had discovered her ability to paralyze monsters. This really came in handy when she wanted to fight monsters and NOT be run over. She had gained more experience in crafting things as well as fighting. She had an understanding with her bow now where she had been fighting it before. The game could aim for her once she learned to go through the motions. She had found a few friends online that had explained the mechanics of the game to her. She now knew that the intelligence from the beginning of the game indicated skill points, not actual intelligence. Realizing that she'd have to rely on her own brain for strategies, she began to team up with other players.

There was safety in numbers, as Serah learned on her first encounter with a Shi member. She had heard about the conflicts that had been happening since before she joined. She had been recruited by the Knights of Baldr, but dissented as she felt she wouldn't be any actual use to them. The encounter happened as she and her group of friends had completed a relatively had quest. The PKer demanded the prize and threatened their lives. Serah seemed to be the only one that was scared of the large man, but then again, her friends were all at least 6 levels higher than her. The guild member only managed to take down one of her team before being dispatched, but that was enough to convince Serah that things were getting very serious in Infinit World.

Second Week (level 11)

Serah disbanded from her friends as they wanted to move on. She didn't feel she was a high enough level to leave Baldr. They made her promise to grind on monsters and to rejoin them in the elven city once she was ready. At first she wasn't sure how she would fair on her own, but to her surprise, she had learned a lot when fighting with the group that carried over into her solo style. She gradually found herself becoming more courageous in her battles with other players and traveled further beyond the city limits than she ever had before. Her leveling increased much quicker than when she had first joined. She began to take down bigger monsters and managed to successfully defend herself from another Shi member.

After a while, she began to regret not moving on with her group. The conflict between the Knights of Baldr and the Shi were escalating and it all seemed to be happening in Baldr. Serah tried to avoid the members of both groups, but they just seemed to be everywhere. Finally having enough of the guilds, Serah sent a message to her friends saying she would leave at once to join them. However, before she could step outside of the city limits, she heard the fateful ping that changed the game forever.

So begins...

Empyrean's Story

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Empyrean
Elf(11)
EXP: 3/15
Gold: 1160
Baldr - City Limits


12:05 A.M.


Empyrean checked her inventory as she awaited the reply from her friends. She was trying to conserve her gold, but she was running low on potions and with the increase of Shi activity in the areas surrounding Baldr, she didn't want to chance it. This "war" between the factions were getting out of hand. It was almost impossible to walk in the Town Center in Baldr without being recruited or attacked. Empyrean, despite her group mentality, found neither of the options attractive. She didn't want to police anyone, but she certainly didn't want to kill anyone. No, Empyrean decided that sitting out of this fight is in her best interest. Besides, some of her friends were thinking of creating a faction and she would probably choose to be with them. Speaking of her friends, she still hadn't received a reply.

Just as she opened her menu to check her messages, the elf noticed her hands flicker. A tad concerned, she racked her brain for a probable cause. Just as a wave of nausea overcame her, she remembered that a new patch was installing. She had read somewhere online that some of the beta testers had a similar experience as the patches activated. Thankfully, the ill feeling passed quickly as she became solid again. Blinking her eyes a few times in quick succession returned her vision to normal, well normal for the game. She heard a ping as the message icon began to glow.

Thinking her friends had finally replied with their location, she excitedly opened the message. To her disappointment, the message was about the changes caused by the patch. She didn't bother to open the message, she knew she wouldn't understand it. One of her brothers would explain it to her over breakfast in the morning. They always did. Sighing, she checked the time. Her friends were taking much longer to reply than she thought they would, but then again, they could be caught up in a battle.

12:10 A.M.


After waiting several minutes, Empyrean decided to begin her journey to Freya. She knew it was quite a journey, and a torturous one at that without a guide. The Enchanted Forest is regarded as one of the most difficult terrains to traverse. Hopefully, the maze like structure will give her a break as it's her race's homeland. She could only hope.

The beginning of her walk was a bit odd. There didn't seem any players around and the road was clear of Shi. Empyrean reasoned that they must have just logged off, but she couldn't help but feel an unidentified tension about the situation. Before long, she heard a few screeches in the distance. Disturbingly, the screams gave her a bit of relief. Now she knew that there were others still in the game and they were far away from her. As she gazed in the direction of the cries, she suddenly noticed a tower.

"I'm certain that wasn't here before..." She regarded the tower with curiosity. She had spent a lot of time in the Plains of Genesis over the last weeks. She knew the lands and skyline better than anyone. That tower must have appeared with the last patch. She sent sly looks at the tower as she continued on the path to Freya. Once she met with her group, she would see what they knew of this new, imposing feature.

12:30 A.M.


After a good 20 minutes of strenuous navigation (she just tried to walk in the straightest line possible), Empyrean had breached the edge of the forest and finally caught sight of the beautiful elven city. The vast city had massive towers that reached into the bright night sky. The sky itself was a wonder to behold. The stars were so clear, the elf almost forgot she was in a video game. The city's shadows were mysterious and inviting. She could only imagine the things they had seen. Perhaps their enticing beauty called to her friends and swallowed them up.

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Character Portrait: Empyrean Character Portrait: Zeta

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Zeta
Human(29)
EXP: 3/20
Gold: 670
Baldr - Town Square


12:05

Zeta hardly had any time for himself since becoming a Trusted Member of the Knights of Baldur. He supposed that it was partially due to the recent influx in Shi activity. Honestly, he would be comfortable with his level in different games. It was low enough to keep him under the radar, yet high enough to warrant some respect. However, leveling wasn't really his concern. His concern was being able to protect the citizens of Baldr. With Shi growing in numbers and their members becoming higher levels, he would soon be left in the dust. He just didn't have any time to complete his own quests. His days were filled complaints about attacks and keeping the peace between players in Baldr. It was hardly difficult, just time consuming.

In addition to his lack of leveling, he hadn't really been able to get back to Taketo or Empyrean for the last few weeks, his message box was always flooded with complaints about another Shi attack or a merchant that cheated another player out of money. The problems that he faced on a day to day basis were just becoming boring. They were always the same, usually repeat offenders. Zeta was thinking about taking a little time off to increase his skill and party back up with his friends. He wasn't sure how well that would go over, seeing as he was barely promoted. Zeta didn't want to leave the guild, he just wanted something exciting to happen.

Zeta felt a sudden weightlessness about him as the scheduled patch dropped. He kept his composure, not phased by the peculiar feeling. Once the update finished, he felt himself return to normal. A shrill ping echoed in his ears causing his heart to drop into his stomach. "Please don't be a complaint, please don't be a complaint," he chanted in his head as he opened the menu. He sighed in relief when he saw it was the patch details. He glanced through, eyes catching on the words 'logout function removed.'

