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The Nightmare Years:

 201 Firock Finion, Wed, 10th Oct '12 3:54:22 PM from the Red Desert Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Wishfully thinking
THE SLORG!
Darrel nodded as Irma confirmed his suspicions, then watched as she showed them the source of their troubles. As it started to get larger than a bus, Darrel stepped back into a combat stance and drew his bow, readying it upwards at the monstrosity.

Yes, Darrel knew that Irma was possibly just showing them what it looked like, and that it actually wasn't there; he even knew that it was probably the more likely of the two scenarios. But Darrel was not one to take a chance at suddenly dying without at least fighting back, even as pointlessly futile as shooting an arrow at an entity the size of a star would be.

Since he was now concentrating on watching what the closest of the tendrils were doing, Darrel had shut up as well.

edited 10th Oct '12 3:55:33 PM by FirockFinion

 202 Parable, Wed, 10th Oct '12 5:58:57 PM from California Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Many Faces
Irma didn't answer each question in the order that it came. She paused for a moment while prioritizing her answers.

"I no not from where Necraforce came from." The otherworldly woman admitted. "It has existed longer then I have. It is a force from beyond your realm and this one. What I do know is that it feeds off destruction, death, and despair. It sends it's spawn into realms, into other universes like yours that it has targeted for consumption. Once there, they create chaos to fuel turmoil. The more despair they create, they stronger Necraforce becomes, hastening its arrival."

The black sun above disappeared. Everything went blank for a moment actually, as Irma sent mental projections to everyone just like the visions that had led them to the cave. The Knights were in a town, eerily similar to the one they had just been in back on Saffron. The main difference was that this one was still populated.

"What the hell? Elves?" Leartes blurted when he saw them. Indeed, the people of the town had pointed ears and fair skin. They were universally tall and carried themselves with a grace and poise that only came naturally to a select few.

"Correct, " Irma said. "These people were called elves. They once lived in the Realm of Earestrah. This was them before Necraforce."

The people from a fantasy movie seemed to be moving about with busy lives. Enjoying their days in away no Knight under 30 had ever known. The scene changed. Same place, different time. A more recognizable atmosphere, the elves were no longer merry. Instead they moved briskly towards their destinations, saying little and looking about with fear, as if something would appear out of nowhere and abduct them. The black flowers had blossomed; Dark Hearts were everywhere.

"When Necraforce comes close to a realm, his spawn herald his arrival, acting as a vanguard." Irma explained. "As it gets closer, it only gets worse."

Again a flash forward in time. The sky was red. From the sky, it hailed ice and fire. Fountain sprinkled blood instead of water. Animals and people lay dead in the street. The whole town was in chaos. Nightmares where everywhere, attacking with abandon. Crazed or Deark Heart possessed people join the fray, hurting themselves and others. A man's shadow rose up from the ground and strangled him. A woman convulsed as her body was split in two by some force inside her. A crying child was dragged by tall hooded figures towards a large blob, which they hurled the screaming young one at to be immediately consumed. Larger monsters cut down people where they stood with bladed hands. Doors and windows locked themselves, trapping helpless people indoors to burn or suffocate from fires that spontaneously burst into existence. The ground opened up and swallowed crowds into its earthy maw.

"Then Necraforce arrives to feast."

Another time change. What was left of the town and people was immediately destroyed by a large black tendril. Destroyed might not be the right word though. Where the appendage of Necraforce had touched, there was nothing. No bodies, no buildings, no ground or air. There was just an emptiness. Black as opposed to white. It was difficult to tell Necraforce apart from the space nearby.

The vision ended.

"Once Necraforce has consumed all the sadness and suffering of a realm, it obliterates it, then leaves, sending its monsters in search of a new one. Right now, the Realm of the Four Worlds is its next target." Irma was in front of the Knights once more. She turned towards Cosmo.

"You cannot, Knight of Life. The power you received can combat it's spawn, but Necraforce itself transcends anything you could bring to bear against it. The only way to stop it, " she looked at Adam, "Is to find what the Hexra were after; the Creation Jewels."

"The Hexra are Necraforce's most powerful spawn. They can think and reason on a rational level just like you. They move from realm to realm ahead of the rest of the monsters in search of the Creation Jewels. Once they - "

Irma stiffened. She paled and a worried look spread across her face. If her eyes were open they would have widened right then.

