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Well, before one can pause to deliberate just what's within the ruins at this exact moment, let's take a few steps before the beginning.
There once was a girl. A girl on a trip to Shibuya with her family. Many of the finer details behind this are hazy, but that girl sort of went missing on that trip.
Nothing sinister at hand, just a routine Someone Gets Sucked into The Digital World moment in life. And how did that girl go missing?
Okay, she literally fell into a hole in the ground while she was checking something for her mom.
That's literally it.
Which more or less leads us to right now. That same girl had fallen through into a completely different world and unto a bed of fallen flower petals gathered at the right place within the ruins. How? Who knows. Perhaps they blew off of a tree somewhere within the fallen city.
The other thing worth noting was the egg that was right next to the loaf of unconscious. It was shaking. Spooky. The egg promptly cracked, and a very resounding "BUH." was said.
Wondrous. This also made the girl wake up, yawn, groan, and look around, and then go. "...Uh. What." In that order.
Post by Elliot and Isaac Sunderland on Oct 20, 2017 1:48:27 GMT
A soft hum echoed through the ruins. It was distant at first, with almost a hollow sound to it. However, it was slowly but surely coming closer, just loud enough to mask gentle footsteps moving closer to Akemi's location. Less easy to mask was the silhouette stretching across the floor. It's robes frayed out from below, and its wings seemed to stretch nearly from wall to wall. Whatever was coming, it seemed to be quite large. Either that, or frustratingly close to a light source, but that was a much less fun answer.
How did said figure even arrive here? Well, perhaps he had come across a power that he had long figured he had lost. Perhaps now that he had resolved one loss, he could use what he had found to ease the pain of another. Perhaps, at least in his mind, the ruins would be key to solving such a conundrum. Or perhaps he was just out for a midday stroll. After all, it was a beautiful day in the Digital World. How could anybody miss their chance to see it for themselves?
The shadow continued to stretch out, growing larger and larger. And then, all of a sudden, it stopped. "Hello?" a nearby voice asked, the silhouette's hat-hidden head whipping back and forth. "Is someone there?"
Post by Elliot and Isaac Sunderland on Oct 23, 2017 1:25:34 GMT
The shadow's slow encroach stopped as Akemi called out to it. Then it started to move faster, wings flaring out slightly to help it catch air. From the rightmost hallway of the ruin where Akemi landed, an angel seemed to burst out from the shadows. Compared to the rather huge shadow, it was actually surprisingly normal in its height. It seemed to stand at the same height as a human, albeit a surprisingly tall one. Two wings poked out from its back, and another two seemed to trail from beneath its flowing robes. After gliding into the room it slowly descended, gently landing first with one foot and than with another. "This is quite the strange place for a human to make their first fall," he said as he touched down, voice gentle.
He looked her up and down, then turned to notice the egg. It was cracking and making very resolute sounding BUH noises. The little guy was probably so close to hatching. Slowly, the angel scooped it up, giving it a few gentle pats as he kept it against his warm robes. "Do not worry. It's okay," he said as he made sure to warm the egg. "The ruins might be far, but you are hatching among friends."
As he tried to coax the newborn Digimon into bringing itself into the world, he turned back to the newly-christened tamer. "My name is Elliot," the angel said, smiling warmly. "What might yours be? And, if I may ask, how did you come to these ruins?" Usually, Terminus was the destination that most new arrivals came to. When it wasn't Terminus, it was usually somewhere quite far in the Digital World. How did someone new end up so far-flung?
Woah! Woahwoahwoahwoah! What was that?! Sure, it was a human, but it had like...WINGS and stuff!
...Did he drink that energy drink mom specifically said not to drink? Even still, Akemi's head raced to figure out what this guy was. Until it hit her. It was an angel. A very literal angel. As Elliot scooped up the egg and attempted to coax the Digimon into hatching...It did. It hatched, alright. With a bright flash of light, it turned from an egg...A cracked egg, at that...
To a black fuzzy yellow-eyed ball. It was quiet now, no BUHs emitting from it's furry form. It only stared. Stared towards it's tamer. "...An...angel named Elliot." She repeated to herself. "...I'm Akemi. Amaya Akemi." She stated, starting to dust her sweater off. "I dunno how I ended up here." She also admitted, flatly.
