The City of New Babel: Volume 1.   Posted by The Narrator.Group: 0
The Narrator
 GM, 11 posts
Mon 29 May 2017
at 19:19
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night

Shivers race down your spine as the time approaches. Your costume feels tight on your chest and you can barely breathe. The first night on patrol! The first night of real crime fighting. The first night to put your powers to the test. The first night as a new hero in !The City of New Babel!

All the chores are done. Family and friends have been warded off; you have plans, it's not a good night, just feeling too tired, headache, hemorrhoids, 24-hour virtual reality gaming sesh. What did you tell them? Who did you tell? Because what ever you told them, it worked, and tonight you are alone. Alone, except for siren call of New Babel's emergency services.

The blue crystal shimmers in your belonging, powerful and mysterious. What have you done with it? What do you plan to do with it? Regardless, you clear your mind. Lounging in your room, or brooding on a rooftop, where ever you like best, you are tuned into the New Babel Police Scanner when you hear three emergency calls, code 938-V (Super-villainy), blare across the radio in quick secession.

You have enough time to respond to one call, which will you choose?

The first call came in frantically amid the sounds of a shootout and, oddly enough, canned audience applause. "The bank is being robbed," the husky voice of a police sergeant blares across the scanner as gunshots begin to fly, "We got a code 938-V at the Old Town First Bank. Requesting immediate assistance. Reports of floating money bags, colorful explosions, and magic wands! What the? Wait, No!" His voice disappears in an explosion. Screams echo across the open channel. A voice returns, but the sergeant has been replaced by a quaking sound and a sadistic giggle.

The second call was from a worried voice, barely capable of getting out the words, the police officer stutters, "Requesting backup. Code 938-V. Location East Docks, Carnegie avenue, warehouse 38--" It stops. All you can hear is heavy breathing and the distant sound of muffled voices. As the voices fade, the officer returns more frightened than ever. "Weapon shipment. They are trying to rob the weapon shipment. I'll delay as long as possible. Send reinforcements soon. Officer Quincy out." You hear him gulp. The call ends.

The third call was quick, yet odd. "This is security chief Norman from the Long Fang Security House reporting in about a sensor trip at a data library in Tiny Tokyo, Myamoto  Street, 4450. Seems the sensor has gone haywire. Maintenance Issues. Do not send aid." The security chief issued his cancel code, but continued to muse on the subject, "I don't know why they're going off, they were just replaced yesterday after the failed break-in. Oh, well. As I said, do not send aid." The call ends in static, but the words buzz through your mind like a fly that just won't go away.

A bank robbery, a warehouse invasion, or a strange call about broken sensors at a data-library, which call will you answer tonight, and which two will you risk letting go?

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:51, Sat 03 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 6 posts
 Spirit calling power
Mon 29 May 2017
at 20:46
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 1):

Aiko sits atop her apartment buildings, letting the illusion of being higher than anyone else sink into her body, it was her favorite place to perch and pretend to brood, although really, in her ears, was just the music of contemporary American rap artists, her did not nod, but her soul definitely was. Before listening to the rap music, she would have never thought to lie to her parents, but Tupac's bad influence on children was taking a strange hold on Aiko as well, and she had succeeded in getting out of social contact by telling her parents that she was going to go on a twenty-four seven study trip, but she was in fact strapping on her tight purple outfit and climbing to the top of the apartment building.

She listened to her rap music with one headphone in, like a chain and ball, and with the other ear listening to the radio when the three different messages came up. She and Casper couldn't decide on which route to take, and so they played rock, paper, scissors. Casper won, so the dynamic duo rushed to the bank robbery DATA LIBRARY, Aiko draped in her dark violet cloak and cape.

Also it was really only Aiko who rushed over, Casper just floated by aimlessly and irritated.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:47, Mon 29 May 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 12 posts
Mon 29 May 2017
at 22:45
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 2):

The data-library is a large metal warehouse secured behind a high fence topped with barbed wire. A sign (Protected by Long Fang Security) is attached to the fence by zip tie. Large tinted windows dot the building, and, though they block out most light, one can see small red flashes going off every other second. The shrill sound of a siren can also be heard from out on the street. Behind the fence is an empty parking lot and a few streetlamps. The front entrance is a set of double doors (likely locked). Two clear windows are on either side of the doors (they are the only clear windows on the front of the building). The roof of the data-library is flat. A small ledge goes around its edge. The peaks of glass skylights can just be seen rising above the ledge. Small lights line the ledge, blinking red. The few people who walk the streets ignore the alarm, or give it only a passing glance.

No police or security are present, just as the police scanner advised.

Spirit Caller arrives on the scene with Casper floating beside her. What does she do?
Spirit Caller
 player, 7 posts
 Spirit calling power
Mon 29 May 2017
at 22:50
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 3):

Spirit Caller goes up to the front doors, and pushes them, hoping for a very easy break-in.

She also tells Casper to go check out the rest of the building while she finds a way inside.
The Narrator
 GM, 13 posts
Mon 29 May 2017
at 22:59
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 4):

Spirit Caller tries to push on the doors. They do not budge.

Casper flies off through the building, disappearing through the concrete walls. Soon after he returns, flustered and worried.

"I went through everything. Nothing's been moved except in the third floor. Someone is trying to download some files off one of the data-shelves. But, but, I saw, a dark spirit! It was dark and shadowy. It spun around and I think it saw me!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:48, Tue 30 May 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 8 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 00:00
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 5):

Aiko remains undaunted, she attempts to freeze the gates to the point where she can break them and walk through, determined to get to the third floor and figure out what's happening.
The Narrator
 GM, 14 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 00:47
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 6):

A cold mist forms around Spirit Caller. It seeps into the door until the entire thing freezes solid and shatters with a crash. The sound echos throughout the building (likely alerting anything inside, and possibly outside as well). The door is gone now, just a collection of ice crystals scattered on the floor.

The doorway opens into a tiled reception room. Comfortable cushioned benches line the walls beneath informational posters about data security, and a few potted ferns are kept in the corners. There is a map of the facility on the wall (Map 2). A reception desk is locked behind a glass case and wood paneling. Computers, file cabinets, office supplies, security badges, flash drives for data transport, and swivel chairs can be seen through the glass. Security cameras hang from the ceiling in glass domes. Red lights lights flash periodically; The sound of an alarm siren fills the room.

The main hallway branches into a group offices and conference rooms, the ground floor data library, and a stairwell, but it is closed off behind a solid wall of security glass. There is only one door in the glass wall, and it is open.

A large security drone about the size of a toddler buzzes through the hallway. It hovers above five feet above the ground. A single lens, glowing red, scans the surroundings as it patrols the hallway. The logo Long Fang is painted along its sleek body. It has not noticed you.

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:08, Tue 30 May 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 9 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 01:13
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 7):

Spirit Caller walks around aimlessly and thinks about calling out for someone but decides against it after seeing the big large drone, instead, she walks through the one opened door and sends Casper off to go scout around again.

She also decides to lower the volume of her music.
The Narrator
 GM, 15 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 01:47
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 8):

Casper disappears through the walls and begins to scout. (Casper rolls an 8). He returns just as Spirit Caller enters the hallway through the open door.

"All of the offices are empty, and so is the data library room, and the bathroom, and the stairwell, and the security office, and the closet. Nobody is here. Except for the drone, and all the backup drones in the security office. Ground floor is clear. I'm not sure about the other floors through. I didn't want to go up there in case of the spirit monster, you know?"

The hallway is tiled the same as the reception room. All of the rooms are either offices or conference rooms, except for the reception desk, cleaning closet, stairwell, and hallway into the data library. Motivational posters are framed on the wall and bathed in red light. The siren continues to blare.

As Spirit Caller walks down the hallway she is stopped by the drone. It hovers before her, scanning her. It quickly discovers she isn't an employee with proper security clearance and its recorded message.

"This is a lock-down situation. Until the alarm is deactivated you will remain where you are. You will not move unless security or police personal escort you, or until it has been deemed safe for regular movements to resume. Until the alarm is deactivated remain where you are."

This message was last edited by the GM at 01:49, Tue 30 May 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 10 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 02:08
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 9):

Spirit Caller begins to chant under her breath and starts her freezing spell again, this time directing it at the drone itself to either slow it down, or to stop it entirely (rolled an 11), as she preps herself to make a dash for the reception room.
The Narrator
 GM, 16 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 02:43
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 10):

Ice freezes over the drone's turbines, as cold seeps into its circuity, shutting it down. The drone crashes to the floor. It smashes on the tiles, breaking into several pieces. The sound is muffled by the sirens. The red lens flickers out.

Spirit Caller dashes into the reception room. Casper follows you too.

Their are two desks, each filled with various office supplies. They are covered in papers, mostly forms for new data transfers, or data removal. On the back are a series of employee key-cards. One is missing. The computers are on standby, fish flutter across the screens. A few toy guns are stacked in one corner beside the filing cabinets. One of the cabinet drawers has been pulled out and its folders rifled through. A few papers have been left on the floor. The office plants linger in the corners, while motivational posters, internet memes, and post-it-notes decorate the walls and desks.
Spirit Caller
 player, 11 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 02:50
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 11):

The first thing Aiko does is grab a toy gun, and several employee key cards, just to make sure she can most definitely get into wherever she needs to. Then she goes onto the computers to see if she can get any information out of the computers, such as what's going on in particular, but she'll also pay attention to anything else out of the ordinary, like maybe a strange shipment of something. She wants to go prowling for anything suspicious.

Meanwhile, she asks Casper to search through the files to the best of his abilities to see if there is anything that he can find that would help with understanding what is going on.
The Narrator
 GM, 17 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 03:46
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 12):

Spirit Caller tucks one of the toy guns into her belt, as well as a few of the foam bullets. It is clunky and uncomfortable to wear. All of the key-cards dangle from her neck reflecting the flashing red light of the sirens.

Spirit Caller takes a seat and swipes a key-card across the computer's ID system. It logs in and opens to the standard company management window. It is a list of different orders, with short summaries of each order, no specifics. (Spirit Caller rolls a 7) Two files in particular catch her eye; the most recently opened file, opened not 40 minutes ago, is a storage request from the armor company Steelson's in regards to a new technology; Another file is listed as coming from The Tower, with no summary or explanation listed about what it is they wanted. Before Spirit Caller can access the files, the screen begins to flicker and distort. She has enough time to look at one file, but which one?

Meanwhile, Casper tries to open the file cabinet. He tries to look through the papers. He tries to read the documents. He tries to arrange them in the correct order. He tries to gather useful intelligence and piece together the motives behind this break-in. But, then he remembers he's a ghost and can't actually hold anything. This depresses Casper. He quietly considers his eternal unrest, floating listlessly through the air. (Casper rolled a 3)
Spirit Caller
 player, 12 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 03:50
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 13):

Spirit Caller decides to look at the first file quickly, and multi-tasks at the same time, not allowing her eyes to leave the computer screen but trying to verbally cheer Casper up.
The Narrator
 GM, 18 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 04:03
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 14):

Casper falls deeper into his depressed state as he realizes he isn't even worth Aiko's full attention as she throws him a compliment over her shoulder. (Spirit Caller rolled a 6)

"I should kill myself." He whispers to the potted plants. The plants turn away.

Spirit Caller decides to delve into the first file, pulling open the most recent file on Steelson's new technology. The files summarizes that Steelson's hired this data-storage firm to keep secure a set of research notes and theories about a newly created technology referred to only as The Emperor's Better Clothes. The file notes it was stored on the third floor, row R, shelf 57. The Emperor's Better Clothes was a prototype armor that has not yet gone into development due to a loss of the prototype armor and the chief researcher, Dr. Ita Gangesh. What these "Clothes" do is not specified, but Steelson's paid very well to keep the notes secure.

Just as Spirit Caller finishes reading, a virus infects the computer system, activating lock-down mode. The computers all switch to the red lock-down screen and refuse to leave it.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:19, Tue 30 May 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 13 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 04:20
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 15):

Spirit Caller disregards Casper's really redundent quote, and begins to run upstairs after jotting the floor and area of the tech. Making sure not to step on the scraps of the drone.
The Narrator
 GM, 19 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 04:37
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 16):

Spirit Caller sprints up the spiraling staircase, but as she ascends to the third floor she hears an unknown person shout from above.

"Leave, before you really get hurt!"

Immediately afterwards, a dozen filing cabinets, stacked on the top stair, are pushed tumbling down the staircase. They clatter and crash on the concrete steps as they break apart becoming an avalanche of metal and paper heading right for Spirit Caller.
Spirit Caller
 player, 14 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 04:50
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 17):

Spirit Caller screams for help from a spirit(11).
The Narrator
 GM, 20 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 05:18
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 18):

A spiraling stream of metallic tendrils tears a split in reality. The tendrils bat away the filing cabinets, shattering the pieces into dust. Cables reach out of the split and pull out a strange spirit. It is a writhing mass of twisted metal flails, standing on thick legs of multicolored cords and cables. All of this grows from the harden metal shell of the spirit. It's shell is a beautiful metallic luster that shines with cold silver light. Green numbers play across the hard metallic carapace in endless lines of code. Many eyes peer out from within the shell, some green dots, others red cross hairs, and still others like shinning black mirrors. The spirit disintegrates the remaining filing cabinets and all of their contents.

It turns to Spirit Caller and across its shell, in green letters, it says only, "I am the ghost in the shell. I will aid you for now." (Spirit Caller rolled an 11)

The way to the third floor seems clear. No figures can be seen blocking the path, no more traps appear to have been lain.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:19, Tue 30 May 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 15 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 06:15
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 19):

"Wicked!" Spirit Caller shouts in triumph! "Let's go get whoever threw those cabinets down and show him what really hurt really looks like!" With that she begins to rush towards the room where the Steelson company had stores it's technology. As she dashes up the stairs and to the room with Casper and her new companion, the mysterious Ghost in the Shell, she keeps her eyes peered for whatever seems out of the ordinary, looking in particular for any figures or drones that may have aided in trying to block her from the third floor.

In the moment she also decides to try to empower Casper with hope and confidence, asking him to be strong in the moment as it's their chance to prove their potential and worth as vigilante heroes. If she succeeds in her heroic talk, she would ask Casper to go and scout the area around them again and to report back enthusiastically with either signs of the all clear, danger, or anything out of the ordinary (OH SWEET BABY SHE ROLLED AN 11 OH LORDY CASPER BETTER FEEL LIKE KEL'THUZAD).

Aiko also screams profanity out to the halls, taunting whoever tried to hurt her.
The Narrator
 GM, 21 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 21:32
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 20):

Inspired by Spirit Caller's encouraging words and the arrival of the Ghost in the Shell, Casper flies through the walls into the next room. The Ghost in the Shell perches above the doorway, clinging to the walls with his steel-tipped cables, his flails poised to strike. As Spirit Caller makes her way to the door she notes that there are no drag marks, meaning the filing cabinets must have lifted instead of dragged or wheeled into the stairwell. There is no sign of the person responsible. Spirit Caller throws open the door into the data-storage room.

Unlike the ground floor which is composed of offices , the third floor is one massive room filled with labyrinthine rows of computer servers humming quietly under the shrill cry of the sirens. The cool blue glow is overwhelmed by the flashing red emergency lights. Computer terminals are laid into the wall, flashing red in lock-down mode, and few desks are scattered about he room. Their is a spot along the wall were the filing cabinet's should have been. Large rectangular windows go across all four walls. They are darkly tinted, but you can see outside where people and cars are going by, the 24-Hour Ramen Place is filled with a party of teenagers, the Pachinko Parlor is packed with rowdy old men, two of them are starting a fight outside the parlor, and the Russian Orthodox Charity Center is sending someone over to quiet them down for the third time tonight. They cannot see in. Inside, the room is sweltering hot. The warm air rushes out of the doorway, making Spirit Caller sweat as she enters.

Just as she steps into the room a drone, exactly like the one she saw, flies towards her. It's weapons are armed, the under-slung taser rifle revealed from its hidden compartment underneath the drone. It flies directly to Spirit caller and begins to speak in a stilted, computerized voice.

"Look what I found! I got the idea from Shelly. No dark spirit is gonna be sneaking up one me, ha! That's also because I couldn't find it, or anyone else. But the laptop downloading the files from the storage banks is still there, and it's still downloading the files to a flash-drive. C'mon I can take you, it's in row R, shelf 57, but this place is like a maze when you have a physical body. If I didn't have the internal map of the area I'd probably get lost."

The Ghost in the Shell breezes into the room and clings to the wall above the door. The numbers moving across his metal shell turn from green to blue as he synchronizes with the room. His many eyes stare at Spirit Caller, ready for instructions.
Spirit Caller
 player, 16 posts
 Spirit calling power
Tue 30 May 2017
at 22:51
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 21):

Spirit Caller follows Casper to to Row R, shelf 57. and decides to wait for all the information to transfer to the flash drive before taking it, asking Casper to keep watch of halls just in case of danger. As the two wait for the flash drive, she asks the Ghost in the Shell to do everything he can to find out who it was that attacked her and what they were doing here, and if anyone is still in the building that Casper could not have otherwise found. She also decides that if someone is still on the same floor, that the ghost should not attack until notifying Aiko first.

She also decides to fiddle with the blue gem in her bag while they're on the lookout and waiting for the flash drive. She also tries to focus on anything that sounds off-putting, like footsteps that aren't her own or the Ghost in the Shell's.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:15, Tue 30 May 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 22 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 02:40
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 22):

Casper leads the way, buzzing through the rows of servers. He is still a little jumpy and points his taser rifle at the shadows every so often. Once Spirit Caller arrives at the scene, Casper flies above the servers and begin to patrol.

Spirit Caller can see a laptop sitting on top of an overturned crate, blue light spilling out over the tile floor. Emergency lights and sirens continue to go off in the background. A wire attaches it to a port in the data-storage server on one end. On the other is a small flash drive. The desktop is completely empty except for a loading bar which is at 98%.

(The download will complete in two turns)

Appearing in blue letters across Ghost in the Shell's metal carapace are the words,

"I will interface with the computer systems. It will take time."

(Ghost in the Shell is unavailable for two turns)

He moves towards one of the computer terminals on the wall. His metallic hull cracks open, and a series of wire jacks and cables slither towards the computer terminal, attaching themselves to ports and spliced cables. The screen flashes between lock-down and desktop as blue lines of code creep across it, eventually overrunning the entire screen. After a few minutes, words scroll across Ghost in the Shell's body.

"The security footage reveals a humanoid heat signature is responsible for the attack. Besides the computer virus, which has proven effective at blocking even my intrusions, the robbery was inefficient; Evidence of an amateur burglar, possibly hired by a competitor of Steelson's. I cannot access what they are attempting to steal. There is only one attacker, however. The security scans show they are right behind you!"

(Ghost in the Shell rolled a 7 (5+2) to discover who the attacker was, a 6 (4+2) to discover what the attack was doing, and an 8 (6+2) to discover who else is in the building)

Spirit Caller looks behind her. She can see nothing but empty space between the server stacks.

As this happens, Casper flies into the next row of servers. As soon as he floats to the ground he feels something hit him from behind! Casper turns around and sees the shadow. He fires off his taser rifle, but misses every shot. The weapon hums as it begins to recharge its batteries. Casper turns and runs.

(Casper rolled a 3 to search)

"Spirit Caller! The shadow is over here. The shadow demon is going to catch me! Help!"
Spirit Caller
 player, 17 posts
 Spirit calling power
Wed 31 May 2017
at 03:12
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 23):

Spirit Caller throws a plastic crate in the direction that Casper showed her, roaring mightily "You're no ghost you're just a piece of a crap! And a coward too!" Too bad though, because Aiko does not work out, and does not engage in throwing things regularly.

In another attempt to capture whoever it is trying to get the information, Aiko also calls forth another spirit to help her out in her endeavors.

This message was last updated by the GM at 21:06, Sat 03 June 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 23 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 04:17
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 24):

Spirit Caller heaves the plastic crate around her in a great swing. The laptop fall to the floor with a clatter. The plastic crate flies threw the air, passing right over the shadows and slamming into the floor beyond with a crash. Such a mighty throw took Spirit Caller off her balance, however. As she threw the crate, she tripped on her own feet and smashed her face on the floor. Her nose begins to bleed. A pained moan escapes her, thankfully drowned out by the emergency sirens.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 2 for her attack)

The taste of her own blood as it trickled down her nose and into her mouth urged Spirit Caller to seek aid. Concentrating on the cold world of the other side, Spirit Caller sought aid. But all the noise, the siren, the flashing light, the smell of blood and sweat, was nearly overwhelming. Her concentration flickered, causing Ghost in the Shell to partially dissipate as his connection to the living world weakens. Ghost in the Shell strengthens his connection with the living world, but it will require his full attention.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to summon a ghost; Ghost in the Shell is unavailable for one more turn--two turns left until he is available.)

But, Spirit Caller's cry for help did not go unnoticed! From out of nowhere appears the ghost of a man. He is large, stocky, and very well built, but has a number of stab wounds that bleed from his abdomen. A thin, bloody undershirt covers his chest, and he wears blue track pants and sneakers. His scarred face is roughly shaven except for a bushy mustache under his broken nose. His hair is disheveled. A gold chain hangs around his snake-tattooed neck. A large grinning smile is also tattooed on his collar bone, and a pair of devils dance along his arms.

He looks directly at Spirit Caller's prone form, crumpled up against the floor, and smiles, showing his broken and jagged teeth.

"I heard you needed help, comrade. And I think you certainly do. Let Uncle Josef lend you a few fists!"

Uncle Josef cracks his bloodied and bruised knuckles, ready for the fight.

This message was last updated by the GM at 21:06, Sat 03 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 18 posts
 Spirit calling power
Wed 31 May 2017
at 05:19
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 25):

Spirit Caller decides to ask if Uncle Josef is able to either stop bloody noses, or is able to find the person in the room that she herself cannot see. She also asks that, if Josef can see the man, if he could fight and capture the man, restraining him obviously, and if not, at least find a way to protect her from the man and herself.
The Narrator
 GM, 24 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 05:40
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 26):

"No little comrade, I cannot stop bleeding. If I could, I would have," Josef says as he gestures to the multiple cuts across his body, "and no, I can not see anyone. I punch things though, so if we find him, I put him down, and if he comes near you, bam! I put him down."

Josef sticks close to Spirit Caller, ready to punch anything that comes close.

The Ghost in the Shell remains on standby, as lines of code race across his flickering body. His limbs seem to flail in and out of reality. He seems to be stabilizing.

(Ghost in the Shell will be available in 1 more turn)

Casper hovers nearby, taser rifle darting from shadow to shadow. He fires again and again.

"I got it Spirit Caller. No, wait, that was just a shadow. A-ha, now I got, nope, wait, never mind. But this time, oh I just shot another shadow again. There are a lot of shadows actually, it's kind of hard to tell what's a demon and what isn't. Is that a demon? No, just a shadow again. Hmmmmm."

The emergency siren still sounds off through out the server room. Red light flash on and off, creating shadows, erasing them, and recreating them again. The entire room is red, no other colors is seen, except the silvery color of Ghost in the Shell's body, and Josef's eerie blue glow.

(Spirit Caller rolled 4 on her perception test)
Spirit Caller
 player, 19 posts
 Spirit calling power
Wed 31 May 2017
at 06:18
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 27):

Spirit caller decides to protect the Ghost in the Shell with Uncle Josef by punching randomly in the air, wanting to make sure she keeps the data that is downloading onto the info. Every now and then she even lets out a "HYAH!" And "KA-CHOW!" to cheer herself up, because she needs to cheer up, because this is honestly going not as planned.
The Narrator
 GM, 25 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 06:39
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 28):

Josef beats the air expertly. He throws a jab, then another, before delivering a devastating cross-blow that makes the air ripple in pain. But, he doesn't let up, not even for a moment, as a sneaky left hook cuts into the air, blowing it upwards until it cracks the ceiling. A few loose tiles clatter onto the floor as the air sinks down. Josef glares at his dazed opponent and finishes the fight with a flying roundhouse Russian bear-kick that slams the air with such a force that it is shakes the floor. Even the air inside Spirit Caller is knocked out, and for a moment she can't breathe. But, Josef beats it back into her with a single swift headbutt. The air lies still. It smells of blood and sweat.

(Josef rolls a 13 (11+2)! to beat the air)

Casper continues to zap the shadows with his taser rifle. He hasn't managed to hit any shadow demons yet, but he's trying.

Spirit Caller is trying too, but between the "HYAH!" and before the "KA-CHOW!" Spirit Caller looks down and notices that the laptop has finished downloading whatever it was downloading. The screen has actually shut off, quelling the blue glow from before. The loading bar is at 100%. But, what she really notices, is that the flash drive is missing.

Ghost in the Shell reconstitutes his form. Words frantically scroll across his shell as it solidifies in the living world.

"THERE IS NO SHADOW DEMON. IT IS A HUMANOID. I CAN SEE IT THROUGH HE SECURITY CAMERA'S HEAT SENSOR. IT'S ALREADY AT THE STAIRWELL!"

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:42, Wed 31 May 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 20 posts
 Spirit calling power
Wed 31 May 2017
at 08:27
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 29):

Alarmed, Spirit Caller calls for her companions to all charge the stair well, asking the Ghost in the Shell to be their eyes in the situation, and asking Uncle Josef to absolutely destroy the bad guy if they find him.

She also tells Casper to taze any black spirit he sees, as its likely the man, and not a black spirit.
The Narrator
 GM, 26 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 15:46
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 30):

Ghost in the Shell locks onto the humanoid figure shows in yellow, red, and green outline on the security camera. He watches the figure dart out from between two rows of servers. It sprints towards the stairwell and just reaches the door as everybody springs into action.

"It is in the stairwell doorway. Jump and grab it!"

Spirit Caller leaps at the door with arms out wide. She wraps her arms around the invisible figure and latches on tight. With her legs clinched around the invisible figure's waist, Spirit Caller begins to pound away like a raging chimpanzee at--maybe its head, or shoulders, back? Not sure, its invisible, but Spirit Caller attacks it viciously, but the figure is hard as metal and durable. It seems to move as normal, the added weight of Spirit Caller's body inconsequential. The soft sound of whirling motors murmurs under the shrill sound of the siren.

(Spirit Caller rolls an 8 for search action)

Casper dives out of the sky, yelling loudly, drone engine overcharged. The taser rifle begins to buzz as he aims for the invisible figure's body. But, just before Casper fires the gun, the figure spins around. Spirit Caller is in the line of fire! The taser rifle fire. Zzzzaaaap! But Casper pulled away at the last second, loosing the electrical circuits into the a computer server instead, It fizzes and smokes. The smell of burning metal fills the air as the server explodes and fire begins to spread.

(Casper rolled a 6 for attack roll (taser rifle); a small electrical fire has been started)

Josef runs forward. Bits of shrapnel fly through his ghostly form as he charges through the flames. With one mighty arm hefted behind him, Josef jumps off his feet and shoots like a cannonball into the invisible assailant. His fist, made corporeal by the power of Spirit Caller, crunches down on the metal jaw, sending pieces of the suit scattering across the down the stairs. Rocked by such a powerful blow, the figure uncloaks and becomes visible.

"Ha! Nobody takes a punch from the steel giant!" Josef yells.

(Josef rolls an 11 on attack action (ghostly fists))

Standing there, with Spirit Caller on her back, and Josef in front, is the new supervillian thief named Antumbra who was spotted breaking into Steelson's industrial factories the past few months.

She is a female form covered in grey military-grade armor of the highest tech. Hard plates overlap her body, but bend with the flexibility of rubber. Nano-motors enhance her strength and whirl as she moves. But, black masses seem to form and shift across her body, like thick globs of paint. The black masses appear and disappear into the seams of the suit, as if they were being drunk and spit out again and again. Where Josef punched her the armor has cracked. Spirit Caller can see dark brown skin, bruised, but as she watches, the armor begins to knit together, repairing itself. The acrid smell of tar and gasoline enters her nose.

Antumbra screams, and grabs Spirit Caller, throwing her off her back and into Josef. Both of them fall on the ground. Antumbra dashes up the stairs.

"Leave me alone!" She screams.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:05, Wed 31 May 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 21 posts
 Spirit calling power
Wed 31 May 2017
at 19:05
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 31):

"I can't leave you alone you're breaking into a top secret facility and stealing tech!" She tries to get everyone to attack the lady again, except for the Ghost in the Shell who she needs to have concentrating on where the person actually is, just in case she shakes Spirit Caller off.
The Narrator
 GM, 28 posts
Thu 1 Jun 2017
at 01:09
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 32):

Ghost in the Shell remains behind in the burning room. The electrical fire has already spread to the next two rows of servers. Sparks fly off the servers and collide with computer terminals, wires, and desks, spreading more flames as the servers explode. With the computer systems held by the virus, they cannot activate their fire extinguishers. Smoke drifts out of the server room and into the stairwell. It billows out of the roof and into the sky.

(The room will burn down in 3 turns; Moving through the stairwell requires a roll with -1)

Antumbra makes it to the roof at last, and almost breaks into a sprint before Spirit Caller tackles her knees. They both fall on the floor. Spirit Caller crawls onto Antumbra's back, wraps an arm around her neck, and squeezes. But, with super strength, Antumbra is able to stand up, and awkwardly struggle to get a grip on Spirit Caller.

Outside the air is cool and refreshing. The acrid smell of smoke starts to waft on the breeze that passes over the rooftop. All the sounds of the city are abound, cars, people, and sirens. Not the emergency sirens now muffled by a few feet of concrete, but police sirens!

wee woo wee woo

A couple of police cars have parked on the other side of the street. A crowd has gathered outside of the Pachinko Parlor, blocking the view of whatever they are circling. But the explosions and smoke has drawn their attention to the data-storage facility.

"Is anyone in there? Quickly call the fire department! Hello? Is anyone in there?" A police man shouts as he runs towards the building; nobody in the crowd has noticed the tussle on the roof, yet.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 7 for her attack action)

Casper, in his drone, and Josef quickly follow. With Antumbra struggling to pull Spirit Caller off her back, she fails to notice Casper drawing a bead on her. He fires his taser rifle.

ZZzzaaap!

It hits true! Lightning arcs across Antumbra's armor. It hits a wire and short circuits the armor and Antumbra begins to shake. The armor surges, and she begins to spasm. Her limbs become rigid. She throws her arms out. Her fists fly open, and she throws the flash drive across the roof. It skids into a corner, glinting in the light.

"I got her! Did you see me? I got her!" Casper's monotone, robotic voice says unemotionally.

(Casper rolls an 11 for his attack action (taser rifle))

Josef chambers his punch. Seeing his chance, as Antumbra is hit by the taser shot, Josef goes in for the strike. He bring his blow to bear, throwing it towards her jaw at full speed. But Antumbra's movements are unpredictable. She ducks. Josef tries to stop, but--

{POW}

Spirit Caller's head snaps back as Josef's fist collides with her nose at full force. Blood spurts out like a fountain, streaming through the air. Spirit Caller manages to cling to Antumbra's shoulders, even as the world spins around her.

"So sorry, comrade. She is shifty. I get her next time, just stay still." Josef's voice fills Spirit Caller's ears.

(Josef rolled a 6 for his attack action (ghostly fists); Spirit Caller has a -1 to all physical rolls because she is dazed from Josef's punch)

"Enough!" Anutmbra cries. Her voice is stern and deepened by her helmet's microphone, "I want that flash drive. It's mine!"

Antumbra regains control of her suit. The arcs of electricity are absorbed by the black ooze that swirls through the seams of her armor. The grey suit hums with steady energy again. Antumbra grabs something off her belt. Then all the black ooze forms around her legs. Antumbra pulls the pin from her flash grenade, dropping it at her feet. It explodes with a brilliant light. Casper and Joseph recoil back, blinded for a moment. Once the light fades the roof is filled with thick, black smoke that seems to cling to things with little oozing fingers.

(The roof is filled with thick smoke, heavily obscuring vision)

The smoke does not touch Antumbra as she bolts forward, but Spirit Caller is still clinging to her back, dazed, but conscious.
Spirit Caller
 player, 22 posts
 Spirit calling power
Thu 1 Jun 2017
at 01:23
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 33):

Spirit Caller hangs onto Antumbra, and tries to punch, bite, knee, or do anything, to stop Antumbra from gaining the flash drive. She also starts screaming, partially to scream in Antumbra's ears, partly to get the attention of the cops down below if they're even paying attention, and partly to call for Ghost in the Shell.

Again, she screams for Ghost in the Shell, asking him to either grapple Antumbra, or the flash drive, either one works for Spirit Caller as long as Antumbra is thwarted.
The Narrator
 GM, 29 posts
Thu 1 Jun 2017
at 15:45
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 34):

"Get off of me!" Antumbra shouts.

Antumbra grits her teeth as Spirit Caller screams into her ears. Blow after blow lands on her helmeted head, knocking her around as she tries to sprint towards the flash drive. Eventually it's too much for her to handle. Antumbra catches one of Spirit Caller's hands and, with enhanced strength of her armor, pulls Spirit Caller off her back and throws her to the side.

Spirit Caller flies through the smoke. It feels sticky and strange, like swimming through syrup. It smells of tar or oil. Spirit Caller rolls across the rooftops, but stops when she leans against the building's edge. She leans over and screams again, trying to get the crowd's attention.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 6 on her screaming, punch, bite, knee, or do anything, screaming roll)

On the street, the crowd watches on. A boy points up at the roof, but nobody pays him any attention. They're enraptured by the growing flames and billowing smoke that have engulfed the third floor. If left any longer the inferno will surely burn through the room.

(The room will burn down in 2 turns)

But, someone does hear Spirit Caller. It's Ghost in the Shell! Hearing her screams, he immediately disconnects from the computers, losing the vision from the security cameras, and charges out the window. He smashes through the glass, causing a wave of destruction as each window shatters in turn. With his steel cables, he pulls himself out of the burning building, flames licking off his silvery hull like a monster from hell. The emergency sirens scream out of the window.

From down below, the crowd begins to scream. The police look up with horror. They pull their guns and begin to shoot. Chants of "code 938-V" rise from the horrified people as the police men pull out their radios.

Blam Blam Blam - Ting Ting Ting

Bullets ricochet off of Ghost in the Shells' body. Stone and rocks, hurled by the crowd, fly through him. He glances up and see Spirit Caller on the building's edge. The crowd appers to be targeting her, he decides. He turns to face them, using his wiry limbs to shield Spirit Caller as best he can.

"They attack us. I will defend you!" The words crawl across his back.

He begins to pull chunks of stone out of the wall, bits of flaming metal, and shards of glass, and pelts the people with his improvised barrage.

(Ghost in the Shell rolled a 3 for his attack action)

Josef and Casper also hear Spirit Caller yell. They begin to push through the thick smoke, which seems even to stick to them, holding them fast. Josef forces his way through the smoke, punching and kicking as he is apt. Eventually he reaches the building edge and manages to get a glance of Spirit Caller, but not before the crowd sees him. They all point up and begin to shout as they see some poor man trapped on the roof of a burning building. Casper however, has had no luck. The smoke is gumming up his engines. The entire drone seems to be stuck and unable to move or fight. He can feel the smoke grasping onto him, chocking the air intakes, squeezing around his hull. Casper begins to panic. He feels like he's dying all over again, drowning in oozing, purple smoke.

"Help! Spirit Caller! Help, Aiko!" Casper shouts from the drone's robotic voice synthesizer at the highest possible volume.

(Josef rolled an 8 for his search action; Casper rolled a 4 for his search action)

Antumbra however moves through the smoke as if it weren't there. In fact, the smoke disperses where ever she goes. It even seems to propel her forward right towards the flash drive on the other end of the roof. She grabs it in her hand and squeezes tight, determined not to let it go again. On her side of the roof, opposite Spirit Caller, the crowd is much thinner, and the police force fewer in number. She puts the flash drive into a pocket in her belt and prepares to make an escape. Black ooze drips flows over her body; it starts to shimmer, just about to become invisible. As this happens, the smoke on the roof starts to disperse.
Spirit Caller
 player, 23 posts
 Spirit calling power
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 02:01
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 35):

Spirit Caller gives out one last attempt to call for the help of the police officers, deciding that they really cannot be so totally useless that they think she or her ghostly companions are the villains in this situation. She shouts "Hey you oafs, up here, it's her, she needs to be taken down, not us!"

