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Title: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 04, 2018, 01:37:48 PM

This RP was inspired by numerous pieces of media and stories I've come across! Some may be more obvious than others!

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Once upon a time, humans and monsters lived in harmony.

Humans, with their impressive ability to survive in the most extreme of conditions, blessed monsters with technology, medicine, and invited them to coexist amongst them.
Monsters, with their amazing skills and unique features, protected the humans from danger and gifted the humans with their magic, amazing resourcefulness, and their ancient, peaceful culture

For eons, this balance was what kept the world at peace. Humans and Monsters formed powerful bonds.
That is, until darkness befell the lands.
A dark cloud, like smoke, filled the sky. No one knew where it came from, or why it appeared, but it blocked out the sun. The planet began to cool.

The humans and monsters blamed each other for this cloud. They began to fight. The fighting became a war.
The war lasted for years, and the cloud did not disperse. Humans and monsters had done unspeakable atrocities to each other, and there were few survivors on either side, but still they fought.

Until....the cloud left. One day, it simply vanished, and the sun shone again.
Humans and monsters stopped fighting. There was no reason for the war, anymore. Neither side knew what the reason for the cloud was for, but it was gone now.

Monsters and humans alike recognized their horrors they'd brought upon both the opposing kind and their own, and the two sides made a pact to live separately to rebuild their respective civilizations. Monsters found a new home underground, in deep caverns. Humans found their wartorn lands too grisly to rebuild and abandoned the world of land for a life on artificial islands and boats on the glimmering sea.

But as a symbol of peace between them,
as an apology for the wars,
and as a ritual of joy in hopes to keep the darkness away,
The humans and monsters arrange interracial partnerships among their kinds by randomly selecting the names of their eligible young citizens in a drawing.
The humans and monsters selected will be sent to Grey Abyss Castle to all live together. This castle is unique, for it's so vast it has entrances for humans and for the monsters far underground. The goal of this ceremony and coupling?
Peace among monsters and humans!

But what will happen when the darkness returns?

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Apologies for that loooonng intro of lore, really takes ya back to the days of my earlier RPs!
Essentially, the humans have lived on the sea on manmade islands, and the monsters have all lived underground. Monsters can have a variety of characteristics, such as blue skin, fur, no skin (skeletons), scales, horns, hooves, a great height, fangs, beaks, many eyes, no eyes, tails, etc! However, for simplicity, the monsters should all stay humanoid and preferably under nine feet in height. As long as they're clearly monsters!
Technology in this RP is very similar to modern technology, so characters can have phones and there will be use of computers, FaceTime, etc, although some technological differences will occur! (No elaboration there)
Fashion can be as similar to or as different from modern fashion as you want!

Monsters do have some magic, but for a monster to really know how to use magic they need to have trained in it from a young age, making them a 'Wick', who can specialize in healing magic, offensive magic, illusion magic, or protective magic! The magic and such is pretty much what the title states and if your character is a Monster with magic, or a 'Wick', they will have had to train for it (Usually healing Wicks are like medics, offensive Wicks are soldiers or guards, illusive Wicks are spies, and protective Wicks are also guards, but your characters will not technically have these titles yet, and will instead have just been training for the role!)
Humans are skilled tinkerers, usually, as their society is very focused on tech, but only some humans who have worked for it for a while will have the ability to be mechanics, hackers, or inventors! Humans are also skilled navigators!

I'm hoping for an even number of humans and monsters!!!
NOTE: In the RP plot, character's will be 'paired' as couples for the peace ceremony. This may not result in actual relationships between the characters, which is okay! Characters can even develop relationships with characters they weren't 'paired' with, or none at all! Good for drama, which I dig,

CARDS:
Name:
Age (17-20):
Monster or Human?:
Appearance:
Personality:
Skills:
Other:

(Influences for this, in case you didn't guess/want to know for reference, are Undertale, Deltarune, Made in Abyss, Hunger Games, Matched, Uglies, Voltron, Moana, Homestuck, and Ava's Demon!)
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 04, 2018, 01:40:14 PM
Obligatory Forum Glitch post!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 04, 2018, 01:58:27 PM
Oh I have an idea and I’m so in
Also my first idea is a monster but if we wind up monster-heavy I have some vague ideas for a human also
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 04, 2018, 02:08:44 PM
Oooooo I'm so glad you're interested!!!!! And rad, I'm super glad you've got ideas!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 05, 2018, 12:14:23 PM
Question, how long ago was the cloud and the war and all that? Would our characters remember it, would they have parents or grandparents who remember it, or what? Also do monsters have separate naming traditions, or would they have human names too?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 05, 2018, 12:16:25 PM
The war is an event that I'd suppose, hmm, monsters and humans' great-grandparents would've remembered from their childhoods. Most who lived through the war are dead now, but the effects of it still hang over the civilizations!
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 05, 2018, 12:50:10 PM
Name: Aphis Lycoda
Age (17-20): 18
Monster or Human?: Monster
Appearance: Aphis is a short woman, about 5'4", with two large main eyes and four smaller eyes under those ones, each with a purple iris. Her hair is styled in a black bob with an undercut, and she has a flat nose that's hard to see aside from two slits. She has small fangs and a very thin frame, as well as four arms instead of simply two. Her skin is a cool blue, and covered in thin blue fur. Her skin is a darker blue in areas like her lips, elbows, and cheeks. She wears a simple nice outfit consisting of a pale blue dress shirt and dark blue overall shorts, as well as white knee-high socks and black dress shoes.
Personality: Aphis is a quiet young woman who doesn't necessarily understand the complexities of social interaction. She prefers to simply assist when needed and watch the light reflect off of the crystalline roof above the caverns. Aphis is very thoughtful and logical, and is very afraid of small insects. She hopes to inherit her family's shop, which she works at, and is a good listener.
Skills: Aphis is skilled in organization and thinks like a true businesswoman. She is also a skilled baker, and is very intelligent. She and the rest of her family also have excellent vision (six eyes!) and good strength (four arms!).
Other: Aphis is pronounced like Ay-fiss. She's been told by her family that humans are evil beings who hate monsters, and isn't sure whether or not she believes it.

Name: Orville Mondo
Age (17-20): 19
Monster or Human?: Human
Appearance: Orville is tall, with a dark tan and bright green eyes. His hair is black and curly and a little past chin-length. He has a missing tooth a scar on his lip, and he wears pretty grimy clothes and some large goggles (not always on his eyes). As a contrast to the rest of his rugged appearance, his fingernails are delicately painted red.
Personality: Orville is good-natured and optimistic, and tries to do as much as he can to be a good friend. He's very determined and hard-working, and can often be stubborn. He loves to fix up machines and is very curious, always wanting to learn more about everything, even if he doesn't understand it. He's easily flustered and tries to be 'gentlemanly', and almost foolishly believes in all kinds of superstitions.
Skills: Orville is athletic and strong, and incredibly gifted with building and repairing machines. He also has a very good memory and very stubborn determination.
Other: Orville's parents have told him many legends about when humans and monsters lived in harmony, and Orville hopes one day to see a real monster and to live in a world where humans and monsters get along again. Until then, he's more than happy working as a mechanic in a family friend's shop.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 05, 2018, 12:55:25 PM
Ouuuu this looks like fun! I don't have time right this second to do a charrie card but I think I'll join in a bit!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 05, 2018, 12:56:09 PM
Rad!!!! I'd love to have ya join!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 05, 2018, 02:41:54 PM
I’m like 95% guaranteed to fall in love with any fictional cheerful mechanic and Orville is no exception I cannot WAIT to see him in action

I handwrote my card so I’ll type it up and post in a few minutes!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 05, 2018, 02:49:35 PM
Awesome!!! And yes I'm so glad you like Orville!!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 05, 2018, 02:56:05 PM
Name: Milo Barnard
Age: 18
Monster or Human?: Monster
Appearance: About six and a half feet tall, with magenta-ish skin and ramlike horns curled over black, braided hair. They dress in loose, comfortable clothes unless made to do otherwise. They have a third eye on their forehead which they usually keep closed, and a long, thin tail that they stuff down their pant leg rather than get pants with a hole for it.
Personality: A big soft doofus. Loves their friends, cats, and avoiding their problems; hates confrontation. They’re so afraid of doing the wrong thing that they rarely take initiative, they just do what they’re told or else do nothing at all. Very kind and almost excessively polite—they’ll apologize vehemently for any inconvenience that it even kinda looks like they may have potentially been involved in. Favorite activity is curling up with their cat Carl and binge-watching sitcoms or romance flicks. Not terribly introspective.
Skills: Healing magic—their third eye helps them see what’s broken and guide them to fix it. Also a decent dancer, and they recently started teaching themself to play ukulele.
Other: They want to find True Love, be it with their assigned partner or otherwise, but they’re always too scared to act on crushes so they’ll just take that dream and shove it in a box in their attic it’s fine it’s fine—

Let me know if I should change anything especially re: how magic works!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 05, 2018, 03:08:19 PM
GASPS I LOVE THEM!!!!!

And you pretty much nailed how magic works!! It isn't too wild, there's no specific spells, monsters can focus their magical energy to different forms of magic! A gentler Wick may have their magic take the form of soft, relaxing waves, while an offensive, temperamental Wick can have their magic resemble fireballs! Magic is its own unique, malleable force, and it is imbued in the fabric of monsters, so like, every monster has their own unique way of expressing it if trained to become a Wick! ^v^
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 12, 2018, 02:55:14 PM
May I?

Also, can Monsters and humans reproduce? If so, are the children also capable?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 11:50:36 AM
Sure!

And yes, humans and monsters can reproduce, but due to the fact that the societies are so heavily separated, I don't think anyone could play a human-monster child!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 15, 2018, 11:54:35 AM
Could I play a halfling if I could make a compelling  backstory for it? My character would live with only one of their parents, be it human or monster I'm not yet sure
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 11:57:21 AM
Ah, I'm not sure....The only human-monster children would be the result of previous couples from the peace rituals. I feel like having a halfling character would kind of throw off the idea of there being just human and monster characters, if that makes sense.
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Post by: Mara-la on November 15, 2018, 12:19:06 PM
I mean, here's the basis of what I was thinking, but it it's a no-go, I can certainly change it:

My character was born by a monster mother and a human father. She is raised by her father as a human, and the way she was conceived... well basically, her father wasn't 100% convinced that monsters were the bad guys and her mother was a human sympathizer... when she was caged and left out as bait, he was the one to find her, they had a secret affair... but once she gave birth to my character, they both agreed that it would be unwise to continue their relationship and so they separated, and seeing as she looked more human than monster, she was sent to live with him. Everyone thinks she's a human, but only she and her father know that she isn't. Anyway, she's based off another character I created for something entirely different, and I can always make a scratch new one if this isn't allowed.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 12:20:12 PM
Hmm, what do you mean by 'caged and left out as bait'?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 15, 2018, 12:38:07 PM
like, when the other monsters found out she was a human sympathizer, they figured that they would leave her in a cage as bait so that the humans would come in to investigate and they could ambush the humans. and, if she died in the process, then that was fine seeing as she was a sympathizer.
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 12:41:53 PM
Oh, well, that's an interesting concept, but humans and monsters aren't still at war! They don't attack each other, they just choose to live far apart!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 15, 2018, 12:42:56 PM
Right, I got that part. I kinda just figured that if my character is to be of age to be put in the place with the other monsters and humans as a way of making peace, then she's probably old enough to have been born during those war days
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 12:44:08 PM
Ohhh, well the war was a while ago, like, great-great-grandparents a while ago, but some monsters do have long lifespans, so I guess if you want to incorporate that than sure, haha;;!
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Post by: Mara-la on November 15, 2018, 12:45:03 PM
Ah, I see, so then it wouldn't really quite work then, unless my character was a fair bit older than I was thinking her to be. Okay... let me think. Okay got it, and let me know if this won't fly:

Name: Kaia ("Kay" by family and friends) Kamala
Age (17-20): 20
Monster or Human: Human, but does have some monster heritage, which is her greatest kept secret
Appearance: light brown skin, hazel eyes, black hair. Has the faintest markings on her arms and legs which she hides by wearing longer sleeves or gloves and pants or a longer dress.
Personality: Kaia is shy for the most part, but will stand up for what she believes in, making her a startling person to deal with sometimes. It's almost as if she has two personalities; a quiet, timid girl, and an aggressive leader-type.
Skills: Kaia can read minds. Her great-grandmother was a monster and a telepath, which is an ability that has been passed down to Kaia. She keeps it to herself though, with only her father knowing about it, as he too shares the ability. Despite the war being long over, she does not want to make other humans feel uncomfortable.
Other: Kaia strives to be a normal human, but she knows in herself that she is not. She has tried to live a quiet life as humanly as possible, but sometimes slips up. She writes it off as being overly empathetic and good at guessing what's wrong with people, when the fact is really quite different and unexpected among humans.

Good?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 12:45:45 PM
I'm sure something can be worked out!!  :D
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 15, 2018, 12:54:48 PM
see above :P
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 12:55:29 PM
Ohhh, yeah this makes sense!!!!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!) *still open
Post by: Mara-la on November 15, 2018, 12:57:40 PM
weo then I'm in! Kaia Kamala ready to play :P
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 12:59:41 PM
Hooray!!!! So we have two monsters (Aphis and Milo) and two humans (Orville and Kaia) so far!
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Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 15, 2018, 03:29:29 PM
Gotcha.

Name: Abixaria (Abi) Restone.
Age: 19.
Monster or Human?: Monster.
Appearance: Standing only 5'2", she's rather short for a monster, and petitely built. Her legs are goatlike, and she has a long prehensile tail with a nasty barbed spike at the end, and ebony horns like a arm's sprouting from her forehead. Her hair is a reddish brown and curly, and her eyes are milky white, with skin the color of ripe blueberries as well as goatlike ears.. She likes wearing tartan skirts and tank tops.
Personality: She's outgoing and gregarious, loves making new friends, and has a voracious appetite. She can be stubborn, sultry, and incredibly loyal.
Skills: She's a wick, specializing in offensive magic (Pretty good at it if she has anything to say on the matter), and a Damm good tattoo artist, but her cooking is mediocre.
Other: She's the black sheep of the family, most of whome are in the Military/Law Enforcement, in that she chose to be a tattoo artist.

Name: Ozmand (Oz) Kylar.
Age:17.
Monster or Human?: Human.
Appearance: skinny, average Hight, with Sandy blond hair, and light blue eyes. Tends to wear torn jeans, a grey hoodie,  and sneakers.
Personality: Rebellious, thinks he's so edgy and cool, for being in a rock band and sneaking out to go to parties. Has an sense of entitlement from being a rich kid. Is actually kind of an ass.
Skills: He plays an electric guitar, and sings (fantastically in his own mind).
Other: his dad is a senior partner of Wolfheart and Ramson, a large law firm, and involved on politics.

