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-Corrin sets Rose down once they're past the nauseating visuals. It takes a moment, but Rose lets herself open her eyes again and readjust.-
Rose: "...Oh. You're... yeah. You. That's who you are. Who is this?"
Corrin: "She's... Grima, I think. The Fell Dragon from legend."
Rose: "Right, right. Awakening. Not the default hair. So, uh, word of advice, O Mighty Evil Lizard Lady, you don't want to be here."
Corrin: "Did— did you just call the Fell Dragon "Evil Lizard Lady"???"
F!Grima: "And why would that be?"
Rose: "A bunch of complicated mind shit that I don't want to explain."
Rose: "C'mon, she's pretty much powerless here. Nothing to be scared of."
Corrin: "She's a god!"
F!Grima: "And standing right here. But you needn't fear me, I'm not under Grima's control anymore."
Rose: "See? Nothing to fear. Totally powerless."
Corrin: "...Hm. I... suppose."
Rose: "Anyway, point is, this place could probably kill you if you're not ready. So, uh, might want to turn around."
Corrin: "She can't leave on her own, though."
F!Grima: "I don't know how I got here, let alone how to leave."
Rose: "...Rrgh. Fine, whatever, I'd rather not turn back and have to do all that eyes-closed shit again, so, you're along for the ride. So, Grima, welcome to Mementos."
Metanav: "Candidate found."
-Fortis is still shuffling through her pile of letters-
-Noelle is sitting nearby, looking out over the edge-
Astral: <You seem to have a lot of admirers, mother.>
Fortis: Uh huh. I'm popular!
Noelle: Hey, here's a question...
-Fortis and Astral both turn toward Noelle-
Noelle: How come Astral only thinks of you as mom?
Fortis: Huh? Because I'm the mama bird and she's my little chick, that's why.
Noelle: No, no, I get that, but like... all three of us found you in that space. So why Fortis in particular?
Fortis: ...I dunno! I guess because I did most of the taking care of her?
Astral: <That is correct. But do not think I don't appreciate your help as well, Noelle.>
Noelle: Um, thanks.
Astral: <She is very welcoming and soft. I enjoy spending time with her.>
Noelle: Yeah, me too...
Fortis: Awww, thanks!
F!Grima: ".... What does that mean?"
Rose: "...That's not fuckin' right. What the hell?"
-Corrin just sorta fumbles as Rose grabs her phone, staring at the Metanav app.-
Rose: "Seriously? You're responding to a casual fuckin' reference to Grima, fuckin' Grima, and yet you get pissy when I bring up Paula Jaide?"
-The app crashes.-
Rose: "Gods fucking dammit!"
Corrin: "Rose, please calm down?"
-F!Grima just has a look of 'wtf does all this mean.'-
F!Grima: "... And… what? What does that mean?"
-Rose grumbles as she tries to get the Metanav to boot back up. Corrin sighs, looking at Grima.-
Corrin: "This place is called Mementos, and it's a part of a sort of... alternate world called the Metaverse. It's got something to do with our minds, specifically with the darkest parts of ourselves, that we call "Shadows"."
Rose: "And I've been trying to track down a specific one so I can kick her ass, but nope! It cares more about you!"
Corrin: "Which... is rather odd, come to think of it. So far, we haven't seen a person in the same place as her Shadow..."
F!Grima: "So in summary, to ensure I've understood all this, we're in a sort of… mental deeprealm, and your phone is saying that I have a 'Shadow' somewhere in here?"
Rose: "Yeah, that's pretty much on the nose."
-Corrin ponders for a moment.-
Corrin: "So far, the only Shadows we've been able to actually fight have been of some rather... skeevy individuals. Are you sure you're not still actually the Grima...?"
F!Grima: "I am sure."
Rose: "If you say so. If you backstab us, aim for me first."
Rose: "Not like it's actually gonna matter! But, like, even if it does, I'm a better target than you are."
Corrin: "Rose, please don't say that."
Rose: "...Fine. Sorry. Let's just go, I'm getting stir-crazy."
F!Grima: "Yes, let's. I'm rather curious to see what this 'Shadow' me is like."
"...We do not burn down convenience stores when we are hungry.
He takes out an Ultra Ball and presses it against the Torchic.
"You are trouble. In the ball you go!"
