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It was at the stroke of midnight, fiji time, when things began to change. Not that any mortal knew it yet. On countless variations of the planet Earth, animals slept, animals woke, animals ate and walked, animals went to work, punched in numbers on machines, and carried out the rote routine of their lives. They obsessed over pasts long gone, focused on materially insignificant matters of the present, and made plans for the rest of their lives that would crumble in the face of what the future hold. How could they know what was to come? How could they possibly have known when the strings and quantum foam began to rift and overlap? They were too big and lumbering to know of the changes happening below the microscopic level, and too minuscule to conceive of the fate that awaited their entire universe, and all those alongside it.
One minute later, pockets of air content began to shift composition, resulting in random people finding themselves squeaking out helium.
Nine minutes later, germs of unknown pathogens found their first human hosts. Unknown viruses would follow.
Thirteen minutes later, the sun seemed to glow that little bit brighter as ultraviolet rays increased.
Twenty minutes later, while all known become viruses able to pass through, blue skies begin shifting to violet. Forecast weather patterns begin to destabilise.
Twenty one minutes later, the blue skies are now bright red. Unease spreads throughout the populace of countless worlds.
One hour later, the largest of bacteria are materialising. Patients are being admitted to hospitals, with the dubious honour of being patients zero of newly discovered diseases.
Six hours and fifteen minutes later, the first woman notices a seed from another world as it lands in her ear.
Thirteen hours and thirty-one minutes later, children playing in sandpits are terrified by the arrival of an unknown insect.
Seventeen hours and forty-one minutes later, objects from eggs to rodents are materialising at random and without any warning. The incursions are now impossible to ignore. Citizens are demanding answers from experts, who are uniformly at a loss.
Twenty hours and forty-nine minutes later, the largest of hailstones are smashing down windows, and creatures that can only be described as demonic are roaming the streets. As authorities attempt to contain and catalogue the incursions while reassuring the public, media are continuing to incite panic and fanatics are attempting to correlate events to past predictions of the end of days.
Exactly one day since the whole thing began, the dodo bird is abruptly re-discovered in a Massachusetts garden 349 years since it went extinct on that world. And all of this is not yet the beginning...
The city of London. A decent enough place to start, if ever there was one. Noteworthy for distinctive accents, the underground metropolitan system, red buses, black taxis, Big Ben Tower, the London Eye, and countless tourist traps. At this moment, within the walls of Number 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Jeremy Corben is urging the public to remain calm, and assuring them that he and his team of experts are doing everything in their power to protect the public and resolve this crisis.
Forty-six seconds ago, the first organism the average size of a human being entered this reality at random. Now, comes the second...
Edited by LizardOfAus on Jan 23rd 2021 at 5:26:37 PM
There was a crackle of static discharge as a humanoid figure displaced the air with their sudden materialization, spiralling into an uncontrolled descent before crashing into a tree and landing in a nearby park; a terrifying few feet away from having been skewered on the sharp ends of a fence railing. Now scratched, bruised and bleeding, the figure moaned quietly and struggled to lift their head up—blank, white eyes with no visible pupils peeking out through long strands of raven black hair.
With the unfamiliar architecture, sounds of motor vehicles, and the general city life startling this feminine figure into full awareness, she scrambled up onto her feet and hid herself against a tree; biting back a cry of pain from her injuries as she quickly rifled through the hidden packs in her jacket for her special ointment. She was dirtied and bleeding, and though her wounds weren't severe they were numerous and painful.
After some time spent rubbing the healing ointment into a few of her wounds, she pressed her hands together into a sign and pushed chakra up into her eyes—causing them to swell and bulge unnaturally as pupils seemed to tear open within them. Holding her position, she tried to scan the area immediately around her with her penetrating, spherical field of vision—trying to get her bearings on this unfamiliar environment and its people.
Aichi and his friends were looking up to the skies just a moment ago. You see, Aichi had been having bad feelings all day... Every single strange thing happening on the news as the group was at Card Capital, playing Vanguard...
It set him on edge. You see, he could just feel something was off. His bond with his units... He felt as though his units were telling him that they felt something was wrong as well.
But he did his best to remain calm. After all, they were all together and they had each other.
