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[12:32] <PersonaGM> ["Always nice to be back in the dream theatre that smells like Dinah's bedroom." Said Adrien brightly as he cracked open the saferoom door, revealing the village.]
[12:34] <Dinah> "You have no idea what my bedroom smells like, creep."
[12:34] <PersonaGM> ["Well this place smells like ash and blood. Educated guess."]
[12:35] * Sachiko stepped past the pair. "Does this place continue to operate when we aren't here to observe it?" she asked, glancing back at Roy.
[12:36] <Dinah> "I don't beat the shit out of people where I sleep. That's just asking for problems."
[12:36] <PersonaGM> ["That's not why it'd smell like blood." Said Adrien.-
[12:36] <Sachiko> "God you suck."
[12:36] <Dinah> "You really want to die, don't you?"
[12:37] <PersonaGM> [Adrien smirked.-
[12:38] <PersonaGM> ["Ahem." Roy paced to be in front of Sachiko and Dinah. "It does, to an extent. This place is always being observed by the general public's subconscious, and by the Archetype Shadow. But it runs off a kind of broad guideline script. Because our Personas let us be conscious and willful here, changes we make tend to stick unless consciously undone by the Archetype becoming aware."]
[12:39] <Sachiko> "Right," she said, looking away from Adrien. "Answers my questions about them replacing the guards, then."
[12:40] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah. We should be safe, so long as they don't become overly aware that we're here." Said Roy.]
[12:41] <Hideki> "In that case," said Hideki cheerfully, as if the previous argument hadn't occurred, "let's split up to cover more ground."
[12:43] <PersonaGM> ["I guess this isn't a horror theatre, huh." Said Adrien. "If it were, I mean, that'd be a bad idea."]
[12:43] <Hideki> "I'm not convinced."
[12:45] <Sachiko> "It's war story themed. They're cousins," Sachiko said. "I'm good for it, though."
[12:46] <Dinah> "No complaints from me on splitting up. Anything to get away from death wish over there for a bit." She sniffed, taking a few steps away from them, gesturing out to the Blacksmith's house. "I'll be over there."
[12:46] <PersonaGM> ["I had to do a horror themed theatre once, and it sucked." Said Roy. He followed after Dinah.]
[12:47] <Dinah> "Was it like, horror horror? Or jumpscare horror?"
[12:47] * Sachiko turned and headed for the house closest to where they'd been standing: A large stone building bigger than anything else in town.
[12:47] <PersonaGM> ["Slasher horror."]
[12:48] <Hideki> "Just think," Hideki explained to Adrien, picking his own building just a few yard to the west, "No ghost is ever going to reveal itself to a big party. You have to split up in order to get a look at it."
[12:49] <Dinah> "Were you the one that got high or tried to get your bone on?" Dinah stretched her arms up somewhat as she walked, folding her hands behind her head.
[12:50] <PersonaGM> ["True dat." Said Adrien.-
[12:50] <PersonaGM> ["… I was the one who was black, Dinah." Said Roy.-
[12:50] <PersonaGM> ["… I was also the virgin. It was a bad scene."-
[12:51] <PersonaGM> [-
[12:52] <PersonaGM> [Sachiko entered the stone house. It was carpeted in well-cut tatami mats, with shelves on the walls holding scrolls, little Japanese-style pictures and knicknacks. In the middle of the room was a low Japanese-style table, surrounded by soft, rich cushions. Sitting opposite the door was an older manikin. "A-Ah… A stranger." He said, lowering his head shakily.-
[12:52] <PersonaGM> ["It's okay. This is one of the people who saved me." Said another manikin- the woman from the forest. She smiled at Sachiko.-
[12:53] <PersonaGM> ["I-I see." Said the old man.]
[13:05] * Sachiko bowed. "I'm sorry for barging in uninvited. I had some questions, and I was hoping you might be able to help me…?"
[13:08] <PersonaGM> ["O-Of course."]
[13:16] <Sachiko> "Maybe you heard already," A brief gesture towards the friendly mannequin, "But we were investigating the tunnel we were told was somewhere in town."