-As it turns out, Mementos is a lot harder to navigate when you don't have a living bus to cart the team around. But nonetheless, Rose, Corrin, and F!Grima make their way through the twisting and turning pathways of Mementos.-
Rose: "Ugh, who had the great idea of making a GPS for a mystery dungeon? It doesn't even help!"
F!Grima: "What are we looking for, even? What differentiates our location from the rest of the twisting tunnels?"
Rose: "Last time we were here, we just rode around and went down some sorta stairs and then this weird vortex thing in a wall made the path all weird, and on the other side was the person we were looking for. Or the Shadow we were looking for. Whatever."
Corrin: "But we just had to find our way mostly blindly until the navigator told us our target was on the same floor."
Rose: "Which is bullshit! What's the point of a GPS if doesn't tell you any directions until you're already almost there?"
F!Grima: "That... doesn't seem like a particularly useful navigation system, no."
Corrin: "At least it's something. Speaking of which, I think there's a stairway coming up."
-Sure enough, a set of stairs makes itself known, in a small room among the twisted hallways.-
Rose: "...So, place your bets, think we'll get lucky and get to ol' Shadow Lizard just one floor down?"
F!Grima: "One can hope."
Rose: "You're goddamn right."
-She slides down the stair rail.-
Corrin: "Rose, what are you— hold on a sec!"
-Corrin hurriedly follows down the stairs, the way stairs are actually intended to be used.-
F!Grima: "Well, that's one way to get down. It doesn't look very safe, though."
-She follows after the two.-
Torchic: <Ha, you think a ball can- Who, alcohol!>
-"The bird quickly chugs a bottle of Scotch, laying on the ground, then passes out before going into the ultra ball."-
-"The ball clicks, and Torchic is passed out inside."-
Piplup: <. . .Not sure how I feel about this.>
Metanav: "You are approaching your destination."
Rose: "Oh, thank goodness, we don't have to deal with even more floors. Smooth sailing."
Corrin: "I think I can hear it nearby, too. Let's go quickly!"
-She takes the hands of both of her current companions to lead them toward where the droning sound of their destination is coming from. F!Grima yelps slightly as she's taken by the hand, but is dragged along with no comment. With little resistance, the party comes across the "gate".-
Rose: "...The nav says this is the place. Wanna do the honors, Grima?"
-F!Grima winces slightly as she's refered to as Grima.-
F!Grima: "... What do I do with it? Just… touch it?"
Rose: "More like just jump into it with reckless abandon and no sense of self preservation, honestly. Or get dragged in by someone else with said lack of self preservation sense."
F!Grima: "Right… well, here goes nothing."
-She walks cautiously towards the vortex, before being sucked in with another yelp. Without further ado, the others follow suit.-
-On the other side, the party is greeted with... a room cast in shadow.-
Rose: "...Hello? You there, pal?"
A suspiciously F!Grima-like voice: "New friends, have you? Aren't you worried you'll cause their deaths, like all the others?"
-A mirror of F!Grima steps out from the shadows, wearing Robin's standard Tactician outfit. She tosses the hood back, revealing yellow eyes and a smug grin.-
Rose: "...Well, there she is."
Rose: "Corrin, calm thyself."
Corrin: "I am calm! Gods, what sort of person do you take me for?"
Sparkers picks up the Ultra Ball and puts in on his belt.
"Yeah, we're gonna chill for a bit before we move on. Cool with that?"
Sparkers is walking with the birbs. The Torchic is out of its ball but Sparkers is keeping a close eye on them.
Des and Lita are walking together. Des is currently holding and petting a Stunky while a Ralts is perched on Lita's shoulder.
Lita: "Yknow we were only supposed to be gone for a few hours. You turned it into an entire catching trip."
Des: "Getting to spend time with you was worth, and getting our new friends was also worth it."
The Ralts and Stunky nod in agreement.
Piplup: <So, how long until that Abra is ready to go?>
Torchic: <God I need a drink.> -He then pulls out a knife and starts walking towards a woman with a purse."-
F!Grima: "So what now?"
Shadow!F!Grima: "Now? What do you think happens now?"
F!Grima: "I don't know, why do you think I asked?"
Shadow!F!Grima: "It's simple! You give up! It's all you're good at."
Shadow!F!Grima: "Oh, you know. Like you did when you ran off to fight Grima on your own? What could you possibly have hoped to accomplish with that?"
F!Grima: "You have no idea what you're talking about."