Ok?
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 03:35:23 PM
Looks good!!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 15, 2018, 03:40:19 PM
Also, Abi has a hyperactive metabolism, so she eats A LOT. Plus I'm thinking that using magic makes it worse. Like it burns thru calories like a tornado in a California forest fire. Is that ok?
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 03:48:15 PM
That's perfectly fine, and it makes sense!!!
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 15, 2018, 04:00:06 PM
I'm interested, if there's still room available c:
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 04:01:06 PM
Oh, of course there's still room! I'm glad you're interested, Rai!!! ^v^
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Post by: Mara-la on November 15, 2018, 04:05:45 PM
HEYO WELCOME TO THE PARTY
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 15, 2018, 04:10:40 PM
♡♡♡

I kinda wanna play a monster because of course I do. Would that be okay? I have a bit of an idea already, just gotta tweak 'im a bit
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 04:17:39 PM
yeah, a monster would be fine !! ^v^ I can't wait to see what you make!!
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 15, 2018, 04:28:51 PM
(I’m still down to make a human too if we wind up needing one to balance!)
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 15, 2018, 04:48:13 PM
(That may be good, Pan! I think that with Rai's character, there'd be 3 humans and 4 monsters, so another human would be swell!)
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 15, 2018, 04:56:16 PM
(Awesome!! I’ll do that tomorrow then)
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 16, 2018, 05:39:17 AM
Okay working on my character. I've got his design and I love him, now the hard part is figuring out his personality -_-

EDIT: here's my new bastard man I hope he has your approval

Name: Kalavhan Vernet
Age (17-20): 20
Monster or Human?: Monster
Appearance: He stands at an even seven feet tall, the skin of his upper body dark grey in colour with shimmery gold markings running up his arms, down his back, and across his chest. His lower body is covered in dark red hair, his feet ending in cloven hooves, and a long whip-like tail protrudes from the small of his back. Of course all of this is relatively tame compared to the truly shocking aspect of his appearance: his head resembles the skull of a deer, antlers and all. Finally he has a habit of not wearing clothes, seeing as all the important bits are covered by fur.
Personality: Many people believe Kalavhan to be quiet and reserved when they first meet him; shy even. This couldn't be further from the truth. Kalavhan is mute, due to the structure of his face (although he is able to communicate in other ways, which I will explain below), and once he is able to communicate with someone he is talkative and curious. As well he has a habit of being very wild with his gestures, often waving around his arms and tail to better convey his emotions and expressions where his face cannot. He also has an almost supernatural ability to be able to fall asleep anywhere at any time.
Skills: He is somewhat of a telepath, although he can only implant his thoughts into the minds of others in order to communicate. This ability gets stronger the closer he is to someone on an emotional level: his family he can commune with from across a city, whereas he'd have to be touching someone he'd just met in order to 'speak' to them. (I'm also imagining that the monsters have a form of sign language as there are probably others who aren't able to speak, so he knows that as well).
Other: As per his personality he is curious about humans and their world, and wants to know as much about them as he can. ((Forgive me for this section not having a lot of detail I can't think of anything else atm-_-))
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 16, 2018, 06:24:37 AM
GASPS I LOVE HIM! !!!!!! I love Kalavhan!!!!
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 16, 2018, 06:55:07 AM
Oh yay I'm glad you like him!
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Post by: Mara-la on November 16, 2018, 07:02:21 AM
You and your mind readers haha
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 16, 2018, 07:11:56 AM
Well technically he can't read minds, he can only project his own thoughts :p So if people wanna speak to him they have to do so out loud, unless they can also project their thoughts
Also I'm aware that he shouldn't technically be able to see or hear either but having a mute, deaf, and blind character would be a bit much so I'm just gonna suspend disbelief in that regard haha
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Post by: kristina-la on November 16, 2018, 07:30:26 AM
okay, this looks interesting. Any room left for me? :)
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 16, 2018, 07:34:47 AM
Sure thing!! I'm excited that you're interested!! So far, we have 3 humans and 4 monsters - Not counting the human Pan may be making!
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 16, 2018, 07:37:34 AM
If Stina’s here to fill in the human I’m good 👍
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Post by: kristina-la on November 16, 2018, 07:41:27 AM
Sure, I can be a human! :D

now, I'll try and do this when I get home from work! and then....FANTASTIC BEASTS IS TONIGHT SO I WILL NOT BE HERE!
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 16, 2018, 07:42:09 AM
Rad!!!! HAVE FUN WITH FANTASTIC BEASTS!!!
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Post by: kristina-la on November 16, 2018, 07:44:28 AM
IM SO EXCITED
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Post by: kristina-la on November 16, 2018, 01:05:14 PM
bah. I tried. I'll think more after the movie :P
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Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 17, 2018, 01:56:46 AM
Okay working on my character. I've got his design and I love him, now the hard part is figuring out his personality -_-

EDIT: here's my new bastard man I hope he has your approval

Name: Kalavhan Vernet
Age (17-20): 20
Monster or Human?: Monster
Appearance: He stands at an even seven feet tall, the skin of his upper body dark grey in colour with shimmery gold markings running up his arms, down his back, and across his chest. His lower body is covered in dark red hair, his feet ending in cloven hooves, and a long whip-like tail protrudes from the small of his back. Of course all of this is relatively tame compared to the truly shocking aspect of his appearance: his head resembles the skull of a deer, antlers and all. Finally he has a habit of not wearing clothes, seeing as all the important bits are covered by fur.
Personality: Many people believe Kalavhan to be quiet and reserved when they first meet him; shy even. This couldn't be further from the truth. Kalavhan is mute, due to the structure of his face (although he is able to communicate in other ways, which I will explain below), and once he is able to communicate with someone he is talkative and curious. As well he has a habit of being very wild with his gestures, often waving around his arms and tail to better convey his emotions and expressions where his face cannot. He also has an almost supernatural ability to be able to fall asleep anywhere at any time.
Skills: He is somewhat of a telepath, although he can only implant his thoughts into the minds of others in order to communicate. This ability gets stronger the closer he is to someone on an emotional level: his family he can commune with from across a city, whereas he'd have to be touching someone he'd just met in order to 'speak' to them. (I'm also imagining that the monsters have a form of sign language as there are probably others who aren't able to speak, so he knows that as well).
Other: As per his personality he is curious about humans and their world, and wants to know as much about them as he can. ((Forgive me for this section not having a lot of detail I can't think of anything else atm-_-))
Wendigo inspiration much Rai?😁
Also, who gets the pop culture reference I put in Oz's bio?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 17, 2018, 02:46:08 AM
Name: Lina Fyfe
Age (17-20): 20
Monster or Human?: Human
Appearance: Lina is a very petite girl, slender and just 4"9 without her heels (which she is almost always wearing). She has electric blue eyes and silky blonde hair falls just to her shoulders, with bangs cut perfectly straight across her brow.
Personality: She is very confident and intelligent, which rubs some the wrong way but that has never bothers her. She can also be very very stubborn and hates being told she's wrong.
Skills: As mentioned, she is very intelligent and has a knack for invention just like her family.
Other: Her parents are highly respected inventors, they have created some of the most sought after tech in human society. Lina longs to follow in their footsteps, but now she feels like those dreams are in jeopardy because her name was drawn.

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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 17, 2018, 02:53:22 AM
I was a little inspired by wendigos, yeah:p amongst other things

Also oh god Stina made a girl. We're doomed
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 17, 2018, 02:56:32 AM
Awesome!! This will be rad !!

Okay, so the RP will start soon as soon as I'm able to write out the intro, at the Drawing, with the crowds (monsters and humans separated) having just arrived to hear the names announced! 'Couples' will be randomly paired together although I will also do my best to keep ages close for lack of awkwardness! These 'Couples' can only be 'Couples' in name and don't have to develop an actual romantic relationship unless the two creators involved think it would be good! This sort of part of the story doesn't need to be really romantic unless the people want it to be, so no pressure! It's just some drama and stuff for characters to be Paired together (Announcer Voice) in the name of PEACE AMONG MONSTERS AND HUMAAAAAANS !

Anyways I'm so excited for all of these characters eeee!!!!!
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 17, 2018, 02:59:45 AM
I am absolutely pumped I love my big ol' monster baby already
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 17, 2018, 04:47:05 AM
Oh goodie.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 17, 2018, 05:08:17 AM
I was a little inspired by wendigos, yeah:p amongst other things

Also oh god Stina made a girl. We're doomed

;)
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 17, 2018, 02:41:25 PM
canz we start sooneth?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 17, 2018, 03:26:35 PM
But of course!

~

The day of the ritual was filled with an energetic buzz. The sacred island the humans met upon for the ceremony was a great, mountainous thing, with caverns and tents set up on the left side for none other than the arriving monsters, traveling from the Underdark up to the surface for sake of celebration and ritual.
However, the tall gate dividing the left and right of the Island seemed to go against the idea of 'peace'.
Orville frowned as he looked up at the gate and the barbed wire at the top. Despite the ceremony being in the name of peace, the two nations didn't want to actually mesh together. It felt...bizarre. Hypocritical, almost.
"Attention to all Ceremony Attendees: The drawing will begin in fifteen minutes. The last ships will be arriving shortly. Please momentarily finish or pause your shopping and celebration and make your way to the center of the island!" A voice chirped over the intercom. He glanced down towards the center of the Island.
Orville had just arrived on his respective island's ship - He had hardly made it off the docks. The ship was in bad condition. Faulty engine, could use some tlc. He watched as more ships docked and more of his fellow humans stepped off onto the Island of Peace, some looking excited for the ceremony and some looking nervous.
He guess he couldn't blame them - This sort of event always rubbed him the wrong way.
Sighing, he took his attention away from the docks and the gates and followed the rest of the crowd to the center, where everyone was amassing, conversation and chatter buzzing around.
"I hope they draw my name. Can you imagine? Dating a cute monster?"
".....It's probably rigged. I heard from Tulip that if you..."
"This is so gross. Who would ever want to date a monster?"
Orville sighed and tried to make himself blend in, feeling awkward surrounded by so many strangers.

~

Aphis was a bit discouraged.
All this foot traffic, all these excited monsters staring in awe of the sky and the surface...
And nobody wanted to buy her family's products! She wondered why she even agreed to running the tent. Her customer count was still only in the double digits!
But maybe it was better not as many people were talking to her. She was dreading when she'd have to get stuck in that crowd to watch the ceremony -
"Attention to all Ceremony Attendees! The drawing will begin in fifteen minutes. The last monsters will be arriving from the caverns shortly. Please momentarily finish or pause your shopping and celebration and make your way to the center of the Island!" An Announcer, well, announced.
Aphis huffed. Great.
She placed a small red sign, saying 'CLOSED' in bright blue letters, on the desk in front of her before pulling her coat around her and joining the crowd to the center of the Island of Peace.
There was a stage set up, the gate ending just before it. Aphis felt uncomfortably exposed surrounded by all these monsters. The chatter wasn't much better.
"...I heard that there's groups of humans who want to sell monster fur for money!"
"I hope I get to date a human. They're so cute and short! I..."
"...Oh my god, you can't just ASK a human why they're white..."
Aphis pulled a hood up to try and seem smaller. She hated this. Hopefully the ceremony could just start soon.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 17, 2018, 03:31:44 PM
Milo stood near the center of the crowd, tail twitching in their pants as they tried to take in all the unfamiliar sights and sounds and smells. They never knew whether to be excited or scared of this ritual. It was such a romantic idea, fate bringing partners together like this, but Milo didn’t know if they wanted to be chosen. They liked their life as it was.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 17, 2018, 03:35:08 PM
Kaia stepped off the boat onto the docks alongside her father. This wasn't the first time she had come to the island, but every time before then, she had been able to leave. She hated coming here; in fact, she hated coming anywhere where there was this many people, because she could hear all of the minds buzzing around her. Her father put his hand on her shoulder.

"Just a few hours, and we can leave again," he said, quietly.

She hoped this was true. She did not want to be picked. It wasn't that she felt it was wrong, to be paired with a monster. After all, she was part monster, going back far enough. But that was something she preferred to herself. Nobody outside of her family knew, and she wanted to keep it that way.
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 17, 2018, 03:46:28 PM
It was so bright. The sky, the surface; how did humans manage to do anything, and not just stare up above them at all times? Kalavhan wondered. The humans themselves surprised him as well; he thought they'd be smaller. Sure, some of them were but many were much larger than some of the monsters he knew. He had expected them to be tiny.

The announcement sounded from the intercom and his tail swayed in excitement. This was bound to be interesting, he could tell.
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Post by: Mara-la on November 17, 2018, 03:59:03 PM
Kaia and her father made their way in towards the crowds. The announcement rang through the air, and a chill settled in her spine. She had a feeling that she was not going to be leaving any time soon.

"Don't think that way," her father said. "You're going to be fine."
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 17, 2018, 04:28:22 PM
Orville glanced as he heard someone reassuring someone else. He glanced over to see a rather nervous-looking woman with black hair. Looks like he wasn't the only one being a bit concerned.
"You a bit nervous too?" He asked her, hoping to seem friendly. It couldn't hurt to try and help others feel less spooked, he supposed.


Aphis was pushed along with a small section of the crowd more eager to get to the front, and stumbled before bumping into someone.
"Augh, I'm sorry -" She began before looking at the monster she'd bumped into. Woah.
Tall, with a very....unique, skull-like face. This person looked a bit...scary.
"I'm. Sorry." She squeaked out, feeling herself get nervous at the thought of pissing off one of the more dangerous monsters of the Underdark. "I was. I was pushed."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 17, 2018, 04:42:28 PM
Kalavhan tilted his head to one side, and then the other. The small monster before him looked absolutely terrified. Of course he was used to it; most in the Underdark assumed he was dangerous. Carefully, he reached out and touched her forehead. It's alright, he thought to her. This crowd is very rambunctious.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 17, 2018, 04:49:24 PM
Aphis' eyes widened when the monster seemed to project their words into her mind - She'd heard of some monsters being able to use this method to communicate, but she never actually thought she'd encounter someone using it.
"A-Ah, uh. Yeah. Everyone's, uh, excited for the ceremony!" She stammered.

The great clock at the top of the stage display made a loud 'tock' sound. Now, it was only ten minutes 'til the ceremony.
The crowd began to grow louder in anticipation.
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 17, 2018, 04:56:28 PM
Understandable, it's an exciting event, he thought, looking over at the clock. It was almost time. He turned back to the little blue monster, one again reaching out to touch her. Are you excited as well? Or... nervous?
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Post by: Mara-la on November 17, 2018, 05:14:03 PM
Kaia looked at the tall boy who had spoken to her. “Yes,” she replied quietly. “I don’t want to be chosen.”
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 17, 2018, 05:42:18 PM
"Uh....I guess." Aphis sighed, looking up at the skull-faced figure. "It's kind of nerve-wracking, like...I'm not sure how I feel about it. I'm like, both, excited and nervous? Does that make sense?" She wasn't sure she was making sense. Cursed social interaction, failing her as always. "Uh...how about you? You, ah, pumped for this ceremony?" She gave an awkward fist-pump, like what she'd her younger brother do whenever he yelled about something being 'rad'.

Orville nodded.
"I feel that. I don't think I could be happy leaving my life behind to date some random person, monster or not. This doesn't feel like a very good way to try and enact peace, heh." He knew he wasn't too reassuring, but honestly, he was starting to panic a bit too. He didn't think he'd be chosen of course, but the very idea was a bit...anxiety-inducing.
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 17, 2018, 06:09:20 PM
Kal laughed, one of the few sounds he was actually able to make out loud. I'm nervous and excited, too, he told her. Though I hope none of my friends are chosen. I would miss them. Come to think of it though, where are they? he thought that last part mostly to himself. He had seen a hair or horn of any of his friends since arriving. Figures. They were probably running around trying their best to frighten the humans.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 18, 2018, 04:20:46 AM
Aphis wasn't sure how to respond - Friends? She didn't have time for friends, she was always too busy working. Did that make her selfish? Or just determined? "I...Uh, well, I hope none of your friends are chosen either." She awkwardly tried to assure the tall monster, giving her best go at a reassuring pat.
Maybe she could try to take his mind off of being worried about his friends with less awkward conversation? Aphis was hardly the right person for that, but it might make her feel less nervous around this slightly-frightening man. "Um....My name's Aphis." She eventually introduced herself. "What's...What's yours?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 18, 2018, 05:04:30 AM
I'm Kalavhan, he replied, giving his tail a friendly swish. Nice to meet you, Aphis. He turned back to the crowd, watching some of the humans as they milled about for a while. They're awfully boring, don't you think? I was expecting something more exciting.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 18, 2018, 06:12:38 AM
"Ah...Yeah. I always kind of thought humans were scary." Aphis admitted, glancing through the gate at the humans on the other side. They seemed....a lot less horrific than her family had told her they were. They weren't even that furry - It all just seemed to be localized to their heads or sometimes faces, which hardly seemed very practical. How would they stay warm in cold seasons? "They're actually, just... kind of soft-looking, I guess?" She figured. "Soft-looking, and, uh. Yeah, kind of boring. Hardly terrifying like what I was told."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 18, 2018, 07:28:27 AM
Abi stood waiting with her family. Will I get picked? Who will I be with? Will they like-
"Abi, you're going to electricute someone if you don't calm down." Her mother said quietly, pointing to the sparks coming off her hair.
"Eeep!"

"Such a waist of time." Oz complained. "I have a gig to practice for."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 18, 2018, 07:34:38 AM
Some of them look scared. Do you think they're nervous about all this, too? He asked, completely oblivious to the fact that some of the humans were no doubt terrified of the monsters. It was a thought that never crossed his mind; he knew he wasn't scary, and most of the other monsters he knew weren't scary, so he couldn't imagine anyone being frightened of them or him.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 18, 2018, 12:11:27 PM
"...They must be, right?" Aphis figured, her voice uncertain. "They say they're just like us. So...If they are just like us, they'd feel just as nervous."
But glancing back through the gate, she took note of the humans she saw. Some did seem nervous, sure, and some seemed truly scared, but...It was impossible to tell if they really were, right? Her grandmother had told her humans were liars and tricksters who pretended to act just like monsters did.
She found as she heard a human on the other side of the fence express his distaste for the ceremony. A waste of his time? Do humans care at all about the fact that this was supposed to represent peace?
"But....I don't know if they're like us at all. Maybe this ceremony means something entirely different to them."

Orville glanced at the man who mentioned...a gig?
"Hey, man." He tried to grab the man's attention. Maybe this dude just didn't really understand the ceremony? Even if Orville saw flaws in it, there was no reason to call what was supposed to be a meaningful event a 'waste of time'.
"I'm sure it'll at be done and over with soon. No need to lash out, friend."
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 18, 2018, 03:05:23 PM
Different? How so? Kal asked. Oh, I'm sorry for bothering you, by the way, he added, unsure of whether or not she actually wanted to talk to him or if she was just being friendly. Either way he didn't want to impose.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 18, 2018, 03:10:54 PM
"Oh, it's no problem!" Aphis waved her hand nonchalantly. It was a bit nerve-wracking to talk to someone, but he seemed...he seemed nice, albeit still scary-looking. "I just mean that...Some of the humans there seem to...not be taking this ceremony as seriously as we do. It feels disrespectful of them." Well, one human acted that way, but Aphis supposed she couldn't afford to assume all humans weren't the same. After all, they thought all monsters were the same. Or at least, that was what her grandfather had told her.