Suddenly, however... that's no longer the case, as Aichi finds himself crackling into existence in a completely different place.
He looks around a little, completely perplexed. He was... just at Card Capital... with all of his friends, but now he's someplace completely different!
"Kai? Misaki? Kamui?"
Aichi starts looking around, trying to find any of his friends... but it doesn't seem as though they're here at first glance.
"Naoki...?! Shingo...?! Anyone...?!"
...Is he alone...?
Aichi quickly pats himself down, and finds his deck on his person. He breathes a sigh of relief at that, at least... Thank goodness...
So Aichi begins looking around the area, trying to figure out just where he is. However, he does need to be careful. With everything going crazy, there's no telling what could happen...
Edited by CrystalMemoria on Jan 23rd 2021 at 11:49:33 AM
Joker had been laying low for a while since his last defeat at the hands of Batman, he almost had him that time until that annoying Catwoman got in the way, if he hadn't made Harley tripped and be captured before him, he would be in Arkham at the moment, right at the moment he was simply watching tv on a subway hideout when suddenly a light enveloped him and sucked him into it.
Almost instantly he was spat out by the light in some other place which he was able to recognize as London, he looked around and saw some Asian kid with weird blue hair "who're you and what's wrong with your hair" ironically coming from the guy with green hair and white skin "I'm willing to bet that it's your fault that I'm here, are you some sort of reality warper?" he said annoyed at having been pulled away so suddenly from his relaxing afternoon.
The galaxy has been in turmoil in a day. And this time, it wasn't the war between the Republic and the Empire. Imperial worlds finding unknown species of creatures never documented. Unknown diseases appearing. Monsters and creatures causing havoc in cities. And from the reports of Imperial Intelligence and their infiltrator agents, it's happening all around the Republic worlds too.
The force was in turmoil and chaos.
He was about to head to his ship and move to Korriban to go to a meeting with the Dark Council in order to resolve this situation. But to right as he was about to enter and meet with his crew, the Sith Lord found himself....in a city.
Darth Imperius glanced around the place. Compared to places like Dromund Kaas, Onderon or Coruscant...it seems rather archaic. The large building behind him seemed like some kind of temple, though didn't seemed like it was for Jedi or Sith. Perhaps it's for whatever religion they follow.
Not one for standing around, Imperius started to move out and look around in this city, wary in case he might be harmed or attacked.
Aichi blinks upon the strange man in makeup and green hair speaking to him, suddenly accusing him of being the one to cause his arrival in this place. He can't help but get a bit of a sweat drop, feeling rather pressured.
Not only that, but what's wrong with his hair? It's just normal hair, right?
"Eh? Me? I'm Aichi Sendou, and I... I'm not a reality warper...!"
Oh, stop being so tongue-tied!
"I just appeared here, actually... I'm not sure what's going on."
Hinata heard names being called first, nothing she recognized but at least relieving her that this other scared figure seemed to speak a similar language. Cautiously, she peeked out from behind her tree to look at the blue-haired boy, but in a moment of clumsiness let her Byakugan turn off—which naturally meant the creepy green-haired man snuck up on her as if her status as a ninja meant nothing.
“A-Ah!!” she yelped, falling backwards at the man's words and his strange tone as she scrabbled away. Rolling onto her feet, she flicked out a shuriken from within her sleeve and clutched it between her knuckles; hoping to keep distance between her and the stranger as she assessed him.
He'd commented on her... hair? Was blue-tinted hair somehow unnatural? And green was? Considering she'd just appeared... as had the other blue-haired boy... and the fact nobody else around seemed to stand out as much, she reasoned that this unnerving stranger must've been similarly displaced.
Cautiously, she loosened her stance, though still looked at the Joker in a wary fashion whilst also keeping an eye on the nearby Aichi.
“...I... I didn't do anything either. I'm... c-confused...” she eventually spoke in a tone next to a murmur, looking between them both in curiosity even despite the fact her eyes seemed now blank and blind. “...I-I... assume you're confused too...? My... my name is H-Hinata...”
She didn't reveal her clan name. Not yet. Until she knew she could trust these strangers, she didn't want to risk drawing too much attention to herself.
