Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block.   Posted by Retro DM.Group: 0
Retro DM
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Wed 28 Aug 2019
at 03:01
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Indeed, when Malun's device activated, she had sight from within Hektor's own eyes. At Whitney's will, the celestial owl took a short flight, and the Portcon display showed what he saw on it's projected screen. Ms Calhoon was thoroughly impressed, noting how this tech would allow them incredible scouting ability - which they would certainly need beyond the rift.

With the test over, they still had some time to wait before Jason's hour long ritual finished, and all of them got to witness the results of it. The forged from scrap katana looked like a brand new blade of classical design. The scabbard had a bit of Jason's own flair on it as well - an engraving of a single feather, owed to Garret's dream and the item he found thereafter.

Garret gains a Katana - equivalent to a Longsword

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Another thirty or so minutes, and everyone was gathered up with their gear. For her part, Ms Calhoon was dressed for stealth, all in black, and strapped a silenced 9mm pistol. They piled into Ms Calhoon's station wagon, and drove back to the site of the rift. The place was still covered in caution tape, so Ms Calhoon parked well away, and the group waited until the nearby police patrol passed along the road. The teens lead her up towards the split in the earth, where all this strangeness began. Was the rift still there?

Perception or Investigation checks if you are trying to find the way back through
Garret Blake
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Wed 28 Aug 2019
at 15:07
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Garrett was dressed in his leather jacket, the football pads that he could remember fitted underneath, some arm-guards over his elbows and shinguards under his jeans. Adding to the Mad-Max looking aesthetic was the completion of the katana, its sheath shoved awkwardly through his belt.

This is some Fist of the North Star shit. All I need is a random arm-bandage.

Next time.

Why was he thinking about this? Stop.

Hell of a way to be while dodging a police patrol. He looked over his shoulder, making sure that everyone was with, then took a deep breath, hoping that whatever grace had been granted him by these powers he now possessed would also let him see clearly enough to get everyone through before they got in more trouble than they needed to be in. Needed, of course, being the key word.

Breathing out his fear, he gave everyone his best smile--confident, but not quite hiding his fear--and said "Alright. Let's get this done, straight and simple."

Turning back to search with his eyes, a small pale flicker of silver white stirred in their depths.

Perception: 18!
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 57 posts
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 Don't touch my PortCon!
Thu 29 Aug 2019
at 01:13
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Malun wore her armored labcoat and followed along, slowing down the movement of the group due to her short stature and heavy bag, but she wasn't worried about going slow with all of them now heavily armed in various ways.

Naturally with her memory she had no problems directing everyone back towards where the schism happened, continuing to explain about her new program(as Jason and Garret were not present for her first explanation), "further, I can use these discs with any living creature...well, any one large enough to carry the disc of course, not simply supernatural creatures like Hektor. And there is also a program to let me speak with animals, which I tested on some raccoons last night, if we want more than one pair of eyes on a situation. Bribe a local small animal to take the disc and look around in one area while Whitney has Hektor observe from a different angle. With these options, our modular surveillance capabilities are practically unmatched."

OOC: Investigation 21
Jason Drake
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Sat 31 Aug 2019
at 15:28
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Gathering up his things and piling into the car with everyone else, Jason started to feel excited about what they were about to undertake. It would be dangerous, absolutely, but they were equipped for that in ways no one else was.

Being that this was only the second time Jason wore his makeshift armor - a combination of work leathers and go kart crash pads - as well as his first attempt at making anything of the sort, it didnít fit quite right yet. He could adjust some straps on the fly, but he noted a need for different stitching in some places. It would serve for now.

Following along with the rest, he tried to stay low as they went though the caution tape and up the the hill where they battled the giant bone snake. The crack in the earth looked as plain as anything else, but maybe he could spot something.

Perception 24
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
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Fri 6 Sep 2019
at 20:30
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
The ride to the rift was cramped. Made worse by sitting between two already beefy meat boys who had decided that shoulder pads were making a comeback. He tried not to think about how his shirt was becoming wrinkled or worse, contaminated by the proximity to bulky makeshift armor. The A/C was on full blast in the front of the car, about as useful as an ice pack in the Sahara.

Overhead Hektor flew above, following the station wagon to their mutual destination. As Whitney gripped his borrowed quiver and arrows, he longed to be outside. Flying like Hektor.

