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    (Not counting Fire Emblem) Programming; Writing; Drawing; Overly dramatic, aesthetic-y things; In-depth lore, and overthinking said lore; Music; D R A G O N S; Pokemon; Legend of Zelda; NieR/NieR Automata; Homestuck/Hiveswap; and the Indie video game scene
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  1. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    Ah, okay wasn't sure, thank ye. I don't really venture that far outside of Nintendo when it comes to online store related things (excluding Steam, which is basically essential) Wow, that is a lot better than the switch's service - though you could argue that y'know...The Switch's subscription is cheaper. So I guess you're roughly getting your money's worth in the end? No matter what? *shrugs* I don't think I could ever pay that much for internet access though, even if it is overall the same value.
  2. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    Honestly, I'm surprised no one complained when Microsoft first pulled this stunt - maybe it just wasn't that bad to them? Idk honestly Is PS Plus that good? What's it...even do? I thought it nothing more than like...an Eshop-type service?
  3. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    I believe that, at least the online multiplayer, for the Playstation 3, was free? They had a subscription service, if I'm not wrong, but you could still play online for free. I'm not too perturbed by the NES thing either, since they aren't going to release Mother 3 are probably just going to release the same games over and over again, maybe porting semi-old 3DS or DS games. But unlikely to be anything worthwhile imo. oooooooooooooh that would really tick me off if they did that - they already made Pokemon Transfering a subscription thing, so that's not outside of the realm of possibility, as much as I really hope they'd have some dignity. "Blind loyalty" seems to be a defining thing about Nintendo fans - much as I identify as one myself - so I guess that would explain it; still pretty depressing though. Nintendo could, well, charge for Pokemon Trades and I guarantee there'd be some defenders. I...really hope it works out, as much as I am adverse to the whole idea. I can't actually play online games very well on my own internet, so if it ends up improving things, I'd be totally down for paying up. I'm just worried that it's going to be nothing more than giving Nintendo money for selling back initially free stuff to you. That's another thing - with how multiplayer focused some of these games are getting, it's gonna push people's wallets...or end up killing the online community; that's how I feel it's gonna go down, anyways.
  4. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    A'ight, wasn't trying to make you feel uncomfortable. It's just polls like this: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/05/reaction_what_are_your_thoughts_on_nintendo_switch_online that are confusing me a bit. Thank you for telling me.
  5. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    And that's totally fine - I'm just trying to understand why people seem to like this system so much, or at least are ambivalent to it. I'm really not trying to shame you, or anybody who buys into it, I just don't understand why some people seem to look forward to this? And this is how I'm voicing concerns - by getting a discussion going. Again, you're totally free to get the subscription and even prefer it over the standard model - I'm not criticizing you for that, I'm just trying to understand why this is better over it being free. That's all - I'm not trying to make you uncomfortable or feel bad at all, and I'm sorry for doing so. As for the family pack, I just think it's weird that it goes one to eight, with no in between options, is all. I don't think it would be all that hard to program either - just trick the game into thinking that online equals controllers in physical controller slots or something. Or if they really wanted to go crazy, just build the setting from the ground up? They're practically swimming in cash with Sun and Moon, Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, and the still popular Pokemon Go, so I don't see why it would be that much of a money sink to just port these games, and maybe add multiplayer? It would be seriously cool if they did, that's for sure, instead of just porting the same games over and over again. It's cheap if we're just talking about the subscription, but if Nintendo starts making more and more multiplayer focused games, like Splatoon, the costs are going to add up... Actually, Splatoon's a good example of what I'm talking about - buy they base game when it comes out, and that's a solid 60 dollars to buy what is a essentially an upgrade of the first game. A very good, very fun upgrade, but an upgrade nonetheless. Then, in order to actually make the game worth it single player wise, that's another 18-20 bucks for the Octo Expansion, so we're at 80 bucks right now? And then the mandatory subscription kicks in, and now you've just payed 100+ dollars to actually get a complete game that's distinct from the first. Again, Splatoon 2 is very good, and the DLC is totally worth it, but eventually this is going to start really costing? Especially if they start releasing more DLC? I'm just saying, for the other multiplayer games, it's not so bad, but Splatoon lives and dies on it's multiplayer (especially if you forgo the DLC), so they've basically locked a huge portion of the game behind a paywall. I don't think it would be that hard to port N64 or Gamecube games tbh? It's not like they're as massive as Breath of the Wild, so it shouldn't be that bad Nintendo's p bad with their Virtual Console as a whole - just NES games clogging up the store as far as the eye can see - and they never seem to get bored of rereleasing the same games over and over again and never seem to consider translating their other NES/SNES games, like, Mother 3 or, as you mentioned any of the older FE games, especially those that didn't get localized. I'd totally be fine with this entire thing if they confirmed the subscriptions were to improve online play - but they haven't yet. To me, at the moment, it feels like trying to sell a chunk of your Switch back to you, which is part of the reason I take so much issue with this. 20 dollars is a very good price, but only if it goes to the right place. Oooh I hope that's the case - but I wouldn't hold my breath, since they won't even rerelease Yoshi's Island 1 or anything along those lines (y'know, stuff that would be incredibly easy to repackage).