Edited by Enirboreh on Jan 23rd 2021 at 6:24:10 PM
The day (night?) had started strangely enough. Not for Zagreus, of course. Down in the Underworld, he couldn't possibly know what was happening on the surface. If there was anything major happening to the structure of the universe itself, no one thought to mention it to him.
It wasn't until he made it past Cerberus that anything unusual happened.
He'd expected nothing more than his usual banter with Father before they'd fight and he'd escape again. This, however, was not what happened.
Stepping out into the snow he'd come to expect, there was no sign of Hades. He'd never once made it to the surface without his father there to greet him. It was unnerving, something he'd come to rely on just not happening.
Perhaps if he had more experience looking at the sky, he'd notice the odd color. However, he'd seen enough sunsets to assume that the sky just happened to look different at different times, and wasn't something to worry about.
With an odd sense of foreboding, Zagreus pressed on, exploring the surface for as much time as he had. It turned out he didn't have very long. While exploring his mother's garden, he stepped on some odd device with a long handle and the next thing he knew, he was returning to the Styx.
When Zagreus finally reemerged, it wasn't to the familiar sights of the House. Instead, he was in an entirely different river, one that was mostly clear water, except for the small pool of blood around him.
The world around him also seemed different. He'd never seen human cities before, but he never imagined them to look like this. The buildings were tall enough that Uncle Zeus could feel threatened.
Confused, Zagreus moved to the bank of the river, blinking in awe of everything around him. Had the Styx dropped him off somewhere else?
In desperate need of answers, he started spinning in place, looking for someone to ask questions. "E-excuse me? Hello? Would someone like to explain what's happening?"
"wonderful so I guess you're just useless than" he responded rudely to Aichi, he looked around noticing that the sky's had somehow turned purple "maybe this is some sort of five dimension time shit, maybe that imp from the fifth dimension decided to stop messing around and actually do some actual damage" he theorized as he talked to himself, the insane man had little respect or care for social norms or even basic decency and had stopped paying attention to the kid after figuring that he couldn't be of any use to him and started talking to himself rumbling things that only made sense to him.
As he looked around the area he was able to notice some teenage girl that was above some tree trying to spy on him, so he went behind her and screamed "booooo" scaring her and making her jump out of the tree as he saw how scared she was he couldn't respond in any other way but to laugh mockingly at the scared girl, he didn't even care that she pulled out a Shuriken on him since this was not his first time fighting ninjas "H-hi there g-girl... you can call me J-joker" he responded mocking her shy and stuttering tone, he then noticed her eyes and asked "What's your deal, are you some sort of blind ninja?" he asked noticing her blank eyes, he opened up his jacket revealing dozens of knives "I don't think you should be pulling a shuriken on me, that's pretty rude, would you like it if I aimed one of this at your throat?" he said, threatening her in a pretty unsubtle way.
Edited by Kiobi20 on Jan 23rd 2021 at 12:34:50 PM
All of a sudden, a loud scream filled the air as a girl with long brown pigtails rocketed across the landscape. It was only after she tripped on her sneakers that she tumbled onto the pavement, straight in front of Hinata and flat on her pasty white face.
"Oh, man..." She grumbled as she staggered to her feet. How in the name of Adios did she get here anyway? She tried to think, but the last thing she remembered was riding on a motorboat with Joshua trying to catch some slimy creep and...
Her bright auburn eyes came alight, pigtails waving as she combed her surroundings. She was with Joshua just a moment ago! He wouldn't have gone off without her, right? Like, he wouldn't have just jumped into the water and try to swim after the mayor or anything right?! Like, okay, she totally would've, but the important thing was where was her Joshua?!
Now firmly on her feet, she took another look around. Wherever he was, he couldn't have gotten far. Probably. Then again, it was Joshua. "Joshua? You here, Joshua?"
No answer. He always gave an answer. Long as he was a yard away, he always gave an answer.
Where in the name of Adios was he?!
"Joshua?! Look, if this is about making you wear that dress, I'm sorry, alright? I mean, okay, you didn't look half bad in that thing, but it's not that'' big a deal, right?"