Then she decides that, because the police still really are awfully useless, she needs to propel herself towards Antumbra quickly to grapple onto her. She decides to get Casper to try and clear out the gas somehow if its possible, since he is in drone like status and should have something to help out.

Spirit Caller then asks the Ghost in the Shell to give her that extra push to propel her, even if Casper can't clear out of the fog, and she decides to give herself a running start before the Ghost in the Shell pushes her forward onto Antumbra.
The Narrator
 GM, 30 posts
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 03:49
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 36):

Spirit Caller watches as Antumbra disappears into the smoke. It envelops her, hiding her from view. The crowd clamors around the building as sirens, emergency and police whirl on. Smoke billows out of the windows and stairwell. Curls of flame climb the building walls. Embers drift past Spirit Caller's face. The smell of burning metals is heavy in the air. The fire is all but unstoppable now.

(The room will burn down in 1 turn)

Spirit Caller cries for help to the police, shouting at them as she point at the disappearing figure. Her shouting and gesturing work! A police officer turns his head up and notices her.

He hears, "Hey you oafs, up here, it's - woop woop woop - us!" and grabs his radio off his shoulder.

"I've found another one!" He shouts, "Two people, a blue looking man, and a woman in an outfit, appear to be trapped on the roof. Be aware there may be others. Keep a look out for anyone in need of rescue. And get me those firetrucks!" He puts away the radio and shouts back at Spirit Caller, "Remain calm ma'am, help is on the way!"

(Spirit Caller rolled an 8 to call for the police)

Spirit Caller slaps her hand against her forehead. Looking back, the figure is gone, but the smoke is starting to dissipate. Seeing a chance, she calls to Casper to clear the remaining smoke.

Casper begins to whirl the engines of the drone. He pushes it to the brink, half trying to clear the smoke, half just trying to get away from it. But its no use, the smoke grabs hold of his motors and sink into the metal. With a hisss and sputter the drone begins to corrode, little puffs of purple and black smoke eating away at its body. Casper yells and tries on last time to escape. He tries so hard that he flies out of the drone and through the air as a ghost. He doesn't stop until he is far, far above the building. So high, he is practically out of sight and out of hearing range.

(Casper rolled a 2 (4-2 for being trapped in smoke) to clear the rooftop; Casper is unavailable for 1 turn)

Before Casper's failure becomes apparent, Spirit Caller has already enacted the second part of her plan. She calls to Ghost in the Shell and orders him to throw her to the other side of the building. Ghost in the Shell backs up slowly, as bullets pelt past, and through, him. He picks up Spirit Caller in steely tendril and reels back to throw, but just then the building cracks. The fire has weakened it too much, and Ghost in the Shell falls. At the last moment he hurls Spirit Caller over the building with just a bit too much force. Ghost in the Shell plummets to the ground and shatters in a thousand metal splinters, his spirit returning to its realm. As Spirit Caller flies over the building, wind whipping across her face, heat sweltering under her, and black smoke filling her nose, she can just make out Antumbra's body on the roof edge as black ooze covers her completely and turns her invisible.

(Ghost in the Shell rolled a 1 (3-2 for an unseen target); Ghost in the Shell is unavailable indefinitely)

 Josef, unsure of what to do, does what he always used to do, and decides to punch something. He cries one last battle cry and charges through the smoke. With his righteous fist guiding the way, Josef shuts his eyes. He cannot feel the smoke as it grabs him, or smell the burning metal underneath him, but he can definitely feel Antumbra's cheek as he plunges his ghostly fist into her face. Her invisible form spins through the air. It crashes down somewhere below, unseen, but definitely heard by the crowd. Josef opens his eyes and looks down, but sees nothing as he searches for her body.

(Josef rolled a 10 to search for and punch Antumbra)

Spirit Caller braces herself for impact as she hurtles towards the ground. She smacks, not into the concrete, but into a large inflatable bag set up by the fire department. Spirit Caller feels dizzy and sick, but alright. She is immediately swarmed by firefighters, paramedics, policemen, journalists, and random citizens who like to get in the way. All at once they begin to speak, asking her all sorts of questions before two paramedics grab her arms and begin to move towards their ambulance.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 9 to land safely)
Spirit Caller
 player, 24 posts
 Spirit calling power
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 04:27
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 37):

"She's getting away you bozos!" Aiko shouts trying to shove past the mass of reporters and people, she tries to cool the area to the point where people start to get extremely cold and technology starts to malfunction, hoping that it disables Antumbra's armor and allows her to push through the crowd easier.

She also calls out for Uncle Josef and Casper to come down and try to capture Antumbra as she tries to get out of the crowd of annoying reporters and firefighters.

In the midst of her struggle she also desperately calls for another spirit to help her, as the ever so lovely and awesome and incredibly epic Ghost in the Shell has dispersed back into his spiritual world.
The Narrator
 GM, 31 posts
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 05:08
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 38):

A frosty aura covers the crowd as Spirit Caller pushes her way through. They grab their shoulders and begin to shiver, a few brake off to fetch warmer clothing, others try to fix their broken cameras. Spirit Caller shoves past them and brakes into a run.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 10 (9+1) to freeze the crowd; Spirit Caller rolled a 9 (7+2) to get away from the crowd)

Spirit Caller glances up at Josef and orders him to find Antumbra. As Spirit Caller sprints away, Josef looks around from the rooftop and manages to spot some strange movement down an alleyway. He points in the direction.

"Comrade, I think she has gone that way. I see trashcans moving! You go ahead. I will catch up." Josef shouts before he leaps off the building to the dismay of the crowd. They collectively gasp as he jumps.

(Josef rolled a 7 to search for Antumbra; Josef will be unavailable for 1 turn)

Spirit Caller also shouts to Casper, but he's too high to hear her. Instead, Casper floats around, gathering his will power. After enough breathing exercises, Casper descends slowly.

(Casper will be available next turn)

Spirit Caller, seeing that she will be without Josef's mighty fists for the moment, summons another ghost. She reaches into the afterlife and pulls free a very eager, happy ghost. The ghost of a long, short dog with floppy ears that droop way past its stubby feet. The little dogwags its small tail and licks at Spirit Caller's face with its intangible tongue before barking a low, deep bark of preparedness. It floats around her head, waiting for orders. A little collar, with a golden dog tag (Toby), jingles as the dog swims through the air.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 10 to summon a spirit)
Spirit Caller
 player, 25 posts
 Spirit calling power
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 07:32
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 39):

Spirit sequels with delight, and tries to pet the dog but her hands just go through the dog's body since he is a ghost. "Who's a good boy? Who's a good boy! You are!" She says, "Now go on! Find that mean old lady who forced me to push myself off of a building! Find her and sick her boy!" Spirit Caller decides to chase after the villain.
The Narrator
 GM, 32 posts
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 14:39
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 40):

OOOOOOOoooooooo

Toby howls into the air as he blazes forward, spectral fire burning in his wake. His eyes turn red like freshly spilled blood as the feeling of the chase fills his little soul with an ineluctable hunger to kill. He howls again, the ghostly bellow drawn out long and loud. It fills every space, each nook and cranny with echoing volumes, searching for the prey with inimical glee. Suddenly, Toby stops, but the baying continues on without him, possessed of its own transient life. Toby's teeth begin to grow into dagger sized fangs as cold fire sucks the light and heat from the air, imbuing Toby with the energies of the living realm. With split tongue lashing from side to side, whipping across the building walls and leaving burning rakes in the concrete, the dog charges forward, leading Spirit Caller through winding corridors until the sounds of siren and people have long disappeared behind them. Darkness and silence, but for the baying of ghostly hounds leading one of their own through the hunt, envelops the backstreets whose poor streetlamps flicker and pop as Toby drives past them.

Spirit Caller can feel her heart pumping as it is filled with a sense of urgency, behooving her to give chase. She salivates slightly at the thought of the hunt.

OOOOOOOoooooooo

Toby swerves around a corner, growling and gnashing his monster jaws. The spectral howling shrinks into the background. The sounds of rats scurrying through garbage, and late night television shows takes its place along with the buzz of acid green neon lights. Odors of tar and oil become sickeningly strong.

Spirit Caller loses sight for just a moment, but as she rounds the corner she sees Tody, about two dozen feet down the alleyway and returned to his little blue form, with his jaws clenched around something. He growls as he clenches down. Something is shaking him vigorously as it dashes towards an open grate only a few feet away. Toby has managed to catch her, affording Spirit Caller one more chance.

(Toby rolls an 11 to search for Antumbra)

Behind Spirit Caller, she can hear Josef and Casper, making their way through the winding backstreets. They are following a path of torn up concrete and burning scorch marks. Honing in on Spirit Caller via the bond that binds them to the Living Realm. They turn the corner and find themselves a few feet behind Spirit Caller, watching a ghost dog two dozen feet away tearing at something invisible.

(Josef and Casper are now available)

In the distance, far off for now, can be heard the clamor of enterprising journalists, confused policemen, and excited citizens, stampeding through the city in search of Spirit Caller. They begin to split in search parties, eager to be the first find the survivor and get the scoop, or the first viral video.

(The crowds of people will arrive one the scene in 6 turns)

This message was last edited by the GM at 14:46, Fri 02 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 26 posts
 Spirit calling power
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 19:29
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 41):

Spirit Caller lets the thrill of the hunt fuel her and she goes all out, asking for assistance from both Josef and Casper to all punch right into Antumbra, and she continues to scream because screaming makes everything cooler.
The Narrator
 GM, 33 posts
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 00:15
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 42):

All at once, Spirit Caller, Josef, and Casper jump at the invisible figure, trusting in Toby's judgement and slavering, spectral jaws. Casper flies low, pushing into the living world and tackling down the invisible figure. Something cracks as Toby and Casper fall to ground, rolling with the invisible figure. Josef piles on, throwing fist after fist into the ground, striking the figure and concrete floor. Waves of dust billow out of the craters caused by Josef's fists. Before long the figure is smothered in dust and visible again to the naked eye. It is easy to make out the armor of Antumbra! So finally, Spirit Caller jumps on, punching, biting, kneeing, do anything she can to Antumbra; also screaming, Spirit Caller screamed, a lot. The stench of tar and oil fills the air. Concrete scraps her fingers and armor bruises her knuckles. Bits of armor go flying. Black goo and ooze splash against the floor. Something clatters into the trashcans.

(Spirit Caller rolled an 11 to attack Antumbra, Josef rolled an 11 to attack Antumbra, Casper rolled a 10 to attack Antumbra)

Antumbra clenches her body, squeezing tightly as Spirit Caller assails her. The purple ichor begins to ferment in her stomach. Blow after blow push down on the bubbling liquid until at last is bursts!

}Krak-sprash{

Scalding hot ooze explodes from every part of Antumbra's body! It blows everyone away and rocks the ground. Anutmbra races to her feet and leaps through the open grate to certain escape!
Spirit Caller
 player, 27 posts
 Spirit calling power
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 01:14
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 43):

Aiko screams even louder, partially in victory, partially in defeat, she feels a bittersweet aura to the whole situation. She decides, and shouts to Antumbra, that she will find her again, and she will defeat her for certain, she doesn't know if Antumbra can hear her or not, but she hopes she does, because Aiko decided that they've officially become rivals.

Then she pets Toby and shakes Josef's hands and lets them disperse back into their own worlds, wondering what to do next and how to actually find Antumbra. She decides to search the area and, if possible, to take samples.

She also decides that, somehow, she's going to write her name big enough and heroically enough that it would intimidate villains and bring hope, or at least popularity, to her hero persona: The Spirit Caller. Luckily, just as she keeps a purple marker on her at all times to conceal her face if need be, she also keeps a purple spray paint bottle, because she lives in Wasabi Land and graffiti wouldn't exactly be uncommon.
The Narrator
 GM, 34 posts
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 02:12
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 44):

With Antumbra gone, Spirit Caller goes to detective work. Immediately she drops to all fours and begins to crawl along the ground in search of clues. Bits of trash brush up against her elbows. Murky puddle water and green-glowing goop stain her knees. There really aren't any clues here. At least, none that don't involve digging through the heaps of, possibly radioactive but most certainly disgusting and sickening, trash.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 3 to search for clues)

However, Spirit Caller does find some remnants of the purple-black ooze that Antumbra, her new arch-enemy, had used to fight her. The samples are strange. They quickly dry and flake, but retain the stink of oil and tar. Touching them too much causes the once virulent ooze to crumble into dust. But, Spirit Caller thinks fast. She picks up a discarded, mostly clean, plastic sandwich baggy and spits into it. In goes a few handfuls of purple dust. After a bit of mashing and messaging, the dust begins to liquefy. She tucks the newly obtained sample into her pouch for later investigating, perhaps in a cleaner environment.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to gather samples of Antumbra's ooze)

But the work is not yet over. A hero must have a name, or else the public will give them a really stupid one like Purple Girl or Fire Survivor. Not willing to risk a lame moniker, Spirit Caller came prepared with paint and pen. She decorates the walls in glorious colors of ghostly-ilk: purple, blue, green and yellow. With a masterful hand, she recreates the likeness of herself in full costume surrounded by the ghosts of the hour. Ghost in the Shell poses overhead, steely tendrils wrapped protectively over the others. Josef stands on the right, his fist protruding from the wall as if he were right there about to break your jaw. Casper on the left, riding his little drone in battle. And proud Toby, floating around Spirit Caller's waist, tongue lolling and ears dropping. They stand over a pile of purple goop, triumphant and impressive.

The din of a thronging crowd grows ever louder, but by the time they arrive Spirit Caller will be long gone. But, a beautiful portrait will remain to remind them of the hero who sort-of saved the day! They "um" and "ah" at the graffiti work. Pictures are taken, video filmed; the internet is abuzz with Spirit Caller. Who could it be? What power do they have? Who else heard that little girl screaming that night in the alleyway? The internet may never know.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 110 to tag the scene)

After a job well done a super hero has to find somewhere to relax and retire. Somewhere to call HQ, where the cowl can be hung on the coat rack and the cape thrown over the couch.

Where does Spirit Caller go? What does she do during her cool-off session? Who, if anyone, is waiting for her, and how much do they know? How does she feel about the hentai fan-art already pouring onto the web via the nubile Spirit Caller fansite?
Spirit Caller
 player, 28 posts
 Spirit calling power
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 02:51
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 45):

Aiko dashes off laughing and highfiving Casper in success and joy, they took on someone twice their age and forced them to retreat through pure raw power. Her nimble feet carry her all the way back to her apartment where she jumps to the landing outside that leads to the top of the roof, and then she quickly gets back into her room quietly but fumbling to get changed out of her clothes and stuffing them into her back, and then running out again and dashing back onto the streets.

She plugs her headphones and picks up a skateboard she leaves on the other side of the apartment, and decides she should use this to get around more often, it was a gift from her living best friend Ruckus. She starts to skate to Ruckus' apartment, dancing on her board before getting there, and then slamming into his room with excitement. "Have you seen the new hero?" She shouts at him. "Her name is Spirit Caller and she's wicked sick, dude!" Ruckus, her living best friend, doesn't know about her powers or her nightly escapades of pretending (until just now) to be a super hero, but he does keep up with the scene and had also already heard about the new heroine. Ruckus loves horror movies, and all things paranormal, though, even though he doesn't look like it, he even keeps a Ouija board for the two of them to play with when they're bored, it's how Aiko first met Casper, though Ruckus doesn't know Casper stuck around.

Ruckus, being a fanboy of all things super, had already started following the Spirit Caller official fan group, little did Ruckus know that, under a pseudo name, Aiko herself was the official leader of her own official fan club, because she knew it would happen sooner or later. Seeing the mass of hentai fan art swarming her internet forums disturbed her a little, but she could not exactly come out with her age and act as if she knew Spirit Caller, or people would know something is up, so she just decided to bear it.
The Narrator
 GM, 35 posts
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 04:42
The City of New Babel #1: The First Night: Epilogue
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 46):

Aiko and Ruckus talk through the night about Spirit Caller and how cool her outfit is and how cool her powers are.

"She so cool, Aiko," Ruckus says, "She got to be my fav superhero ever. Like, the best. If I could have super powers, it be her powers. Ghost powers, Aiko, ghost powers is real sick. Like, that stuff's my virus. I'd inject that shit all day!"

Ruckus caresses his ouija board lovingly. A spark comes to his eye.

"I'm gonna get her to sign my ouija board! Maybe I can siphon some of her powers from her signature or something. With like a magic ritual or something. Maybe I can become a ghost. Now that would be sick."

Ruckus digs through his complied list of black magic tomes and continues to dream.

In the rotting arteries of New Babel, Antumbra stalked the sewers. Pipes dripped water onto the brick and metal below. An odor of trash and waste lingered. But Antumbra couldn't smell it with her mask on. She could only smell blood, the blood from her busted lip that seeped onto her tongue with each breath. Her armor squealed as she moved. Black ooze gumed up along her joints and dropped into the sewer stream with a plop, plop, plop. There are no lights in the sewers, none that are turned on at least, but Antumbra could still see with perfect vision thanks to the suit. It clung to her like a second skin; it bruised like a second skin too. Armor plates had been broken off. The ooze was leaking like blood. But, she did not feel defeated. She had got what she came for, she thought, as she searched her waist pouches. No! It was gone--the flash drive was gone! It must have been those people. They must have taken it from her in the final brawl. Antumbra threw her fist into the wall, crushing the brick to dust. She winced, feeling a pain in her chest.

"Whoever you are," Antumbra whispered to rats in the walls, "Whoever you're working for, you won't stop me. Nothing will."

Antumbra braced herself against the wall, and limped deeper into the tunnels, down towards the dark heart of New Babel, to plot her next move.

Else where, back in the alleyway, most everyone has cleared out. The journalists have gotten their visuals and conducted their interviews. The livestreams had ended, and all the hashtags were sent. #SpiritCaller #Ghostcrew #NewHeroes #NewBabelHeroes #FindScreamingGirl.

The fire had been put out, but all the third floor was gone in a blackened ash wasteland. Much of the data was saved thanks to the recovery servers, but the equipment was gone. White foam clung to the walls like wadded tissue paper. The smell of heavy metals and smoke covered the block, even as the firefighters departed into the night, their red engines hurtling down the streets of Tiny Tokyo towards the next fire, little holographic dalmatians with over-sized eyes running alongside the trucks.

24-Hour Ramen had sold out of everything and closed for the night. The Pachinko Parlor was still running strong. As soon as the smell began to waft out of the data-library across the street, face masks were handed out in haste. So the addicts played on, content with their stale air trapped behind "Happy Pahinko Place: Come be Happy!" paper masks. Over at the Russian Orthodox Charity Center, a vigil was being held. Small candles were lit. The soft sobbing couldn't be heard over the sound of the Pachinko games beeping and buzzing.

The police had taken away a body from outside the Pachinko Parlor, completely unrelated to the fire. Just some man with a snake tattoo around his neck; he'd been stabbed to death by two angry Pachinko players after trying to intervene in a dispute. No bodies were found in the fire, despite sightings of survivors on the roof of the building. All they knew was that a strange robot had attacked the data-library and set it ablaze. They had also cordoned off the alleyway where a fight was had. Only a few tired guards sat at the end of the alleyway, slurping down the last of their ramen as they bandied the yellow tape back and forth. Some of them had actually taken to cleaning up, loading trash into plastic bags and setting it to the curb. But nobody stepped foot inside the yellow tape.

Until a large metal boot touched down in front of the graffiti-tagged wall. It was a massive figure entirely engulfed in shadow, standing well over a normal sized human and twice as wide. When the light did catch the figure, it reflected off, shinning in the night. The figure analyzed the wall, specifically the middle character, the Spirit Caller. He had noticed the name suddenly boom across the internet, interesting. His glowing yellow eyes, without pupils, took picturesque memories of the wall, the alleyway, the grate. He walked with purposeful, powerful strides, hands calmly resting behind his back, towards the evidence of the crime. Scorch marks in the walls, strange purple dust that liquefied into shifting ooze, an odd drop in temperature, were all recorded, but what interested the giant most was the little flash drive he discovered left behind a trash can. He turned the device over in his massive, metal-clad mitt before placing it in compartment at his belt. His brow furrowed as he contemplated the events. Then a yellow seam appeared along the ground. It opened up underneath the giant's feet, unlocking like some puzzle cube, as blocks of concrete outlined in a yellow glow rotated backwards until the giant sank into the unseen depths and disappeared without a trace.

Who is this mysterious, dark giant? What is Antumbra's next move? Will Spirit Caller have her power destroyed by her best living* friend, Ruckus? Who was that screaming girl?

All of these will be answered in the next episode of . . .

!The City of New Babel!

This message was last updated by the GM at 21:07, Sat 03 June 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 36 posts
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 18:33
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 47):

The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!

The school bell rings, signalling the end of another day at Satchmo High. Students throw in their chairs. A few desks are overturned and stacked on each other by rowdy kids who like playing tricks on the janitor. Today though, the trick is on them; the janitor quit this morning. Come tomorrow morning, those same kids would be taking down their desks and discovering them covered in chewed gum. The hallways, broken tiled, ceiling panels loose and falling, are mobbed. Creaky lockers open and shut as kids pulled out books, laptops, clothes, and others, before sealing the lockers with chewed gum.

Aiko pushes out from the crowd, bag in hand (what's in her backpack?). Behind her, Ruckus is fording his own way. They meet up at the usual place outside the high school doors near the statue of the jazz man, blowing away at his brass trumpet with ballooned cheeks that never ran out of air and never made any sound.

"Aiko! What's down? You see the stuff on the fansite? Like, I got a crush on Spirit Caller, like anybody, but some of the art is getting real weird, right? Though, I kind of like this one, though. Saved."

Ruckus plays with his phone, drooling a little bit as he shifts through the new post tab on the Spirit Caller fansite. The reflective bands on his green hoodie shine as he pulls the hood up. Buttons and beads pinned to his jeans crack and cackle as he walks with Aiko down the stairs. As they reach the bottom step Aiko notices two groups of kids on either end of the staircase.

They are wearing the usual for Wasabi Land youth. Their jackets and shirts all sport reflective bands in various patterns. Their jewelry is made from cat's eye reflectors and bottle caps. The wealthier ones have laced a few precious gemstones in with the beads. Bands of multicolored wire holding together flashing bulbs are wrapped around their wrists and ankles. Some wear rain ponchos, insides decorated with spray paint and lights. On their feet are rubber boots with smiling faces on the toes, or worn sneakers with questionable stains. They have backpacks and rucksacks, books and laptops. The two groups are turned inward, but every now and them some of the kids will look around, or brake off into more personal conversations as the group yammers on.

Both groups notice Aiko as she walks down the stairs.

"Oh no, it's her," someone from the left group says, "Don't look, don't look. Man, she's so weird. I bet you her 'bodyguard' will be here any moment. I wonder she blackmailed him with. I used to know Frank back in, like, middle school. He didn't get weird until she showed up. Then he got, like, real sterile and shit."

"Nah, like, Aiko's cool," Says a thin, tall kid with pale skin like paper, eyes like red marbles, and black hair in a high widow's peak. The kid's name is Vlad, a classmate of Aiko. He shoulder's his backpack, rustling it against his see-through rain poncho. "She knows like, everything about monster movies and stuff. Her and Ruckus really helped me out when we had to read Frankenstein. She's sick man, don't dis her like that."

"What? You think what she did to Frank was cool or something, Vlad? Go back to your castle in Russia, man!" The group begins to chide Vlad as he defends Aiko.

On the other side of the stairs, Aiko hears the right group begin to talk as well.

"Are you kidding? Really? But, it's such a lame name! Spirit Caller? Come on. What's her powers? Call spirit's? Who'd have guessed? The costume is lame, the powers are lame, and she tagged her own name and shit on the wall. Like, desperate much? Spirit Caller is never going to be a big-time hero. None of the Tower Trinity are going to even look at her. Trust me."

"You're just jealous!," Shouts a short, chubby girl with dark skin and a bubbly afro. Her name is Wanda, but she goes by Wawa, as she told Aiko once during gym class. Wanda bumps one of the kids in the group, pushing him out the way as she moves deeper into the circle. "Spirit Caller is as good a name as any other. And, like, whoa re you to say her powers suck? Ain't like you got powers, wet wipe."

"Screw off, Wawa! I bet you're part of her fan club. Which picture did you draw huh?
 Bet I can guess." They start to fight.

Aiko and Ruckus reach the bottom of the stairs. Ruckus finally looks up from his phone. He hasn't heard the two groups talking.

"So like, I know you got that project to do, what was it again? Remind me? But like, I got this crazy new book called the Grimoire of Heaven's Tear. It's a legit book, real sickness. Imma try and cast some spells. Ain't nobody gonna mess with me once I can spit fireballs and shit! Right, Aiko? What you wanna do?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 21:06, Sat 03 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 29 posts
 Spirit calling power
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 21:14
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 48):

Aiko looks around the hallway and sighs at the sorry sight of the school, making sure to take in the entire hall's sound: the music emanating from each of the students' phones, the conversations each student is jabbering, the voice of Wawa and Vlad, Ruckus' droning. She looks around and sees the sights of the Vlad being mocked, and Wawa sticking up for the Spirit Caller, and she loosens her own buttons and jacket and pulls down her hood as if to officially announce her presence. "I don't know, Ruckus, you usually tell us what to do, skip class, go to class, make fun of someone, where's Frank?" Silently under her breathe she starts to mutter for Casper, asking him to protect Vlad from the other students, as she finds Vlad pretty cool, and also wants to know if he knew Uncle Josef by chance, he seems like a kid who would.

"My project tonight? Right, it's, well, it's a project for history, you know that class you didn't take because you think history doesn't help anyone since the rules of reality have changed. Ya, Ruckus, tell me if you know anything that has to do with Russian history, I thought I'd kiss the teacher's ass since he's part Russian I think." Aiko was talking out of her ass, but she knew Ruckus would believe it, since he was also so busy lecturing himself on the ethics and responsibilities, and the inconceivable power, of a wizard. At the sound of Wawa's defense for Spirit Caller, Aiko decides to join the fray in her own way, again muttering for another spirit to harmlessly chant Spirit Caller in the ears of the girl arguing with Wawa.

With a quick step from Ruckus and to Wawa, Aiko began to defend the Spirit Caller ferociously. "Hey, if I'm not wrong, don't you tag your name in the boy's bathroom every chance you get? At least Spirit Caller isn't desperate for some upper classman's dick like you are. Why would she need the trinity to back her up when she's got an armada of ghosts to back her up anyway?"

Scoffing at the girl, Aiko turns her back and walks away with an angry stride, her hero persona's pride being stung by the comment like a hornet stinging a child.

Ignoring her wounded pride, she yelps for Vlad, "Hey Vlad, my man! I got a question only you can answer, since Ruckus is busy having mindgasms over the Spirit Caller fan art." Waving her hand towards Vlad, she grins, trying to look less odd.

This message was last updated by the GM at 21:14, Sat 03 June 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 38 posts
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 21:41
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 49):

Aiko glances back at the girl arguing with Wawa, waiting for a jolt or jump. It never happens. No ghosts or spirits appear. Instead the confrontation ends with Wawa backing away from the group, cursing as she backs up into Ruckus.

(Aiko rolled a 5 (2+3) to call for a ghost)

"Careful, Wawa. I was memorizing some real black magics. I could have turned you to a frog or something."

"If you did, I'd still be prettier than her," Wawa throws her thumb back at the girl in the group, and smirks. "What's down Ruckus?"

"Just sticking with Aiko. Oh man, that's not sick. That's not sick at all." Rucks' voice trails off.

Aiko waves over to Vlad. The skinny, pale kid looks relieved, but just for a moment. Behind Aiko looms Frank. Frank is a large, big, red-headed kid who easily stands over everyone in the school, even most of the teachers. He picks up his backpack and hurls it into the group of kids. He then picks up Vlad's backpack, and begins to throw the things inside at the group as well.

(Aiko rolled an 8 (5+3) to summon Casper to Vlad's aid)

"We should leave," Vlad says, "Let's go, where do we go?"
Spirit Caller
 player, 30 posts
 Spirit calling power
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 21:47
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 50):

Aiko turns to Wawa and waves, then beckons everyone, including Frank (Casper) to follow. "Let's go to wherever you know, let's just wonder around the place, see if we can catch anything cool. Anyone know anywhere haunted? Those are always fun to be explore, oh ya let's do that, let's be urban explorers, that'd be cool right guys?" Aiko doesn't make up her mind, she decides it'd be best for the group of kids to just walk around until they find something interesting to go and do.
The Narrator
 GM, 39 posts
Sat 3 Jun 2017
at 23:38
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 51):

Everyone rushes off the school grounds as fast as they can and into the winding center of Wasabi Land. Bright colors peel off the walls. Strange oils and oozes drip out of the gutters, staining the concrete with the blood of rainbows. Cars careen through the streets, and music blasts out the windows of the apartments.

The urban adventuring consists of a few smelly alleyways, some open garages, and climbing a fire escape to the roof of a four story building until the light began to fade. Pictures are taken and posted to the internet, all along the way. Eventually, they end up in a little snack shack on the corner street. It's a greasy place, like everywhere in Wasabi Land, and it gives off a feint glow. The walls are painted blue with little clouds and birds drifting by. Plastic chairs ring several tables. Their feet scrape along the tiled floor. It smells of grease and lab-grown meat enough to make the mouth water. The menu is scarce, but everyone finds something to order before the sojourn to Ruckus' house.

Ruckus' house is an apartment of three rooms. The squeaky door opens to a combination living room and kitchen furnished with ripped upholstery, grimy tiles, and mold-free appliances. From there it splits into Ruckus' room, and his mother's room. Everyone crams into his room with their food.

Ruckus' room is chocked wall to wall with printouts of pdf spell books and country music stars. Tomes of black magic bound in hard cover and hand-made, 3-ring binder spell books where stacked on every desk, cabinet, and available floor space. They made handy tables for the burgers. Ruckus' computer was packed onto his nightstand. He blasted music through the speakers. Thankfully, his mother wasn't home.

They talk about Spirit Caller, everyone but Vlad seems interested. Vlad watches cat videos on his phone and reapplies sunscreen to his pale limbs, pretending not hear about summoning ghosts. Wawa listened to Ruckus lionize Spirit Caller, she fidgets from side to side until finally she couldn't take it anymore and suggested they do something else. Frank (Casper) points at a poster on the wall: Horror Night! Scream Scene, 24-hour movie marathon.

"Yeah, let's watch a movie. Great idea Frank." Wawa said.

Frank (Casper) winks at Wawa. He picks up the remote, and switches the TV to the cooking channel. Frank (Casper) then stuffs his mouth with all the french fries that he bought with the money from his pocket.

"Horror Movie!" Ruckus said.

"Rom-Com." Vlad said.

"I'm okay with Rom-Com. I like the feeling when I laugh." Frank (Casper) said, "What are you voting for Aiko?"

Before Aiko could answer her phone began to vibrate. Two new messages had appear on the screen.

The first one came from her tweeter account. The school group chat received some new messages from some of the kids who went up to the edge of Mt. Bering for a camping trip this weekend. It wouldn't have been that interesting, except the twit had blown up along with many other similar twits. Ruckus had seen the twit and wondered aloud how awesome it would be if kids from their school did get sacrificed.

"Hearing weird sounds in the forest. Sounds like chanting. Hope I don't get sacrificed to the dark gods. Lol. Spooky!" #Spooky #Creepy #MtBering

The second message was text, sent from an unknown number. It wasn't just Aiko who received this text, it was everyone in the room. The text was written in red letters and had been sent via a mass text to, perhaps, every high school aged teenagers on the ground floor of New Babel. I wonder if what kind of weapons they teach, Wawa thought aloud.

"Hello Comrades. It is time to throw off the shackles of oppression! It is time to enact the great change and make New babel a greater city. Come to the house on Vlastock St in New Russia District that flies red flag for training in the new army of New Babel."

Aiko's hero senses kick in; these don't sound like harmless pranks. Which disturbance will Aiko investigate, if any? How will Aiko ditch her friends? What genre of movie would Aiko pick?
Spirit Caller
 player, 31 posts
 Spirit calling power
Sun 4 Jun 2017
at 00:07
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 52):

Aiko stares down at her phone and, trying to keep her cool, she grins. "Horror, definitely horror." She holds up the tweet of the spooky chanting and she grins wider, "Let's see a real horror show though. It'd be fun. Let's go camping guys. When's the last time you all saw real birds and animals rather than those fake robotic and holographic ones?" As she was saying this, Aiko was already rummaging through her backpack, making sure she already had her superhero costume, and that blue crystal, and this time, something to fight with other than her fists, which was a small metal rod. She had them, but she still thought that it'd be smart to go home and back some other things, like a sleeping bag. "Either way," she says, "I'm going to go whether you guys come or not. If you do want to go, meet up at my place with your skate boards, or something to to ride on anyway."
The Narrator
 GM, 40 posts
Sun 4 Jun 2017
at 02:59
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 53):

Aiko, Ruckus, and Wawa depart for Mt. Bering, first by skateboard and bike, then by bus, until they were standing outside of the Mt. Bering National Forest campsite.

It smelled of pine and campfire. The night sky was dark as the deepest shadow. Not a star could be seen in the sky. Crickets chirped in the bushes. The ocean waves could be heard across the island. The forest road was rough to ride up, and after a few minutes, the group found it better to walk.

Aiko, Ruckus, and Wawa, find themselves on a small forest path, following the signs to the campground.

Ruckus seems excited. He has packed enough supplies to conduct multiple satanic rituals. His laptop and a power battery have been prioritized over a sleeping bag. He bumbles along the trail, talking about witches and warlocks, embracing the darkness.

Wawa is much more alert and prepared. She has expertly packed a backpack with toiletries, power snacks, extra clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, paracord ropes, etc. She has no electronics except her phone which has been switched off.

As Aiko walks up the path, she notices a campfire flickers a little ways off. A few tents have been pitched around it, but they seem to sag and droop. She cannot hear anything coming from the campsite. A little further up the path is another campfire, and further up from that is an empty campsite, where Wawa was leading everyone to.
Spirit Caller
 player, 32 posts
 Spirit calling power
Sun 4 Jun 2017
at 04:26
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 54):

Spirit Caller looks around at the campsites and stops for a moment while Ruckus and Wawa move on ahead. Under her breath she starts muttering for a spirit, hoping it goes better than the last time she tried at school. She would tell that ghost discretely to go and spy around the camps and figure out what's going on, being very curious as to why the place feels so strange and eerie.

Then she quickly catches up with her friends, every so often making fun of Rucks' obsession with the occult and talking to Wawa about horror flicks.
The Narrator
 GM, 41 posts
Sun 4 Jun 2017
at 05:02
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 55):
Aiko focuses her energies and searches through the afterlife for a spirit to aid her. The area around her grows noticeably colder. Frost begins to grow over the grass, and the cold curls the leaves off the plants. Aiko feels a familiar presence touch her. The frost melts as the temperature returns to normal.

Appearing in front of Aiko is Toby! The little blue dog's stumpy tail wags excitingly. His tongue lolls out of his mouth, and his ears sway back and forth when he flies in circles around Aiko's feet.

Toby sets out towards the first campsite, then hovers over towards the second campsite. He flies between the trees, glowing blue and ghostly in the dark. After his reconnaissance, he returns to Aiko, his tail tucked between his legs and head shaking side to side. In his mouth he carries the shredded remains of camping tents and a hiking shoe, still warm and smelly. Toby begins to thurst his head side to side, indicating the two directions each group of campers went as they ran away from what ever destroyed their tents. Toby drops the bits of canvas and the shoe at Aiko's feet. His ears perk up, and his head bolts to one side. Toby grabs Aiko's wrist and begin to pull her towards one of the directions he indicated.

(Spirit Caller rolls a 12 to summon a ghost)

Wawa and Ruckus keep walking. They did not notice Aiko waiting behind. They still didn't notice when they reached the campsite. Wawa took off her backpack and Ruckus set down his things. They continue to talking about bear attacks with Wawa assuring Ruckus that there weren't any bears on the island, and hadn't been for nearly a hundred years.