There was truth within Akemi's words. She genuinely could not remember how she wound up here. "I just remember going to check something for my mom and then I fell in a hole and bam. I'm here. Whacky. That aside...uh. What are you? What's that?" She gestured to the Botamon.
Post by Elliot and Isaac Sunderland on Oct 28, 2017 19:03:52 GMT
Elliot smiled gently as the Botamon turned its gaze towards its tamer. He had figured from seeing the egg and human side by side that such a bond was forming, but it could have been coincidence. Then again, wasn't everything here in the Digital World one big coincidence? If some punks hadn't flung Elliot into the nastiness of the Shibuya River, his stay in Japan would've been vastly different.
"It is a pleasure to meet you, Akemi," he said, only for his eyes to widen somewhat in surprise at hearing that she didn't even know how she got here. The Digital World was mysterious, but there was always at least some sort of reason for showing up!
Apparently, there was an explanation, but it was even more inexplicable than randomly waking up in the Digital World. She had literally just fallen into a hole and ended up here? It must have been a Digi-Port of some sort, but was somebody seriously careless enough to leave one open in public? It could have also been a random conduit between worlds, snapping into and out of existence in the blink of an eye. Or it could have been fate. Who was Elliot to question? "Out of nowhere, like that?" he said, voice warm yet inquisitive. "Your mother must be worried sick . . . do not worry. I will help you find your way back."
As Akemi asked what Botamon was, he gently reached out to hold the little Botamon towards her. "This is a Digimon, one of the beings that live in this world," he said. "They were here when you fell, so I get the sense your journeys are beginning as one. While they may not look it yet, you will find that they are a loyal friend and guardian in time.
Do you have a strange device in your pocket, one that you have not remembered bringing with you? It should help clarify things for you."
Right. That answered one question, but not the other. Elliot sighed somewhat as a soft light enveloped his body, his majestic form slowly shrinking down to that of a human slightly younger looking than Akemi. Compared to an angel, a kid with a bad leg seemed like a far less helpful choice of a guide. "As for me . . . it's complicated," he admitted, the formal, almost unnatural speech of the angel giving way to something far more casual. "But I've been here for a good while now, so I'm going to do my best to help you, okay?" With that said, he took out his Digivice, presumably the device that he had mentioned earlier. A single click of the button enveloped his body in life, and he had turned back from boy to angel. He could do a far better job of guiding Akemi like this, surely.
"Yeah. Uh. Likewise, Elliot." She wasn't sure what prompted the angel to go wide-eyed. It was very likely her explanation. It was kind of far-fetched, truth be told. Not knowing how you got somewhere and running into things after being shunted somewhere and landing on a pile of petals.
Weird. "Mmhmm. Outta nowhere. And...yeah. She probably i-...Wait, really?" Akemi seemed surprised at this notion! ...It shouldn't be that surprising that a holy being would wish to help those below, right? She looked towards Botamon. A friend.
A journey as one. An instinct to hold the little fuzzball quickly overwhelmed Akemi. "Come here, Fuzzy." She mumbled as she reached forward...Only for Botamon to jump into her arms. He seemed to know.
...He? Who knows. The angel was correct in his assumption. Akemi reached into her pocket and pulled out...A single D-3. Plain-looking. "...Well, I have this. Elliot. What is it?" And how did he know this?
That got answered FAST. The angel glowed and turned into...A kid. A kid her age. "...Good while...So...This is kind of like...second hand to you, isn't it?" She inquired. If it was as complicated as he had literally just said...She had no idea how to react. Besides, help was help. "What's outside this place? Where should I go? How should I get home?"
Post by Elliot and Isaac Sunderland on Nov 14, 2017 0:40:39 GMT
"Of course," Elliot said, rapidly warming up to the situation. "The Digital World can be a very big, very confusing place. I know my brother and I were hopelessly lost when we first arrived. The least that I can do is help you and . . . "
It seemed like Akemi had answered the question on Elliot's mind before he could even ask it. "Fuzzy?" he repeated, blinking. Slowly, a warm smile crept on his face. "Just as a warning, he might not always be so fuzzy for long. Digimon tend to change greatly as they grow, especially when they are that small. But for the time being, it is a nice name." Who knew what little Fuzzy would end up growing into? Agumon tended to be common choices, surprisingly enough, but a Digimon as small as Botamon really had the potential to turn into anything.