  6. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    I mean fair, Splatoon 1 isn't getting anymore support, but you have to admit - Splatoon 2 was, and arguably still is, just an upgrade of the first game. You aren't really missing out on a lot by going back to Splatoon 1. But I can't argue with internet connections, since I can't even play online at my home, and had an entire system of hauling my Wii U and a small tv to a library's children section (they were cool about it, so it was fine) in order just to play multiplayer. And I still have to use public wifi to play Splatoon 2, so I can completly understand not wanting to play it because of internet connections. And again, that makes sense, but it's still doesn't feel like the subscriptions really giving enough content to make it worth it in the long run. Again, for convenience, I get it, but as a person that hauls their systems around for aforementioned reasons, I'm a little more tolerant towards scattered content. That's...fine, but supporting people on Patreon and Kickstarting projects isn't related towards the topic whatsoever. You aren't supporting a struggling company or artist by paying for this online subscription. It's Nin-it-prints-money-tendo we're talking about. Adding more onto the dragon's hoard of money they have isn't exactly the same as helping a donation-to-donation artist out via Patreon. ...Wait, is there no in between options? Just buy one or buy eight for a discount? No two or three bundle packs to make it a little cheaper?...Jeez, that's weird. Look, I know Nintendo is a business - they're there to make money. They always have (for literally over a hundred years), but this doesn't make this whole subscription thing any less scummy - or cowardly; they didn't have the guts to do something like this until Sony and Microsoft dipped their toes into this whole thing. They basically just shrugged their shoulders and said "me too!" because it looked like a good way to further line their pockets. Again, they're a business, but that doesn't mean they have to hold online hostage too - just because other people are doing it, doesn't make it right.
  7. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    I more live off of Wii U than the Switch as well, but that's just because I have more games for it, and had no need for the ports (I got BoTW on Wii U, for example). I wish they would add GameCube related stuff too, as I never got the chance to get one myself or play any games on there (now imagine like, an online Melee, or Kirby's Air Ride, now that'd be worth the twenty bucks). But as it is, I agree with out that it just feels pointless (except to make me wish that they'd stop holding my Splatoon account hostage ;-;...Splatoon being the only thing I play online on there, so ^^") Yeah, but isn't it kind of sucky that you could (and still can, for the time being) play Splatoon 1, completely without charge, since you had to pay for the game upfront, and yet now you have to pay 80+ for multiplayer in a multiplayer focused game? And I wouldn't know if it's "more worth it" to have to play 20+ for the same games over and over again, when you could just pick and choose among the Eshop. Which is still up. And a better alternative in my opinion, since you only pay once for whatever game you want. And Leaderboards just...really don't feel worth it to me. It just seems like the lamest, most contrived way to justify the virtual console being locked to this subscription. The family pack...confused me - it just says "Buy more for more people!" But how many subscriptions are you buying??? I tried to look on the official site, and it had no info. Yeah, but better doesn't make it good. Honestly, I think not being to improve their servers without this subscriptions, them as a multi-billion corporation, is pretty bad. And as for circles, I just google about this, like "Nintendo Online Subscriptions" or "Nintendo Online Subscriptions Bad" when I'm desperate, and I just get praise or ambivalence, (though this is anecdotal, and I can't seem to find those comments again vv") and it's beyond confusing. Again, I know twenty bucks isn't much, but the two console generations before were free, and it feels like they're just bandwagoning onto Microsoft's and Sony's get-rich-quick schemes. Not interested in the Virtual Console, those NES games, or anything like that, it's just scummy that they have to rope in their online play for a multiplayer-focused game into it. Again, cheap isn't as good as free, and they never said they were going to use the subscriptions to improve the service, so it feels like a cheap cash grab. Yeah, they have to make profit, especially since Nintendo is so poor. (not trying to be patronizing towards you at all, I think you have a point, I just think Nintendo's being very very dumb)
  8. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    I mean that's fine, I just don't think it's fair to rope in online play (which historically has been free) into this whole thing - yes it's only really for 1st party Nintendo titles, but I don't think anyone buys Nintendo consoles for their 3rd party support. Yeah twenty bucks it's cheap, but free's better than twenty bucks. Again, I don't see a point in this whole subscription thing other than Nintendo being greedy.
