12 August 2017 @ 06:23 am
Who: Castlevania crew (Dracula, Lisa, Alucard, Remilia, Flandre, Patchy, Sakuya, Soma)
What: Plot conclusion for the Rain of Blood event
When: Backdated very slightly to August 9 (5 days after the initial rain)
Where: Castlevania subarch, possibly spilling into Everglade
Why: Because Dracula is a dick.
Warnings: Language, violence, possible gore, cuddles. ...okay that last one might be a lie.

[There is an area in Castlevania where only its master may go. It's sealed off by a door of black smoke through which not even the most powerful of magics may penetrate, and it leads into the realm of Chaos. A place where monsters orders of magnitude stronger than anything else in the castle roam, and where the spirit of chaos itself resides, whispering its secrets and lies to those it deems worthy of attention.]

[It's been several weeks since Lisa Tepes' arrival set it to whispering in Vlad's ear. During that time, Vlad called down a rain of blood on Everglade, and with it the beginnings of a repeat of Targoviste. Thanks to the guardian of Everglade and her allies, there haven't been any deaths - not yet, at least - but this is just the calm before the storm. The time for talk has passed.]

[The plan, such as it is, is simple: Remilia and Alucard will distract Dracula and defend Lisa while Soma, with the assistance of one of Alucard's familiars, enters the realm of chaos and silences the spirit. Which task is the more dangerous? Who can truly say?]
 
 


After the weeks it took to finish, Ayame's first ever house is ready to open it's golden gate for guests. The groundwork was from the effort of Attleton's hardworking people; but Ayame finished the rest, putting together the floors, the walls, and roofs with nothing but her power. Every door is open for guests to come see every room inside at their own leisure, with the plants at the gardens at full bloom and an open swimming pool in the backyard as the centerpiece of the house. Ayame's Attleton neighbors, and friends in the fashion industry help populate this night of revelry...

The Backyard & Swimming Pool

Directly from the main gate are two large hardwood doors leading to the infinity pool. The roof is yet to be installed along with the walls, so it is for the meantime an outdoor swimming experience and a part of the entire backyard where the party is held. The tea room is yet to be installed, so in it's place is a small platform that acts as a stage for the performers. The bonsai greenhouse is also not built yet as well, allowing for more space in the backyard for guests to use as a patio with the bar, serving up drinks provided by Gale Reinhardt's night clubs After Life and Hangar Queen, including the special cocktails only available in both clubs. Assorted water guns are available for use.

There is a drinking challenge at the bar for anyone over 16. It can be a drinking contest between two or more individuals, with the last person standing is declared the winner. Or it can be a single-player match against the bartender, where he or she provides drinks that gets progressively stronger. If the contestant survives the strongest drink, they win the game. Winners get a prize of a glass trophy of themselves, a commemoratory photo with a certificate of proof that they won, a gift basket of snacks, and bragging rights.

The Dining Area

With it's doors and windows all open, the dining area is temporarily one with the backyard so guests can come and go to sample the Taiwanese feast on display on the dining table and kitchen island. Main dishes include Taiwanese-styled popcorn chicken (marinated with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, five-spice, and white pepper before being fried, making dipping sauces unnecessary), tofu fries, gua bao (pork buns, although available in chicken), black pepper buns (much like the gua bao, only the meat is stuffed inside the bread and is baked in a tandoor), & scallion pancakes (a flaky flatbread treat that comes with just the scallions, or can be used as a wrap for beef and chicken, with the added egg).

Desserts include: Run bing (peanut brittle shavings with scoops of ice cream, wrapped in a spring roll wrapper), red bean & pineapple cakes, finishing off with assorted bubble teas.