"Attention: Five minutes until the Ceremony begins!" The Announcer called.

Aphis bit her lip nervously. All her talking, and she'd hardly realized how close things were getting to being...well, she'd endured these Ceremonies before, and she had never been picked, but her heart still began to quicken.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 18, 2018, 03:23:23 PM
"Please calm down dear." Abi's mother insisted, dodging her lashing tail.
"Sorry Mamma." Abi grabbed her unruly appendage.

"Your time might not be valuable, but mine is." Oz shot back.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 18, 2018, 03:25:01 PM
“Oh gods, it’s almost time,” Kaia said under her breath. She glanced around nervously, surveilling the other monsters and humans who were there. Some looked so calm while others looked so nervous. She wondered how the calm ones managed it.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 18, 2018, 03:37:30 PM
It's almost time! Kalavhan thought, as if she hadn't heard the announcement. He clapped his hands together in glee, though his tail still touched her so she could hear him. We should get to the stage, don't you think?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 18, 2018, 03:49:35 PM
"Eeee..." Abi squeeked, bouncing in place.

"Gods, let's just get it over already!" Oz grumbled.
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 18, 2018, 04:04:54 PM
It's almost time! Kalavhan thought, as if she hadn't heard the announcement. He clapped his hands together in glee, though his tail still touched her so she could hear him. We should get to the stage, don't you think?

"I, ah, yeah, alright!" Aphis agreed. "Let's, ah, let's head up to the stage!" She hoped she seemed excited. She was truly more dreading, but she didn't want to seem rude. She figured she could probably take the lead, so she stepped ahead of Kalavhan and motioned for her newfound...friend? To follow her.

“Oh gods, it’s almost time,” Kaia said under her breath. She glanced around nervously, surveilling the other monsters and humans who were there. Some looked so calm while others looked so nervous. She wondered how the calm ones managed it.
"Gods, let's just get it over already!" Oz grumbled.

Orville made a bold decision in hopes of helping make this stranger's day a bit better and tried to reassuringly pat her shoulder as if to say 'Hey, it's okay!'
However, the other stranger wasn't helping.
"C'mon, quiet down, now." He snapped at the complaining man. "People here are excited, don't try to ruin this for everyone else."
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 18, 2018, 04:11:05 PM
Kal trotted along after her, staying close so he wouldn't lose her in the crowd which got more and more dense as they got closer to the stage. At one point he gently touched her on the head again. I should probably hang back. I can't be in front, some people might not be able to see past me and that's rude. He gave her a friendly wave with his free hand. It was nice meeting you, Aphis. I hope we see each other again some day.
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Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 18, 2018, 04:14:11 PM
Abi started to move forward. Ohgodsohgodsohgods....

Oz followed listlessly.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 18, 2018, 04:19:22 PM
Kaia made her way deeper into the crowd and closer to the front. Even though she herself didn't want to be picked, she was curious to see who was.
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Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 18, 2018, 04:42:34 PM
Milo shuffled forward as the crowd moved, more nervous about trying not to bump into people than how close the drawing was. They tugged their braid over their shoulder and twisted it on their fingers to keep it from catching on anything. Or anyone.
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 19, 2018, 01:57:37 AM
Orville moved towards the front of the crowd, hoping for at least a decent view of the Ceremony.

Kal trotted along after her, staying close so he wouldn't lose her in the crowd which got more and more dense as they got closer to the stage. At one point he gently touched her on the head again. I should probably hang back. I can't be in front, some people might not be able to see past me and that's rude. He gave her a friendly wave with his free hand. It was nice meeting you, Aphis. I hope we see each other again some day.

"Oh, I..Nice meeting you, too, uh, Kalavhan." Aphis nodded and waved back before finding herself being pushed more towards the front by the rest of the crowd of moving monsters.

A bell rang out, and two figures walked onto stage. One of them was a tall, slim young man with slicked-back red hair and a snappy suit. The other was a short, purple-skinned monster woman with catlike ears and seven eyes. The human stood to face the human side of the crowd, while the monster faced her own kind.

"Years ago, humans and monsters were torn apart by war and false accusations." The human announced, his voice loud.

"But now, we perform this Ceremony to show that we still want peace, and that humans and monsters are equals!" The monster also announced.

"Today, four humans..."

"And four monsters!"

"Will be selected to represent their own kind..."

"...And to unite as couples, to show coexistence and peace is within our reach!"

A black box was set in the middle of the stage.

"In this box..."

"Are the names of all eligible humans and monsters!"

"Everyone has a chance to be chosen!"

Orville rolled his eyes at these theatrics. Hard to believe the Ceremony was supposed to be sacred, like he'd said, when these two were hamming it up.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 19, 2018, 04:10:00 AM
Kalavhan had made his way towards the back of the crowd, where the taller monsters congregated. He watched expectantly as the ceremony started, his tail flicking impatiently. Something about this whole ordeal didn't feel very sacred, yet he found his gaze glued to the announcers, unable to look away. Perhaps there was some sort of magic at play.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 19, 2018, 04:57:52 AM
Abi stood, hair sparking from nervousness. She turned to one of her neighbors. "The anticipation always gets m worked up."

Oz slouched, hands in his hoodie pocket.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 19, 2018, 10:44:10 AM
(so sorry! I was at a camp with our Youth all weekend! Probably should have mentioned I'd be gone.
super exhausted so I apologize if I make no sense today!)

Lina stood at the outskirts of the crowd, talking with a group of friends and not really paying the announcers much attention. The odds of being chosen were so slim, she was not that concerned. Though, there was a little feeling of unease growing as it came closer to the drawing. What if?

Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 19, 2018, 12:18:59 PM
(eeeeee time to get started with the randomized coupling! DRAMAAAA!!!!)

Kalavhan had made his way towards the back of the crowd, where the taller monsters congregated. He watched expectantly as the ceremony started, his tail flicking impatiently. Something about this whole ordeal didn't feel very sacred, yet he found his gaze glued to the announcers, unable to look away. Perhaps there was some sort of magic at play.
Abi stood, hair sparking from nervousness. She turned to one of her neighbors. "The anticipation always gets m worked up."

Oz slouched, hands in his hoodie pocket.

Aphis nodded. "Me too." She responded.

(so sorry! I was at a camp with our Youth all weekend! Probably should have mentioned I'd be gone.
super exhausted so I apologize if I make no sense today!)

Lina stood at the outskirts of the crowd, talking with a group of friends and not really paying the announcers much attention. The odds of being chosen were so slim, she was not that concerned. Though, there was a little feeling of unease growing as it came closer to the drawing. What if?

(That's okay!! ^v^)

The announcers continued.

"When we announce your names..."

"Come onstage to meet your chosen partner!"

"I can hardly wait to meet our couples!"

The human and monster, in rehearsed unison, moved towards their respective sides of the box.

The human reached in and pulled out a slip of paper.

"Ozmand Kylar!" He announced with a wide smile. "Aaaand..."

The monster woman reached in and pulled out a slip of paper.

"Aphis Lycoda!" She called.

Aphis froze.

....It was her? How? How could she have been chosen? She wasn't supposed to marry some human, she was supposed to inherit her family's shop. Meet a nice monster. Live a quiet life.

Not this.

Please not this.

She felt the eyes of the monster woman onstage stare her down.

"Come onstage, dearies, and meet each other!" The monster crooned.

Aphis hid her face with the hood of her coat. Why her? Why her?

She stepped up the stairs silently, heart racing. Why her?

Who was this 'Ozmand' person anyways?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 19, 2018, 12:35:08 PM
Milo’s heart jumped in their throat and they fought against a nervous smile to no one. It was starting! Maybe they never really knew the people who got chosen, but it was always fun to watch how they reacted. Like reality TV, minus the TV.
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Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 19, 2018, 12:36:36 PM
Oz froze. No. this couldn't be happening. Hell no. His feet began to move, seemingly on their own. He walked until he was standing on the stage, and turned to face his partner.
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Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 19, 2018, 12:49:10 PM
Knowing someone, even as little as he knew Aphis, who had been chosen suddenly made the entire ordeal all the more interesting. The little monster looked absolutely terrified, even more so than when she had initially run into him. He felt bad, but then thought to himself that that was silly. She was certain to have a great time. Being chosen was a special honour, right?
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Post by: GreyCaboose on November 19, 2018, 12:51:54 PM
The human announcer patted Oz's back as if to say, 'Well done!' as he came onstage.

"Why don't you two hold hands and get to know each other while we call our next couples?" The monster announcer took Aphis by shoulders and pushed her closer to Oz, 'accidentally' pulling her hood down.

Aphis was horrified. She...Was really going to be trapped with a human for the rest of her life, huh?

Shakily, she held out a blue, furry hand.

"Hi." She weakly managed to say, trying to resist the urge to break down crying. ".....Pleased to meet you."

"So we have our first couple! Ozmand Kylar..."

"...and Aphis Lycoda! Give them a big hand!"

The crowds applauded, many humans and monsters pleased with both the new couple and the fact that they weren't the ones being selected.

"Next up..." The human reached into the box again and motioned with his free hand for Aphis and Oz to move to the side of the stage as he pulled out the next paper. "...Kaia Kamala! And..."

"...Kalavhan Vernet!" The monster announcer pulled out the next paper with an excited coo, clearly hamming it up for the audience. "Why don't you two come on up and meet each other?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 19, 2018, 01:31:01 PM
He didn't register it when his name was called. In fact it wasn't until hundreds of pairs (and sets) of eyes were upon him that reality finally hit him like a shovel to the face: he had been chosen.

He had always found himself curious of humans and envious of those whose names were picked for the monumental occasion, but when it came down to him being chosen he suddenly felt different. For the first time in his life Kalavhan felt small. He awkwardly trudged through the crowd, feeling everyone's eyes on him. The monsters, sympathetic; the humans judging. They looked scared, he realized as he walked on stage, close enough to see them clearly. Not of him, he noted, but scared for the human who had been chosen.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 19, 2018, 01:38:30 PM
Kaia's heart stopped for a moment. She cast a terrified look to her father, who stared blankly back. She had watched this event, always silently praying that she wouldn't be chosen, and in previous years, she hadn't. It made it all the harder, knowing that she was chosen this time.

She walked slowly forward, a ringing in her ears, and a hollow feeling taking over her as she made her way onto the stage. She turned to face her partner - Kalavhan, if she had heard correctly - and stared. Though there had been some muttering among the humans, some sort of false fear that would dissipate once they moved on with their lives, about her being matched with a monster of this size. She did not fear him though; in fact, she was curious. Perhaps it was her heritage, but she did not fear monsters at all.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 19, 2018, 01:44:01 PM
The crowd went a bit wild with frightened chatter as Kalavhan and Kaia faced each other.

"How could a monster like that even exist?? This is unfair!"

"That poor monster, stuck with such a small human..."

"A monster like that could kill her!"

The announcers raised their hands and the crowds silenced.

"Why don't you two hold hands and say 'hi' to each other?" The monster woman asked. "Get to know each other a bit!"

"Let's hear it for our next couple, Kaia and Kalavhan!" The human announced.

The crowd cheered again, but due to the tall, skull-faced monster onstage, the more judgemental humans sounded...less happy.

Aphis felt bad for Kalavhan. He seemed nice - He didn't deserve a life chained to a human he didn't know. This Ceremony just kept getting worse and worse.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 19, 2018, 01:47:05 PM
Kalavhan approached the human slowly, carefully, as if she were a prey animal that might bolt. What was her name again? He hadn't been paying attention. He did his best to ignore the jeers and shouts from the crowd, but it soon grew impossible. They sounded like they hated him. But why? He was a monster, but not a monster, and he wished he could explain that to the crowd. Kal turned to look at the human, 'his' human, as it were. He reached out his hand toward her but waited for her to meet him half way, hoping she got the memo. He couldn't speak, couldn't reassure her until she did so. Unless she knew their sign-speak, but he doubted it.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 19, 2018, 01:51:10 PM
She looked at his hand curiously, but then realized that perhaps he was one of those monsters she had heard of that communicated through touch. Otherwise, wouldn't he have said something by now? She met his hand half way, wondering what he would say.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 19, 2018, 02:11:09 PM
Their hands finally touched, yet Kal remained silent. What would he say? None of it felt real yet. He settled on a simple I'm Kalavhan, nice to meet you.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 19, 2018, 02:14:44 PM
His voice rippled through her mind, and it wasn't unlike hearing voices around her through people's thoughts, but it was stronger, more obvious, for lack of better word.

"Kaia," she replied in a low voice. "You... you don't talk? Like, out loud?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 19, 2018, 02:21:54 PM
He shook his head. I can make sounds, but I can't form words, he explained. I'm sorry if this is awkward, he added, suddenly feeling like he had a lot to apologize for but he didn't know why.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 19, 2018, 02:25:02 PM
Kaia felt a tug in her. "No, no," she said. "It's alright." She felt the need to comfort him, though she didn't know why. "Everyone is just nervous, and it's just new, and there's a lot going on," she said, but then, she realized she may have given herself away. "I think," she added hastily.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 19, 2018, 02:38:13 PM
"I'm not." He grumbled bluntly. "My band has a gig coming up."

Abi stood wringing her tail. This was a good thing, right?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 19, 2018, 02:45:45 PM
Kal glanced over at Aphis, feeling bad for her suddenly. He was glad that his human didn't seem that angry. But then again he had never been good at reading people. Are you nervous? He asked her, Kaia, finally. I am. I don't... like being stared at.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 19, 2018, 02:49:01 PM
His human. She kept her face as stark as she could, but that was something that she would have to get used to, being someone else's partner. She'd never had much in the way of friends before, let alone a partner. "I don't think anyone does," Kaia replied. "It's just... uncomfortable." She paused. "How many pairings do you think there'll be?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 19, 2018, 05:35:15 PM
Four, I think, he responded. He was now starting back out at the crowd, the taunts and jeers having died down, but only a little. He squeezed her hand, trying to find some sort of comfort in the situation. It didn't work.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 20, 2018, 01:12:24 AM
"We'll find a way to just... get through this," Kaia said quietly, both for her own sake, and for her now-partner's.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 03:27:39 AM
The human and monster announcers ushered the new couple to stand alongside Aphis and Oz.

"How wonderful, I see they're getting along splendidly!" The human cooed. "Time for our third couple!"

"I'm not." He grumbled bluntly. "My band has a gig coming up."

Aphis looked down, feeling guilty. Great. This human viewed her as some kind of obstacle. She should've guessed that he would have more 'important' things to worry about. Humans were all the same.

The human announcer and monster announcer reached into the black box.

"Our next couple....." The human called before pulling out a sheet of paper. "Orville Mondo! And.."

Orville's heart dropped in his chest. What? Him? Was there another Orville Mondo? The announcer's gaze rested on him and he knew this wasn't some mistake.

"...Milo Barnard!" The monster woman announced with a flourish of the paper she'd drawn. "Come on up here and meet each other, darlings!"

He kept his gaze on the ground as he made his way to the stage. Yeah, he was all for peace, but...he didn't know he was going to be involved. Was this monster even going to like him? The first monster drawn seemed to be terrified. Come to think of it, none of the people drawn seemed very happy.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 20, 2018, 03:36:35 AM
It took Milo a good few seconds to process their name had been called. Suddenly this was a lot less like TV. Their tail lashed nervously and nearly tripped them as they scampered onstage, trying not to feel like they were being watched. They stuck out a hand to the human with a half-grin. “I’m Milo,” they said. “You’re Or-Orville? Right? I like your fingers.” Fingernails. That was how normal people said it.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 04:12:01 AM
Orville gave an awkward, well-meaning smile to this...Milo and shook their hand. They...They seemed nice."Hey, uh, yeah. I'm Orville. You're...Milo, then?" He glanced down at his grimy hand, and then at his fingernails, remembering how he liked to keep them painted. "Oh, ah, thank you. You have a nice braid!" He figured the polite thing to do with the person he was, probably going to spend his life with, would be to compliment them, too. They didn't seem to be that bad of a monster. Or, well, that bad of a person.

"Let's hear it for Orville Mondo and Milo Bernard!" The monster woman called. The crowd applauded, seemingly not sure how to react after seeing the terrifying Kalavhan and now this...less terrifying Milo paired with a rather...uneasy-on-the-eyes mechanic. "Why don't you two stand next to the other couples?"

The two announcers moved back to the black box. "Time for our final couple!" The human announced. "Are you ready?"

The crowd let out an excited roar. The human and monster pulled out the final papers.

