I'm sorry for your loss.
Thanks for the condolences. I'm still gathering up the color codes for everyone, so it might be a few days before color starts appearing in the text again. I apologize for the inconvenience.
"Alleged Aradia" has now been renamed "Selene Aisling", to separate her from the original Aradia Megido.
"0kay, i guess" says Ara-...Selene.
"the last name has seven letters," points out Kiplin.
"No one rearrlrrly cares, there's onrrly so many six letter names in the universe. It's not rrlike the rest of us have six letter names."
"I do," volunteers Iustia.
"No one important."
"...I'm your 8oss."
"A boss," counters Meb. Iustia scowls back at Meb, opening her mouth.
Carmin immediately steps between them before Iustia can retort, holding up a hand. "let2 focu2 on the ta2k2 at hand. we only have a 2hort time before the adult2 relea2e everyone el2e and the FLARP officially 2tart2. we'll lo2e our lead if we take too long."
"Fine," says Iustia, relenting, crossing her arms. The newly christened Selene sits on the side of the table.
"The table is not for sitting," says Leon, sitting behind her.
"0kay," she says, standing up and stepping away as Carmin walks to the table, taking out a large sheet of paper and planting it on the table. Carmin motions to everyone.
"put your chair2 around the table. quickly," she says.
The entire present gang, outside of Kiplin and Selene, begins pulling chairs out their inventories, placing it around the table. To only mild surprise, Dante's chair is red and Carmin's is green.
"...Two thing2," begins Dante, raising a hand to call attention to himself. "Fir2t, we don't have enough chair2 for the new people."
"Someone could, um, sit in your lap," starts Iustia, smiling a little, her chair next to his. "Like, maybe, m-" Her offer is interrupted as Kiplin makes a running jump and lands on Dante's lap, ignoring Dante's yelp of surprise and mild pain. Kiplin looks at Carmin and gives her two thumbs up and a wide grin.
"I think you're cru2hing my lap," wheezes Dante, which is again ignored.
"I wwwwwwwwas going to sit there!!!!!!!!" says Iustia, shaking her fist in rage at Kiplin. Kiplin responds only by turning to her and switching her double-thumbs-up into double-middle-fingers.
Carmin rolls her eyes as the rest of the gang shifts impatiently, aside from Neko, who continues smiling vacantly. "2till got 2elene."
Kiplin pats her lap. "s1t here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Dante wheezes again as Selene sits on Kiplin, who continues to sit on Dante.
"Do neither of you take bath2!" he hisses, smelling a rather powerful combination of sweat and griminess from both ladies.
Carmin powers on word, motioning for every to scoot closer to the table. She clears her throat and begins to speak.
"okay, we're going to 2plit into team2 to handle multiple dutie2 here. two flarp team2, including dante'2. EL and i will 2tay here to watch the potion 2hop and make 2ure 2elene get2 real medical attention from trained ho2pital 2taff. the first flarp team will con2i2t of dante, iu2tia, and meb, of course. the 2econd will con2i2t of leonida2, hippoc, and neko."
">:3 Awwwww. But I didn't want to FLARP!" says Neko.
"i'm 2orry, we're 2hort one Queen Of Heart. 2ince de2tiny is out of town, we need you to do thi2. for u2. the grand prize i2 probably 2hiny."
"ye2, of course. what other kind of prize i2 there?"
">:3 ...I'm in."
"good, good. new girl, kiplin wa2 it? what are you good at?"
"Pissing me off," murmurs Iustia.
"tank1n6, of course," says Kiplin, with a proud grin, speaking as if this was an obvious fact to everyone in the room and only fools would suggest otherwise.
"okay, good. you can go with team dante."
"Wwwwwwwwhat!!!!!!!!" shouts Iustia, clenching her teeth and slamming a fist down on the table.
"calm down, iu2tia, now i2n't the time to complain. a tank will round out your team nicely. my brother would agree."
Dante gives a thumbs up from somewhere under the Kiplin-Selene pile.
"now would everyone take a look at the map on the table?" continues Carmin. Everyone peers down at it.
"intelligence - by which i mean neko 2couting out the map thi2 morning, which by the way i am very glad of con2idering dante'2 team left the meeting too early - 2ugge2t2 that the campaign con2i2t2 of the2e four dungeons loosely themed after the human adult2' SBURB land2. each dungeon i2 operated by one game ma2ter, who 2erve2 a2 a bo22 at the end. each bo22 guard2 a key, and in turn, you need all four key2 to unlock...2ome kind of prize at the center of the campaign. we don't know what it i2, but 2omething...large and pre2umably very valuable wa2 moved in earlier today. we don't know anything about it beyond that. additionally, it 2eem2 that one team cannot collect all four key2, a2 there2 only one copy of each." Carmin glances up, and notices that Kiplin's hand is raised. "ye2, miss ancip2?"