Shadow!F!Grima: "Oh don't I?"
F!Grima: "I never gave up. Who do you think you are, volleying insults at me?"
Shadow!F!Grima: "Oh, isn't it obvious? I'm you."
Shadow!F!Grima: "Oh is it now? Who else but you could possibly know how despair caused you to give into the Fell Dragon, how weak you were after you got all your friends killed?"
-F!Grima stammers something out, before composing herself.-
F!Grima: "No. You're not me. Anger may have clouded my judgement, but I never gave up! You're just some fake!"
Shadow F!Grima: " Fufufu… hahahahahahaha! "
-The shadow transforms into an elongated Hydregion, six wings keeping it aloft as it curls. The central neck, instead of terminating in a head, terminates into the Shadow's waist. The other two necks terminate in heads that look like Grima's. In one hand, the Shadow holds what looks to be some sort of corrupted Falchion, in the other, Validar's tome. F!Grima collapses behind Corrin and Rose.-
Shadow F!Grima: " I am a shadow... the true self... "
" ... And I'll drag this world into the abyss with me! "
-Lucius blinks at Tamamo's briefing, and suddenly a frightful pallor comes over his face.-
Lucius: Yamato-no-Orochi? No, that... it c-can't...
-He swallows and shakes his head, before nervously speaking up.-
Lucius: These, um... these "copies". We can d-drive them out and destroy them without harming the host, r-right?
Sparkers sighs and returns the Torchic before he could do any damage.
"Honestly, you guys might need to learn to act before I hand you over to the J-Team. You lot are a little...chaotic."
Rose: "Guess this is happening, then."
-Rose and Corrin whip off their masks, which dissolve into flames and summon Bluetongue Lizard and Kanna Kamui respectively.-
Corrin: "Is this even going to work, though?"
Rose: "Sure, we just beat 'em up like the rest of them."
Corrin: "But the Shadow's owner is literally right behind us??? How does that even work?"
Rose: "Hell if I know. Let's get asskicking already."
-The Shadow laughs and raises Grima's Truth, circles of dark purple runes spinning above the open tome. Ghostly shadows come cascading down onto Rose and Corrin, and they along with their Personas cringe in pain.-
Corrin: "Kanna Kamui, it's just one dragon to another. Dragon Claw!"
Rose: "One dragon and one weird old coot. Use, uh, fuck, you don't have much you can do, can you? Assurance, I guess."
Bluetongue Lizard: "Hah! Have a bit more faith, girl!"
-Kanna Kamui bounds forward, raking their sword wreathed in draconic flames down against Shadow Grima's body. Bluetongue follows, placing a palm strike directly where the wound from the previous attack struck.-
Shadow F!Grima: " Pathetic. It will take more than that to fell a god! "
-True to her boasting, the Shadow doesn't visibly react to the damage. She raises the corrupted Falchion, holding it point down, before attempting to slam it into Kanna Kamui.-
Kanna Kamui: <Aah!>
Rose: "...Great. Lovely. Fantastic."
Corrin: "...This might be something for Yato to handle."
-On cue, Kanna Kamui is wreathed in blue flame, which clears to show Yato-no-Kami.-
Corrin: "Sacred Sword!"
-With a flourish, the twin blades of Yato-no-Kami dig into Shadow Grima.-
-The Shadow brings her blade around to try to block the swords, but despite the larger size of the blade, the mass meant it was too slow to actually parry. The Shadow grits her teeth.-
Shadow F!Grima: " Insolents! "
-Shadow F!Grima draws the blade of the corrupted falchion across the surface of the tome, lighting it with purple fire, before swinging it in a horizontal arc, projecting a wave of Dark energy towards both Rose and Corrin. With a couple of grunts of pain, Rose and Corrin look back at F!Grima.-
Rose: "Rrgh... Hey, Grima, pal, I'm really not liking the whole god complex your True Self's got, that's not giving me a whole lot of reasons to trust you."
Corrin: "Can't you do, I dunno, something? Anything?"
-They quickly turn their attention back to the fight, letting Yato-no-Kami use Sacred Sword again, with a followup Assurance from Bluetongue.-
Shadow F!Grima: " Ngh… Why do you defend her? She'll just get you killed like everyone else who put their faith in her! "
-The Shadow stabs the corrupted Falchion through the tome, charging up energy. The two small Grima heads breathing dark clouds at both.-
Corrin: "Urk... we're protecting her so she can prove she's not the same as she used to be. That she's chosen a better path!"