There is an eating challenge at the kitchen. Survive eating a full course meal of chicken or lamb curry with Carolina Reapers. Superhumans get an extra helping of the peppers to make it fair as possible. Preparing it requires the cook to wear a gas mask, and even inhaling the aroma of the peppers from a few feet away can cause most people to feel it burn their nose and throat. The contestant must finish the entire meal to win the full prize of a glass trophy of themselves, a t-shirt of proof that they won, a plush toy, and bragging rights. Not finishing only leaves them with participation t-shirt with a gold star that says "I tried".

The Living Spaces

With most of the noise being outside, the inside of the house is fairly quiet in comparison. The living room is still a place where people gather to converse without all the noise or risk getting splashed with water. Upstairs are the bedrooms, which are all open for people to come in and observe, with the two master bedrooms connected by the two-floored walk-in closet displaying all of Ayame's massive collection of clothes, bags, hats, shoes, and accessories. You're welcome to touch them or even try some of them on, but don't expect to vandalize it or leave the room with them without alerting the host. She's very protective of her collection.

Perhaps the quietest place in the house is also the most traditional. The guest portion of the house have tatami rooms both up and downstairs, with the latter having an elevated wooden corridor next to a small garden, providing fresh air to those who want to take a break or have a more private conversation.

 
 
06 August 2017 @ 05:03 am
[A young girl appears on the feed, laying on her belly upon her bed. A sporty uniform was hanging on a closet door behind her. She looked comfy resting her chin on a rolly-polly panda doll.]

Hello, everyone. I had fun cheerleading for Nova City at the games. I hope there will be another Olympic games next year. It was lonely not having anyone else with me, though.

But I'm seeing something weird on the network. Some people are talking like they are not themselves. Is there a bug going around?

And, another question. Can anyone give me an example of "rockin' roll" music?
 
 
03 August 2017 @ 03:33 pm
Video:
[A man with the physique of a Greco-Roman classical statue and  a fashion sense right of the 1980s stares out from everyone's smart phones with keen interest. His face is handsome, sensual even but the features are filled haughtiness and cruelty.]

Hello, I'm DIO. [Yes, that is in all capital letters.] 

Please to meet you, Ladies and Gentlemen of this bizarre new world.  I was rather in the middle of something important.... But perhaps this place has done me a service by taking me away at just the right moment, what with my enemies right on my doorstep.  This truly is a most fascinating place.  One that I, DIO look forward to ruling in due time.  

[He says it so casually.]

I understand that that there are vampires here... If so I'd very much like to meet with you.  You see, I'm one myself of a most unique breed. 


Action: Everglade.

[He easily stands out like a beacon in his flashy yellow, black and green attire as he strolls the near deserted, misty evening streets of the town. This place full of great unease and fear... He'll loves it already. Eventually he'll met someone else out and when he does....]      
 
 
29 July 2017 @ 06:29 pm
[ The video is taken from inside what appears to be a costume shop. It's a rather drab shop compared to her normal masks, but you have to start somewhere. 5000 red bills is not enough to afford her usual ostentatious masks of gold. She's holding a mask to her face, her lips drawn downward in a frown just beneath the rhinestone teeth. ]

Too on the nose.

[ She turns around, her device clearly propped up on a shelf of some kind, perfectly and elaborately coiffed hair and a the back of a gorgeous long sleeved, royal blue dress. She turns around again after a moment, holding up another mask. ]

Would you prefer something cute and harmless, Genessia? [ She quickly lowers her face and places this one on next. ] Or do you prefer a more honest facade?
 
 
[It's been a little over a day since Soma left the hospital in a rush, without telling anyone - not even the nurse on duty. That alone had caused something of an uproar, but it was a thing he wasn't willing to deal with just yet. But that didn't mean he didn't have obligations that were important to him.]

[It's early evening, not that you can tell it in the video. Soma's standing in a marble hallway somewhere, with rather opulent furnishings surrounding him. He looks... well, to be frank he looks shell-shocked.]