Sure enough, Akemi had pulled out her Digivice. Elliot's guess, thankfully, was right on the money. "Yes," he said, the slight perking up of the angel's otherwise formal voice an indication that he was quite pleased by this development. "That is your Digivice. Think of it as your connection to this world. It is a key that helps you enter and leave, as well as a tool for learning more about the world. You should try scanning me or Fuzzy with it. Simply hold it up to one of us and press the . . . goodness, was it the right button?" Elliot, as much as he knew his way around here, clearly didn't know much about the specifics of working a D3.
"Finally, it is a means of protection," he added, turning his eyes from Akemi to Fuzzy. "When you are in trouble, and Fuzzy wants to keep you safe, it will turn the bond between you two into an unbelievable power. Your force of will becomes the means through which Fuzzy can grow, fight, and protect you." A brief downcast look spread over his face, but he quickly blinked it away. "Oh! But do not let me worry you. You may sometimes need to protect yourself, but the Digital World is not always troublesome. If you stay close to the cities here, it can actually be a relaxing way to spend a day."
There were a lot of questions coming from Akemi now. Elliot laughed softly as he tried to answer them all in time. "Second hand? Not quite," he said. "I may know my way around here, but everyone has their own journey. Think of this less as second hand, and more as a little helping hand to start things off.
As for the outside? Plateaus and deserts, mostly. Unfortunately, you landed in the hottest part of the Digital World," he said, smiling somewhat sheepishly. "As for where to go, Terminus City is probably the best option. There you can find the Trailmon Station, your easiest path back to Shibuya. But we can cross that bridge when we come to it. For now, we should be careful. Many Digimon lurk within the ruins, some friendlier than others."
Elliot paused, looking back and forth. His brow furrowed somewhat in concentration. "I should look ahead. Make sure the way is clear," he said. "I will keep an ear out to make sure you are alright. There is only a single entrance, so I am sure nothing will sneak up on you. I will be back in five minutes, I promise."
Unfortunately, Digimon loved few things in life more than dramatic irony. Once Elliot had walked down the hall, a set of vines criss-crossed around the entryway. A voice seemed to echo around Akemi's current room, rife with concern. "Is it safe?" it asked.
Brother. So, he...really was human. All doubts concerning that seemed to go away. Onto more pressing matters...Well, if Fuzzy can't stay fuzzy forever, then he may as well just be Fuzzy in name only, right? "...Right. Got it. So they change over time then? Like caterpillars?"
The digivice was another matter in and of itself. Akemi pressed the right button and... "...Scanning!" The Digivice beeped out! It scanned Botamon and Elliot, before returning a slew of information regarding...both. Seems they found the right button already. Akemi had been reading said information...Which was pretty hard to do...Before looking up to Elliot. "Well...Here's hoping we don't have to fight, then. Because...uh. Fuzzy's too small to fight."
Fuzzy was offended at this notion. But. The Botamon's infantile mind got the gist of this. Power in a pinch. Interesting.
Akemi herself was...starting to understand some of this, too. At least, that's what she thought. "And what's the journey for?"
...That was probably for her to find out herself, wasn't it? Well, either way she had some time to think given the angel was going up ahead.
...Five minutes. The seconds began counting down, and stopped when the voice echoed. Irony indeed.
"Safe? Well...Me and Fuzzy are the only ones here for a few minutes..." Akemi replied, concern rife in her voice. Fuzzy replied, "Buh."
Post by Elliot and Isaac Sunderland on Nov 25, 2017 2:24:35 GMT
Elliot pondered Akemi's question, letting out a slight hum as he weighed what it meant. "Caterpillars? Somewhat," he said, thinking on the analogy a little bit more. "If caterpillars could turn back, I think what would be accurate. Digimon are strange creatures with a lot of potential, but they rarely tap into all of it at once. Fuzzy may be small now, but I'm sure they will surprise you in quite a few ways." He smiled gently, admittedly a little excited to see a fresh face's first experiences in the Digital World. The Digital World wasn't always the most pleasant place, but moments like the first Digivolution always stole a big smile.
Akemi's next question was a lot harder to find an easy answer to. He didn't even try to ponder this one, knowing that any answers would be his and his alone. "The journey is for what you want it to be for," Elliot said, likely confirming Akemi's suspicions. "For now, our goal is to bring you home. Yet, if you choose to keep this journey up after, who knows what it will be for? You and Fuzzy still have a lot of room to grow. It would be a shame to guide you to a single path so soon."