"Lina Fyfe! And..."

"Abixaria Restone!"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 05:20:04 AM
Oz grumbled something quietly at the announcers.

Abi froze, her hair sparking like mad. Then she strode towards the stage, head held high.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 20, 2018, 06:05:04 AM
“Thank you!” Milo said, tugging their braid over their shoulder. Should they be holding hands? What did couples who were strangers usually do?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 06:20:58 AM
"Ah, yeah, no problem!" Orville responded before feeling a hand on his shoulder. The human announcer nodded towards the other couples. They wanted him to move. "Oh, um..."
Holding Milo's hand and hoping that he didn't seem too dirty or gross from his mechanic work, he tried to lead them to stand by the other couples. Turning again the face them, he figured, maybe...He should try to talk? What do strangers who are also couples even say?
"Um...So, what kind of stuff do you like to do?" He asked, his voice quiet. Maybe they had similar interests!

The monster announcer patted Abi's shoulder as if to say 'Congratulations!' once she got onstage.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 07:11:26 AM
Abi turned to look at the human she'd been partnered with. "Hi."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 20, 2018, 07:29:58 AM
“Oh, um, I watch a lot of TV?” Milo said, realizing abruptly how lame a hobby that was. “And I have a cat. Do you have pets?” Their face crumpled as they realized: “Do you think they’ll let me bring my cat?”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 07:40:27 AM
Orville smiled softly. "I like cats. I don't, ah...have any pets, but I like animals." He thought for a moment. "I think they'd have to, right? Pets are like family." At least, that's what he was told. He'd never actually had an animal.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 07:43:10 AM
Lina was too in shock to move at first; the group of friends just stared at her in silence, looks ranging from horror to pity. The initial shock was quickly replaced with fear, anger and grief as her eyes fell on one friend in particular. The one she couldn't bear to walk away from. They had always talked about a future together if they made their names were never called. Now her worst fear was becoming reality.

She ignored repeated orders to make her way to the stage and instead, planting a long and passionate kiss on this boy that was being ripped away from her. "I love you," she whispered before finally walking through the crowd and and then to the stage with her head held high. She stood beside this monster they selected for her and stared out at the crowd with a defiant scowl.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 07:48:31 AM
The announcers seemed shocked by this display - Several folks in the crowd, specifically on the human's side, protested aloud about tearing someone away from someone she loved. Others called for them to 'get it over with!'.

The monster announcer gently pushed Abi towards Lina.

"How about you two young lovebirds say hi to each other? Hold hands, get to like each other a bit?" She asked with a wide, fake smile.

Aphis stared at this strange human. What a display - And what more proof that this ceremony was cruel and that humans would never love monsters.

Orville averted his gaze from the human girl as she came onstage. He felt bad for her. Was he the only one who wasn't...upset about being chosen?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 09:10:26 AM
Abi stood with her tail twitching rapidly, as she looked at the human she had been assigned to. "Gods this sucks." She gently touched Lina's arm.

Oz stood sullenly nearby.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 10:07:18 AM
Lina flinched at the girl’s touch and drew away. “No” she said in response to the announcers request. She would not play their games; better the crowd see how wrong this was.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 10:23:27 AM
The announcers seemed shocked at such an outward display. Still, they'd seen far worse reactions to being chosen.

"You two go stand by the others." The human announcer took Lina's arm and tried to lead her and Abi to an open space for them to stand.

"There you have it, folks! Your four couples, drawn together in the name of peace and love!" The monster woman announced. "May their union symbolize the eventual reuniting of human and monster-kind!"

"Peace?" A voice rang through the ears and minds of all attending the ceremony. The announcers looked around in confusion, unsure of where it was coming from. "You of the world of light know nothing of peace."

"Um...who's there?" The human announcer tried to ask. Attention somehow became drawn to a figure.

Wearing a dark grey cloak covering their arms and body, a figure with skin black as ebony...So black it looked as if it wasn't there...stood alone behind the crowd. On their face was a smooth, white mask with two symmetrical horns coming up from it, with two circular black 'eyes' and no mouth.

"Years ago, your kinds unleashed war on each other over a swarm of darkness in the sky. Our darkness. Our offering." The voice rang, sounding hollow, like a million whispers. "We, the world of darkness, see you all as hypocrites. You attack each other and force loveless marriage in the name of peace when the darkness' offering of peace resulted in death and death and death."

"Are...are you a monster, darling?" The monster announcer asked, trying to keep a brave face.

"I am a Vessel of the Dark." The voice responded. "Years ago, we attempted to make our power known. We sent a gift of darkness in the sky. You killed each other over it."

The crowd was silent.

"We see you are an unsound society. You do not deserve to exist with your flawed beliefs." It continued. "But you will have one more chance. Enter the Abyss. If your kind of the light can make peace with my kind of the dark, we will not declare war. But if you fail, and you will....The darkness will reign."

As if to emphasize this, a black cloud begin to grow past the horizon, stretching across the sky.

The crowds began to scream. The darkness had returned.

The announcers looked at each other, and then at the chosen couples.

"Get backstage." The human demanded.

The different crowds begin to scatter, as if trying to escape the cloud of darkness. Screams grew louder.

The figure of darkness melted into shadows.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 10:45:29 AM
"Go!" Abi told Luna. "Go find your family and boyfriend."

Oz froze, eyes wide. This was bad. Very, very bad.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 20, 2018, 11:44:31 AM
All the minds around her were in full panic mode, and Kaia could hear them all. She clasped her hands over her ears, but of course, it didn’t keep a single sound out. This was why she was isolated before this. It was too much to bear.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 20, 2018, 12:16:37 PM
Milo’s eyes widened, even their third twitching. Half by instinct, they tightened their hold on Orville’s hand and made to pull him backstage like the announcers said.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 12:26:23 PM
Orville let himself be pulled, eyes widening as he saw the darkness amass over the sky, blocking out the sun. No. This wasn't happening.

Four tall individuals - Guards, it looked like, came out to escort the couples backstage.

"There's a boat waiting for you all on the other side of the island." One explained. "We have to go, now."

Aphis let go of Oz's hand and was frozen in fear, staring at the sky. It was so much worse than all the stories...
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 12:41:53 PM
Lina was frozen in fear, eyes fixed on the approaching darkness but when the guards came out to take them away, she resisted.  Maybe she could take the moment of chaos to get away. Surely if she ran into the crowd they wouldn't be able to find her, especially once they were plunged into complete darkness. Lina dared one last glance at the guards then made a break for it
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 12:45:19 PM
Oz broke for the crowd, trying to escape.

Abi watched with a sad smile. She would have liked to at least to have gotten to know the girl.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 20, 2018, 12:47:12 PM
There was something wrong with her. He didn't have time to ask what it was, however, as they were already being ushered away. It's going to be okay, Kalavhan told her, before scooping her up in his arms as if she weighed nothing, carrying her to where the guards were. He stopped suddenly though, seeing some of the others running. Should I put you down? If you'd rather flee on your own, I mean.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 12:55:58 PM
Lina was frozen in fear, eyes fixed on the approaching darkness but when the guards came out to take them away, she resisted.  Maybe she could take the moment of chaos to get away. Surely if she ran into the crowd they wouldn't be able to find her, especially once they were plunged into complete darkness. Lina dared one last glance at the guards then made a break for it

One of the guard cried out, and two rushed after her.
"Get back here!" They cried out, gaining on her fast.

Oz broke for the crowd, trying to escape.

Abi watched with a sad smile. She would have liked to at least to have gotten to know the girl.

Another guard rushed to chase after Oz, determined to catch the runaway.

The final guard took Aphis and Abi by the arms and ushered them to the backstage area, where there was a dimly-lit path leading to what looked like a small docking area with a nice-looking boat waiting.

"Let's go." She ordered before letting go of the two of them to look back at Kalavhan and Kaia. "We need to go, now! It'll safest on the boat with all this chaos!"

Aphis was still frozen - Well, not entirely still. She was shaking badly. She turned to look at Kalavhan, and then looked at the boat. She wasn't about to run, but she also didn't want to leave the only 'friend' she'd kind of made behind. She'd seen the others run.

"C-Come on!" She called, hoping to convince Kalavhan not to run. In all this chaos, who knows what could happen?

Orville held Milo's hand tightly as he looked around the backstage area - It was all open, outside space, so he could see the path to the docks. It was getting darker, though.

"There's the boat." He pointed. "Can you see it?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 01:07:44 PM
Lina tried her best to get away but she was not very fast, especially with heels. She made it into the crowd, pushing her way though in desperation.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 01:12:31 PM
The guards shoved their way through, one just barely managing to catch up and grabbing Lina's arm.

"Come on!" He yelled. "Stop resisting, you have to go!"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 20, 2018, 01:21:42 PM
Kal let out a heavy sigh. I'm sorry, Kaia, but I think it's safer if we go with them, he said, certain that if the human didn't hate him before, now she did. He followed the guards and Aphis towards the boat.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 01:44:12 PM
"please, just...just let me go," she begged, trying to pull her arm from his firm grasp.  "Please" she cried feebly.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 01:46:56 PM
"I can't do that." He responded emotionlessly, increasing his grip on her arm. "Let's go."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 01:59:27 PM
Lina stopped pulling, knowing it was pointless; she wasn't strong enough to get away, "You're the real monsters," she spat before letting them escort her to the docks
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 02:01:15 PM
Abi responded by striking the back of his knees with her tail, deliberately not using her barb. "No." She snarled, rushing to intercept the guard who had grabbed Luna. "Let. Her. Go."

Not being at all in shape, Oz was quickly caught by the guard.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 02:03:36 PM
(*Lina ;))
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 20, 2018, 02:04:06 PM
Kal had set Kaia down gently and was observing the scene before them, tail flicking nervously. Oh, this isn't good. Someone's going to get hurt.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 02:07:44 PM
The guard dragged Oz backstage. "I got this one." He told the other remaining guard. "Come on, let's get to the boat."

"The others haven't gotten the other runner yet. The girl." The female guard stated. "Get them onboard but we can only leave once we've got him."

The guard huffed and dragged Oz along, following after Aphis, Kalavhan, Kaia, Orville, Milo, and Abi.

The male guard shrieked as he fell to his knees, letting go of Lina.

The other guard who'd followed him out pulled out what looked like....a gun.

"You're coming with us." She snapped, pointing the gun to Lina's head. "We're not letting the nations' symbols of peace get away."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 02:11:11 PM
Lina stepped back, eyes wide with shock as the guard pointed a gun at her. She really hadn't expected them to use such force, in the name of peace. "If you shoot me in front of all these people you'll start a war" she pointed out
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 02:13:08 PM
"What with the darkness, I think there may already be one." The guard snapped back. "Come on. We need you on the boat."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 20, 2018, 02:21:18 PM
Milo boarded the boat. They watched the gun come out with horror and pressed against a wall of the ship, trembling and clinging to Orville like their life depended on it. They hardly knew him, but at least he wasn’t causing any more chaos. They wished they could disappear into their hoodie until this ended.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 02:22:21 PM
If there was already a war looming, what was the point of following through with something so horrible? These people were trying to hang onto this false peace, which was just hanging by a thread. "Put the gun down. I'll come with you," she finally relented, "but this..." she pointed at Abi, "is not going to happen," she said, "I'm very sorry; you seem like a very nice monster but my heart belongs to someone else" she said, "and I will not play this game"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 02:27:44 PM
(Damm autocorrect.)

Abi stood for a moment, her tail thrashing violently, as sparks and flames flickered about her. "Then this is all a farce. A lie." Her eyes focused on Lina. "Neither am I."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 02:52:01 PM
The woman lowered her gun. "Come on, then." She huffed, sounding tired. "I don't have any say in what happens. I'm just a guard. If you two want to break it off, then talk to the peacekeepers at the castle. But you can't run off and expect everything to fix itself. There are rules. I'm not a big fan of Ceremonies either, but we have to go. Or else none of the others can get to safety. It's how this all works."

The sky was entirely dark. It was like night, without a moon or stars.

Orville clung to Milo as well. It felt odd to get so close to a stranger, but Orville was terrified, so he supposed it didn't matter.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 03:00:28 PM
"One more thing. If you EVER threaten her again, I'm going to be real every bone in your body." She looped an arm thru Lina's, and headed for the boat.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 20, 2018, 03:01:12 PM
Kalavhan had found a spot away from everyone else aboard the boat. With his size he would only get in the way. He sat quietly watching, waiting, wanting to ask someone exactly what was going on and suddenly wishing he had the ability to speak. It would have made him feel so much less alone.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 20, 2018, 03:07:20 PM
(I’m sending metaphysical hugs to Kalavhan I love him)

When everyone finally got on the boat, Milo dared to loosen their grip on Orville. “Are you okay?” they asked him.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 20, 2018, 03:15:14 PM
<**he appreciates it and loves you too!**>
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 03:15:37 PM
a hint of a smile crept upon Lina's face, "You're not that bad," she announced, "really not my type...in more than one way but you're not that bad," she said with a bit of a shrug. Lina walked alongside the guards and Abi towards the docks, trying desperately to keep herself from falling apart.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 03:18:44 PM
Orville gave a nervous smile to Milo. "I'm fine!" He insisted. "Just a bit shaken up. You?"

Aphis sat down next to Kalavhan, still shivering. She decided not to say anything, to prevent her from embarrassing herself, but she felt so horrible. She was paired with someone who hated her. The darkness came back. Everything that COULD go wrong did go wrong.

When Abi and Lina got onto the boat, the driver of the boat quickly had the crew moving forwards, away from the island - Bur not away from the darkness.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 20, 2018, 03:24:13 PM
Kalavhan gently touched Aphis with his tail. Are you okay? Oh, sorry. That's dumb. Of course you're not. None of them were. He looked up, noticing the crew, a sinking feeling clawing at his stomach. What was going on?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 20, 2018, 03:25:27 PM
"Never dated girls either." Abi told her quietly. "We'll find a way to end this charade, and get you home."

Oz sat stiff and numb, wallowing in his own misery.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 20, 2018, 03:35:03 PM
Kalavhan gently touched Aphis with his tail. Are you okay? Oh, sorry. That's dumb. Of course you're not. None of them were. He looked up, noticing the crew, a sinking feeling clawing at his stomach. What was going on?

"I'm....scared." Aphis admitted. "Everything that could go wrong did go wrong." She looked at Oz. "The human I was paired with hates me. The darkness came back. Everyone's panicking and I don't know if anyone here actually likes each other!" What even was that weird person who showed up? What did they mean 'Enter the Abyss'?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 20, 2018, 03:54:31 PM
Orville gave a nervous smile to Milo. "I'm fine!" He insisted. "Just a bit shaken up. You?"
“I’m okay, I think.” Milo pulled their braid over their shoulder and fiddled with it. “I’m scared, but...they’ll keep us safe, right?”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 20, 2018, 04:15:19 PM
Kalavhan just nodded, patiently listening to what she said. If it makes you feel any better, I think my human hates me, too. And I'm also scared, he admitted. He glanced around at the others. Human and monster alike they all looked confused, miserable, and terrified. It was almost comforting. Maybe there was some solidarity to be had there.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 20, 2018, 04:33:17 PM
Lina simply nodded as she watched the shore get farther and farther away, unable to stop the tears from flowing down her cheeks.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 20, 2018, 04:41:25 PM
Kalavhan noticed the human crying, and offered a friendly wave. It was all he could think of to do. He wanted to make sure everyone felt... not happy, no. But safe. That was it. Of course it was also because worrying about everyone else kept his mind occupied from worrying about the darkness, the chaos, his friends. He could only hope that they'd gotten away.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 20, 2018, 11:57:47 PM
(Sorry i went to bed super early last night cuz I was exhausted)

Kaia sat huddled up into a ball on the floor. Her head felt like it was going to explode with all the mental noise and chaos. Kalavhan had probably saved her from being trampled though, so for that she was grateful. She was afraid too, now that the darkness was back.

I think my human hates me, too

Kalavhan’s thought echoed around in her brain on top of everyone else’s, and before she could stop herself, she said in a very shaky voice, “I don’t hate you.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 02:27:40 AM
“I’m okay, I think.” Milo pulled their braid over their shoulder and fiddled with it. “I’m scared, but...they’ll keep us safe, right?”

"I...I think they will. They have to." Orville tried to assure both himself and Milo. "We'll be okay."

Kalavhan just nodded, patiently listening to what she said. If it makes you feel any better, I think my human hates me, too. And I'm also scared, he admitted. He glanced around at the others. Human and monster alike they all looked confused, miserable, and terrified. It was almost comforting. Maybe there was some solidarity to be had there.

Aphis resisted the urge to cry. They didn't deserve this - Being trapped with these hateful humans. Life was just going to get worse and worse. How was this peaceful at all?

Lina simply nodded as she watched the shore get farther and farther away, unable to stop the tears from flowing down her cheeks.