(Spirit Caller rolls an 8 to be discrete)
Spirit Caller
 player, 33 posts
 Spirit calling power
Sun 4 Jun 2017
at 05:33
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 56):

Aiko begins to follow Toby, looking around and trying to gather what happened. In particular, she's looking for other clues that her friend Toby may have missed.
The Narrator
 GM, 42 posts
Sun 4 Jun 2017
at 06:05
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 57):

Aiko follows Toby to the first campsite where she stops to search the area. Toby flies around in circles, clearly distressed. Akio can feel the pressure of baying hounds somewhere in the distance. It makes her heart beat quicker.

It didn't look like it from the foot path, but the campsite has been ravaged. The tents are torn in half. Everything, from food to clothes, has been scattered around the site. The dirt has been churned up by a sudden rush of boots. Claw marks mar the trees. Many of the plants have been crushed. A strange heat presides over the area. It makes Aiko's blood rush through her body.

Then she notices in the distance, where Tody is pointing, Aiko can hear screaming! It's coming from deeper in the forest. Toby howls. Aiko can feel the hunt.

But, then comes another scream. It is much more familiar. It's Ruckas! His scream bounces from tree to tree. Something roars in the forest, shaking the leaves from their branches.

(Roll 2d6 to determine how quickly Aiko runs)
Spirit Caller
 player, 34 posts
 Spirit calling power
Sun 4 Jun 2017
at 07:32
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 58):

Quickly trying to figure out what to do, Aiko tells Toby to head straight for Ruckus to figure out whats going on, and if need be, to become the most dangerous hound he can become to protect Ruckus and Wawa. In what feels like an instant in the dark forest, Aiko changes from her normal clothes into her superhero outfit, the Spirit Caller. She turns back to make sure that Toby is heading to Ruckus to make sure she's okay, but she's unable to let the scream of the other person subside from her consciousness.

As soon as she's done changing and giving Toby his orders, she begins to dash forward to the first scream. In a heartbeat she calls for Casper, shouting his name at the top of her lungs, "Casper!" Screams through the woods.

As her blood streams into her body, she quivers, but shakes her fear off as she continues to run towards the scream, letting nothing deter her from being a hero.
The Narrator
 GM, 43 posts
Sun 4 Jun 2017
at 08:41
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 59):

Hoooooooooowwl

Toby bursts through the woods at the speed of the wind, transforming into a monstrous beast as he flies. Spirit Caller can feel something surge inside her as the baying of hounds crescendos. As Toby disappears, the feeling grows feint and fades. Spirit Caller capitalizes on it as fast as she can, breaking into a sprint.

Spirit Caller runs through the forest, dodging the trees with the deftness of a hunting hound. Her cape flutters behind her like a beating wing. Her heart beats in her ears, drowning out all other sounds. The forest seems quiet. But she feels a familiar sense as Casper descends from the tree tops. He glides beside her, passing through branch and bole to catch up.

Spirit Caller follows a trail of odd items to a small clearing; it's recently made. The trees have been torn out from the roots. Claw marks have raked up the ground. The moon is high overhead. It is icy blue and casts a cold light around the clearing. Casper notices something, and he points Spirit Caller towards something reflecting the moonlight half-hidden under an overturned bush.

The sounds of battle are far off in the woods. Howling rings off the trees. Something roars ferociously far off. Screams answer the bestial sounds. It all sounds feint. But right here, Spirit Caller can hear someone sobbing.

Something drips onto Spirit Caller's cheek from above.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 6 (4+2) to reach the campers)
Spirit Caller
 player, 35 posts
 Spirit calling power
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 03:32
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 60):

Spirit Caller looks around the area, upon feeling the wet liquid drip onto her head she starts to look around for a monster of some kind that could have done that. Furthermore she begins to search for the source of the crying.

While Aiko looks for anything, she also gets Casper to do the same thing. While the two do this, she also steels herself, putting herself on the edge and readying herself for any danger that could spring out at her.
The Narrator
 GM, 44 posts
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 04:07
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 61):

Spirit Caller puts on her most menacing face. All of her muscle clench as she adopts a combat stance, ready to pounce on anything that moves. She walks softly over the ground. Not even the leaves make a sound. She looks very intimidating and prepared.

(Spirit Caller rolls a 9 to prepare herself)

Spirit Caller scans the area, searching for clues or creatures. The abundance of claw marks indicate some kind of animal or beast. By the size of the trees pulled up and out of the ground like weeds, it was a big creature. But, what kind of creature could create clear liquids, Spirit Caller wondered as she wiped away the clear liquid from her cheek. It made her think of Toby's slathering jaws. Was it drool?

(Spirit Caller rolls a 5 to search the area)

As Spirit Caller searches the floor, Casper ascends into the trees where he though he could hear the crying. Casper phases through the tree branch and discovers a man, thin and haggard.

The man's plaid shirt is torn and hanging to his shoulder by a thread. Mud is slathered across his jeans as well as blood from his tears and scrapes. He is missing one boot. Twigs and leaves are stuck in his hair and beard. His hands are cut and scratched. His bare foot bleeds from were he had stepped on a sharp rock. He sobs uncontrollably, pulling his hair as his tear drops fall to the ground below.

(Casper rolls a 9 to search the area)

Casper flies down before the man can see him. He goes to Spirit Caller.

"Spirit Caller, I found someone. He doesn't look good though. He's up there. You can see him if you stand here. What should we do?"

In the distance, the sounds of battle are growing quieter.
Spirit Caller
 player, 36 posts
 Spirit calling power
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 04:43
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 62):

Spirit Caller nods to Casper and asks him to go on and scout ahead, to see if there is anything that needs her immediate attention. If there is such a situation, she would like Casper to call on her just as she called on him, and she'll go dashing to their aid. Before doing this, while she knows Casper is already in a more heroic state than usual, she decides to give him a small pep talk about being great, and the necessity of what they do (rolled a 3 oops).

Then she stands where Casper told her to, and she calls up to the man. "Hey, are you alright? Can you climb down, do you need a medic? It's the Spirit Caller, and I want to help!" She calls out, hoping to get the man to come down. "If you're hurt I can help, but if you don't want to come down, that's fine, I'll call the proper authorities to help you down, but I need to know what happened to protect others!"

Before finishing, she decides to check up on Toby, using her temporary spiritual bond to try and figure out if everything is alright with her spiritual pup friend.

She also begins to call for another spiritual friend to come to her aid, she's hoping for a nurse or medic to help, preferably one with a modern understanding of how to treat people, but at this point, with the state the man is in, she's really hoping for someone who can simply help her patch him up. "I'm going to get someone else that can help me help you too, don't worry! You can trust me." She says the last line with a lot of, knowing all too well what feeling terrified is like.
The Narrator
 GM, 45 posts
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 06:25
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 63):

Casper nods as Spirit Caller tries to inspire him. He feels no different, but floats off to explore the area around them anyway.

(Spirit Caller rolls a 3 to inspire Casper)

Spirit Caller tries to reconnect with Toby. She gets vague feelings of anxiety and fear. Her pulse quickens. She can hear hounds baying in her ears again, but they are far, far away.

(Spirit Caller rolls a 5 to connect with Toby)

Casper wonders why he is helping Aiko. What does he really get out of this? How did it end up like this? He could have just stayed in Frank's body and finished watching that movie with Vlad, but he didn't. He came here. To help.

A glint of light cuts off his train of thought. Casper remembers the thing shinning under the bush. He goes to investigate and discovers a phone. He tries to pick it up, but something is holding onto it. It's a body! A woman with blonde hair, looking much like the Frightened Camper, in ripped clothes is clenching the phone.

Casper flies back to tell Spirit Caller about the body.

(Casper rolled a 10 to scout ahead)

The Frightened Camper listens to Spirit Caller.

"Hero," He manages to say through his sobs.

Slowly he releases his grip on the tree trunk. His head darts around, searching for any danger. Then he climbs down. The entire time, he has continued to sob and cry. He wraps his arms around himself and slinks along the ground towards Spirit Caller.

He gets out one more word before he is reduced to blubbering.

sob "Bear. Bear. Bear, bear, bear." sob

(Spirit Caller rolls a 9 to talk with the Frightened Camper)

As the Frightened Camper descends, Spirit Caller sends out a request for aid from the other side.

It is answered by Miss, an enormously tall woman wearing a white dress that cuts off at her knees. The woman towers over Spirit Caller; if Spirit Caller stood on her own shoulders she wouldn't have been able to look this woman in the eye. Miss is barefoot, but doesn't appear to touch the floor. She has white gloves over her delicate hands. Her soft skin glows golden in the night. Feathers grow in ruffles and locks from her scalp, flowing down to her ankles in two tails; their colors fade from rich, warm brown to pure white as they reach their end. Golden light spills from her eye sockets. Her colorless lips are as thin as twine, nose barely a button. She moves with an elfin grace unbeknownst to the living world, curtsying to Spirit Caller like snake bowing from the waist. Her small shoulder cape catches the breeze and flutters around her, singing a doleful song of birds until the wind lies down at her feet.

Miss stares at Spirit Caller, waiting for her orders.

(Spirit Caller rolls a 10 to summon a spirit)

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:11, Mon 05 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 37 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 07:17
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 64):

Spirit Caller stares up in amazement and then nods. "Right, I need you to help fix this man up, he's been badly injured, and I'm afraid that if I try to do any medical stuff on my own, I'll simply make it worse. Can you help patch him up in any way? Anything would be helpful, and I'd appreciate it very much." She curtsies back to the tall nurse and thanks her.

When Spirit Caller realizes that Casper has come back, she thanks him a ton for the information, however, she decides she needs to check up on Toby, Wawa, and Ruckus first before going to retrieve the phone. She tells Miss to keep watch over the camper, make sure he heals up well, and to keep him talking, if he says anything else other than Bear Aiko would very much like to hear about it.

With that she goes dashing off to Ruckus.
The Narrator
 GM, 46 posts
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 15:40
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 65):

Miss nods and bends over the Frightened Camper. He seems too lost in his distress to notice her, but as a golden light crosses his face he seems to relax. The soothing radiance begins to pulse steadily.

But Spirit Caller does not have time to watch. Calling Casper to her side, she bursts off through the forest. While running, she notes the abundance of claw and scorch marks on the tree bark.

She arrives at the campsite to see it in dismay. The ground is torn up. Ruckus' books are scattered around the logs and branches. Pages are caught up in the trees. Wawa's equipment has been busted and destroyed. The tents are shredded. Neither them, nor Toby, can be seen. Nothing but the chirping of crickets and the rustling of leaves can be heard. The blue moons rises overhead.

The pages and books seem to lead off in one direction. In the opposite direction are more claw marks and uprooted trees and bushes.

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:41, Mon 05 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 38 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 17:11
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 66):

Spirit Caller follows the trail of the pages, wanting to make sure that Ruckus and Wawa are okay, and she calls for Toby to come back, trying to get him back to her side rather than where ever he may be now.
The Narrator
 GM, 47 posts
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 19:40
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 67):

Spirit Caller tries to recall Toby, but nothing happens. He feels distant, the connection tenuous. All Spirit Caller gets are vague feelings of anger and anxiety, as well as an ache in her jaw. Something feels off about the mountain, restless and vindictive. The blue moon looms overhead. The forest is silent.

The paper trail leads Spirit Caller through the forest. Everything is still and silent. The shadows seem to creep along the floor and reach out to grab at Spirit Caller. Books are discarded and dropped on tree roots. Casper floats close by. He is agitated and scared. Especially because he can hear someone muttering in the bushes in the next clearing. The moonlight is especially bright here and the all the leaves are tinted blue.

Whatever is muttering, it hasn't noticed Spirit Caller yet. The bush is rustling ever so slightly, but in the unnatural silence it might as well be shaking like a thunderstorm.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:42, Mon 05 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 39 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 20:09
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 68):

Spirit Caller calls out to the muttering. "Ruckus? Is that you?" She asks, preparing herself again for anything that could try to kill her. She also wants to ask Casper to go and find Toby, but she doesn't want him to go out alone, so she keeps him close to her.
The Narrator
 GM, 48 posts
Mon 5 Jun 2017
at 23:30
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 69):

The muttering stops. Casper turns invisible.

"Aiko? That you?"

Out of the bush steps Wawa! She is drenched in sweat and white as a sheet. Stacks of books and loose paper sheets are clenched against her chest. She's holding a large branch in her hand. Twigs and leaves stick in her afro. When she sees Spirit Caller she stops.

"You! I thought you sounded like, never mind. Why, like, no offense, but where are the real heroes? You know, the top level ones, like the trinity, cause we really need one of them to handle this. My friends are missing. Aiko is missing, and Ruckus ran away. We need to call a hero."

She turns her head from side to side, watching for danger.
Spirit Caller
 player, 40 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 03:20
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 70):

Aiko swallows her pride and nods, more so to hereslf. "Don't worry, Wanda, I already saw Aiko further down the trail. She's already safe, but I need you to call the cops, tell them it's a code 938-V. The Trinity heroes are probably busy, but don't worry, I'll protect you with my life. I'm a real hero too you know." She looks around, "But first, I need to know. What attacked you? There are other people here that need help. And I need to find my pooch, Toby, and Miss and that injured camper, and then I have to help another camper, I need to know what I'm dealing with. And I need to know where Ruckus is, why are you holding his books?"
The Narrator
 GM, 49 posts
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 04:08
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 71):

Wawa drops her stick and pushes the books towards Spirit Caller, urging her to take them. Spirit Caller notices the pages have been spread along the ground in the clearing; she had been trying to read them by moonlight.

"I was trying to see if there was anything in them. They're all about demons and stuff. I thought it might say how to get rid of them. We were attacked by this dog monster, and a bear, a bear attacked us. They started fighting, but it chased Ruckus, and the dog went after it. Where's Aiko? I want to see her. I'll call the police, I'll try."

She pulls out her phone and begins to dial the 911. Her face is gaunt and pale under the harsh light of her phone.

The forest is still silent. Around Spirit Caller she can just make out the flicker of a campfire in one direction and a feint golden glow in another.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:11, Tue 06 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 41 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 04:48
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 72):

Aiko looks sighs and mutters. "This place forced Toby out of control I guess." She asks Casper to go see if he can find Toby, or if he can find the bear that the people were talking about.

Aiko then looks at the different books and frowns, "Don't tell Ruckus but those books aren't real, they're fake and rip-offs. He has a real grimoire but he's been ignoring it, and that's good, because those spells involve selling your soul. And Aiko is safe, she fled the forest and called for help as well but the more calls the place gets the better. She's down at the edge, by the suburbs."

Aiko also tries to connect with Miss to see how she and the other guy are doing.

After that she tries to connect with Toby to see if she can connect with him now.

(Use the redo rolls, the first rolls had the +3 by accident)
The Narrator
 GM, 50 posts
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 06:12
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 73):

Casper, still invisible, hovers off in search of Toby.

Spirit Caller reaches out to Toby, trying to reconnect with him. She does, but the connection is still feint. Once again a sense of anxiety and fear falls over her, but now there are also feelings of anger, and pride, and exhaustion. Her jaw especially begins to ache with a dull pain, as if it's been clenched for too long.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to reconnect with Toby)

Next Spirit Caller searches for Miss, but this time the connection is almost impossible to find. It is like searching for oil in a pool of water, while blindfolded. Spirit Caller can only just feel Miss' presence, she is safe, but she cannot connect to the spirit beyond giving it power to manifest. Instead a wave of anger and wrath seems to radiate around her like heatwaves coming off the mountain.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 6 to reconnect with Miss)

Wawa brakes Spirit Caller out of the trance. She drops all the books and picks up her big stick. She shows Spirit Caller her phone; strange chants and ritual songs are being emitted from the phone's speakers.

"I can't call the police. Just these creepy guys droning on. What do we do, Spirit Caller? I don't want to die. I don't want to be alone."

Just then Casper come barreling through the trees. He is fully formed and visibly terrified. Wawa screams as she sees Casper fly towards her. She swings the stick, but it goes right through Casper. Whhiifff! Casper dosn't pay Wawa any attention and turns right to Spirit Caller.

"I found Toby, and the bear, and Ruckus, and . . . something else. They were dolls. The porcelain kind. Just sitting there--menacingly!"

(Casper rolled an 11 to search for Toby or the bear)

Wawa continues striking at Casper, swinging her big stick through him as she screams. Casper looks around nervously, but his eyes seemed drawn to the moon, which has grown even deeper in color. Behind her, Spirit Caller can still make out the flickering of firelight and the pulsing golden glow.
Spirit Caller
 player, 42 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 07:39
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 74):

Spirit Caller shouts at the both of them. "Enough! Casper, Wawa, calm down! We have to remain calm, if you don't everything gets worse, don't you guys know this? It's basic sense." Spirit Caller tries to calm the two of them down.

"Wawa, you're not alone, and this is Casper, he's my, well, he's my best friend, sort of. A dead one that is. He's bound to me forever, so we make do. He's not here to hurt you, and you're not here to hurt him." She thinks for a moment, but doesn't jump to conclusions. "The chanting is creepy, that's for sure, but it doesn't mean anything concrete."

Aiko then turns to Casper. "Casper, what happened with Toby, why does my jaw hurt every time I try to connect with him? Do you know who's behind this?"
The Narrator
 GM, 51 posts
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 16:43
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 75):

Wawa stops attacking Casper. She backs away behind Spirit Caller, away from Casper, but she continues to stare at him. Her stick is still clenched in her hand. She keeps it up, just in case she has to swing it again.

"I don't like your friend. He's blue, like the bear." Wawa says.

Casper nods his head frantically as Wawa says that.

"She's right. The bear was blue Spirit Caller, like a ghost. It's magic of some kind. Ghost bears, blue moons, creepy dolls covering their mouths and ears, it all says magic."

Casper chaffs his hands together as he hovers back and forth. He takes a few breathes before he continues on speaking.

"I saw Toby. He was biting the bear, they fighting. Maybe that's why your jaw aches? And I saw Ruckus. He was blue too. Not ghost blue, just like frostbite, hypothermia blue. And his clothes were all ripped, too. I can take you, but , uh, what do we do about the, uh, live-e girl-e?"

"If Yogi Boo-boo got Ruckus, I'ma come help. Besides, there's nobody to leave me with, and I'm not sitting in the woods alone." Wawa says, swinging her stick.

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:49, Tue 06 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 43 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 18:58
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 76):

Spirit Caller looks around and thinks for a moment, but not for too long. "No, no no, you can't come with me, Wawa, you're going to get hurt and I'm supposed to be the one to get hurt, not you guys." She looks back at the camp and decides on what to do.

"Casper, take Wawa to Miss, she'll protect you guys, and if you can, Wawa, if you're really up for helping, go to that girl with the phone you found earlier, and see if you can get her to Miss too. She isn't that far off, so it should be fine."

As she says this, she tries to connect with Miss again, trying to figure out how she's doing.

Then she tries to connect with Toby.

"Okay, you two go," she says sternly, "get to safety. I trust you two!"
The Narrator
 GM, 52 posts
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 19:40
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 76):

Spirit Caller tries to connect with Miss again, but everything is blinded by blue light. Spirit Caller does know where Miss is. She can see her golden aura through the trees.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 3 to connect with Miss)

Spirit Caller then tries to connect with Toby. Finally, she breaks through the mental fog and reconnects with Toby. Everything becomes clear. Spirit Caller can feel Toby's jaws clenched around something. She can feel him moving through the forest. His anxieties have abated now that he has reconnected with his master. Spirit Caller can feel Toby's emotions of pride and happiness. Spirit Caller knows exactly where Toby is in the forest. He is slowly moving towards the mountain, but isn't very far away.

(Spirit Caller rolled an 11 to connect with Toby)

When Wawa hears that Casper is going to escort her, she raises her stick and shakes her head.

"Uh-uh. I'm not following a ghost. If you want me to wait with someone, I'll do that, but I'm not following a ghost."

She gathers up as many papers and books as she can and carries them awkwardly in one hand. With her other hand, she points her stick at Casper.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 6 to convince Wawa to leave)
Spirit Caller
 player, 44 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Tue 6 Jun 2017
at 21:27
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 78):

"This is no time not to trust me, Wawa!" Aiko shouts, "Go with Casper now, I can't sit here and watch you while Ruckus is in danger, and if you really want to help, you'll go get that girl with Casper and go to Miss! I have no time to babysit everyone that's why I asked for Miss to come!"

Feeling Toby's presence, Aiko reassures him that she'll be on her way to help him soon.

"One of my friends is already trying to save Ruckus, his name is Toby, he's the ghost dog that fought the bear. He wasn't trying to hurt you guys, in fact, he didn't, if it wasn't for him, you would probably have been hurt far worse. The first survivor I found was sobbing like a baby, and even he was more cooperative! I know you're a scaredy cat when it comes to ghosts but I also know you defended me earlier today, so I need you to trust me, and I need you to trust my friends, Wawa. Casper isn't going to hurt you, or let harm come to you. And I need you to get that unconscious girl, please, if you don't go now, Ruckus may not be as lucky as you are." Aiko begins to plead with Wawa, trying to convince her one last time.

Aiko also made the quick decision that, if that doesn't work, she'll leave Casper to watch over Wawa, but she'll have to run to Toby and make sure he's alright.
The Narrator
 GM, 53 posts
Wed 7 Jun 2017
at 03:01
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 79):

Wawa bites her cheek and rolls her eyes.

"Fine. I'll follow the ghost." Wawa says.

(Spirit Caller rolled an 8 to convince Wawa to go; Casper will return in 2 rounds)

Casper takes Wawa and they begin to trek through the forest, towards the golden glow. Every now and then, Wawa looks back at Spirit Caller with a raised eyebrow.

"We're going to be the best of friends, I can already tell. You like rom-com?" Casper says.

As they get about a dozen feet away from Spirit Caller, their voices disappear. She can still see them speaking, but Spirit Caller cannot hear a word they are saying. Everything is deathly silent again. Eventually, they disappear into the darkness.

Spirit Caller takes off, dashing through the soundless woods in the direction of Toby.

As she runs, Spirit Caller notices two porcelain dolls. The dolls are sat together on a stone cleared of moss and debris. One of the dolls holds its hands to its ears. It is smiling. The other one has its hands against its mouth. They wear Victorian dresses. The laps of the dolls are smothered in a strange glowing substance.

Spirit Caller passes by them quickly and arrives at the mouth of a cave. Their is a small clearing around the entrance. Bushes and trees provide cover around the boundary. A large tree has partially fallen over the cave entrance, it looks reasonably stable, but could be dislodged with enough force. The clearing itself is bare of any brush, just grass and dirt, much of which has been torn up and seems to be leaking red mist. Above the cave, the mountain rises steeply, almost to a sheer cliff. At the top of the rock wall is a little ledge just large enough to stand on. The wall seems sturdy, but has no natural handholds except for a few scrawny roots and dangling rocks.

Entering the cave is a giant ghostly bear. It's fur drifts and swirls like mist. Burning red scars mar the bear's hide. Strange symbols warp across its body, like cave paintings moving  through its fur. It tears at the ground with its claws, leaving gashes smoking with bloody spiritual energy.

Clinging to the bear's side, is Toby, reverted to his normal form! He has latched onto a fold of the bear's skin and hangs a few feet off the ground. He appears to be growling, but Spirit Caller cannot hear him. When Toby see Spirit Caller, his stubby tail begins to wag happily.

Ruckus is in the bears mouth. It seems to be dragging him by the arm into the cave, ignoring Toby entirely. Ruckus' skin has turned the same shade of blue as the moon overhead. His clothes are shredded and torn. He bleeds from a scrape on his wrists and a cut over his eye. He isn't breathing, but their do not appear to be any claw marks, despite the rips in his clothing.

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:11, Wed 07 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 45 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 04:20
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 80):

Spirit Caller tries to sneak in after the bear, trying to hush Toby as well.

She also tries to get a more concrete look at Ruckus, seeing if he's dying or not that is.
The Narrator
 GM, 55 posts
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 05:02
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 81):

Spirit Caller raises a finger to her lips, silencing Toby. The ghost dog immediately stops wagging it's tail and returns to growling at the bear. She watches as the bear enters the gave. Once the bear is far enough inside, Spirit Caller sneaks in after. The bear doesn't notice a thing as it heads deeper into the cave.

(Spirit Caller rolls a 10 to sneak behind the bear)

A short distance into the cave, the bear stops and drops Ruckus into a pile of bodies. They are all bodies of campers. Their clothes are torn and they are covered in dirt and twigs, among them are two teenage boys in hoodies and beanies, a middle-aged woman in a pink sweater, a balding man smelling of bug spray, and a park ranger, missing both her boots and her hat. All of them are in the same state as Ruckus, unconscious, blue, cold skin, white eyes. Ruckus' body rolls off the body mound and falls partially on a red circle drawn in the ground.

The red circle is about five feet wide and drawn in a thick mixture of paint and herbs. Inside are a strange assortment of items: lizard bones, sea shells, a vial of green liquid, sea weed, crystals. In the very center, driven into the ground, is a 'Y' shaped stick craved with glowing runes. The bear paces around the circle. Every now and then it nudges a body towards the circle, but it never steps near or inside it.

Spirit Caller focuses in on Ruckus. He is entirely unconscious. His skin is blue and cold as ice. His eyes are entirely white. But, as Spirit Caller looks closer, she can see his lips moving, as if he is speaking. Actually, all the bodies seem to move their lips, one after the other, as if they're having a conversation. Spirit Caller notes how much they all look like ghosts.

But, before she can do anything, Spirit Caller hears something behind her. It's the sound of boots scraping against the rock as if someone is making their way into the cave. Spirit Caller can make out a human figure, dresses in a leather jacket, carrying a backpack stuffed to the seams, and wearing a wide brimmed fedora. If Spirit Caller can hear it, maybe the bear will too. So far though, it doesn't react to the sound. It just stares at the red circle painted in the dust.

(Spirit Caller rolls a 7 to inspect Ruckus)

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:06, Thu 08 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 46 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Thu 8 Jun 2017
at 22:02
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 82):

Spirit Caller nods to Toby as appreciatively as she can and smiles before dismissing him back into his own spiritual world, making sure he knows he was very helpful and a very good dog. She does this just in case the person walking in is able to see Toby. Then she sits tightly to watch and observe, and also tries to reconnect with Miss.
The Narrator
 GM, 56 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 01:40
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 83):

Toby's wagging tail is the last thing Spirit Caller sees as his body dissolves into nothingness on its return to the Otherworld.

Spirit Caller tries to reconnect with Miss, but instead of hearing her voice, Spirit Caller hears the distant murmurs of a conversation. The voices are soft, but they echo in Spirit Caller's ears. They grow louder as Spirit Caller concentrates.

"I'm, like, not sure what happened! I just, I was camping and a dog came and a bear. It was awesome! I've never met a real spirit before . . ."

"You sure are an odd one honey . . ."

"Don't speak to him Maureen. You'll only encourage him . . ."

"Everybody remain calm. The forest can be unpredictable, but I am trained for this very situation. Our best course of action is to remain calm and stay put. . ."

"Um, I think, maybe we should get it. That, maybe, could be why he brought us here . . ."

"Pfft, like, why does it matter anyway? We're not getting out of here . . ."


(Spirit Caller rolled a 5 to connect with Miss)

As the person moves through the cave, Spirit Caller begins to make out details.

It is a young woman in her early twenties. Long blonde locks flow out under her leather fedora. She is dressed in a rugged leather jacket, a white shirt, and tan canvas pants. Gravel crunches under her hiking boots, and a plethora of things dangle from her belt (bottles, flasks, pouches, a whip, a gun, a few belts of ammunition). More things bulge out of her backpack; the outlines of scepters, masks, scrolls, and books push against the backpack. She also has a small carpet, rolled up and tied with rope, on her back. The carpet squirms ever so slightly. In her hand is a metal wand topped with a purple crystal. Around her neck is a strange vial of glowing liquid.

The woman steps into the cave and shouts "Don't worry luv, cavalry's 'ere!" and raises her wand to the growling blue bear.
Spirit Caller
 player, 47 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 02:53
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 84):

Aiko looks around hesitantly, and then tries to quietly summon a spirit that can help her figure out the situation.
The Narrator
 GM, 57 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 03:55
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 85):

Spirit Caller creeps further into the darkness, disappearing from notice. Silently, she calls into the cold world of the afterlife in search of aid. As she concentrates, the quiet conversation she heard earlier grows in volume. Out of the air appears Ruckus! He's a ghost now! and he loves it! He seems to be in mid-conversation when he notices he is back in the waking world. He spots Spirit Caller, and a huge smile spreads across his face.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 12 to summon a spirit; Spirit Caller rolled a 10 to stay quiet)

"Sick. You're Spirit Caller. I help run your fan-site. I got rid of the hentai pics. Am I floating? Oh, I'd inject this all day. Sick. I'm a ghost." Ruckus whispers, intuitively sensing Spirit Caller's desire to stay hidden.

From out near the mouth of the cave, Spirit Caller can make out Casper's form hovering slowly through the cave. He is dipping in and out of the rock, trying to remain hidden. He waves to Spirit Caller.

The woman points her wand at the bear. Purple bolts of energy spiral out of the crystal topped staff and slam into the bear. The blue fur burns away leaving bloody red splotches where the bolts hit. The bear roars and charges the woman. But, compelled by a mysterious force, the bear stops suddenly a few feet from her. It tries to push forward but cannot or its body begins to dissolve into swirling mists. The woman laughs at the bear before moving past it towards the red circle. She kicks Ruckus' body off the circle and steps in. She seems to be inspecting the circle and everything inside it.

When she kicks him, Ruckus' form shivers slightly as if he is passing through realms.
Spirit Caller
 player, 48 posts
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 Up and coming hero
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 04:08
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 86):

"Ruckus?" Spirit Caller whispers in disbelief. "So you're not dead? Thank god. You're the only person who can tolerate real horror movies in our school. Listen, I need to know everything that has happened, your conversation with the other, er, dead folk, and all of that. It seems like you guys aren't completely dead, since you felt that kick. And also, do you know who the hell that girl is?"

She then turns and waves back at caspering, Beckoning him over.
The Narrator
 GM, 58 posts
Fri 9 Jun 2017
at 19:43
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 87):

Casper dives through the cave walls and reappears beside Spirit Caller and Ruckus.

"I don't like this place, Spirit Caller. Why don't we just leave?"

Ruckus smiles, giddy to meet another living, breathing ghost, here in real life, in the flesh. It takes everything he has to keep quiet.

"Sick. You're a ghost too. Isn't this great? I was just camping and then this giant, monster-dog jumped out of the forest. It jumped, like, right over my head and into this giant, blue bear. I screamed because it was so sick. Then the bear killed me. It got me right here." Ruckus says.

He points at his chest. His jacket and shirt are ripped, but his actual body has no wounds.

"Then I was in this giant forest that looked exactly like this forest. Then I was in a cave that looked exactly like this cave. But, like, there were other people there. It was sick cause we were all ghosts. And they were all killed by the bear too. I don't know who the lady is, but everything went red when she started walking in. I'm not getting good waves off her, either, or that stuff on the ground. Wait, oh, uh-huh, yeah I can tell her. Marcus says he thinks the lady is using the scepter for something. She's channeling power into it, and that is, like, what's upsetting the big bear. Also he thinks she has something that keeps the bear away. He thinks it might keep all ghosts away though, since he can't go near her. Can you, like, see them by the way?" Ruckus says.

"I agree. She doesn't seem nice. Let's leave." Casper says.

The woman continues to look at the scepter in the center of the circle. Every now and then she shoots the bear with her wand. The bear is pacing around the circle. He is eyeing the woman.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:53, Sat 10 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 49 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 08:18
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 88):

"We can't just leave, Casper, we have to put these people back in their bodies." Aiko says while thinking, "I don't think they're dead. Their bodies have no physical wounds. That's it, Ruckus, can you find out more about that scepter and the bear? If not I'll have to get another spirit to help me." She says. Before he can answer though she shushes both Casper and Ruckus and attempts one more time to reconnect with Miss, just in case she may know anything that can help.
The Narrator
 GM, 59 posts
Sun 11 Jun 2017
at 19:10
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 89):

Spirit Caller tries to reconnect with Miss and finally breaks through the miasma of spiritual power. It is a feint connection, but enough for Spirit Caller to learn that Wawa had made it to her safely. Miss also confirms that the people aren't dead, but that they have been put into a spirit-induced coma by the Bear Spirit. Miss had found and treated the Unconscious Camper already, and she has calmed the Frightened Camper as well. Defeating and banishing the spirit or convincing it to release its curse on the victims will end the coma. Otherwise, everything seems well on her end.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to connect with Miss)

Ruckus screws his face up as if he's trying to listen to something far off. He nods his head a few times and then turns to Spirit Caller.

"Okay, yeah, I can tell her. So, Ranger Carroll says the bear's name is Tutonok. He's, like, a protector spirit that's supposed to look after the island and it's sacred mountain. At least, that's what Ranger Carroll learned. He sounds like he should he a good guy. And, oh, yeah, that's probably it. Me and Chan think the scepter is, like, a diving rod cause it looks like one, sorta. So it's used to track something. Maybe she's looking for super spirit water and she needs to suck the spirit energy out of the mountain and that's why the Spirit Bear is going crazy cause it needs help but everyone is, like, running away from it so it has to stop them then bring them here but it doesn't understand that we can't do anything as ghosts. Sick! I think we got it Chan, high five!"
Spirit Caller
 player, 50 posts
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 Up and coming hero
Mon 12 Jun 2017
at 19:38
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 90):

Aiko quickly decides to try and make the place ultra cold. Whether it works or not does not matter so much to her as she jumps out to confront the girl and the bear, almost casually though. She steps out of her hiding place and, you know, just asks what's going on.
The Narrator
 GM, 60 posts
Mon 12 Jun 2017
at 20:22
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 91):

Freeeeeezzz

A frost begins to form around Spirit Caller as she steps out from her hiding place. The circle of frost creeps along the ground, but stops when it meets the summoning circle, as if the circle is draining the energy from the cold. The frosty aura is maintained only around Spirit Caller's immediate person. It shrouds her in a cool mist. Dim blue light emanates from the ritual circle, lighting up the otherwise dark cave, but casting long shadows across the wall. Spare rocks line the floors as well as discarded shoes, wallets, a Park Ranger flashlight, and a few crumpled granola bars.

Across the magic circle, the Spirit Bear ignores Spirit Caller completely. His eyes are set on the woman. He stands his ground, but growls occasionally at the woman.

Standing inside the ritual circle, the woman stares at Spirit Caller with wide eyes. Then a smile crosses her face. With a boot up on the body pile, she flicks out her e-cig, and she takes a long drag. Smoke licks around her lips as she speaks. The air smells of mint.

"You're a magician luv? That's perfect! I love magic, and I could really use a sidekick. Once I have this scepter fully charged, in a minute or two, we can go have a pint and talk it. First thing'ill be costumes. Then names. I'm Magicana Jane. Who are you?"

(The scepter will be charged in 2 turns)

Despite her friendly demeanor, Magicana Jane holds her wand at the ready. She uses her other hand to smoke and push back her hair. She stands within jumping distance from Spirit Caller. The bear is just behind Magicana Jane, standing outside the ritual circle.

Both Casper and Ruckus remain hidden. They lie in wait for orders.
Spirit Caller
 player, 51 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 02:00
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 92):

Aiko tries her best to look intimidating, or at the very least heroic. "What do you think you're doing?" She asks. Under her breath she dismisses Ruckus from her control and tries to up the voltage of her freezing aura.

She then scans the area and sees if she can make out anything else that may help bring the peoples' spirits back into their bodies.
The Narrator
 GM, 61 posts
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 02:53
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 93):

Ruckus disperses. Casper stays hidden.

Magicana Jane raises an eyebrow at Spirit Caller. She puts out her e-cig and tucks it back into her breast pocket. She chuckles a bit, obviously not taking Spirit Caller seriously.

