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At least the next room seemed to be way calmer than the previous. It seemed like a... campsite of sorts? Those were somewhat good news, at least! As far as the group had seen, the "Gotsumons" they had encountered thus far didn't really seem to be sentient, so the fact that there was some organization in this place must mean that... someone else was here? The only question that remained was whether they were friendly or not.
Suzuran gave a lazy gaze to the clubs right away. Maybe whoever came here wasn't here anymore, given how those clubs were broken. Or maybe those had been the attackers' and now were being kept as trophies of a fight. In any case... "Be alert. We don't know if what we'll find in here will be friend or foe."
A nod was the only answer she got; good enough. Another gaze led them to one of the bedrolls; something was sticking out, apparently. Well, if anything... it could be a clue. With extreme care, Ayaka tried to conjure a small vine from the ground in order to retrieve the object without compromising their safety. If the soil proved to be too weak for that action, she'd do so in person, all while urging Mana and Suzuran to stay at safe distance. Regardless of what worked, both the girl and the other Kodamon would remain alert in case they needed to react quickly.
Sorry about that Spire, Tsukaimon sighed, why didn't it work here? Well, maybe he should just try the core then, a shame, really. Now there was the question, what path should he take? Well on the right there was more back up but on the left at least the human was somewhat tolerable. He had to think for a moment, eventually he came to the decision to go left. At least that way he won't have to deal with more than the one human that seemed acceptable.
It turned out that this room was particularly small, the first thing Tsukaimon thought was that this room might have been some kind of dinning room in its prime, he thought so because of the stench of spoiled food.
It was in there he saw Uric Kan searching a lot of old books, Tsukaimon turned on his holosuit to achieve a human form by which he could properly scavenge along with Kan.
"What are we looking for? Information? A mechanism?"
On by one Tsukaimon took out a book carefully, took notice of the cover, opened it if it was interesting and else just placed it in what soon would be a stable of books. Tsukaimon hoped that at least one book would either open a door or contain some useful facts.
Last Edit: May 15, 2017 19:18:39 GMT by Devidramon
Post by Colin, Luke & Bellamy on May 16, 2017 2:19:56 GMT
Center Path If Gryz took a closer look at the digicode, he would read the following words roughly translated.
"I am Gaia, Mother Earth. All who tread on my domain are my children. With my left hand, I provide my children a place to stand on and live their lives. With my right hand, I provide them with the things they need to survive. As my children increase in number, I must raise my hand a little higher. Alas, sometimes I cannot without help. Only when true balance is obtained will my soul be at peace".
Meanwhile as Oboro looked at the plates, he would see that the left is a little bigger than the right. It is made of hard sandstone like the rest of the statue.
Left Path As Kan inspected the table, he would note that there would be bits of silver hair around. Was it a digimon's? Or even a human's? Only it seemed to be quite long. The food, while rotting, was more of the long lasting kind, although not even biscuits could last the length of time that they had been through.
As Kan and Tsukaimon looked through the books, they would see one bound in green that looked newer than the older ruined ones. In fact, it appeared to be a journal of some kind. On the first page, it was written "The Worshippers of Gaia" by S. Sepikmon. The writings of the book appeared to be printed rather than written, so it seemed that this book was not originally from this temple. Most of the other books had rather ruined pages, the handwritten digicode on them largely illegible.
Moving the books to open a secret passageway yielded nothing thus far.
Right Path As Ayaka lifted the object with her vines, the object in question appeared to be a book. A diary of sorts, if they looked at the title.
Inside this book was an account of some kind of 'expedition'. The words were handwritten, a little messily, in charcoal. And the writer was simply named "Goblimon". If they chose to do so, they would read the account of what the Goblimon went through. At first glance, given the state of the broken club, it probably didn't go well for him.
OOC: Sorry for the vague posts, but I'll write down what's actually in the books in the next post if your characters want to read them.
Gryz reads the passage out loud, seem to want everyone to listen to it. Tetsu tilted his head in confusion.
"What's a Gaia?"
"She's mother earth... There are no exact figure like her in Japanese mythology. She's from Greek mythology. It's said that she's personification of the earth. You can say that she's the earth itself. While I don't now the exact detail, but anyway, when a foreigner calls earth as Mother Gaia, they means earth... because earth is synonymous to Gaia."
"Ooh..." Tetsu seem to understood, but he quickly gone to the main subject. "So with her right hand, the bounty and blessing of nature, and the left, the place to live?"
Now at the moment, they need to do something, but what?
"Ikkakumon, Oboro, what do you found?" Gryz asked.
What they found was... a book? That was interesting. Ayaka made sure to treat it delicately; who knew if the old tome was worn out or maybe under this place's influence. Her limbs went carefully through it, finding a word that piqued her curiosity a fair bit.
"Expedition." She said in a soft, yet serious tone. "Seemingly, the people who were in this place before us kept a diary of what happened in here. Maybe we can use that knowledge to our advantage." Suzuran nodded. This fortuitous clue would hopefully give them some insight on what was happening here.