  9. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    *TIPS FEDORA* O f c o u r s e Okay, but you can buy them individually for much cheaper - just want Mario 1 or Zelda 2? Eshop.
  10. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    I guess, but I would prefer not to sacrifice my Splatoon progress for something like this
  11. Nintendo Online Subscription...

    Yeah, but Nintendo never officially said that the money was going to improve servers, so there's no way to assume that they have the best of intentions. Seems to me like this would be a slice of pure profit, rather than anything used to actually make the service better.
  12. Newbie Meet 'n Greet

    Well, I hope that you got past the content block, so you can post your ideas! And I'd love to hear about your characters sometime :o Welcome!! Okay, I'm starting to think I need to charge for Lurking Clan subscriptions >:3 Welcome! Fire Emblem's a big source of inspiration for me as well, though not always in the game's best...favor? That's a way to put it (trying to rewrite all of Fates because I'm bitter) I hope you enjoy your stay! ^u^ @Killgore5253 Prolly should move your message out of the post v late on pointing that out ;-; Ah come on, don't sell yourself short! Zelda and Pokemon are great <3 Which games of those two do you like? Anyway, welcome! ^o^ No worries about poor English - it's my first language I don't even have a good grasp on it Or any grasp what's english Anyway, that's really cool! I hope you make good progress on your translation (we could always use those, y'know) - Welcome aboard! :D I can't wait to see your ROM hack! If you have a forum about ROM updates, could you point me towards it? Also, I'm not sure if three people on the same account is allowed? It probably is, I would just double check, 'tis all Glad to meet you too, you three! It's okay exposure to Fire Emblem Fates can be lethal Heyo! I hope you enjoy your stay! \ ^w^ /
  13. https://bgr.com/2018/07/26/nintendo-switch-online-membership-subscription-preorder/ (Honestly the way they're listing off the features sounds like they were paid to say this, but I couldn't find any evidence of that, so eh) (Also I'm not sure if this is the right place for this topic, but I couldn't find any other place for it) I'm not sure if this is just me, but I don't understand why people are so excited about this? Paying for something that came initially for free (and is still free for the previous generation of consoles, for now) and getting very little in the form of bonuses (they re-release the same NES games every console generation, and cloud backup should be default) doesn't sound like something anyone would want? And I know this is anecdotal, but I haven't seen much in the way of backlash about this whole thing. How is paying for something that used to come by default anything worth getting excited over? If Nintendo said the money was going into making the service better, then I would understand, but that isn't the case, so I still don't get it. Not to mention, while it isn't likely to be the case forever, you can still play Mario Kart 8 online on the Wii U; Mario Kart 8 being one of the games that you can't play online without a subscription. So is anyone here excited for this, despite it being, to me, being forced to pay if you want to keep playing? If so, why?
