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Katie Brighton

"It does not matter what you do, as long as what you do is what you know is good."

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Curtsive

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ImageTrue name is Bskevoliq Brighton, but Katie is his Terran English name.

Katie is dim, affable, and curious. His home planet, Teta IV, is a matriarchal theocracy with a strict hold on it's residents. The culture integrates all of the citizens into the main religion, which, surprisingly, is far more forgiving than the actual society. It takes a lot for a citizen of Teta IV to escape Teta IV, but through money and family ties, the mercenary has achieved just that.

Generally, he doesn't follow his culture's socially acceptable norms, such as deep-seated xenophobia. He is deeply religious, but prefers to carry out his religious affairs in private rather than public, not even going so far as to pertain to religious clothing laws.
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Vrischvu is Katie's religion, with the ruling goddess of Dezil. She preaches equality in all humankind and leading a virtuous life.

Equipment:

Katie's armor is made by his father's company; Brighton. They're big on quality and aesthetics. His armor by itself is lightweight - using steel, cloth, and other various metals. It does it's job as effectively as it can while remaining light, mostly protecting his chest and leg areas. The designs are custom and have a Celtic influence.

With him, he keeps a black bow. It seems standard - high quality, malleable, and expensive. A small white engraving is on the side of it - Brighton again. It leads one to believe all his equipment is manufactured custom.

He uses different arrows, most of them being capped or have barely detectable bristles.

So begins...

Katie Brighton's Story

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"Is alright. Am grateful to go through process anyway." Katie said. "Is opportunity I cannot pass up. Even if I am not accepted, I intend to pay for cruise. Meet too many people not to. Am interest in Misran culture, and interest in Misrana. But grass is always greener on the other side, yeah?"

Shadow reached for Katie's hand, and it took him by surprise. After a quick flinch, he smiled with a knit brow. The girl was confusing. But that was alright. She wasn't a bad one either.

And he wondered if there was any basis behind Shadow's statement. It helped to know he didn't leave a negative impression; he was sure he was, by her demeanor. "The way you talk, Shadow. I am sure you have good heart too."

Though he felt dread, for a reason he wouldn't quite say. An expression passed his face that indicated it, but the frown he bore was stifled almost instantly.

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Katie seemed to be encroaching on difficult territory, but he didn't seem to harbor the same surprise that Jessica had when Shadow spoke again. "I have told Jessica. There is saying in my religion. It does not matter what you do, as long as what you do is what you think is good. You do not need heart to have good soul."

He crouched in place, his arms resting lazily on his thighs, and moved his attention from Shadow to Jessica, as if the girl hadn't said anything awry. "Sich says she wants me on her... team? Unit? I work security for Misran ship, as hired hand. Am not sure what will actually happen, yet."

And then he shook his head. "I have nowhere to be. I would like very much to stay with you." He lowered his voice, and glanced to Shadow before speaking again. This time, to only Jessica. "She is not so bad as you think she is," He said, in a voice so quiet it was almost as if he were mouthing the words.

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"Yes," Katie said. "Men and women... there is no difference where I am from. We wear same garb and practice same things, share same names. Only difference in culture is that women are allowed to be in politics, because our goddess dictates it so."

"Is much different than Terra, perhaps Misran. We are required to attend etiquette classes until we are thirteen, is where they teach such things."

He rocked backwards and sat on the floor from where he was crouching, and rested the elbows of his arms on the tops of his knees. "Is different on your planet?"

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"Ah. Only have humans on Teta IV. Our people like it that way. Not as open-mind as Misrana or Terra. With all our faults, though... Our people mean well. They don't know the universe as I would." He nodded as she pointed between herself and Shadow.

"It is good that you go to Misrana, then. You said you wanted to leave, did you not...? Not to Terra, I assume. Perhaps if you did not die, you were not supposed to die? Life works in mystery ways."

Although he didn't mind the change in subject, Katie didn't deny it. He embraced it with a grin. Talking about his armor and his weapons made him prideful; they were his. "Yes, is what Terran English calls a bow. Only string and wood, though mine is made of bending metal. Shoot arrows off it, which are stick with pointed heads on them." He faltered. "...Perhaps you would like me to show you how it works?" He asked, upon realization that he hadn't had it with him at the time.