Closing his eyes, he suddenly opened them to the blue horizon of California. Looking down he could see the station wagon. It was only sight and sound, but focusing on this viewpoint he could almost pretend he wasn't between his musky peers.

He saw the crevice and made to investigate before the car parked.

Perception 14.
July Coates
 player, 61 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Thu 12 Sep 2019
at 01:52
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
July was acutely aware of how ridiculously mismatched their little outfit looked. Ms. Calhoun was decked out like some sort of sleek super spy. Garrett and Jason were both strapped up in almost Mad Max style of armor. As always, Whitney and his perfectly tailored clothes were the height of sophistication. Little Malun was practically drowning in her heavy lab coat. The leather jacket that had been dug out for July was heavy across her shoulders, but it was, she supposed, better protection than the flannel she had stolen borrowed from Garrett in the lab.

Squinting against the summer day towards the crevice, July's dark brows knit together. It seemed so mundane now. If she hadn't witnessed its formation firsthand, it wouldn't have registered as anything unusual.

A few days removed from the terror of that event, all July felt now was a burning curiosity. She pushed forward with a burst of energy, dark hair bouncing in time with long strides as she started up the hill, blue eyes scouring the area for anything unusual.

18 on that them there investimagatin check

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Retro DM
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Fri 13 Sep 2019
at 20:49
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
As the group slowly spread across the length of the narrow chasm, there seemed to be some kind of extra energy in the air around them. Some kind of tugging, or a wind vacuum that shouldnít be there. Malun and Jason notice it first, with Garret and July spotting it only seconds later - a dim, almost black point just hanging in the air, like a tiny bead of sand. It was humming very quietly in itís space, itís movements barely perceptible. Itís a wonder they were able to find it so quickly. Malunís Portcon beeped once she saw it, and displayed a message.

:: Foreign energy signature. Nature unknown.  Caution advised. ::

Everyone except Whitney passes the check.
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 58 posts
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 Don't touch my PortCon!
Sat 14 Sep 2019
at 16:04
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"Hmm," Malun looked down at her PortCon at the beep, and relayed the message instantly while typing in additional commands to try and narrow down what it is NOT if the PortCon can't figure out what it IS, "I'm getting an alert for a foreign energy signature of unknown nature. It seems to have to do with that black dot in the air."
Jason Drake
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Sat 21 Sep 2019
at 05:14
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
So, this was it. The spot where the earth had cracked open and somehow thrust them into a separate world. He figured they'd come back here some day, but he didn't know it would be so soon. Still, he felt confident, ready, somehow, as he searched for signs of a possible rift back into that night time space.

He spotted it almost the same time Malun did. A speck hanging in the air. He wasn't quite sure what to make of it, but maybe that is what they were all looking for? He took a few tentative steps closer to it, nodding as Malun gave out her warning.

"Well, it's certainly not a normal thing, whatever it is. The whole space here feels weird, and maybe that's because of our last experience here, but I think there's more to it."

He looked at all of his friends.

"So, who wants to touch the weird dot?"
July Coates
 player, 62 posts
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 yeah with every emergency
Wed 25 Sep 2019
at 18:22
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
The air felt...weird. Charged. The skin at the based of her neck prickled, and beneath her heavy leather jacket and the midday sun, goose flesh rose along her arms.

The black dot suspended in mid-air seemed the likely culprit. It vibrated at some unknown frequency. July slowly drew closer, brows knitting together. What is it?

Jason's question cut through the air. July stopped moving, suddenly aware that her fingers were outstretched, already poised to touch the glitch in reality.

That was...probably a bad idea. July pulled her hand back, looking embarrassed as she took a step back.

"Sorry," she murmured, chastised.
Garret Blake
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Wed 25 Sep 2019
at 21:15
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Garrett was not normally the person urging caution in the face of a weird or dangerous situation. Oh sure, he wasn't as bad about risk as he used to be, but his life wasn't what one would call undangerous. So in the instance when July touches the dot, he's momentarily off-footed both by her initiative (he really shouldn't be surprised) and by the fact that he's suddenly the one wanting to urge caution.

"Hold on," he started to say. "Let me see if I can do that thing where I sense something ba--or we could do that."

There isn't much to do in that instance, he supposed with a slight gulp. If it was going to happen it was going to happen and there wasn't much point in chastising in the moment after something had already been done.

But he could try to figure out if something else nasty was lurking nearby... so stretching out with that strange sense he was only just beginning to understand, he searched the area for any sign of something... awful that might be concealed from their sight. For a fraction of a second, his brown eyes glowed briefly silver.