  14. Chapter 2B: A New Dusk *With a heavy thunk, Lupa lands in the center of the ashen town, the only sounds for miles being a hollow, echoing wind that sweeps through the desolate Hejm* Strix: ... Geri: Strix, if I may be so bold, I don't believe it's best to dwell on what happened here, or on the villagers - we had very little to do with their plight, and there is even less we can do to ease it. Strix: ...Yeah. Freki: ... Geri: ... Geri: We need to find shelter - if not to sleep, then at least to have some protection against the elements. *The wind howls and spits, almost if on cue* Strix: Right - Any one of these abandoned houses should do for now, I guess. Geri: ...Of course. *Cut to the party resting in one of the burnt, but mostly together houses, with a chunk of the roof open to the sky. Lupa is inside, sleeping. Geri is attempting, at the very least, to sleep, while Strix and Freki are sitting by the door, Freki looking at Strix, and Strix looking at the star.* Strix: ...Freki. Freki: Mm? What's up, kid? Strix: It's not...It's nothing with me - I'm worried about you. Freki: Me? What, I'm not hurt or nothin'. If anything, you got more banged up during that scrap for trying to not hurt anybody than I did. Strix: That's not what I meant - you've been really quiet. I mean, really quiet and it's starting to scare me. Freki: Is that-is that it? Aw, c'mon, you don't need to sprout gray hairs over me, I'm just...thinking. I do that. Strix: You didn't squabble with Geri at all since we left our first camp - if that doesn't mean something's wrong then I don't know what is. Freki: Eh, yeah, I guess that is pretty concerning. Strix: So there is something on your mind? *Freki's tired, but light-hearted expression melts into a solemn one as she looks away from Strix* Freki: I have...a lot of shit that I don't need to burden you with, let's just leave it at that. You don't need to listen to me prattle on about every little tragedy in my life, but I guess what I'm saying is that it's only because of that shit I had to go through that I'm seeing you going down the same path I did. Strix: ... Freki: I'm not going to try to convince you to go back - I'm not that much of a bitch, I know how much this means to you - but if you really want to keep wandering aimlessly like this, you can't be Strix anymore. Strix: Huh? What do you mean? Freki: Exactly what I said - I'm not going to let the world chew you up and spit you out because of a title. You're going to have to pick another name, lie low, let the name "Strix" die, at least for awhile. Strix: ...Oh. I see. Freki: We're all going to have to pick new names, y'know, if we don't want to get skewered by every angry farmer. I was going to suggest this in the morning, but, eh, you did kind of tip my hand. What do you think of Julitta? Strix: For yourself, right? Freki: No, I will fucking commit suicide if you don't introduce yourself with that name-Of course I meant myself, you dummy! *"Dummy" being said in the most loving way possible. A hearty laugh slips out of Freki, her smile returning, and Strix awkwardly chuckles in turn* Strix: Yeah yeah, I'm stupid. Anyway, why that name? I mean, it's pretty and really suits you, but why? Someone you knew? Freki: Agh, stop trying to butter me up ya' snot. And nah, just a name I remember hearing once. It's smarter to do that anyway - less connections, the better. Strix: Oh, yeah, that makes sense - I guess I shouldn't go with "Hati" then. *Freki goes dead quiet, her breathing even going hushed* Strix: Freki? Freki, did I say something wrong? What did I do wrong? What did I do? Freki?! Freki: ...Julitta. Strix: Huh? Freki: You're supposed to be calling me Julitta, remember? And you're going to wake up Geri. Strix: ...R-right, I'm sorry, Julitta. Freki: Just don't go with Hati, alright? I...don't know what kind of relationship you had with him, but you should choose a name that can't be traced back to you in any way, alright? Strix: Alright. I won't. Freki: Good. I-...I'm going to go try to catch some sleep before the sun rises. Don't be afraid to wake me up or, uh, some shit like that, when you think you can sleep too. Okay, Strix? Strix: ...Right. Sleep well...Julitta. Freki: I'll try. *Freki walks away slowly and slumps down onto a sleeping Lupa, stroking his hide, and closes her eyes, clearly still awake despite appearances* Strix, quietly, to himself: ...Why are you trying to lie to me, Freki? *Cut to morning, Strix managed to doze off without waking Freki, and they've both been up before Strix. Freki grabs Strix's shoulder and shakes him a little; she's shed her imperial armor in favor of a ramshackle leather set.