12:10


Zeta wasn't sure what to feel. He continued to stare at the words, hoping that it would help him understand what they meant. He could hear the citizens of Baldur crying all around him. His people needed him, but there he stood, in the middle of the Town Square staring at the message. His message box was pinging like crazy, it was flooding with messages from worried players.

"Dude, come on!" Zeta glanced up as one of his fellow knights grabbed his arm and began to pull him along. The pair climbed a short stair and took positions behind Silver as a crowd began to amass beneath them.

Zeta stood stoic, but lost in his own thoughts. He didn't quite listen to what was being said. There was obviously shouting, but that didn't steal him away from his inner turmoil. Where were Empyrean and Taketo? How are they taking the news? What will become of them? What will be come of him?

He only returned to "reality" when Silver and the other knights headed to the guild hall.

12:40


Zeta finally excused himself from the guild hall. Some of his fellow knights were having trouble keeping themselves in check. He sneaked out into the cool night air and opened his messages. He scrolled through all of the panicked messages from random players, searching for 2 names in particular. Finally finding a message from Empyrean, he read through.

Finally, he replied, "Hey Em. I'm in Baldur. I have been for a while now. Do you want to get together and talk about all this? Be careful, the trek from Freya can be really dangerous and we're playing for keeps now." He sent a similar message to Taketo, hoping to get responses soon. He wanted nothing more than for them to be alive.

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Empyrean
Elf(11)
EXP: 6/15
Gold: 1170
Freya


12:45 A.M.


After searching the city for a quarter of an hour, Empyrean skidded to a stop. Her body had been conditioned to running a lot in the real world, but now that she had been "trapped" in the game for a couple weeks, she was beginning to feel soft. "Once I log off, I'm going for a jog," she told herself. There wasn't a lot of need to run here, in Infinit World. Once she had caught her breath, Empyrean once again glanced at the sky. She had spent some of the time reading up on the Elven town. It's consistent night sky appealed to her for some unknown reason, though she would admit that some of the appeal was its ability to distract her from worrying about her friends. She saw that they were online, but it was unusual for them to take so long in their replies.

As though it heard her concerns, her menu pinged with the arrival of a message. Upon opening the menu and spotting Zeta's name, Empyrean squealed with delight. She hurriedly opened the message.

Zeta: Hey Em. I'm in Baldr. I have been for a while now. Do you want to get together and talk about all this? Be careful, the trek from Freya can be really dangerous and we're playing for keeps now.

Empyrean was more than a little confused by her friend's message. What had he meant by "playing for keeps"? And what could he want to talk about that left him with such a serious tone? The elf shook the thoughts from her head, resolved to address Zeta instead of allowing her active imagination to cause her such stress. She sent a quick reply to Zeta, hoping that everything would turn out alright.

Empyrean: I'll meet you at the portal in Baldr. You can catch me up on what's going on. I'll be there soon.

Epmyrean headed back to the garden. She remembered spotting the Wave Gate there when she was searching for Zeta. Once she sighted the massive structure, she began to feel her nerves come back. Perhaps if she just avoided Zeta, she could avoid whatever news he may bring. Normally, a thought such as that would never enter her mine when a friend was in need, but she had a feeling that this was no normal problem. She had a feeling this was BIG.

Again, she shook her head, willing away her thoughts as her hand raised. "Teleport - Baldr!" Empyrean called with a commanding voice that belied her nerves. A bright light encompassed her causing her eyes to close, her last sight the fading city of night.

12:50 A.M.


When Empyrean's eyes opened once again, she was overtaken by the sight of the town square. The square was filled with people lamenting. There were tears and an all around sadness. Empyrean felt her heart tighten at the sight of all of the people. The bigger problem was that she had no idea what could cause so much chaos.

As she took a step toward the crowd, she felt a hand clasp her shoulder. She glanced behind her to see Zeta in his Knights armour. Her confused eyes met his sad ones and he shook his head. Empyrean took it as a sign that there was nothing she could do to help any of them. She nodded and took his other hand, which she had just noticed was outstretched towards her. She numbly followed as he lead her away from the despairing scene, trying to keep from looking back.

Once they had arrived at the Knights of Baldur's Barracks, they sat together on Zeta's bed. With a shaky voice, Empyrean asked, "What happened?" Now that she saw the disbelieving look on his face, she knew that Zeta's problem was much bigger than she had thought.

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Zeta
Human(29)
EXP: 6/20
Gold: 690
Baldr - Town Square


12:45


Zeta didn't have to wait long for Empyrean's reply. He could always count on her to be there in his time of need. He could hardly believe it had been 2 weeks since he had seen her. Sure, they messaged each other and checked on their progress for the first week. However, he got so busy and caught up in his new position with the Knights of Baldur that he hadn't had any sort of correspondence with her in over a week. He was a little worried how she had taken the news. To suddenly be stuck in a game that she had only picked up a few weeks ago, man. He shuddered. Suddenly, he was much more thankful for his gaming experience.

"I'll meet you at the portal in Baldr. You can catch me up on what's going on. I'll be there soon."

Now, Zeta wasn't sure what was going on with Em. She didn't seem to be affected by the knowledge of being stuck in the game. Well, perhaps she didn't know. She wouldn't be the first gamer to not read the patch notes.

Zeta stood from his bed and stretched. Hopefully, he could get to the wave gate before her and shield her from some of what is happening. He wanted to try and break it to her easily. He quickly took off, leaving the barracks behind.

12:50


Zeta watched Empyrean exit the wave gate and glance around. He saw the confusion and sadness etched onto her face. If only she had seen the chaos that was happening earlier. At least it had calmed to the point of almost silent cries and grumbling. Most of the suicides had happened over half an hour ago. There were quite a few things that he had seen that would never leave him. He was within arms reach as she was about to go into the crowd. He grabbed her shoulder, she gave little resistance and he held her in place. He searched her face as she met his eyes. She looked so hopeful. As though she could cure them all of any ailment that befell them. Zeta couldn't help, but shake his head. There was nothing that could fix what was troubling them.

He outstretched his other hand and firmly grasped hers once she let hers fall into his. She again gave little resistance as he pulled her away from the square. It was a sobering walk as he searched for a quiet place to talk. Finally, he settled on his room at the Knights guild headquarters.

They settled onto his bed, each sitting in a slumped manner. He remained silent, allowing her to clear her head enough to hold a conversation. "What happened?" she asked in a sad, pathetic voice. He tried to keep calm as he began to assess what she knew.

"You saw the patch notes from earlier?" He asked in a probing tone.

She nodded, but then scrunched her face. "I saw them, but I didn't open them."

He sighed, "You should read them. Whatever you don't understand, I will explain."

Again, she nodded. He watched her face closely. It would tell him once she had read all she needed to.