"You're not the brightest, huh, luv? No worries. Like I said, we can talk, after I finish with the scepter. Until then, you sit tight and don't talk unless you have something nice to say. Also think of a good name that fits well with mine, something playing off the name "Short Round" maybe." Magicana Jane says.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 4 to intimidate Magicana Jane; the scepter will be charged in 1 turn)

The Spirit Bear stares at Magicana Jane menacingly. The bear remains on the opposite side of the ritual circle, growling. It is clear that the bear hates and despises her.
Spirit Caller
 player, 52 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 20:07
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 94):

Spirit Caller decides to rush at the girl while calling for a spirit to help fight with her. (YO BRO I ROLLED A PERFECT 12+3 GIVE ME MY 15 POWERED SPIRIT)

Her hands instantly go to reach for the scepter.
The Narrator
 GM, 62 posts
Tue 13 Jun 2017
at 21:43
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 95):

Spirit Caller reaches into the Otherworld and drags forth an apparition of immense proportions. A giant knight appears from thin air. He is clad in spectral armor and hovers above the ground. His skeletal hands clutch the hilt of his wickedly curved blade. Across his helmet is carved the screaming face of a ghoulish woman. The armored beak plunges out of her open maw. Her twitching eyes stare down her distended face, and the lengths of her slack, ratty hair drift in the air as if underwater. Upon the knight's breastplate are the woman's gnarled hands and elongated arms, wrapping around him as if to keep from falling off, digging into the metal like tree roots through concrete. The knight's pauldrons burn with green fire that spit cackling energy into the air. Carved into the trim on his shoulders are the words "The Emperor's Uncompromising Soldier" over and over again. His spiked sabatons tear into the stone as he hovers behind Spirit Caller.

The distant moaning of tormented souls and clash of forgotten battles echos from the knight's helm; he seems incapable of talking.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 15 to summon a spirit)

The Soldier stands outside of the ritual circle.

Spirit Caller dives into the circle and grabs at the scepter. She gets her hands around it, but as soon as she does her entire body grows suddenly cold as Spirit Caller discovers herself cut-off from her spirits! It seems entering the ritual circle designed to keep away ghosts and spirits has severed Spirit Caller's connection with her own summoned spirits!

Spirit Caller has the scepter in her hands, but she cannot control or order her spirits this turn; it's as if they aren't there.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to grab the scepter; Spirit Caller can regain control of her spirits the turn after she leaves the ritual circle)

The scepter glows bright blue with power. Spirit Caller can hear in the far, far distance the sound of icy winds and lapping ocean waves. The scepter is just barely colder than should be, and the hilt feels slippery as if it were a little bit wet.

(The scepter will be fully charged next turn)

The Spirit Bear roars with anger. It hatefully stares at Spirit Caller, then to Magicana Jane, then back to Spirit Caller. It seems ready to charge. Blue mist evaporates off the bear's body, faster than it did before. The red gashes appear to be growing across the Spirit Bear's chest and back.

Magicana Jane points her wand at Spirit Caller and smiles as she unleashes a barrage of energy missiles from the purple crystal of her wand. The arcane bolts are flying towards Spirit Caller intent on plunging through her body and causing serious, magical harm.
Spirit Caller
 player, 53 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Wed 14 Jun 2017
at 16:17
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 96):

Aiko starts to push the magician with all of her strength, trying to push herself out of the ritual circle and trying to push the scepter away from her body. If nothing else works, Aiko will step out of the circle as quickly as possible to regain control of her spirits, and making a note to never go near the circle.
The Narrator
 GM, 63 posts
Wed 14 Jun 2017
at 19:54
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 97):

Spirit Caller throws herself at Magicana Jane in an attempt to sumo-wrestle her out of the ritual circle. But, the magic missiles slam into her chest. They sizzle and burn with arcane energies.

Fftttzzzzzz! Fftzzz! Fftzz!

Spirit Caller is thrown onto the floor. The scepter flies out of her hand (Whooosh!) as her back impacts the hard stone floor. Ritual components go scattering throughout the cave. Magicana Jane grabs the scepter and begins a hasty egress from the dark cave. She holds the scepter in the same hand as her Arcane Wand. With the other hand she reaches for the restrained carpet on her back. Magicana Jane is just outside of the ritual circle, facing the cave exit. Moonlight spills into the dark cave from the outside world, lighting the way into the forest. It glistens off Magicana Jane's wicked smile.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 6 to tackle Magicana Jane; It will take 3 turns to exit the cave (it's a long cave))

Spirit Caller sucks up the pain and rolls out of the ritual circle as well. She is on the opposite side of the circle, facing the end of the cave. Instantly her connection with the spirits is reestablished.

The Solider is still standing beside the ritual circle. Casper is hiding behind The Solider, right up against the cave wall. The pile of bodies lie idle beside the ritual circle (They are right beside Magicana Jane, facing the cave entrance)

(Spirit Caller may control her spirits as normal)

Grrrraaaaaaaaaaaahhh!
klik       klak        klik       klak        krack

The Spirit Bear roars loudly. The cave walls begin to shake, and small stones fall from the ceiling and clatter along the ground. It begins to charge at Magicana Jane, but is still beside the ritual circle (opposite to the solider). Its body seems to be dissolving, great billows of blue smoke fume from the bear's shoulders. Crimson gashes grow across its chest, spreading like a virus onto its limbs.
Spirit Caller
 player, 54 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Fri 16 Jun 2017
at 14:14
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 98):

Aiko tries to avoid the ritual circle and carefully walks around it. She then orders her spirit soldier to charge at the Magicana Jane but to also dodge her incoming attacks. When she gets safely around the ritual circle she does two things.

The first thing she does takes top priority, and it's to establish a connection with the bear (not summoning a new spirit just talking to one that's current visible mind you) and to try to keep it mended and well.

She also uses her freezing aura to freeze the ground that Magicana Jane is trying to run over in an attempt to freeze her feet and slow her down so her soldier can catch up to her.
The Narrator
 GM, 64 posts
Sat 17 Jun 2017
at 00:23
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 99):

Spirit Caller summons an icy breeze from the realm of the after life. It blows throught he cave with a rush. Ice forms along the floor. Magicana Jane slips and falls flat on her face! WHAM! Her groans echo through the cave. A bit of blood drips from her nose drips onto the ice.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 9 to freeze the ground; It will still take 3 turns for Magicana Jane to escape the cave)

As Magicana Jane smacks her nose on the ice, Spirit Caller focuses in on the Spirit Bear. She reaches into the magic aura of Fang Island. It is ancient and cold, but smells of forest pines and running water. Spirit Caller sifts through the clouds of magic and connects with Tutonok, the Guardian Spirit Bear. But the magic is turbulent. It is boiling with Tutonok's rage, and it tears Spirit Caller from her physical body and engulfs her spiritual form!

Spirit Caller awakes in an empty cave decorated with swirling lights, where blue mist creeps along the ground and falls into cracks and crevices that seethe with red light.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 5 to connect with Spirit bear)

Tutonok, the Spirit Bear, enters the cave. He is a giant brown bear with a scared face and a heavy gait. Red wounds bleed across his chest and back, piercing wounds as if from a missile. The blood stains his fur. Waves of heat flow off his body. As he walks, the mist dissolves with a hiss. He looks angry.

"Who are you, thief who would steal the magic of the mountain?! How did you invade my sanctum? Speak now, or I will rend you limb from limb, and speak quickly for I must save the mountain from the other thief.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:19, Mon 26 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 55 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 02:33
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 100):

Aiko stares at herself and around the cave and then back at the bear. "My name is Aiko Izumi, or right now known as the Spirit Caller, from the city, the slums known as Wasabiland. I'm not a thief though, I've the ability to connect with the spiritual world naturally, to call upon ghosts, spirits, demons, and to summon the chilling aura that it gives off. I did not come here to steal your power, and I did not send Toby, the spirit dog, to hunt you down specifically. I came here to save the people who were dying, I called a spirit named Miss to aid the campers who survived attacks that they said you made on them, and I followed Toby back to you dumping a body back in this cave. What say you with attacking the campers? And what is Magicana Jane doing? And how do I get the campers' spirits back in their bodies? Speak before the one you think is a thief gets away."

As she speaks she does her best to look heroic and trust worthy.

Spirit Caller then looks around for Casper and the large knight spirit she summoned, wondering if she can still see them in this realm and if they're attacking Magicana Jane. She would like them to, and she certainly does her best to tell them to do so.
The Narrator
 GM, 65 posts
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 04:18
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 101):

Tutonok sees Spirit Caller's stance of heroism and strength and adopts his own; he stands on his hind legs, head nearly scraping the ceiling. He bows his head respectfully before speaking on.

"You are the strangest shaman I have ever met, AikoIzumi now known SpiritCaller. You do not wear the traditional garb of a Kalu'ak shaman. When this is incursion has been dealt with, we will commune in tranquility, and I will know your tribe and character. But, you say you wish to help? Than stop the MagicanaJane from stealing the spiritual energy of the sacred mountain. Without it, I will cease to be, and the barriers will break."

Tutonok curls his snout at the thought. He unleashes a roar that parts the mists all the way to the entrance of the cave. Outside of the cave is a blinding white light, but Spirit Caller can just make out six figures.

One is Ruckus! He is pacing back and forth with another two kids, one in a beanie, the other with his hood up. They appear to be talking with one another. A worried middle-aged couple stand nearby, the woman, in her pink sweater, holds her balding husband. The park ranger with frizzy red hair, standing in her socks, seems to be giving orders that nobody is following. Spirit Caller can hear sounds of their conversation, but it is distant and indistinct. The harder she focuses on them, the further away they seem to be.

Tutonok shakes his head at the group of campers. The mists crash together, climbing to the ceiling and cutting of the blinding light.

"I sought those braves, but they all ran from me. I had to drag them here, but not one has awoken from spiritual slumber to help me, for I cannot touch the MagicanaJane while she wears her pendant otherwise I'd have trapped her in this realm. The tribe sends such weak braves to aid me. I can release them, but not until the mountain is safe. Shaman AikoIzumi now know SpiritCaller, destroy the stick MagicanaJane has used to steal the mountain's spirit energy. Then the useless braves can be released, and we can speak on calmer terms."

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:19, Mon 26 June 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 56 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Mon 26 Jun 2017
at 19:13
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 102):

Aiko thinks about making a witty remark about being a shaman, and the campers being Braves, but she decides there's no time to. "Right," she says, "get the wand, stop Jane." Immedaitely she begins running towards Magicana Jane, summoning another wave of ice to blast towards Magicana Jane.

She also attempts to dash at Magicana Jane to catch up to her as quickly as possible.

As she's running she orders the knight to attack Magicana Jane with all of his might, and for Casper to follow up on anything he can think of, especially if that means getting the wand.

While those two act as distractions she too will attempt to dash at Jane with the sole purpose of taking the wand, willing to punch, hit, kick, and even bite and scream at Magicana Jane if it means helping her get the wand back for Tutonok.
The Narrator
 GM, 66 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 00:42
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 103):

Mists swirl around Spirit Caller as she is sent back to the real world. She reenters the world to discover that Magicana Jane has nearly made it to the exit!

Very gingerly, Magicana Jane has crawled along the icy floor towards the exit, but just before she makes it out a second blast of icy wind flows into the cave freezing another layer of ice over the cave floor. Magicana Jane slips again and slams into the ground. WHAM!

(Spirit Caller rolled an 8 for her ice powers)

"Oh! Bloody hell! What was that for, luv, really?" Magicana Jane says just before she looks back and sees Spirit Caller dashing after her!

But, Spirit Caller didn't anticipate the ice being quite so slippery, and she falls. Spirit Caller skids across the cave right into Magicana Jane. Making the best of it, Spirit Caller leaps on top of Magicana Jane. Magicana Jane continues to crawl out of the cave, even with Spirit Caller punching her back. Magicana Jane is holding her Arcane Wand, and the Scepter in one hand. In the other is a rolled up, twitching carpet.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 6 to get to Magicana Jane; Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to fight Magicana Jane; Magicana Jane will be outside of the cave next turn)

Tutonok, the Spirit Bear, as well as both The Solider and Casper, charge at Magicana Jane. All of them are repelled as if blown away from Magicana Jane by a great wind. None of them can get close to her.
Spirit Caller
 player, 57 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 07:17
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 104):

Aiko headbutts Jane as hard as she can and then quickly begins to grasp onto the scepter, noticing that her spiritual friends cannot get to her. She tries to wrestle the scepter out of Magicana Jane's hands in order to break the scepter.
The Narrator
 GM, 67 posts
Tue 27 Jun 2017
at 17:04
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 105):

Spirit Caller slams her head into Magicana Jane, and, while she is reeling, grabs hold of the scepter! It feels cold in Spirit Caller's hand. But Magicana Jane pushes forward, out of the cave.

Once outside, Magicana Jane releases her carpet. It unfurls and hovers in the air. Magicana Jane tries to jump onto the magic carpet, but just can't reach without letting Spirit Caller pull the scepter from her hand. She kicks at Spirit Caller, trying to get away.
Spirit Caller
 player, 58 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Thu 29 Jun 2017
at 16:14
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 106):

Spirit Caller attempts to freeze the magic carpet in place with her icy aura while trying to wrangle the scepter out of Magicana Jane's hands. Freezing Magicana Jane's hands is also something Spirit Caller would like to do.
The Narrator
 GM, 68 posts
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 00:01
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 107):

Spirit Caller creates a frozen wind that chills the fibers of the magic carpet. It shivers uncontrollably, making it unfit to fly. The frozen air creeps off of Spirit Caller herself and onto Magicana Jane. It chills her hands shut; one hand clamps down on the Scepter, and the other on her Arcane Wand.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 9 to freeze the magic carpet and Magicana Jane's hands; The Magic Carpet can't fly for 2 rounds; Magicana Jane cannot willingly open her hands for 2 rounds)

"Cold, cold, cold! Get off!" Magicana Jane screams.

Spirit Caller lunges for the Scepter, ready to pry it out of Magicana Jane's hand, but Magicana Jane swings her wand before her. Three bolts of arcane energy fly from the crystal tip and slam into Spirit Caller's shoulders.

Shoom! Shoom! Shoom!

Spirit Caller flies back to the cave entrance. Casper, The Soldier, and Tutonok the Spirit Bear, gather around her. Casper and The Soldier help Spirit Caller to her feet.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 2 to grab the scepter from Magicana Jane)

Tutonok roars angrily. Fear and rage radiates off his body like the billows of red smoke flowing from his wounds. He dives in front of Spirit Caller, preventing a second trio of arcane bolts from connecting with their intended target.

"Been fun, luv, but I have to go. Tick, tock, you know?" Magicana Jane says as she jumps on her magic carpet.

It bucks her off! Whump! She falls on her butt, unable to grab hold of the carpet.

"And what's wrong with you then? Stops moving!" Magicana Jane shouts in frustration.

She swings back, unleashing another round of arcane bolts towards Spirit Caller.

Tutonok roars, ready to take the shots, but he is severally wounded. He sways on his paws.

In the distance, along the tree lane of the clearing, Spirit Caller can see a glowing golden light. It is Miss, Wawa, and the two campers. Miss holds Wawa under her arms, clearly the only thing keeping the girl from charging into the fight. The two campers huddle behind her.
Spirit Caller
 player, 59 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Fri 30 Jun 2017
at 05:38
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 108):

Aiko orders the knight to get in front of Tutonok and to raise his shield in order to take the blasts. Staring at Miss and Wawa and the other campers she decides there is no time to waste now because someone less fortunate may get caught in Magicana Jane's scepter, if Magicana Jane continues to hit her as well there's a chance of her suiting peeling and revealing who she is, as the blast marks have already likely cut up parts of her suit such as around the shoulder.

As soon as the missiles would hit her knight's shield, as planned, she will push herself to her very limit and dash with all her force, even asking the knight to propel her in a similar fashion that the Ghost in the Shell had done before.

Whether or not she has been propelled properly or if she's simply dashing with all of her might, Aiko begins to charge her icy aura again, being the only thing she can rely on since her spirits can't get close. In particular she tries something now, concentrating the power mainly on her hands, with one hand reaching directly for Magicana Jane's face, and the other for the scepter.
The Narrator
 GM, 69 posts
Tue 4 Jul 2017
at 01:02
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 109):

Frosty energy swirls around Spirit Caller's hand as The Soldier plants himself in front of Tutonok. The arcane bolts explode on his armor, but he stands firm. Frost forms around Spirit Caller's arm. It encases her fist in icy crystals like a gauntlet made of snow. Cold mist forms around Spirit Caller's fist as she charges forward.

(Spirit Caller rolled an 11 for ice concentration)

Spirit Caller dashes with amazing skill despite the new weight of her frozen weapon. Expertly, she dashes up to The Soldier and jumps, ready to be propelled into Magicana Jane for a flying frost punch!

Magicana Jane screams in terror. The magic carpet shivers. They hug each other and watch in terror as Spirit Caller leaps!

Wawa, Miss, Casper, and the two campers watch in amazement. Out of the corner of her eye, Spirit Caller manages to catch a glimpse of one of the campers fumbling with something in his hand.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 9 to dash)

Spirit Caller shouts to The Soldier to throw her. Just like Ghost in the Shell had done before, The Soldier throws Spirit Caller. She completes her dash with a little hop and was swept into The Soldier's hands. He throws her with all his might over Magicana Jane and her magic carpet and into the forest behind her!

Spirit Caller lands with a THUD! on the ground. Her frosty fist is still intact. She is now behind Magicana Jane, flanking her while The Solider, Tutonok, and Casper stands in front of the cave. Magicana Jane snickers a little bit.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 4 for her propelled attack)

"Good plan!" Wawa shouts as she dangles in Miss' long arms, "now you have her surrounded."

Miss nods enthusiastically, the golden glow around her becoming brighter, "Yes. Very good." Her voice flutters on the wind. It is encouraging to hear, and it warms the body like hot soup.

Magicana Jane hurries to escape. She bashes the ice on her hands against the ice on the magic carpet, breaking off chunks at a time. At this rate, the ice will be off in no time.

"Been fun, really have to go. Bye." Magicana Jane says as she tries to get on top of the magic carpet.

(Magicana Jane's hands will defrost next turn; The flying carpet will defrost next turn)
Spirit Caller
 player, 60 posts
 Spirit calling power
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Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 05:04
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 110):

Spirit Caller begins to dash at Magicana Jane again. She raises her arm aiming straight for the carper, hoping to freezing it to the ground and then, if possible, to break the carpet and prevent Magicana Jane from escaping.
The Narrator
 GM, 70 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 05:52
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 111):

Spirit Caller dashes forward and leaps at the Magic Carpet just as it unfreezes. The carpet flails around, trying desperately to dodge Spirit Caller's frozen fist of fury. But the aura of frost still holds the Carpet's fibers still. It can't dodge quick enough to avoid Spirit Caller's fist. She connects with a crunch of ice crystals. Frost spreads over the Magic Carpet's surface. It freezes solid. Then with one more punch, Spirit Caller shoves her fist through the carpet! Shoom! Ice crystals go flying. The Magic Carpet shudders, stiffens, then falls flat on the ground.

"Oh yeah!" Wawa shouts as Miss applauds happily. The two campers are also watching in amazement, but one of them is holding something.

But, as she looks around, Spirit Caller notices something odd -- Magicana Jane is gone! She must have run away while Spirit Caller was fighting!

To Spirit Caller's left, directly away from the cave, she can hear the frantic rustling of leaves. But to her right, closer to the cave, Spirit Caller can see a strange white light coming from right behind Miss.

"Uh-oh! Something is wrong with the spirit bear!" Casper yells as he hovers beside The Soldier.

The Soldier moves aside, revealing Tutonok's prone form at the entrance of the cave. The Bear Spirit seems to be unconscious. Billows of red smoke are flowing rapidly out of his body.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to dash; Spirit Caller rolled an 8 to punch the Magic Carpet; Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to break the Magic Carpet)
Spirit Caller
 player, 61 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 06:06
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 112):

Spirit caller looks around upset that Magicana Jane escaped.

Spirit Caller shouts to Wawa and asks what the camper is holding, and asks her to shout so she can hear, as she runs into the cave to find Tutonok. She takes a moment and tries to connect with Tutonok, trying to figure out if he'll be okay or not. When she's by Casper and Knight she also asks if they can follow the rustling of the leaves she heard earlier, wondering if they may be able to find, at least keep an eye on Magicana Jane, if possible. She'd like Miss to stay where she is and keep watch of the campers, but she also asks Miss what the camper is holding through their connection.

She'll also see if she can connect with Ruckus' and the others' spirits, or if they've returned to their bodies.
The Narrator
 GM, 71 posts
Thu 6 Jul 2017
at 23:10
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 113):

Everyone bursts into action. Spirit Caller heads to Tutonok's side, shouting commands as she runs. The Solider and Casper fly into the brush in search of the rustling sounds. Miss drops Wawa and hurries over to the cave beside Tutonok and Spirit Caller.

Wawa jumps on one of the campers. He screams and throws his hands up to protect his face.

"Oh no, she crazy. She's gone crazy. Help!" The camper screams.

Wawa bats his hands away and grabs his wrist. She pulls a cell phone out of his hand. The flashlight is still shinning, and the video camera is filming. Wawa shuts them off and holds the phone above her head.

"It was a phone! He was filming the entire thing. You want me to break it?" Wawa says as she grabs a rock.

But before Spirit Caller can answer, she tries to connect with Tutonok. But the magic flushing out of the mountain sweeps Spirit Caller out of her physical body. Once again Spirit Caller feels a rush of cold magic as she is engulfed in a fog cloud. She awakes inside a cave of swirling light. Much of the blue mist is gone. The red gashes seem to have grown immensely, cutting great swathes through the cave.

Tutonok is sitting in the center of the cave.

As Spirit Caller looks around, she sees Miss standing right beside her. In the confusion, Spirit Caller had connected with Miss, and it appears she has been brought into Tutonok's Spirit World with Spirit Caller.

Miss looks at Spirit Caller with a frown. Her features are ruffled, and the light that glows around her seems dim.

"I think we can save him," Miss says, "but we will have to focus. If you want, we can try and imbue our spiritual energies into him. It will sustain him for awhile. Would you do that? It may leave you too exhausted to move in your physical body for an hours or so."

"No!" Tutonok growls, "I will not ask for your aid. I have failed in my duties. This is my fate and consequence. The magic has been stolen from the scared mountain. It resides in that girl's scepter. I have failed. Leave while you can, before you disappear with me." Tutonok, the Spirit Bear, lets out a sad, moaning roar.

(Spirit Caller rolled a 6 to connect with Tutonok; Spirit Caller rolled a 7 to connect with Miss)
Spirit Caller
 player, 62 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 00:11
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 114):

Aiko thinks for a moment and then makes her decision. "Tutonok, I understand, we messed up, but I don't think you get to die because of that. I mean, it's rather selfish isn't it? You're going to die and not even help get the magic power back, and then when I get it back, you won't be around to protect it again, that's rather selfish." She turns to Miss and decides that it's important to keep Tutonok alive, and she's willing to do what it takes to keep him alive.

She also wonders if there's any way she can tell Wawa that she does not need to smash the camper's phone.
The Narrator
 GM, 72 posts
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 04:09
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 115):

Tutonok ignores Spirit Caller. His big head slumps on the cave floor and he shuts his eyes. The cave starts to shimmer and dissolve into red mist around him. The connection to the physical world is growing weak, and the cave begins to lose form to the red mist.

Fwoosh! Fwooom!

But, Miss smiles at Spirit Caller, and her golden aura seems to brighten. Miss takes Spirit Caller by the hand and moves beside Tutonok. She kneels down and places her gloved hands on the Spirit Bear's shoulder. A golden glow emanates from her palms.

"Do not worry," Miss says, "this should not be too hard. We only need to focus on his form and bolster it with our spiritual power to prevent it from being drawn back to Otherworld. It's just like when you connect with Me or any of the other spirits, except you need to anchor the whole cave to this spot."

She frowns suddenly and looks at Spirit Caller. Her feathers rustle uneasily. The red mists creeps closer, tightening around Miss and Tutonok.

"If we fail, you may be drawn into Otherworld or be destroyed. Are you sure you want to help? You still have time to escape," Miss says.

Tutonok's head stirs, "You should run away, shaman, before you are pulled into the realm of spirits from which you may never return."

(If you want to stay and help Miss heal Tutonok, Press A. And make two 2d6 rolls, one for you and one for Miss; you need a total of 16 to pass! If you want to leave them to their dooms, Press B. And consider what it means to be a hero.)
Spirit Caller
 player, 63 posts
 Spirit calling power
 Up and coming hero
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 04:53
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 116):

PRESSING A INTESIFIES

In an instant Spirit Caller ignores Tutonok and begins to focus on his energy. "If my hero career ends before it even starts that's my problem, but I'm not going to let it start by letting someone else die, that's crazy." She begins to focus even harder.

"Besides, you're not going to die, I won't let that happen. We still have to take down that British Brat with the strange hat." She smiles weakly and nervously.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:55, Fri 07 July 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 73 posts
Fri 7 Jul 2017
at 06:01
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 117):

Power swells around Spirit Caller. The red mist sinks ever closer. The entire cave disappears, torn into shreds as the swirling blue lights dissipate. Nothing exists except Spirit Caller, Miss, and Tutonok. For a moment, Spirit Caller can see glimpses of a strange world.

Lights dance across odd colored skies. Strange figures lurch across the landscape. Trees grow underground as their roots reach for the floating disks of sun and moon hovering in the sky.

The alien world threatens to swallow Spirit Caller, but as suddenly as it appeared, the vision is blown away. A gust of mountain air sweeps through the red mist, carrying it away into the distance. The mist clears over the cave floors. The hard stone clatters underneath Spirit Caller's shoes. The smell of pine needles and fresh water wafts through the air. Spirit Caller can hear a babbling brook and chirping birds as the world solidifies around Tutonok.

"Very well you done! We have stabilized this spirit realm for the moment. It won't last forever, but it will hold until we can find the scepter and return the magic." Miss says. She claps her hands daintily and her feathers seem to jump in the new breeze. A golden light fills the cave with warmth.

Tutonok sits up. He bows his head at Spirit Caller and says, "I underestimated your power, shaman. You are possessed of strength and will greater than even a bear such as I. Please forgive my failings, so that I may redeem myself. Now I must ask, do you dance?"

A beautifully painted, leather drum adorned with blue-painted bears and swirling mists, and a drumstick carved into the shape of an open hand appears in Tutonok's open paws. The Spirit Bear leaps up onto his back legs and begins to beat on the drum.

Thum! Thum! Doomdoom! Thum!

Miss applauds the dancing Spirit Bear. Tutonok offers her a paw. She accepts and stands up to dance with him. At her full height, she dwarfs the bear, standing nearly two heads above him. The cave grows taller to accommodate her. The two of them urge Spirit Caller to dance.
Spirit Caller
 player, 64 posts
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Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 02:10
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 118):

Spirit Caller chuckles, not knowing exactly what she is doing, she starts to dance with the two. However, while she is smiling and dancing, she is also wondering where Magicana Jane may have ran off too, and she wants to get Ruckus, Wawa, and the other campers back to safety too. She does however dance, as she doesn't want to upset Tutonok and Miss.

She'll just try to connect with the Knight of Casper while dancing. She wants to know how both of them are doing, if they're still on the trail or if they lost it, and everything else they can tell her.
The Narrator
 GM, 74 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 02:54
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 119):

Miss continues to dance as Tutonok plays his drum. He seems very happy not to be dead. From outside, Spirit Caller can hear footsteps. They grow louder as a group of people walk into the cave. As Spirit Caller stops dancing to check the cave entrance, she sees Ruckus, as well as all the other campers. They are entirely unharmed.

Without hesitation, Ruckus runs up to the spirits and begins drooling.

"Sick! Sick! This is the best day ever! Real spirits. Horrible soul-sucking monsters. Are you preforming some kind of sacrificial ritual? Can I join?" Ruckus says. Without waiting for an answer, he begins twerking.

Thum! Thum! Doomdoom! Thum!

The other campers hang back along the cave walls hesitantly. They are unsure of what to do. The two teenage boys look over at Spirit Caller and begin whispering between themselves. They keep their eyes of Spirit Caller, waiting for an order. The three adults, a married couple and a forest ranger, stand around the wall.

Being reminded of the outside world, Spirit Caller tries to connect with Casper and The Soldier; she connects with Casper immediately.

"Aiko is that you?" Casper's voice fills Spirit Caller's head, "I followed the crazy witch all the way out of the forest. The Soldier kept trying to cut off her head, but his sword wasn't able to touch her. He nearly chased her into town, but I stopped him. She didn't see me though so I followed her into town. She got on a bus and headed towards the city, but halfway there she got off and was picked up by a limo. It had hover jets! They flew away and I couldn't keep up. But she kept mentioning something about 'finding some ultimate power' now that she had her 'divining rod all charged up'. Hope you're doing better with the giant bear. Can we come back now, though? I think people are starting to get worried about the giant suit of ghostly armor starting at them from the edge of the forest."

(Spirit Caller rolls an 11 to connect with Casper; Spirit Caller rolls a 6 to connect with The Solider)

Thum! Thum! Doomdoom! Thum!

Tutonok finally notices the campers inside his cave. He boogie-woogies over to Spirit Caller and says,

"Now that everything is stable, I can freely place the braves back in their bodies whenever you want. If I make a suggestion though, shaman, find new braves. These ones were subpar, and kind of weird," Tutonok looks at Ruckus, who is sneakily trying to pluck a feather from Miss' head, "One as powerful as you should have a guard of warriors. How did you get your powers anyway? I don't believe you received them from the tribal ancestors, or I would have met you before."

Before Spirit Caller can answer, she feels a dull touch on her right cheek as if she were brushed by a feather, but the feeling quickly fades away.
Spirit Caller
 player, 65 posts
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 Up and coming hero
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 04:18
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 120):

Aiko looks around for whatever touched her cheek with a confused look. Then she responds to Casper. "TT" She sounds in an irritant mood. "You guys did your best, thanks Casper, and thank the Knight for me too. You two can come back to us now, we stabilized the spirit realm for now, but as Miss told me very ominously, we need to find that scepter. I bet there's a way to track it, we'll just need to figure out how." She calls Casper and the Knight back.

She then looks back at the campers and Ruckus, "Tutonok, you should put these people back into their bodies now. They're not really braves, they're not my warriors either. I don't actually have warriors. These people are just regular ordinary people, except for that one." She points to Ruckus and whispers into Tutonok's furry ear. "Between you and me, he's an idiot."

She then stares a bit more seriously at Tutonok and frowns a little. "As for my powers, I don't know how I got them. I just remember being able to see, touch, and speak to ghosts and spirits, even demons, since I was child. I was making friends with them since I was three, according to my parents I'd talk about a crying child in the same room that I was in, and a lady who'd place a glass of milk on my table for when I was having restless nights. Neither my dad or mom claimed to getting milk for me at night so they thought someone was breaking into the house but, you know, I know better, the girl's name is Martha, she died in an alleyway but she used to live in the house, she's kind. The kid who was always in the same room as me is named Casper, he's my best friend, he's strange though, he grows up with me, and I don't know any ghost who can do that other than him."

She frowns a little more, "It caused problems in school though, you know, I'd talk to people who others couldn't see, I'd always have the coldest skin too. I still do I think." She breathes a little and when she does a puff comes out of her mouth. "See, that happens twenty-four seven. I don't know how I do what I do but I decided that I should save people. So that's what I'll try to do, ghost or spirit or human. After we get the scepter back though, I'd love it if you could teach me about my powers!"
The Narrator
 GM, 75 posts
Sat 8 Jul 2017
at 06:40
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 121):

There is nothing Spirit Caller can see that would have touched her cheek. Yet, just as she reaches that conclusion, she feels something brush against her left cheek. The feeling fades just as quickly.

Tutonok nods gravely. His drum and drumstick have disappeared. He drops to all fours and moves towards the campers. Once he is upon them he lets out a massive roar that echos along the cave walls. All of the campers, except Ruckus, run from the cave, screaming and crying. Ruckus looks up the Spirit Bear and smiles. Tutonok shakes his head and with his heavy paw delivers a mighty blow that sends Ruckus flying out of the cave.

Miss waves goodbye to them.

Tutonok turns back to Spirit Caller and bows his head.

"I have opened the way out of this realm for them. I can already sense they have all departed, even the strange one. They should be safely returned to their bodies in the physical world. I would be honored to act as a teacher, and I think it is pertinent that you learn to hone your powers soon. Shamans like you are powerful connections to the spiritual realms, and there are many who would take advantage of that. Threats both human and spiritual," Tutonok says.

The Spirit Bear lumbers to the back of the cave. He scrapes together a bed of leaves and sits down.

"Your Casper sounds very unique. And what do your parents think about you, Shaman? By the sound of it, your entire tribe seems averse to your powers. It is like that with many shaman. People fear the powers you could wield, but you have your ghosts to keep you company, Casper, and Martha," Tutonok says.

"I for one think you are a wonderful superhero," Miss pats Spirit Caller on the back. She looms over Spirit Caller like a mother bird, her feathers scraping the ceiling, leaving little streaks of gold on the stone. "I'm sure you will retrieve that scepter, you're a superhero after all."
Spirit Caller
 player, 66 posts
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Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 03:20
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 122):

Aiko smiles. "Thanks Miss, I bet I would have been better if we got that Jane girl though. As for my parents, Tutonok, they're not really scared of my powers. They just act like they're normal around me. Maybe they're just trying to make me feel normal but I don't mind either way. No one else knows though, not Ruckus, not Wawa, only my parents and the spirits I talk to know."

Then she thinks for a moment. "Do you guys have any ideas as to how to track that scepter?"
The Narrator
 GM, 76 posts
Sun 9 Jul 2017
at 07:52
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 123):

"Hmmm," Tutonok says as he scratches his back on the cave wall, "The way I see it there are four choices. One, we could track the magical energy, like a dog does a rabbit. The mountain, and every spiritual object, location, and user have distinct feelings. I could track the magic back to the scepter, but she would need to use it first. The more she uses it, the easier it will be to track."

"The second choice is to find whatever it is she was looking for. If we find what she wants, then she'll come right to us, like a rabbit running into a snare. But, I do not know what she wants to  find. Has anyone of your tribe brought back a powerful item recently, a magic or spiritual one especially?" Tutonok says.

"Third choice would be to wait. Eventually, she will find what she wants. I do not like this choice though. If it were a weapon, I might feel assured she would use it. But she is a frightened kind, and would sooner run with whatever she finds," Tutonok shakes his head at the thought, "It is like giving a rabbit free reign in your garden and hoping it gets too fat to run. I knew a fox who nearly died through winter trying that."

"Finally we come to my preferred method. We carve our way through her people, shouting our challenge until she comes to face us, or they bring us to her to stop our carnage!" Tutonok roars!

Miss smiles politely as she leans between Tutonok and Spirit Caller. She puts up a dainty, gloved hand and says, "I don't think carnage and carving through people are very heroic things to do, but manhunts really aren't my specialty. They make me feel uneasy," she pats her stomach gently, "It is nice your parents treat you normally. Do you have wonderful dinners in front of the television together? Are television dinners are nice as they sound? Wawa was adamantly saying they aren't."

Once again, Spirit Caller feels something brush against her cheek. It feels heavier this time. This time she feels it first on her right cheek, then on her left cheek, then on her right cheek again.
Spirit Caller
 player, 67 posts
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Mon 10 Jul 2017
at 04:28
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 124):

Aiko laughs a little. "I think someone is trying to wake me up, my body is probably lying on the ground looking all strange. I keep feeling something on my cheek. Anyway, I don't think rampaging through the city is the wisest thing to do, Tutonok. Other people with powers will definitely kick my butt for doing something like that, and I also don't want to hurt anyone innocent. We'll have to track the scepter, but we can always try and figure out what she's after as well while we try to track the scepter."
The Narrator
 GM, 77 posts
Mon 10 Jul 2017
at 04:53
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 125):

"A wise choice. I think I will leave now as well. I am sure all those people will be disoriented and in need of attention. Thank you for your hospitality," Miss says. Tutonok waves goodbye. She fades out a moment later, disappearing with a ruffle of feathers.

"Very well. I say we wait a few days then we track her down or whatever it is she wants. I will wait for your call until then. Thank you once again AikoIzumi now known SpiritCaller for saving me. Consider me a friend," Tutonok says as he bows his head again, "Is there anything else you wish to ask me before you go?"