* Strix: Errnnn...Stooop, it's too early. Freki: Kid, it's nearly noon. Strix: It doesn't matter when it is, it's still too early. Freki: Yeah? Well, me and Ignatius already busted our asses gathering water, hunting, procuring a safe route, gathering new clothes- Strix: "Ignatius"? Freki: Er, Geri. That's the name he went with; typical of the little shit had to go with something so over dramatic. Already gave him the long and short of it - another thing I did while you were sleeping the fucking day away. Strix: Right, right - I'm up. *Strix stands, stretching his sore legs* Strix: What's with you today, Fr-...Julitta? You seem...well, impatient would be putting it lightly, I'll just say that. Freki: Good morning to you too. Strix: S-sorry. Freki: Ah, I'm just teasing ya, you pansy. Lighten up! We got a whole day of travel ahead of us! Strix: *incoherent groaning* Freki: You're a fucking inspiration to us all. *Strix reflexively brushes his clothes off.* Strix: I'm just saying, you aren't usually this...strict? With morning routines? I thought that was Ger...Ignatius' thing. Freki: Well, yeah, that was before you decided it was a good to go running off into Rucif knows where, throwing caution and reasonable sleep schedules to the fucking wind. Strix: Fiiine, I get it. Where is...Ignatius, anyway? *Strix looks around, but he doesn't seem to be in the house - Lupa is there with him either* Freki: Oh he's fine, just said he wanted to "check something out" and took Lupa in case they run into something; they'll both be fine. Oh, and Ignatius told me to wake you, so... Strix: And suddenly everything makes sense. Freki: But enough of that - we need to doll you up in the fancy new rags we found. *Strix stares at the patchy, half-burned clothes and crumbling leather armor* Strix: Um. Freki: You don't think you can go running around in royal armor like that, and not get fucking pounded for it, do you? Strix: ...What am I supposed to do with my armor, then? Freki: Leave it behind, obviously. The blood on it will hopefully make anyone who finds it assume the worst. Strix: Mm, that...makes sense. Freki: What, don't like the idea of the entire world thinking you're dead? Strix: No. Strix: I think I prefer this. *Cut to black, and Strix has shed his armor as well, replacing it with a thin, flowing, hooded cloak, cloth that covers his face below his nose, and leather armor; his thick, shoulder-length, black-bluish hair cut short, most of the locks on the ground by his feet.* Freki: Think whoever finds this'll assume this was some kind of really kinky torture? Strix: ...*His eyes go wide* Freki: Kid? Kid?...Strix? Shit, I didn't break you, did I? Kid? Strix: ...I'm just...imagining...what that would possibly...look like. And I don't like it. Freki: I broke you. Strix: I don't like it at all. Freki: Hey, hey, don't worry yourself, kid. I wouldn't anyone lay a finger on you, much less kidnap you and torture you to death - I mean, it wouldn't be the first time. Strix: ...That's weirdly reassuring. Thanks...Julitta. Freki: Speaking of which, you still haven't picked a new name, have you? Strix: Erh, not yet. I've been thinking though, and how does- *The sound of the door creaking open silences the conversation, Freki quickly pulling her sword in response and Strix his lance. Limping through is an injured Geri, being supported by a woman they don't recognize...* Strix: Ignatius! What happened? Who-? Freki: Lady, if you have any will to live, I suggest you drop the dumbass and step the fuck away from us. Kaitlin: N-no! Please, my name is Kaitlin - I don't mean any harm! Truly! Ignatius told me I could get help here, and I require your aid! Geri: She...she speaks the truth. *Strix lowers his lance, but Freki doesn't budge and moves forward towards Kaitlin, sword pointed at her throat* Freki: Kid, tend to Ignatius. I'll take care our little friend. Strix: Right. *Strix slips in front of Freki, and grabs Geri by the waist. At first, Kaitlin looks hesitant to let go, but Geri softly coaxes her too, and Strix carries Geri behind Freki* Freki: Right, now, what the hell are you trying to pull? Kaitlin: N-nothing! I really, truly require your help! Please, you must listen to me! Strix: Julitta, she sounds desperate - we should help her. Freki: Kid, just patch up Ignatius, and let me take care of this, okay? Kaitlin: They have your wyvern! Freki: ...What. Kaitlin: Lupa? I believe? A young sorcerer stole him, and she- Freki: Say no fucking more. Kid? Stay with Ignatius, I have a goddamn wizard to skewer. Kaitlin: Wait, but-! *Freki's already gone.