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Character Portrait: Strasza Character Portrait: Hilde Character Portrait: Empyrean Character Portrait: Zeta

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Hilde
Neko (36)
EXP:9/30
Gold:1810
HP:479/485
SP:40/72
Tower Dungeon - 15%
12:50 A.M.


After the immediate block Hilde leaped back ready to continue her assault hoping to catch the two goblins off guard from the block. The woman once again did a leap back before running to the 2nd goblin before doing an immediate horizontal thrust (13). The power of the thrust went straight through the goblin's chest. The creature cried out as the pole arm was taken out of the body quickly only for Hilde to battle cry out as she attempted to grab the goblin (36). Immediately the goblin is grabbed and is immediately thrown once more to his very close partner (55). The other goblin tries to get out of the way but has found himself being hit by his own. The goblin that had been thrown is weakly trying to get up as Hilde rushes over with her spear at the ready (92). Unfortunately his partner who was very much alive managed to get up and block it with his shield. Hilde's eyes went wide as she never noticed an NPC react to defend there own like this. Immediately to finish it off Hilde had leapt back and decided to try and quickly rush around to the other one but noticed that the other gave no entry and within a couple of minutes the other one had gotten up although obviously nearly dead it was at the ready. Hilde figured she'd have to fight it off regardless so she once again rushed forward with a readied jab. The not too dead goblin was speared in the hand through the shield before he simply moved back with a snarl.

Hilde repositioned herself and backed up panting in exhaustion as she looked towards the two. She looked to the second one seeing that was her target it being so weak but then she looked over to the other quickly as it began to move with it club and shield ready. Although a strike was blocked the creature quickly maneuvered the club swinging it in an upward position striking across Hilde's face. Although the mask had not been affect she felt as if someone slapped her across the eye. She grunted out slightly loud as that happened (28). She winked only to notice his club coming down (92). Immediately she jumped out of the way quickly however the goblin had already been on the move and struck her in the chest. The woman's eyes went wide as she gasped for air in that moment.

The other goblin who had been repositioning himself finally acted in the moment and bluntly jabbed it's club into her stomach as Hilde was defenseless. The grunts continued as the creature attempted to blunt her over the head (14). She winked in that moment as the club struck over her and again as it swung the club across her face. Hilde growled as she tumbled back a little repositioning herself so she was battle ready. She couldn't believe how intense this battle was and to a point could only wonder how the other dungeons that were her level faired. She grabbed her lance with two hands and stepped forward with her right leg ready for that was next.

Tower Goblin #1
HP: 405/600
SP: 50
P.ATK/DEF: 40/10
M.ATK/DEF: 20/10

Tower Goblin #2
HP: 61/600
SP: 50

Hilde takes 23 damage.

1:00 A.M.




Strasza
Dwarf (34)
EXP:9/30
Gold:60
Baldr - Town Square
1:00


The dwarf had made her way through the startled city of Baldr. Passing up players who, like Kvasir, were talking simply of the newer content and update, She could hardly blame them, especially for something this big. As the girl was looking towards them her eyes suddenly lifted to see a tower in the distance. She could only blink before rubbing her eyes, trying to recall if that had always been there or if it was just the dungeon. The girl scratched the back of her head before turning around. She only figured it be something to address when she finally met up with Silver. Along the way she did stop at an NPC to sell some of her spare items. Her inventory had been too full and she felt no need to actually carry worthless items, especially when she was out leveling. Just got frustrating to her. Finally the dwarf made it to the entrance of Knights of Baldur's guild barracks and walked in.

Once inside she managed to walk straight in before confronted by one of the knights who simply asked for what her business here was. Immediately she was recognized by name and was sent to Silver's quarters. She passed by a few rooms before making it to Silver's and knocked. Only took about 10 seconds for him to get to the door and open it.

"Ah! Strasza - I'm glad you made it safely"

The woman spun her fingers through her hair as she looked away. Not embarrassed but simply in thought as her eyes observed the area.

"Yeah, It was no trouble making my way back here... quite a investment you got yourself here! I'm sure it wasn't easy farming" She claimed. The man in armor simply chuckled.

"Believe me it wasn't, had it not been for nearly every guild member's contribution of 10000 gold (KoB has roughly 150 members at this point), we would not have such an area... but this is only a barracks, not a castle. I could only imagine how much one of those cost. We're very low on income and contributions as of now due to this... but the knights over all still hold there honor and do what we can, I can only claim that the next 1,500,000 will be used to better our equipment. How about you lass, you seem to be keeping ahead of the game being a soloer... you're still part of this guild in my eyes... even if you keep declining" The man said folding his arms.

"Believe me, It all may change but remember you're still holding that position if I do Join hehe... That aside though... what do you think of all of this?" Strasza asked leaning against the doorway as her eyes were directed towards the man.

"I can't really say... We'll have to clear those dungeons out... from my knowledge no one has really even attempted it yet. An hour goes by and not one player looking... I do know that seeing its only been a month and we're the only country that has the game, its been said that only 28600 players had bought the game over the month and out of that month as said on the website 15400 were able to log in. Low for such a game huh? but we must remember, the gear for it is nothing to look passed in fact, if the beta and alpha didn't give us ours free, I would not be here... last I checked the gear itself costed roughly in U.S standards, $300. Now add this with a really good computer and the game itself... It's no joke." The man said with his fingers on his chin in thought.

Strasza could only nod in agreement, trying not to think of how much was spent. The girl scratched her head before continuing.

"Did you see the tower? I have a feeling thats our first destination... I may actually head there myself soon. I really just wanted to come by to see what you would do."

The man grumbled a little walking to his desk.

"I'm going to have a discussion with the guild officer before acting...There is more at stake then just doing the dungeons and getting out. We have to now actually enforce rules and laws. Govern the people and make sure Shi doesn't go to far with all this... I mean they are players but.. who has dark intentions among it... Listen Strasza, If you run into any danger I will immediately go and do what I can but please report back as a friend to tell us what we're really up against.." He said looking to her. She only nodded before lifting herself from the wall and walking back down the hall.

As Strasza was walking she came across what seemed like voices in a room and opened up to see what seemed like two players sitting on a bed discussing matters regarding what happened. The dwarf turned and opened the door slightly and stood in the doorway in thought.

1:15

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Character Portrait: Strasza Character Portrait: Empyrean Character Portrait: Zeta

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Empyrean
Elf(11)
EXP: 9/15
Gold: 1180
Baldr - City Limits


12:55 A.M.


Empyrean couldn't believe what her eyes as she read the patch notes. They were much easier to understand than she thought they would be. She had a bit of a laugh at the thought that now she was wishing it was more difficult to shield her from their meaning. She reread the short note from the admin. She couldn't help, but feel anger bubble as she saw he reduced her life to a matter of 5 inconsequential lines.