[13:17] <PersonaGM> ["O-Oh yes. I suppose you want to know about it…"-
[13:18] <PersonaGM> ["As the mayor of this village, I am an obvious target for the army, so I wasn't told about its location."]
[13:19] <Sachiko> "Ah. I guess that makes sense."
[13:20] <PersonaGM> ["I do know it was made by a local man, though." Said the mayor. "And that it leads to the castle prisons."]
[13:21] * Sachiko nodded slightly. Nothing they weren't already aware of…
[13:22] <PersonaGM> ["I know the tunnel is locked with a key designed to resemble the mon of the Matsudaira clan. That was my idea, as the Matsudaira are honoured by the local lord."]
[13:26] <Sachiko> "Oh, that's helpful. You don't know who might have it?"
[13:27] <PersonaGM> ["I know the mon was made of metal…"]
[13:29] * Sachiko glanced over her shoulder, back out towards the down. "Got it."
[13:30] <PersonaGM> ["Can I interest you in something to eat? I just finished making some sticky rice and meat dumplings…"]
[13:35] <Sachiko> "Thank you, but I'm ok for now. I should probably get back to work…"
[13:36] <PersonaGM> [The mayor and the manikin woman bowed to Sachiko.-
[13:36] <PersonaGM> […-
[13:37] <PersonaGM> [Hideki and Adrien entered the house. The smell of woodchips and wood dust filled their nostrils. Within was a busy house, with walls lined with a carpenter's tools: hammers, saws, nails…-
[13:37] <PersonaGM> [Standing in the middle of the house was a tall, burly manikin, his skin bronzed by the sun. "Whaddya want?"]
[13:42] <Hideki> "Hey, man." Hideki greeted him with an easy smile. "Just checking up on things after that whole big battle the other day. You might not recognize us, but we were there."
[13:44] <PersonaGM> [The carpenter stared. Then pulled a hammer off the wall and hefted it with both arms.-
[13:45] <PersonaGM> ["What kind of freak admits to being in a battle?! Dressed like that?! You're suspicious! Gimme one good reason why I shouldn't bust your face, you rake!"]
[13:46] <Hideki> "Rake?" Hideki peered down at his outfit. Somehow, he didn't know whether to be insulted or flattered. -
[13:46] <PersonaGM> ["Like the untrustworthy farming implement."]
[13:48] <Hideki> "What?! Now that's just going too far! Look, we didn't come here to start anything. All we want to do is chat, and here you are throwing around insults and threatening us with a hammer. That's not what I'd call fair or even decent."
[13:49] <PersonaGM> ["H-Hold on." Adrien stepped in. "You have us all wrong. We're not instigators. We're just tourists."-
[13:49] <PersonaGM> [Adrien tucked an arm around Hideki's waist tightly and pulled him in close. Hideki could smell Adrien's overly strong aftershave.-
[13:49] <PersonaGM> ["We're here on our honeymoon from a far off land. We're in love, and when you're in love, you uh… Want to… Experience special things."-
[13:50] <PersonaGM> ["Oh. I see." The carpenter tucked his hammer away and bowed. "Forgive me truly. I did not realise…"]
[13:58] <Hideki> "Well… Water under the bridge, I guess," Hideki muttered. He gently patted Adrien's shoulder. "You could make it up to use by answering a couple of tourists' questions."
[14:03] <PersonaGM> ["Ask away." Said the carpenter, as Adrien gently patted Hideki's butt.]
[14:08] <Hideki> So Hideki asked. Mainly questions about the architecture of the town and local politics. While the last question didn't get much of a response beyond the basics they already knew, they at least picked up a little information about must-see landmarks and the people responsible for building the town - the carpenter himself and the a dearly departed architecte whose last home was still
[14:08] <Hideki> standing - albeit in disarray. -
[14:09] <Hideki> Eventually, he and Adrien pulled themselves away from the carpenter's home, thanking him as they went.