Orville noticed Lina's tears as she faced the shore.
"She...seems upset." He quietly observed aloud. "Hey, uh, are you okay?" He raised his voice just enough for Lina to hear.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 21, 2018, 02:41:39 AM
Lina hastily wiped her tears away, hating to seem so weak. “No,” she admitted, still staring at the shore with longing. What if he was hurt in all that chaos? It was horrible not knowing. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be okay again”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 21, 2018, 02:45:42 AM
Kaia looked up at Aphis. “Not all humans are so hateful,” she replied to his thought. By now she figured her cover was blown but she hoped that nobody would notice in the chaos. She just couldn’t let Aphis - or any of the monsters - believe that all humans were awful.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 02:55:01 AM
Aphis sniffled, trying to hold back her tears.
"Why should I trust you?" She asked. "You could be lying like the rest of them."

Orville frowned. "This is going to be okay." He tried to assure Lina. "I'm sure we'll be able to figure things out once everything's calmed down!"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 21, 2018, 04:24:10 AM
“Because I don’t hate you,” Kaia reasoned. “And neither does my father, in case you needed another person as an example.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 04:41:07 AM
Kalavhan was surprised by the human's statement, but pleased. It was nice to know she didn't hate him, even though she probably had reason to. He turned to Aphis. I don't think she has a reason to lie. She's scared, just like the rest of us.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 04:46:00 AM
Aphis didn't know how to respond. She held her head in her hands.
"I just don't understand." She began to sob. "I-I don't get it. Why is this happening to us?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 04:52:10 AM
Kal lowered his head. He didn't know the answer to that. He didn't have any answers. Someone will come by and tell us. Soon, probably.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 21, 2018, 05:07:19 AM
Kaia winced as another wave of pain came over her, due to all the panicked thoughts. "I think... they'll have to tell us. Why this is happening to us, I mean." She hoped they would.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 05:13:33 AM
"Attention, passengers." A calm, female voice sounded over a speaker system. "There are beds and food in the lower quarters of the boat. Please help yourself, and we will get to our location in a little over an hour."

"Where are we even going?" Orville wondered aloud. He looked around at the others who'd been chosen. Maybe they should...get to know each other? As long as they were going to be stuck on the ship, might as well make things less awkward. But then again, things were already really awkward.

Aphis looked up at the sky. It was empty blackness, like the sky was just....void. It was terrifying. Even in the caverns, there was bioluminescence, there were reflections, there was light. This was....This was nothingness.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 21, 2018, 06:16:51 AM
(Orville: do you guys wanna play never have I ever or something)

A bed and food sounded really good to Milo about then. Besides, if they went belowdecks, they wouldn’t have to look at the void hanging in the sky. The void that was the sky? They didn’t want to think about it. They peeled themself reluctantly off the wall and headed downstairs, glancing at the others to see who would come with.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 06:23:28 AM
We should head down, Kal said to Aphis and Kaia, tail touching the former, hand the latter. It'll be better if we don't have to see the darkness. He let them go, standing up.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 21, 2018, 07:16:52 AM
Kaia stood up, though all she wanted to do was remain sitting. The headache had turned into a migraine, and how she was nauseous. "Let's just go quickly," she said, mostly to herself. "It'll be better once we're below deck."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 07:20:12 AM
Are you alright? You look sick, Kalavhan asked her, once again brushing her with his tail. It would be so much easier if he could project his thoughts without touch, into anyone. He really needed to start practicing that.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 21, 2018, 07:22:10 AM
"I..." she started, but stopped. It seemed that, despite everything, they hadn't noticed her mind reading abilities. "I'm just overwhelmed," she said. "I just want to sit."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 07:31:16 AM
They said they have beds. You should probably lie down. He stopped at the door leading below deck, glancing back at that awful, impenetrable, darkness once again before descending.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 21, 2018, 07:42:36 AM
Lina stayed on deck, looking out at the shore until it was completely swallowed up by the darkness. It was hard to imagine any scenario where she would get back home. With a deep sigh, she forced herself to get up and follow the others below deck.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 21, 2018, 08:07:44 AM
Abi moved, keeping watch over Lina. "For the record, I've never really swung towards girls either." She said quietly.

Oz made his way down, looking grumpy. "Is there any food?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 08:41:23 AM
(Orville: Let's tell each other secrets!)

Aphis followed after Kalavhan and Kaia, keeping her head down as she headed below deck.

There was a rather lavish circular room with what looked like a small kitchen, a minifridge, and two beds on either side of it. There were also two doorless doorways that led into other similar rooms with three beds in them each, and some nice cupboards. All the beds had comfortable-looking blankets and the area looked very well-kept. In each room was an expensive-looking television on the wall.

Aphis knelt by one of the minifridges and opened it.

What a motherload. The fridge was stocked with candies, sodas, wines, and junk foods of both human and monster origin. She recognized several of these brands from her family's store!

Grabbing two different bottles of monster-originated soda she recognized and a couple bags of monster-originated candies, she shut the fridge door and sat down in front of the minifridge, her four arms full.
"Yeah, there's food." She quietly snapped. But he wasn't going to get any.

Orville followed Milo downstairs, not wanting to stray too far from them. He made an impressed whistling sound upon seeing how fancy the lower quarters were.
"....These lower quarters are, uh. Fancy." He said, not sure what else to say. He was still reeling.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 21, 2018, 09:23:02 AM
“Fancy is right,” Milo agreed. They felt severely underdressed; maybe they would’ve cleaned up a bit if they knew they’d be chosen. Or maybe they wouldn’t have bothered, if they knew the world would lowkey end immediately afterward. They knelt by a minifridge asked Orville, “You want anything?” Did humans eat the same stuff as monsters? Did humans eat at all? They had to, right?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 10:07:41 AM
The ceiling was fairly high, which was nice. Kal hated having to stoop over so he didn't destroy light fixtures. Or get stuck. He walked over to Aphis, who seemed to be guarding the fridge. Don't feel like sharing? He asked wryly.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 21, 2018, 11:01:06 AM
Kaia sat on one of the beds in the corner. "Is there anything grape in there?" she asked. "It kind of eases my stomach. But not actual grapes though. Something grape flavoured."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 01:53:07 PM
Excuse me, Kalavhan said to Aphis as he gently moved her out of the way, retrieving a bottle of grape soda for Kaia. He handed it to her, also placing a hand on her shoulder. Sorry, I need to be touching you so you can hear me, he explained, tail swaying as his nerves set in. I... I hope this makes you feel better. And... uh... He suddenly didn't know what to say as the gravity of their situation set in. He'd been chosen.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 21, 2018, 03:23:49 PM
“Thank you,” Kaia replied. “We’re sll just going to have to get used to this new reality, I guess.” She took a sip of the grape soda and it helped. The artificial grape flavour reminded her of the grape flavoured medicine she had as a child. Now, most of the time she hated grape flavour, but when she was feeling sick, it helped.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 03:53:09 PM
“Fancy is right,” Milo agreed. They felt severely underdressed; maybe they would’ve cleaned up a bit if they knew they’d be chosen. Or maybe they wouldn’t have bothered, if they knew the world would lowkey end immediately afterward. They knelt by a minifridge asked Orville, “You want anything?” Did humans eat the same stuff as monsters? Did humans eat at all? They had to, right?

Orville looked at the fridge.
"...I don't know if I recognize much of the stuff in there." He frowned and grabbed a red soda with a logo he couldn't read. It must be written in the Monster Alphabet.

"Don't drink that." Aphis warned as she shoved a handful of Sugar Spiders (a tasty treat from the Underdark - feels like real spiders!) into her mouth. "It's Dragondrool."

"...What?"

"I dunno." Aphis shrugged. "Hey." She glanced up at Milo. Might as well befriend the other monsters there for when the humans inevitably turned on them. "Want some Sugar Spiders?" She held up the bag of scuttling candies.'

The ceiling was fairly high, which was nice. Kal hated having to stoop over so he didn't destroy light fixtures. Or get stuck. He walked over to Aphis, who seemed to be guarding the fridge. Don't feel like sharing? He asked wryly.

"You guys can have the food," She explained. "Just...not him." She looked at Oz.

Excuse me, Kalavhan said to Aphis as he gently moved her out of the way, retrieving a bottle of grape soda for Kaia. He handed it to her, also placing a hand on her shoulder. Sorry, I need to be touching you so you can hear me, he explained, tail swaying as his nerves set in. I... I hope this makes you feel better. And... uh... He suddenly didn't know what to say as the gravity of their situation set in. He'd been chosen.

Aphis allowed herself to be moved silently, simply clutching the food she'd taken.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 21, 2018, 04:02:20 PM
"WHAT?! Oz looked at her incredulously.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 04:08:22 PM
Aphis flinched and moved back in front of the fridge, clutching her food and avoiding eye contact. He didn't deserve food. Or attention. He'd proven he didn't care about monsters, or how awful she felt. And his attitude wasn't helping anyone. It was like Aphis' mother always said 'If you're a pissy little worm, you don't get dinner, kiddo'.
Her mother always knew best.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 04:12:06 PM
Being unable to speak had never been such a problem for him. Kalavhan was certain that, if he had been able to speak to everyone at once, he could have easily calmed the situation with a mature discussion. That, however, was not an option in his current state. He gently touched the top of Aphis's head. Making enemies won't help anyone. It was the last thing any of them needed.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 21, 2018, 04:14:37 PM
“Look, everyone needs to eat,” Kaia said. “We’re all pissy and generally uncomfortable with everything that’s happened to us. If we’re going to live together, we don’t have to like each other, but we do have to be civil and cooperate.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 04:23:03 PM
Aphis huffed and looked at Kalavhan. "He's clearly some human who only cares about himself." She defended. "He doesn't even care that I'm stuck with him. He's selfish, just look at him." She looked down at the food in her arms. "I just...I don't know." What was this? Some petty way of getting back at the human for being chosen? "....He's one of the bad ones. I know it."

“Look, everyone needs to eat,” Kaia said. “We’re all pissy and generally uncomfortable with everything that’s happened to us. If we’re going to live together, we don’t have to like each other, but we do have to be civil and cooperate.”

Aphis didn't know what to say.
"...I'm going to be stuck with him for the rest of my life." She insisted. "Might as well have him hate me now so we can get it over with."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 04:33:00 PM
I'm sorry, Aphis, was all he could think of to say. He looked over at Kaia, and would have been frowning if he could. He still wasn't sure how he felt about her. It had still barely registered in him that they were being forced together. He had a feeling though that she wasn't pleased about their union, regardless of whether or not she hated him.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 21, 2018, 04:34:00 PM
Oz slumped into a chair, legs splayed out. "This really SUCKS."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 21, 2018, 04:36:48 PM
"Yeah, I'm sure you think so!" Aphis snapped, dropping one of her sodas. "Which is worse, huh, human? The darkness coming back, or the fact you're stuck with a monster like me, huh? I bet this is just torture for you!"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 21, 2018, 04:37:16 PM
Wide-eyed, Milo grabbed a bag of fantasy Cheetoes from the top of the fridge, shot a concened glance around the room, and scuttled to a bed. They didn’t need bickering now. No one did.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 21, 2018, 04:43:43 PM
Kalavhan stood, reaching over to touch the angry human's shoulder. I think you're scaring her. Would it kill you to, I don't know, be nice?

<**y'know the fact that this big intimidating arse doesn't think twice about touching people so he can speak to him is probably really going to spook the wrong person someday -_-**>
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 21, 2018, 04:44:30 PM
"All of it. I just want to go home, let you go home and live like this never happened." He stood and walked to the fridge.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 12:58:17 AM
<**y'know the fact that this big intimidating arse doesn't think twice about touching people so he can speak to him is probably really going to spook the wrong person someday -_-**>

(Haha yeah, Kalavhan could really spook someone!! ^v^ I love him he's such a good fella!)

Aphis saw as Oz approached the fridge and steadied herself in front of it, sitting in front of the door. "Well, we can't do that. They chose us, so now we're trapped together. There's no way we can ever get out of it."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 01:20:23 AM
"Please move. I'm hungry." Oz stopped in front of her.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 02:32:09 AM
"And why should I do that?" Aphis snapped. "Your being hungry isnt my problem."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 22, 2018, 02:34:25 AM
"Aphis," Kaia said calmly, though she herself was growing agitated. Though the migraine had receded now that they were away from the panicked crowd, she was now just frustrated with the entire situation. "Please move. Everyone needs to eat something."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 22, 2018, 02:44:52 AM
Lina wished she had stayed on deck; hearing them all talk about being stuck together forever made her feel sick. “I’m really not hungry,” she said, holding her gurgling stomach as she sat down on a bed
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 22, 2018, 04:32:02 AM
Nobody listened to him, as usual. He found himself frustrated all of a sudden, so he stepped aside and away from everyone else before that frustration (and fear) manifested as something worse. Aphis and her human would have to sort things out for themselves.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 09:11:56 AM
"Aphis," Kaia said calmly, though she herself was growing agitated. Though the migraine had receded now that they were away from the panicked crowd, she was now just frustrated with the entire situation. "Please move. Everyone needs to eat something."

Aphis hesitated. She thought for a bit and then huffed before standing and rushing into one of the other rooms, taking her food with her. She didn't know why she was so angry, or huffy, but she needed somewhere to be angry in piece.

Orville watched as Aphis left before finding a small pack of cookies and going to sit with Milo, feeling very awkward.
"Um...anyone here just want to...Talk?" He asked as he sat down on the bed. "Just to get our minds off of everything?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 22, 2018, 09:19:22 AM
"Might as well," Kaia replied. "After all, we're all stuck here together. We should at least try to get to know one another."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 09:22:40 AM
"Exactly!" Orville gave a friendly smile. "I'll go first. I'm Orville Mondo, I'm a mechanic, and uh...I like...chocolate." He held up a cookie for emphasis. "Uh....Who else wants to share?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 09:36:23 AM
Oz tried to get to the fridge again. "Name's Oz."

Abi sat quietly, tail still twitching.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 22, 2018, 09:43:29 AM
Kaia smirked a little bit. Under normal circumstances, that sort of awkward comment would have made her full on laugh. "Chocolate's great," she said. "But, if I'm being completely honest, vanilla cake trumps chocolate cake every time."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 22, 2018, 09:59:10 AM
Milo forced a smile at the others. “Any cake is good,” they said, gesturing with a Cheeto. “Though I’d maybe go vanilla for now, because...nevermind,” they murmured, realizing a joke about the new void in the sky would likely be in bad taste.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 22, 2018, 10:08:20 AM
Kal sat down cross-legged beside Kaia, head tilting occasionally as everyone spoke. He really didn't have an opinion on cake (he wasn't a fan of sweets), so instead he decided to introduce himself in sign-speak, hoping one of the other monsters would have some idea of what he was "saying": I'm Kalavhan. Nice to meet you all.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 10:09:48 AM
"Strawberry cheesecake?" Abi commented. "I love Strawberry cheesecake."

Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 22, 2018, 11:10:11 AM
"Ugh, cheesecake," Kaia replied. "I used to love it when I was little but then at one of the ceremonies someone offered me cheesecake but it was like... made of ground worms. I can't even think about it now."

She looked over at Kalavhan sympathetically. He couldn't speak on his own, but maybe she could translate for him by reading his thoughts and sharing them with the group. But then... she'd have to tell them that she could read minds, and the last time she had done that was when she was small, and the other kids didn't not take kindly to it, saying that she was just a mind pervert.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 11:17:33 AM
"Wait, you don't eat wormmeal?" Abi asked, with an incredulous look on her face.

Oz reached in and snagged a cherry cola, and a bag of what looked like Pringles.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 22, 2018, 11:18:19 AM
"No," Kaia said, grimacing. "I'm sure it's delicious, but I just can't get past the... well, the worms."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 11:35:55 AM
"I'm guessin you don't eat ants either?"

Oz opened his bag of chips, and started eating, not looking at what the bag said.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 22, 2018, 12:07:17 PM
Lina couldn’t help but grimace,”that sounds absolutely repulsive,” she commented.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 12:25:48 PM
Abi broke into laughter. "You...hahahahaha....actually believed it." She wheezed. "No, really we don't actually eat bugs."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 01:27:35 PM
Aphis peeked out from the other room, fistful of candy spiders. "We don't?" She asked. Maybe that was just a localized thing in the East Caverns. Like wormmeal cake, and cherry ants were. She looked at what Oz was eating. The label was in the Monster Alphabet, so she knew he probably had no idea he was eating Lizardblood Flavor spice chips. Poor sap. She resisted the urge to laugh.