"Go ahead." She responded, Mana giving a determined nod in turn. Maybe they would lose some valuable time doing this, but that didn't seem a commodity they couldn't make use of right now. Unless any of the others had found a way to advance within this chamber, this was probably their best bet.
The Kodamon took a deep breath and began to recite the passages of the diary in a soft, yet audible voice. It'd be for the better if her partner and sisters heard the tale as she went over it. That way, they'd be able to draw their own conclusions.
Silver hair? How long has it been here? Who's hair is it? are they still here or is this something that's long gone thanks to the corruption?
He'd idly pick up a strand, inspecting it before setting it back down. There was no way of really telling what it was from until actually bumping into them. The food was something he didn't really care for; it's not like he was hungry or that rotting food was anything new to him. The spirit user paused and turned his head to the Tsukaimon; their questions of course being straight to the point. Making this whole interaction easier than if he had to deal with some child or something. Though it was likely the difference in race that brought this shortness rather than anything else. That was irritating at best; but he just had to deal with it in the course of the job.
"Information is more likely than a mechanism. This place is too old ot rely on a fake book. A floor or wall panel would be more likely; but with the collapsed passages here... I doubt this was a dead end for too long either."
He wasn't finding anything in the books, he was starting to wonder if this particular venue was even worth it...
Oboro was off wandering around, uninterested in any of this boring stuff all of a sudden. Meanwhile, Ikkakumon studied the plates. It seemed like they were made of some sort of sandstone, and other than that, it didn't seem like there was anything interesting about them from a preliminary check.
Most of the books didn't interest Tsukaimon a single bit in that condition they were not even suited for selling back in his pawn so he just piled them together in a rather careless manner. Then he came across an interesting book, it had a green bind and seemed newer than the other books. As he looked on it he could read out "The Worshippers of Gaia" by S. Sepikmon.
While he was at it he listened to Kan telling them that it was about information, of course some information might be at most use if you were the only one who knew it. On that logic he pretended like the book was just as unimportant as the other books but was suspiciously thorough in his examination of the book. Of course, what he was actually doing was reading the book in a way that hopefully did not draw too much attention to himself.
Post by Colin, Luke & Bellamy on May 27, 2017 4:00:30 GMT
Centre Path As Ikkakumon touched one of the plates, he would find that they both moved somehow. As the left is pushed down, the right rises a little. When the weight is removed, the plates move to their original positions.
But the same does not work in reverse. The right hand would not move if physically forced.
The contents of the book described the digimon that lived here. The prose was meandering and whimsical at times, unfortunately Sepikmon did not have an editor.
However, key information about this civilization could be discerned. For one thing, the digimon did not respect brute force and aggressive behaviour, but instead respected the ways of healing and caring for the world around them. In the ancient temple's heyday, they believed that healing sick and wounded digimon in front of the statue of Gaia would please her, and reward them by turning the sandy wasteland into a garden of bounty. But if they displeased her with destruction and violence, then she would take them away.
The remainder of the book tells how the original builders of the temple were eventually wiped out by a powerful, aggressive digimon that wanted Gaia's bounty all to himself. And so when he and his followers moved in, the 'blessings of Gaia' ended, and her sadness permeated through the whole temple. Eventually, it was abandoned as a useless ruin. Sepikmon then mentions that the true secret of the temple lays behind the statue of Gaia, but he could not find a way through.
"Whatever the way is, the path forward would possibly be something related to the original intentions of those in the temple" he theorized. "But, perhaps, the artifact within is best left alone?"
The contents of the book were written neatly in the first entry. Apparently the expedition consisted of just 2 digimon - a Goblimon and his Ogremon brother. It would be clear from the entries that the Goblimon, despite being less evolved, didn't think much of his brother's intellect, only respecting his strength. It seemed that Goblimon's main goal here was to reach the inner chamber to find the treasure within.
They were not doing so out of greed, it said. They were doing so because their sister, a Shamamon, had apparently been kidnapped by an unknown entity. And would be returned only if they managed to retrieve the 'artifact', whatever it was.
It would seem that the three obsidian Gotsumon caused them trouble too. Ogremon was wounded in the fight, but Goblimon managed to heal him.
As the pages went on, Goblimon's writing grew less tidy as they tried and failed to get through the obstacle in the path ahead. His language became more angry and frustrated as the way forward eluded him. He deduced it was some kind of balancing puzzle, but nothing they did worked. He tried balancing the plates with stones, he tried standing on them with Ogremon, but the problem was that he had no way to get the 'right plate to lower'.
It seemed that at one point they left the temple and returned to Rustport to find anything that could assist them, and they found a book by Sepikmon, which they stored in the other chamber - also the one where they ate. Goblimon's writing became calmer at this point, with not many entries other than him reading the book, sometimes to complain about Sepikmon's 'blabbering'.
The final entry was somewhat ominous. Goblimon's writing became panicked again. He said the Obsidian Gotsumon were attacking daily now, coming out from the black data. Their clubs had broken from the intensity of the battles. He then claimed that they would make one last attempt at going through the obstacle, then, the pages were blank.