She stood quickly, attempting to hold back her anger. Breathing deeply, she started to pace the small, comfortable room. How dare this man play with their lives?! How could he play with so many lives as if he owned them?! Her anger settled in the pit of her stomach, it lowered from a fire to smoldering coals. Soon though, the feeling was overtaken by a deep sadness. If she was stuck here, would she ever see her family again? She was the least likely to survive in her family, but she was glad that none of them were stuck in the game in her place.

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1:00 A.M.


Empyrean remembered where she was and snapped her attention back to the room she was in. She smiled uneasily at Zeta with a slight twinge of pink to her cheeks. She had completely forgotten that he was even in the room, though it was his room. "Damn," she thought to herself, "I'll have to find my own place to live now, I suppose." Before, Empyrean had seen no need to purchase a home in the game. She appreciated that a lot of gamers enjoyed them, but she wasn't into the game far enough to get the point. A dry laugh escaped her lips as the thought crossed her mind that she was in far enough now.

Returning to the bed, she tried to manage a small smile to hide her anger and fear. "Well, I suppose you're better off than me at this point. What would you suggest I do?" Now more than ever, Empyrean needed to rely on Zeta as her friend and mentor to gaming. While she had been playing for a month now, she still had much to learn in the ways of surviving. Especially since they were "playing for keeps" as Zeta had said.

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1:15 A.M.


With renewed hope in her abilities and a direction in which to begin her journey, Empyrean stood from the bed. Determined to earn enough gold to find a place of her own, she swung open the door with much gusto and nearly toppled into a dwarven girl that was standing in the hallway. She caught herself on the door frame and exclaimed, "OH!" For the second time that night, her cheeks gained a red hue and burned from embarrassment.

"I'm sorry," she absentmindedly rubbed the back of her head as she apologized, "I didn't know anyone was out here."

She heard Zeta approach her from behind and attempted to move out of his way.

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Character Portrait: Strasza Character Portrait: Empyrean Character Portrait: Zeta

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Zeta
Human(29)
EXP: 9/20
Gold: 710
Baldr - Knight Barracks


12:55 AM


Zeta was certainly taken by surprise as Empyrean launched from his bed. He had been expecting a reaction, but this was clearly not what had crossed his mind. He could practically see the fire in her eyes as she began pacing his room. Despite his helpful nature in the game, Zeta had never really dealt with comforting people. Deciding to avoid Empyrean's wrath, he sat silently and observed her body language to spot any change.

Watching Empyrean's reaction to the news made him question his own reaction, or lack there of. Sure, he had been stunned at first, but after the initial shock, he just sort of... accepted it. He figured it partially had to do with the fact that there was hardly a life for him to go back to. In the real world, all he had was school, and even that was an aggravation to him. He was happiest when he was in game. He had friends and goals. This was where he flourished. Truth be told, he liked it this way. If he could keep his friends alive, this would be his haven.

1:00 AM


Zeta returned from his thoughts and looked up to find that Empyrean had slowed her pacing and was now gazing at him with blushing cheeks. He returned her smile, but added a reassuring feel to it. There was no need to let her worry more than she should. She seemed to return to her thoughts briefly as she let out a small laugh that was anything but happy. Once she had sat on the bed, she smiled, but Zeta saw the suffering in her eyes.

"Well, I suppose you're better off than me at this point. What would you suggest I do?" He could see through her attempt to put up a strong front. Again, her eyes betrayed her fear.

Zeta wasn't sure how he felt about being looked up to. Normally, players that he helped would be thankful, but he had never been trusted with someone's life before. He steadied his stomach with a deep breath and spoke in a strong voice, "Hey, don't worry. We've got each other, just like all those weeks ago. Once we find Taketo, we will be a great, ass-kicking team again." For the first time in what felt like ages, a genuine smile crossed his face. "Besides, you are hardly helpless. I've never seen someone take to the battle system so fast.

"You'll need a place to sleep and store your stuff, but this is the starting town. Homes aren't that expensive here and I'm sure you'll feel better once you have a solid base."

1:15 AM


When Empyrean stood confidently, Zeta was satisfied with his pep talk. He even started believing it himself, not that he doubted her abilities, but his own. He wasn't sure how great of a long term teammate he would make, but he would certainly try. He heard the elven maiden's exclamation from the door way and he felt his heart leap. He began to wonder if he would ever get used to the constant fear of danger. Maybe it's his Knight instincts or just the newness of feeling pain.

Curious as to what caused the commotion, Zeta moved to join Em at the door. Once he was able to see into the hallway, he saw a dwarf girl. "Can I help you, ma'am?"

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Hilde
Neko (36)
EXP:12/30
Gold:1830
HP:456/485
SP:30/72
Tower Dungeon - 15%
1:00 A.M.


Hilde watched as the goblins shrieked and screamed out to her. They seemed to be waiting for her watching the player closely as if they had been studying her. The woman took a step back before taking a couple of steps to the side. She had been surprised that the two creatures were even still alive with everything she did to them. Her eyes moved up from the faces of the creatures to there hit points. The first goblin still had a two-thirds of its HP but the other was nearly dead. Her eyes widened ready to kill, her target had been locked immediately she rushed forward to end it's life. Letting go of the spear with her left hand, she pulled back her right and initiated a jab forward. (94) The attack was aimed straight for the creature's face only to be deflected by his reaction of pulling his weapon up. The woman gave a small grin knowing with that block she had staggered the opponent and immediately jabbed once more with a scream (07). The spear went straight through and the goblin screamed before disappearing as soon as the spear reached the other side.

Tower Goblin #1
HP: 405/600
SP: 50
P.ATK/DEF: 40/10
M.ATK/DEF: 20/10

With her arm extended, she pulled back quickly and looked towards the other goblin who had two thirds of his health. She sighed, knowing the first battle took so long by herself. Hilde could only wonder 'how long and how tough will taking on the next dungeons be?' She couldn't even think of such a thing at this point but what she did know is that sleep had been catching up to her. The woman gripped her pole arm tight and screamed rushing forward. She then gripped her lance with both and hand as she neared the goblin. The neko then spun quickly hoping to land the first hit (69).

"Drivin Tempest!!" She screamed as her pole arm slammed the creature into the air. The lancer watched as the creature flew towards the ceiling in which she herself leapt to follow. Her screams echo'd as she continue'd her assault. The lady struck left gashing into the goblin's chest as virtual blood spurred from its body (11). She then jabbed forward striking once more into the wound (15). The neko could only giggle to see the creature suddenly on its last visible bar on its meter and with it speared it through the neck before pushing her lance down to descend into the ground. The two had made a crater once she landed and it was revealed after the dust cleared that the woman had been in a kneeling position panting in exhaustion. Using so much SP felt as if she had really been doing it. Her gauntlet covered hand went to her chest as she caught a breather and looked forward.

"I can't stop now…." She said before lifting herself up and continued towards the stairs before ascending and moving forward.

