Amu nodded, still somewhat puzzled, and now convinced Cain was not human, but otherwise satisfied for now. "I suppose anyone who starts out with powers wouldn't last long enough to have kids," he said. "Makes sense. Nice to meet you, Cain, I'm gonna go see about the rest of this colorful bunch of folk. Starting to remind me of the craziest dream I had once..." He shook his head at the odd memories of that time, then made his way over to Adam, Nick, Jackson, and Marion. Looking at the first three, whose antics he'd noticed earlier but not paid much attention to, he asked, "you guys seem a little..." he was about to say "young," before realizing at least two of them were older than he was. He scuffed his foot absentmindedly as he thought of a better, and hopefully non-condescending, phrase. "...eager." Amu is fifteen himself, albeit with certain caveats.
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"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." -Terence
edited 15th Oct '12 12:06:49 PM by Masterofchaos
edited 15th Oct '12 1:57:06 PM by darthnazgul
Amu looked down at the boots thoughtfully. "Firing a bow from one of those can't be too much harder than firing one from a camel. A hundred pairs of those and brave warriors willing to train in their use, and even the Yoth would tremble. No walls could stop us..." he shook his head. "Ain't happening, I suppose. Still, the things seem to be working pretty well." He sniffed the air. "Don't smell like magic. Least, not any magic I know of, but then, I ain't heard of people being born with magic either. 'Cept maybe if a woman cut a deal with a Transcedent to gift her child with the stuff, but I can't see that sorta thing ending in anything good."
"Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." -Terence
He opened the door, grabbed a large sling bag from one of the back seats and climbed out, slinging it over his shoulder. He took a moment to shield his eyes from the bright sunlight, then squinted at the dig site. The dark haired man followed suit, grabbing the ad for the dig off the dashboard as he exited. Standing next to the bald man, he said— with a glance back to the jeep, "No parking space huh?" Then he looked at the bald man again and shook his head. "Man, this'd better be worth it." The bald man gave him another look, saying, "It's a little late to be worried about that." "I know, I know. I'm just saying..." he held up a finger at the bald man, "If we flew out to Egypt for a scam, or a joke, I swear that I will spill your guts, Rune." He was joking of course, and both men knew that. The dark-haired man wasn't really worried about playing into some convoluted sham, and if they were, it wasn't as though he couldn't afford it. "I'll bear that in mind." said Rune, the bald man. The dark-haired man nodded towards the dig site. "Shall we then?" Without another word, the two proceeded on foot towards the strange location.
As they neared, the dark-haired man began to take notice of some very bizarre things about the place. Well— not the place itself, but the people inhabiting it. He squinted at a particularly odd set of people, dressed in old school eastern armor. "What the... hell...?" he said, looking at Rune in confusion. "What's with those guys? What- are they supposed to be samurais?" Rune ignored him, and they kept walking. Shortly thereafter, the dark-haired man spied another group of people— he assumed— dressed in... some sort of space suits? "And those dudes," he said, gesturing, "What the flying f-" "Don't ask questions." said Rune, interrupting him. "Don't ask questions? Why? Look at-" "You read the ad too. The bottom, it says there." Rune gestured at the ad in the other man's hand. The dark-haired man looked at the bottom of the ad, wincing as he read it. "Oh no... oh no no..." "What, what is it?" asked Rune. "This-" the other man began, shaking his hand at the scene ahead. "This is one of those- ah... those role-play things. Yeah. You know- where people dress up in their fantasy outfits and- aw crap, it totally is!" Rune looked like he was about to say something, but the dark-haired man cut him off, pointing at the bottom of the ad. "Look man, read it again. 'Cross Universal Flux.' Right. And of course you're not supposed to ask questions about it because that's the whole point." "No... no that's not the whole picture. You're missing the rest of it..." The dark-haired man sighed and turned away. "It's all right man. I mean, sure it's kind of a silly thing to fall for, but I guess these people are mad serious about keeping in character." He shook his head and laughed in disbelief. "I wasn't aware that they even had these in Egypt. I want to know just what exactly some of these people supposed to be. Like that four-armed guy over there. Wait... that's..." The dark-haired man took off his sunglasses entirely. His eyes were almost the same dark brown as his hair. The 'person' he was staring at unsettled him, and it took him a moment to realize why. The arms. The strange octopus head. The way everything moved on the creature. It struck him suddenly. There was no strung-together costume. This person— this creature was, as far as he could tell, real. He swore under his breath and bit his lip, suddenly feeling very nervous. Rune noticed as well, though his expression remained stern, determined... except... perhaps, a small twitch at the side of his mouth. A tiny glimmer of a smile? "Jesus Rune!" hissed the dark-haired man. "Did you poison the water supply? What- was my cousin not enough?" Rune shook his shiny bald head, in what was certainly slight amusement. "No. I had no hand in this. It's like the ad said." he paused. "At least... I can only assume." The dark-haired man stared at him as though he had just stabbed a child- but before he could speak, Rune continued. "Listen to me. Remember that allegory I told you? How I do things?" "The... a- something about a cave? But-" "Right! There's a cave in a mountain. The largest mountain in the world- stretches for miles around. There is a dark cave at it's base, leading to- who knows. There are people who want to take all the safety measures, eating away the whole mountain to see what is inside with the light of day." "Actually- I don't think there are people who do that-" "Shut up, the meaning is what counts. So there are these people who will spend ages doing things the safe way, so nothing, absolutely nothing is harmed. Then there are the people who want to grab their harnesses and lanterns, and explore the cave as it is, some precaution, but it does not take ages. Still too slow. Then there are people like me. People who dive right in, follow the cave to its end with nothing but a torch, even if it takes them to the center of the planet. People may be hurt, and often you find you can't go back- but that is how you discover things! Yes?" "But I don't-" Rune placed his hands on the dark-haired man's shoulders and looked him in the eye with encouragement. "That is us now. This," He gestured at the dig site and all the oddities pertained to it, "is the cave. And we're going for it! Not blindfolded, but not waiting around for someone to hand us a map and instructions on how to do this the 'right' way. You understand now?" The dark-haired man shook his head, but said, "Yeah, I guess." and slipped his sunglasses back on. "Good. No more questions, or we might get kicked out. Speaking of which, we should find the one heading this thing." Rune looked over the ad once more, and looked for a name. "Ahh... here it is. MARION?" Rune had a light Norwegian accent. Small edit, forgot to mention Rune's bag.
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edited 16th Oct '12 7:34:16 PM by Elfhunter
"Everyone in my homeland is born with at least some magic. I can only water my crops, however. Why? Is magic a problem where you came from?" He couldn't see why, or how. Mori had heard Rikos speak of problems in Daneivis to the south with the effects of new Spirits and magic... he couldn't quite remember the explanation, but it caused them to go mad when used too much, like archers building calluses. Rikos probably also explained this term that Marion used, this... 'flux' or whatever it was, but it was no use trying to remember. Those explanations always lost him.
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