* Kaitlin: But...Kael... *Kaitlin runs after Freki* *Cut to a battle screen, in where a seventeen-looking-year-old Dark Mage is on the other side of the map. She has Lupa, who is a Feral Dragon class. And beside her, is Kael* Before the battle starts: ???: I told you to stay away from me! This is what happens when you don't listen to me! Kaitlin: Julitta! Freki: Hm? Kaitlin: Please, I beg of you, do not hurt Kael! He's under some kind of spell and he can't think straight! Let me speak with him! It might...I think I can help him. Please, just don't hurt Kael! Freki: ...I'll do the best I can. *The party is Freki (who is a mercenary right now), Kaitlin, Mary, and Leo, as Kael is being puppeted by the young dark mage. Every turn, she can summon fake soldiers to slow down the group. Lupa will not hurt Freki, and will try to retreat if Freki encounters him. If Kael is killed, it's game over.* Kael vs. Anyone else: Kael: ...Leave... Kael vs. Kaitlin: Kaitlin: Kael! Thank the gods I found you - I'm so, so sorry I let this happen to you. If you can-If you can hear me, please, say something to me. I know you're in there. Kael: ...Leave... Kaitlin: Kael, it's me! Kaitlin! Don't you...don't you remember? Did she make you forget? What did she do to you? Can you tell me? What can I do? Talk to me, please! Kael: ...It...hurts...I can't... Kaitlin: What hurts?! I can help you! Kael: ...Leave...please... Kaitlin: Kael...! Lupa vs. Anyone else: Lupa: *Snarls* Lupa vs. Freki: Freki: Lupa, Lupa! Are you alright? What did that bitch do to you?! I swear when I get my hands around her throat- Lupa: *soft whining* Freki: Lupa what- what are you...? Lupa: ... Freki: She didn't...control you, like Kael? Lupa: ... Freki: Didn't she? Did...she? Lupa: *hollow moaning* Freki: ...Then there's no reason for you to not get back here you stupid lizard! ??? vs. Anyone else: ???: Leave me alone! Leave! ??? vs. Freki: Freki: What in the fresh hell did you do to my dragon, you little bitch?! ???: ...I didn't do anything - Lupa wanted to help me. Freki: Oh, and that Kael guy just wanted to help you, too? And the whole disjointed speech thing is just how he talks? ???: I don't have to prove anything to you. Freki: No, but you can pay for trying to take my best fucking friend away from me! ???: Stay...away! ??? vs. Kaitlin: Kaitlin: Why did you do this? We were only trying to help you! ???: I tried to tell you - people get hurt when they don't listen. Kaitlin: "Get hurt"? You attacked us, only for the crime of not wanting to leave you by yourself! You were- no, you still are, injured! ???: ... Kaitlin: This doesn't have to end in blood - please, just stay your hand. Please, release Kael from whatever spell you have him under, and- ???: I don't need your help! Get away from me! ???'s defeat quote: Nrrgh, Lupa...help... *After the battle* *With a panicked cry, Lupa grabs the injured, platinum blonde, almost white haired girl in his talons, and flies off, something that catches the light falling from her pockets* Freki: Lupa! Lupa!! Get the fuck back here you stupid fucking lizard! Get-! Get-get back...here...Fuck... *Freki slumps to the ground, her breathing heavy as she chokes back tears* Kaitlin: Kael! Kael, are you okay?! *Kael stumbles back, grabbing his head and moaning* Kael: K-Kaitlin? Wait, what-ack! *Kaitlin flings herself onto him, wrapping her arms tightly around Kael and burying her face into the crook of his arm* Kaitlin: You sc-scared me, really badly. Next time warn me if you're going to do something like that. Kael: W-warn you?! What did I do? Kaitlin: I'll explain later, let me just...*she buries her face deeper, and Kael, though still confused, gently puts a hand on her head and comfortingly strokes* Leo: Look, I'm glad and all that everything for us, worked out, but I hope you didn't forget about- Strix: Julitta! Julitta, are you okay? What happened?! *Strix comes hobbling in, supporting a slightly more together Geri* Kaitlin: ...We owe the two of them an explanation. *Cut to the seven people sitting on the grass, Freki looking ready to kill someone, Geri, frustrated, but more together than Freki, and Strix just looks confused, upset, and just unhappy and concerned* Kaitlin: We know as little of that girl as you three do, unfortunately, but, Julitta, and...Um, I didn't catch your name? Strix: ...Amarok. My name is Amarok. Freki: ... Kaitlin: Right, Amarok. Julitta, Amarok, you