The feeling on Spirit Caller's cheeks is constant now, left, right, left, right, left, right. It is actually starting to hurt.
Spirit Caller
 player, 68 posts
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Mon 10 Jul 2017
at 08:16
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 126):

Aiko smiles and does her own version of a bow, which is clumsy and messed up. "Nothing at this very moment, Tutonok. Thank you for helping me as well, right now and in the future when you teach me more about this shaman powers. I'll come back in three days, or sooner if I feel something is off!" She does one more bow before walking back to the physical realm, waving to Tutonok with every step.
The Narrator
 GM, 78 posts
Mon 10 Jul 2017
at 09:25
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 127):

Spirit Caller awakes on the ground at the entrance to the cave. Wawa is standing over her, slapping her repeatedly. Wawa still has the phone clenched in one hand. The campers are standing behind her, still frightened.

Spirit Caller can just make out Miss standing in the clearing. All of the people trapped in Tutonok's spirit realm have returned and appear to be in the clearing. Ruckus is once again trying to pull a feather from Miss' head.

"You're awake! Finally. I was worried I would need to find a bucket of water. Where did you go?" Wawa asks.

Above Wawa's head, Spirit Caller can see Casper and The Soldier floating in the air. Casper waves and smiles.

The world seems normal again. Spirit Caller can hear crickets chirping and owls hooting in the trees. She can see the stars and moon in the sky. A gentle breeze blows through the forest, carrying the smell of pine needles and campfire.

Also her cheeks hurt a lot. They really burn, like, it hurts to speak, or smile.

"So about the phone, should I smash it with a rock or can you freeze it until it explodes?" Wawa asks, dangling the phone from her fingers.
Spirit Caller
 player, 69 posts
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Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 01:36
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 128):

Spirit Caller waves up at Casper and the Knight, and then at Miss again. "Uh, no Wawa, you don't have to break the camper's phone. I thought he was maybe holding something that was helping the enemy. I was busy dancing with a giant bear, and Miss, in the spirit world" Then she feels her cheeks in pain.

"Did you guys just slap me until I woke up?"
The Narrator
 GM, 79 posts
Tue 11 Jul 2017
at 05:54
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 129):

"Yeah, like, my hand hurts," Wawa says as she hands the phone back to one of the campers, "So what was all this about? Who was the lady the with magic wand? And why does the carpet keep moving?"

The camper takes back his phone and runs away to Miss. All the other people are around her in the middle of the clearing. The magic carpet is twitching, as if its trying to crawl away. Casper and The Soldier remain in the air.

Then Ruckus screams, "Wawa! Did you get killed by the Spirit Bear too? Like, I didn't think I'd like camping and stuff, but if this is what happens then I want to go more," He runs over to Wawa and Spirit Caller, holding something in his hand. He whispers, "I got one. I got a feather from the angel lady. And I get to meet Spirit Caller as a living person too. You're the best!"

Ruckus goes in for a big hug!
Spirit Caller
 player, 70 posts
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Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 02:46
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 130):

Spirit Caller tries to escape the hug from Ruckus, and gives him a small one before quickly walking over to the carpet. "It's good to meet you too, Ruckus. I don't know who that lady was, but I want to catch her badly now. She's definitely up to no good."

She then addresses the carpet, "Hello, do you understand me? I'm sorry I hurt you, but I thought you were going to help that nasty woman escape." She looks at Miss and then at the carpet, "Miss, do you know how to heal carpets? Or is that just a job for a carpet-maker?"
The Narrator
 GM, 80 posts
Wed 12 Jul 2017
at 07:50
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 131):

Miss looks at the carpet and rubs her chin, "Maybe, I can try."

Her hands glow with golden energy as she places them on the carpet's frosty wound. The ice melts away and the wound begins to stitch back together. It looks a little thinner than the rest of the carpet, but it seems fine.

As soon as the warm light fades, the carpet touches the patch Miss put on him. It feels its body is whole again. Then it leaps into the air, and flies into the sky, heading away from the city and towards the ocean.

"I guess I can heal carpets," Miss says as she watches it fly away.

The campers have all gathered round. They seem to be starring intently at Spirit Caller. Ruckus is behind Spirit Caller, with Wawa. He is speaking into his phone.

"And then, like, this big, ghost bear, charged out of the woods and attacked me. But, like, this dog, ghost dog, jumped out and turned into a demon. Oh, oh, behind me is Spirit Caller. She's New Babel's most mysterious new superhero, and she can kick Corpse Kid's butt any day of the week! Oh, and, like, then the bear attacked me and the dog attacked the bear . . ."
Spirit Caller
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Thu 13 Jul 2017
at 05:47
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 132):

"Gee.. I hope the carpet isn't going back to Magicana Jane." She says as she rubs her chin. "Just in case, Casper, please follow that Carpet as far as you can! I trust in you!" Spirit Caller decides.

She then turns to Ruckus for a brief moment, "The bears name is Tutonok, Ruckus, he is this mountain's spiritual protector. He isn't exactly updated on the current status of the world though, he mistook the campers as old warriors called Braves. He's a good guy." Then she starts to think, and sits down on the ground. "Mr. Knight, Miss, what do you guys think we should do now? We don't have any leads, other than that Carpet now."
The Narrator
 GM, 81 posts
Thu 13 Jul 2017
at 07:26
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 133):

Casper flies off in chase. He eventually returns and says, "It flew across the ocean. I think it's going to America, or beyond. It wasn't going back to the city though, that's for sure."

Ruckus holds the phone up to Spirit Caller as she corrects him. When Spirit Caller is finished, Ruckus turns the phone back to himself and says, "Like, right from the superhero's mouth. Sick! Spirit bear's name is Tutonok. #Tutonok. Let's get it trending!"

The Soldier drives his sword into ground, and he takes a seat.

Miss kneels down as well. All the campers follow her lead and take a seat beside or behind her. Miss taps her chin, before she smiles and says, "I think you should go home and take a well deserved rest. Everyone here must feel rather exhausted. I certainly do. But everyone did a very good job, so everyone deserves a rest."

Many of the campers echo her sentiments. A few prepare to leave, lead by the redheaded forest ranger without shoes.
Spirit Caller
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Thu 13 Jul 2017
at 07:53
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 134):

"Ya, I guess you're right Miss." She waves goodbye the already leaving campers and shouts, "good night! I'm sorry the night was ruined by an evil sorceress! Rest well!" She smiles. "Good job, Casper, I guess we'll have to figure out where that carpet, and where Jane, went some other way."

Spirit Caller then takes one final look at Miss and the Knight, memorizing their looks to draw and write about in her book of spirits later when she returns home. "Okay, Miss, and Knight, you guys were awesome, and I thank you for your help. You two can rest now, thanks again!" She waves the spirits off as she severs their current connection.

"Those people were cool, Casper. We should definitely try resummoning them some day."

Spirit Caller takes a final look around the area, seeing if she can find anything at the last minute before leaving that can help her figure out where Jane has escaped to.

Spirit Caller then looks around for Wawa and Ruckus, if they've already left with the other campers she'll be relieved and will easily be able to return with the rest of the campers as Aiko. If they're still around she'll want to escort them back to safety and then disappear, and then reappear somewhere and pretend to have been worried about when they would return.
The Narrator
 GM, 82 posts
Thu 13 Jul 2017
at 08:07
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 135):

Miss waves goodbye as she is enveloped by two great wings of light and disappears. The Soldier stands, sheaths his sword, and then bows his head to Spirit Caller before his armor cracks and crumbles into dust.

Most of the campers have left, following the forest ranger back to the campsites and the trail. Only Ruckus and Wawa are left.

Ruckus looks sheepishly at Spirit Caller.

"Excuse me, thank you for, like, saving me and all. That was sick, but we are still missing someone. My friend Aiko is gone. I didn't see her anywhere. Would you help us look for her? She's this little Asian girl. She thinks your sick, too."

Wawa puts a hand on Ruckus' shoulder. She smiles a little.

"I'm sure Spirit Caller will help us. She is a superhero after all, right? So, like, why don't we check over that way where all the other campers are going, and, like, Spirit Caller can check over that way, behind those trees, where nobody can see her, or something. Actually, like, I think I can hear Aiko now. She's calling us, Ruckus. This way."

Wawa begins to pull Ruckus towards the group of campers, but he won't leave until he hears what Spirit Caller has to say.
Spirit Caller
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Thu 13 Jul 2017
at 17:26
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 136):

Aiko nods and agrees with Wawa. "That is a sound idea, we should do that. I'll go check over here in the spookier parts of the woods." As when they're out of sight she changes out of her superhero clothes quickly and then runs back to them, asking if they can leave the woods.
The Narrator
 GM, 83 posts
Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 01:48
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 137):

"Aiko! You, like, missed the sickest camping trip ever. There were spirit bears, and I got killed, and we saw a superhero battle. Now that you're here we can, like, go find Spirit Caller and get selfies. Spirit Caller! Spirit Caller, we found Aiko!" Ruckus says.

Wawa just facepalms.

Ruckus is about to go charging into the forest in search of Spirit Caller.

The group of campers are disappearing into the night. None of them are aware of Aiko's return (or that she was ever missing).
Spirit Caller
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Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 06:26
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 138):

"Ruckus! Let's go home. Ghosts and spirits are kind of scary you know, and I'd rather not stick around. Spirit Caller is cool but I'd rather just get some rest." Aiko lies slightly and laughs. "Besides, I'm sure even if we don't have a selfie with Spirit Caller, she probably has tons with us. She's a super hero after all, they can do that, ask Wawa she'll agree with me. Let's go back to your house and just watch some films or something."
The Narrator
 GM, 84 posts
Fri 14 Jul 2017
at 07:06
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 139):

"Hmm. Alright, I guess," Ruckus stares off into the forest longingly, but follows Wawa and Aiko as they catch up with the rest of the campers and head out of the campground. He seems to be engrossed in his phone on the walk, but every so often looks up at Aiko and scowls.

As the group is leaving the forest, Wawa pulls back a little as Ruckus heads to the front to speak with the other teenagers about being ghosts.

Everyone steps off the beaten forest trail and onto the concrete of the sidewalk. Streetlamps line the empty road, saluting the return of the forlorn campers. On the other side of the street are rows of houses, the suburb, civilization. The city of New Babel towers over the island in the distance, glowing like a light display in the night. It is a wonder you can't see any lights through the thick branches of the forest. A lone bus stop hangs at the trail end with a bench and a glass canopy. A display screen shows the estimated arrival time of the next bus (10 minutes) and a map of the bus routes leading around the suburbs and into the city. The group head towards the bus stop, leaving behind a mountain of forest and stone for one of steel and concrete.

Still standing away from the group, Wawa looks at Aiko inquisitively. She crosses her arms and asks, "Aiko, are we, like, friends? Like, good friends, you know? I mean, we've known each other for a pretty good time, but I'm never sure if we're, like, tell each other deep secrets kind of friends, you know?"

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:17, Sat 15 July 2017.

Spirit Caller
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Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 01:29
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 140):

Aiko turns around and stares at Wawa. "Well, to be real with you Wawa, I've never really told a living soul my deepest secrets."
The Narrator
 GM, 85 posts
Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 02:24
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 141):

"Have you told any dead ones?" Wawa asks with a raised eyebrow, "I'm just asking you know. Since Spirit Caller was here, and you weren't, and she called me Wawa, but she didn't ask my name, and I think it's you, because ever since I've known you you've been kind of weird. But, like, if you don't want to tell me, that's cool too, you know. I don't really want to be a sidekick or anything. I think that's what Ruckus would want."

Wawa taps her finger on her chin thinking about Spirit Caller. She is standing next to the forest trail, behind the bus stop where everyone else is waiting for the bus to the city (8 minutes). When she stops talking she looks at Aiko expectantly.
Spirit Caller
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Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 03:04
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 142):

"Don't tell Ruckus." Aiko smiles and waits for the bus with her. "I don't think he'd be able to handle himself as well as you at the moment, I mean, most of his tomes and grimoires aren't even legitimate magical items. Casper helps him figure that out."

She frowns. "I don't really want him sacrificing baby goats and all of that anyway."
The Narrator
 GM, 86 posts
Sat 15 Jul 2017
at 07:11
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 143):

Wawa laughs, "Yeah, true that. I don't think I'd want him trying to become a wizard and, like, selling his soul to some monster or anything. I can keep a secret, so, like ,don't worry about that, or anything. But, maybe you wanna come up with a better alibi though, just in case you get caught out again."

Wawa's phone jingles and lights up. She checks it, then passes it to Aiko. On the phone are videos of Spirit Caller fighting Magicanna Jane. Their faces are obscured by masks, hats, and the night. The likes count is rising, and the comment section is filled with people cheering on Spirit Caller, theorizing about her abilities, and comparing her to other heroes in the city.

"Looks like Spirit Caller is trending again. That's pretty cool. If you keep up like this, you might, like, get an offer from the Superhero's Association to join their hero academy and become all official and shit. Like, that'd be sick," Wawa says before she checks the bus stop again (4 minutes).

As she finishes, Ruckus comes over. He is waving his phone in the air and smiling.

"Did you see how big Spirit Caller is trending, Wawa? At this rate she'll get a sponsorship in no time. I hope it's a big company, like Steelson's, who picks her up so she can get action figures made of her. Maybe even a TV show. That's gonna be so sick, right! Also are we going back to Aiko's house, now, or not, or I don't know?" Ruckus says.
Spirit Caller
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Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 02:00
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 144):

"Pft. What if Spirit Caller doesn't want to be big like that? I think she'd be happy enough just making sure people are alive. It would be cool if she got official though." Aiko starts looking around for the bus.

"And I thought we'd go to one of our houses, just sit and watch movies, we can even invite Ca-aa-a-Frank! And Vlad."
The Narrator
 GM, 87 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 03:59
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 145):

Ruckus thinks for a moment, "Nah, anyone would take the chance to be a big star. You get all sorts of perks, like, action figures, posters, comic books, movies, TV shows, oh, and money too, like, that too, but really, action figures. She could have her own action figures. That is so sick! Oh, bus is here."

bing

A white bus and blue bus with a soaring eagle logo pulls up to the stop and flips open its doors. Immediately a horde of people charge out of the vehicle, cameras flashing and recording, reporters shouting into microphones, bloggers and hero enthusiasts talking into to their live streams broadcasting from their phones. All the campers waiting by the bus stop get trampled under the horde as it races towards the forest. A few stragglers stop the campers and begin asking questions and filming the "survivors" of the latest super incident.

!Who was! !What did! !See the other! !A menace to society! !Rising star!

The brave campers begin wading through the crowd onto the bus. Wawa leads the way as she drags Ruckus and Aiko through the crowd after the campers. They manage to get on the bus as the reporters and enthusiasts shout their questions. A few grab hold of the bus and shove their arms, holding phones and mics, through the windows.

"Excuse me, little girl," A strong jawed man in a business suit thrusts his microphone into Aiko's cheek, "What did you see? Was it the same hero who was at the scene of the data library fire in Tiny Tokyo? Considering her track record, do you think she's a promising young hero for New Babel, or another hobby hero who'll be gone (or dead) by next week?"

"Miss, miss, please answer my question," A razor thin woman with almond shape eyes and straight black hair squeezes her microphone into the window. She pushes her hand down on the man's face to get a better angle and asks, "Do you think anyone will be interested in sponsoring Spirit Caller? The Superhero Association seems apathetic towards her, and we haven't heard any interest from any Corporations or Hero Gangs. Do you think she's worth it?"

"Out of the way!" A teenage boy with greasy back hair hanging over one eye and wearing a shirt of White Snake (A most beloved, poster heroine for the Superhero Association, and one of the "Big Three" of New Babel) with a black skull sprayed over her face jumps on top of the reporters. He holds his phone towards Aiko, "Hey you, what was Magicana Jane like? Cool? I bet she was cool. She was awesome when she robbed that bank in Old Town and turned everyone into rabbits and shit, so tell me about how she handed that sideprick, wannabe Spirit Clobbered her ghosty butt, ha haha."

"No! Over here," A large woman with frizzy hair squeezes underneath everyone else and holds her phone up against the windowpane. She spits as she speaks, sprinkling it across the window, "Having seen the Spirit Caller in action, what would you say her breast size is? For the fan art."

The bus driver kicks the horde off the bus and pulls the doors shut as soon as all the campers are on board. He rearranges his hat and sits down in a huff. He begins to pull the bus out onto the road and towards the city.

Wawa is shoving hands back through the windows. She slams a few windows shut, crushing more than a couple fingers. <Crack> <Crunch> <Crackle> Ruckus is engrossed with his phone, sitting in a seat, ignoring all the people trying to question him.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:05, Sun 16 July 2017.

Spirit Caller
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Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 05:06
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 146):

Aiko sits down on the seat when she can and sighs. "What a night. Well, at least they can't bother us when we're back in Wasabiland."
The Narrator
 GM, 88 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 06:38
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 147):

The bus ride is uneventful and peaceful. It picks up only a few more passengers, but they come and go regularly. The campers leave one bus stop at a time until Aiko, Wawa, and Ruckus (and Casper) are the only ones left on the bus as it hurtles towards Wasabiland.

Wawa sits by a window seat and watches the buildings fly by. She picks up her phone and dials a number. Aiko can hear half of the conversation from her seat.

<Sup Vald, so, like, camping was a bust . . . Yeah, it got real sterile after we got attacked by a glowing bear . . . Thanks. We good though . . . Yeah, at Ruckus' house for more movies . . . Sure, I promise, no horror movies. But I ain't watching a romcom . . . Okay, musical is fine I guess . . . Sick, see you there> Beep!

She rings someone else and puts the phone to her ear.

<Hey Frank, it's me . . . It's Wawa . . . Wawa, like Wanda. From school . . . We hung out, like, a few hours ago . . . Whatever alright, we're hanging at Ruckus' place if you want to come for a movie, musical . . . You do know how to get there. You were there today . . . Come or don't . . . Yes, you do know who's going to be there . . . Goodbye, Frank. Bye bye!> Beep!

Wawa groans in frustration. Then she turns to Aiko and says, "Vlad's gonna be there. I'm not sure about Frank. He's, like, doing his thing where all of a sudden he doesn't know who I am, and he doesn't know where Ruckus' house is, and he can't remember what he's been doing for the past week. Ugh! Sometimes I wonder why we hang out with him."

Casper catches Aiko's eye with a glance as if he's asking for permission for something. His hands are clasped together and making a motion as if he's begging.

Ruckus spends the trip rotating between playing a game on his phone (Tigerman's Zoo of Villainy: a match-3 puzzle game where you play as the superhero Tigerman trying to recapture supervillains for your Zoo of Villainy) and checking the forums and live streams for news on Spirit Caller (She remains elusive, but many still question her legitimacy as a superhero and the certainty of her legacy). He appears to get especially upset whenever someone questions Spirit Caller's worthiness as a superhero, his typing increasing furiously. Other than these sudden triads, he rides out the travel time undisturbed, but open to conversation at any time.

The bus pulls down into Wasabiland, taking one of the oversized elevators down into the sinkhole. The air becomes visibly denser. The sounds of the city above grow dull. People walk around in rubber boots, girls dress in oversized plastic ponchos that cut short just below the waist, and boys stare at them through their loose-fitting goggles as they brush off the moisture from their reflective green jackets. A strange, but not overly unpleasant, odor wafts through the windows, like the smell of hotdog water, cleaning supplies, and wasabi. Home is only a few blocks away, what does Aiko do to pass the time?
Spirit Caller
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Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 07:07
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 148):

Aiko waves her hand dismissively at Casper, giving him the a-okay to do whatever it is he wants to do as long as it doesn't hurt anyone.  Then she turns to Wawa and smiles. "Don't worry, Frank will definitely come."

She starts digging through her bags, trying to avoid the revealing the blue gem she had kept with her for the duration of the trip from being seen, and getting out her trusty spray can. "Well, while we're headed for Ruckus' you want to mess things up and get in trouble with the law?"

She looks around for a good wall. "Not really of course, I mean, we'll run if we need to. Not that any law-abiding or caring person will come down here anyway."
The Narrator
 GM, 89 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 08:07
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 149):

Casper smiles wide. He pistons his arms giddily and flies out through the roof of the bus.

Ruckus' eyes light up when he sees the spray cans in Aiko's bag. He turns off his phone and nods his head.

"Sick, I brought my sprays too," he pulls out a spray can of orange paint and another one of green from his bag, "I was gonna tag a wall on the way back. Someone wrote some weird stuff, like, a full paragraph, and put up some old guy's face. It's the wall behind the Cornermart. I know exactly what I wanna put up there instead," Ruckus says as he shakes his spray can deviously.

Wawa rolls her eyes, and smirks.

The bus screeches to a stop and the doors flip open. Ruckus leads the way through the backstreets and over to the Cornermart near his building. He ducks behind it into an alley where the backdoor of the Cornermart lets out.

An old man in a beaten up hazmat suit lounges on a cardboard mat beside a dumpster. His ginger afro is covered with bits of trash, but he seems tranquil. He munches down on a few sandwiches given to him by the store cashier. The cashier sits on the steps of the backdoor, taking a drag from her e-cigarette. The mint smoke mixes with the smell of trash and paint. A strange glowing liquid drips into the gutters and a few rats skitter along the drainpipes.

"This is the wall. See, what a sterile tag, right?" Ruckus pulls out his spray paints and begins to doodle.

The wall is a covered with the face of Karl Marx shaded in brown and highlighted in orange. He is stern and solemn looking, disgusted perhaps at being put on the back of a Cornermart. Snarling bears emerge from the edges of his beard. They claw at towers and buildings that have the brands of several corporations and the symbols of many superheros painted on them. Among the corporations is Steelson's and Cornermart's logos. Among the superheros symbols are those of White Snake (a coiled white snake), Lady Justice (a balanced scale sitting on a sword), Avatar (a large, black 'A' with a yellow light in the center), and Tigerman (a roaring tiger face). The buildings corresponding to White Snake, Lady Justice, and Avatar are particularly ruined. Above each of them stands a bear wearing an ushanka and snapping off the chains around its wrists. Across Karl Marx's forehead is the paragraph Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite! #Communism #RevolutionNewBabel #ComradeCodiak #KillCorporate #ThreeSuperGraves #PCPoNB

Ruckus quickly gets to work, spreading his doodle over the left side of Karl's face, covering everything in neon orange and green. The homeless man and the cashier lady watch him work. They are mildly interested, but silent, eating and smoking respectively. Ruckus leaves the right side of Karl's face to Aiko's imagination.

Wawa hangs back, leaning against the wall. Her lips are pursed and she shakes her head as she watches Ruckus tag the wall. She pays more attention to her phone than anything else.
Spirit Caller
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Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 18:26
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 150):

Before starting up her own spray, Aiko takes a photo of the paragraph and as much of the picture as she can, worried that someone may be attempting to actually try and topple the superhero buildings and the lives of many people.

Not wanting to ruin Ruckus' fun though, she throws her paint can in the air and catches it after it flips around a few times, and gets to work. She paints the large knight and Miss that she summoned, knowing what they looked like since she most likely drew them on the bus in her book of spirits. She spray paints them in perfect detail.

Then after painting those two, she begins to pain Tutonok at their side, doing his dance that they did together. On tutonok's side Aiko paints Spirit Caller and Casper. So all in all, the picture is painted almost fully in purple, with Miss and the Knight towering over in the back, Tutonok dancing in the front, Spirit caller leaning on Tutonok, and Casper floating beside them with a smile.

With one last glance at the picture, she stares at Wawa and Ruckus, remembering how she felt when she though they were hurt in the camping sight. She takes out her brightest purple can and thinks about what to write. Unable to figure out what she wants to write though, she turns to Wawa and Ruckus, "Hey guys. This isn't finished yet. It needs to say something. What should it be?"
The Narrator
 GM, 90 posts
Sun 16 Jul 2017
at 19:43
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 151):

Ruckus looks over at Aiko's spray and his jaw drops.

"Aw man, you did the same thing I did!" Ruckus folds his arms, sleeves covered in paint, and smirks, "but, like, I did it better, I think."

Ruckus steps back from his side of the wall and reveals his painting of Spirit Caller. It is a full body piece of Spirit Caller, looking a lot like a body builder with buldging muscles, massive biceps, and six pack abs, holding the city of New Babel over her head. Halloween ghosts and several horror movie monsters fly around her raised arms. They battle against several infamous supervillains, (including Mr. Roboto and Magicana Jane) keeping them from reaching the city. At Spirit Caller's feet are several fallen superheros, raising up their arms towards Spirit Caller as if begging for help. The drawing is conceptually good, but Ruckus isn't a great artist; his passion shines through though. He has tagged the spray #SpiritCaller #Horrorheroes #Wasabiland.

Ruckus take a picture of his masterpiece and begins uploading it all over the internet. Wawa actually does the same, using the same hashtags to spread the photo. It seems to be catching on.

"Has she ever said anything? Like a catchphrase or quote, like when White Snake says 'We are each a muscle, and to move anywhere we must move together' or some zen shit like that? That would be sick," Wawa says as she looks at Aiko's work, "or maybe, like, 'this painting is better than that one' and have an arrow pointed at Ruckus," She smirks.

"Man, like, my spray is good. You don't even do it, you can't say nothing," Ruckus packs his spray paints back into his bag, "Put 'Best Superhero of New Babel Ever' underneath it. I think she'll like that,"

The homeless man chuckles. He wipse a few crumbs out of the beard that warps around his chin and over his lips. It is well cut, despite his poverty. A streak of powdery white runs down the center of the otherwise red beard. As he stands his afro bounces. It clatters with the sound of bottle caps and soda tabs like some strange urban wind chimes.

"Well I think you both did just perfect," He says in a light, breathy voice as a smile crosses his face. His warm eyes lighten up as he admires the paint, "If you want a quote, I would choose something that makes people happy, like "we don't need heroes, just friends willing to help," written right across the top were everyone can see it. Yessir, I think that would be perfect, but you know what it could use? Some happy little clouds. Nobody down here remembers those fluffy little guys. Can't really see 'em anymore is why," the homeless man points forlornly at the sky which is covered by the metal floor of New Babel's first level. Red and blue lights twinkle like stars and corporate logos and advertisements scroll along the metal sky.

The cashier takes another long drag of her e-cig, totally oblivious to the conversation. She does snap a pic of Ruckus work with her phone, however.
Spirit Caller
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Mon 17 Jul 2017
at 06:47
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 152):

Aiko looks at the man, and then back at her own work and Ruckus'. "Hey. I think I like that idea you know." She starts to spray on the clouds and puts cute smiley faces over them over both of their sprays, and then underneath it she begins to write in a quote.

'NEW BABEL'S NEWEST FRIEND' is written in full bold letters over her own spray, and then on the side, she tags the same things as Ruckus, not knowing whether it was what she was supposed to do.

"I hope one day we get to the see the sky again you know. My friends and I got to see it tonight in the woods, outside of Wasabiland. It was wonderful, stars and everything, you know, until Magicana Jane came and disrupted everything."

She takes a moment to look at her work and then takes out her phone and takes a few picture of both hers and Ruckus' stuff.

"Anyway guys, you ready to head off? We got some movies to watch and I think Frank and Vlad are going to be at Ruckus' before we are now."
The Narrator
 GM, 91 posts
Mon 17 Jul 2017
at 08:17
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 153):

"Yeah, I'm ready to go," Wawa says, throwing her bags over her shoulder.

"Okay. Remember to be quiet going in," Ruckus follows Wawa out of the alleyway back onto the main street.

The walk to Ruckus' house is fraught with strange smells coming from the gutters and open pipes in the walls. The constant drip-drop of the water falling off the city buildings mingles with the group's footfalls. Neon lights flash overhead, and advertisements play across the sky offering cleaning products, new monthly subscription boxes, and the Best Financial Advice EverTM from Lo Taipez (that pretentious bastard). Odd people walk about the streets dressed in raincoats and coveralls. A few turn into the alleyways, or head down into the open manholes, going deeper into the bowels of New Babel, into the fabled Undercity. A quick detour takes the group into a store for a few bags of chips and some bottles of soda, but before long you return to Ruckus' apartment building.

Waiting outside the ratty building, is Frank and Vlad. They had crouched up on the stoop and were talking about romance, comedy, and the importance of musicals in culture when Aiko, Ruckus, and Wawa turn the corner. Ruckus opens the door to the building and lets Frank and Vlad in.

Wawa stops you, pulling you to the side of the stoop where nobody can hear. She flashes a smile and says, "So, is there anything you want to tell me? Not pushing, just want to be sure we got it all out. This is, like, our last chance to speak without everyone in the building eavesdropping. So, is there anything I should know if we're going to keep this secret? Like, do your parents know? If you go missing, can I tell them? If you make it big are you gonna cut Wawa in on the cash?" She juggles her hands and gives you an inquiring look.
Spirit Caller
 player, 82 posts
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Mon 17 Jul 2017
at 08:37
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 154):

Aiko stares at her and then nods and smiles. "My parents know I can call ghosts and spirits, they don't know I'm trying to become a super hero but I'm sure they can put two and two together, and if I ever make it big, I plan to use all the cash to refurbish our home, Wawa, so I guess you do kind of get to be cut in with some cash! After all, all the big super heroes are from the top levels, majorly uncool. None of them care about Wasabiland, they think we're all crooks and rats, which is even more uncool."
The Narrator
 GM, 92 posts
Mon 17 Jul 2017
at 21:32
The City of New Babel #2: Hashtag Choice!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 155):

"True that," Wawa says with a nod of the head.

"Yo, you guys coming?" Ruckus calls out from the door. Wawa jumps up the stoop and goes through the door joining Frank and Vlad inside. Ruckus holds it open until Aiko goes in as well. Everyone clambers up the stairs and into Ruckus' apartment, then everyone piles into Ruckus' room as quietly as possible. As soon as everyone is in and the door closes behind, Ruckus screams.

"Oh no!," he dives into his backpack and pulls out his ouija board, "I forgot to get her to sign it. Agh, the spirits told me to bring it. I thought they just wanted to do, like, ghost stuff in the forest. Ugh, that's so sterile," Ruckus smacks his head with the board.

"That's okay, Ruckus. I'm sure you'll have another chance. How about we sit down and watch a musical?" Vlad says patting Ruckus on the back as the opening sequence to Blabla Land begins to play. Everyone settles in for a song-filed movie night.

City lights blink through the windows of a high rise loft. They bathe the room in purple and blue, highlighting the fine threads of the burgundy couch and the supple fabrics of the fine silk curtains. A plethora of strange items are arrayed throughout the room: antique helmets with glowing eyes and flaming runes sit on pedestals, ancient weapons with auras of swirling power hide inside glass cases, and magic jewelry from eyeball necklaces to golden power bracelets are scattered over the tops of cabinets and side tables, intermingled with pants, shirts, shoes, and capes.

The lights flick on, and the entrance door swings open. Magicana Jane struts in, finishes drinking a bottle of bubbly water, and discards the empty bottle on the ground before lying down on the sofa in a tired heap. She kicks off her boots and stretches her legs into the air.

“Bring me a warm blanket for my hands! I think I might have gotten frost burn. Doesn’t matter though, I got my scepter. Now all I have to do is track down the last piece so I can finish my collection,” Magicana Jane says as she waves the glowing scepter through the air, making whishing and wubbing noises as it passes over her head.

“You received two calls, ma’am. One from your parents, they wish to know how you fare, and one other from the People’s Communist Party of New Babel,” A stern voice like rumbling stones informed Magicana Jane as it handed her a heated towel.

“I’ll ring mum and dad later. Play the other,” Magicana Jane says while warming her fingers.

Static fills the room’s sound system for a split second before a heavy voice, thick with accent booms out of the speakers.

“Comrades of New Babel, the time is now for communism to strike. We have gathered, we have armed, and we have prepared to attack at— phfftzzzzzzzzztttt”

The message cuts off as soon as Magicana Jane flicks her hand through the air. She waves away the stern-voiced servant and stares out the window. Beneath her the city glows, its brazen lights accost her windowsill, throwing themselves at her feet as soon as they enter her room. They hide something from her, a missing piece, a final component to a finished masterpiece that might very well put the world in danger. In her hand, wet and cold, is the key to finding it, a scepter imbued with the spiritual powers of a mountain. She can see the rising slopes of Mt. Bering from the couch. She can look down on the mountain. It seems dull and faded against the black sky. Upon the mountain, a spirit sleeps restlessly. She doesn’t care. Her attentions are welded to the scepter in her clammy hands. Soon, soon she would search for her missing piece and complete the ancient set. Now she just needed a way to keep those meddling superheroes off her back.

The forest that surrounds the mountain is quiet. The campfires have all been put out, any remaining reporters and bloggers have found their way out of the woods and uploaded their pieces. #SpiritCaller is trending across the web along with a pair of pictures and a cellphone video. But in the forest, there are no sounds except crickets. There are not lights. Even the moon seems dim. The entire mountain feels cold and nearly lifeless, and it smells magical.

A creature like a bipedal tiger huffs in the air. He can smell the magic, like a sweet burning smell that lingers along the throat. He draws it all in, the empty sound, the lifeless feel, the chilling sensations that creep down his spine from head to tail. He feels drawn to the empty cave where all the scents seem to converge. Three are particularly interesting, one of high-end perfume and magic, another of cold, wasabi, and magic, and the third almost exactly like the scent of the forest, but bestial and ancient. He stands at the entrance of the cave. A bestial instinct warns him from trespassing. The wind blows through his fur, urging him to leave. Tigerman picks something off his belt, which holds his loincloth securely in place. It is a little scanner. It beeps and beeps which only angers Tigerman. He squeezes his claws tightly and crushes the scanner, its remains fall into the grass. He rearranges the "Tigerman" buckle on his belt and pushes up his many armbands, each adorned with the logo of a different company, all sponsors of Tigerman. He raises his head to the air and draws deep the scents of his prey. His eyes glimmer with predatory hunger as he finds the scent. A low growl thunders in his throat, and he dashes off, sprinting through the cold forest of Mt. Bering towards the rising mountain of civilization, New Babel.

Who, or what, is the unfortunate prey Tigerman is tracking? When will Magicana Jane continue her quest? Does Tutonok, the Spirit Bear, have what is takes to perform on Dancing with the Spirits? What is Spirit Caller's breast size?

All of these will be answered in the next episode of . . .

!The City of New Babel!
The Narrator
 GM, 93 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 01:13
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 156):

The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!

It’s another wet and wacky day underneath the city of New Babel. The rats are chirping and the massive fluorescent lights overhead are shining on the stinking sinkhole that is Wasabiland. Another day of school has just finished at Satchmo High and the leaving student body intermingles with the delinquents at the gates.

Everyone has things to do today. Wawa has a handball team meeting. The big game is soon, there are only a few more scrimmages before the Satchmo Bronze goes up against their arch-rivals from Fang Island High, the Wolves. They haven’t left yet; if there anywhere it’s probably the gym. Aiko can hear the sound of balls whacking off the walls and thumping across the courts.

"Alright ladies, keep up the hustle. Nice form Sam, keep the ball high. Bend at the knees Ivy, at the knees, you gotta get low and hit the ball. No, Wawa, no. What are you doing? What's been going on with you?" The booming voice of Coach Emilio echoes around the gym and into the hallways. His next words are quieter, almost as if he wants to whisper, but just isn't capable, "Wawa, I told you you've been slipping. You can't keep hanging out with those friends of yours, you're missing practice hours. I'm just trying to look out for you."

Ruckus is working on a school project in the library. He has cordoned off the entire horror section and taken most of the books about ghosts from the non-fiction section as well. You can almost hear him battling with Mrs. Slugworth and her band of trainee-librarians. The library seems quiet as usual, but suddenly a crash comes from behind the doors. The muffled voice of Mrs. Slugworth roars through the walls .

"You little brat! I am going to throw you out of here! Trainees! Get him! Don't let him get away!" Her hoarse voice peels the glue off the walls sending a sheaf of posters flying as another set of crashes come raining down inside the library.

Frank is having another session with the school counselor. They have already called you into the office three times this week to discuss Franks, ahem, tendencies. His obsession with you seems harmless, but who knows, and his memory-loss is most disconcerting, but the counselor seems sure this might be a real case of multiple personality disorder. She can’t stop talking about it, and the awards someone in her position could win.