Tower Dungeon - 38%

1:30 A.M.


Hilde sighed as she went further into the area and leaned against the step of the second floor going to the third. By this point she had finished yet another battle and a few along the way. She could feel herself growing tired and could only guess from not seeing anyone yet that she had been the only one this far. The walk itself seemed to be getting to her as she looked upon the dungeon map to see where she was. A simple sigh escaped her lips as she personally hoped a few players would come if they weren't too exhausted.



Strasza
Dwarf (34)
EXP:12/30
Gold:80
Baldr - Town Square
1:17


Strasza looked up to examine the elf and then noticed the girl's companion follow up behind her. She smirked examining both of them before crossing her arms and leaning against the door way. There wasn't much to why she had been there when she did other then being at the right place at the right time. However what came from her mouth made the most sense that could be given other then her rude entrance of going into someone's room.

"I couldn't help but over hear your conversation while passing by… It is interesting to the least of everything that has happened. I recently came here to see what KoB would do personally about this matter. It doesn't seem like I'll be getting any back up quite yet. As far as I know, the first dungeon will be cleared before I go to sleep, however…. it-" She began before yawning. "Is rather late… I do hope there is someone out there… you two…" She said before examining there characters.

"Zeta… and Empyrean… We may as well go together if you two are up to it…. I don't mean to rush but I rather not stay in this place too long…"

After looking over there characters and gear she didn't know how affective they would be or even how strong the dungeon itself would be but she didn't care. Too much adrenaline had rushed into her and all she wanted was to get out at this point even if she knew it wasn't going to be as easy as clearing one dungeon.

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Empyrean
Elf(11)
EXP: 12/15
Gold: 1190
Baldr - City Limits


1:17 AM.


Empyrean stood a little behind Zeta as he took the lead of the of their part of the conversation. She quickly glanced over the dwarf's information and saw the large margin between their characters. Almost instantly, her confidence dropped as she realized how little help she would be to these people should they decide to take on the ominous tower. Neither of the friends had heard any information about what could be in the tower. 'Besides,' Empyrean reasoned to herself, 'If this girl is resorting to asking ME for help, she must have no idea what to expect as well.' Despite her lack of confidence, Empyrean had allied herself with Zeta and she trusted him to make solid decisions. He knew what she was capable of better than she did. Any amount of people to help damage the monster would be an advantage.

She masked her worry with a smile. Nothing was more detrimental to a group than low moral. Not trusting her voice to be strong, she remained silent. She planned on remaining so until she was directly addressed. After all, what did she know of strategy or ability. This was the first game she ever played and it could potentially be her last. Her only hope was that she could learn from Zeta without holding him back. She didn't want him to feel responsible for her, but she could hardly protect herself with the Player Killers and monsters out there. Not even being in town was safe any more. She had no safety unless in the presence of Zeta. If she lost him, she lost hope.

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Zeta
Human(29)
EXP: 12/20
Gold: 730
Baldr - Town Square


1:17 A.M.


Zeta took his position slightly in front of Empyrean as she practically shrunk behind him. He threw her a small smile to try and help calm her. Though he doubted she even noticed it. The dwarf, Strasza, as he now knew her to be called was a higher level than he. While that was normal of many players, he couldn't shake the feeling of some sort of familiarity. He dwelled on it a little as he sized her up. Suddenly, he realized who she was. He didn't know her per se, but he had certainly heard of her. She was good friends with the big boss and word had spread through the guild that she was a capable fighter.

He smiled at the woman in his doorway and began introductions. Though she already knew their names, he was obligated by the Knights to be polite, especially to ladies. It was in his nature anyway. "As you know, my name is Zeta. This is my good friend, Empyrean." He glanced back at the elf as he introduced her. She had a smile on her face, but her eyes told of the battle in her head. Despite the mass of emotions in her confused eyes, he saw her trust in him shine through. He winced internally. He was still getting used to leading someone to their potential death. He resolved that after this dungeon was cleared, he and Empyrean would begin training their abilities.

Realizing that an uncomfortable silence began to take hold, he eagerly replied, "We don't know what to expect from the tower, but we will gladly assist you. Anything to get out of here faster." The weight of making a decision left him, but it was immediately replaced with the heavier burden of his choice. He only hoped this burden would lessen as he passed control to someone else. "What would you have us do?" He planned on letting the more experienced player make the hard decisions, but he still had his and Empyrean's best interest in the forefront of his mind.

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Strasza
Dwarf (34)
EXP:15/30
Gold:100
Baldr - Town Square
1:17


Strasza crossed her arms as she closed her eyes leaning back against the frame of the doorway before opening one eye to go through the menu. She soon selected them to form a party and invited the two of them quickly. The dwarf then sighed before lifting herself up in a calm motion and looked at the two of them opening the other eye. Her hand then gestured to them having and waved them to walk with her. The girl wasn't quite sure what they may have been up against but it wasn't going to stop her from at the least finding out what they may be up against.

Assuming they followed along with her the dwarf began to speak.

"I'm not completely sure if you two have been outside and observed your surroundings of the town but in the distance and horizon of the city you will see a tower. I'm assuming it's the first dungeon... to our luck... The dungeon may be cleared already but this is not your typical MMO so ..I could be wrong. Follow me when your ready, I'm going to head over there and check it out. If you don't follow me immediately and I reach inside before it then I'll tell you to stay away... It'll fucking suck if I seem to die at the beginning but I'll do my best to not let that happen. I'll probably call Silver if its really too much trouble..." She said before running out of the barracks.

1:21




When she made it outside the town it seemed to be less lively, a lot of the people seemed to be sleeping on the streets because they couldn't afford housing quite yet which wasn't quite a surprise as she thought it would be. Especially when she realized the time on the UI. When Strasza saw that she yawned but then shook it off before running through town barely making it to the exit of the city when she saw a couple of level twenties coming back and couldn't help but over hear them talking as they walked back into town. They seemed to have a rather surprised look. Observing there gear, one was a two handed axe wielder and a bowman.

"-- Yeah, I can't believe it was cleared already!" The archer said.

"I bet KoB is already in motion and decided to take the initiative to clear the dungeons, so no one had to risk there lives, They already try to do there best from defending players from PKs."

Strasza held her hand out before walking in front of them.

"Hold on, The dungeon is seriously cleared?"

"I wouldn't be surprised, It's been an hour and twenty minutes since it was released... but.. what we're really going off on is that we walked for about ten minutes and nothing was there as if it was cleared..." The axeman replied.

Strasza put her finger to her lips in thought and grinned. "Thanks..." She said before rushing off out of the city and towards the dungeon. The two characters watched her and then shrugged to each other.

1:36


Strasza finally made it to the tower and began to speak.