"Alright," he breathed. "Lets see what's out there. Or, y'know, hopefully isn't."

His left hand loosened the blade in its lacquered scabbard.

Using Divine Sense to see if theres anything nasty lurking nearby.
Retro DM
 GM, 51 posts
Sat 28 Sep 2019
at 21:28
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
As July approached, the first among to group to step that close to the strange dot, it reacted. Even though her fingers never actually touched it, it seemed to expand for a moment. The dot became, briefly, a hole, or tear in the space it occupied. She could see briefly, a night-lit forest, before she drew her hand away and the tear became a dot again.

Meanwhile, Garret extended his senses into the strange beyond space that they had been once before. His mind's eye searched for any presence that was similar to the giant bone snake they had slain just days ago, and blessedly it did not find any.

Divine Sense turns up no undead or demonic presence.
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
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 I will not bow
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Wed 2 Oct 2019
at 20:56
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Whitney almost missed the dot entirely. He really needed to get it together. Closing his eyes, the young man focused his thoughts.

His hands double checked the arrows strapped to his waist, his chest felt the unfamiliar weight of the butterfly knife, a small token from his butler. They were heading into an unknown.

Mumbling a chant under his breath, Whitney reached out his hand to grasp his materilized hunting bow. A compound weapon he took often on his hunting trips with Woolsworth. It was familiar to him, and now he felt it's grip and realized he never really had to part from it now.

A second chant left his lips.
Whitney casts Mage Armor. AC 13+Dex for 8 hours

He was armed now. He was armored. Ready. The breath of his bow.

"Hektor, if you would be so kind." He directed the owl to fly into the unknown.

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Retro DM
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Thu 3 Oct 2019
at 03:23
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
The celestial owl obeyed the command without hesitation, flying up and towards the strange dot. It opened up yet again, this time bigger, seeming to accommodate the size of Hektor. As he passed into it, the dot closed up yet again, without much sound.

When Hektor disappeared from sight, the intrinsic connection that Whitney felt with him was cut off. It didn't feel like the owl had died, but that he was somehow beyond the young man's reach.

While Ms Calhoon had been quiet and observant so far, this bit of action from Whitney seemed to intrigue her.

"Good idea to send him in first. Hopefully this is what we're looking for."
She looked to the other teenagers, her eyes a direct and ever present calm. "Whitney has the right idea, arm up before we attempt to go in. Who knows whats on the other side." She drew her pistol, thoroughly checking it over.
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 59 posts
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 Don't touch my PortCon!
Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 18:55
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"Hmm, perhaps I should..." but Malun spoke too slowly as Hektor was already off before she'd even pulled the disc from her PortCon, "...ah. Well, I'm sure you can just tell us what he sees then."

Malun had no equipment to arm herself with that she was not already wearing, her reinforced labcoat for protection, her PortCon, her glasses with their new modifications and perhaps most importantly her new glove on her other hand, "I have nothing additional to prepare."
Garret Blake
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Sat 5 Oct 2019
at 23:56
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Realizing what they might be about to face, Garrett lowered his hand. The wide receiver still wasn't accustomed to any of this. The only comparable memory was scoping out a pawnshop with the Diamonds once, what seemed like a lifetime ago, wondering whether the owner would be inside with his baseball bad.

In fact, it was amazing how similar the feeling was. Except now? Now it was for a good reason, and he was in a position to help people. With whatever this was.

Letting out an audible sigh, he addressed the group:

"I can't sense any of those skeletal snake things, for what it's worth. Whether that means they're gone or that my ability to feel them doesn't extend past that dot... well, I'm not sure. I agree with Mrs. Calhoon, though. We should be... ready."

And at this, he reached down to his side. The katana rasped free from its sheath for the first time. Maybe that was significant, maybe it wasn't... but in that moment, he was acutely aware of its weight.
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
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 I will not bow
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Sun 13 Oct 2019
at 01:41
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Whitney realized his mistake too late. He should have instructed Hektor to return immediately after giving the Other Side a quick scout. In the back of his mind he understood the limitation of his link with a celestial familiar. It would be impossible to command anything of the creature if they were on a different plane.

"You are right, Malun. But I lost contact with Hektor the moment he passed through. If your device runs a connection similar to my own, I don't think it would have worked." Not that there was a way to test that without having actually tried it.