Rose: "Besides, kicking your ass is apparently our job now. Now how about you stop using that damn book?"
Bluetongue: "Now you're thinking, girl!"
-Bluetongue makes a gesture to conjure a spell of sorts, which attempts to seal the book and the sword.-
-The Shadow's eyes go wide as whatever energy it was channeling just fizzles.-
Shadow F!Grima: " WHAT? "
Corrin: "Yes! We have the advantage now!"
Yato-no-Kami: <We will strike you down, god!>
Shadow F!Grima: " Oh, you've won nothing. "
-The Shadow darts forward with surprising alacrity for the fact that's it's mostly a large floating snake with wings, firing another burst of Expirations towards Rose, and whipping the long tail around towards Corrin. Yato-no-Kami crosses its swords in front of Corrin to take the attack for her, but Rose is a fair bit less protected and gets hit hard by the Expirations.-
Rose: "Urgh... Corrin, you've got this, right? You've got this."
-Corrin nods, taking a stance with Yato-no-Kami in front of Rose.-
Corrin: "I'd rather not see you die on my watch. Yato!"
-She gestures, and the swords start spinning like fan blades, whirling toward Shadow F!Grima.-
-The Shadow snarls, staggering slightly from the impact. Impressive, given the size-difference. The Shadow raises one arm, now forming glowing purple claws, and attempts to smash down on Corrin.-
Rose: "...Bluetongue, got one last push in you?"
-The old sorcerer Persona appears between Rose and Corrin as the arm comes down, and although it collides with them, it is also in the perfect position to yank F!Grima back, leaving her torso exposed.-
Corrin: "Yato, let's finish this!"
-And Yato-no-Kami returns to Corrin's side, stabbing F!Grima in the chest.-
-As the Sacred Sword pierces Shadow F!Grima's chest, it recoils back, before collapsing into a coiled heap and fading back into the yellow-eyed F!Grima.-
-With their energy spent, Corrin and Rose let their Personas fade, and Rose in particular just sorta slumps against Corrin.-
Corrin: "...So, Grima?"
-"On that word, Rowlet leaps onto a nearby bench and poses dramatically."-
Rowlet: <Ha, I scoff at thine simplistic explanation of mine importance to chaos! For, tis I, who shall be to grand heroine of the all powerful void! Destined to battle with the grand powers bestowed upon me by the gods, I hearken to the future, as tis written on the ancient tablets of Gilgamesh! Thine grand expectations far exceed what thine mortal coil can allow thee to imagine!>
-"Rowlet continues to stand proudly on the bench."-
Piplup, to sparkers: <Fair point.>
Me: -looks over at Lucius and smiles- I'm sure it has something to do with us becoming Magical...
-looks over at Tamamo-
Shadow F!Grima: "..."
-F!Grima stands shakily.-
-She slumps back to her knees.-
"I… They were all counting on me! And then they died! And it's all my godsdamned fault!"
"I failed! They looked to me for their tactics! For strategy! And I got them killed!"
-She slams a fist against the ground angrily, holding back tears.-
"And I gave up godsdamnit, I gave up! Gods, I… Grima couldn't break my will the normal way, so it settled for… ugh."
-She slumps back, on the verge of tears.-
"After Chrom and Lucina died, I… I ran off, I left the Shepherds, behind, I tried to avenge them, I went after Grima… Hopeless, I fought it on my own. I just played right into its fucking hand. What an idiot I was."
"Then… ugh," She grimaces, angry at herself, "Apparently Grima's control over me faded rapidly with distance from the main body. I couldn't find it in myself to take responsibility, so I…"
-She slams her hand on the ground again.-
"Gods, I… ugh."
-She stands, looking at the Shadow.-
"But you… I may not like what you represent about me, but you represent something of me nonetheless. I shouldn't deny that. Deny... you."
-The Shadow nods, and vanishes, replaced by the phantasmal image of a winged Deino with an elongated body floating in front of her, which quickly fades.-
-A card floats down.-
The strength of heart required to face oneself has been made manifest...
F!Grima: "... What is this' good for?"
Rose: "I dunno, that's totally new."
-She grabs at it, and it turns into a mask, that looks like Gerome's.-
-She pockets it.-
Rose: "Hah. You'll be seeing more of that."