"We finally made it. Quite a sight huh?" She gave yet another yawn. Personally she didn't want to be in this dungeon too long especially for the time it was but It couldn't be helped. Quickly the girl walked up to the entrance opened the menu to the dungeon and picked to enter. Suddenly she became engulfed in light and was suddenly teleported into the dungeon....

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Empyrean
Elf(11)
EXP: 15/15
Gold: 1200
Baldr - City Limits


1:17 A.M.


Empyrean couldn't help but jump when the ping of the team invite sounded. She hastily glanced over at Zeta, but found no hint as to his actions. Deciding to make a few of her own decisions, she accepted the the girl's request. She brushed past Zeta, giving him an encouraging hand squeeze as she followed the dwarf out the doorway of the modest room. Once they had entered the hallway, the dwarf began to speak. Empyrean paused before she replied, "I've seen the tower you speak of. It's certainly menacing enough to be a dungeon. I'll head over with you now. But, be careful. I don't know what we are against either, so I don't know how much help I will be. I'll try to keep you alive though." She said with a smile.

The dwarf took off running, the elf, despite her longer legs, could hardly keep up. Normally, she ran with great speed. She couldn't help but think that maybe she was just trying to prolong the journey to avoid actually facing whatever awaited in the tower.

1:21 A.M.


Empyrean followed Strasza's lead and slowed along with her, but when the dwarf took off again, she kept her slow pace. She knew where they were going, there was no rush. The dungeon would be there if she arrived in 5 minutes or 5 hours. The elf took the opportunity to glance around the town. It was almost deafeningly silent without the wails of fear from earlier in the night. It was hard to believe that it had only been just over an hour since the life changing event. She felt a pang in her chest as she saw the people sleeping in the streets. They weren't as lucky as she to have a more established friend. Watching a few of their sleeping forms reminded her just how long it had been since she slept. It seemed like another lifetime.

When she left the boundaries of town, she again picked up speed as she saw the tall tower. It was ominous as ever. Physically, there wasn't anything out of the ordinary or malicious about the tower, but it just gave off a feeling of ill will. Empyrean shivered at the thought of facing these monsters, but her will to improve and show her worth was still winning out.

1:40 A.M.


Empyrean was a few minutes behind the other two and arrived just as the other two were engulfed in light. She stood for another minute, alone in the world. She was at a fork in the road and this decision would decide her future. She saw how easy it would be to just run away and abandon Zeta and Strasza. She could hide out in Freya until the dungeons were cleared. It would be so simple to just hide and let others that were far more capable take care of the problem. Empyrean opened her menu and stared at the button to enter the dungeon. Despite the attractiveness of guaranteed survival, she selected the button and closed her eyes as she was engulfed in a bright light.

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Zeta
Human(29)
EXP: 15/20
Gold: 750
Baldr - Town Square


1:17 AM


As he expected, Zeta heard the telltale ping of Strasza's invite. He was still in a bit of a haze, contemplating the best actions to take. He accepted the request as he felt Empyrean's smooth hand grab his own. The touch, though fleeting, helped clear his mind and reminded him of the present. The girls left the doorway and he was once again alone in his room. He searched the room for any signs of change, but there were none. It looked exactly as it did when he had first joined the Knights. It didn't make sense. So much changed in a matter of hours yet everything still looks the same.

He left the room after a few seconds of contemplation and followed a short ways behind the rest of his party. He could hear them talking, but couldn't bring himself respond. Not that they demanded a response, he was just used to always knowing what to say. The women ahead of him broke of into a run as they left the barracks. He quickly followed suit and used this chance to catch up with them.

1:21 AM


Zeta passed Empyrean as she slowed down in the town. He sped up, not wishing to witness the depression that overtook the town again today. He finally slowed as he reached the edge of the town. He watched as Strasza engaged two approaching players. Their level was decent, but not great. They came bearing surprising news.

"Yeah, I can't believe it was cleared already!" The man with the bow exclaimed.

"I bet KoB is already in motion and decided to take the initiative to clear the dungeons, so no one had to risk there lives, They already try to do there best from defending players from PKs." The other player's news was what startled Zeta. He hadn't heard any news of the Knights clearing dungeons. Sure, he wasn't the highest on the totem pole, but something like this would require a lot of men. The player must have been mistaken. This did raise the question of who had cleared the dungeon. It couldn't have been a solo-er or a low level guild. Of course, the whole thing could just be a rumor and they were heading into a death trap. Lovely.

1:36 AM


The pair had finally made their way to the tower and Zeta was beginning to wonder where Em had disappeared to. He figured she might be stocking up on potions to prepare for the dungeon, but he had a nagging feeling in the pit of his stomach and he would feel much better if they were together. It's much easier to watch someone's back if you can actually see it.

Strasza's voice broke his worried concentration, "We finally made it. Quite a sight huh?"

He took one look at the imposing figure of the tower and agreed, "It's something alright." Once Strasza began dissolving into light, Zeta followed her suit and selected to enter the dungeon.

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Strasza
Dwarf (34)
EXP:18/30
Gold:120
Tower Dungeon - 0%
1:41 A.M


Strasza stretched once she entered the dungeon only to look behind her to see only Zeta followed. She shrugged for a moment and was about to run off into the dungeon but stopped after trotting only a few feet. The dwarf thought to herself raising her right index finger to her lips. What was on the mind of the dwarf was basically the thought of running ahead, leaving the two to follow further behind yet it was suddenly turned down. It was now a game of death and no party should split up. The woman waited only a few minutes before Empyrean finally showed up. It was then when the mage finally took in the atmosphere and her surroundings. It was rather cold and musky in this tower but it was nothing to be surprised about. There were many realistic temperatures and field effects in the game. The girl turned to face her companions before talking.

"You know, I heard this dungeon had been cleared... I just don't believe that. If you want to back out midway, you can but I plan on going to the end. I would expect since these dungeons can't be restarted and are basically open, they would give us a message saying a dungeon had been cleared" The woman sighed putting her arms behind her head as she began to walk forward and then began run as her arms lowered down. The girl began to think, if they weren't the only ones here. They need to hurry for god knows what danger they may be in.


Tower Dungeon - 19%
1:50 A.M.


After running for nine minutes the girl panted as she stopped to take a break. Her arm went to her chest and to a point felt as if she could feel her heart beating. The girl then looked back to see if the others were fine behind her before leaning against a wall as she caught her breath.

"man... dungeons in this game must be intense... you'd think with this much running, we'd reach the top... the tower on the outside was definitely not misleading if not underleading the size inside itself. Now this really does make me think those two gave up too easily.." The dwarf said with some pants in between. The girl looked down over the stair case to see how far above the ground they were and quite a ways they were. Enough to kill you in and instant if you fell. To a point this made Strasza queezy and had her back away, shaking her head soon after. The girl then allowed the other two to rest before once again taking off.

Tower Dungeon - 33%
1:57 A.M.