"Oh yes," Ms. Sakura chats to the school's front desk woman as they walks back to their office, "He is just amazing. Can't remember a single thing one moment, entirely different person the next. At the moment he just keeps asking to see his friend Aiko. I'm not bringing her in again though, besides it might be good to get a little separation between them."

Vlad seems to be alone. You can see him waiting by a bus stop, looking at his phone. Aiko can remember him talking, very excitedly, about an internship he managed to secure in one of the Steelson’s factories in The Blocks (a section of the New Babel’s ground floor dedicated to industry, factories, etc.). Perhaps that was today. He had just finished putting up a set of posters on the bus stop (Help #FindScreamingGirl) and the glue is still stuck to his hands. He is shaking his hands vigorously while he bounces his phone between them. He picks up a red flyer from the floor and wipes his hands on it.

"Hey! What the heck? You can't just use my flyers to wipe your hands, man. That's not cool," says the scrawny teenage girl handing out flyers at the school gate. She snatches the flyer out of Vlad's hands and stuffs it into her pocket, "I'll take an apology thank you."

Any of them might be available if you want to check in, but you can't see them all at once, and they might not all be available for long.

The events of the other night still emerge from the depths of the internet. More and more people have been talking about Spirit Caller. The video taken by a camper showing the mysterious golden woman of incredible height and Spirit Caller battling with the self-proclaimed Magicana Jane has continued to gather views. Pictures and posts about Spirit Caller have gone viral. I few crackpots have even been posting conspiracy theories that Spirit Caller is the #ScreamingGirl, but they’re crazy. Ruckus has had his hands full moderating the Spirit Caller forums.

Aiko can even feel Tutonok, the Spirit Bear’s, presence lingering on the mountain. It is feint, but steady. Every so often she can smell the forest trees, and hear the gurgling of mountain creaks. I few times already, Tutonok has contacted Aiko, mostly through her dreams, but a few times while she has been awake to speak about Magicana Jane and ask if there was anything Aiko wanted to know about her powers, the spirit world, or the magic surrounding Fang Island.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:21, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

Spirit Caller
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Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 04:04
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 157):

Aiko looks around the school and sighs, her mind feeling the weight of being social. She decides to see her friends though, firstly she goes up to Vlad. As she walks to him, she waves and shouts his name. "Hey, Vlad! What's going on?"

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:22, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 94 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 04:21
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 158):

"Hiya Aiko," Vlad waves over to you, but the girl standing in front of him grabs his shirt and wrenches him back towards her.

As you get closer you can make out more details of the girl. She has a thin, very red face and black hair tied up in a ponytail. She has tucked her khaki trousers into her red rubber boots and wears a short trench coat with a blue striped shirt underneath. She is seems taller than average , but is mostly just skinny and straggly. She drives one finger into Vlad's chest and grips his shirt collar with the other hand.

"You were talking to me. I think you were just about to give me an apology, right?" She pulls a flier out of her pocket and smacks Vlad's cheek with the red paper, "You ruined one of my flyers, right? You gotta apologize for that, or do you think it's okay to just step on people like that?"

Vlad smiles awkwardly and shakes his head. He tries to wave her off, leaning away from her and the red flier in her hand, but with no success. Vlad's mouth moves as if to speak, but only stutters and spit come out. That really makes the girl angry. Every time a bit of spit hits her face, her brow furrows a little deeper and her face becomes redder. Aiko can almost hear the girl's teeth grinding.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:23, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 84 posts
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Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 05:54
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 159):

Aiko steps into the argument. "Woah there!" She says, "What's going?" She takes the flier and looks at it, trying to see what it is.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:23, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 95 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 19:17
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 160):

"I'm just trying to get an apology is all," The girls says as she folds her arms.

"Hi Aiko," Vlad says. He seems stunned by the encounter.

You hold the flyer in your hand. It is made of thick, red paper. On the front is a picture of a crossed hammer and sickle with the letters PCPoNB across the top. Inside are short paragraphs explaining the wonders of communism and the evils of the political and wealthy 2nd and 3rd level of New Babel. Giving it a quick skim, you can catch passages urging people to revolt, to demand communism and equality for all, and to dismantle multiple companies and government institutions. It ends with an invitation to call a phone number and receive instructions on what to do next and where to attend the next meeting. #PCPoNB #Communism

"So? My apology. Now, please," The girl taps her foot on the sidewalk.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:41, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

Spirit Caller
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Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 19:32
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 161):

Aiko shrugs. "I'd just say sorry, Vlad, nothing worth arguing with over this girl. She's just an extremely passionate political activist." While Aiko says this, she takes special note of the next area to go to for more information. "Besides, unless you've got that interview going on, we could visit Wawa after this, cheer her on during her practices."

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:41, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 96 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 20:05
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 162):

"Yeah, sorry, really sorry, just, sorry for my hands. Sorry," Vlad says. He smiles really awkwardly again.

The girl rolls her eyes and sighs before she leaves. She walks down the street and disappears into the crowd.

"Sorry, Aiko. I didn't mean to, like, drag you into that. Thanks. I gotta get the bus though. My new internship starts today and I have to be in The Blocks soon. I'll just try not to touch anything anymore," Vlad shrugs his shoulders, "Say hi to Wawa for me though, and wish her good luck."

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 07:41, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 97 posts
Tue 18 Jul 2017
at 20:05
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 162):

"Yeah, sorry, really sorry, just, sorry for my hands. Sorry," Vlad says. He smiles really awkwardly again.

The girl rolls her eyes and sighs before she leaves. She walks down the street and disappears into the crowd.

"Sorry, Aiko. I didn't mean to, like, drag you into that. Thanks. I gotta get the bus though. My new internship starts today and I have to be in The Blocks soon. I'll just try not to touch anything anymore," Vlad shrugs his shoulders, "Say hi to Wawa for me though, and wish her good luck."

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 07:41, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

Spirit Caller
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 02:41
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 164):

Aiko laughs at the situation. "Whatever, dude, she was a little off her rocker if you ask me. Good luck on your new internship, happy travels!"

With that Aiko starts walking to where Wawa would be.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:41, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 98 posts
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 04:49
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 165):

Aiko walks through the empty hallways until she reaches a set of orange double doors and enters the gym from the far side. The gym is like a large rectangle with one set of double doors on its short side, two doors on either long side, and two doors leading to the boy's and girl's locker rooms on the opposite end. Folded bleachers line the two long sides of the gym in three separate groups with the exits into the hallway between them. Basketball courts are painted onto the laminated wood flooring, but it is scuffed and beaten.

You come into the gym and discover a scene of carnage! Clothes and school uniforms have been thrown across the floor. People are screaming and yelling. You can see Wawa among one group of girls throwing balls at another group of kids. The other group is dressed in blue full-body spandex suits. A few of them have rubber or plastic wolf masks as well as Wolf jerseys.

The blue group is pelting Wawa and her team with slime-filled balloons that they have carried to the school in several trash bags. Wawa is fighting back, taking cover behind a cart filled with basketballs in the middle of the gym and ordering her team to return fire with whatever they have. Balls, clothes, hair ties, sweatbands, even shoes go flying across the gym passing the slime balloons in the air.

The blue group seem to be huddled around at the entrance to the locker room, keeping Wawa and her team out. There are no teachers to be seen, and nothing said in the gym can be heard from the hallways.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:41, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

Spirit Caller
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 05:28
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 166):

Aiko looks on the scene in horror and then starts shouting random nonsense and insults at the people wearing wolf helmets. In between her insults, she secretly tries calling for a friendly spirit to help Wawa's side beat the wolf wearing jerks secretly.

(Rolled an 11 to call a friend to stop the madness).

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:42, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 99 posts
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 06:42
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 167):

Aiko reaches into the cold Otherworld and feels something tug at her call. It flies out from the void into existence and dances on Aiko's head.

It is a little impish creature with large hands and large feet about the size of a house cat. Its big, almond eyes peer at the world without pupils. Instead, within the eye, Aiko can see visions and images of laughing faces, green slime, burning bodies, and hands clasped around each other. The scrawny body is covered in silk hair from head to toe, and a series of curling tails (about 5), all connected at the base, seems to float in the air and follow after the creature. It grins, showing its rows of needle like teeth. Its large, bat-like ears turn and curl with interest. It rubs the tips of its ears and stares at the trash bags and the slime balloons. Suddenly the little spirit’s eyes grow wide.

A flash of images spin through Aiko’s mind: Green slime, trash bags, explosions, screaming faces, and a toothy smile.

Before Aiko can react the creature has disappeared. Then Aiko can see it, high above the trash bags filled with balloons. The creature stares directly at the target and leaps. It screams wildly, somersaulting through the air. Everyone in the gym looks up at the falling, screaming thing just before it slams into the bag.

The balloons explode!

Ka-Booosh! Splat! Splat!

Everything, from the locker wall of the gym to the half way line, is covered in green slime. There is more slime than any trash bag could have held, but it is all there, sticky and stinking of rotten eggs and farts. All the kids begin to gag. A few start heaving. Wawa looks like she is going to be sick. Her tongue is hanging out of her mouth, and she is on her hands and knees, clutching her stomach.

Aiko was, thankfully, out of range, but even she can smell the foul odor. Another set of images flow through her mind: A grinning face, rotten eggs, green goo, and feet slashing in a rain puddle. Aiko looks over to the trash bag and can see the little creature dancing in the green slime. It smiles back at Aiko. It’s ears are vibrating happily.

Nobody else has noticed it yet, but there are cries of “What was that?” “How much slime was that?” “Dead cat? Raccoon?” “I’m gonna hurl,” filling up the gym.

At the moment everyone has stopped moving or fighting, but Aiko can still hear something coming from the locker rooms.

(Wood Cat rolled a 4 (2+2) to stop the madness)

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 07:42, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

Spirit Caller
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Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 07:05
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 168):

Aiko screams internally and stares at the spirit angirly. She tries to establish a connection with the spirit.

Her internal screaming eventually turns into real screaming however and she shouts, "What the hell! Why did you go and do that? Look at this mess!" Her shouting should echo throughout the confused gym, but specifically, she is shouting and staring at the spirit that hopefully only she should be able to see. She hopes it feels sorry for what it did, and for taking the prank too far.

She then demands  that the spirit cleans the mess up normally, without ruining the gym anymore. But again, she shouts that out, hoping its in a way where no one suspects her of talking to any one person in particular.

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:42, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 100 posts
Wed 19 Jul 2017
at 07:55
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 169):

Aiko tries to connect with the little impish spirit, but only receives images of smiling people and green goo. Constantly. She tries to drop the connection, but she keeps seeing those images. All sorts of smiling, happy people, and gooey, green goo. Everything Aiko thinks about eventually becomes covered in goo or smiling people. Both feel creepy.

The creature looks at Aiko and shrugs its shoulders. It flashes an image of a frowning child, then flips the image upside down and has it splash through a puddle. Then it returns to jumping on the goo covered trash bag.

Some of the students are now coming to. A few of them start squinting at the squashed trash bag. They can hear sounds of something shifting on the plastic and see the green goo splashing about. A few of them point, saying, "Is that a monkey?" But most of the kids just look confused and sick. Some of the kids in blue are scrambling towards the exits.

Wawa is the only one who looks at Aiko after hearing her shout. She looks confused and still very green, but glad to see you more or less. She tries to stand, steadying herself with the basketball cart located in the center of the goo covered gym.

Then the door to the locker room slams open and a kid covered in blue paint jumps out and slips on the goo. He flips in the air and lands on his face.

Woop Splat!

The kid groans. Just behind him, another three kids dressed in blue, one wearing a wolf mask, another with shorts tied to his head, and the leader in sunglasses, step out of the locker room. In their hands are several trophies belonging to the school. Their heads dart around until they find the exit they are looking for. They try to ignore the broken trash bags in front of them (seemingly unable to see the spirit) as they begin to head towards the door closest to the the locker wall on the side of the gym (Aiko's left side if she is facing the locker wall/their right side).

(The connection to the spirit is still open and covered in goo)

This message was last edited by the GM at 07:42, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 89 posts
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 Up and coming hero
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 03:18
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 170):

Aiko stares at the boys running away and starts chasing after them. She stops scolding her new friend and shouts, "Get them! They're getting away!" She attempts to tackle one of the boys.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:43, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
 GM, 101 posts
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 04:42
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 171):

Aiko dashes across the gym, heading directly for the Fang Island High kids. But as soon as she crosses the threshold from laminated basketball court to goo covered floor Aiko slips. She skids across the gym, past Wawa, past all the girls, and collides right into the kid wearing a wolf mask. You and the kid both go sprawling across the gym, sliding around in the goo. It stinks of rotten eggs, feels sticky, and tastes horrible. Trophies go flying across the room. The kid lands on his back with Aiko next to him. Seeing a chance, Wawa tells her team to jump on him, and they pile onto the guy.

(Aiko rolled a 7 to tackle a kid)

The spirit hears the command and sends a flash of images into Aiko's mind. First he sends images of trees and cats, then he sends images of people hitting their heads, and laughing faces. Tree Cat (as he has named himself) wrings his ears, stomps his feet, and disappears. He reappears with a large plastic trash bag in the trophy cup of the kid wearing shorts on his head.

The kid's eyes balloon when he sees Tree Cat wink at him. The kid screams, but its cut short as the spirit pulls the trash bag over the kid's head, smothering him in goo. The kid screams and runs into the door, slamming his head with a resounding THONK! before he falls unconscious with a splash. The spirit chuckles and fades away. Aiko can still feel Wood Cat's presence, but she cannot see him. A few more students point at the kid, "I swear there was a monkey-thing there. I'm, like, sure man. Something freaky is happening."

(Wood Cat rolled a 9 to trip a kid)

The final kid, seeing his posse defeated and the exit blocked by his fallen friend, decides to climb the bleachers. He drops most of the trophies except one, the largest, most impressive trophy that Satchmo High has ever won, the pride and joy of Satchmo Sports Teams throughout the years. He climbs to the top and holds the trophy over his head.

"None of you drips move! I swear, like, I will throw it!" The kid shouts, waving the trophy over his head, "Won't be so funny to throw big rats at us then!"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:43, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

Spirit Caller
 player, 90 posts
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 Up and coming hero
Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 05:31
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 172):

Aiko looks up at the kid and frowns. "Hey! Get that trophy back safely and then sack that kid in goo! Let's do it!" She shouts, not really to any of the other kids, but to Wood Cat, hoping he does it well enough to keep the trophy safe, and you know, so the kid doesn't get hurt. "That trophy is extremely important!" She shouts out again to Wood Cat in particular hoping he hears.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:43, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
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Thu 20 Jul 2017
at 06:14
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 173):

"Yeah, that's why I stole it," The kid in sunglasses says to Aiko, "and if you drips don't back up, I will smash it."

Behind the kid, Aiko can see Wood Cat creeping along the walls. He is crawling closer and closer to the kid. Everyone is watching the kid, but nobody seems to have noticed Wood Cat.

"Yo, get down before you crack your head open! Just put the trophy down and you can drag your friends out of here," Wawa shouts up a the kid.

"Ha! I'm not leaving until you return our mascot! You stole our Wolfy, so you gotta pay!" The kid holds the trophy over his head as he yells.

Just then Wood Cat strikes. He leaps from his perch on the wall and grabs the crotch of the kid's pants. They fall down around his ankles revealing his blue boxers. The kid throws the trophy in the air as everyone gasps. He bends down to pull up his pants, but Wood Cat grabs his waistband and yanks him backwards off the bleachers. He screams. His boxers snag on the corner of the bleachers and he gets a massive wedgie! Wood Cat chuckles. The trophy falls out of the sky and lands right in Aiko's arms. The kid's underwear tears and he falls onto the ground with a thump. All he can do is groan.

"Good job Aiko," Says one of the girls. "I can't believe you caught it. I was too busy laughing at his wedgie," Says another. "Yeah, serves him right! You need a change of clothes Aiko? I have some spare in my locker," Offers another girl.

Wawa gives Aiko a thumbs up, "Thanks for tackling that guy. I still feel like puking. Way sterile."

Wood Cat is hiding in the bleachers, invisible to everyone else. He is giggling and snickering at the kid's torn boxers.

(Wood Cat rolled a 12 to sack the kid)

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 174):

Aiko looks around and starts laughing, trying not to smell. "That was amazing." She silently thanks Wood Cat and releases him happily having the trophies back in her school's possession. Then she turns to Wawa. "What happened here, seriously, are these guys really from our rival? Also is your coach going to be okay with this?"

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 175):

Wood Cat bows and an image of a people hugging appears in Aiko's mind. When you look back, Wood Cat is gone.

"Yeah, we're from Fang Island! And we just got the sickest revenge on you guys! Ahwoooooo!" The kid in the mask howls. He struggles under the weight of the girls. The kid with shorts around his head is still unconscious, and the kid in sunglasses is just groaning and rubbing his butt.

All of the girls gather around. Their uniforms are stained, and goo has gotten all over their hair and bodies. A few of them have to empty the green stuff from their shoes and socks. Wawa seems to have composed herself and is no longer looking sick, but she does pinch her nose to avoid the smell.

"They sound sterile enough to be the drips from Fang Island, yeah. Last time I saw Couch though he was in the locker room," Wawa says to Aiko, "but I don't wanna be here when he sees this. I really don't wanna get stuck cleaning it."

"I wouldn't go in there if I was you. It ain't pretty," the kid says with a smirk, nodding to the locker room.

The locker room door is slightly ajar, a trail of goo leads out of it. Inside you can hear someone mumbling and groaning.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 176):

Aiko turns to the kid and sticks her tongue. "Look whose talking, loser! You're all hurt and injured."

Aiko then turns to Wawa and smiles. "I'll go find your coach and explain what happened. I heard she doesn't like me that much so if possible, I'll take the brunt of it for you guys!" Aiko turns and starts walking to locker room. Steadily making sure she isn't going to do anything that makes her seem stupid. She summons another spirit to help her.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 177):

The kid rolls his eyes and laughs, "Yeah, but it was worth it. So sick! Ahwooooooo!"

The girls jump on him until he shuts up, eventually squeezing the air out of his lungs until he begged them to let up.

While everyone is distracted, Aiko sends another call into the spirit world. Out of the cold realm returns Toby! He materializes into the world, floating above Aiko's head. He take a big sniff of the air and wags his tail happily. When he sees Aiko, Toby's tail goes into hyper drive. It propels him forward to Aiko's side where he flips onto his back and begs for belly rubs.

Strangely however, Toby stares at the door. He looks at the top of the door in particular and growls.

A few of the girls turn their heads and cup their ears. They screw up their faces as they try to concentrate on the strange sound.

(Aiko rolled an 11 to call a spirit)

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 178):

Aiko smiles at Toby and then looks up at the door. Trying to see what he sees, before going into the locker room.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 179):

Looking through the crack of the door, Aiko can just manage to see the bottom of a bucket, no doubt filled with more slime and goo. It is perched on the very edge of the door, leaning against the wall so that it will tip and fall onto the head of the next person to walk through the door.

Toby flies up to the door and growls at the bucket.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 180):

Aiko kicks the door open and tells Toby to get back, while jumping back herself.

(I'll write stuff for Gorem when I get back from work)

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 181):

The door swings open. The bucket falls and clatters on the ground spilling another ton of  green goo across the floor, but not on Aiko as she and Toby dodge back out of the splash. Some of the girls jump at the sound, and Wawa groans in frustration.

"Aw man. You were supposed too, like, . . . sterile," The kid mopes.

You can now see inside the locker room. The lockers are covered in blue spray paint with crude drawings of wolves and penises. Green goo has been stuffed through the holes and cracks of the lockers. They have written a slew of insults along the ceiling. Fake wolf pelts have been taped and glues over the walls. The glass case set into the wall has been smashed, Shattered glass covers the floor all around it.

At the very back, you can she the coach tied to a swivel chair with duck tape and rope. She is covered in green slime and has a plastic wolf mask taped to her head. When she hears the door slam open she begins to yell furiously.

"Whose there? Get me out!. I can't see anything with this mask on. Oh, when I get my hands on those boys, oh they will pay!" Coach shouts.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 182):

"Coach! It's me Aiko, I know I'm not on your team, but I figured I'd come and cheer on Wawa while she was practicing and got caught up in the mess." Aiko starts to carefully walk over to the Coach, hoping Toby will make her known to any dangers. "We caught the boys, and we also got the trophies back, but the gym is a mess. There's this green slime everywhere."

When Aiko gets over to the coach, she'll pull off the mask and untie him.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 183):

You pull the mask off the coach's head. His/Her 3 foot mohawk unfurls like a rainbow flag as the mask comes of. His/Her full face is dripping with sweat and around his/her mouth is a thick coating of the green slime. Coach's face is a mix of rage and disgusts.

He/She jumps in the chair, straining against his/her binds and shouting "Where are they? I'm gonna stuff them in those lockers and drown 'em in slime. I--" You hear a loud grumbling and bubbling noise come from the coach's stomach.

Coaches cheeks balloon. He/She lurches, tilts his/her head, and pukes bucket loads of slime onto the floor. Ew.

"Oh good, sweet, religiously appropriate, non-offensive god-figure what was in that stuff? You, you did good kid, now go clean up, make sure the girls are ready for the bus, it'll be here soon, extra closes in the closet--" He/She pukes again.

"Aiko? It safe in there?" Wawa calls out as she opens the door and peeks in.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 184):

"Wawa!" Aiko shouts. "There's slim, some broken glass, and the coach is very sick and angry! But you guys have to get ready, get cleaned, the bus is coming soon, you all need to be ready, there's extra clothes in the closet! Go quickly!"

She also dismisses Toby with another thankful happy gesture. "Also we should tie up the jerks and get our trophies somewhere safe."

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 185):

Toby wags his tail, happy to do a good job, and disappears.

Wawa's eyes go wide. She nods and jumps into action.

"All right everyone grab the towels and spare uniforms in the closet and get changed. Bus comes in, like, 10 minutes. Tasha get the trophies to the main office and tell them about the gym. Sammy, grab those jump ropes and bring them over here."

Wawa organizes the team to gather up all the kids from Fang Island High school, and they tie them together with jump rope. A few of them get slime covered towels stuffed in their mouths. She, Sammy, and Tasha (back from the office) stand over the group of kids.

"So, like, whadda we do with them?" Sammy asks. She wipes down her blonde ponytail with a  towel and discards it onto one of the kid's heads.

"Strip them naked, paint them bronze, and force them to run behind the bus," says Tasha with an evil grin. She has black eye liner and purple lipstick on, her auburn hair done up in a bun.

"That's weird, Tasha," Wawa says. She looks back at Aiko and nods to the Fang Island kids.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 186):

"While I think Tasha's idea is certainy ingenius, it would land is in trouble too. Not that the police really do anything down here. But wouldn't it be worse if we took their phones and just dropped them behind the bleachers? They'll either break, or get so stuck that they'd never get them back. And a phone is like a kid's treasure trove so it's a perfect way to ruin their current lives!"

Aiko thinks for a moment and shrugs. "Or we could forgive them, take them back up to the town, and untie them. And hope they just don't come back."

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 187):

Sammy and Tasha are already collecting phones and throwing them into the wall. They shatter against the bricks and slide down the wall behind the bleachers. The kids cry and scream.

"Forgive who, take what back to town?" They ask as they throw another set of phones into the wall.

Wawa shrugs and shakes her head. She turns to Aiko and says, "Thanks for the help, you a real hero, Aiko," she winks, "I'll just tell the office, or something. Maybe. What's up with you, girl? We got a few minutes before the bus shows up, and I think most of the team is ready. You see those flyers that got put up, the red ones?"

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 188):

Aiko shrugs towards Tasha and the others. "I'm not doing anything actually. I saw Vlad earlier, he pissed off one of those girls with the red posters you mentioned. Something about communism, it's getting pretty crazy. I hope nothing dangerous happens."

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 189):

"Dangerous? Here? Never," Wawa laughs.

Outside, a bus screeches to a halt. It's doors open with a hiss and the girls begin loading on their supplies, uniforms, and gear. Coach wobbles out of the locker room, green in the face, walkie talkie in hand. He/She informs the main office about the kids, scowls and proceeds outside.

"Come on girls, we have to go!" He/She shouts, "leave the goo for the janitor."

The girls still in the gym hurry out. Wawa waves bye to Aiko as she leaves.

"Game time. See you later, comrade Aiko," Wawa jokes as she leaves.

Inside the kids from Fang Island high school are still tied up with jump rope. Half of the gym is covered in green goo and the locker room has been trashed. All of the girls have left, but there are still a few kids walking the halls of the school.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 190):

Aiko waves back at Wawa and smiles. "Good luck! Beat the other team down! Woo! Wasabi power and all that!" Then she looks back at the wolf kids. "Now what am I supposed to do with you? I suppose I could wait for the principal to come by and the janitors. You lot would be in a helluva a lot of trouble then wouldn't you?"

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 191):

"We'll be fine. I can get out of here at any moment. You should just, like, leave drip," One of the guys says, "we can get out of here can't we bros?"

"Ahwoooo!" The rest of the group brakes into howls and yells.

"Really can we guys?" the boy asks again.

They all begin to murmur and look at one another. A few of them try to squirm, but they get no where.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 192):

Aiko shrugs again and sighs. "Sorry about your phones, I didn't think Tasha and the rest would literally throw them." She squats down to talk to them better. "You know, if you guys promise not to come back, I'll let you all go."

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 193):

They narrow their eyes at you. All the kids turn towards each other and begin to mumble. A few of them nod, some giggle and stare at Aiko. Finally, they all nod in agreement. One of the boys turns to you and says, "Yeah, like, we promise not to come back."

As he says this a couple of the boys chuckle and some of them smirk.

"Yeah, we promise." "Super promise." "We won't come back." "I really wish I had my phone."

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 194):

Aiko gets up and shrugs one last time. "Well that's not very convincing. And besides, you're the bad guys here at the moment, what kind of hero of Satchmo would I be if I let you guys just escape and get away scott free? The bad guys always go to jail, then they break out, come back anyway, and try to cause more havoc right? So letting you guys go is just no fair, it just means you will come back quicker, right?"

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 195):

"Uh . . . no." The boy says.

All the others nod and smile, looking at Aiko expectantly. They press against the jump rope.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 196):

"Maybe you're right. Maybe you're lying though. I can't be sure, best let an adult handle this." She goes around and, rather than loosening the rope, she tightens it to make sure it's even harder for them to escape.

Then she'll walk off into the hall and try to find Ruckus or Casper, or Frank, whoever they are at the moment. She'll talk to any of the kids she finds first.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 197):

As you enter the hallway you can hear shouting coming from two places in the school.

From the library you can hear Mrs. Slugworth's hoarse cry, "Over there! He's over there. Ruckus you brat. I'm not letting you out of here with that book!" The sound of dull thumping and screams fills the hallways.

Across the main office you can see Ms. Sakura, the school's counselor, pulling her hair as she paces outside of her office. From the closed door behind her, you can hear someone yelling and banging something against the wall.

There are a few students walking through the hallways. Many of them are rushing out of the library, clutching their backpacks over their heads like shields. They all hurry past the disconcerting sounds coming from the school guidance office, urged on by Ms. Sakura who tells them "there is nothing to worry about, Frank is just working through some issues. Move along, have a good day, see you tomorrow." Some of the kids walk past Aiko if you want to stop them.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 198):

Aiko walks right up to Ms. Sakura. "What's wrong?"

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 199):

"Oh, nothing is wrong, Aiko. Nothing is wrong," Ms. Sakura smiles. She is young for a teacher. Her hair is dyed pink and she is dressed in a blue blouse and skirt. She wears thick rimmed, square glasses to widen her almond eyes, and pink lipstick and nail polish. Despite her words, she seems a little distressed. Her hair is disheveled, and stacks of folders have been hastily piled onto the reception desk. She stops to think, and gives you an inquisitive look. While thinking, she scratches her head, "Actually, Aiko, maybe--no. Nevermind, it's alright, just go home, Aiko. I have everything under control."

Behind her, the door to her office is closed. Something heavy slams against it. Inside of her office, you can hear Frank shouting and hitting things. A few of the staff from the main office across the hall seem very concerned. They lean over their desks and peer into the room where Ms. Sakura and Aiko are standing.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 200):

"Is Frank asking for me again?" Aiko asks. "Or just, you know, having an episode?"

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 201):

Ms. Sakura looks at you. Very flustered, she says, "No, no. Well, yes, he was, but I thought that maybe it would be good for him to have some time away from you. He seems to be clinging to you. I thought it might be good for you,"

As she finishes another scream comes from the room. Something slams into the door, nearly breaking it off the hinges.

"Aiko! Aiko! Where are you!" Can be heard muffled through the door.

Ms. Sakura's eyes widen and she gulps.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 202):

"Ms. Sakura, I respect your authority and decision and idea, but I think maybe I should go in an see him. With your permission of course." Aiko says, jumping back at the door hinges nearly being broken open.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 203):

http://www.creative-writing-now.com/what-is-plot.html

"Uhh, umm, maybe. But, uh, maybe. Why don't I check on his file. Yes, yeah, that should give me some ideas. I think I left it in the main office. Be right back," Ms. Sakura says.

She hurries out of the room and across the hall. All of the secretaries turn their heads and pretend to work. From behind their monitors they watch Ms. Sakura's disheveled form wander through the main office. Ms. Sakura looks around, and everybody turns away again. Once she is convinced nobody is looking, Ms. Sakura turns into the staff restroom and locks the door behind her.

Aiko is left alone in the room. All of the staff in the main office stare at the bathroom door, a few turn their heads back towards Aiko. They just wait and watch.

From the other side of the door, in Ms. Sakura's office, you can hear something beating the floor rhythmically. Thump! ow Thump! ow Thump! ow Suddenly, Fred starts to yell again, "Aiko! Aiko! Quickly, find her!"

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 204):

Aiko turns towards the door but doesn't open it, not wanting to disobey her elders as her parents had taught her, instead, she yells through to Frank.

"Frank!" She shouts. "It's me, it's Aiko, I didn't get the a-okay to come inside yet, but I am here, and no one said we couldn't talk!"

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 205):

The door immediately opens. Frank stands in the doorway. He has a black eye and cut across his face, but he smiles anyway.

Inside the room has been trashed. Lamps and books have been thrown over the floor. The desk has been flipped, and so have the chairs. There are cracks in the window where something had hit it.

"Aiko, Aiko, I learned how to do a back flip in Frank's body, watch." Frank says.

He stands in the center of the room, which he has cleared of debris, and bends over. Both of his hands lay flat on the ground. Frank heaves himself up and for a second preforms a handstand. A second later he falls on his face, rolls across the ground, and slams in wall creating a familiar Thump!

"Ow," Frank says, before smiling up at Aiko, "It was good right?"

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 206):

"Wow, Frank!" Aiko shouts. "That's amazing! But maybe you should have done it, I don't know, in a safe area. I mean, if you just told Ms. Sakura you wanted to learn to do a handstand, she would have taken you to the gym, and gotten mats out. I mean the gym is a mess, but we have an aux gym." She leans in and lowers her voice, hoping no one else hears her. "Besides, Casper, you can't just beat up Frank's body, otherwise you might kill him, which doesn't seem too big a deal for you but like, killing him isn't cool you know."

Then she leans out and looks around and shrugs. "Think we can find Ruckus?"

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 207):

"I was luring Frank to the gym for that reason, but then she came and started talking to him about memory-blackouts and keeping a journal, or something. But, yeah, we can go find Ruckus. That sounds like fun. I can show him my handstand," Casper says through Frank's mouth. A trickle of blood flows down Frank's forehead.

Casper ignores it and leaves the guidance office, entering the room that leads to the hallway. He holds the door to the hallway open for Aiko. All of the staff are staring. They say nothing.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 208):

Aiko curtsies sarcastically and walks out, trying to find Ruckus with Casper/Frank.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 209):

You walk towards the library but find something strange. It is entirely quiet.

The hallway all along the library is lined with windows looking in. A few of the windows have been stolen and boarded up with wood, but they are mostly all there. The posters encouraging reading have all been written over and gratified by various students throughout the years. The double doors are bright orange and stand before you, slightly bent.

Frank (Casper) hangs behind you.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 210):

Aiko calls out loudly in the library. "Hello? Is anyone there? Ruckus in specific?"

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:35, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

The Narrator
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Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 05:45
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 211):

A harsh voice like the dragging of stones across pavement answers you from behind the double doors, "You're looking for Ruckus, dear? And who would you be?"

Aiko recognizes it as Mrs. Slugworth. You can see her whispy hairdo, like billowing smoke, through the windows in the door.

(Roll 2d6+1 to see how much you know about Mrs. Slugworth)

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:35, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 05:57
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 212):

Aiko looks up at Slugworth and waves. "Hey. Ya, I'm looking for Ruckus, you seen him? Sometimes he gets himself into trouble when I'm not around."

(ROLLED A 10)

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Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 06:22
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 213):

Aiko has heard many rumors about Mrs. Slugworth. Most of all, she has heard of the crabby librarians "gang" of Lil' Librarians. Rumors say they are blackmailed, forced to protect the books by Mrs. Slugworth and led by some of the most studious, and insidious, students in the school who heard them like zombies. Mrs. Slugworth has a reputation for being spiteful and cruel. You have heard more than a few stories of students held back for years by a sudden unpaid library due for a missing book; said book is always found the following year. There are even rumors of a student who has been under her thumb for nearly 6 years. When asked about it, he can only shake his head. Ruckus once said a demon possessed her dead body and forced the boy to cut his tongue out. Mrs. Slugworth is known to refuse students access to books, and hide study material and crucial textbooks to keep the kids from ruining them. Some also say that underneath her wig is a usb port connecting to her brain where she keeps the flash drive with all the dirty sexts and emails students send to each other so she can black mail them into servitude. Maybe she does this to the teacher too. She hasn't been fired after all.

"I have seen him. He's in here, actually. In one of the back rooms. Why don't you come in, and  get him. He's been far too much trouble, already," Mrs. Slugworth says in her husky voice.

There is a soft whispering and a moment later the sound of heavy bookcases being dragged across the tile floor. The double doors peek open and a kid looks out. She has coal black skin and curly hair. Massive glasses are tied with colored rope around her head.

"Who wanna come in and get him? He's ruining all the books," The girl says angrily.

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Fri 28 Jul 2017
at 06:37
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 214):

Aiko looks at the girl as blankly as she can. "That's me. I'll come get him. You know if you let him look at the books properly he'd take exceptionally good care of the, he has his own library at home that's very well kept. Better than I keep books but I guess I'm not much of a reader."

While walking up to the double doors, Aiko will try to use her frosty aura to inconspicuously ruin some of the close by books. She'll also ask Casper if he has any abilities to make books fly of the shelf for fun while still staying in Frank's body. And to conclude it all, just to make sure she is able to get Ruckus out of Librarian prison, she'll summon a spirit like she did in the gym. This could be considered an act of heroism after all, and she wants a spirit that can help her retrieve Ruckus without being seen by everyone and without raising suspicion to Aiko's abilities. She's hoping for Wood Cat to be honest.

"Hey Ruckus!" She shouts, "Yo I'm coming to get you, let's head back to my house, or actually, we could get to Wawa's game, cheer her on. You can even bring one of your whack books about demon summoning or something."

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 07:35, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Fri 28 Jul 2017
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 215):

The girl opens the door, and Aiko sends out a small wave of ice. The girls shivers and hugs herself, but there are no actual books within range of the wave.

(Aiko rolled a 5 on her icy aura)

Casper tries something similar, trying to lash out around him. Instead of using his ghostly form however, he just flails a little with Frank's body. His wrist bangs into the door knob. It leaves a nasty bruise, but Casper is unaffected; Frank will feel it in the morning.

(Casper rolled a 3 to attack some books)

When Aiko enters she walks through a corridor made of empty bookshelves. Standing on top of them are a gang of about five kids. Four of them look rough, dressed in reflective, green jackets that are marked with spray paint symbols. One of them looks similar to the girl who answered the door. His hair is slicked back. His face is covered in pimples, and he wears a suit. The girl is in a plaid skirt and dress shirt. She shuts the door behind Aiko. Two of the gang kids push a set of bookcases against the door. Their wooden legs screech on the tile floor.