"As di bubbe volt gehat beytsim volt zi gevain mayn zaidah." He mutters to himself. There was no point worrying about it now.

"Well, Ms. Calhoon. Fortune favors the bold." Whitney moves to follow Hektor into the unknown. One bad idea deserves another after all.
Retro DM
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Sun 13 Oct 2019
at 06:45
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
As Whitney approached the small marble of hanging uncertainty, it once again opened up, this time larger, as though it wants the young man to pass through. The even larger hole allowed some sight into what was beyond - a darkened forest, trees wafting gently in a smooth breeze. It only took a step and a half before this hole into another place swallowed Whitney up, and closed again.

Ms Calhoon moved to try to stop Whitney, but was too late. "Dammit, he should have let me go in first." She sighed, holding her gun upward and looking back to the rest of the teens. "Alright, right behind me then. Let's go!"

She jumped in, the dot portal opening and closing as it had before.

Without any other course, the rest went through

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The trip through this dot to somewhere lasted only a few seconds. The space between home and wherever seemed to be void of temperature, and sound, but not of sight. It appeared as an open space of purple sky dotted with millions of star-like points of light. There was no floor, no walls, at least none that could be discerned, but with only a moment to take it all in, who could say for sure? There was a pull, and each body was tugged into another opening, bringing them out into a place that was slightly familiar.

The group came out into a forested glade. It was night time here, and there was a familiar sight - the remains of the gigantic skeletal snake they had defeated just days ago. But the bones were covered with moss and fungus, with verdant growth of flowers and shrubs around them. The fault in the earth caused by the odd shard was not present at all, just solid ground. The canopy around them looked to go upward almost fifty feet, the trees a mix of oaks, pines, cedars, and some sort of unfamiliar wood. There were sounds of insects and small nocturnal creatures echoing in the night.

That's where they were, the night.
Garret Blake
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Sun 13 Oct 2019
at 18:33
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Of all the things that Garrett expected of Whitney, this wasn't it. The other boy's sudden bout of impulsiveness shot his eyebrows up his face, and the wide receiver reflexively moved forward almost before Ms. Calhoon had finished speaking he'd shot a sideways look at July and Jason before moving ahead of their teacher and through the portal.

Once on the other side, he glanced around in every direction, the blade held in two hands with an awkward sort of determination that he hoped didn't show--evidence being what it was of his raw his nerves got at the sight of the skeleton.

The skeleton. Damn, but that moss had grown fast. His brow furrowed at the sight, and he moved to check them, crouching to examine what was growing there with a furrowed brow and a look of mild concern.

"That's... odd. Stay sharp, everyone."

Rolled a 10 on investigation. Trying to tell if the moss is fast growing, or if time just... passes differently here.
July Coates
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 yeah with every emergency
Mon 14 Oct 2019
at 03:47
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Whitney went through the portal first which would have surprised July if she hadn't spent the past few years running track with him. His competitive streak was well known to her. And she'd never known Garrett not to take bait--and there he went. July squared her shoulders and followed, determined not to let the two start bickering.

The shift from day to night was jarring. All the colour drained away as the world flashed to monochrome. July's mouth dropped open at the sheer strangeness of the site. They had been here only a few days ago, where it had been a desert and a cracked hill. The forrest was lush, earth soft beneath her feet, cicadas buzzing, the trees whispering in the evening wind.

The fire in her veins hummed as she took a few steps forward, turning around to take everything in.

"This is...wild," July breathed out, struck with wonder. "Where did this come from?"

Magic, she knows, as soon as she asks the question. Forrests don't spring up from nothing like this without an arcane spark, even as its taken that growth and run away from it. The answer is strange, but also unsatisfying. She knows the how, just not the why, and July's curiosity only burns all the brighter.
14 on Arcana!

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Jason Drake
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Wed 16 Oct 2019
at 04:42
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
With everyone stepping into this strange enlarging and shrinking hole to somewhere else, it was only natural that Jason would follow them. He was apprehensive about it, of course, nothing they were doing now seemed safe, certainly not as safe as tinkering with statues in his garage. We can do this. We have powers. Together, we'll be okay. he reminded himself. Taking a deep breath, he too stepped into the portal.

The trip through, though brief, was staggering. As he stepped out into the forest on the other side he took a moment to get his bearings. He felt slightly dizzy from the experience of... of what? Was it trans-dimensional travel? Faster than light? He couldn't quite make sense of it.