A little longer did the dwarf run up the tower seeing opened chest and emptied rooms. It began to frustrate her to a point but she didn't show it, at least too much. She through her hand against the concrete wall as she made it to this check point. She began to wonder: Who or what party decided to take this much time to go through this dungeon? Was this meant for small groups or perhaps larger? The scale of the dungeon was massive and a solo player having to kill would be quite a struggle seeing they have just been running and have yet to reach the end. In any older MMO, with a straight run like this, they would be at the end even when killing trash mobs along the way. It then dawned her that even normal fields in this game were quite large which she spent quite some time just wandering.

"So what do you guys think of all of this? Been running awhile and still no monsters yet... Not only that but we've yet to reach the end. If anything, not even close." The girl would listen to there replies and then scratch her head in thought as she sighed looking towards the next staircase. It was definitely interesting seeing the interior of the old tower with books opened and sounds of leaks and the slightly darkness that seemed to follow with the area. She began to miss the bright sun of the plains by this point. In a certain moment she couldn't help but realize it had been seventeen minutes since they began the run up the dungeon and could help as she once again began to run to the next staircase how long this would take.

Tower Dungeon - 52%
2:06 A.M.


As they passed mid point of the dungeon the dwarf stretched and sighed looking back to her party members seeig if they were still well.

"We can rest for now if you like but... I'm going to keep going. Like I said earlier, you can rush back out if you don't think its worth it. I wouldn't blame you. This place seems completely cleared out... but I have a feeling we're getting close and I personally want to see what the end of the this tower looks like... I do hope they have an easy way out at the end though. Man that would be horrid if I have to camp here. Especially seeing that dungeons are open zones and definitely not sanctuaries..." The dwarf said softly as she began to go into thought once more. It had been quite a thoughtful night for the girl thus far with everything going on. It was only natural that she'd begin taking things into account, especially when her life is now on the line. The girl began to move forward as she began to think back when the game was really just a game to her. Fresh out of the Alpha box for her at least. Things were so much more laid back and she was less tense but its not like she didn't have a reason to not be.

Strasza let out a sight of relief as she wasn't too sure on what the others would decide but her mind was set. She hoped they wouldn't turn back seeing they walked all would've walked all this way with her and it would be safer as a group but the mage wouldn't blame they to give up. The dwarf also couldn't help but feel slightly dizzy from the lack of sleep yet she also felt the adrenaline pumping up in her with will to go on.

Tower Dungeon - 95%
2:35 A.M.


Twenty-nine minutes passed as Strasza continued up and sighed turning around and looking back. She felt rather discouraged and upset because she climbed this tower and she has yet to see or hear signs of another player yet she didn't reach the boss room yet. This was the final thing her will latched onto until suddenly upon the floor of the tower when she came to the last step sat a Neko woman with a blind fold. She seemed to be still as her legs were curled close to her and her arms hugged her lance.

"Is she sleeping...?" She thought out loud.

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Empyrean
Elf(11)
EXP: 3/15
Gold: 1160

Tower Dungeon 0%
1:41 A.M.


Empyrean had made her decision to follow through with her promise. However, as soon as her skin felt the cold dampness of the stale air, she began to regret her choice. It didn't matter, for it was too late to turn back. She wouldn't even if she could. Nothing would cause her to abandon Zeta and her new acquaintance. She just wished the fear causing her stomach to tumble would lessen.

As though the dwarf had heard her inner musings, Strasza spoke, "You know, I heard this dungeon had been cleared... I just don't believe that. If you want to back out midway, you can but I plan on going to the end. I would expect since these dungeons can't be restarted and are basically open, they would give us a message saying a dungeon had been cleared."

The thought that the dungeon might have already been cleared did help her fraying nerves, though she too felt that this was false. If anything, there could be another soul fighting for their life that they could help. Empyrean carefully mulled over Strasza's suggestion to back out midway. Now that she had been given an out, it wouldn't be as if she were fully abandoning them.

Empyrean caught eyes with the girl while walking next to her, "I'll stay until the end."

Tower Dungeon 19%
1:50 A.M.


Empyrean had been a runner back in the real world. She could run all day. But now in this endless dungeon, she found herself to be mildly winded. Maybe spending so much time in the game made her soft. Perhaps it was her fear crushing her lungs and preventing ample airflow. She might never know.

In response to Strasza's glance over the side, she muttered, "Maybe we should stay towards the center of the lane. If we are too close to the edge, it would be easy for someone to surprise attack us and push us off."

Tower Dungeon 33%
1:57 A.M.


Seeing all of the emptied rooms as they ran past was kindling the fire of Empyrean's fear. Each mobless room and treasureless chest reminded her how little a level she was. She didn't have anywhere near as much experience fighting as the other two in her group in this game, let alone games in general. Every room they passed that didn't have a monster to fight was another lost opportunity to practice for this boss. As an archer, she's most likely going to be a safe range away from the monster, whatever it is, but she would be little more than a distraction while Zeta and Strasza were the main attraction.

Strasza's comment brought her to thinking aloud, "What do we do if only the boss is left? We won't know what to expect if no one is there."

Tower Dungeon 52%
2:06 A.M.


Empyrean shrugged in response to Strasza. She had already pledged to go to the end and she was tired of thinking. Her nerves were strained and her mind was tired. For about 2 hours now, she had thought of nothing but her mortality, the futility of continuing the game, her lack of experience. Honesty, she was beginning to annoy herself. She had never been this hopeless before, she wouldn't be now. Instead, she counted her blessings of having Strasza and Zeta to back her up and that she had survived thus far.

"I'll stay with you. I'm sure we can continue on, but if we need to camp we can take sleeping shifts. I'm still awake enough." Staying up into the wee hours of the morning had become kind of a habit since playing the game. Though none have been quite as taxing as these last few.

Tower Dungeon 95%
2:35 A.M.


The monotonous emptiness was slowly driving Empyrean mad. She wanted to just get this battle over with! To her amazement, a neko woman lay on the floor ahead of them. They had finally reached someone that might know what is going on.

"Is she sleeping?" questioned Strasza.

"Is she alive?" Empyrean added in a hopeful tone.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Strasza Character Portrait: Hilde Character Portrait: Empyrean Character Portrait: Zeta

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Zeta
Human(29)
EXP: 18/20
Gold: 770

Tower Dungeon 0%
1:41


Zeta opened his eyes after the bright light ebbed away. The dark and cold seeped into his bones through his armour. He had never felt so thankful to be in a guild that supplied members with such powerful armour than he was at that moment. Once his eyes had adjusted to the darkness of the dungeon, he noticed Strasza looking behind him for something. He turned as well and was surprised to see that Empyrean hadn't caught up to them yet. In all their adventures together, she could easily leave him in the dust. As he waited, each passing minute brought him more unease. He couldn't help but worry what could have happened to Em. She could have been taken out by a PKer for all he knew. He had just promised himself to protect her and here he was leaving her behind to find certain death. To his relief, she appeared and he let go of a breath he had been holding since the pillar of light appeared.