It was only looking around for the third time that she noticed Hinata. She wasn't sure who this girl was, but she didn't look that strange or anything. Maybe someone from Calvard? "Oh, hey! Didn't see you there! Sorry to ask, but have you seen Joshua? He's about as tall as me, dark black hair, eyes a couple of gold saucers-"
And it was only then that she noticed the scrapes and bruises.
"Crap! Sorry, my bad! Gimme a sec!" She pulled out her orbment, though to anyone else, it would look like a small pocket watch. She closed her eyes, concentrating as a blue aura shimmered around her.
"TEAR!" Suddenly, a bright blue light engulfed Hinata, but only for a second. In moments, all her wounds would fade away As did the aura and light both. By the time the spectacle was over, Hinata would be completely healed, none the worse for wear.
"There ya go! Good as new!" She held out her hand, beaming as she gripped her staff with the other. "Name's Estelle! Not sure who you are, but you seem okay to me! I mean, we're both in the same boat, right?"
Edited by kkhohoho on Jan 23rd 2021 at 1:08:38 PM
Breathe in, breathe out, left side and swipe to the centre, shift to the right, blade vertical to the ground, breathe in, breathe out, and-
On the riverbank appears a Japanese boy who had not been there just a second before. He arrives mid-swing, his sword crashing against a nearby wall instead of slicing through the air like he'd planned. He's surprised but quick to recover, shifting weight quickly to his back foot so that he doesn't lose balance. For a while he simply stares at the wall in disbelief, as if the power of his gaze alone would be enough to make it poof back out of existence.
Considering what had just happened, you can't exactly blame him for believing in the impossible.
Once enough time had passed, Yamamoto removed his left hand from the sword's hilt and shook out the unpleasant buzzing that the blow had caused. His right hand swept the blade down in a casual, practised movement, as if shaking rain or blood off of the blade. No liquid fell from the steel; instead it shimmered and, in the next moment, had been replaced entirely with a bamboo sword often seen in kendo.
Yamamoto rested the transformed sword across his shoulder and took in his surroundings, noticing immediately that they were very different from the sub-urban cosiness of his home. He wasn't a smart guy, but he'd been in a situation like this before: in fact, it was entirely possible that he'd been catapulted ten years into the future again! That'd explain why everything around him looked so weird.
Alright, he'd find someone to ask where, and when, he was. Nodding to himself with a well-worn smile, Yamamoto's attention was drawn back outwards when he noticed a man at the side of the river. No, coming out of the river. Once again caught by surprise, Yamamoto stared at the stranger for a long moment before he shook himself out of his reverie and hurried down to the man.
"Heya!" he greeted, his smile warm and his sword now lowered non-threateningly at his side. "Are you as confused as I am? Cause I'm very confused, haha!" His chuckle petered out once his eyes moved past the man and to the redness that he'd left in his wake. "Ah, wait, are you hurt!?" Yamamoto's eyes darted back to the shirtless man, scanning his body for any sign of injury.
Hinata didn't dignify the man with a response, but her eyes flicked down to the knives in his coat, and she sighed a little through her nostrils as she formally bowed to him in apology. He was crass, rude, arrogant, and seemingly violent from initial impressions—so for now at least, she decided to just keep polite and not provoke him into doing anything rash.
Even despite her blood boiling at him mocking her and dismissing the other boy, who she elected to draw closer to now in a silent declaration of protection. By comparison, he seemed a mere innocent in this situation. Though she was aware she still shouldn't let her guard down.
“M-Maybe if we go looking around we can figure out what's going on. We might not be the only ones...” she suggested after a moment's pause.
She was about to continue further but another stranger interrupted her train of thought, and her head whipped around so fast it almost cracked her neck. Staring at Estelle like a deer in the headlights, she flinched back and squeaked with fear as she seemed to perform some kind of jutsu—only to blink in surprise as she noticed that it'd healed her, and in a panicky fashion she bowed repeatedly and rapidly to the other girl in gratitude.
“Th-Thank you, thank you, thank you! I-I um... I have some medical ointment here too, i-if you don't wanna waste your chakra. I-I'm sorry, I... h-haven't seen anyone called Joshua yet. I've... we've just arrived...”