weren't with us when we encountered her. As we entered what was left of Hejm, we heard a muttering, something along the lines of "the temple, I need to get to the temple". We weren't sure what she was going on about, but that wasn't our concern - we had been attacked several times during our journey, and we wanted to make sure whoever was left here was not a threat. Geri: I had a...similar thought process. I saw something - I can quite describe it, a shadow? I suppose? - move across the corner of my vision. I didn't want to leave Amarok alone for much longer, which is why I sent you away Julitta. Freki: And took Lupa. Geri: ...I deeply regret what happened today, Juillta - I only wanted him for tracking purposes and self defense, in the likely event that our target didn't have the best of intentions... Freki: ... Geri: I'm...I'm so sorry... Kaitlin: ... Leo: Well, we were cautiously tracking the girl, when we had run into Ignatius here - needless to say, we were all surprised. Kael: Oh yeah...I remember this...Yeah, that wyvern got...really mad. Mary: Yeah, and it would have all of us to burned a crisp, if it weren't Ignatius. Geri: ...I...managed to calm Lupa down - I knew M-...I knew Amarok wouldn't be pleased to here that four innocent strangers were killed due to my own ineptitude. Kael: ... Strix: Yeah, thanks, Ignatius - don't need that on weighing any of our conciseness'. Kaitlin: We were all pretty tense, to say the least. Especially after that...incident, with Lupa. But when we explained ourselves, and what we were looking for, Ignatius calmed down, and offered to help us, as - in case they had "male intent" - he didn't want us to go alone. Which was very sweet of you, Ignatius! Geri: 'tis only what anyone would do, milday. Geri: But despite our increased forces, we still underestimated who we were after. When we cornered her, she began to panic, and aimed to attack us - but whatever had put her in her infirm state had taken it's toll on her. The very moment she had attempted magic, she passed out. Kaitlin: And we couldn't just leave her there! So we decided to try to nurse her back to health. We fed her, tended to her wounds (as best as we could), and did everything in our power to try to help her. Geri: A poor decision, it turned out. I had left a moment to fetch water, only to return to a grisly scene - Lupa all but raising hell back at where we had been stationed, and the others trying everything in their power to keep him down. Freki: ...Why didn't I here this? Geri: We were far away from where you and Amarok were resting, and the wind would have concealed any trace of the matter from where you were. Freki: ...Right... Kaitlin: Oh but, that's not all that happened - Lupa didn't just get up and start attacking people - the girl woke first. Geri: Did she? Kaitlin: Yes, you were away, you just said. She woke up, and stared at us, frightened, looking as if we were going to hurt her. She didn't say a word to any of us, she just...stared. Until she laid her eyes on Lupa. When she saw him, she immediately began speaking with him; as if he were a person, no less! We couldn't get a word out of her that wasn't directed at the dragon, no matter how hard we tried to coax her attention away from him...We didn't know exactly what they were "talking" about, either. At least, until she said "you'll help me, right? I need them gone, now." Mary: That's when that stupid animal started attacking us. Kael: Right...right! I tried everything I could to protect all of you from it, but it was fighting like a mad beast. Leo: And that's when Ignatius returned - dropping his bucket, he rushed to calm the dragon again. Mary: You remember that he dropped the bucket? Seriously? While we were all fighting for our lives?! Really?! Leo: I'm just relaying what I saw, Mary, you don't need to throw a tantrum over it. Geri: Either way, I did all in my power to keep Lupa from hurting the others, but, in my attempt, Lupa... Freki: Lupa attacked you, didn't he? Mary: That animal nearly ripped his arm off! *Freki gives Mary a dark glare* Kaitlin: But that's when Kael raced in! Kael: I don't...really remember a lot after this point, Kaitlin? Kaitlin: Right, I was getting to that. Kael attacked Lupa, which was enough to unhinge the dragon's jaws, and free Ignatius. The damage to his shoulder was severe, but the girl didn't think it was enough, apparently. Kaitlin: That's when she...put a spell on Kael. I don't know what she did...exactly, but I can hazard that it wasn't...pleasant. Kaitlin: Kael