Once his head stopped spinning, Jason took in their new surroundings. The forest was both familiar and foreign. It looked like any other forest with all it's various trees, but at the same time it had some kind of alien wood growing in it. And there was Skethar's bones, grown over. How did that happen?

"Well, it looks a lot nicer now than last time."

Percpetion 21, looking out for any nearby danger.
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 60 posts
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Thu 17 Oct 2019
at 21:00
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
Naturally Malun was the last one through the portal, due to both caution and her short legs making her slower than the others. Once she was in, her eyes flicked about in every direction, taking in every last detail of the area around her as fast as her organic processor could run.

Without a word, she punched in commands to her PortCon to scan the area for latent magical activity...and frowned as she immediately got an error message. "Hmm, the scanning program isn't working correctly, looks like the field test for this one is a bust. I may have to ask father to handle the short range aetheric detector, analytics is his specialty after all."

Returning to the use of her onboard sensory array, Malun walked over to examine the skeleton more closely, while also cautiously keeping an eye out for any of the cracks in the ground that were present before, that may have been covered with overgrowth.

"Hmmm...I lack the equipment to test how long these bones have been here, but their presence confirms that it's not a spacial anomaly, this is the same location as before. However the rampant growth, including the growth on the skeleton which does not itself support plant life, suggests that either plants are growing here at an accelerated rate, or that it's a temporal anomaly and time moves faster here than it does on our side of the gap. I'll need more data to determine which one we're looking at."

Turning her attention to the canopy, she looked for the first piece of data that could provide an answer; Whitney's familiar.
Retro DM
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Sat 19 Oct 2019
at 19:45
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The night that they had all stepped into was warmer than last time, but still much cooler than a summer day in any part of California, or even a summer night. Ms Calhoon produced a flashlight, but kept it on low brightness, just in case there were unfriendly eyes around, or curious animals. There was some moonlight, with a half moon visible through the canopy, but the shade of the trees mostly obscured it. Anyone looking long enough at this moon, and possessing sufficient knowledge of the Moonís surface, would notice that itís not the moon of Earth. Ms Calhoon certainly noticed it herself. She also noticed the skeletal formation with plant like overgrowth.

ďSo thatís the giant snake you encountered? Or at least, itís remains? Interesting.Ē She produced a notepad and pencil, making a few quick notes presumably on the surroundings, and on what had transpired so far.

A moment later, a familiar hooting sound was heard, and Hektor flew down from above the boughs, landing nearly on Whitneyís shoulder. The celestial owl nuzzled the head of his master, and conveyed telepathically what he had seen so far.

Jasonís scan of the area didnít reveal any apparent dangers. He did see a frog hop off into the darkness of the underbrush.

Garretís investigation doesnít yield much. Heís not an expert in how plants grow, so trying to discern the nature of this growth escapes him, at least for now.

Julyís odd and seemingly innate knowledge of the supernatural tells her that this is definitely magical plant growth, but whether itís been a passage of time or an explosive growth is hard to say.
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 61 posts
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Sun 20 Oct 2019
at 15:49
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
"Ah, excellent, there you are." Malun nodded satisfactorily as Hektor returned to Whitney's side, "Hektor, can you tell us how long it was from your perspective between when you entered the rift and when we did? Presumably you would know exactly the moment Whitney stepped through due to the magical link, yes?"

OOC: Malun is just presuming that either Hektor can understand english, or that Whitney will just ask the same question mentally to translate. She's not activating her Beast Speech just yet.
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
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Sun 20 Oct 2019
at 18:20
Re: Chapter 2: New Kids On The Block
To answer Malun's question, Whitney bends down to "speak" to his familiar.

"Hektor seems to have been here a few minutes. If this is like Chronicles of Narnia, then I don't think time is much faster here. We should have synchronised watches and left one outside." Whitney paused a moment as he stroked Hektor's head. That's another should-have-done for the day. "Seems like we're about to see a sunrise though, this world isn't always night. And there is a tall building too. We can follow the sun if we choose to investigate that."

Whitney fumbled in his pocket until he found Malun's little invention. Finding an amenable spot on his familiar, he placed and activated the device. Patting Hektor's head one more time, he asked his bird to circle above them for the time being. Hopefully he would spot anything that came near them.

"We have eyes in the sky, bubulah." Speaking to Malun. He really should have just left it on him earlier.