Edited by Enirboreh on Jan 23rd 2021 at 7:01:11 PM
Ok, so someone was willing to talk, that was a relief at least. It didn't bring Zagreus back home, but having an ally was always better than nothing. Even if the ally seemed a little young.
Well, he assumed he was young. How mortals aged was a bit confusing for him, so he couldn't really guess how old he actually was. Still, better than being alone.
"I am indeed," he confirmed, "this looks nothing like the House, and I can't explain how I ended up here." Suddenly, the topic of conversation shifted, and Zagreus turned to follow the boy's line of sight.
"Oh? No, not anymore," he said, shaking off some of the excess water, "that... might be water from the Styx? That spot at least looks correct, but this certainly isn't the river I'm used to."
And now the girl was bowing? Not that she minded the praise, but she didn't need to go that far, did she? "Hey, it's okay! Just doing what any Bracer would do, ya know?" She wasn't sure what that Chakra stuff was though. Maybe it was Calvard slang for energy?
But her smile began to fade once she heard the news. Or the lack of it. "Really? Sure you haven't seen him? Like, I guess maybe he'd look kinda like you? Least if he was wearing that dress. Don't tell him, but he looks really darn cute in that thing!"
She looked around again, but it was only now that she noticed just how strange everything was. Like, it wasn't that weird? She knew about cars and stuff. Crossbell started bringing them in a few years. Even had a lot of the same buildings too. But she'd only ever seen any of them in pictures. It was almost like stepping into a whole new world. And maybe it was.
And then some chalk-white green-haired creep came out and— wait, was he threatening her?
"HEY!" Already gripping her staff, she lifted it up, whirling it around and aiming it straight at his face. "Knock it off! Or else someone's getting this stick shoved where the sun don't shine!"
Edited by kkhohoho on Jan 23rd 2021 at 1:18:04 PM
Aichi nods to Hinata when asked about being confused.
"Yeah... I was with my friends, but then I was suddenly... well, here..."
However, before Aichi can say much more, the Joker mocks him. Aichi can't even gather up much of a response, simply lowering his head a bit.
"Ah... I'm sorry..."
Or at least he was down until he head the Joker's threat to Hinata. When he heard that, his eyes widened.
Did... Did he just threaten her?! Hinata seems to handle it well, thankfully, but Aichi just can't believe what he's seeing and hearing...
He stays close to Hinata, definitely not feeling safe around the Joker after that... He doesn't want to seem weak, but he's genuinely not sure how to handle that threat, and he's not sure what to make of the Joker now.
But then Estelle started confronting the Joker, and... well, Aichi's a little worried, to say the least. Not only is the Joker someone they should be careful about, but they're also in this serious situation...
"G-Guys, I'm not sure we should be fighting...!"
He definitely doesn't trust the Joker, but at the same time he doesn't think getting into a spat right now is a good idea!
London Eye Tenya Iida
Iida decided it would be a good idea to use the London Eye to get to higher elevation so he can take a look to see if there's any familiar faces around, so he gets on board the Ferris wheel and, uses the chance to get a good view of the area.
Edited by SmilyTrope112 on Jan 23rd 2021 at 7:18:58 PM
"hey look you... kung fu pigtails, I was simply defending myself because the blind girl decided it was a good idea to threaten me with a ninja weapon just because of a prank, am I really supposed to be wrong for that" he responded to Estelle being technically correct in a way but still coming off as extremely rude and aggressive despite that, Joker was a decent fighter but he knew it was best not to start a fight against someone that may be stronger than him in a situation where he had no plan and no back-up.
Edited by Kiobi20 on Jan 23rd 2021 at 1:20:21 PM
As Yamamoto and Zagreus got to talking, they might eventually notice a third figure on the riverbank, one who was engrossed in conversation with a strange rock figure on her shoulder, the two of them looking like they were having an argument.
"If I wanted your opinion on the draperies, little pebble, I'd have asked for it."
"You're speaking to the voice of the mountain, sorceress, show some respect. And I still say the blue one looks tacky."
"You're only saying that because I picked it, aren't you?"
"It's my opinion, so it's right by default. Hardly my problem if you're too human to know good taste."
"One more crack like that and I'm turning you into rubble."
"You're welcome to try, sorceress. I'm hard like stone."