[14:12] <PersonaGM> […-
[14:04] <PersonaGM> [The blacksmith shack sat along the village square, made of sturdy lacquered wood. The door swung open, a little heavy, to reveal a poorly lit room. Within was a small old woman sitting at a table.-
[14:05] <PersonaGM> ["O-Oh dear. Guests? I am sorry, dears, but my husband is long gone, taken by the oni as a prisoner… All I can offer you is a few feeble answers and perhaps some tea."]
[14:06] <Dinah> Dinah was still reeling from JC's revelation of his 'roles' in the Horror Theater. "Man. That's rough, buddy."-
[14:06] <PersonaGM> ["No shit."]
[14:06] <Dinah> As soon as they stepped in, however, Dinah turned her attention to the old woman inside, sniffing somewhat. "That's fine. Some tea'll be alright, I think."
[14:08] <PersonaGM> [With a frail, trembling hand, the woman poured three cups of tea.]
[14:10] <Dinah> Taking one of the cups, she set it down for JC and then took another for herself, taking a sip from it. "So…did the Oni take all the weapons too?"
[14:11] <PersonaGM> ["The oni have no use for our weapons… They take the smiths instead, to make new ones suited for their brutish hands."-
[14:12] <PersonaGM> [Dinah started to feel a little sleepy. The old woman's face changed for a moment, turning into Adrien's. "lollllllllll." The word rattled around her head.]
[14:16] <Dinah> Annoyance crossed Dinah's features as she clenched her fists, glaring at the woman. "Oh, you just made a big mistake, lady."
[14:21] <PersonaGM> [The face changed again. The grey hair became long and black; the eyes burst into bright green, and for a moment it looked as though she were wearing spectacles.-
[14:21] <PersonaGM> ["Sad…"]
[14:28] <Dinah> If it was possible, the second face seemed to make her even angrier than the first. Her eyes went wide and then narrowed purposefully, fighting off the grogginess from the tea. "I'll kill you!"-
[14:30] <Dinah> Rushing ahead, she thrust her fist out straight into the Hinoenma's gut, connecting hard before she spun on her heels, bringing her hand around hard in something between a backhand and a punch at the same time, straight across whatever face it chose to bear at that moment.
[14:30] <PersonaGM> [The Hinoenma's monstrous face went from smug to horrified in a moment. With a sickening crack, its body went limp and it fell backwards.-
[14:30] <PersonaGM> ["Ugh." Roy shook his head. "What-"-
[14:31] <PersonaGM> [A thick black smoke began to fill the room, smelling strongly of tar. It began overpowering Dinah and Roy, choking them and filling their lungs.-
[14:31] <PersonaGM> ["Oh shit- the door- it got locked-"]
[14:33] <Dinah> Still enraged, she turned to the door and cracked her knuckles. "Doesn't matter. C'mon." Readying her hand, she rushed toward the door and took a leap toward it, using her momentum and her strength to send a hard punch straight into the door, counting on JC to attack with her to knock it down.
[14:33] <PersonaGM> [Roy was soon after her, smashing into it with his bulk.-
[14:33] <PersonaGM> […-
[14:34] <PersonaGM> [Hideki, Adrien, Sachiko, Roy and Dinah would soon meet back in the middle of the square. Dinah and Roy had conspicuous tells that they'd been in a tight spot, not least of which was the soot on their clothes and the splinters of door around the blacksmith's building.-
[14:34] <PersonaGM> ["Oh dang." Adrien tightened his arm around Hideki's waist. "Shit went down?"]
[14:36] <Dinah> "You could say that. Found somethin', though." Dinah scowled and flicked he disc toward the pair, moving to pull out a cigarette to spark it up afterward.
[14:39] <Sachiko> "Oh, you found the key," Sachiko said, still chewing on a dumpling. "Nice going."
[14:39] <Sachiko> "… you're both ok?"
[14:40] <Dinah> "Peachy." She practically snarled the word as she took a drag of her cigarette, crossing her arms after.
[14:41] <Sachiko> "Well that's good, then."
[14:41] <Hideki> "It's pretty weird looking for a key," Hideki muttered, eyeing the disc. "But good work!"
[14:42] <PersonaGM> ["It was a trap. Another shapeshifting Shadow woman." Said Roy. "Asaka has fucking woman issues, man."]