At the end of the corridor is Mrs. Slugworth herself, a bulbous, fat figure on stumpy legs in a blank skirt and sweater with a whispy tuft of hair on her head. Her face is wrinkled and ugly, but she smiles at Aiko.

Her voice is raspy, and she smells of smoke, "Let's go find him, Aiko. Come on, he's in the back. You here that Ruckus!? Aiko is with me. She came looking for you. She brought another friend too. Library is closed young man, it's time to get the hell out!"

She shouts in the maze of bookcases. The lights in the library are dim and barely working. Clouds of dust drift between the shelves, obscuring sight beyond a few feet. Figures seem to move in the dust, lost souls, lamenting over lost books and library fees. Everything is overwhelmed with the smell of dust and old paper, but there is no sound except Mrs. Slugworth's own voice echoing throughout the shelves like a banshee shriek.

Mrs. Slugworth takes up a flashlight hanging from her lanyard and flicks it on. The cone of light barely penetrates the rolling dust clouds. It illuminates the shelves, showing the spines of a few books that have never been touched by children's hands.

"Come on, Henrietta, were going in. Bring Butch and Cassy. Eugene! Watch the doors. He doesn't leave until he checks that book," Mrs. Slugworth says.

The girl who let Aiko in snaps her fingers and pulls out her flashlight. She checks her skirt for something before falling in behind Mrs. Slugworth. Two of the kids, a tall guy with a bushy beard who looks to be in his twenties and constantly stares at his twiddling fingers, and a girl with a shaved head, chewing on a wad bubble gum with a no-care attitude, hop off the shelf and follow Henrietta to Mrs. Slugworth's side. Neither seem particularly excited to go in. Henrietta on the other hand, seems giddy, jumping up and down as a grin covers her face. She plucks a bicycle helmet off the ground and straps it on. One hand holds the flashlight, the other grips something tucked into her skirt.

"After you dear," Mrs. Slugworth waves Aiko onward, "Just walk straight and keep going."

Seeing this, Aiko calls for Wood Cat as Mrs. Slugworth's smile grows in size, showing rows of yellowy teeth. Immediately filling Aiko's mind is an image of a meatball with Mrs. Slugworth's face on it. Wood Cat is here, but invisible, even to Aiko though she can absolutely feel his presence; it is brimming with anticipation.

(Aiko rolled a 13 to summon Wood Cat)

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:35, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 04:38
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 216):

Aiko looks at the librarian. "Oh, I don't need you, just Frank. He can do back flips you know, I think that's a bit more useful in this situation than you."

She also asks Wood Cat to destroy the library except for anything that Ruckus might like, which is anything on the occult, she also asks Wood Cat to find Ruckus and bring him to her safely. She also smiles at Wood Cat devilishly to give Wood Cat the A-okay on destroying the library.

She'll also ask Wood Cat to save anything that could be incriminating to the librarian, in order to kick her out of the school.

Anything that could ruin the librarian's life at the school she'll want him to do, as long as it doesn't harm her, Frank, or Ruckus, or kill anyone or maim anyone indefinitely. She tells that to Wood Cat.

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Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 05:46
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 217):

Before anyone can speak, Aiko gets a flash of rain and falling dominoes.

Suddenly, the shelves of the library begin to tip with a loud groan that echoes off the walls.  One by one, they slam into each other as they begin to fall like the dominoes in Aiko's mind. Books go flying through the dust storms. Everyone breathes in sharply. Mrs. Slugworth's eyes go mad! The shelves tip and turn. One of them gets stuck, caught underneath another shelf. It bends like a wicker rod, pressure building, until it snaps. Half of the shelf flies through the air and explodes on the opposite side. Pages float down from the dust filled sky like snowflakes in a storm. They slowly settle upon the ruins of the library. Overturned shelves transform the carpeted floor into a rocky, craggy realm of splinters and nails where uneasy piles of books go landsliding over the desks and library carts, burying them under encyclopedias, dictionaries, and textbooks.

Mrs. Slugworth could only shake with fury and despair. Her mouth falls agape. Her two helpers began to cry, tears roiling over their cheeks as they surveyed the carnage. They sniffle and snort and stain the sleeves of their well-pressed clothes. The delinquent crew of the Lil' Librarians try to stifle their laughter, but eventually three of them burst into cackles and hollers of "damn!" and "sick!" Only the large, older kid seems to stay quiet, staring blankly at the scene.

But that was not all. Like the tears that fell from the eyes of the Lil' Librarian Leaders came the tears of the school. Water poured out of the ceiling, fired out of the building's sprinkler system. In the blink of an eye the the flaky, white snowscape become an inky, thick quagmire. Paper began to melt and turn to sludge. Ink pooled like puddles on the floor. Everything was covered in soaping wet books and stained with the black ichor of knowledge.

Aiko gets an image of people splashing in the rain. She can see Wood Cat beside her, splashing in a puddle, getting ink on Mrs. Slugworth's dress.

(Wood Cat rolled a 12 to pull off his prank)

But something moves in the wreckage, shrugging off paper and books. It stands up and looks over at Aiko. It's Ruckus. He seems to be clinging to something in his jacket. He looks terrified and covered in ink and wet paper. Without thinking, he bolts towards the nearest window, hoping to jump through the get into the hallway where he will escape to the safety of the outside world.

(Ruckus will get to the window in 2 turns)

"Get him now!" Mrs. Slugworth screams with all her might, "Bar the doors! Don't let him out!"

None of the delinquent kids move, except for the older one. He springs into action, bolting over the fallen shelves towards Ruckus. Instead of waiting for the others, the two Leaders of the Lil' Librarians try to push the heavy shelves back against the door. The other kids cheer Ruckus on as the sprinklers continue to rain.

(The Older Kid will reach Ruckus next turn, but it will take them 3 turns to bar the door)

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Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 06:05
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 218):

Aiko thanks Wood Cat mentally, but decides it's not time to celebrate yet. Instantly she asks Wood Cat to protect Ruckus from the older kid. She'll also ask Casper to stop the lil' librarians from barring up the door.

"Ruckus! Wherever you are let's meet up in our special hide-away!" She says hoping he understands what she means.

She'll also use her icy aura again, trying specifically to slow down the person going after Ruckus and the two kids barring the door. She'll also continue to put the blame on Ruckus' dealings in the occult rather than on her own abilities.

"Ruckus, by the way, I don't know what you did, but whatever ritual you did must have really worked this time!" She'll shout.

And then she'll try to persuade Mrs. Slugworth to just let them go with Ruckus and leave the library peacefully, she'll try act innocent though, and pretend that she had no idea what happened to the books other than it being part of Ruckus' occult dealings.

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Sat 29 Jul 2017
at 06:51
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 219):

The older kid chasing Ruckus suddenly trips. He rolls down a set of books and slams into a shelf. There is a sickening crack. The kid begins to yell.

(Wood Cat rolled a 7 to protect Ruckus)

Casper, in Frank's body, runs to the door. He stands in front of the heavy shelf and opens the door. He quickly shoves a book against the leg of the shelf, preventing it from moving. Then Casper leans out and smiles, saying "Sorry guys, just want to get out first before you catch him. Seems it's stuck, oh well,"

The kids keep pushing, but make no headway.

(Casper rolled an 11 to hold the door)

Aiko sends out a blast of icy wind that flies down upon the kid who was chasing Ruckus. His yells slowly subside into silence.

(Aiko rolled a 10 for her ice aura)

Mrs. Slugworth has fallen to her knees. She stares out across the library in silent disbelief. She doesn't respond to Aiko or anything around her. Aiko is free to leave and Casper, in Frank's body, is holding the door.

(Aiko rolled an 8 to persuade Mrs. Slugworth of her innocence)

Ruckus sprints for the window. The three gang kids cheer him on, and with nobody to stop him, Ruckus will absolutely make it free. If he heard Aiko, he doesn't show it.

(Ruckus rolled a 5 to hear Aiko)

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:36, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 04:08
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 220):

Aiko runs out of the library and grabs Frank. "Come on, Frank, we have to find Ruckus!"

(I rolled a 6 if you want to use that)

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Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 05:12
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 221):

Aiko leaves the devastated library with Frank by the arm. You enter the hallway, but do not see Ruckus anywhere.

Behind you, the three delinquents stroll out of the library, laughing their heads off. They turn down the hallway and head for the main exit. The library door slams shut, and after a while, you can hear something heavy slide against it. Then there is only silence.

All of the students have left the school now, except those three delinquents. The only people left roaming the halls are janitors and school staff.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:36, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 06:18
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 222):

Aiko walks out the main exit, and then around the school, hoping to see if she can find out what window Ruckus jumped out of and where he has gone to.

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Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 21:22
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 223):

Before Aiko can leave the school she is confronted by Ms. Sakura! She stands before the metal detectors leading to the main entrance of the school with her hands against her hips and feet planted shoulder length apart. Her hair is disheveled and her makeup seems to have been running down her face, but she has wiped most it away with her sleeves. Her sleeves still have the pink and black stains of her lipstick and mascara, and the knees of her stockings have torn. She is also missing her shoes.

The main office staff glance out of their windows. A few of them pull snacks from their desks and begin to eat. The office ladies watch with interest, but say nothing.

"Hello, Frank. It seems you have calmed down a bit more since seeing your friend, Aiko. Just like I thought you would. I am glad you took up my advice and found a friend to help you deal with your problems, but now that you're calm and not angry or yelling anymore, we should try to talk about some of those behavioral issues. So, if you could just step back into my office, and no more trying to flip over the table, please." Ms. Sakura says holding her hand out towards the ruined office.

All of the furniture, except two plastic chairs, has been removed. There are a few soggy paper towels left on the carpet by the smeared blood stains, and a chemical smell flows from the room.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:36, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Mon 31 Jul 2017
at 23:13
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 224):

"Come on, Ms. Sakura. Doesn't Frank deserve a little time outside of school?" Aiko frowns. "Our friend Ruckus is missing and we were going to try to find him.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:27, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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at 00:07
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 225):

"Yeah, Ms. lady. I still have front flips to practice too, and I can't do that on the carpet again. I think I dislocated something in this body," Frank (Casper) rubs his back.

"Um. Uh. Well . . ." Ms. Sakura glances into the direction of the main office.

All of the staff disappear. They hide behind computer screens, disguise themselves with potted ferns and  trashy romance novels, and fall into conversations belying their desire to snoop and peek. Still, from the corners of their eyes and the tips of their ears, they nose their way into the conflict happening in the hallway.

Ms. Sakura frowns. Her lip quivers, but she takes a deep breath and stands firm, "No, I think this is something we should discuss today, Frank. So, please, go to my office. The chairs aren't as uncomfortable as they look. I think."

"No. I don't think so. I'm just gonna leave. We can talk later. Tomorrow maybe, or, no, I want to use him tomorrow for eating chocolates. The day after though, for sure, Ms. Name-I-forgot," Frank (Casper) smiles.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 07:28, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 04:33
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 226):

"Um. Hm. Ms. Sakura, if I keep Frank from hurting himself, can we please go search for Ruckus? FRANKLY, I don't think keeping him in there is helping him, no offense of course, I respect your methods I just don't think it works with Frank. He's very calm and happy when he's sitting down watching rom coms with Ruckus, Vlad and Wawa. Come on! Just let us have one day?" Aiko smiles brightly, trying to persuade Ms. Sakura.

(Aiko rolled an 8 to persuade if you want to use that)

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:28, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Tue 1 Aug 2017
at 05:22
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 227):

"But, but, Frank, you never remember anything. I really appreciate your friendship and support for Frank, Aiko, but this is something we really need to diagnose. It could be a sign of extreme brain dysfunction, and if it continues, it might only get worse. How about this, though, if you wait here, Aiko, outside my office while I speak with Frank, I will take you both to the movies," Ms. Sakura says, nodding and smiling enthusiastically, "That's my deal, and it's a pretty goo one. I mean, how many other students can say they got to watch a movie with their favorite New Babel public school system faculty member, huh?"

Her eyes gleam as she holds out her hand for a high five. She bends slightly at the knee so to be at eye level with Frank and Aiko.

The main office is watching, and snacking . . . crunch   crunch   crunch

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:30, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 228):

Aiko tries to think of something else to say, but gives up. She high fives Ms. Sakura not enthusiastically, but pretending to be, and gives Frank/Casper a nasty stare. "What about Ruckus though?"

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The Narrator
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at 07:55
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 229):

"If you'd like, you can go search for him. I only really need Frank for this. While we talk, you are free to explore, or do whatever. Have you tried calling your friend? I have a phone if you need one," Ms. Sakura says. She pulls out her smart phone from her purse.

Frank (Casper) looks very distressed. He is frowning and kneading his hands. Beads of sweat roll down his neck as he chews his lip nervously.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:30, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 230):

Aiko thinks that's a wonderful idea, she takes Ms. Sakura's phone and starts dialing Ruckus' number before running outside, waving goodbye to Frank/Casper and promising to see him when she gets back with Ruckus, or to meet up at the movies at least.

She forgot that this isn't her phone, but if possible, she'd like to have already ran out the school with it to search for Ruckus.

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at 22:03
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 231):

The phone rings until Ruckus picks up. He sounds out of breathe and pants as he speaks.

"Hello *huff* who *wheeze* is *inhale* this? *cough*" Ruckus says.

Aiko begins to walk out of the school, but Frank (Casper) grabs her wrist. Ms. Sakura waits by the entrance to her office, smiling.

"Aiko, there is something wrong. I can't leave," Frank (Casper) whispers to Aiko. He looks terrified.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:30, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Wed 2 Aug 2017
at 04:00
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 232):

"Ruckus! Where are you? Where did you go? I tried looking for you in the library but then things went haywire. Did one of your rituals finally work to save you?"

Aiko looks at Frank with a semi-worried expression, she doesn't say anything but she makes a "we'll figure it out look" kind of look to him.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:31, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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at 05:47
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 233):

"Do you think? I did perform a new ritual today using actual goats blood, like, no fake stuff. Yeah, sick, I bet it did work. The dark gods have blessed me with their unholy powers! Also, I jumped on a bus 'cause I was afraid Mrs. Slugworth was after me. So, like, I think I'm heading towards The Tower, the inner city. Hey, did you know Vlad had an internship up in The Blocks? Do you think I can get him to let me in one of the factories? I bet I can," Ruckus says.

Ms. Sakura has marched over to Frank. Her hand rests on Frank's shoulder and as she drags him back into her office. Frank's eyes are shut very tightly. His face is tightly clenched and he is trembling as he focuses very hard on something.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the GM at 07:31, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 03:05
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 234):

"Ya I do think so Ruckus. I uh, I don't think it's a very bright idea to try and get into the blocks though. Vlad's only just started working there so I don't think he can get anyone in. Also I'm stuck watching Frank with Ms. Sakura, and I really wanted to go see Wawa's game today. You should, like, totally come here and help you know?"

Aiko turns to Frank/Casper and tries to rip his spirit out of Frank's body mentally and secretly.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:31, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 05:34
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 235):

"I'm already on the bus though, and, like, I am not going back to the school," Ruckus says.

Aiko uses her spiritual force to rip Casper from Frank's body. Frank screams in pain as light beams from his eyes. It blasts the hallway with cold blue light of the dead for the split second that Casper is torn from the physical shell. Frank's head drops unconsciously. Casper shivers in the air, wide eyed, obviously disturbed. The ladies in the main office all stop. Food drops from their mouths as their pupils dilate. But, as always, they say nothing. A moment passes and returns everything to normal. Ms. Sakura drags Frank's unconscious body into her office, none the wiser, and shuts the door behind her.

(Aiko rolled an 11 to pull Casper out of Frank)

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:31, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 05:46
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 236):

"Alright, well, I think I'm going to go back to the woods. I'm having fun there, uh, bird watching. Want to meet up somewhere in an hour?"

Aiko would like to go talk to Tutonok about what happened to Casper.

This message was last updated by the GM at 07:31, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 07:05
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 237):

"Yeah, sure, I . . . no, man, like, go . . . yeah, I'll be, oh god, dude, stop! One sec Aiko . . . get off, like, I don't care about the red state, or whatever, lay off . . . Sorry, I got this guy here. He keeps trying to get everyone to go with him to one of the factories, and . . . No! I'm not joining your political activitsm group, I'm just getting off at the same stop. I am not your comrade. Ugh, fine! I'll, like, put a red filter on my Tweeter pictures, just stop shouting. You smell of vodka. Sterile. . . . We'll, like, do something later. I'm gonna try and get some industrial secrets from Vlad and makes some blackmail money, ha ha hahaha--Dude! . . . Stop roaring! YOu are not a bear, or, like, wahtever. You are the reason the USSR failed. Selfishness is not a comunnist quality, man. Shut up! . . . Ugh, I'll see you later. Oh, what do think about checking out an Art-Mash? I hear there are some real underground guys painting together somewhere in Old Town. That could be cool, and you could do some art and stuff," Ruckus says over the phone.

If you want to go talk to Tutonok you must wait at the bus stop for the right bus.

This message was lightly edited by the GM at 07:31, Thu 17 Aug 2017.

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Thu 3 Aug 2017
at 07:28
The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 238):

"Ugh, those people again? Vlad was dealing with one of them earlier. They're getting real annoying. Where are they trying to meet up anyway? Probably some junkyard in the blocks. But that art mash, that sounds pretty cool, we should totally go to that. It'd be sick."

Aiko waits by the bus stop then for the right bus. She beckons Casper along, making sure he sticks by her.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 239):

The bus stop is a plastic bench by the side of the road, outside of the high school, encased in a three sided glass cage. You wouldn't know it though considering all of the posters, papers, and pamphlets glued to the windows. It is grungy and the floor is littered with trash.

Sitting at the bus stop is the girl who had fought with Vlad earlier in the day. She sits on one side of the bench, black hair covering half of her face. Her blue and white striped sweater has stains on the elbows and sleeves similar to the ones on the ripped knees of her pants. The trousers have been ruffled and pulled out of her red boots, which are scuffed on the toes and heels. In her hand is one, partially torn, red pamphlet. She sits alone, staring at her phone and listening to the incessant drip of water in the distance.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 240):

Aiko says goodbye to Ruckus and shuts the phone off, telling him to keep her updated on anything strange. She also makes sure Casper is around her and turns to the girl while waiting for the bus.

"Hey, what's up?" She says.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 241):

The girl looks up from her phone. She grabs her hair and pulls it over the side of her face. Then she sighs heavily and looks at the pamphlet in her hand.

"Have you ever, like, joined a group to do stuff, and then, like, figured out they aren't what you thought? It's super sterile," She says.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 242):

Aiko shrugs. "I've never joined a group. Are those people not all they worked themselves up to be or something though?"

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 243):

"I just said some things, like, normal 'maybe we shouldn't berate the people we're trying to recruit' stuff. Like, it's supposed to be equality and help for everyone. You'd think that we'd have massive support down here where everyone could use some equality, but no. And, and, like beating on people isn't helping," She crumples up the red pamphlet and throws it on the ground, "Especially when your beating on people in your group. Bunch of dumb drips. Not sending anymore people to their sterile meeting."

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 244):

"Geez, they beat on their own people? My friend Ruckus just sounded like he was having trouble with some of them. hopefully they're okay. My name is Aiko by the way, how about you?" She holds her hand out for a shake.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 245):

"They aren't all bad. Just, some of them are, extreme, and they're really pushing to get as many people as they can to this meeting tonight," She sighs, "I'm Mary, too. Nice to meet you."

The bus to Mt. Bering pulls up and discharges its passengers. The doors lie open, revealing an old, wrinkled bus driver at the wheel. He looks through his square, horn-rimmed glasses at Aiko expectantly.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 246):

"Huh." She shrugs. "I guess I got to go, I got this phone though if you want to keep talking, but I'm headed to the mountain so I don't know how much access I'll get."

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 247):

The girl, Mary, waves goodbye.

The bus driver waits patiently for you to board.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 248):

Aiko waves goodbye and gets onto the bus. "To the mountain please."

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 249):

You hop on the bus and scoot into a seat. It is clean and air-conditioned. The seats are firm, but soft and upholstered in a geometric patterned fabric that hides all the stains you know are there. It smells of air fresher; you can see a can of orange-scent by the drivers foot. The rumbles along the streets of Wasabiland towards the vehicle lifts that elevate it onto the ground level of New Babel. The elevator deposits the bus into the Mountain Side district, a place filled with people in sweater vests, beanie hats, and plaid clothing, where it rattles on towards the Mountain.

As Aiko is sitting on the bus, she notices a two people in the back. They appear to be gluing leaflets to the windows of the bus. One, a boy, is dressed in a school uniform, a black, long-sleeve collared shirt with gold button and matching black pants. The other, a girl, is dressed in a similar uniform, a black, long-sleeved shirt with red tie, and black knee-length skirt. Both of them are wearing red buttons on their collars. They are slowly making their way up the bus, gluing papers to the windows and forcibly putting papers into people's hands and taping them to bags.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 250):

Aiko makes a mental note to Casper. She calls the students something along the lines of dumb and stupid, and then she chuckles at her own comments.

She'll look out the window and wait for the bus ride to finish.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 251):

As the bus drives, you watch buildings pass by. The city sky rises and towers give way to smaller apartment buildings, and eventually smaller structures, until the bus rides out into the suburbs filled with houses, strip malls, and supermarkets. Mount Bering grows larger as the mountainous, steel super-structure of New Babel begins to shrink.

The female student comes beside you. She leans over you and begins to paint glue onto the window. The male student, standing beside her, is holding a massive sheet of red papers.

They do not say anything to you, or even look at you.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 252):

Aiko swats the student's hand away gently. "Excuse me, I like to look at the scenery, I'll take a pamphlet or, advertisement poster? If you want me to though." She tries to sound as polite as possible as she doesn't want to start a fight, but she also doesn't like to be pushed over, so she's firm as well.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 253):

The girl scowls at you, but doesn't say anything. She pulls a poster from the stack in the boy's hands and drops it into your lap. Then they move on tot he next window.

The poster is similar to the ones Mary was posting around the bus stop. It is a red poster adorned with symbols of stars, sickles, hammers, and most importantly bears. The bottom of the page is lined with upraised fists, but a picture of a bear's growling face is embezzled on the top, surrounded with gold stars.

It extols the virtues of communism and hints at a special meeting being held tonight in The Blocks. It says one must only go there in order to join the revolution.

The bus continues rolling along through the suburbs until nice houses become simple, rundown, and poor. The trees begin to grow in bulk and the forest's influence can be seen in the land as grasses grow taller and animals roam more freely. The mountain stands tall and large now while New Babel is small in the distance.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 254):

Aiko quietly waits for the bus to arrive at her stop and she folds the pamphlet and puts in her pocket, making note of the meeting location.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 255):

The bus pulls in to the familiar bus stop outside of the forest. The smell of fresh air and pine trees wafts in through the open doors. Birds sing in the treetops. With the sun overhead, the forest looks inviting and peaceful.

Beside the bus stop, a hiking trail leads in to the forest. It is commonly used, and goes to the campsites. A little beyond that is the cave where Tutonok, the Spirit Bear, lives.

Only a few people get off at this stop. They are dressed in shorts and hiking boots and carrying large backpacks and sleeping bags on them. They hop off the bus and head up the trail, walking sticks striking the ground as they go. The two teenagers sit across from Aiko, waiting patiently for her to leave so they can finish gluing papers on the window. The bus driver checks his phone for the time, wondering if he is on schedule or behind.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 256):

Aiko hops off the bus, immediately she'll start walking to Tutonok's lair.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 257):

After a nice walk through the woods you make it to the cave of the Spirit Bear. It is similar to when you left it except for a few bits of trampled grass and some new blooms on the bushes and trees. There are a few bits of trash, a banana peel, an apple core, and a biodegradable water bottle, but no signs of people currently around.

The area swells with spiritual energy. It is very familiar to Aiko because it is imbued with her own power. Inside the swell are fluctuations of Aiko's spirit energy merged with the original energy that sustained Tutonok. Aiko can tap into the energies easily if she wants.

Inside the cave is dark. The only thing coming out is the sound of water dripping from the ceiling.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 258):

Aiko will tap into the spiritual energy after walking into the cave.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 259):

The air in the cave begins to swirl around her as Aiko is transported into the spiritual plane of the world. The air grows thicker and thicker until it is clearly visible, flowing blue clouds rolling along the ground and ceiling of the cave. Little pools of water hover in the air like strings of flattened beads, dripping wet down to the cave floor. Outside a cool wind blows in stray shafts of sunshine and pine scent. A feint, inviting smell of blood, like a good meal, circles Aiko.

Just in front of her, bowing low in greeting, is Tutonok, the Spirit Bear. He looks strong and powerful, and stands regally before her.

"Hello again, and welcome back to my home," He says.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 260):

Aiko bows. "Hello Tutonok! I have a very important question about Casper before I have to head out again to this revolution meeting that might stir trouble. Recently Casper got stuck in Frank's body, as in, he wasn't able to leave. Do you know why that is?"

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 261):

"Hmmm," Tutonok ponders the questions. He rolls his great neck, shaking the shaggy brown fur. The blue air swirls around him and through his nose and mouth. It comes flowing out like smoke from a chimney as he speaks, "That is curious. I have heard of ghosts who have not yet learned the act of possession, but never any who have forgotten. Could it be he perhaps forgot how to perform a possession and got stuck? Otherwise, I have heard tale of braves so strong in spiritual energies that they could trap ghosts and spirits within them like prisons. The evil among them would even practice this dark art on souls of powerful warriors, chiefs, elders, and shamans such as yourself, but mostly it was used to seal away evil spirits until they begged to leave. Does this Frank possess powers to suppress Casper within him?"

Tutonok continues to think, scratching his head in thought as the mists swirl around the cave.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 262):

Aiko shrugs. "Casper wouldn't forget how to possess and de-possess someone. And Frank is, well, he's very limited in his thinking when Casper isn't around."

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 263):

Tutonok nods gravely, "Then it may be as I feared. If Casper relies on your spiritual powers, he may be weaker so long as you sustain this realm here. Much of the residual spiritual energy is still abundant," Tutonok draws his paw through the ghostly fog, "so it should not weaken you significantly, but Casper may feels its effects before you do. You said you were going to some meeting? Does it have to do with the scepter?"

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 264):

Aiko shakes her head. "Not that I know of. Currently, I don't have any idea where the thief went the scepter. I keep sending spirits out to find it but nothing has come up. It's just that, according to this girl, Mary, the group is getting really rowdy lately. I'm afraid they'll end up causing a lot of damage to a lot of innocent people."

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 265):

"You go to watch over them? Good. Remember, the best way to stop a rabbit from running is to tear its legs off. I have also found eating the head to be a serviceable alternative. Let them give you no trouble, AikoIzumi now known SpiritCaller. And let none know your weakness," Tutonok rumbles as the mist quakes around him.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 266):

Aiko waves goodbye to Tutonok and does her bow again. "I'll talk to you again soon, friendly bear Tutonok." She'll head back to the bus now, with the intent to go to the revolutionary meeting place.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 267):

You return to the bus stop with no problems. The smell of pine trees and running water still clings to your clothes as you leave the natural world and rejoin the concrete suburbs of New Babel. The bus stop waits patiently by the road. The screen on its canopy reads one minute until the bus into New Babel arrives.

There are also two guys waiting at the bus stop, heavy backpacks laid on the floor. Sweat stains cover this armpits, chests, and backs. Hiking boots are swung over their shoulders as they tap the floor with their slippers. One of the men has a large red beard which he scratches often, and the other is completely bald, no hair, no beard, no mustache, not even eyebrows.

"The sidekicks coming out of the Superhero Association Academy are gearing up to be something great. I'm particularly looking at Corpse Kid and the Wily Tiger. I love her little costume with the tail, and when she spins, it's adorable, like a little striped tornado of terror," the bearded man says.

"Yeah, but you know where the real heroes are made? On the streets. Some of the Neighborhood sidekicks have been pulling in some headlines. Like the kid with the finger lasers, Digitize. Also I hear we got an alien in Solstice, but who knows," the bald guy says.

"I never understood why you like those Neighborhood Watch hero types. They just seem troublesome. No insurance, no guarantees. I just can't get behind that kind of vigilantism," the bearded guy says as he scratches his beard.

"It's about being independent. Avatar, Lady Justice, White Snake, they were all independents until they formed the Superhero Association, and even then it didn't become like a government thing until a few years ago. Maybe it's the conspiracy theorist in me, but I don't like my heroes being to tied up with government can-dos and can't-dos. It reminds me too much of a corporate hero," the bald man makes a face at them mention of "corporate heroes" and sticks out his tongue.

"Oh yeah, I can get that. I trust them to keep the Association clean though. They saved the city how many times? Gotta give 'em some credit," the bearded guy wags his finger as he speaks, "Also heard about a new one, Spirit Caller, they say she has an interesting power, saved a few people too. I think it was these woods actually."

"Yeah, I'm sure she'll get a call from one of those groups. Here's to hoping she don't go corporate. The day Tigerman signed on with Steelson's ripped my heart out," the bald guy pulls out two pouches of juice and hands one to his friend. They pokes holes into the pouches with their straws and drink.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 268):

Aiko says nothing to the men, she just waits for the bus to come along.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 269):

A minute later the bus pulls up to the stop. The doors open to reveal a large, frizzy haired woman at the wheel. She hurries the two guys into the bus. They take the nearest seats in the otherwise empty bus and sit with a crinkle. All of the bus seats are plastered with posters and leaflets advertising the Red Rally happening soon in The Blocks.

The bus driver looks at Aiko, waiting for her to board the bus.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 270):

Aiko gets on and sits wherever an empty seat is. She won't bother trying to look out the window since it's most likely plastered on. She'll just wait for the bus to stop closest to the Red Rally.

Actually, that's something else she'll do too, she'll look for anyone who seems to be advocating for the Red Rally.

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 271):

Aiko has the pick of the seats. Unfortunately, or perhaps thankfully, there is no one else on the bus except for the bus driver with the frizzy hair and the two men who got on with Aiko. The driver seems entirely focused on driving, and the two men are caught up in their conversation about superheroes. They seem to be ignoring the plethora of posters.

As the bus drives on your phone begins to ring. It appears to be the school calling according to the caller I.D.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 272):

Aiko picks up the phone. "Moshi-moshi!" She shouts all weeb-like.

(Also isn't this Ms. Sakura's phone?)

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 273):

"Izumi-san onegaishimasu? Aiko? Is that you?" You recognize the voice instantly; it's actually Ms. Sakura! She sounds a little anxious.

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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 274):

"Oh! Ms. Sakura! Are you okay?"
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 275):

"Hello, Aiko. I'm fine thank you. I was just wondering where my phone went, and I remembered I lent it to you. Where are you, actually?" Ms. Sakura says.
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 276):

Aiko says: "I'm on the bus. I'm going to the blocks to meet Vlad up. I can uh, give your phone back though if you want me to."
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 277):

"Well, it's fine if you keep it with you for now. Just make sure you bring it back tomorrow," Ms. Sakura says, "What is it you're doing in The Blocks? If you don't me asking. 'Hanging with some rad dudes and biz, I know?"
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 278):

"Uh, ya, just Vlad. Do you know Vlad? He got an internship over there."
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 279):

"Oh, are you looking for an internship? I hear there are dozens of companies searching for aspiring workers in The Blocks. I think I have tons of files about that very subject in my office. You should come back and we can talk about it. Off the top of my head I remember Steelson's is searching for students interested in chemistry, engineering, and mechanics. And Ateck has openings for some office positions. Not very exciting, but good work experience . . ." Ms. Sakura continues to drone on about different companies and their internship opportunities.

The bus trundles on through the suburbs around New Babel until the quaint two story homes and grassy lawns transform into concrete lots and multi-story tenant buildings of Blockhouse. All of the buildings are the exact same, laid out like dominoes with exact precision along a perfect grid. The prefabricated blocks are separated by color and number. You pass a Yellow 43, Yellow 44, Yellow 45, on your way into the Green territory starting with then numbers 76 and 77. Nothing decorates the streets except painted markings and odd stains. There is no graffiti, no colorful shopfronts, just concrete slabs and color-coded numbers. Even the people are dressed the same, in the same grey jumpsuits with the only difference being a few colored tags assigning them a block. But something lurks under the tranquil seal of conformity, breaching the air-tight lid in the glares and flash of knife blades and gun barrels exchanged between gangs.

The bus continues on as normal, picking up passengers in normal-grey jumpsuits, teenagers and gangs with electrical tape bracelets and headbands spinning hammers and crowbars, schoolchildren in matching uniforms, and dropping them off along the route. The bus will pass by a junction to Wasabi Land. If Aiko wants to return, she should get off now, otherwise the bus will continue into The Blocks.
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 280):

Aiko will keep going to the blocks. She doesn't really want to see Ms. Sakura right now, even though she's a sweet teacher.
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 281):

Ms. Sakura finishes listing off all of the internships, "And that's all I can think of off the top of my head. It'll be easier when I have all the files in front of me. But, make sure you bring my phone back tomorrow. And we can talk about it more then. Thank you, bye,"

The bus rolls on past identical apartment blocks and grey jump suits with strips of color into The Blocks.

Much like Blockhouse, The Blocks are a set of near-identical buildings, but unlike the shops and apartments of Blockhouse, each of these buildings is a massive factory, pumping out fumes of black smoke and leading caravans of trucks and cargo trains through its stone slab structures like great steel arteries and veins. This is the hypertense heart of New Babel, bringing in resources from the Western lands of Asia and Europe as well as the Eastern twin Americas, and the Southern island nations of Indonesia, Polynesia, Melanesia , and Micronesia, and Oceania, assembling them with haste and pushing out finished products over night to be shipped and flown back to the world around New Babel.

The bus stops outside of a Steelson's Compound, the very same one Vlad talked about interning at. Across the street, however, are a few warehouses and offices where some shifty-looking gangs of people wearing red scarves seem to be hanging around. That area is the same location listed on the poster Aiko kept: the location of the so-called Red Rally.
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 282):

Aiko steps off the bus and thanks the bus driver. Then she'll walk up to the rally and find someone who seems hearty enough to talk to her. She'll ask whoever she can what the red rally is all about and, and, among other things, what it is someone can do to help the cause (because she wants to see what their answers are).


((Also I've been thinking about a foil for Aiko and think it'd be a good idea for Frank to become Aiko's foil, the Ironman to Captain America, the Batman to Superman, the Bakugo to Midoriya))

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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 283):

The bus rounds the corner as Aiko steps across the street.

Before Aiko are two large concrete buildings. On Aiko's left, the building's grey, featureless walls are dotted with evenly spaced windows, blinds drawn, restraining the blue light of florescent bulbs from leaking into the streets. Dingy white blinds and blue light are a sure sign of an office block. Inside are likely dozens of workers tapping away in front of their computer screens, red eyes sagging, cloistered into little cubbies and starved for excitement. To her right, the building is nothing but flat walls, roughly textured yet adorned with posters for all sorts of this. At the moment, it is covered in red spray paint and paper. A sign hangs above the sidewalk that states clearly, "Warehouse 18-48," in thick, bold letters. Between the two blocks is a small alleyway, dark and secluded, blocked off by a chain link fence. A gang of three guys dressed in steel grey military fatigues with red ribbons tied around their arms squat along the curbside by the fence. They talk quietly to each other, mouthing words as their lips deftly grip their e-cigs, the smell of alcohol in the smoke, but they keep their eyes on the bus stop. Their glassy stares follow anyone holding red pamphlets like wolves eyeing rabbits in the snow.

As Aiko approaches, they drop their eyes onto the curb, their steel-toed boots, the bottles of cheap vodka arranged in neat rows, anywhere but her face.

"Hello, citizen-girl, you are looking for Red Rally? Why you want do that? Little girl like you, maybe not get involved in that stuff. Might be too tough, for you," One of the men laughs, eliciting a chuckle from the other two. He wears three red ribbons along his arms; the other two on have one ribbon on either arms each.

Two other people have shown up, both holding red pamphlets as well. One is an older asian man with thick-rimmed glasses and a balding head, dressed in a suit. The other is a girl in a beanie and plaid shirt. They stand behind Aiko, looking anxious and worried.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 284):

Aiko tries to convince the man. She puts on her sternest look and looks the man with the three red ribbons on his arm in his eyes. "I grew up in Wasabiland!" She says loud and proud, "I can handle a punch, and if someone is planning on changing the government then I want in, I'm not going to be some dumb bystander! No way!"