Ana. I... I'm sorry about the other day. I didn't know it was that bad. I'm feeling better now, and I have you to thank for that, but... something has come up. I don't know if it's good or bad yet - it has the potential to go either way. I can't leave the castle right now. She's... Lisa's in a bad way. She was badly burned when she arrived.

[He takes a moment to gather himself, to take a deep breath and try to focus.] I don't know how, but she's here. Dracula's wife.
 
 
18 July 2017 @ 10:57 am
It was a tense night for everyone in Castlevania. The gears that lined the castle had begun to chug and churn all through the night while the monsters that roamed the myriad halls were far more skittish and likely to attack anything that moved - even each other. Only a few knew why the change of atmosphere had permeated the place, not even the lord of the castle himself knew for sure. He only sensed something was... off.

As dawn neared and he began preparations to return to his coffin, an imp that he had sent through the halls to seek out the cause of the disturbance saw something. Tucked away in a room that had gone unused for centuries, tended to by Sakuya and Patchouli, was a woman. Even with all the burns covering her body, Dracula would recognize her in a heartbeat. For 324 years, that face had been burned into his mind, and now she was in his castle.

His mind, twisted by the centuries of hate and war, instantly jumped to the most logical conclusion. Someone had created a homunculus in his wife's image and sent it to him in order to manipulate him. Upon this realization, the gears that had settled into a low chugging noise ground to life once more as an unholy roar reverberated through every stone throughout the castle. So loud was the roar that it was audible all throughout Everglade.

It did not last long and as suddenly as it had erupted from the throne of Castlevania, it ended. There were no echoes, no evidence that it had actually happened. Only a deafening silence left in its wake. Those in Castlevania itself would notice a few things. Several rooms seem to have been rearranged at random, making traversing the castle far more difficult, especially in the chambers leading to the throne. The stairs to the chamber housing Vlad's throne had collapsed, and the foyer leading into the throne looked as if some great battle had taken place with smoldering carpets and gashes ripped through the stone walls. Every bit of furniture had been shoved up against the door to the throne room as well serving as a makeshift barricade. The monsters within the structure were also far more aggressive than normal. The undead that had previously just wandered aimlessly without purpose were now roaming in packs, setting up ambushes around dark corners. The werewolves and demons were actively hunting now, lashing out at any who dared walk the halls alone, and plants that had occupied themselves feeding on the frogs and bugs of the caves below the castle now burst up through the cracks in various halls, seeking out more substantial meals.
 
 
02 July 2017 @ 03:52 am
[The worst month of the year is here. The Summer heatwave. Anastasia hates being stuck inside, unable to set foot out of the house because of the traits of her people.


However, after seeing a cute cartoon about penguins, she got an idea.

Dressed in a pure white sundress, complete with a pretty ribbon hat and parasol, she hid in the shade of the apartment door as she had her Glaceon build the foundation for a igloo right there on the lawn, or whatever is in front of the Heavens Court Apartments.

Once it was finished, she used her own Ice and Water magic to help her Glaceon build her igloo into a little ice castle, fit for a snow princess.

The interior was hollow with a ice table and ice chairs for two. It was about 7 feet tall and 13 feet around. The exterior upwards to 10 feet tall and 14 feet around. So now Princess Anastasia took her spot in her ice castle which stuck out like a lit-up sore thumb.]


(Video)

[Anastasia appears on the network, showing off a pretty smile. She was obviously proud of herself.]

I built an ice castle! I didn't know my magic can be used for anything other than destroying. So now I can sit outside and not worry about the heat hurting me.

[She will need Glaceon to help keep it standing, of course.]
 
 
02 July 2017 @ 12:38 am
[Lilith has lived a reasonably long life, in her opinion. So when she had woken up in a pod in a bay a few days ago? She didn't go right ahead to gabbing on the phone she had woken up with and instead focused on getting herself settled.

But sadly, for her, the settling didn't include one important thing. She needed to eat a very unique kind of sustenance and the locals weren't looking good, so she bit the bullet and turned on her phone.]


Hello hello~.

