OOC: Hahaha, I just remembered where Remus was before this. Genius, I am. I wonder if Lily is... Huh, crap just got real over here.
OOC - depends if (a) You remember right about Remus and (b) what Lily might be XD
Isn't this fun?
Arachni stared at her a moment, as if comprehending what she was saying. "Notes?" he repeated slowly. He blinked, straightening suddenly. "My gosh, notes!" He whirled around and rushed to a desk in the corner, attacking the drawers as he shuffled through the papers.
Garrison watched him a moment, then shrugged. "Huh."
Shaka chuckled, then turned when Saify started talking. Once she finished, she was about to answer, when Garrison piped up, "It was more like the 'C'mon, it'll be fun!' draw."
Shaka whacked him upside the head, then turned her focus back to them. "Its Saify, right? I suppose you would wonder, considering." Sitting on one of the desks, she said, "Its actually quite simple. When he's not being a spoiled little child, he's actually a fairly great guy."
"We joined him because, in the beginning, it was just to up our abilities, allow us to do things and get items we couldn't ordinarily get," Garrison said, taking over. "The first time we learned what exactly Pierce had in mind, we all were kinda meh about continuing. Most of us stayed, though. Some, like Silk, decided their reality just was too horrible to stay with. others...I dunno. I stayed cause I was bored with my life. Everything was perfect, peachy, the same. Boring. Scene. Day in, day out." He shook his head, chuckling. "Now I'd give anything to have it back. Go figure." He glanced at Shaka questioningly. "What about you, why'd you stay?"
"That I'll keep to myself. Now Amber's reasons, she loved him, you see. She's seen who he was, past the spoiled child, and loved him for it. Its how she..." Shaka paused.
"How she wound up dying," Garrison finished. He suddenly jerked forward, gasping in surprised pain. A small notebook fell to the floor. He glared back at Arachni, who's back was to them. Sighing, he looked away. Shaka shook her head.
"He's grown lately, though he's still a ways to go. Had a lot happening to him recently," she said softly. "I understand how you feel, you've good reason to, but I ask you...please give him another chance."
Garrison caught the notebook thrown at him this time, opening it as Arachni came over. "You might find some of what you need here," he said.
Garrison's eyes lit up, and he refocused on the laptop. Arachni sat down beside Shaka, facing the others again.
"Well...not sure where to start," he said. "I met this man, he called himself both Lucem and then Aegis, though I think the latter is his actual name. He was trying to demonstrate a point, that's how Cyrano was killed..." He looked decidedly uncomfortable suddenly. "I don't know how to explain this," he muttered finally.
Shaka, rolling her eyes, shoved him off the desk onto the floor, and opened one of the drawers. "Let me, then," she responded, pulling a small device out. She set a few dials, then set it where Arachni had been sitting. A holographic image appeared from it, depicting a scene. Arachni stood in the barren field Siccilian had become. "This was just after the explosion," Shaka explained, as the recording began.
NOTE- What you are about to read is not quoted from the old text. This is a new and (hopefully) improved version."Guys?" Arachni said, his voice choked with dust and smoke. "Where...are you?"
"Gone," came a new voice, one he recognized. "Oh, they may still be alive somewhere, but why would you care? You don't trust them anymore, you did all you could to show them that. Especially poor little Amber."
"They were...my friends. My brother. His friend." Arachni turned, facing the man now behind him. "Who are you really?"
Aegis smiled. "I am the creator of this world, one of its fathers. You people knew me once as Chancellor. And in the world you know as reality, I was Vincent Carroll. I was creator of the game of Infinite, and the creator of the world to be."
"That's-" Arachni shook his head. "why then? You set them on me, and then helped me?"
"Helped you?" Aegis smiled. "Quite the contrary, you helped me, Pierce. You gave me the means to begin." He chuckled. "I suppose its only right you be the first to see my new world, you've dreamed of it for so long after all. When the dead are gone, you will have to share with the living, but you've managed before."
"The...dead?" Arachni shook his head. His mind felt so fuzzy... "Its a...game. You don't die in games, not really. What do you mean, then?"
"Pierce!" Cyrano came up behind them. He glanced from Arachni to Aegis, eyes narrowing. "You...are you Lucem?"
"I am. Though,
You may know me by my name, Aegis, hero."
Cyrano approached cautiously, sword raised. "So...you played us for fools all along." He shook his head. "The Chancellor...you claimed to be him, but he's really dead, isn't he?"