With that advice, Elliot left to check on the room ahead. In his stead, another guide appeared, hovering down from the ceiling on a tiny propeller. This guide was small and stumpy, looking like a flower bud with a hollowed out face, and it waved slightly after touching down to the ground. As Akemi spoke it listened, even if its blank face remained perpetually unchanging. "Alone? So he's gone," the plant said, wiping some dew off of its brow in relief. "I didn't think he was gonna leave! This is great! Maybe there's still some time.
Wait, just a few minutes? Oh, this isn't good . . . you're not gonna be able to get away. But maybe, just maybe, you can still help me help yourself." The plant's blank face seemed almost frantic as he paced back and forth, nervously checking the vine coated door as if afraid another Digimon would appear at any moment.
Well, the comparison was somewhat accurate...? Akemi didn't really know much on what the angel spoke of regarding these Digimon, but she figured she might see how that goes in due time. How it went along with her journey, things like that. The girl nodded at the angel as he departed, and she looked down towards Fuzzy. Who did not Buh this time. No. The ball simply stared up towards it's tamer.
Akemi looked up at the new acquaintance as the flowery thing hovered on down towards the ground. The girl looked very perplexed, as did Fuzzy. Fuzzy even hopped towards the flower and stared it right in the face! "Time...?" She asked. "Time for what?" "Buh." Majestic. "...I don't quite understand...um...who're you?" Akemi asked of the flower.
Fuzzy meanwhile was unsure what to think of this plant-like pal. Questions began to race through Akemi's head once more.
Post by Elliot and Isaac Sunderland on Mar 3, 2018 4:20:07 GMT
The flower bud looked up at Akemi, then down at Fuzzy, then started looking between the two. Film that on a cell phone and put What Is Love in the background and you get a new viral sensation. "What do you mean? Time to get away!" the flower bud said, flailing his tiny little arms urgently. It almost looked like he was going to fall on his butt from the sheer force of his arms windmilling. "You know . . .
Before he gobbles you up!" The flower's face held its ever-blank expression, but its voice had changed suddenly. It went from sounding like a distressed cartoon character to sounding like the Crypt Keeper, only to snap back in an instant. "Just like all the other poor little kids that fall down here. What, you didn't think he was actually one too, right?
The flower bud's rambling was quickly cut off as Akemi asked who he was. "I'm Lala! Lala the Lalamon," he chirped, the urgency in his voice briefly fading away. "I used to live down here. But now, I just keep to the shadows, so I don't get gobbled up too. It's no life for a plant, but I manage.
Post by Elliot and Isaac Sunderland on Mar 5, 2018 2:26:31 GMT
"Oh, yes!" the Lalamon said. "Gobble, gobble, gobble! There's not much food down here, after all. So big bullies like that gotta wait for cute little kids like you, and then you'll be snatched away before you even know it!" Somehow, the Lalamon's face remained completely unblinking as he said this, but there was a slight glint to his empty eyes. Was he enjoying this, or had the panic just made him somewhat unhinged?
Still, at least Akemi was asking questions. "You didn't think he was really an angel, did you?" the Lalamon said. "Angels live in big, glowing cities in the sky! They sit around, drinking tea and writing poems and playing harps and all that good stuff. Why's he all the way down here, when he could be all the way up there?"
The Lalamon leaned in towards Akemi, floating up on his little propeller so he could be right near her face. "He must be a real piece of work if he's stuck here too, isn't he?"
Then he fluttered down to the Botamon, giving the little thing a gentle pat on the head. "Aw, don't worry, little guy!" he chirped. "Your human's gonna keep you safe from the big, bad angel!"
"...But why would an angel lie? Don't they have like...a lot of reasons not to?" Akemi inquired. This flower creature was...Not the most calming thing. It didn't blink. It...It really unnerved her. It was visibly unnerving her.
"I mean, he looked like an angel...Maybe he got sent down here for some weird angel mission." ...It seemed plausible. But...
"...Or he's not done with whatever he's here for yet...? I dunno..." Akemi was feeling overwhelmed. Plus! How was she, a small girl, supposed to protect...well. This little thing? She stared at Botamon. STAAAARE.