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"Well, you see the wall of this gigantic cave, honey?" Hikaru pointed at the cliffside of the cave. As far as he know it's quite thick... hundred meter? two hundreds? He have no idea, but it's there for a good reason. "Over that side we'll make a settlement for flying type Digimons. The sky residential district, where they can build their home, connected to the walls. The Gondola will later installed over there. It'll go to the square, and it'll be connected to the entertainment district. Wherever the gondola cannot cover, there will be trams."
Hikaru pointed toward the railway on the ground. The tram unlike the Trailmon, is set to only have circular route.
"This city is honestly quite big. This is... a mountain now that I think of it. Now the question is... what's underneath? Are we ready to go there yet? Are we ready to explore it? I don't know for sure, but... maybe one day I'll go down there. Maybe one day if we know whether it's safe or not we can finally explore it, yeah?"
Persephone would peer to the distant cave walls, as Hikaru pointed it out to her, whilst they settled down together - Persephone snuggling against the side of her father, who was much larger in his Dorugamon form. She would listen as he described a residential district that would be connected to the walls, with the gondola to be a way to get up and down from there, as well as to the entertainment district, and the square. She could picture it, even - being able to go out there, to visit Baldur's family with them - with their own little 'roost' up in the air, where it's probably most comfortable for a bird digimon like them. She, too, would look to the railway down below - and its circular route around the city. "Do you think we could do spots hanging from the ceiling of the cave, too...? Or might that be not stable enough?"
"... If it ever turns to be safe down there, I'd like to see and explore it, too." Persephone would murmur, in regards to this place being a mountain, and what might be underneath. "Perhaps that could be my little adventure, too?" She'd muse with a giggle - wondering what it must feel like, to be able to explore someplace new and unfamiliar. To venture into the unknown, and bring up new things for the general populace to see. If she ever found the way to do something like that, even if only once, Persephone felt as though it'd be nice to give a try...
"Smart girl. Yeah, it won't be stable enough sadly. So we decided that probably a less... hanging type gondola would be better. One that's supported at least. We don't quite know how stable the cave wall to be honest. That's why we decided against putting them on hanging ceilings."
Hikaru smiled at his daughter's adventurous spirit. Those who does not have the capability will always dream of being able to do it. That is how it is. Hikaru wished that one day his daughter's condition would go better and eventually they can go on an adventure together. The papa Dorugamon nuzzled his daughter's cheek.
"Maybe we'll go on a little adventure of our own when I got to hire a doctor," Hikaru told her. "I'll definitely bring you to the underground reservoir. There are lot of cool things there. Hehe, maybe we can even explore the base and see what's up? There are a lot of unused rooms, and it bothered the hell outta me! It's still an adventure!"
It might sounds like a father trying to cheer his daughter, but Hikaru is serious. There are too many strange rooms in Sanctuarium Unionis. Would it make Persephone happy? No idea, but he sure hope it would.
Persephone nodded in understanding as Hikaru confirmed that, yeah, the ceiling probably wouldn't be stable enough to support a gondola or residences. A shame, though better safe than sorry, she figured. "How many people could we house in residences along the walls?" She'd ask curiously nonetheless, scratching her chin a little as she thought to herself - and tried to picture it. It wouldn't be any small number she imagined, given the size of the cavern the city rested in - but it was still curious to think about.
Persephone would giggle softly at the nuzzle, and would happily nuzzle Hikaru right back - the smaller Dorumon tucking her head against his neck and nuzzling him, tail swishing like a happy puppy. She couldn't help but think about what it might be like, too, to go on the adventures that Hikaru suggested - going to the underground reservoir, and even exploring the unused rooms of the base. "I'd like that." She'd respond softly against her father's fur, smiling gently to herself.
She admitted she was... A little jealous, sometimes, of all the things that other digimon could get up to. Things that she couldn't do - or at least, if she did do it, would leave her hurting for days. It wasn't unusual for her to sometimes wonder why she had to be dealt a hand like this - even if she was very much managing in her own little way, living life her own little way. But even then, her family was always so supportive - and she loved them, she loved them so much... "... Could we... explore the base now? While I'm not hurting?" She'd ask hopefully, peering over to Hikaru. She wasn't sure how long the relief from his healing would last - but she at least wanted to make the most of it.
"If it's only in one side, most likely about three thousand family of four, I think," Hikaru answered. "But not all the sides of the cave are going to be turned into houses. We'll see how stable they are before that. One house is enough to host at least two Perfect stages. Ultimates probably should buy bigger house in the higher elevation level. Considering the cave is about two kilometer or so tall, it's probably enough for them I think?"