[It's a woman's voice with a sing-songy tone to it, as if she's trying to be very charming. It probably won't work at all on the majority of people here, but a Succubus-Mermaid has gotta give it a try.]

Does any of you fine folks here who are also in the same stitch as me help a poor gal out? I have very... Unique dietary needs and I'm hoping some nice fellows could help me out with that. Please?

[Now, as she waits for any replies? Lilith really hopes there aren't any other magical folks around who are the type to rat her out, those folks are so bothersome.]
 
 
19 June 2017 @ 07:09 am
[The video kicks on to show Anastasia at home, comfortably tucked in bed, curled in a sweet little ball with some of her favourite stuffed animals, such as Pan the Rolly-polly Panda.

She had been taking more naps lately for several reasons, but she was awake to strike up conversation.]


I still feel really tired. I did my art the best I can to help keep a path open for people to get to a safe house...

I know I shouldn't have put myself in danger like that, but I didn't want to be chased away again. I didn't want to cower in a closet.

I hope everyone else came out all right.

[Text to friends:Satsuki, Tony, Gale, Soma, Ayame]

Please let me know if you're all right.
 
 
[First, a beautiful unhappy ending was thwarted and now he's in a new disgustingly bright and happy sun-shiny day. At least he got a pretty-pretty necklace out of this. That makes up for falling asleep in the Shadow Realm and waking up in this happy land.

Not.

Ulric, a big bad wolf, floats above Genessia, taking in its sights with disgust, thinking over what the brochures and the hologram said.]


Genessia... A whole other world from my own. No Brute. No Bruha. No Rascal...

[A sinister Wolfy grin.]

No Glitter Force~

At long last, I can do what I do best. [Ulric produces a peculiar book.]


Genessia! Your picturesque fairy tale is coming to an end-

-as I paint your dreams black!

[Ulric crushes a tube of paint in his hand and smeared the ages with the only black paint. The magic of the book is activated, unleashing a wave that turns Genessia's day in a bleak, full moon night. His magic was re-writing the future to a sad ending.

Black aura appeared around people in the immediate vicinity, wisps of darkness gravitating towards the Book of Sad Endings.]


Every ounce of negative energy turns the Wheel of Doom one more tick, bringing me closer to the day I can revive my master; Nogo, Emperor of Evil!

[But nothing happens. Ulric didn't sense that satisfying tick of doom. In fact, none of the people appear to be incapacitated by hopelessness.]


Hey... What gives? [He flies down to the nearest NPC.]
Why isn't your negative energy turning the wheel of doom?

[The NPC shrugs and continues on with his day.]

Great. What am I supposed to do now?
 
 
[Given any choice at all, Soma would never go to Dracula for anything. There's always a price to pay with him, and it's always something you're going to regret later. Still... this is a problem he cannot solve on his own, and even if another way presents itself, Tepes is the most solid shot he has.]

[He doesn't use the network to contact Vlad. That would leave the chance of someone else finding out about their connection - and though he has told a couple of people, that's information he'd rather doesn't spread too far. No; he's entered the dread castle and ascended to the throne room - this time, oddly, the place seems to welcome him, with a straightforward path (even if it does happen to be infested with things that want him dead). Definitely not what he's used to.]

[Having come this far, though... he has no idea how to actually address the count. How odd is that? How do you actually talk to someone whose memories you have in your own head?]

((OOC: Backdated to before currently active plot))
 
 
11 June 2017 @ 03:16 pm


JOURNEY TO THE MAW'S CRYSTAL CAVES


At this point, news had been spreading about the flowers- the ones that only grew near crystals in the Maw, that they were what Seek had used on Nova City back in January, even though they were Fayren-native. Those who have made it this far to The Maw and searched for some time will finally find themselves at a cave, deep within. The only light there is whatever they brought with them and the bioluminescent glow of some crystals and fungus within the cave- certainly not enough to guide the way without your own source.