"Yes, I'm aware. You've only said that twenty times in the past two hours. I counted."
Needless to say, they probably hadn't noticed their change in scenery just yet.
“I-I'm sorry. Again. I'm just used to... people trying to kill me out in the wilderness...” Hinata stammered, realising the Joker's logic and mentally kicking herself for her paranoia. “I-I was... just caught off-guard. I won't threaten you again, I promise...!”
The young ninja seemed genuinely upset that she'd been the one to instigate this, but she forced herself not to get too caught up in her own guilt. Instead she straightened up and tried to look more respectable, hiding her weapons again as she looked between the members of the group cautiously.
“...M-Maybe let's ask someone what's going on, where we are. I don't want us to be scared of each other... we're all just as lost...” she mumbled, twiddling her fingers together as she felt her gaze straying down towards her feet. “Strange... were... w-were weird things happening back where you guys came from? Th-There were a lot of... s-strange phenomena in my home before I... sh-showed up here...”
"sure apology accepted, I must admit I don't come from the most friendly of places either, I must say I didn't notice anything weird in my city before being dragged in here," he said offering his hand for a handshake "friends...?" he asked making a disturbing smile https://www.pinterest.co.kr/pin/647181408944318039/ in his hand he had prepared his electric joy buzzer, if Hinata decided to shake his hand she was gonna receive a small shock of electricity, not enough to kill or hurt severely just enough to make her uncomfortable, he couldn't help but to cause a little chaos but he wasn't stupid enough to try anything lethal in a possible disadvantageous situation.
Now, Hinata was hardly an idiot. She knew such a grin wasn't to be trusted, but she couldn't exactly find fault in this strange man's reasoning. Plus, she didn't want to be rude now. Especially after having threatened him...
“...O-Okay...! Friends...~” she decided, a sweet and tentatively trusting smile on her face as she made to shake his hand–
Though the shock itself wasn't too bad, Hinata still flinched and yelped from surprise and discomfort at the sting; tearing her hand back and looking up at Joker with a hurt expression on her face. But she soon enough calmed and started to realise what'd happened, and in an awkward fashion she wrung her hands in front of herself and meekly stared down at the floor—a meek and tiny smile tugging at the corners of her lips.
”...oh... y-you're a prankster. I-I get it...! My... o-one of my friends–” she swallowed, turning a ripe shade of red as she looked skyward and fidgeted in place all of a sudden. “...O-One of my friends was a prankster too...!”
...N-Naruto... I hope you're safe... wherever you are...
London Eye - Tenya Iida
He had reached the peak height of the Ferris wheel when he saw the shock happen, and immediately knew where to go from there, so waits patiently for the Ferris wheel to take him to the bottom again to get off.
"hahaha, the old electric handshake, it never gets old," Joker said as he saw her fall for his prank "well what did you expect? why do you think they call me the joker?" he responded he could tell that she only followed through in order to not be rude despite him being pretty intimidating, he could already tell that the girl was pretty shy and submissive so he figured he could use that to his advantage if he needs to or at least he will have an easy victim for pranks as long as he doesn't go too far... for now.
Edited by Kiobi20 on Jan 23rd 2021 at 3:16:55 AM
Even as Joker backed down, Estelle kept her staff at the ready. Maybe it was because she'd already dealt with a couple backstabbing punks today, but she wasn't gonna trust him so easily. Especially after he went and shocked Hinata like he did. Maybe it wasn't that big a deal, but if it was a Relic or something? Seriously, if it had been anything *but* a prank, she could've really been hurt! Or worse!
"You know, if Joshua was here, he'd be asking why you have so many knives and why you went and gave her a buzz for no good reason. He'd also keep me from smashing your skull in, cuz you still look like a no-good loony to me."
She turned to Hinata. She wasn't sure whether to bust him up or leave him be. Nine times out of ten, Joshua would tell her whether whacking them with her big stick was worth it.
But Joshua wasn't here, was he?
And besides. Not giving him a second chance wouldn't be very Bracery of her, would it?
"But hey, you're the one he wanted to slice to bits, right? I mean, I kinda still wanna stick this thing up his butt. But it's your call. Though me personally, you're way too laidback about this sorta thing."
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