"Eugh...bugs." Orville laughed nervously. He glanced at the big monster they'd called as....Valakhan? Lhakavan? Navalahk? Hm. "Uh...is that...sign language?" He asked. He didn't understand human or monster sign language, but it may be good to try in the future, if one of his accomplices used it.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 22, 2018, 01:35:31 PM
Kalavhan nodded eagerly. The human couldn't understand him, but the fact that he recognized it was sign language and not just Kal waving his hands around at random was a start. He reached over again, touching (Orville, was it?) on the top of the head. I can't communicate like most people, he explained. Sign speak is easier for talking to large groups. If they can understand it, that is.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 22, 2018, 01:38:19 PM
"Can anyone translate, for those of us who don't understand?" Kaia asked, looking around at the group.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 01:43:35 PM
Orville's eyes widened as he heard this monster...speak?
"Woah, uh. That's....That's pretty cool." He acknowledged, astonished that a monster could...project their voice without actually speaking? "Uh....Nice to meet you!" He raised his hand in hopes for a friendly handshake. "I'm Orville, are you....Kavalhan?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 22, 2018, 01:50:16 PM
Kalavhan, he corrected, his tail swaying. Nice to meet you too, Orville. He was pleased. Most of the humans were quite friendly, in their own way. It made him feel all warm and fuzzy, and almost distracted him from the abyss. Almost.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 22, 2018, 02:12:16 PM
“Kavalhan?” Milo echoed. They wiped the Cheeto dust from their hand and held it out to shake. “I’m Milo. Oh! And I have a tail, too!” They pulled back their offered hand to tug their tail from their pant leg and swished it around behind them.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 03:00:35 PM
Orville smiled, glad that Kalavhan seemed to be friendly, before jumping a bit in surprise when Milo showed they had a tail, too. "Woah! You have a tail, too?" He asked, surprised. "That's so cool!"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 22, 2018, 03:19:50 PM
Kal sighed. He had never considered his name hard to pronounce until now. Oh well. He looked over at Milo, raising his tail in solidarity. Orville was right: tails were cool.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 03:21:40 PM
"Correction, not all of us eat bugs. And usually ground up in things." Abi clarified. "I usually don't." She opened a Sprite.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 03:24:46 PM
"Your loss, I guess. Insects are all the rage in the Eastern caverns." Aphis explained - Abi seemed pretty nice. "My mom makes the best choco centipede roll cake." And then the sadness again, dangit.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 03:30:17 PM
"We have more access to fish in the east." Abi continued, tail coiled around her legs. You should try my Nanna's lox."

Oz continued eating, and alternating drinking his cola.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 22, 2018, 04:04:45 PM
All of a sudden Kal felt himself feeling homesick, hearing them all talk about food from home. He sat back and concentrated, trying to reach out to his parents or siblings. He heard nothing back. His tail tucked down, a sheer indication that his mood had gone south.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 04:12:14 PM
"Lox, huh?" Aphis asked. "I've always wanted to try fish. My parents used to make, uh...sushi? But since no fish, we used these fat glowing grubs."

Orville frowned in concern upon seeing Kal suddenly seem so...sad.
"You...okay?" He asked, voice soft.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 22, 2018, 04:14:05 PM
Milo shoved their tail back in their pants with an appreciative grin to Orville, and leaned towards Kal-whatever, their sympathy mirroring Orville’s. “My mom says I give good hugs,” they offered.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 04:16:39 PM
"Mmm sushi." Abi smiled in memory. "With textured algae to make it like...what was it called....seaweed."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 22, 2018, 04:17:08 PM
I tried to contact my family just now, but I'm not hearing anything back, Kalavhan said to Orville. I hope it's not because of... the darkness, he added softly. No, no they were probably okay. He was just too far for them to hear. He looked over at Milo, and would have smiled if he could. Instead he just leaned towards them, initiating a hug.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 22, 2018, 04:21:24 PM
"Mmm sushi." Abi smiled in memory. "With textured algae to make it like...what was it called....seaweed."

"Yeah. My dad called it...Mockweed? It was okay. I liked it better when they used it to make these, like, bittersweet candies I used to be addicted to." Aphis gave a nostalgic grin before it dropped. "All of that's gone for us now."

Orville gave a sympathetic look to Kal. "That's...I'm sorry. I'm sure they're okay!" He tried reassuring Kalavhan. When Orville was 12, he left his family to work for his dad's friend in his auto shop. He kind of felt bad he hadn't tried to keep more in touch with them since then. ....Were they okay?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 22, 2018, 04:22:04 PM
Milo smiled and squeezed Kalavhan against their chest. Maybe they couldn’t fix anything, but hugging the sh-t out of everyone on this boat was exactly in their skill set, and maybe that could calm things down a bit.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 22, 2018, 04:30:59 PM
Abi turned to Lina. "How 'bout you? What foods do you like?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 22, 2018, 04:35:46 PM
While it didn't do very much to quell his unease, Kalavhan still appreciated the gesture. It was also comforting to see that they were all starting to get along, for the most part. He glanced over at Kaia, and then quickly away. Everything still felt so off between them, unfortunately. He doubted it would ever not feel that way.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 22, 2018, 05:39:14 PM
Lina shrugged, "We eat a fair bit of fish, being on an island and all," she said, "though it's not my favourite. I love fresh fruit." she said, mouth watering at the thought. All this talk about food and home made that ache inside grow.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 23, 2018, 03:04:22 AM
Aphis was tempted to ask what fresh fruit was like, and opened her mouth to ask before -

"Attention, peacekeepers. We'll be arriving at our destination shortly." The captain's calm voice resounded over the speakers.

Orville watched as Kal looked at Kaia and a sense of confusion washed over him. "Does she not like you?" He asked quietly. "I saw some of the folks here are a bit...not happy to have been chosen."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 23, 2018, 03:30:37 AM
“I just don’t know him,” Kaia replied. “It’s not a like or dislike thing. I just... I wish I wasn’t chosen. I miss my father.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 23, 2018, 04:00:52 AM
There were only so many times Kal could say 'I'm sorry' for the situation they'd found themselves in. So he said nothing, as usual, although he made a silent promise to get her in contact with her dad as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 23, 2018, 04:09:41 AM
Kaia look over at Kal, shaking her head. “It’s not your fault,” she said, replying to his thought. “You shouldn’t have to apologize for the mess that society has put us in.” She wanted to thank him as well, for considering getting her in touch with her father, but she wondered if he’d even be able to find him from such a distance and through the darkness.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 23, 2018, 04:12:03 AM
Kal looked over at her in surprise, for a moment wondering if he had inadvertently touched her while deep in thought. He hadn't. He reached out for her hand once more. You could hear what I was thinking. It was definitely a statement, not a question.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 23, 2018, 04:18:14 AM
Kaia bit her lip. One time too many she had spoken out in response to someone’s thought. She looked around at the others. They would have figured it out by now too. She sighed. They would find out eventually if she was going to be living in close quarters with them. “Yeah,” she said, uncomfortably. “That’s mostly why I was scared to get chosen. I didn’t want to be harassed any more for what I am.” Nervously, drawing in a breath, she said “I, uh, I can read minds. That’s why I was hurting so bad on the way here... all the panic was overwhelming. It’s not a normal human thing so I try to keep it quiet, but since we’re all stuck together you may as well know.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 23, 2018, 04:28:19 AM
Orville watched the conversation, unsure of whether or not he should still try to pipe in. They seemed like they were...having some kind of conversation? It'd be rude to interrupt. He simply tried to eat a cookie as low-key as he could, and spotted a remote control on the ground. Oh, right! The televisions!

He picked it up and pressed the red button on it, and the t.v. flicked on.

"- Aren't sure the origin of the suspect, but many suspect this was a monster to blame."

Oh, still talking about...The Ceremony. He pressed a different button. This time, it looked like a slightly different news program.

"- Emergency protocol for the return of the darkness - Stock up on non-perishable items and make sure to keep leaving your households to a minimum until further instruction. Please do not panic."

Oof. Not very cheerful today, huh? He tried to change the channel again. This time, it was two monsters talking to each other.

"The Ceremony today was a bigger disaster than the Northern cave-ins. This whole 'darkness' thing was just to be expected when it was clear none of the individuals chosen actually wanted peace. We need a better -"

Orville turned off the tv. This wasn't very...fun.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 23, 2018, 04:48:15 AM
Everything made so much more sense now. So... you can hear me? Without me having to project my thoughts? he asked. Something on the TV caught his attention: the chaos, mostly. They were blaming the monsters, as usual. He shivered. The darkness was back. How long before it disappeared again? Hopefully before more fighting broke out again.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 23, 2018, 05:03:46 AM
“I can hear everyone,” Kaia replied softly. “Sometimes I wish I didn’t.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 23, 2018, 05:10:09 AM
Is it a form of magic? Can you learn to control it? Kalavhan asked her. Was it something he could possibly learn? It would make communicating so much easier.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 23, 2018, 05:15:22 AM
“It’s, uh...” oh, to hell with it. “My great grandma was a monster,” she said. “She was pretty cool, she passed when I was a kid because she was really old. But basically, she was a powerful telepath, but she could also mind read and project her thoughts, like you do, but without touching. But other than that, I don’t know much about it. I don’t think it’s magic, though.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 23, 2018, 05:32:03 AM
She was part monster? But she looked so small and... and soft. Squishy? Something like that. Either way he could hardly believe it. Do you remember what your grandmother looked like? he asked, curious.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 23, 2018, 05:49:19 AM
She remembered a little. Though she adored her grandmother as a child and was always excited to see her, the visits were few and far between. "Sort of?" she replied. "She was pale but ashy. She had these black stripes on her arms and legs and cheeks. I also remember her dark blue hair. I remember being really confused though, because she looked so young but she was well over a hundred years old..." She stopped, glancing at Kalavhan. "Why do you ask?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2018, 06:47:32 AM
Milo watched Orville flip through depressing news channels and pulled their phone out of their pocket. “I’ve got a few episodes of this cartoon downloaded,” they offered, holding the phone out to him. “It’s this kinda obscure one about uh, forbidden love between a monster and a human, but it’s really cute. For kids. If, uh, you wanna watch? I can tell you what happened in the first few episodes.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 23, 2018, 07:56:01 AM
Abi's attention turned to the news and Kaia. Thaw girl was part monster? Oh. "This news is such wyrmshit." She said. "We're the ones who don't want peace? Don't they realize that we're just a sample of the general population?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 23, 2018, 11:32:29 AM
Aphis laughed. "And it was clear the humans were the ones angrier and more, well, non-peaceful than we were." She stated. She was pretty shocked at the revelation one of them was part monster part human as well, but supposed it'd seem rude to eavesdrop. Although if that girl could read minds, maybe she already knew Aphis was eavesdropping. Dang, that's both cool and creepy. "Although maybe that's what they meant on the show? Still, the news is....pretty off sometimes."

Milo watched Orville flip through depressing news channels and pulled their phone out of their pocket. “I’ve got a few episodes of this cartoon downloaded,” they offered, holding the phone out to him. “It’s this kinda obscure one about uh, forbidden love between a monster and a human, but it’s really cute. For kids. If, uh, you wanna watch? I can tell you what happened in the first few episodes.”

Orville glanced at Milo's phone. "Oh, sure!" He'd never seen too many cartoons - Maybe this could be fun. "I wouldn't mind checking it out."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2018, 12:40:13 PM
Milo smiled, tapped a few icons to open the first downloaded episode. “So, the purple monster with the ears and the redheaded human have been talking online without knowing who the other is, and at the end of the last episode, they agreed to meet up and got really pissed, because David—that’s the human—thought Amara was a human, and vice versa. This one starts with Amara realizing she’s maybe still in love with David, I think? Or maybe it’s—anyway.” Milo tapped play on the episode and passed their phone to Orville.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 23, 2018, 12:52:27 PM
"Uh-huh." Orville tried to show he understood. He watched the show, which seemed....rather cute, really - Kind of cliche and unrealistic, but it seemed like a really sweet cartoon. He even found himself laughing at some of the visual gags and slip-ups of the protagonists. "This seems fun! I kind of like the, ah, blue one. Amara's roommate-type character. He's funny!"

A horn sounded from above, and the ship's movement slowed.

"Now approaching your new home: Grey Abyss Castle." The captain announced. "We will be docking shortly."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 23, 2018, 01:31:48 PM
"Yippee, our prison awaits." Abi snaked. "Separation from everyone we care about, and home to all the other souls brought hither in the name of 'peace'."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 23, 2018, 01:42:51 PM
“What happened to all the people before us who were here? Are they still there? Or... are they gone?” Kaia asked. It was the first time she has ever thought about the going ons in the grey abyss castle.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 23, 2018, 01:46:13 PM
She remembered a little. Though she adored her grandmother as a child and was always excited to see her, the visits were few and far between. "Sort of?" she replied. "She was pale but ashy. She had these black stripes on her arms and legs and cheeks. I also remember her dark blue hair. I remember being really confused though, because she looked so young but she was well over a hundred years old..." She stopped, glancing at Kalavhan. "Why do you ask?"
No reason, really. I was just curious. He heard the announcement and involuntarily shivered. He suddenly had a bad feeling about everything, one that was getting harder to ignore; and it had nothing to do with the looming darkness in the sky.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 23, 2018, 01:49:30 PM
Aphis thought for a bit.
"I mean, they'd have to still be there, right? Grey Abyss Castle is just...where they live now. And...Where we live now." She sighed and stood, pocketing her snacks and darting to the fridge to grab some more. She didn't want to take any chances with hunger, and who knows what the food at this place is like?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 23, 2018, 03:55:25 PM
Milo frowned at the announcement. Somehow, arriving at the castle seemed less surreal than everything else—at least that was supposed to happen to the chosen.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 23, 2018, 04:02:03 PM
Oz put down the bag of chips and soda to go stand with the others. "Should we go on deck to see?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 23, 2018, 05:19:35 PM
"What, are they just going to keep us as prisoners there for the rest of our lives?" Lina said, horrified by the thought.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 23, 2018, 05:25:19 PM
"Not if I have anything to say about it." Abi promised her. "I'll find a way to get you back to your boyfriend."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 24, 2018, 04:45:41 AM
Hearing Lina he couldn't help but wonder: were they prisoners? No, they couldn't be. But then again, when was the last time anyone had heard from any of the people who were previously chosen? He gulped, suddenly feeling like the castle were some sort of enormous beast prepared to swallow them whole.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 24, 2018, 05:04:04 AM
"This castle must be huge then," Kaia said quietly. "If it's true that everyone ever chosen lives out the rest of their lives there..."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 24, 2018, 05:11:32 AM
Lina couldn’t help but wonder if there was something more sinister going on. What really happened to the previous chosen couples? If they were supposed to be symbols of peace, why wouldn’t they continue to put the couples on display? “I’m scared” she said admitted,
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 24, 2018, 05:22:20 AM
"I won't let them hurt you Lina." Abi said, placing a hand on her shoulder.

"I wonder if there's a band I can join." Oz started up to the deck.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 24, 2018, 11:27:16 AM
Aphis looked down, not wanting to express her own fear - It'd only make the situation worse. She followed Oz onto the deck of the ship and gasped.

Grey Abyss Castle was enormous - Looming, shining....Glowing?

Yes, glowing.
The castle had numerous lights casting a soft white glow, making the whole castle seem....Ethereal. There were towers, large windows, statues of beings that Aphis could recognize as 'Angels' - Creatures of old mythology who supposedly kept peace and love strong among the world. The stonework on the castle was polished and shining. The doors were enormous - Tall, reflective, polished obsidian.

It was a gorgeous castle. It was amazing, glowing and shining against the darkness. A beacon of light.

It almost made Aphis forget how trapped she felt.

The captain of the ship - A blonde human woman - stood now on the dock next to the boat to help the passengers onto the docks.
"Come now, let's not dilly dally." She smiled tightly. "Let's have you seeing your new home."

Orville took Milo's hand in his.
"Should we go up and, uh, see the place?" He asked.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 24, 2018, 12:16:01 PM
“I guess?” Milo agreed. “I hope there’s Wi-Fi.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 24, 2018, 12:20:04 PM
Abi kept close to Lina, offering her support. "It'll be ok." She said quietly.

Oz looked at Aphis. "Well I guess we'll see what they want from us, won't we?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 24, 2018, 12:21:34 PM
Kaia walked a little behind Kalavhan. The fact that he was tall was something she appreciated for that moment; she could hide behind him and try to block out the sight in front of her.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 24, 2018, 12:30:52 PM
“I guess?” Milo agreed. “I hope there’s Wi-Fi.”

Orville smiled. Milo seemed nice, if a bit more technologically reliant than he was. Or well, then again, Orville was a mechanic.
He kept Milo's hand in his as he headed up the stairs to the deck, letting out an impressed whistle as he saw the castle. Damn. This must've taken some impressive skill to make.
"This place looks...amazing." He observed.

Abi kept close to Lina, offering her support. "It'll be ok." She said quietly.

Oz looked at Aphis. "Well I guess we'll see what they want from us, won't we?"