(Aiko rolled a 9 to persuade)
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 285):

The man smiles and it pulls wrinkles down from the rolls of fat around his bald head into the corners of his mouth. He stands to his full height (average size for a guy) pulls out a small pen knife from his pocket. He twirls the knife between his fingers, flipping it like a miniature baton and rolling it like a coin across his knuckles. The display finishes with a flurry as the knife flips in the air and lands solidly in his palm, blade facing inward, handle facing towards Aiko.

"You talk very good, citizen, very good. I see fire in you. And Wasabiland, ah? Many of the best recruits come from Wasabiland. But you can't just speak big, you must walk big too," the man looks at the other two recruits, addressing them as well as Aiko when he says, "Changing government is like moving mountain, you must be willing to dig a little and get dirt on hands," He shows the palm of his free hand, black and smothered in some kid of grease, "Jerome, come prove your mettle to these citizens as we test them," The man motions for his ally to stand. One of them does, the other remains squatting.

A large, chubby man with dark skin in a poofy windbreaker that scrapes when he moves stands up from the curb, "Ah-yep boss," He waddles over towards Aiko and the boss and suddenly stamps his feet, claps his heels together and salutes. His windbreaker screeches and scratches with his sudden movement, "Equality, Utopia, Communism, yo," the man says.

The boss smiles as he pushes the handle of the pen knife towards Aiko, "Walk the walk," He says through his smile as he gestures towards the stomach.

The two recruits stare at the knife and then at Aiko and lastly at the man, Jerome, who is statue still in salute. The business man breaks out in a sweat that fogs his glasses while the girl grows a little paler and covers her mouth with her raven black hair. The man squatting by the curb takes a swig from one of the vodka bottles and smiles.
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 286):

Grabs the knife and then turns to Jerome. "What? Mm'I supposed to stab you or somethin' like that? Ain't that hinderin' the cause?" She tries to say as coolly as possible.

She'll quickly go over the ideas in her head but, not really know what to do, she'll shrug and aim for Jerome's gut, hoping she won't cause any damage that will seriously injury Jerome, but is still convincing enough to freak out the people behind her to leave, and for her to be accepted into the rally.
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 287):

-l=SLIT==>

You give a quick thrust into the man's gut. As soon as the blade disappears into his jacket he coughs. A trickle of blood flows down his lip. He lurches forward and grabs his abdomen. Red liquid spreads across his jacket. The man steps back, but his trembling knees fail and he topples onto his back, sputtering, hands covering the wound.

The guy still squatting by the curb, bursts into laughter, spraying vodka into the air. Everything here seems to stink of alcohol, alcohol and smoke.

"She really went in. I think I see his guts, KomDiv Aleksei?" The guy giggles as he splashes the fallen man with vodka.

"This is good. Wasabiland is a horrible place and that is why it breeds the hardest people. That is why they walk the best. I am proud to walk with such comrades," KomDiv Aleksei says before taking a long drag of his e-cig, "How are you comrade Jerome? Soft? Have you learned lesson?"

Jerome groans, "Yes, KomDiv, I get it. Don't be soft, I get it. Yo, I'm like, I'm really bleeding, KomDiv, sir, can I go?"

"Niet. You ask to leave. That is soft, comrade. You embarrass our recruits," KomDiv Aleksei smiles again, pulling all the skin taut over his bald head so that the light reflects off it like a helmet. He turns to Aiko and the two other recruits as the third man continues to splash vodka on Jerome, aiming for his wound, "Comrade Jerome refused to help us remove a spy within our ranks. She was trying to weaken us, make us look soft to the public. When Comrade Jerome refused to remove her from group, she showed public that we had weakness. That we were soft. Recruit Aiko, you have taken first step in walk. But to lead New Babel into bright, red future of Communism, you must not walk alone. No. Must walk with comrades. Must teach them to step with you. Hand knife to next recruit. Show them, Comrade Aiko, how to stab into soft stomach like someone from Wasabiland,"

The two "recruits" behind you both whimper. The man gulps audibly and adjusts his glasses with a hand that could pulverize a mountain it was shaking so fast. He locks his eyes on Aiko and begins to huff. The girl, no older than Aiko herself, can just stare. Not at Aiko, or the man before her in a grey uniform with three red ribbons tied around his arms, but at the hole and the blood pooling around it. For a moment it seems as if she's stopped breathing, but then she takes a sudden deep breath to prove she's still alive.

"Give it to the girl. Something about girls doing the stabbing makes me real happy," The guy on the curb says as he swigs the vodka.

"Do not speak, Comrade Miguel. It is Recruit Aiko's decision. She must choose alone who goes next," KomDiv Aleksei silences the man.

Jerome groans quietly and rolls around on the dirty concrete sidewalk.
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 288):

Aiko flips the knife in her hand and stares at the two others. "With all due respect, sir, they don't seem cut out to fight. I also don't think it's weakness not to fight though." She'll kneel down by Jerome's side and place the knife in her pocket. Once she's knelt down, she'll place take out a piece of cloth or whatever from her bag and press it against Jerome's wound, applying pressure until he does so himself.

"I also think it's stupid to laugh at your comrades, and to get your comrades to fight against each other." Aiko gives Miguel a mean glare.

"I also think it's stupid to lay on the floor while your hurt, rather than getting up and going somewhere for help."
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 289):

KomDiv Alekski smiles. He wags his finger in the air as he lectures, "Ah, the ones from Wasabiland are always tough, but they are not usually so smart. You could be a strong leader, but before you learn to lead the march you must learn to step in key. Many hard decisions must be made, and they cannot all be avoided. Sometimes you must break the bottle to get to the drink so to say, and when you do that, sometimes you get a few shards of glass in your drink," Alekski puts a hand into his jacket pocket and wraps his fist around something, "I give you another chance. Choose recruit to give knife to, or I choose next recruit."

You press down on Comrade Jerome's wound. No more blood comes out. He feels thick and cushion-like under your hands. Immediately after you touch him, Jerome shoves your hands away from him. He presses the cloth against his stomach, but keeps swatting away your hands.

Comrade Miguel smiles. The two recruits stand still, holding their red pamphlets in their hands.
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 290):

Aiko sighs and turns to the two other recruits, looking at their eyes. "Okay, I guess. Give me your names, and your reasons for being here, and where you grew up, your family life, all of that. Spare no details."

She'll also secretly ask Casper for any suggestions, or useful information, or his general opinions that she could use in a situation like this.

(Also I was reading up on how to post webcomics)
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Tue 22 Aug 2017
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 291):

The older man speaks up first. He wipes his brow with the poster and then begins dabbing it along his liverspotted neck very anxiously. As if going to an interview, he is dressed in a well-pressed, tie, and leather shoes. His brief case hangs loosely from his sweaty palms along with a little canvas bag holding when smells to be some kind of bento box lunch, still hot, homemade, his name written in red ink along the top in a woman's hand writing. You can see him gulp before he begins speaking.

"I am Ono Haru," he stutters and readjusts his glasses, "I came because I wanted to help bring equality to New Babel. I want to make sure nobody dies when we can save them again."

The girl continues to stare at the wound in Jerome's stomach. Her hands are adorned with plastic rings and cheap, costume store bracelets, and she plays with them relentlessly, scoring rings of red rashes along her wrists and fingers. Stylishly ripped jeans, torn at the knee, new leather boots that have been weathered to the perfect look, and her two inch gauges all match the color of her raven hair and blue, black plaid shirt. She pulls off her beanie, scratches her head, and begins to speak.

"I came because it sounded really cool," she notices Alekski's eyebrow raise and says, "It still sounds really cool, and, like, I'm from Mountain Side. My friends said you wouldn't let me join because I'm too young, but I want to. If that's okay, sir, commander, komdave,"

Komdiv Alekski looks them over with a cold stare. Then he turns to Aiko, waves his hands towards the two, and raises his chin, ordering her to choose.

Casper whispers into Aiko's ear, "I guess you could just choose someone, like get it over with quickly. Maybe if we hurry we can treat him quickly and save him. If we can leave, we could always try and come back in like a disguise. They can't kill someone for every test. Right? Or maybe we could sneak into their hideout. It's got to be in one of these buildings if they're using this alley. But, if we leave, this guy's a goner for sure. But, if we leave, we can go get tamales. I love tamales. We can even start a tamale revolution if you want to join one that much."
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 292):

Aiko rubs her cheeks and nods. "Good idea. Good idea." She says while looking at Casper. "Guess I'll just have to rush through a decision. I hope I choose the right thing to do."

She flips a coin and sighs. "If it lands heads, I lose, if it lands tails, you win." She says, sort of talking to Komdave but not exactly as she's still looking at Casper.

(The actual coin I flipped landed on tails which means Ono is spared)

Aiko turns to Ono Haru and looks him straight in the eyes. "Honored elder! Your desire for equality is duly noted, and respected beyond a doubt. However, as much as I love your desire for equality, I do not think you should bloody your hands. There are bound to be better ways for you to do this, Haru-Sama. That bento box is home made I imagine, probably made by your wife, you probably have children too. Maybe even grand children, they wouldn't want to see you get hurt, I don't want to see you get hurt either. It's not that you're frail, though, it's just that you have already fought wars in life, Haru-Sama, maybe not all of them physical but mental, most likely. You should rest, you should be with your family, you should be reflecting and writing, your influence as an honored elder can shake the seas, I presume so anyhow. However, if you would, please put your contact information in this phone, I would be most grateful, we could talk over ideologies, and even have dinner together. My parents are wonderful cooks and I'm sure they would love to meet you!" Aiko hands Ono Haru the phone gently and smiles at him as brightly as she can, staring up at him with stern but sweet eyes.

When Ono Haru has put in his information, which he will do because she will not let him leave without it, she'll take her phone back.

Then she looks over at blue haired girl. "Those gauges must have hurt when you got them. A lot of people in Wasabiland have them too, but none of them are as pretty as those. Well, I mean, all we have are rats and roaches, and mutants, and probably some aliens somewhere. Strange things lurk in Wasabiland, but we always hear stories about pretty women and men from Mountain Side. Mostly from the idiots who think they're going to score one of them." Aiko is talking as sweetly as she can while still being as firm as possible. She stares the girl in the eyes like she did with Ono Haru, and she carefully tries to remove the bracelets from her wrists. "Unfortunately, even the pretty have to get dirty when we're young. That's what my parents taught me. Fight a good fight though, fight for a good cause." She'll give the blue hair girl the knife from her pocket. "Don't stab Jerome, don't go for Ono Haru either, if anything, stab comrade Miguel. He's asking for it anyway." Aiko shrugs and changes her tone of voice. "Or don't. You could probably go back to Mountain Side too, you know, with your strange friends trying to cover up blemishes and getting changed while trying to impress boys with your body. Really though, why undo your trousers for a boy when you could just simply stab one? Like Miguel!" Aiko smiles, sort of crookedly, trying to play a part.
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Tue 22 Aug 2017
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 293):

KomDiv Alekski points at Jerome, "Only stab Jerome, Recruit. That was my order. You must follow, or I will retaliate."

You see him shuffle the object in his pocket. Comrade Miguel bursts into laughter and begins to make stabbing motions at the two recruits.

Ono Haru looks very distressed and glances back at the bus stop, but there is no bus and nobody on the street to call for help.

The girl looks up at KomDiv Alekski, and then at Comrade Miguel, and finally at Comrade Jerome. She stares at the wound in his stomach and smiles. In a flash she jumps on Jerome's chest and begins plunging the knife into his stomach. No more blood spills onto his clothes, but he does make a series of guttural groans.

"Yes, thank you Comrade Aiko for the chance to prove myself worthy to the cause," the girl says, pulling the knife free from Jerome's body, "KomDiv Alekski, you can call me Recruit Amanda Bridge."

Comrade Miguel beats his chest and howls with fury. Ono Haru seeing this savage display, launches himself down the sidewalk and disappears around the corner. He throws Aiko's phone on the floor. It is not broken. It is scratches, quite badly, and the stain in the corner? That's ketchup. And the smell is rubbing alcohol. RUBBING.

KomDiv Alekski takes Recruit Amanda's wrist and lifts her up. He pulls the knife out of her hand and smiles. His smile grows in size until it stretches over his face like a mask.

Comrade Miguel can't stop laughing, but between his chortles and giggles he manages to say, "Did you see that? Ha ha. He took off so quickly. Oh, man, that's great. I love recruit duty, KomDiv."

"Yes. It is best time," KomDiv Alekski says, "Alright, Comrade Jerome, you can get up now."

Comrade Jerome starts to giggle and picks himself up off the floor.

"Yo, KomDiv, that was great. I love these girls, but damn that hurt. I could feel it even through the stab proof vest. I definitely think thy'll be good for the Rally," Comrade Jerome says.

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Tue 22 Aug 2017
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 294):

Aiko frowns and picks up the phone, not really paying any mind to Jerome after hearing him talk and realizing that he's alive. "Ouch." She looks up at Casper. "Ms. Sakura is not going to like that. Her phone is messed up now." She sighs and shrugs. "I'll have to find a way to get her a new one."

Then she secretly asks Casper through their mental ties to try and posses either KomDiv Aleski or Comrade Miguel.
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Tue 22 Aug 2017
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 295):

KomDiv Alekski brushes Comrade Jerome down. He looks to Aiko and the other girl, Amanda, and begins to speak, "I understand you may think it harsh, but we must ensure our Recruits are of the greatest conviction. It is the recruits and comrades of the Red Ralley who keep it strong, unlike New Babel's Communist Party. They are weak, fractured and fighting among themselves for scraps and ideology. We are strong and united under ideology and leader. We fight for equality and each other. Jerome was not in danger with his vest, and the knife was blunt. The blood was fake and we covered the smell with alcohol. Comrade Miguel has been splashing it around so you did not notice no blood smell. It is good, no?"

"The best is, I don't even drink. I filled one of the bottles with water. Comrade Jerome and I went to an acting college on the first tier, but I just couldn't stop laughing," Comrade Miguel says as he walks towards the alley way.

"Nah, I really thought the laughing sold your character, yo," Comrade Jerome says. He pulls off his jacket, roughing up the sleeves as he struggles to pull it over the vest. Next he pulls off the stab proof vest and slides an empty blood pouch out. He walks over to Comrade Miguel and they continue to talk about the performance as they head towards a cellar door.

"Now I take you into hideout," KomDiv Alekski says, but before he can move Casper phases into his body. KomDiv Alekski is under Casper's control for now.

Recruit Amanda waits for him to lead.
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 296):

"Okay, KomDiv, lead us around." Aiko says. "Show us where you behead people and hang them up to dry, and all of that."

Aiko will also call in a spirit to help her figure out what's going on at the Red Rally while she waits for Casper to lead her and Amanda.

(rolled a 12, 6,3 + 3)
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Tue 22 Aug 2017
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 297):

Though nobody in the real world can see it, Aiko reaches into the inky, cold of the Otherworld and extends a spiritual arm in search of aid. The chill of death begins to surround her as she waits.

(What do you want the spirit to be able to do exactly?)

Meanwhile, KomDiv Alekski smiles, stretching the skin over his face as he sidles towards Aiko. Amanda smiles back with a creepy grin and over-excited eyes. KomDiv Alekski holds the smile as he whispers into Aiko's ear, "Where do I go? I don't know where they do the murders and stuff," Casper says to Aiko as his eyes strain to keep contact with the crazy Amanada.

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Wed 23 Aug 2017
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 298):

Aiko frowns and asks Casper to leave KomDiv's body.

She wants a spirit who can scout out the situation like Toby, but also be able to report back to her.
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Wed 23 Aug 2017
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 299):

Casper leaves the KomDiv's body, leaving the man stunned and perplexed at the entrance to the alleyway. He rubs his shoulders as if recovering from a chill and asks, "What just happened? I feel like something just flew through me. Never mind, we go now, yes? Ready?"

Recruit Amanda nods enthusiastically and follows the KomDiv down the alleyway towards a cellar door. Comrades Miguel and Jerome have both disappeared, presumably into that cellar door.

Aiko can feel something grab hold of her call for aid and pull itself into the living world. It is an avian spirit with long flowing feathers and obsidian talons that grip Aiko's shoulder. Instead of a head it has a single massive eyeball that constantly moves taking in the details of the buildings, the pavement, and the clothes everyone is wearing. Its tail, long, flexible, and tipped with an obsidian bard, wrap around Aiko's arm. The Spirit Bird looks at Aiko with its cyclopian eye and awaits for orders.
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 300):

Aiko pats the eye bird and smiles. "Go find anything that could be seen as harmful, or anything dangerous, or threatening. Then come back to me." She whispers to the bird, and then goes to follow KomDiv.
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 301):

The bird nods its eye and sets soaring off through the buildings, using its ghostly form to fly through the walls as it investigates the area for potential danger.

As Aiko catches up to KomDiv Alekski and Recruit Amanda they are opening up the door to the basement under the office. A man dressed in a grey uniform with a red band on either arm answers the door. He leans in as KomDiv Alekski whispers something in his ear. They nod to each other and the man steps aside letting you, the KomdDiv, and Amanda inside.

You enter a small, grey room with a single table, a few scattered chairs, a red sheet draped along one wall adorned with a sickle and hammer, and a door on the other end just as three other people are leaving. One of them, like KomDiv Alekski, has three red ribbons on her arms. The other two, following her, have a single red ribbon each. One of them looks particularly pillowy. They all nod to Alekski as they climb the stairs into the alleyway and disappear from sight. From behind the door you can hear the sounds of many people talking, chatting, chanting, and generally making merry. Music can be heard faintly through the walls. The doorman locks the door leading to the alleyway and picks a seat where he puts his earbuds in and watches something on his phone.

KomDiv Alekski picks up a clipboard and a pen off the table and hands it to Amanda. He then pulls a crate out from underneath the table and pulls out two packets of paper. He holds them close to his breast while he addresses you two.

"Now you have entered Red Rally Base. This is only first room where we test new recruits. When you finish test you become full comrades and earn your ribbons," He pulls out two shinny, red ribbons from his pocket and waves them in front of you. Recruit Amanda's eyes sparkle, "First step in becoming comrade and joining march to lead New Babel into bright, red future of utopian equality is to sign name on registry. Put Last name, first name, e-mail, phone number, best time to contact, address, and if you want sign up for People’s Communist Party of New Babel (PCPoNB) Newsletter. Is pretty good newsletter, very informative. This month had article about importance of women's role in revolution, and fun cut-out Stalin mustache and eyebrows set."

Amanda quickly fills in her information and hands the clipboard and pen to Aiko.

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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 302):

Aiko fills everything out but gives out slightly fake information other than her name in order to somewhat protect her identity.
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Thu 24 Aug 2017
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 303):

Aiko fills out the forms, misspelling her email address, giving the address of the next street over, filling in the wrong middle initial, and checking the "no" box for the PCPoNB Newsletter.

KomDiv Alekski collects the forms and holds them under his arm. Next he pulls up two chairs and gestures Aiko and Amanda to sit. He places the two packets of paper on the table. The packets are labeled "Red Rally Recruit Entrance Test," and they appear to have about six pages each.

"Thank you for filling out forms, I will deposit them while you finish test. Now, this test is extremely difficult. Though you may have conviction to join Red Rally, you must have intelligence as well. When I tell you go, you will begin test. You will finish when I return in thirty minutes. While I am gone, Comrade Jones will watch you," The doorman lifts his head for a moment, waves his hand, and then returns to whatever he is watching on his phone.

"Are you both ready?" KomDiv Alekski asks as he hovers near the door into the next room.
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to The Narrator (msg # 304):

Aiko shrugs and then prepares herself for the test. Asking Casper to make sure she can get all the answers correctly, asking Casper to help her cheat essentially.
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The City of New Babel #3: The Revolution Bears its Teeth!
In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 305):

"Alright Recruits. Now begin," Komdiv Alekski says as he leaves the room. Comrade Jones sits in the corner, watching his phone.

Casper nods and leans over Amanda's shoulder, watching her write.

You flip open the first page. There are 5 questions. The first one asks, "What is the best political system? Choose one answer: A) Democracy. B) Oligarchy. C) Communism. D) Authoritarianism. E) Each political system has its own merits and deficits that must be taken into account independently and in comparison with each other, but all are subject to difficulties due to capricious leaders, power struggles between parties, and outside influence."

The second questions asks, "Who is a truly glorious leader deserving of praise? Choose one answer: A) George Washington. B) Napoleon Bonaparte. C) Karl Marx, the founder of Communisum who is to be praised and admired. D) Vlad Dracula. E) all of the people mentioned above have admirable qualities, but like all human beings they are not perfect individuals and are also composed of various deficiencies of personality and must be understood within their own context."

The third question asks, "What is your favorite color? Choose one answer: A) Blue. B) Orange. C) Red, the might color of communism. D) Black. E) Colors are best when they are used in conjunction with one another."

The fourth question asks, "Should the populace of New Babel engage in a revolution for communism? Choose one answer: A) Yes. B) No, they really should."

The fifth and final question asks, "Will you subscribe to the People’s Communist Party of New Babel (PCPoNB) Newsletter for only 10 dollars a month? Choose an answer and write down your information. A) Absolutely. B) I already have subscribed. C) No. D) I can't read. E) I will, and I would also like to purchase an official PCPoNB hat and T-shirt."

Casper whispers into Aiko's ear, "She chose D. Then D again. Then D . . . again. Then A, and lastly, D. Again. Maybe we can find someone better to cheat off of."
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 306):

Aiko sighs and stares at the questions. "Dracula the Vampire is my literary hero of horror. But I think these questions will be easy enough to answer." She says. "Thanks anyway Casper."

Aiko Answers C, C, then another C, A, and then a D.
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 307):

You turn the page and move on to the next question. There is a single question on the page followed by several blank lines for your essay. The question is . . .

"What does Communism mean to you? What steps do you think must be taken in order to free New Babel from the diseased fetters of capitalism and march towards the greatness of Communism? What is the utopian image of a Communist New Babel to you?"

Casper leans towards Aiko, "She's drawing pictures on the lines. She drew a sickle and hammer over, I think it's a wedding cake? Oh, wait, she's writing. 'I think Communism is good. The first step to freeing New Babel from the capital feathers is to make it Communist. What does utopean mean?' Not very helpful."
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 308):

Aiko says and agrees with Casper, and then proceeds to write down her own answers.

"Communism means salvation. First step to taking over New Babel's capitalistic ways is to start a Communist Revolution, specifically through the Red Rallies. The Utopian image of a Communist New Babel is the image of the red rallies triumphiting over the Capitilistic scourge that is currently in place."

"Does that sound.. Good?" She asks Casper. Aiko also draws hammer and sickles.
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"It sounds creepy. I'm sure they'll love it," Casper says.

On the third page is another essay question. It reads, "What do you have to offer the Red Rally? What are you willing to do to achieve the dreams of Communism?"

Casper glances over at Amanda's answer and whispers it into Aiko's ear, "She says 'I will do whatever you want KomDiv Alekski.' She is really scary, Aiko."

In the corner of the room, Comrade Jones plugs his phone into the wall to charge. He continues to watch whatever it is he's watching.
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Aiko sighs and stares at the question. "Hey Casper. Tell me what Jones is watching over there."

Aiko then proceeds to write down the exact same thing as Amanda, only changing it a little bit so it looks like she didn't copy off Amanda.
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Casper flies behind Comrade Jones and watches the phone for a few minutes. After that Casper returns to Aiko and says, "He's watching cartoons. Not a great guard, really. I don't think he's paying attention to anything."

The next page in the packet is a grading sheet with all of the questions listed in order and a space for your name. The page after that is an answer sheet!

The grading sheet says . . .

"Now that you have completed the test you must grade yourself on how well you did. The next page will contain an answer sheet for this test, please use it to grade yourself. Remember to be truthful and honest.

The answers to the multiple choice section are 1) C. 2) C. 3) C. 4) A or B. 5) A, B, or E.

The first essay is graded as follows: Communism means something good = 1 point. One of the steps to making New Babel Communism is by using Communism = 1 point. Utopian image is Commuist New Babel = 1 point. Higher points = Better Score (max 3 points).

The second essay is graded as follows: If you are willing to offer anything to the Red Rally = 1 point. If you are willing to do anything for Communism = 1 point. Higher points = Better Score (max 2 points).

Please score yourself and remain seated until your instructor returns. Remember to be truthful and honest for Communism."

As Aiko reads she can hear the sounds of Amanda furiously rubbing her eraser on her packet.
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 312):

Aiko stares at her paper and then flips it back quietly, giving shifty eyes every now and then at Jones to make sure he isn't watching, and then changes her wrong answers into the correct answers.

She will say she is already subscribed to the newsletter, and then she will say that she would offer her full support to both the Red Rallies and to Communism.

Then she'll wait for KomDiv Aleski to come back, and asks Casper to continue watching the cartoons and telling her all about it.
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 313):

Comrade Jones is completely invested in his phone. He doesn't notice anything. Casper tells Aiko all about the cartoons which involve a cat and a mouse fighting a dog who has a chainsaw for hands.

The final page of the packet is a certificate of membership. It is a red sheet of paper, adorned with roaring bears, hammers, and sickles. In the center is an emblem of a group of flags hovering over an outline of New Babel City. It reads . . .

"This certificate certifies _________ as a fully approved member of the Red Rally."

You can see Recruit Amanda filling her name out on the certificate.

Comrade Jones is not paying any attention to anything except his phone. But from the other side of the door leading into the next room, Aiko can hear the sounds of foots steps and KomDiv Aleksi's muffled voice.
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 314):

Aiko fills out her name, and gives herself a fake middle name just in case. Because you know, Japanese people don't have middle names, so it should throw off the trail somewhat just in case.
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 315):

KomDiv Alekski comes through the door carry four red bands. He is flanked by Comrades Miguel and Jerome. Although this time, Miguel seems bigger and thicker than Jerome.

"Recruits! Have you completed test yet? You have to finish grading and sign name on certificate," KomDiv Alekski says.

"I got a perfect score. Do I get to be in now?" Recruit Amanda says, holding up her packet.

"Very good, and you Recruit Aiko?" KomDiv Alekski asks.
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Aiko shrugs. "I think I got a perfect score too. But I'm not used to grading my own tests, everyone in Wasabiland has their tests graded by the teachers since we're prone to cheat. Well that's what they say anyway. I guess they're not entirely wrong most of the time either."
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"I'm sure, haha, but here we trust you and your love for Communism to stay true to yourself. Now, you can take the certificates and keep them. You also get these," KomDiv Alekski hands you two red ribbons for your arms, "If you give me your completed packets, we can bring you into the next room where you can meet all of your new Comrades."

Amanda hands him the packet and ties her ribbons around her arms, eager to go.
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 318):

Aiko does the same, tying the ribbons to her arm when she gets them and looking around for her bird spirit, wondering if it found anything.
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 319):

As Aiko finishes tying the bands to her arms, the spirit bird ascends through the floor, seemingly invisible to everyone except Aiko and Casper. The bird perches on Aiko's shoulder and curls its tail around her arm. The barbed tail snakes up Aiko's shoulder and jabs into the nape of her neck. The single massive eye on the bird's shoulders begins to rotate as it drains its memories into Aiko's mind.

Aiko is suddenly swooping above the rows of cubicles in the office room above. Tired workers type at their desks, the sounds of keyboards and mumbling fills her ears. She flys through the ceiling and unto floors and floors of cubicle bound workers and managers caged in glass offices at the corners of the building. You fly out through the ceiling and into the open air. It is thick and heavy, tasting of smoke, but you only have a moment before you dive into the warehouse. It is packed full of crates and boxes, manufacturing materials, tools, vehicles, and other industrial supplies. You fall through the floor and into the basement where the smell of oil and gunpowder assaults your nose. You can hear the click of weapons as you appear in a tunnel underneath the warehouse basement. Rows of men and women dressed in heavy brown uniforms wearing patches on their shoulders of roaring bears seem to be ambling around, checking the plethora of weapons (pistols, grenades, and rifles kept in wooden creates with the words Warehouse 38 stamped across them) they have, and generally waiting for something. You fly through the tunnel, seeing upwards of two dozen uniformed men and women until you fly through a door and into another room. It is a small room with a few computers set up. Only a couple people are here, but the one who catches your eye is a large, massive man dressed in heavy furs and covered in red ribbons wrapped around his arms, legs, and chest. His face is thick and round, but leathery and scarred. He smiles at something on the computer before you fly through the door and into a massive underground bunker. Dozens of people are laughing and talking all at once, clinking mugs of beer. They all have various numbers of red ribbons tied around their arms. Then, Aiko turns up, soars through the ceiling and into her own eyes.

The spirit bird stops rotating its eye. It squawks, and Aiko is returned to her normal state.

KomDiv Alekski holds open the door, and Comrade Amanda is entering it. They both look back at Aiko, expecting her to follow.
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 320):

Aiko looks at the bird and pats it and thanks it and asks it to go out for another flight. Then she follows the KomDiv and Amanda through the door, wondering what kind of spirit she should summon to take out an entire army.
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Aiko enters onto a staircase and a massive room filled with fellow comrades, dancing, drinking, and talking. Music plays from loud speakers up above and a DJ dances on a small, make-shift stage at the end of the basement room. Several fold-out tables were set up with plastic chairs around them. Coolers were laid out with drinks, sandwiches, and snacks; people were picking from them freely. At the far end, behind the stage, you can just make out a pair of doors.

KomDiv Alekski leads you and Comrade Amanda to a table where a bunch of other people are sitting. Most of them are wearing single red bands, but a few of them have two red bands. KomDiv sits you both in front of a skinny looking man with an amiable smile. He appears to be sweating profusely and playing with the two red bands on his arms.

"KomBat Bob, these are your new charges, Comrades Amanda and Aiko. Comrades, this is your KomBat. He will be your leader and answer your questions during our rally. Make sure you listen to him and stay with him during the protest. I must gonow, my place is torecruit new comrades for the Rally. Good bye," KomDiv Alekski nods to you and leaves.

"Well hello. My name is KomBat Qui, uh, Bob. Hello. What questions do you have for me," He asks as he loosens his collar and smiles weakly, "Oh, wait, we can get food and stuff, uh, sodas, and, uh, snacks. Chips! Help yourself,"

Amanda grabs some stuff and takes a seat. She pulls out a seat for you and offers you a bag of chips and a soda can.
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Aiko grabs the soda can and thanks Amanda, then stares at KomBat bob.

"Hey Casper, does Bob look a little scared?." Aiko asks Casper, covering her mouth and leaning against Casper's ear hoping no else sees or hears her.

She'll also try to summon another spirit, one that can go to where her eye bird, who she has named IBird, and dismantle the armory and troops, in secret.
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"No, no, I'm not scared. I am a brave communist man who likes the color red, and I will be your leader during this attack. But, can I ask why you two joined? This seems a little dangerous for you girls, maybe you should go home," KomBat Bob says with a warm smile. Every now and then he turns around and glances at the stage, moving his head as if he was looking for something.

The DJ pumps his fist in the air as he plays quotes from the Communist Manifesto to a dubstep beat. A group of comrades are getting rowdy around the stage, jumping and dancing around, spilling sodas and chips across the floor. Others are leaned over their tables, talking and chatting about all sorts of things. One boy seems to mimic KomBat Bob's actions, peering over towards the stage, then to Bob, then back to his drink and the people around him. As he glances at Bob, the boy also takes a moment to pass his eyes over Aiko and Amanda. From what Aiko can catch, they seemed cold and emotionless against his sallow skin. The boy, about Aiko's age or older, rejoins the conversation at his table, but after a few minutes he turns back to the stage again, and continues this through the conversation.

Comrade Amanda just shrugs at KomBat Bob's question and sips her soda.

Casper looks the guy over before he whispers back, "He is kind of shaking a bit, and he keeps tapping his foot, and he keeps looking over at stage for some reasons, but I like his ideas. Let's go home now, so we don't get hurt, please."

Out of the spirit world, answering Aiko's call, is a small floating wisp. It hovers around her shoulder like a mote of dust. No discernible features cover its face. It does not talk or give any indication of sentience, but it waits patiently, never directly in Aiko's line of sight. It hugs her peripheral vision, almost as if it cannot enter her direct field of view.

IBird looks over the new spirit and flaps its wings, causing a strange draft to whisk over the table and scatter a few napkins and empty chip packets onto the floor. KomBat Bob bends over, picking up the litter and throwing it in the trashbag at the end of the table.

(Aiko rolled a 10 to summon a spirit)
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Thu 21 Sep 2017
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 324):

Aiko sends IBird and the new Wisp to go do as much damage to the armory as they possibly can, and then surrounds her areas. She is hoping to pick up on anything that is peculiar or strange, particularly something that alludes to what the two men, KomBat Bob and the Other guy, are up to.

(Spirit Caller Rolled an 8 for this)

She'll also Casper to search around and see if he can find anything out.

Then she'll go and sit down by KomBat Bob.
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
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IBird and Wisp disappear through the floorboards into the basement below.

Casper disappears as he searches the room for information.

KomBat Bob continues speaking, "You know, if you girls want to leave before this whole thing starts, you are free to. Don't feel pressured to stay or anything. Protests can be dangerous after all, and we can never be sure what the police or security guards might do, but you have to remember not to react. If we do anything it will break the non-violent protest," He finishes and glances back at the stage, waiting for something to happen.

The strange boy continues to survey the room and wait for something to come to the stage.

All around the room, people are talking, dancing, eating, and playing with their phones. The phone Aiko beeps and buzzes with alerts and news stories about a Communist protest in the works. A large number of people have suddenly switched their profile picture to one with a red overlay. Over in one corner of the room, Aiko can see people taking pictures next to a red flag adorned with an outline of New Babel with a hammer and sickle above it.
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Sat 23 Sep 2017
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 326):

Aiko rocks her legs back and forth and decides to flat out ask KomBat Bob why he keeps staring back at the stage.

She'll ask wonder if Casper is back.

Then she'll ask if she has to take a picture with the red overlay as well.
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 327):

Bob looks away from the stage, "Oh, um, no reason. I just can't wait for the speaker. They say he's really, uh, cool, and, stuff. But, the picture, well they definitely encourage you to show your communist pride, but you don't have to if you don't want. I think we're all supposed to switch our profile pictures about now actually," Bob pulls out his phone.

Just as he does, a person steps onto the stage and announces, "Hello everyone, we're almost ready to begin the protest. We're going to have a speech from our leader and chief organizer, Comrade Kodiak, and then will begin. We'd like to remind everyone to switch over your profile pictures and post about the Red Rally now, if you haven't already done so. We'd also like to give a special thank you to Comrades Jim, Kenji, and Sarah for providing us with these wonderful refreshments. Thank you," the announcer finishes and steps off the stage.

The music dies down as the DJ prepares a microphone. Everyone clears the dance floor and returns to their seats, except Comrade Amanda who hurries over to take a selfie with the flag.  Bob holds his phone out towards the stage, taking video of the area.

Over in a corner, Aiko can see Casper. He is hiding along the ceiling and seems to be listening in on a few conversations below him.
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
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In reply to The Narrator (msg # 328):

Aiko will check in on IBird and the wisp, and then she'll check up on Casper as well.

Seeing as she does not actually own a phone, and this is just Ms. Sakura's, she won't bother with changing her picture, since she's void of social medias anyway.

She'll wait for the leader to prop up next.
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Fri 29 Sep 2017
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In reply to Spirit Caller (msg # 329):

As you connect with the wisp's mind you catch a glimpse of the tunnel you saw before, boxes piled against the wall and lights flickering overhead, but before Aiko can see anything more she feels a sudden heat and a flash of light brakes her from the wisp's mind. It feels like it has gone from this world. Connecting with IBird confirms this as the wisp is no longer in sight. IBird sees the tunnel, looking through the dark, and it has been destroyed. All of the boxes are in pieces and the walls are black with soot. A rush of footsteps and flashlight rays fills the tunnel as IBird watches on.

Back in the room, a large man dressed in a massive bear fur has taken the stage. He smiles at everyone and shouts through the microphone, "Hello comrades! We will now begin the protest! If anyone has any questions ask them now before I start giving orders!"

You can see Bob has taken out his phone, like many others, and begun recording the man on the stage.