Once the expedition party is deep enough into the caves, they'll likely notice that the crystals have shifted behind them and cut off the way that they've come in. They have to go somewhat deep into the crystals to get to the patch of flowers they’re looking for, a veritable field of them. Most of the crystals are white or a pale lavender in color, and once in deeply enough it will become clear that the crystals have been enchanted as they rapidly spike up from their spots on the walls and cut off the entrance, regrowing just as rapidly if broken. A character may be able to get out if they have teleportation or phasing abilities, but they will not be able to bring other characters with them.

The only choice is to go deeper, and some who do will begin to find crystals that look a little different- refined, not bound to the enchanted white and lavender ones, and they’re a vibrant green in color. Careful though- spirits still lurk around certain corners, and with the low light and the Maw's nature.. well, you may want to stick close to someone else. Those aren't the only monsters down there.

DIRECTIONS:
-If you were RNG'd to receive a green crystal, you received a notification last night. Reply with a top-level to this post to receive the content of that crystal. If you do not post a top level by the 17th, your memory crystal will get rerolled to go to someone else who has already posted a top level. The mod NPC account will reply to your post with the memory crystal contents so you will not have any way to receive them unless you reply to the main post. Crystal finders: Cassian Andor, Koishi Komeiji, Link, Kamille "Mobius" Rainer, Belle, and Major Lilywhite.

-Regardless of whether you were RNG'd, anyone who replies with at least 5 comments by July 4th will receive a Fayren charm.

-If you are one of the four people who get to participate in capture, feel free to assume that your person got separated from their group and ended up finding the other three who did as well. That way you can still have main threads with whatever group your character came in if you'd like while we can limit the thread to a semi-reasonable amount of people for a single thread because 5 people in a single thread is already a lot and we do want to make sure that this thread is completed. A specific thread for this will be posted in reply to this post for each of those who joined in to participate. Once again, if you do not reply by the 17th, you will just have your character dropped from the discovery so that we can move on. Because this is an active thread and not just an info drop, the role will not be replaced unless all four characters do not participate.

-Just replying may also give you a chance encounter for other neat stuff in the Maw. A mod may reply with something fun to interact with if it looks like your thread is active based on a daily RNG through the 17th.

-Please feel free to assume that characters eventually find a second way out. They can also take samples of anything they want with them- flowers, crystals, rocks, whatever they may find. If your character wants to do something with something they took, please ask a mod what they'll find out and include the method they are trying to analyze it with. (If you just say 'analyze it' that's not going to tell us whether you'll find something out- if your character says they're looking at something under a microscope or that they're running a test for something specific, however, the mods are more than happy to answer if there's relevant information that your character can discover.)
 
 
14 May 2017 @ 11:24 pm
(Video: May 8th)

[Anastasia appears on the feed, dutifully keeping her long, blonde hair neat and tidy with brushing. She seems to be sitting in front of a vanity mirror with a slight depressed look on her face.]

I...am going to start thinking twice about going to any circuses or carnivals... I feel like a total ass for being rude...

[She doesn't realise she used language unbecoming of a proper lady. What sort of influence brought this on?]

(Action: May 13th)

[On this fine Saturday morning, and after extra work for her language last week, Anastasia decides to hit the city and glam it up to the best her childish stature allows. She'll be walking around, parasol in hand and a Glaceon at her side, she will visit various places around Nova City. Including, but not limited to, a cafe or two, the arcade where she looks at the games, but doesn't actually play them.
The planetarium where she sees if her own home can be found somehow.
A Candy store, because sweets.
A toy store, because that wall-mounted moon lamp looks cool.
Perhaps even wander into Holodeck'd where she has no idea what she just walked into.

Come question what she is doing by herself again.]
 
 
12 May 2017 @ 01:39 pm
.... hey.

[Pretty calm sounding voice. Nice and low, got a bit of a sleepy tone to it.]

don't know how many people can hear this.

raise your hand if you know what the underground is.