"I can use gun as well, but bow is quiet, and was my birth-weapon. Am not very well with gun."

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"Ah. Perhaps I get ahead of myself. Misrana does not require their citizens to learn weapons?" Katie asked, brow knitting, but eyes curious. How strong would their army be, then? How do they defend themselves? Those were the types of questions that ran through his mind. Perhaps they didn't need armies, but Misrana was dangerous, was it not?

"Am doing nothing yet, except learning ATWs. I assume I will not until am accepted. If I am free, then tomorrow would be just fine." His brow seemed to relax, by then, his curious expression dissolving. He enjoyed Jessica's company. She wasn't brash or excitable, and she asked questions about his culture that he enjoyed answering. It was a fault of his; he enjoyed talking about himself. But they both indulged it finely.

"And tonight just as well. I cannot guarantee we will be able to shoot things well in dark, however." He said, smirking. "The Terran city is a different place at night, though. Always awake, and their lights so bright you cannot see the stars when you're in city. Is not too bad a substitute, yeah?"

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Katie rose to his feet as well, and waited at the door for Jessica to be ready. "I have room on ship," He said. "Will stop by there and grab it on our way."

And so, he made his way out of her room, his steps quiet as not to disturb the sleeping girl inside.

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Katie nodded and grinned in anticipation as he followed Sich, trailing close behind. The sight of the garage still amazed him. It was wonderful, though he couldn't help the dangerous feeling of having animals all around him. His attention was only brought back when they reached the opposite end of the garage, where he prepared to recieve his ATW.

"Qa...vi...seri?" He mimicked, repeating it under his breath but af ew times. "Qaviseri." He mimicked for the final time, seeming to get a good hold on the word. It was only in time that the vehicle he'd been designated speedily came out of it's mechanic stronghold, and the archer seemed to flinch at the sight of it.

But his surprise was soon appeased as the vehicle stopped in front of him, seemingly tame. They were still animals to him. They became animals when Kaslane had first pounced on him at the festival. His jaw slowly closed, and he cautiously moved a hand closer to Narikit.

His gaze passed between Sich and the new vehicle, showing a slight confusion as to what he was supposed to do. "Am Katie," He said to the beast, not expecting much of a sentient response. "Does Narikit have temper like Kaslane?" He asked, partially to the beast and mostly to Sich.

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Katie shared the same hesitance that the bio-machine had, as if he were rolling the dice and attempting to pet a rabies-laden dog. When it approached, he slightly retracted his hand a little before returning it to it's previous position. A smile was shot Sich's way, only briefly, and boy was it chock full of nervousness.

He admired the girl's braveness in approaching Narikit, but it wasn't anything to be unexpected. When the beast rose it's paw, his smile spread in awe, and a little bit of fear was alleviated. "Okay," He said to Sich, "Is very good."

Though, his hand immediately retracted as the Qaviseri roared and bore it's teeth. Only when Narikit closed it's mouth did he approach the creature again, and place his hand on the scruff of it's neck. "...Perhaps the most dangerous animal I've ever seen," He remarked, probably in response to the small metal weapon attachments that extended from it's paws.

"Very nice to meet you, Narikit." He said again, still in partial astonishment. "...You will have to teach me how to ride her, Sich."

His hand, which was laying flatly on the beast's neck, began scratch it behind the ears.

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Katie grinned, his nervousness seeming to alleviate itself when the large animal had responded the same as the common house cat would. His hand ran from the beast's head to the beast's back, and he took the new demeanor of Narikit as an acceptance. He couldn't help but mutter a, "Please do not kill me," before stepping up and clumsily climbing onto the back of the animal.

He patted the beast on the neck again, before leaning forward and holding onto whatever looked tangible infront of him. His feet adjusted themselves and he bore the same nervous expression as he had earlier. It was obvious he wasn't used to riding anything - certainly not large, dangerous beasts. "Yes," He said, "Will do now. These... go fast?" He asked, an uncertainty lining his voice.