"um, yes," she says. "you ment1oned a EL."
"you d1dn't 1ntroduce a EL earlier................"
"i did not."
"where are they?"
Carmin jabs her thumb back towards the couch. "2leeping back there. i'll wake her up when it2 time to work. 2he doe2 that a lot."
"moving on, then. we're going to need to choo2e where to 2end both team2. we can 2end them both to one dungeon, but that probably leave2 u2 with only one chance to grab a key, and we'd be, um...cheating more directly. we can also split up and head to two different dungeon2, which would make both dungeon2 harder but leave u2 with two chance2 to grab a key. additionally, each dungeon - a2 you may notice - ha2 two exit2 to the adjacent dungeon2, in addition to an exit to the "prize" and one leading back to town. the former two exit2 would make it ea2ier to help out or meet up with the other team if nece22ary."
She looks over at her brother Dante, as much as she can with the two girls obscuring him. "brother, where do you want to 2end the team2?"
>Which dungeon will you send Team Dante (Dante/DM, Iustia/DR, Meb/AF, and Kiplin/RD) and Team Leonidas (Leonidas/DD, Hippoc/SS, and Neko/CK) to?
>Team Dante: Head to the Wind and Shade dungeon.
>Team Leonidas: Head to the Rain and Light dungeon.
Team Dante: To the Frost and Frogs Dungeon.
Team Leonidas: To the Heat and Clockwork Dungeon.
DANI IS THE COOLEST AND SO IS CANDY CORN
One of the readers started this:
DM: DoLaR. After all, you are money baby.
Team Leon: DoWaS
Quotes: (Because we all have them.)
> DM's Team: Go to DOHAC"I'll take my team to Head and Clockwor-"
> DD's Team: Go to DOWAS
"HEAT and Co-"
"HEAT AND CLOCKWORK."
"there you go. you got it," says Carmin, patting her brother on the head.
"Hey, it2 very hard to think with two girl2 sitting on me."
"e2pecially with you weighing, what? ten pound2 at mo2t?"
"Gonna 8eat the crap out of 8oth of those girls if they don't step off." mumbled Iustia, one seat over.
"what are they talking ab0ut" asked Selene, not really all that curious.
"1t's l1ke we're not s1tt1n6 r16ht here," replied Kiplin. "just jok1n6 about h1s we16ht or someth1n6."
"I swwwwwwwwear to Mom, I'm will kick their asses. He's mine, damn it."
"Anyway," continues Dante, his face barely poking out between Selene and Kiplin's. "I'd also like to send Leonidas to Wind and 2hade, then. They're ba2ically right next door and all. It'll be easier to meet up if 2omething goe2, ah, pear 2haped."
"Now i2 not the be2t time for...language...and metaphor...-ing...ne22."
Dante blinks a few times after the awkward finish to his sentence. Then claps his hands (around Selene and Kiplin).
"All right, people! Let2 get ready and get going! There'll be plenty of time for a reunion and figuring thing2 out later!"
The League (Of Extraordinary Youngsters)
"aand when all four keys are brought to the big...thingy in the center," finishes Anilin, having enthusiastically described the entire deal to her friends in much the same way as Dante and Carmin, albeit without a visual aid. "iit unlocks the awesome prize!"
"which is?' asked Dick, somewhat incredulously.
"but what is it"
"aawesome is what it is, stupid! tthat's all we need to know!"
"yeah ok great"
Anilin has been leading the group (including Levita, who presently smells like rotting fish left out in the sun at low tide) in the general direction of the dungeons. She turns abruptly to them, throwing her hands up in the air to stop them.
"aall right, gglub gglub! bbefore i forget, which dungeon will we be raiding?"
>Which dungeon should Anilin, Dick, Ami/CR, and Levita go after?
Heat and Clockwork. MEETUPS.
>Team Gglub Gglub: Go to the Light and Rain Dungeon.
Because we need to explore the other dungeons too, don't we?
>League: DOLAR. No need to meet up with the Jade Dragons yet. You're not even sure if you should at all.
Don't you have more members than the Jades?
Sorry, I forget. They're at Carapace town.
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>Don't go to DOFAF, Gygax is a master of the party kill, only a group of complete idiots would go to DOFAF
>Go to DOFAF
"lets go to BM's dungeon i guess" says Dick, with a shrug, his hands in his pockets.