"They're coming. You have to leave!" She exclaimed.

In the blink of an eye, everyone was back in the cave. The trip back was slightly more pleasant then before. They weren't stunned, but they were more or less tossed back into the cave like rag dolls. Everyone was thrown onto the ground or atop one another. The Knight costumes were gone, their regular clothes back on. Everyone who had suffered injuries earlier was still thankfully healed.

Irma was not present, but her voice lingered in their heads.

I am sorry, but I have to go. I will contact you as soon as I can. In the meantime...

The stone that had transported them glowed once more. Then, like a collapsing building, broke apart.

Take pieces of the Realm Stone with you. Use them to find the Creation Jewels and other Knights before the Hexra do. If you can get seven of them we can awaken those who can face Necraforce!

There was a pause.

If you fail, then you are all going to die.

Then total silence. The Knights were on their own now.
Schrodinger's Goth: While inside the box, it is impossible to determine whether the Goth wishes she was never born, or wishes she was dead.
 203 Ragna The Saviour, Wed, 10th Oct '12 6:06:57 PM from Gamindustri Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Baby don't hurt me!
Purple Heart
Sophie Roberts — The Cavern

The girl had fallen asleep while she lie there and the others took out the Nightmares on the outside. "What..." with her fatigue now gone, she stood up and shook her head from side to side. What had happened while she was out? Did anyone die? Why did she even fall asleep to begin with?

"What's.. what's going on?"
"No matter how many times you try, justice is totally on our side!"
 204 daltar, Wed, 10th Oct '12 6:45:30 PM from the fantasy of green. Get RP Mod Relationship Status: All is for my lord
The Maid
Jane rose to her feet, saying apologies to one of the men she had found herself sprawled upon. Thankfully, even though she was no longer dressed as a Knight, she had her whole equipment with her... even her clothes were mended. Then, without a further word she walked over to take a piece of the Realm Stone, turning to regard the other Knights "Well, you heard her... we need to find the Creation Jewels... Using this somehow" she said, holding tight on her piece of the stone.
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 205 tricksterson, Wed, 10th Oct '12 7:35:44 PM from Behind you with an icepick Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
larry also took a piece of the Stone. Then he looked at the awakening Sophie and said, "Someone want to bring her up to speed?"
If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
 206 Firock Finion, Wed, 10th Oct '12 8:51:33 PM from the Red Desert Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Wishfully thinking
THE SLORG!
It was only once the large black mass had disappeared and other visions started that Darrel calmed down and put his weapon away again, now confident that they were just visions.

Darrel wanted to ask another question when the visions were over, but they got interrupted by Irma exclaiming that, 'they're coming' before suddenly popping them back into the cave with about as much ceremony as a sailor bucketing water out of a leaking boat.

Darrel was fortunate enough to hit the floor on his back rather than hit a rock or a wall or land on his face, but unfortunate enough to have someone else land on top of him. The lady quickly got off and apologized, to which Darrel simply groaned and slowly sat up.

He did a quick check of himself, and found that he was back in his flight suit sans helmet. It felt comforting to be back in familiar clothing. His hand touched something on the floor nearby, and he glanced over to see that the bow had landed next to him. "So not completely back to normal" Darrel muttered to himself as he grabbed the bow and got up, turning to Jane and Larry and looking at the pieces of the stone they had grabbed. He considered the instructions they were given, and how best to go about it...

"Maybe we should split up? If there's enough pieces, we could take at least one to each of our home worlds and... Do whatever we're supposed to do with them to find what we're looking for, I guess" Darrel suggested, his tone still suggesting that he thought this was all kind of ludicrous, and yet still approaching it with professionalism.

Then he glanced at Sophie, who apparently was not up to date with the situation. "We have to use these pieces of rock to find some special jewels and other people like us, somehow. Oh, and if we fail, all our worlds will get consumed by a giant black mass. That about sums it up" Darrel explained simply, going for the direct, blunt approach.

edited 10th Oct '12 8:53:23 PM by FirockFinion

Xavier got up slowly and looked around. All of them had been deposited back in the cave and they had to save the worlds. He walked over and took a piece of the realm stone, then looked at the others.

"So. I guess we're going to try and find those things and save the realm then."