Aegis studied him a moment, then turned back to Arachni. "Yes, it is a game, but in the end, its as real as your world. New lives can be built, just as lives can be destroyed. If you still don't understand..." He faced Cyrano again, smiling. "How about a demonstration?"
Cyrano rushed forward, as Aegis released several spears of light. Deflecting all of them, Cyrano struck, though Aegis nimbly dodged. Cyrano turned, when the spears came back, landing in the ground around him. A pentagram appeared in the ground, and glistening lightning filled the figure and snared Cyrano. He gasped in pain, but somehow remained conscious. Struggling to move, he stabbed the broadsword into the earth, using it to pull himself forward as he tried to escape the pentagram. Aegis raised a sword of his own, a longsword with an intricate hilt. Arachni's eyes widened.
"NO!" he screamed, as if understanding had finally dawned. He thrust his hands forward, releasing a dark spear. Aegis deflected it, and in the same motion impaled Cyrano.
The blade met no resistance. Cyrano stiffened, eyes going wide, then slide noiselessly off the blade and fell to earth.
"Cyrano!" Arachni rushed over, grabbing him by the shoulders. "No, no, no no no no! Don't do this, you idiot! Who's going to be around to fight with now? Ash is just no fun, you...you..." Tears spilled from his eyes.
Cyrano, clinging to the last shreds of life, reached up, grabbing Arachni by the neck. "Well...then," he gasped. "Take over...my job. Save Infinite. You'll have to...be the hero now."
"wha....but...." Arachni stared at him. "I...no! The others wouldn't accept me anyway! Ask your Saify, she'd love to, I'm sure!"
"She can't. Doesn't get the technical, so she couldn't get anyone out. You'll have to help her..." He smiled faintly. "For what we once shared...please Pierce."
Arachni stared at him a moment, then nodded quietly. "I...I will," he said finally. "I'll save this them. I'll get them out alive, whatever it takes. I'll play...the hero this time. I promise."
Aegis suddenly was there, crouched at Cyrano's side. Arachni stared as he reached out, holding his hand over Cyrano's head. Cyrano gasped, a last shuddering breath, then his eyes dimmed and he was gone. A small light came from him, resting in the palm of Aegis's hand.
"This is essence," he said softly. "The proof that Life has become one with the world." He stood, smirking as he surveyed the cold body. "And so Tyler Loxly is no more." He dodged aside as a black spear flew at him.
Arachni was shrouded in shadows, sword in hand. He faced Aegis, a dark look in his eyes. "You little murderer," he said softly. "He's really dead...you really killed him!"
Aegis smirked. "Don't act all saintly now. You hurt him more than I ever could have."
"Be that as it may. I made a promise. I suppose I'll keep it." He lunged forward.
Aegis sidestepped, giving Arachni a small push, where he landed in the working pentagram. He screamed, collapsing instantly. Aegis shook his head, circling.
"So you finally made a promise you intend to honor? How unlike you." He smirked, lifting his hand; the blade appeared once again. "So his passing really did hurt you. How sad. You must be in so much pain." Chuckling, he entered the pentagram, standing over Arachni's prone form. "Please, then, allow me to ease your suffering. I'll let you see him again. Imagine how happy that must make you." He raised the sword.
Ash noticed Arachni quickly look away. He looked back to the screen just in time to see that winged girl, the one called Amber, impaled in Pierce's place.
Shaka turned it off quickly, glancing at Arachni. "Sorry," she said finally.
"No....no, its okay." He shook his head, a hand going to his face. "Where did you get that anyway?"
"Same place the mods got theirs."
"Huh. Forgot about that thing." Shaking his head, he turned around again, no trace of the emotion before. "There's the tale whether you buy it or not. That's the guy waiting for us on that island up there."
"Pierce, these notes are great!" Garrison remarked. "I might actually be able to reconfigure the data to reinstate the Logout function." He glanced up at him. "When did you make these?"
"Back when he was trying to do it the other way around," Shaka replied.
Ash glanced at Arachni, raising an eyebrow. Arachni glared at Shaka. "Thanks a lot. Helpful as ever you is. Anyway
." He turned back to the others. "'Fraid there's not much more I can tell you about him, since all I really know is what you just witnessed. Garrison is here to try and recreate the logout, while I intend to go delete or destroy Aegis. Can I have your help in this?"
She smiled up at the lady. "I don't know if I am, but I have to go up there, so I hope I am." She skipped past Clear, going up a little ways, then spun to face her. "C'mon Clear! Lets go!"
OOC- Huh, speaking of people, I wonder what happened to Rasmus...