"sounds good to me," adds Ami.
"i havent seen BM in a while anyway it would be nice to catch up"
"while she's trying to kick your ass."
"gglub gglub! llet's get going, then!" shouts Anilin, grabbing Levita's hand and dragging her onward, Dick and Ami following behind at a moderate pace.
"still signing up with us" Dick asks, glancing over at his squad mate.
"yeah, why?" replies Ami, with a smirk.
"i figured the princess would have driven you away by now along with the fact that we narrowly avoided a fight with a weird troll"
"how is that last part any different from what we normally do?"
"we usually end up fighting them"
"true. i'm very disappointed."
"i expect us to kick a troll in the shins by the end of the FLARP."
"ill get right on pissing someone off"
"the princess is fun tho. very pink and bubbly."
"why did you have to say bubbly"
"she seems fun to mess with."
"you made out with bloodyBrilliant"
"i thought she was a monster at the time."
"so youre a nightmare fetishist already fantastic"
"element of surprise, bro."
"you don't really have room to talk, dude. i've seen that wig."
"i don't think dave's big bro crossdressed."
"thats why its ironic he also wasnt named dick"
"yeah sure. so is the princess single?"
A cold chill settled upon Dick.
"youre kidding right please tell me youre kidding"
"yes. but is she?"
"in case i have to use the makeouts tactic again."
"...why would you even"
"i'd like to know if she's got a girlfriend or boyfriend so i know whether or not to avoid that option."
"she has a thing for the aforementioned kitty"
"i have no fuckin idea i hope not but im not betting on it one way or another. i think dm is her kismesis though"
"oh. risky, huh."
"yeah i dont recommend kissing fish lips anyway"
"point taken. this seems to be a pretty long walk."
"wonder if we'll get there soon."
"i will check hold on" Dick takes a deep breath, cupping his hands around his mouth and shouting. "hey annie!"
"wwhat?" she responds from ahead, glancing back.
"are we there yet"
"how about now"
"how about now"
Dungeon Of Heat and Clockwork ==>
"NO!!!!!!!!" shouts Iustia, pulling her pirate hat down over her head and biting her lip in rage. "Wwwwwwwwwe are not there, okay!!!!!!!!"
Behind her, Kiplin shrugs. Dante walks next to Iustia, hands in his pockets, while Meb walks on the other wide. They are mostly ignoring DR and RD's arguing.
"1f you say so. hey, 1us?"
"Don't call me that."
"Iu2," Dante says quickly, attempting to interrupted. "Watch where you're walking, I think-"
"are we there yet?" says Kiplin, that wide smirk crossing her face again.
Iustia clenches her teeth and spins around, raising her fist at Kiplin. "WWWWWWWWE ARE NOT THERE, OKAY? WWWWWWWWHEN WWWWWWWWE ARE THERE, YOU WWWWWWWWILL KNOWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!! SO SHUT YOUR MO-" Her ranting stops when she suddenly falls out of view into a pit, with a scared squeak that was suddenly cut short.
Meb and Dante run forward, both diving towards the side of the pit and looking down into it.
Iustia was only a short ways down, having landed harmlessly on a circular metal platform. She blinks a few times before standing up. "Owwwwwwww," she murmurs.
"Iu2tia!" Dante shouts down. "Are you all right?"
"Yeah........Good thing it wwwwwwwwas a small pit."
Meb looks around the pit. Well, first around. Then up. Then a long look around.
"This wasn't a smarrlrrl pit..."
"Wwwwwwwwhat do you mean?"
"It's the dungeon."
They all looked around, Kiplin finally strolling up to the edge and looking over with them.
'The pit', as it turns out, appeared to be more of a large crater, extending in a wide circle around a large chunk of the Mindfang district, despite being practically invisible from nearly anywhere else in town. A look inside the crater revealed, at the very bottom, molten lava - simulated, one would hope.
Suspended above it were many, many platforms of various sizes, suspended above the lava as if by some unseen force. Buildings rose out of it as well, impossible buildings that should not have been able to withstand the heat of real lava.
Kiplin whistled, impressed. "so are we here yet, then?"
(no i didn't forget RV and the adults, shhhh, patience)
>Iusta: YES! YES WE'RE HERE! HAPPY NOW KIPLIN?
>Everyone else: Go down, and get to the key. There aren't any other groups around yet, best get it while there isn't much hassle to go through.
> Iusta: "No, we're not there yet."
DR: flip shit. Flip thine shit so drastically you tear a hole in space-time
Quotes: (Because we all have them.)