As Kaslane bounded forward to meet them, he nodded at the other beast and then to Sich, signalling that he was ready. "...And obstacle course is far from here?"

He was going to have a time. Whether that time was good depended on what happened after.

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null"...Is big garage," Katie said, the information not being quite as obvious to him as it was to Sich. Though, the question arose in the first place simply because he was nervous to ride.

He did place his legs in the grooves in Narikit's sides, and when the straps came over them, it installed a small feeling of panic. It took a considerable amount of effort not to simply pull his legs out and hop off the vehicle again. Instead, he leaned into the seat and held onto the wheel for near-dear life.

"O...kay." He murmured, his eyes glancing over the holographic screen. There were figures and numbers, and he didn't understand what most of them meant. The rest he could infer, but he was more than happy to press onto the green button to make the screen disappear. It rang true that he didn't know much of what he was getting himself into.

But he could adjust, right?

"And how do I go?" He asked, the last syllable uttered quietly, as not to let his vehicle overhear it. After all, it would be better if he were prepared when Narikit took off. "Is there pedal?"

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"Got it."

Katie had cautiously done so, and gradually began to dig his heels backward. He looked to Sich, and leaned to the side which the Garage was on. He made a silent prayer that Narikit was as well-behaved as she acted.

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Ad Narikit moved forward, Katie's nervousness seemed to wane again as he began to take control of the vehicle. He dug his heels in further, as Sich had suggested, as to keep up with Kaslane and the raven-haired guard. When they stopped, he relieved his heels and took place behind both of them, and quietly examined the hall infront.

He nodded to Sich, smirking a bit at his own accomplishments. It wasn't much, but even claiming the bio-vehicle was a feat in itself, in Katie's mind. He followed close behind Sich, occasionally leaning right or left to see what'd happen and get the gist as his heels lightly pushed on the pedals behind them.

He was growing confident, even, and gave a coy nod and smile to Sich. "She is easy to learn," He said. "I trust her."

Narikit would soon find herself pat on the neck again, as Katie temporarily released a hand off the wheel to do so. He brought it back quickly, and seemed to be far less skittish in the steps he took.

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Katie nodded to Sich, as they parted ways.

Needless to say, upon seeing the first spark run up the pole, his confidence had retreated as quickly as it came. Perhaps that was how they trained new riders? Being shocked was certainly a motivation to do well.

He glanced down at the ATW as it looked back at him, temporarily stifling his expression of unease. His hand shot to the back of his neck, where he pressed on the device once again, and it hissed as it had before. For a minute or two, he sat in silence, attempting to control his breathing. Putting in trust into a beast, whose kind had shown they were able to disregard their owner's commands, in retrospect, wasn't the easiest thing to do.

But still, he was determined to do so. A quick glance around and he'd directed Narikit to the widest opening in the maze.

"Ready, lady?" He asked his vehicle, and pressed through the maze. His leans were tight and slight as he'd attempted to turn, obviously showing a bit of hesitation on his part.

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Katie advanced Narikit toward one of the holes in the ground. It wasn't enough to shock them, and he had stopped just short of it, but rather a test. Was it timed? Did they retract? Did they shoot up when approached? He wasn't too confident in his maneuvering skills, and that was certain to anyone watching.

Soon, though, he leaned Nirikit to maneuver around the hole they'd stepped to, watching it as they passed. He jerked backwards when his eyes slipped from what they passed to what was in front of them, which would stop them quite short of another hole.

As he flinched, he patted the animal on the side.

"Sorry," He said.

It was going to be a challenge.

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Katie seemed to ignore the sound from the beast and press his heels backward. He advanced, slowly at first, but when he began to lean into and past the jutting electrical poles, the pace began to pick. At that point, he hoped Narikit would employ some of her own intuition. They were speeding up.

His leans were still rigid in tight, not wanting to lean so far as to touch the poles himself, rather than the animal. And he was tense. There was no getting past that, and certainly no relaying all of his trust within the animal.

But he was learning quickly. As their pace quickened, he seemed to loosen up. Perhaps a bit too much.