 208 Nman, Wed, 10th Oct '12 11:11:49 PM from USA Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Giving love a bad name
Walrusmaster
Cosmo picked up one of the rock that had once been part of the larger magic rock, and then figured, what the hell, he might as well grab a few more, and shoved several pieces into each of his pockets. "I don't know about you guys, " he said, inspecting the one rock he had in his hand, "but all this's made me kinda hungry. Anyone want to go grab a bite to eat?"

He scratched his ear with his left hand. It felt good to not have that weird metal suit rubbing against his skin.

edited 10th Oct '12 11:13:46 PM by nman

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 209 tricksterson, Thu, 11th Oct '12 5:15:31 AM from Behind you with an icepick Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
"I...welll...yeah, " Larry wasn't used to people being friendly and less so since his sister had died. Be honest, at least to yourself, Larry, a bitter voice inside his head said. Before you killed her. "Don't have any money but I got a jeep parked up where the road is still good so i can earn my share by driving some of you." To Sophie he said, "I know you'll think this is crazy because you were asleep during the whole thing but touching these rocks gave us strange outfits and weapons and powers. Some lady named, if you can believe it, Irma, is the one who told us about the Necroforce, which is what sent the black flowers and the Dark Hearts and the Nightmares which we can see now and are goblin type things." He looked at Darrel and said, "Sorry dude but that was a really lousy sumup."

edited 11th Oct '12 5:16:43 AM by tricksterson

If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
Sad.... :(
First thing Adam did was pocketed one of the stones into his coat. He was still quite pale from the terrifying vision given to him by Imra. Out of all the people, he was one of the chosen to save the world? It was horrible yet at the same time… The years of suffering and terror he had to endure. The death of almost all he hold dear. With this, he could give it all a meaning. And he could prevent from happening it ever again. He and his…companions. He looked at them, and listened to their chatter, being painful reminded that he didn’t really know any of them. Still, they were in together for better or worse. He sighed.

"Well then. I think we should get out of here. We ARE still in the middle of Nightmare infested city, remember?"

Has a compulsive editing and re-editing disorder.
"Getting to safety would be wise."

He looked around at the others again. Noticeably, his hood had been down the entire time, casting a shadow on his face as he observed as much detail as he could on the others.

"Because what I'm saying is very useful and not just repeating whatever was said last. Regardless, getting through the abandoned city of death-doom and to safety would be wise. One of you wouldn't happen to have a ship, would you? I got here on favours and hiking."

 212 tricksterson, Thu, 11th Oct '12 2:52:11 PM from Behind you with an icepick Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
"If you mean to get off planet nope. And no money either."
If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
 213 Firock Finion, Thu, 11th Oct '12 4:21:25 PM from the Red Desert Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Wishfully thinking
THE SLORG!
"As I mentioned earlier, I left a shuttlecraft back in the city. I wouldn't trust it to break atmo though, plus it only has four seats" Darrel said, thinking it over. "Unless any of you brought a ship, then it's still probably our fastest form of transport. I could do ferry runs back and forth from here to the nearest safe zone, but that would require some of you staying here and holding your ground for a while" he added, trying to determine who would be better off staying behind.

"In whatever case, I'd prefer not to leave it there if it's still intact. It's a rental" Darrel mentioned as well.
 214 tricksterson, Thu, 11th Oct '12 4:27:46 PM from Behind you with an icepick Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
"I can fit four, maybe five if their friendly in the jeep. Not as fast as the shuttle but it would save at least one trip."
If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
 215 Nman, Thu, 11th Oct '12 4:35:49 PM from USA Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Giving love a bad name
Walrusmaster
"What's left of my bike should be outside, " Cosmo said, saddened as he remembered the fate of his two-wheeler. If nothing else happened to it, then some new tubes and tires will fix it right up. Maybe there's an abandoned cycle shop in the city.... But if there is, maybe they still have bikes, We could all pedal out of here. Oh, dibs on a titanium bicycle if we find one!"
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 216 daltar, Thu, 11th Oct '12 5:00:10 PM from the fantasy of green. Get RP Mod Relationship Status: All is for my lord
The Maid
Jane checked her current connectivity and the status of her gadgets for a moment before saying "I got a hoverbike... Apparently I'm in range of its sensors. I can have it fly over here. Can't ferry too many people though... only one or maybe two. But at least it should be fast"
If I'm sure of something it's that I'm not sure of anything.
"Well, we should be able to arrange something between all that. Hopefully."