Still it's rather unexpected for her trying to explore the base, but... aw hell why not? It definitely much safer than the water reservoir. He probably also can teach Persephone how to do the tail propeller when they're done from exploring and bathing in the communal bath.
"Well, that's fine I guess! Come with me, then, honey. For now to conserve energy, Just ride on me! Then when we reach the steps to the underground, you can walk on your own, sounds good?" Hikaru asked his daughter. Still, if she insisted to walk, he'll let her do the walking. Considering that the tower is about 7th floor, it probably best to just ride Hikaru... or maybe...
"Or should I just float down to the garden? Hmmm... the draft would be chilly though..."
That many? That was a lot... Persephone would be visibly awed as she glanced to the cave walls to try and picture it in her head. She figured that most digimon living in such spaces would stick to a smaller and form, though the fact that Hikaru was making sure to accommodate for larger digimon too was nice to hear, as well. "I think so," She'd agree with a small nod - before humming a second. "The hole in the top would probably make a good entry for flying digimon, too, as long as they're not too big." She'd observe with a murmur, imagining the idea of a flying digimon bringing things in from the top, for the city - it'd certainly be different from transporting something via Trailmon.
As for exploring the base though, Persephone wouldn't mind riding on her father's back. Even if she was feeling good right now, she didn't want to exhaust herself; even the healing didn't do much for how she tended to fatigue easily. "That sounds good, Dad." She'd respond with a smile, taking the time to put her things away - and chugging down the last of the tea, as it was starting to get cool, in the process. Once she was packed up, she would climb up onto Hikaru's back - nestling herself amongst the fur, with her blanket around her shoulders. Though it wouldn't exactly be plugged in anymore, it was still warm - and it warded off the cold of the terrace nonetheless - which was enough for her.
"Either's fine with me; the cold'll probably be a bit hard on the muscles, but the garden is nice to visit, too." Persephone would murmur against her father's fur, in response to him musing over whether to glide down to the garden. She didn't want to trouble him too much by making too many requests of him, and it already had took a bit of drive for her to ask him to explore the base with her. She'd work on getting herself situated properly in preparation for either though, making sure that she wouldn't fall off or lose her grip if Hikaru decided to glide down.
"Probably for Perfect stages," HIkaru answered. "The height to the top is two kilometers. I don't think any regular flier can reach that height that well to even consider that as a valid entry point. Come to think of it, have you noticed? The sunlight in the northern prominence is obviously shorter than other place... so you see, apparently the materials of the cave reflected the light, but not to the point of hurting your eyes, unlike those sands outside. That's the reason why we still get proper sunlight you see?"
Now, to glide down or to use the stairs? He guessed the impact would probably much more of an issue compared to a bit of a chill, so... Hikaru spreads his wings. "Hold on tight, princess... and enjoy the ride!"
Hikaru created a barrier to also lessen the amount of chill hitting Persephone. It also helps that his fur is very warm. The Dorugamon flapped his wings and took off, descending down to the garden below. It's a slow descent so that Persephone can enjoy the sight. He hoped that one day she would be able to experience this beauty by herself.
The sight of the cavern wall, the sight of the city being fixed, and the sight of the crystals that decorated the base at certain height... and the garden below.
And then they landed, so softly. The ground are thinly blanketed by snow, and it's getting slightly darker.
Persephone hummed. Even if it's only for Perfect stages, that was still something; smaller adult and child stage digimon probably wouldn't be carrying large things in from above, anyways. But indeed, she was quite aware of the sunlight that warmed her fur, its dark color easily conducting the heat - even if it only did a little bit for the chill in the air.
As per father's instruction though, Persephone would indeed hold onto Hikaru's fur as they descended down to the ground below. She would snuggle close to her father's body warmth, both it and the barrier around them helping ward off the cold as they glided on down, down, down. All the whilst, she would peer downwards at all of the sights of the city, and quietly ponder to herself.
Even though this was something that she technically got to see regularly, at least from the warmth of the base, it wasn't often that she actually would leave the comfort to explore it on foot. Sure, when she was younger and still learning to accept her disability, she had a penchant for sneaking out to read on her own, but that was so long ago... And things can change a lot as well, given time. And even then, it was nice getting to see everything up close; the sight of the buildings being fixed up, the snowy garden, the crystals... It was all so nice. She'd let out a soft, content sigh - resting her head against her father's back, as they began to reach the ground below.