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Katie's grip tightened as he flinched and prepared for impact, only to steady himself and find that Narikit had taken the blow for him. He was apologetic, if only for a moment, as his eyes were fixated on the course. He ducked as she did, and resumed his previous cautious position.

There wasn't much of a technique to it. He had to have reflexes. He did have them, but they were considerably dulled due to the situation, and the fear of being electrocuted. It was part of the training, though, and no doubt would he have just as hard a time maneuvering it elsewhere.

They began to pick up speed again as Katie pressed his heels back, but he would only go so far as to keep Narakit under a run and over a jog. He seemed to be learning, however, and his turns became more fluid.

He could only imagine how bad it'd looked from the observation room.

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They did so, and Narikit and Katie soon found themselves in the next room. A contemplative glance forward and down on the rider's part, and they were almost ready to progress.

Katie surveyed the ground before he'd even thought of pressing forward. It seemed fine; no place for a large, electrified pole to jut out and shock him or his vehicle. At first, he proceeded slowly, but that was soon nullified as they'd gained their previous speed, and began to go far faster. His heels dug into the pedals and his hands gripped the wheel, knuckles turning white.

The only time he'd falter would be if he'd seen an end in sight.

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Katie glanced to the holograph, though his eyes quickly tore from it to the track. He'd seen what it said. Perhaps a little too early, his hands move to the handles and yanked upwards, almost desperately.

He was panicked and early in his pursuits.

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"Hold on, Nirikita," He said, after a grunt left his mouth on the initial impact.

But Katie drew a blank.

His legs were strapped into the vehicle. He could reach up, but the length of the vehicle's body would mean his arm wouldn't reach anything. Without realizing it, gravity slipped his heels backwards into the pedals behind them.

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Katie needed that breath. He took a minute to himself to stop and wait, before glancing down to Nirikita, and pressing on the pedals again.

There was no going back. He didn't press lightly at first, like the other times. There was a brief moment's hesitation when his feet grazed the pedals, but soon, they would be going as fast as the vehicle would allow him to.

And this time, when he jerked back the handles, his jumps were timed relatively well.

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Oooh boy. Katie was far ahead of himself. He slowed down Narikit until they reached a stop in front of the pit. He didn't know the capabilities of the animal, and he definitely wasn't sure of himself about walking on walls. The archer regarded the pit with an air of discontent.

What was he supposed to do? Was there a button? Did he just lean the cat into the wall? Did he have to jump? Nervousness came back as he directed Narikit backwards, if only to come to a space where they'd be able to get enough momentum to run if they'd had.

"Sich?" He asked.

He hoped he wasn't alone.

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"I am, confused," Katie said. He didn't seem surprised by the hologram.

"How to... tread on walls?"

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Katie shook his head. "Is good."

His thumb moved to the green button, which assumably dismissed the hologram. Perhaps it may have seemed blunt to Sich, but he was more focused on completing the obstacle course than staying within and watching a video of a seemingly relatively easy maneuver.

After gaining distance away from the pit, he jammed his foot into the pedal behind him and leaned toward the wall. when he got to the edge, he jerked back the handles again. His feet did not release the pedals.

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The encounter was over quick enough, to Katie's relief. As they hit the walls and clambered forward, his death-grip on the handles grew tighter as gravity attempted to pull him down, but the leg braces kept him in place.

He took a moment to clutch his chest and rest his head forehead. When Narikit stopped, he released his grip from the handles and rested his head in his arms. The moment only lasted a moment, before he gave Narikit a commending pat.

And then he directed her forward.

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"I feel," Katie said, "Like I almost died."

His heart was racing. He reached downward to pull his legs out of the straps and release himself, and if he had, he happily clambered off of Nirikit, and he staggered as if he had to relearn how to walk. His hand reached to his vehicle to support him as he bent over and held his other hand on his chest.

"I could have died?" He asked, a brow raising, then.

Momentarily, his hand reached to the device on the back of his neck again. It relayed the same reaction that it had earlier, but by god if he didn't feel like his lungs were about to explode.