Aphis looked at Oz, her feelings going from awe to loathing rather quickly. Right, it didn't matter how cool this place looked, she was stuck with this jerk.
"Yeah, I guess." She shrugged. She took the captain's hand and allowed herself to be helped out of the boat. She thanked the captain quietly and moved to give the other passengers space to get off the boat.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 24, 2018, 12:40:54 PM
Lina was thankful for Abi's kind words and support but nothing would make her feel better, not ever the dazzling castle that was supposed to be their new "home"

Lina made her way off the boat, eyeing the captain wearily as she went. Nothing about this situation was sitting well with her. "Why are they so eager to get us trapped inside?" she questioned.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 24, 2018, 12:45:12 PM
"I don't know." Abi told her. "I'm worried about that too."

Oz followed Aphis, still wallowing in his misery.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 24, 2018, 12:47:32 PM
"Maybe to make us forget about the whole...darkness thing?" Orville asked, motioning to the sky as he stepped off the boat onto the dock. He held out a hand for Milo, hoping to seem gentlemanly.

"You seem happy." Aphis muttered, crossing her lower set of arms as she looked at how miserable Oz seemed.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 24, 2018, 01:44:44 PM
"Forget about the darkness?" Kaia scoffed. "Not trying to be rude, but I really don't think that's going to happen."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 24, 2018, 02:18:13 PM
Orville laughed softly. "Ah, well, I didn't say it would work, I was just...Trying to offer an explanation, I guess." He offered, feeling himself get a little embarrassed at how he said something so stupid.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 24, 2018, 02:24:52 PM
Milo took Orville’s hand and hauled themself off the ship with a grateful smile. They’d gotten lucky with their randomly assigned partner, huh?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 24, 2018, 03:31:43 PM
Orville smiled back at Milo, glad that he seemed to be being helpful. Milo was a nice person, Orville felt like he got pretty lucky. He could've been put with that angry blue girl, or the zappy chick. He wouldn't mind being paired with Kalavhan, he supposed, but in the end, Milo was probably the best of the four he could've been put with. He was pretty fortunate! He hoped Milo felt the same, but he supposed he'd never know.

A loud creak sounded from the doors, and the black doorways to the Grey Abyss Castle began to slowly open. A young man in thick glasses stepped out, holding hands with an incredibly tall furry woman with a.......large head and a larger smile full of long teeth, to say the least.

The man and woman waved, and the captain waved back.

"Those will be your tour guides." She explained.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 24, 2018, 03:43:08 PM
The castle was far more splendid than anything Kalavhan could have imagined. It saddened him, though. He wished he could talk to his family, to let them know about everything he was seeing. He was certain his mother would have called it 'a little too much, don't you think?', but his siblings would have been delighted.

Kal stopped at the foot of the stairs leading up to the main entrance. The couple before them were clearly two previous chosen. They looked happy enough, which was nice Kalavhan supposed.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 24, 2018, 03:48:11 PM
Kaia could see the inside of the castle, and it was more majestic than she had expected. She really hadn't known what to expect, but by the name Grey Abyss Castle, she had assumed it would be some dark and dingy place. Instead, she was pleasantly surprised to find that it was bright and clean looking from what she could tell.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 24, 2018, 04:01:06 PM
The man and woman stepped out towards them. The human man was round and short, with a wispy brown beard and old, friendly eyes. The woman had tiny black eyes, tan fur, and a large, bulbous head on a long, thin neck.

"Howdy!" The bespectacled man chirped. "I'm Abner Dewey, and this here is my beautiful wife..."

The furry woman with the large head made a screeching sound.

"...Sandy Dewey." He translated. "We were chosen to be together twenty years ago! And we love life here at the castle, isn't that right, sweetheart?"

Another screech.

"You said it, darling!" Abner laughed. "We're here to show you around your new homes! We watched the ceremony live, but, how about you introduce yourselves? Tell us who you've been blessed to be with?"

Orville smiled back at the couple - They seemed...nice.
"Uh, I'm Orville Mondo, and this is my, ah, new partner!" He introduced, motioning to Milo. He wasn't sure if he was supposed to say Milo's name too, but he assumed Milo would probably want to introduce themself, right?
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 24, 2018, 04:14:50 PM
Kaia looked over at Kalavhan. She didn't want to speak for him, but she also knew he was frustrated earlier with his limited communication. She hoped she wouldn't be hurting his feelings. "I'm Kaia," she said timidly. "And, this is Kalavhan, my match," she said, gesturing towards him.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 24, 2018, 04:16:18 PM
Kalavhan was relieved that Kaia introduced him. Still, he signed a greeting towards the odd couple before them. Even if they couldn't understand, at the very least it would showcase his limited communication abilities.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 24, 2018, 04:22:15 PM
The monster woman's smile seemed to grow as she signed out her own greeting to Kalavhan. Hello! I am Sandy Dewey and I am glad someone here knows MSL. Welcome!

"It's wonderful to meet you both, Kaia and Kalavhan! You too, Orville." Abner chirped, clearly wanting to seem friendly and approachable.

"I'm Aphis Lycoda." Aphis introduced herself. She didn't want to draw attention to who she was matched with, so she tried to leave it at that.

"Who have you been blessed to be with, little lady?" Abner asked.

Dammit. Aphis sighed.

"The blonde dude." She pointed at Oz.

"...Pleasure to meet you, Aphis!" Abner left it at that, seemingly sensing Aphis' dislike of Oz.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 24, 2018, 04:31:33 PM
As Lina stepped inside the castle, eyes wide in awe. There was no denying that the castle was beautiful, but no amount of extravagance could make it feel any less like a prison. She scowled at the couple, not buying their act one bit.

"Lina Fyfe," she said simply, not bothering to elaborate further
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 24, 2018, 05:03:42 PM
"Ozmand Kylar." Oz said in a sullen, bored tone.

"Abixaria Reston. Call me Abi. I'm with her." She stood next to Lina. "Not romantically. But...I hope as friends."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 24, 2018, 05:12:21 PM
Kalavhan was surprised by the monster woman's signing, although he shouldn't have been, considering it was clear she couldn't speak either. He immediately began rapid signing, expressing his relief of having someone who could understand him, how frustrated he was with himself for not being able to talk to more than a couple people at a time, as well as how lovely the palace was.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 24, 2018, 05:25:39 PM
“I’m Milo Barnard,” said Milo, offering a hand to Abner. “This place is really nice!” They were relieved it wasn’t some spooky prison, and that at least some of the others were starting to relax a bit. Maybe they could just kick it down here and ignore what was happening aboveground until it blew over.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 25, 2018, 07:18:01 AM
"Pleasure's all mine, Lina! Abi, Ozmand." He shook Milo's hand with a pleasant smile. "Milo, I'm glad you like this joint! I know you're all going to absolutely adore living here. This Castle is more like a city than just, well, a Castle! Everything you could ever want is here!"

The monster lady, Sandy, signed in response, expressing happiness that Kalavhan and her could communicate and offering sympathy for Kalavhan, admitting she could relate due to monsters like her and him rarely being selected. However, before getting too down or sympathetic, she quickly went back to expressing just how wonderful the Castle was as if trying to assure Kalavhan things would be good despite the lack of folks understanding them.

Aphis frowned.
"How is a Castle like a city?"

"Well, it has gardens, pools, shops, theaters, romantic hideaways, anything a young couple could want!" Abner rambled. "Everything in the Castle was made just for us chosen - Even the rooms here are perfect!"

Orville felt a bit like he was being sold something by a really overdramatic salesman.

"And I'm sure you'll all find everything to your liking!" Abner insisted. "And if not, you can make requests for changes!"

"Ah, that sounds great." Orville admitted. "Um....Can we still go...To our old homes? Just to visit?"

"Why would you ever want to?" Abner asked. "This place is all anyone could ever want! And if your homes had something this place doesn't, you can just have the workers add whatever it is to the castle!"

"....I see." Orville sighed. That really didn't make the castle seem less...prison-y. He was kind of hoping to be able to leave, at least to visit his family.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 25, 2018, 07:29:00 AM
Are we going to be staying here forever? Kal suddenly asked Sandy. What about our families? Kaia misses her dad. Perhaps if everyone was able to talk to their loved ones even the apprehensive ones would feel a little less like prisoners.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 25, 2018, 07:32:01 AM
Sandy seemed sad for a moment. ...No, you stay here. She eventually responded. You can....send letters, but they don't want you leaving. Ever. Her hands shook for a bit as she signed. But it is okay. Like my darling said....everything we could want is here. Your friend....will forget about her father, surely. She has a more important person to think about now. You.

Abner turned and motioned for the group to follow him.
"Let's show you to your rooms, alright?" He asked cheerfully, prompting his wife to straighten and fold her hands together to steady them as she followed her husband.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 25, 2018, 08:09:11 AM
"So why have us come here, instead of humans and monsters live together?" Abi asked as she followed. "Seems like that scenario would be more conducive to peace then keeping them separated."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 25, 2018, 08:31:58 AM
Abner thought for a moment as he turned to lead the group into a corridor of the castle.
"Well, that would be better in theory, but humans and monsters have conducted barriers too great for total meshing to work well! We're taking little steps, proving that we can coexist to give our respective societies that boost they'll need in the future to decide they want to live amongst each other!"

Sandy nodded.

"So...We're just supposed to prove we can get along?" Aphis asked. "Just by...existing together?"

"Well, that, sure. That, and, well, checking in with the higher-ups, getting married, helping maintain peace between humans and monsters during times of conflict, and produce children!" Abner listed.

"Right, right." Orville nodded. "Wait...children?"

"Well, if you're able, of course." Abner shrugged. "It's really a joy to be a parent, you know!"

Aphis felt a bit sick at the idea.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 25, 2018, 08:40:11 AM
Kalavhan's stomach hurt. That often happened when he was worried. Children? No, no way. Even if he and Kaia got along there was no way. They were too young for this! He felt like a hand was constricting his heart suddenly. He didn't want to be there anymore. He wanted his family and to not feel so trapped and under so much ungodly pressure. He'd been an idiot to have been envious of the previously chosen.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 25, 2018, 08:58:12 AM
“Wait, wait,” Milo said, jogging to tug on Abner’s sleeve. “What about, like, our stuff? I need to get my computer and my clothes and stuff. And my cat.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 25, 2018, 09:17:44 AM
"And what if we have someone we were already in love with?"

Oz made a face. Have children? With her? He glanced at Aphis.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 25, 2018, 09:21:18 AM
Kaia followed, feeling ill. It was beginning to look a lot more like a cult here than anything else, a weird sort of cult that the outside world was well aware of and somehow promoted and even... worshipped, a little. She had a sinking feeling when she heard about the letters, but was also wondering what the big deal of having contact with the outside was. If they couldn't see their family and friends, why were they allowed to send letters? It didn't make sense. "The letters," Kaia said, finally, "do they... do they actually get sent? Or is it all just wishful thinking?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 25, 2018, 02:43:39 PM
Abner smiled and tried to seem reassuring. "You can have any necessities you need shipped over!" He assured Milo. "Uh, and I don't think I understand the comment about...loving someone else. Trust me, if you don't already love each other, you will eventually!"

Aphis looked at Oz and felt disgusted. ..With him? She thought. I feel sick.

Sandy stared at Kaia for a moment, shocked that Kaia could somehow understand what she'd been signing...or thinking. She signed cautiously, beady black eyes unblinking. The letters are sent. She stated. Do not be so concerned, sweetie.

Orville frowned.
"Listen, uh. Abner. I really think some of the people here don't...like each other like what you want."

"There's couple-building classes provided whenever you need them!" Abner laughed before stopping his walk, holding his hand up to stop the others. "And here we are: our newest couples' quarters!"

Four large black doors lined the walls - Two on each side.

"Who wants to see their rooms? They're just darling!" Abner clapped his hands together. Sandy simply stared at Kaia, as if trying to analyze her.

Orville didn't feel very assured about this whole 'couples-liking-each other' thing. Lina was smooching a guy, and didn't seem happy about being matched with a woman. Aphis and Oz looked like they hated each other, and....well, he didn't know about Kaia and Kalavhan. He and Milo were probably the only ones these weirdos didn't need to worry about...maybe.

Nervously, he took Milo's hand to hold, feeling a bit anxious about this place.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 25, 2018, 02:53:19 PM
Abi started at Abner for a long moment, then turned to check her room. "And how long did it take you two to fall in love?" She asked him.

Oz mimed gagging, and leaned against a wall.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 25, 2018, 02:59:16 PM
Milo squeezed back Orville’s hand. “Wanna check out our room?”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 25, 2018, 03:01:16 PM
Kaia held her breath for a moment, trying not to pay too much attention to Sandy's beady eyes on her. She turned her attention, instead, to the four doors. Four, she realized, dread rising in her once more. Four rooms for four couples. Were they expected to enter these rooms and then immediately sleep with their chosen partner? Was that why children had already been mentioned? She felt more sick than she had before, if that were even possible.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 25, 2018, 03:06:22 PM
Lina wasn't sure whether to cry or to yell. She was furious and heart-broken at the same time. She looked at the four doors and shook her head, "No...no way." she said, finally speaking up.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 25, 2018, 03:18:55 PM
Abi started at Abner for a long moment, then turned to check her room. "And how long did it take you two to fall in love?" She asked him.

Oz mimed gagging, and leaned against a wall.

Abner seemed shocked. "Why, Sandy and I were in love from the very start!" He seemed incredulous.

The room was incredibly large, with an expensive-looking interior decor and a single large, comfortable-looking canopy bed near the back of the room, partially obscured by a shimmering grey translucent curtain. The bed had numerous black and white pillows, and there was a balcony to look upon what seemed to be a courtyard of sorts.
Uniquely, there was some golden decor as well, and what looked like a radio with several CDs stacked next to it on a dresser-drawer. A vanity with a black-rimmed mirror was also visible, as was what looked like the entrance to a private bathroom, and part of a private...kitchen. There even seemed to be a TV positioned to be easily seen from the bed.

Aphis saw Oz's mimed gag, and in response, mimed slitting her own throat. Give him a taste of his own medicine.

Milo squeezed back Orville’s hand. “Wanna check out our room?”

"Ah, yeah!" Orville smiled, glad that Milo seemed to...also want to not focus on the creepy child and love part? "That would be good."

Lina wasn't sure whether to cry or to yell. She was furious and heart-broken at the same time. She looked at the four doors and shook her head, "No...no way." she said, finally speaking up.

Abner looked at Lina and frowned, then looked at the room that Abi had opened the door to, and then looked back at Lina. "Is something not to your liking, Ms. Fyfe?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 25, 2018, 03:21:26 PM
Kaia looked on into the rooms, and knew that she shared in at least some of Lina's emotions. "There's only one bed per room," she said in response to Abner.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 25, 2018, 03:22:39 PM
"Of course there is!" Abner responded. "Couples sleep together! It's not a new concept to you all, I should hope. Is that...an issue?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 25, 2018, 03:31:50 PM
Lina's eye twitched as she tried not to lose control of the anger burning inside. "None of this is to my liking," she said then took a deep, calming breath. "I love someone else and I've been torn away from the life I had always dreamed off with him!" she snapped. Lina looked at Abi and shook her head, "She seems very nice and I'm sure we could be very good friends but nothing romantic is ever going to happen here," Lina said, unable to stop the tears from bubbling up. "I just want to go home," she cried
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 25, 2018, 03:35:39 PM
"Lucky you. Most people take longer to develop a relationship." Abi said in a monotone. She looked at Lina. "I agree with her. I honestly prefer guys anyway."

Oz smiled and gave a slight nod.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 25, 2018, 03:51:44 PM
Lina's eye twitched as she tried not to lose control of the anger burning inside. "None of this is to my liking," she said then took a deep, calming breath. "I love someone else and I've been torn away from the life I had always dreamed off with him!" she snapped. Lina looked at Abi and shook her head, "She seems very nice and I'm sure we could be very good friends but nothing romantic is ever going to happen here," Lina said, unable to stop the tears from bubbling up. "I just want to go home," she cried

"Darling, I'm sure it'll be fine!" Abner tried to reassure the girl. "I know you're sad, but everything'll work out! You two will be very happy together! Don't you know that life here is so much better than life back at the islands?"

"Lucky you. Most people take longer to develop a relationship." Abi said in a monotone. She looked at Lina. "I agree with her. I honestly prefer guys anyway."

Oz smiled and gave a slight nod.

"Preference doesn't matter when you're chosen." Abner insisted. "There are many people who've managed to adapt and love their relationships! This sort of thing extends past who you think you love."

Aphis felt gross just hearing Abner say that. That sort of rhetoric seemed....unhealthy, to say the least. She felt bad for Lina and Abi. She wanted to say something, but figured it best not to bring anything more up.