Once they landed, Persephone would lift her head a bit to peer to Hikaru, and would nod with a happy grin. "Yeah!" Her tail was swishing idly, belying her excitement - and she would peer to her surroundings now that they were at ground level. "Where should we go first?"
"Well, where we're going is to of course down for now. Would you rather walk or would you rather just drive?" Hikaru asked. Drive here being Hikaru acting as a taxi. He remembers how back when she was smaller he often pretended that he's her steed. It brings back memory, and Hikaru can't help to smile on that.
"Either way, this staircase would lead to the connector between underground chambers. i think the lowest level is B5. We're currently at the ground floor you see. But even then at B1 there are already places that are quite... mysterious of what it's used for. If you want we can see what's in it..."
Hikaru walked down the stairs, stopping when showed her the connector bridges. It looked very sturdy. Even if a Mammon somehow decided to stomp on it, pretty sure that it'll stay intact. As there are no natural sunlight down here, it's seem that the lighting is provided by crystals that glows softly. It also felt warmer down here than up above for some reason. Even so, it's a pain to walk down.
"...So according to this map..." Hikaru pointed at a map of the floor. "...There are still five unidentified rooms. Two on the east, three on the northwest. Which one would you like to go to first?"
At the question of whether to walk, or to 'drive', Persephone would think to herself for a few moments. She didn't realy want to trouble her father - she never did like feeling like she was making other people go out of their way just to take care of her or make her happy. But at the same time, there indeed was a nostalgic hue to this; riding on her father's back, like she sometimes would when she was little. There was a certain familiarity and comfortableness to it all, really. "... I'd like to drive, if it's not too much trouble." Persephone would eventually decide with a soft smile; nuzzling against Hikaru's fur.
She was quite curious about the parts of the base she rarely - if ever - treaded in, though; and thus was visibly interested as she listened to Hikaru talk about the different lower levels. All the whilst, she'd peer to the surroundings - the connecting bridge, the open space of the underground chambers, and the softly glowing crystals that provided lighting. She'd make a content sigh as she took everything in, before glancing to the map as Hikaru pointed it out. There was a certain excitement to her, in the way her tail swished; she was already enjoying just exploring someplace she didn't get to go to often, and getting to see a room that nobody here has even checked out yet was great, too!
"Maybe... We start with the two eastern rooms, loop around to the three to the northwest?" Persephone suggested, it seemed like it'd be the most efficient path to her.
Hikaru chuckled. "Of course of course, there's no need to hold back! Your papa here will be Adventurer Persephone's special steed for the day~"
Bonding time like this is not bad either, Hikaru thought. Unlike humans, Digimon grows at faster rate. They also leaves nest faster... He have no idea when would that day come for Perry, but even then... he have his duty. As father, as a partner, and as a leader... it's normal for him to be busy. That's why he would rather spend his time as long as possible with his children. Yuuki perhaps knew this because he tends to stay in Ys most of the time, unless there are something pressing for him to attend outside.
Hmmm, so the east part? "Alrighty! Let's do that then!" Hikaru crossed the bridges leading to the eastern part of the basement, which leads them to a small hall of sort. Three rooms on the left and two on the rights. "These three on the sides," Hikaru pointed at three rooms "are the indentified ones. Apparently they hosted old armors and whatnots, but these two just recently able to be opened. In this base, there are a lot of rooms like this, you see... ones that somehow only opened when the city grows...
...Strange isn't it?
Normally you'd think that the insides are the same, but... I don't feel that's the case... So, these unexplored two... will be explored by us! We'll be the pioneer of the exploration!"
Persephone wasn't sure if she'd ever really, truly, 'leave the nest'. At least not in the sense of going off on her own; even if she had Baldur - sweet and dedicated Baldur, who would always look after her wherever she went - she wasn't exactly built for traveling like other digimon were, especially not in this weather. Even with the Trailmon and whatnot to help, it'd be difficult for her; a digimon like herself only had so much energy for the day, and leaving home tended to take a lot out of her.
And even if she was abled enough to leave home, she sort of... Was content here. She was happy to stay with her family, to be the helping hand, the babysitter and the gardener... She wanted to see her siblings grow up big and strong, she wanted to see Ys grow big and strong, and she liked seeing her dad and papa's smiles whenever she gave them whatever she was growing that day. Just having a room to herself, with a greenhouse for growing plants, was enough for little Persephone...