[It's a simple, lazy, not fully fleshed out request in the slightest, and he doesn't elaborate.

In one of the parks in Genessia, he's taken a seat on a bench, pleasantly surprised, he supposes, that no human has panicked at the sight of him. Things don't make sense anymore, so hey why not this? May as well be this.

He doesn't really have any energy to be concerned about it anymore.

Instead, the small, pudgy skeleton dangles his feet from the bench, the glowing pinpoints of light in his skull casually following one or two people about the park as they pass him.

Maybe... he could just... lay down.

Right here.
]
 
 
27 April 2017 @ 06:29 pm
Let the Cirque du Vrai begin!

OOC: The event starts today. It affects Attleton. Players can make their own posts and have fun with it or they can reply to this post with top levels and have fun that way! Up to you! There will be a separate log posted for the Showstopper on the 29th. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the Showstopper, please check out the event details and remember that sign-ups for the Showstopper close tonight at 11:59pm PST.

Please note that if your character tries to enter the circus without a mask and costume (cannot be something your character already owned because it's not a disguise if it's theirs), they'll be prevented from getting in one way or the other. Don't try to get around it and don't try to be like WELL NO ONE CAN STOP MY CHARACTER!! If your character goes right past them they'll find themselves in the field the next day the second they go past the gates, capiche?? No cheating it's not fun for anyone.




As the sun sets in Attleton, a strange haze seems to glow over the barrier for a few moments before in the distance, a sequence of lights flickers on. The entrance sign first, then tents and merry-go-rounds and booths and all manner of dizzying fun illuminate just as darkness falls. It doesn't take more than a few seconds for the sounds of cheers and fun to fill the Attleton air. It almost seems like it's calling to you, inviting you in. As you approach, a man on stilts greets you. He explains that the flyers that have been floating around town with the wind and on the walls were all for this, the Cirque du Vrai! Become someone else to become yourself, step right up! You don't need to buy a ticket, you just need to buy a costume.

"There's a costume shop right next to the entrance for those who aren't prepared, and a master mask maker who will create any mask you desire, or leave it up to him once he decides what he thinks suits you. If you brought your own, that's fine too! The Cirque is here for days, there's time to spare! Don't let reservations drive you to despair! You'll miss out on fun if you let your life run all over the mystery we've so prestigiously spun. Test your skills, test your wills, find your chills, thrills, and pills. Here it is, the moment you've been waiting for is just beyond the gate! Accept who you are and you'll need none to commiserate!"

The man laughs, leaving before you can ask what that means to invite another in, and the game begins. Welcome to the Cirque du Vrai. Enjoy.
 
 
26 April 2017 @ 05:55 pm
[Jacques isn’t sure what he’s doing here or how he even got here, but he is pleasantly surprised to see Weiss has opened up a branch of his company over here. Perhaps the girl had more of a mind for business than he had first imagined. Of course, it also could have been because of him; he’d given her ample time to think about things when he imprisoned her in her room.

With a few adept strokes, a video of him is being broadcast, glorious mustache and all.]


Good Evening. My name is Jacques Schnee, proud father of Weiss Schnee who you all seem to know. I trust that she’s been doing an honorable job of starting up a branch of the Schnee Company here in… Genessia, was it? However now that I’m here I’ll of course be stepping up to run my company just as soon as I get settled in. If you have any business with Schnee, be sure to send them my way and I’m sure we can work something out.

[He’s laying the charm on thick – it’s all about appearances, after all.]

Weiss, darling, be sure to call me and let me know where you are staying so we can have a little chat, just the two of us. I’m glad to see you doing so well.
 
 
28 February 2017 @ 03:46 pm
Who: Erza and Soma
Where: Fayren City streets
When: February 28th - late at night
What: Erza's going out bounty hunting, but things don't go quite as planned; Soma intervenes.
Warnings: Mild violence.