Orville opened the door that he figured was for him and Milo, given the elaborate decor depicting a 'B' and an 'M', probably for 'Bernard' and 'Mondo', their surnames. Each of the doors had them, with 'K' and 'V' next to Orville and Milo's door, and 'K' and 'L' being next to the opened door that said 'R' and 'F' - The 'VK' being Kal and Kaia, the 'KL' being Oz and Aphis, and 'RF' being Abi and Lina, if he was remembering the surnames correctly.
His room - Well, his and Milo's - was just as beautiful as the first one, with some minor differences - Instead of a vanity, there seemed to be an elaborate computer setup with some cute cat bobbleheads and box sets of DVDs on the shelf, and instead of a radio and CDs, there looked like...books on mechanics? How nice - Maybe they researched the chosen and their backgrounds in the few hours before they'd gotten here.
"This is...gorgeous." Orville observed. "This is awesome!"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 25, 2018, 03:56:41 PM
I can sleep on the floor, Kal thought loudly and clearly for Kaia to hear. It was a forceful statement, far more than anything else he'd said so far. He wasn't suggesting or offering to, he'd simply made up his mind and was informing her of his decision.

The way Sandy was eyeing Kaia made him nervous, so he stepped in between them, blocking his partner from view as he signed a thank you towards the monstress for being such a... gracious host.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 25, 2018, 04:05:21 PM
"Yep, we're in a prison. One with gilded bars, yes, but it's still a prison." Abi looked at Abner. "And we've had our most basic rights stripped from us. The right to live our own lives, the right to love who we chose, and the pursuit of our own happiness."

Oz turned and walked into the room he had been assigned.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 25, 2018, 04:38:20 PM
"Unbelievable! Adapt? Sounds more like couples are being forced "love" their relationships," she said angrily, "Where are all the other happy couples here, huh?" she challenged
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 25, 2018, 04:45:42 PM
Kaia wished she could communicate silently, as she would have told Kal that they could have figured something else out, so that he wouldn't be uncomfortable. The beds seemed fairly large; they could sleep on opposite ends with pillows between them to stop anything uncomfortable from happening.

"I wonder if we'll get to meet last year's couples," Kaia pondered. "They'd probably be more understanding of our situation and emotions right now."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 26, 2018, 02:53:59 AM
“Oh!” Milo said. “This is nice!” They let go of Orville’s hand to investigate the setup here, marvelling that they’d managed to pick up what they were into so fast. They scooped up one of the bobbleheads, a fluffy grey tabby, and showed it to Orville. “Look! This one looks like Carl!” And then, suddenly concerned: “You don’t think they turned Carl into a bobblehead, do you?” That seemed like something this place might do, huh.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 26, 2018, 04:30:59 AM
"Yep, we're in a prison. One with gilded bars, yes, but it's still a prison." Abi looked at Abner. "And we've had our most basic rights stripped from us. The right to live our own lives, the right to love who we chose, and the pursuit of our own happiness."

Oz turned and walked into the room he had been assigned.

Abner's smile faltered. "Everyone here is already happy." He stated. "Listen, you probably terribly stressed about the events of today. Why don't you all just...rest, and we can discuss things in the morning?"

Aphis hesitantly followed, and was amazed. The room looked almost identical to the other two, with the exception of having what looked like expensive electric guitars lined against one of the walls, and some baking supplies set out in the kitchen that Aphis could recognize as baking ingredients from her home in the east caverns. It...looked really nice, actually. She was pretty into it.

"Unbelievable! Adapt? Sounds more like couples are being forced "love" their relationships," she said angrily, "Where are all the other happy couples here, huh?" she challenged

"They're in their own quarters." Abner responded, seeming a bit worn out by Lina's resistance. "I'm sure that you'll be able to meet them tomorrow if you look around!"

“Oh!” Milo said. “This is nice!” They let go of Orville’s hand to investigate the setup here, marvelling that they’d managed to pick up what they were into so fast. They scooped up one of the bobbleheads, a fluffy grey tabby, and showed it to Orville. “Look! This one looks like Carl!” And then, suddenly concerned: “You don’t think they turned Carl into a bobblehead, do you?” That seemed like something this place might do, huh.

Orville smirked, but did feel a bit of the same concern. "I...I don't think they could do that." He tried to assure Milo. "It's probably a coincidence, or it was modeled to look like him!"

Abner clapped his hands together again as if to signify the end of something. "Alright, now that we're all situated, we should take some time to rest, okay? Everyone, head into your rooms and have a good night! Breakfast will be served in the morning, and what with all the chaos today, I'm sure everyone will feel much better after a warm slumber with your new partners!" He took Sandy's hand in his and waved before leading her out of the corridor and up the stairs, seemingly not waiting for any responses from the others.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 26, 2018, 04:44:41 AM
"Oh gods, this has got to be a ginormous joke." Abi turned and walked into her new room, looking for food.

Oz grabbed a guitar, and dropped onto the bed to start playing quietly. "I'll sleep on this side."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 26, 2018, 04:58:01 AM
“I hope so.” Milo set down the bobblehead and moved to investigate the bookshelf. “These are all for you, I think,” they told Orville. “I wonder if they’ll give you some of that greasy stuff you put on your hands?”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 26, 2018, 05:21:57 AM
Kaia ducked into her new room. It wasn’t that she was excited to be there, but she was excited to be away from the she-monster who gave her weird looks. She took a look around, and though it was indeed beautiful and tailored to their interests, she couldn’t help but feel that it was just a glorified prison.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 26, 2018, 05:35:11 AM
Kal followed Kaia into their room. Much like the other rooms it was catered to their interests. Kal wondered if the bookshelves lining the walls were for himself or her, or both of them? He also wondered how these people had gathered so much information on the newly chosen in such a short period of time. Magic most likely, but he couldn't help but feel a little like a victim of stalking.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 26, 2018, 05:40:55 AM
“It really is creepy,” Kaia mused. She turned to Kal. “I just wanted to say, this bed is huge. You don’t have to sleep on the floor... we can just put that pile of pillows,” she gestured to the decorative ones on the bed and at the ones lining the small sofa, “in the middle to separate us.” She paused, wondering if she sounded too eager. “I mean, if you didn’t want to be sleeping on the floor,” she added to be sure.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 26, 2018, 05:44:22 AM
I don't mind, I'd rather not make you uncomfortable, Kal thought flatly as he began to pace around the room, tail twitching in his agitation.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 26, 2018, 06:14:55 AM
"Fine by me," Aphis muttered, walking into the kitchen to check the area. The ingredients were super high-quality - She could recognize them from the shops her family's store neighbored. There even seemed to be the snacks and foods she loved from home - More sugar spiders, and...a centipede choco roll cake? That seemed...oddly specific. She turned to look at Oz. Now might be a good time to at least...sort of get to know this guy.
"You...like music?" She asked awkwardly, unsure of how to start a conversation like this with a man who she was pretty sure hated her.

“I hope so.” Milo set down the bobblehead and moved to investigate the bookshelf. “These are all for you, I think,” they told Orville. “I wonder if they’ll give you some of that greasy stuff you put on your hands?”

"Ah...Greasy stuff?" Orville raised a brow. Were his hands greasy? He was a mechanic, but he didn't think he was that greasy of a person.

Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 26, 2018, 06:23:41 AM
“It’s alright,” she said. “It doesn’t bother me. I used to have a friend and when he’d stay over, that’s what we would do. And he stayed over a lot.” She paused for a moment, before facing towards Kalavhan. "Do I make you uncomfortable?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 26, 2018, 08:07:53 AM
"Yeah, I'm...was, in a band." He continues plucking at the strings. He'd never see them again.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 26, 2018, 11:28:01 AM
Milo blushed. “Is that just what humans’ hands feel like?” they asked apologetically. They hadn’t meant to say anything stupid.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 26, 2018, 11:29:51 AM
Lina knew she would not be any happier about the situation in the morning. She was too angry and upset to even think about sleeping, especially if that meant sharing a bed! "This is ridiculous," she grumbled to herself before reluctantly entering the room to check it out; maybe she would be fortunate enough to find a couch to sleep on.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 26, 2018, 11:51:11 AM
"Yeah, I'm...was, in a band." He continues plucking at the strings. He'd never see them again.

"Oh....Cool." Aphis wasn't sure how to respond. Offer condolences? Ask further? She decided in the end not to ask or pry, and instead opened a cupboard and found a pack of beetle cookies to snack on, which she did, finding a couch in the room that she figured all the rooms had, and flopping on it and eating her problems away.

Milo blushed. “Is that just what humans’ hands feel like?” they asked apologetically. They hadn’t meant to say anything stupid.

"Ah....Probably not." Orville nervously rubbed the back of his head. "My hands are just...dirty. Maybe I should shower?"
He glanced towards the private bathroom he and Milo now had. Showering might be a good idea.

(You all wanna have some more interactions here or shall we wrap up this scene and try to timeskip to the next morning?)
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 26, 2018, 11:55:43 AM
"I know." Abi grabbed a Large bottle of Coke and started chugging it, before finding some packages pastries. "You hungry?"

"We had a gig planned. It would have let us play before bigger audiences."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 26, 2018, 12:00:30 PM
"Damn." Aphis wasn't sure what he wanted her to say. "What do you want me to do, apologize for daring to be randomly matched with you, thus ruining your career? I was going to inherit my family's shop. I've been working all my life for it, just to have that shoved aside. It's tough all over." She emphasized the phrase with a loud crunch of a beetle cookie. She wasn't going to let Oz think she pitied him.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 26, 2018, 12:30:58 PM
Oz stood suddenly, glaring at her. "Shut up!" He screamed. I don't want to hear about your problems!"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 26, 2018, 12:34:15 PM
Aphis jolted, and then glared back at Oz. "What, so you're the only one allowed to be upset here?" She hissed. "I don't want to hear about your problems, but you're throwing yourself a pity party anyways!"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 26, 2018, 12:42:25 PM
Milo’s blush only deepened. “I’m sorry,” they murmured. “I, uh, I like your hands, though!”

(I’m okay to skip whenever 👍)
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 26, 2018, 02:01:47 PM
same)

Lina shook her head, "I don't think I could eat anything right now," she said
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 26, 2018, 02:16:24 PM
"Alrighty." Abi began to eat. And eat.

Oz glared at her, before lying down, facing away from her.

(Ok.)
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on November 26, 2018, 02:53:14 PM
"Ah...Yeah, I...like yours too!" Orville tried to make Milo feel better. "Um, but yeah. I'm gonna shower, and then probably...sleep, a lot." He headed to the washroom and contemplated whether Milo would or wouldn't want him to shut the door while disrobing. Don't couples...not care about privacy? Unsure, he slowly shut the door as much as he could to hide himself without 'technically' closing the door. 

Aphis glared back, and stuck out her tongue before lying down on the couch, not wanting to sleep anywhere near Oz. Clutching her bag of sweets, she tried to get herself to sleep. She deserved to sleep. It would probably be the only peace she'd feel for a while.

~

The next morning was still dark. The blackness of the sky hadn't let up, but Aphis was awoken from her spot on...The floor. She must have rolled off of the couch. A loud knock rattled her from her grogginess.
"I have breakfast for Mister Kylar and Miss Lycoda?" A muffled voice spoke through the door.

Orville, who'd fallen into an uneasy sleep in the immensely comfortable bed offered after his shower, rubbed his eyes as a knocking on the door and a promise of breakfast rang through the door.
"Uh...Coming." Orville muttered. Breakfast was served directly to the rooms? Huh.

Other knocks and offers of serving breakfast were resounded in Kal and Kaia's rooms, as well as Abi and Lina's.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on November 26, 2018, 03:08:25 PM
Kal had slept on the floor, just like he said he would. It hadn't been too terribly uncomfortable, with all of the pillows he had managed to form into a makeshift bed. Plus it was far more comfortable than sharing a bed with someone he hardly knew.

The knock on the door woke him from a deep sleep. He woke in a start, confused by how dark it was, before the memories of the previous day sunk in. Oh, right. He dragged himself out of his 'bed', yawning and stretching, and opened the door.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on November 26, 2018, 03:13:42 PM
Milo slept through the knocking, lost in a dream full of bobblehead versions of everyone they knew, and only woke up when Orville shook the bed standing up. Milo grumbled and turned over to bury their face in the pillow.

(We didn’t establish it but my thought was Milo and Orville shared the bed but like, on opposite sides, not all the way sleeping together)
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on November 26, 2018, 03:16:19 PM
Kaia pulled the covers over her head when Kal answered the door, as if it would somehow block out the circumstance she was in. Something did smell amazing though, so she peeked out a little bit, curious.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: kristina-la on November 26, 2018, 03:31:10 PM
At some point in the night, Lina must have fallen asleep on the couch. For hours she had just lay on the couch crying into her pillow; her exhaustion won in the end.


When morning came she was woken by the knocking and the glorious smell of food. She rolled off the couch and opened  the door
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on November 26, 2018, 04:09:23 PM
Abi's internal clock had woken her an hour before, and she used that time to go thru her morning workout. "Morning." She said as she rose from a stretch and followed Lina to the door, tail swinging side-to-side slowly.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on March 05, 2019, 02:16:10 PM
(We didn’t establish it but my thought was Milo and Orville shared the bed but like, on opposite sides, not all the way sleeping together)

(Yeah I feel you!)

Orville smiled a bit seeing Milo curled up in bed - They were a very adorable monster - and then opened the door. A smiling woman who seemed...mostly human, save for two long black horns extending from her head, smiled and held a large tray of various breakfast foods - French toast, fresh fruits, eggs, bacon, the works.
"Oh, ah. Thanks!" Orville gave a good natured smile as the woman handed him the tray. "Good morning."
The woman simply smiled back and shut the door. Orville took the tray back and set it down next to the bed. It felt...wrong to eat without the person he was technically partnered with.
"Uh....wake up, sleepyhead?" Orville tried, in an attempt to wake Milo up peacefully.

The knock on the door woke him from a deep sleep. He woke in a start, confused by how dark it was, before the memories of the previous day sunk in. Oh, right. He dragged himself out of his 'bed', yawning and stretching, and opened the door.

A similar sight met Kal - A short, mostly human individual with multiple eyes stood with a tray of warm, assorted breakfast foods and offered it to Kal as soon as he opened the door.

When morning came she was woken by the knocking and the glorious smell of food. She rolled off the couch and opened  the door

A tall, broad-shouldered man who...actually looked 100% human aside from the height stood in front of Lina, also holding at looked to a tray of freshly made food.
"Ah...I've got breakfast for a...Lina and...Abi?" He asked shyly, offering the tray to Lina.

Aphis opened the door and was met by a woman with pale skin handing her a breakfast tray silently, which Aphis felt would be very heavy if she didnt have four arms. She shakily thanked the woman and turned to face Oz as the door shut.
".....They brought us breakfast." She finally said.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on March 05, 2019, 03:09:01 PM
Kaia watched from her blanket peephole as Kal was greeted by a monster with food. Now that the door was open, it smelled even more fragrant than it did before.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on March 05, 2019, 04:32:02 PM
"Thanks." Abi said with a bright smile and closed the door. "Now, we need to come up with a plan for getting you home." She said quietly.

"Of course they did." Oz grumbled. "Now shut up, I'm trying to sleep."
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on March 05, 2019, 05:34:02 PM
“Eggs?” Milo mumbled. They turned around to face Orville, still lying down. “Nice.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: GreyCaboose on March 06, 2019, 01:32:24 AM
"Of course they did." Oz grumbled. "Now shut up, I'm trying to sleep."

Aphis huffed. "So I guess I'll just eat this all myself. Starve if you want." Lazy human. She thought bitterly as she set the tray down on the kitchen countertop. Was this routine going to become her life? She'd honestly rather die.

“Eggs?” Milo mumbled. They turned around to face Orville, still lying down. “Nice.”

"Yeah! And fruit, which I honestly haven't had in....a while, heh." Orville's diet had sort of become whatever cheap, easy meals he could make and eat quickly so he could get back to work faster. And those rarely included fresh fruit.
His expression became less cheerful as he saw the darkness of the sky through the windows.
"....You doing okay, Milo?" He asked quietly. "I know that some of the others are upset, or scared...and you don't seem too upset or anything, but still, with everything that happened...how are you holding up?"
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Panzercrappitastica on March 06, 2019, 02:54:18 AM
“Um...” Milo sat up and grabbed a strip of bacon. “Okay, I think? Trying not to think about it. The bacon’s good.”
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Eraisuithiel on March 06, 2019, 04:56:14 AM
Kal happily took the food, nodding at the little monster in thanks before he turned and brought the tray over to Kaia. He set it on the bedside table, then made the sign for 'early food'; or, breakfast.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: Mara-la on March 06, 2019, 04:58:30 AM
Kaia surveyed the food. “Thank you,” She said. She was still shaken up over being here, the idea of settling and falling in love with Kal - as nice as he seemed - to be a bit unnerving.
Title: Re: Don't Fear the Abyss (New RP!)
Post by: ChaoticRhymer on April 03, 2019, 09:04:27 AM
(Bump)
Title: Dont Fear the Abyss New RP
Post by: KamImmume on August 14, 2019, 09:55:56 PM
Teresa heard something coming up behind them and turned quickly, ready to strike quickly if needed, but hesitated a bit when the Pokemon - a Zangoose - stopped and asked them a question. "Service?" She asked cautiously.

 
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