 218 tricksterson, Fri, 12th Oct '12 6:09:30 AM from Behind you with an icepick Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
Larry, snorted, "This will be the weirdest convoy in history, I swear."
If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
Sad.... :(
Adam hesitated.

"Well, I have a car too. Sort of... I am not sure it functions, or that it wont explode half-way to the city, but it IS a car, so I could drive few of you to the city. If...you dare that is."

He gave them a smile that was somewhere between apologetic and embarrassed.

Has a compulsive editing and re-editing disorder.
 220 Parable, Sun, 14th Oct '12 11:26:21 AM from California Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Many Faces
"Okay, so a short range shuttle, two cars, and a hover-bike." Leartes summed up. He was painfully aware that since he had gotten here by way of a pair of sneakers, he didn't have a safe way back to civilization.

He picked up a stone, looked it over, flipped it in his hand, tossed it up and down. Just what were they supposed to do with these things. Following Cosmo's example, he stuffed several of them into his orange coat.

Mulling over the options, Leartes realized that it was getting dark. If they did not make it back to the inhabited areas soon, they'd be locked out of the city.

"I call shotgun on the jeep!"
Schrodinger's Goth: While inside the box, it is impossible to determine whether the Goth wishes she was never born, or wishes she was dead.
Xavier pocketed a few more stones, as other people were taking so many.

"Whatever we decide, we should do it quickly. All of us who don't have vehicles need rides. Which includes me, although I'm not too picky on what."

 222 tricksterson, Sun, 14th Oct '12 11:40:41 AM from Behind you with an icepick Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I made a point to burn all of the photographs
Never Trust
"With Laertes on board I can carry two more in the back, three if they're skinny" Larry said. He picked up and examined his piece of the Stone "Irma said the rocks would show us how to find these jewels. What I'm wondering is how."

edited 14th Oct '12 11:41:48 AM by tricksterson

If it's an authority figure and it's breathing it's guilty
 223 Flanker 66, Sun, 14th Oct '12 2:25:17 PM from The Cockpit of a Celestial Get RP Mod Relationship Status: I like big bots and I can not lie
Manei Domini
Jerome had awoken with more questions in his mind than he had when he had first had the vision. If nothing else, at least he was back in his familiar, comfortable robes. The fact that he didn't see a vast horror or the destruction it and its' servants had wrought was a bonus, too. He took a sizeable piece of the shattered rock and tucked it away on his person.

"These 'Hexra' seem to fulfill a role similar to our own, " muttered the old man almost absentmindedly as he dusted himself off. "Regardless, I arrived here on foot and secured passage by myself - I should be fine if you need to leave someone here for a while. And I'm nearing the end of my life anyway, so no big loss, right?"

Although he wasn't sure if the other Knights would catch the piece of gallows humour, he found it helped his own mood regardless. They needed some levity after that little excursion, in his opinion.
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 224 Firock Finion, Sun, 14th Oct '12 3:27:15 PM from the Red Desert Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Wishfully thinking
THE SLORG!
If there was still any pieces of the rock left, Darrel would pick one up and pocket it. In either case, as he heard the older man pipe up with his dark humor, Darrel thought to actually look around and count how many of them there were.

"There's only a dozen of us; we can take everyone along in two cars and one shuttle" Darrel said, taking a glance up towards the sky. "But we'd better hurry" he added, then started walking quickly in the direction of the city where he left his shuttle.

"Anyone want to ride in mine can either come now or wait here for me to bring it around. I can take three with" Darrel called back, then turned and started moving through the forest again, not waiting to see if anyone was going to follow.
 225 Parable, Sun, 14th Oct '12 3:33:44 PM from California Get RP Mod Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Many Faces
Leartes gave an uncertain look at Jerome.

"A dozen dudes dancing with dark forces the size of all of Baritone, don't die on us yet, old man. We need all the help we can get."

He moved to stand beside Larry, waiting for him to lead the way to their vehicle.
Schrodinger's Goth: While inside the box, it is impossible to determine whether the Goth wishes she was never born, or wishes she was dead.
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