Hearing the exchange between the two females of the party, Zeta thought to himself, "Em, you're an idiot." He knew how stubborn she could be, but she was hoping that her fear would cause her to make the smart move and run if the going got tough.

Tower Dungeon 19%
1:50


They had been running for almost 10 straight minutes and it was taking its toll on Zeta. Thankfully, the two women in front of him stopped and he collapsed in a panting heap while they looked barely winded. Though, to his credit, he had never been fond of running and his armour probably weighed more than either of them. The down side to bulky armour was sacrificed mobility and the heavy weight.

Empyrean's statement made him smile, she was beginning to think like a strategist. He had taught her well. He would have patted her on the back and spoke of his pride, but he was quite busy just trying to catch his breath. The other two took off again and while he was in better shape, he still didn't want to run. He hated running.

Tower Dungeon 33%
1:57


So far the group hadn't encountered any sort of mob. Zeta hoped that would change so he could finally rest. He wasn't sure what that said about him if he thought fighting was a rest compared to running. Though if they had to travel much further, he wasn't sure how useful he would be in a fight either. His lack of sleep was catching up to him and his armour felt heavier with every step.

He leaned against the wall in an attempt to rest his aching legs and replied. "We assume we don't know what we are up against and take it one step at a time."

Tower Dungeon 52%
2:06


Reaching the half way point, Zeta seriously considered taking up Strasza's offer. They hadn't encountered one enemy mob or otherwise and he was tired beyond all thought. Unfortunately for him, he saw Empyrean's will to stay in the dungeon. Her stubbornness was certainly getting the better of her. He wanted to stay with her, but he also wanted to sleep in his bed back at the barracks. Normally, he'd be all for defeating a dungeon, but he was getting bored of just running. His lungs felt as though they were on fire.

"Damn it" was his only response to his other party members.

Tower Dungeon 95%
2:35


Thankfully, the girls had stopped again. Unfortunately, this was due to a body in the middle of the way. She obviously wasn't an NPC, but she was still laying there so she also wasn't dead.

"She's alive, Em. She could be dangerous though." Zeta reached for his sword, ready to begin the fight he had been waiting for.

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Strasza Character Portrait: Hilde Character Portrait: Empyrean Character Portrait: Zeta

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Strasza
Dwarf (34)
EXP:18/30
Gold:120




[center]Hilde
Neko (36)
EXP:15/30
Gold:1850
Tower Dungeon - 95%
2:35 A.M.




Hilde had been taking a small catnap for the last twenty minutes accidentally from her taking a short break without realizing how exhausted she had become. The world just wasn't normal anymore especially when she wasn't use to the fact that her character (Herself) was still in the game. Usually the game logged you out the moment it sensed you were asleep but that was then and this is now. While in her daze as her eyes were closed she began to think of all these factors as what seemed to be hearing voices. Asking whether she was alive or asleep. This only made her wonder if the whole thing was a dream and she was really back in reality. Neighbors just came in to see if she was ok, thats all. The Neko's eyes on the outside began to move although it was obviously hidden yet her eyebrows did begin to quiver. Her fingers began to move as if they were feeling to see there surroundings and suddenly in instinct she grabbed her pole arm. Which suddenly made her gasp, jerking herself up. It was then when she found her drowsed answer as her head moved to see the 3 players near her. First the the dwarf and then moved to the elf and then the human who was reaching for his sword.

"You don't want to do that…" She said lifting herself up only to jab her pole arm into the ground to help her. Strasza crooked her head before looking to the others only to notice Zeta going for his weapon which she immediately threw her hand in the way and shook her head. The dwarf then went to the menu and accessed the examine menu and finally realized who this player was. It wasn't natural for a character model such a this, especially as a Neko but this made complete sense. Although her thoughts were only of what she read which other then that wasn't anything too special. Closing the menu Strasza began to speak.

"I'm sorry but we're not here to fight. I was simply looking to clear this dungeon and wasn't too sure if someone was up here. Were there others with you…?"

"Ha - No dear. It's been me the entire time.. you caught me in my catnap. I forgot I can't just fall asleep with the helmet on anywhere… These dungeons are too long…I'm surprised It's taken so long for creatures so low. I'm also surprised no one came sooner… I guess the world is too afraid and in shock still" Hilde replied.

"No.. Its more so people just believe the dungeon is cleared already… traveling 15% of the way and no mobs does tend to say something but ---" The dwarf began until interrupted.

"There would've been some global message seeing dungeons can only be done once in the entire world. None the less… as you see the last five percent is this long hall way and … that door. These monsters have been some thrill but I can only wonder how powerful the boss will be"

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Character Portrait: Strasza Character Portrait: Hilde Character Portrait: Empyrean Character Portrait: Zeta

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Empyrean
Elf(12)
EXP: 6/15
Gold: 1180

Tower Dungeon 95%
2:35 A.M.


Despite Zeta's statement, Empyrean was more than a little surprised when the Neko woman began standing and spoke. The elf couldn't help the shiver that shook her body from the powerful aura of the woman. Her blindfolded eyes certainly added to her mystery. At the woman's remark about Zeta's over-protectiveness, Em gently placed a hand on his shoulder, knowing his heart was in the right place. Zeta seemed to be the type that shot first and asked questions later. Hopefully, she'd be able to teach him one day that violence was very rarely the answer.

Em kept quiet as the two far more experienced players were talking, but her antsy feeling was returning. If anything, they were wasting time and strength talking about who cleared the tower so far. At this point, it didn't matter to her who cleared it as long as they could finish off the boss and go home. Though, they couldn't really go home. They were stuck in this damn game. Something that her mind continually decided to remind her of. She began to shift her weight from one leg to another. The dungeon was slowly stealing her sanity and she was wondering if that was actually a side effect of being in the dungeon or just the game itself. In the past 2 hours, she had become much more confident in her abilities as a player and her personality was much different. Becoming trapped definitely caused her stress, but she still felt a little detached as though it wasn't actually happening.

After one of the women made a remark about the boss, Em could hardly contain her anxiety. She really just wanted to leave the dungeon and curl up in Zeta's bed where she can pretend all of this was a dream. With surprising confidence, she finally broke her silence, "I don't know about you all, but all this waiting is making me nervous. If I've learned anything from my brothers playing games, it's that we won't know what to expect until we fight at least the first boss. We could be psyching ourselves out over nothing. Not that the boss will be easy, but if we think about it too much, it will just make it that much harder to defeat. I say we figure out who will lead us into the room and just take it from there. I'm ready."

And she was. She would take down anything in her way to get home.