As they made their way to the two eastern rooms though, Persephone would glance up to peer to the two unidentified rooms that Hikaru indicated. So the three that they already knew about were armories, essentially - though Hikaru had a feeling that the two that opened up more recently they'd be different. Though, she hummed. "Why do the doors only open up as the city grows, do you think? And what do you think might be in there, if it's not an armory-ish room like the other three?" Persephone asked, as she tried to lean a little, as though hoping to peek into the rooms from her perch on Hikaru's back.
"Are you sure it's not just because of passing time, like a lock breaking down; or it getting warmer now that we're all settling in here and making the place cozy, like it being frozen shut?" Persephone was very inquisitive and curious, wanting to make sure every possible angle and possibility was being considered; though she otherwise did trust in her father's judgement that it might be a thing of the city growing bigger, as well. She just liked making sure.
"I don't think it's because the this place gets more populated. Sure that the temperature gets warmer the more people populated the place, but as far as I know, the first moment we get inside this building, the basement is already rather warm like this. No kidding, we actually camped on the basement for first few days while working on the very first few buildings. This constant warmness was... enough to make us consider to actually just... take this place as our rooms, but...
Yuuki was like 'sunlight is important'. Let's just check if there are some crystals like the one here somewhere, maybe we can use it for our room heater'. And we did found them, and that's how we finally got our rooms in the second, third and fourth floor."
Hikaru wondered of what's inside. "Might be inventories or... blacksmithy. The door is quite big isn't it? It's bigger than the other three, which probably way for them to put the material in... hmmm."
Still, why is it related to the city?
"...It's a mystery even to us. I think it might be related to how bond works. According to Brad apparently the crystals on the Shining Sea are called Pearl Digicites. A high purity one is used on old Digivices apparently. As of how that's known, don't ask me. It probably dates hundreds of years ago. Either way same crystals are found in the city... with higher purity apparently."
And then, with that, Hikaru opened the door, but not before passing Persephone a mask filter. It turned out to be a right choice as the dust assaulted his nostrils and made him sneezes. Inside... it was a forge, but not the kind that they expected... not for weapons, not for armor... it looked different from medieval forge... Yet, with the amount of weapons and armors, still unfinished, it's no doubt that this place is a forge... but what could a forge do without furnace?
"Huhm..." So the rooms might be related to the crystals? Persphone couldn't help but gaze up to them - the crystals that warmed and lit up the basement - as she listened to Hikaru's explanation of Pearl Digicite; of how it was linked to older models of Digivices. "If it's higher purity in the city... Could someone use these to make some good quality digivices, then, theoretically...? Or for repairs...?" Persephone asked, as she accepted the mask that he handed her - fitting it over her muzzle. "What else could we use the crystals for, beyond digivices, heat, and light?"
As the door was opened though, and Hikaru was sent into a fit from the dust - Persephone couldn't help a faint sniffle of her own. The mask did well to ward off the dust, though the air still had that dry smell in the air - which she couldn't help but wrinkle her nose at as they entered the room. "A... forge...?" She'd observe, glancing around at the unfinished equipment, and the forge - though a forge with no furnace, it seemed. Persephone made a puzzled expression at this - wondering why a forge would have no furnace, unless... "... Could this forge be something like the Aeterna Forge?" She asked, curious. If it functioned similarly to the Aeterna Forge, it'd explain some things....
"Nope, apparently it's only good for prototype. I never really examined anything inside the Digivice, or what makes it tick... but... the prototype are perhaps used by people who wanted to be chosen but unable to... perhaps. Either that or back then when there are no chosen. Back when Digital World simply visited by human because... well, the portal opened."
Hikaru seem to be unsure of it himself.
"The ones for digivices and the one for light are different kind altogether. These ones here are not pearl digicites. They're more to just... crystals that emits heat. The ones with multiple colors, shines if humans and Digimons who bonded together touches them together are the Pearl Digicites. And that, sadly I have no idea."
...Forge like Aeterna forge? "...That's what I'm thinking too... It's somehow much smaller and far less complex than the one in inner sanctum... made me think that they doesn't have the Aeterna Forge, or Aeterna Forge was missing so they compensating it with this...
Truth to be told I never told you about it before huh...? Aeterna Forge was discovered in the basement of my old shop... it's apparently an artifact... and well... the old owner told me that he thought it was a junk so he never used it and only used it as a pedestal... but somehow it was reactivated one day... Come to think of it... if I recall correctly it was reactivated when I and Yuuki touched it together..."