"Look, I don't doubt you guys. You're three starters with amazing potential. But you need to learn control. You need to be trained."
He thinks for a second, side-eyeing the Rowlett.
"You guys don't really have names, do you?"
-F!Grima turns to Rose and Corrin.-
F!Grima: "Now how do we get out of here?"
Rose: "Hold on a sec."
-Rose pulls herself back to a standing position, although she's still leaning a bit against Corrin.-
Rose: "Now that all that's dealt with, what are you gonna do? Just keep being Grima, calling yourself Grima, all that? You got any sort of plan?"
-F!Grima crosses her arms, looking like she's thinking.-
F!Grima: "I… no. I'd rather not. But I can't exactly go back to calling myself Robin. There's already two. And if I am being honest, I never cared for the name in the first place."
Rose: "Hmm. I'm sure there's gotta be a name that fits you. Uhhhhh... Avi?"
Rose: "Y'know, like, a shortening of... actually no nevermind, ignore that. Uh. Let's see, mythology gags, mythology gags, voice actors, Michelle, Wendee, Lee, Lauren? Gods, no, none of those sound even slightly good."
Rose: "Oh dear gods have you seen the wiki"
Corrin: "The what?"
Rose: "Nevermind that! We'll— we'll workshop it."
F!Grima: "... I suppose we will. Preferably after we leave, I don't want to stay here any longer than necessary."
Rose: "Yeah, right, definitely. The sooner we get out— "
-Rose is interrupted by a sudden... feeling washing over the party. A pulsing feeling, like suddenly they're more aware of their heartbeats and blood flow than they've ever been in their lives. And the distant sound of chains rattling, getting slowly closer.-
Corrin: "We're leaving now!"
Rose: "R-right! The sooner the better!"
F!Grima: "... Yes, yes we are."
-She starts walking back towards the portal out, only to be swept forward by Rose and Corrin dashing out and making a beeline toward the entrance of the tunnels.-
-"Piplup shrugs, well, the best shrug a penguin can muster."-
Piplup: <I'm Piplup, that's Rowlet, and the chicken is Torchic. We never really needed any other names.>
-"Ramona and a youngster are battling in a park."-
Youngster: Watchdog, Hyper beam!
-"The youngsters normal type inhales sharply, then fires of a yellowish white beam of energy from it's mouth."-
Ramona: Okay Hyde, Draco Meteor!
Hyde: <Cool, murder.>
Other Hyde: <Is it murder when it's a fight?>
Other, other Hyde: <I don't know. Let's murder and found out.>
Other Hyde: <Kay.>
-"Hydes two heads glow purple and a large rock quickly shoots down, cutting off the hyper beam and blowing Watchog away."-
-"Watchog slams into the youngster and faints."-
Ramona, jumping with joy: Yaa, way to go Hyde! <3
"Ok. Well, I guess we can get you guys to the Stormchaser. The quicker we get you in the hands of trainers the better. We'll leave tomorrow."
He starts to walk.
"Let's get something to eat."
He walks in silence for a bit.
"Do...you guys want names?"
Piplup: <Meh, doesn't really matte->
Rowlet, excited: <Ooh, ooh! I have a great name! I am the grandiose, spectacular chosen heroine of the gods, born with the power of chaos, and given the blessing of all!> -Several minutes later- <Super fantastic, spectacular. . . um, Rowlet!>
Piplup, head palming: <We're good, we don't need names.>
Tamamo: "Yes. Just... not with mundane weapons. Aura is apparently anathema to it, so, most pokemon moves, or any sort of auric abilities you all have. The contracts will allow you to temporarily borrow auric abilities if you don't already have them, or make them much less strenuous if you do. They'll also make you more durable."
"And that, in addition to the fact that a Glitch is much less inclined to a fair fight, is the reason you'll all become magical girls! Or guys. Or enbies!"
"Any other questions?"
Me: I have one.
Edited by AnimeboyIanpower on Jun 17th 2019 at 9:27:31 AM
Yep, I've got a question too.
"Sign contract, become [Sailor Scouts], [Pretty Cures] and [Star Guardians], or what have you, use the powers provides to kick the crap out of glitches," Max summarized.
"Will the powers be ours to keep? How fae and-or binding are the contracts? Is this an exclusive club or a pyramid scheme?” Sunny asked.
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