started screaming, screaming as if he was in pain, and then he was-he was. Geri: He was attacking us, as if he were possessed. Kael: I-I did...what? Kaitlin, shit, Kaitlin...I didn't...I didn't hurt you? Or anyone? Did I? Kaitlin: No, no!...Not...really? Geri: Not to her, at least. You certainly made your skill with the blade clear to the rest of us. Kael: ... Kaitlin: Kael, it's fine, none of our dead - it wasn't your fault. Leo: But we did have to retreat because of him - Mary and I led the girl and her little army away from Kaitlin while she and Geri retreated back to you. And I think you know the rest. Strix: ...Wow...I don't know what to say. Freki: There isn't much to say, really... Kaitlin: I know you three have suffered because of our...no, my desire to help the girl, and for that, I sincerely apologize. I wish there was something I could offer you, anything I can do... Strix: Well, I'll admit - we three are just kind of...wandering around, you know? And without Lupa, we're kind of...we're kind of stuck. Freki: ... Strix: And I owe you - you saved my...my friend's life. Both of them. Tell me, what are you doing out here? Even...even before Hejm got needless put to the torch, there was much to find out here, if I'm right. Kaitlin: ...I'm trying to find my sister. Her name is Hope, and she...ran away from home, and I'm...worried - worried for her. *Strix is quiet for a moment, before slowly nodding* Strix: Alright. I'm not sure how much I, or my companions can help, but if you would have us...? Geri: ...! Freki: ...Amarok... Kaitlin: You would help us? Strix: I mean, an eye for an eye, right? Geri: ...Amarok, that's not how that expression works. Strix: Oh...er, I think you get my point, right? Kaitlin: Of-of course! I would be honored to have you among our ranks! Welcome aboard, Amarok and company! *Cut to them a little later, packing up there stuff, with Kaitlin's party of by themselves, discussing things that Strix and Geri, who are off by themselves. Freki is by herself, and you can see her pocketing a glimmering, translucent white stone, small enough to fit in your hand.* Geri, in a hushed voice: M-...Amarok, I don't mean to dog every decision you make, every step of the journey, but is this really wise? Strix: Joining them? I understand your concerns, Ignatius. *Freki returns to them, quietly, without a word. Strix wordlessly, concerned, acknowledges her.* Strix: But...I didn't leave my home because I didn't want any ties with anyone. I left because I wanted to be able to make my own choices. I didn't...Well, you know - I didn't really plan on doing anything when I left; I didn't have any big plans what to do with my freedom once I got it. And this is what I want to do with my freedom - I want to help these people. It may seem kind of...trivial, but this is my choice. Maybe...maybe when I get the courage to, I can actually start making a bit of a difference, you know? Just...helping people when they need it. I'm still figuring it out, but I think that's what I want to do with my freedom. Geri: ...A noble pursuit, Amarok. I am ever by your side, as always. Strix: Thank you, Igna-Mmph! *Freki suddenly is smothering Strix in a tight, almost suffocating hug* Strix: Ermmmph! Ju-Julitta?! Wha-I can't breathe! Freki: ...I don't care what you do with your life. Strix: H-huh...? Freki:I don't care at all, just, I'm not going to let anything, anything, happen to you. Freki: I'm not going to lose anyone else. Strix: ...I wouldn't do that to you, Freki. Don't worry - I'm not leaving anytime soon. Strix: C'mon. Let's catch up with the others. ((Strix, Freki, and Geri will be going as Amarok, Julitta, and Ignatius, respectively, from now on. I hope I did your gang justice, Rose! ^u^'))
  15. Oh the hivemind trope is just like...my name for when like a twin finishes the other's sentence perfectly, they dress the same, act the same, and are only defined by the fact that are two of them - basically like the "(always) identical creepy twins" thing, if you know what I'm talking about. It does work better, but it's not not good imo - mainstream should put more effort into kid designs instead of just falling back on the "mix-n-match" or "iz just a clone" tropes. That definitely sounds much better though - the incomplete dominance kind of reminds of stuff they do in B/MHA (which is also a show that actually has kid-in-relation-to-parents designs). You can pm me if you want (and if you want criticism, I'll give it), but word of warning - I don't know the first thing about Xenoblade, so *shrugs*