"...Now that's odd," Gryz remarked. He thought that they work like a balance, but apparently not. He wondered for a while. Apparently if the weight is removed, then it returned back to it's place? Hmmm... Gryz thought for a while and sat on his butt, thinking still. Meanwhile Tetsu also thought about the possibility. Gryz looked up at the statue. What does it want from them?
"...Hey..." suddenly Tetsu called out. "How about you try to lift that hand with your Earth Sentry? Supporting the earth, doesn't that sounds good?"
"...Umu..." Gryz tapped his chin and tried it anyway. Pillars of earth, but this time instead of sharp, looks more like supporting one instead flew out from the ground and attempted to lift the hand slowly. If that doesn't work after a while, the bear would stop the attempt before it could harm it.
"...If that doesn't work, how about healing that void?"
"Huh? Why do you think so?"
"Well... you see... being a farmer means you have to live symbiotically with the land. Therefore, you need to return what you take from earth back to it... you have to care about the ecosystem... or so my father said. Granted, with farm become more and more modernized nowadays, a lot has forgotten the culture to share with neighbors and return something back to earth. That's why... let's try, Gryz?"
"...Hmmm, let's then..."
Gryz meditated once more and gathered energy to his palm, then sent it to the void. Hoping that at least it'll give some reaction to the statue.
Ikkakumon was thoroughly stumped. How could this thing only be pushed on the one side? He would sit there with a confused look on his face as Gryz attempted to interact with the statue in whatever way he could.
Meanwhile, Oboro looked on, amazed at Tetsu and Gryz's abilities.
Once Ayaka was done, Suzuran couldn't but stare boringly at her sister. What a waste of time. "So... we just heard the tale of a weakling. Go figure; no wonder they ended... perishing or whatever in this place. At least now we know that there are a couple of interesting items in this place. That is always good to hear, I guess. With any luck, we will be able to seize them before the rest of the expedition." The fairy made a gesture, meaning that they should probably get going. Not only because they now had a reason to traverse this place more quickly than the others, but because apparently, these Gotsumon had the ability to reappear after some time.
They searched for anything else that might be relevant in here before exiting the room. Their next destination was the closest room from there; the center room. In there... as expected, they found Oboro, Tetsu and their partners. Apparently, they had found the plates the book spoke about. Maybe these two had made some progress when the Ogremon and Goblimon hadn't? That was an interesting question! "Greetings once again. I take this is some kind of strange mechanism; how have you been handling it, gentlemen?"
Nothing at all. Bitter tasting this sense of uselessness.
A shake of the head and the spirit user turned away from the books; the Tsukaimon seemed oddly quiet but he just passed it off as the creature not wishing to really say anything. Or do anything in that matter. Frowning slightly he'd go over to the right collapsed path; putting a hand to the "barrier". He was curious to see something; if he could phase through these he could just bypass these completely to see where these would lead. But first he'd have to test whether or not he could. Tentatively he'd push his hand forward, trying to phase his hand through the material. He'd of course do the same with the other side, seeing no reason why he shouldn't.
What an useless bunch of people, all of them, from the digimon weak enough to worship a deity who doesn't appreciate fighting to the invaders who wanted the power of healing but only bothered to figure out where the golden goose laid eggs then just scare it away.
More to the point, it seems like inside these ruins is an ancient power of the goddess of earth. To get that power Tsukaimon had a problem, the first part was probably easiest: Find a giant statue. Now the difficult part was he had to appease the goddess somehow and violence would not be the solution.
(Maybe those humans are good for something after all) Tsukaimon thought to himself.
While Kan was busy trying to phase through the wall Tsukaimon hid the book away at the bottom of the pile, only he wanted to know to know the secret. Sorry for small post, trying to get into habit after my accident.
Post by Colin, Luke & Bellamy on Jun 6, 2017 10:03:32 GMT
Centre Path As Gryz attempted to use his Earth Sentry technique, it had no effect on the left hand. It did not rise. However, if used on the right hand, the vortex became a little more chaotic. Not anything that would create danger, but it would show that the further up the right hand rises, the stronger the vortex gets.
Then, as Gryz used his healing technique on the vortex, initially, there was no noticeable effect. The data of the vortex continued to whirl around as it always did, not changing color or moving. However, the right hand began to tremble a little. It did not rise, but, seemed to shift down a very small amount.
So to recap, the Left hand cannot be lifted by force, while the Right hand cannot be lowered by force. However, it seemed to react very slightly to the healing technique in its vicinity.
Left Path Beyond the collapsed tunnels of the doorways was little more than sand. Originally these doorways would have led to the living areas of the original civilization. However, as Coredramon had mentioned at the start of the journey - the corrupted earth data of the temple has made its original layout shift and move around. Furthermore, he would feel a draining effect if he attempted to travel through the sand, as the corrupted data within the earth would begin to react to him.
He could phase through if he truly wanted to, but, doing so may have consequences.
Right Path There was nothing left to find in the Right path other than dust and featureless stone.