Erza's eager to go out and hunt down criminals - it seems like the best way to establish Fairy Tail's reputation in this place. Unfortunately, the bounty that she took doesn't have much to go on; nobody had seen the mage in question and lived to tell about it, given his tendency to kill the people who he robbed.

Still, it wasn't that difficult to find the locations where prior robberies had occurred. While the damage had been magically fixed after the bodies had been recovered and potential witnesses were questioned, people tended to not forget seeing quicksand pits in the city. Most of the robberies, somewhat predictably, happened in alleys or isolated streets, so Erza decides to stick to the rooftops (figuring that they're the best vantage point, though the fact that she'll stick out like a sore thumb up there doesn't occur to her) and wait.

With the moon high in the sky, Erza is about to move on to another area to continue her search when she hears a piercing shriek. It's brief, but enough for Erza to go on. After hopping over a few rooftops, she seems to spot who she's looking for - a couple, gagged with what appears to be hardened mud or clay, and a man who would be nondescript if not for his hair, which looks like an octopus is resting on his head.

"Halt!" Erza leaps from the roof, landing between the couple and the thief, who was clutching what he had taken from them. Not being particularly good with following instructions, the thief takes off running. With a wave of his hand, a stone wall rises out of the ground behind him, trapping Erza and the victims in the alley.

"Don't worry, I'll stop him." Erza summons a sword with a watery blade to her hand. It only takes a few moments of being submerged in the water to dissolve the gags, which only leaves the problem of the wall. Erza stares at it, contemplating what to do...

...only to burst through it moments later, clad in gold armour with massive shoulder-pads. "GET BACK HERE!" The thief is much further down the street, still clutching his ill-gotten gains and running as fast as his legs can carry him. Grimacing, Erza gives chase, though given how loud the destruction of the stone wall was, she probably won't be the only one.
 
 
18 February 2017 @ 04:04 pm
The bouncing. The BOUNCING. )

[OOC: Here's Smithy's big debut! Or Mack's, specifically. Feel free to pick a prompt and bop some bad guys. You can also put your own character out there to be terrorized and rescued, in that order. NOTE: Mack, the boss, can only be engaged by three people at most. Get with me in mail or Plurk ([plurk.com profile] JudgeCF) to make sure. Other than that, have fun.]

A. City streets )

B. Homewrecker )C. The barn, the barn, the barn is on fire )

D. House arrest )

Boss fight: Mack the Knife )

F. Damsel in Distress (Sonico) )
 
 
[It's been a week since Soma arrived in Genessia, with all the odd meetings that day entailed. He's found a potential job or two, learned that he is most definitely not the biggest fish in the pond (not that he ever believed himself to be to start with - Yoko and Julius were both high on his list of People Not to Mess With, and they were 'just' human), and been threatened with death by his own past self. Talk about a strange week.]

[Now, however, he's finally made up his mind - he's going to seek out Dracula once more. If there is to be a confrontation, better that it be on his terms than the Count's. Thus it is that he stands at the gate to the castle, the very essence of which he can feel turning its deadly attention to him - and not in a friendly, welcoming way. Castlevania knows its master - and that master isn't some punk with pretensions to power he didn't earn.]

[It is, of course, midnight. A blood-red moon hangs full over the castle, framing it perfectly regardless of the angle it's viewed from - the magic of the Forest of Eternal Night proving once more its tendency to the dramatic. All this scene needed now was a chase through the woods on horseback, with a pack of wargs on his heels. Fortunately, the Castle knew at least this much - such cheap tricks would not work on this challenger. Besides - he didn't own a horse. Though, he supposed, he could probably summon a Nightmare...]

[The gate opens smoothly as he approaches, centuries of blood having oiled the hinges more efficiently than ever mere grease could have.]

((OOC: Feel free to skip ahead to whatever part of the castle your character haunts, I just dunno where to start looking. ^^;;;))