[14:44] * Sachiko busied herself giving the key a careful once over, then stood up to try examining the town.
[14:46] * Hideki grumbled, and then patted Adrien on the arm to remind him it was still where it was. "Alright. Intelligence Operation over. Let's share what we learned."
[14:47] <PersonaGM> [Adrien took his arm back. "I learned that Hideki has an S-class booty."]
[14:48] <Hideki> "That was already common knowledge."
[14:48] <Dinah> "I learned that Adrien will apparently haunt me in my nightmares."
[14:48] <PersonaGM> ["Lewd, but ok."]
[14:49] <Sachiko> "Mayor didn't know much," Sachiko said, barely giving that statement a chance to breathe. "The tunnel was built by a man, doesn't know which man. Knew the key was in the shape of the Matsudaira crest, but now that's a bit of a non-issue."
[14:50] <Dinah> "So we got the key, just need to find the tunnel still." Exhaling a puff of smoke, she seemed to be calming down, little by little.
[14:50] <Hideki> "We talked to this burly guy who built a lot of the houses here. The wood ones, anyway. Didn't give up any info about the tunnel, but there was another architect who used to be here who's gone now. He's house is… that one." He pointed to the far-off dilapidated stone house. "We might find some plans or something in there."
[14:52] <Sachiko> "Better than nothing," Sachiko said.
[14:54] <Hideki> "There's also a haunted house here. And a cliff. Both are also worth checking out."
[14:55] <Sachiko> "… for the investigation or for sightseeing?"
[14:55] <Hideki> "Both."
[14:55] <Dinah> "I can think of at least one good use for the cliff regardless."
[14:56] <PersonaGM> ["We could get a kite, run it up the cliff, and then jump off the cliff, sailing over the wall and right into the castle grounds." Said Adrien, his voice growing excited. "Dinah, you're a genius."]
[14:57] <Dinah> "Exactly. And you get to be the first one to try it."
[14:57] * Sachiko started walking towards the architect's house without further discussion.
[14:58] <PersonaGM> […-
[14:58] <PersonaGM> [Adrien gingerly opened the front door. It fell off the hinges.-
[14:58] <PersonaGM> ["Yikes. Dinah's been here already."]
[15:05] <Dinah> Dinah rolled her eyes as she approached the building, taking the cigarette from her mouth and letting out a last puff of smoke while the fire on the tip suddenly went out completely. Settling the half-spent stick behind her ear, she walked into the building then, taking a look around. "Hrm. Doesn't look like a lot at first."
[15:05] <PersonaGM> ["I was promised ghosts." Said Adrien irritably.]
[15:06] <Sachiko> "Do me a favour and conjure some fire, Dinah?" Sachiko asked, beginning to look around.
[15:07] <PersonaGM> ["I can conjure water." Said Adrien.]
[15:08] <Sachiko> "Didn't ask."
[15:08] <PersonaGM> ["I could, though."]
[15:08] <Dinah> "Don't gotta ask me twice." With a small flourish of rotating her wrist, she summoned a small fireball to hover over the palm of her hand, giving them some extra light to use.
[15:13] <Sachiko> With the light on her side, Sachiko worked quickly and methodically around the room, finally pausing next to a patch of flooring that looked identical to the rest. She smirked and tapped the stone with a fingernail. "Found it."
[15:15] <PersonaGM> ["I coulda found that with my water." Said Adrien. "I coulda summoned water, and it would've pooled in the lowest part of the floor. Just saying."-
[15:15] <PersonaGM> ["Good work, Sachiko. But can we get it open?" Said Roy.]
[15:15] <Hideki> "We have a key!" said Hideki helpfully.
[15:22] <Sachiko> "Oh I knew what you meant," Sachiko said to Adrien, still peering at the ground, leaning down to get a different angle from the light. After a moment she began running her fingers along the hatch tile to check it by touch.
[15:23] <PersonaGM> ["I'm not seeing a keyhole, though." Said Adrien, conjuring a little ball of water into his hands.]
[15:24] <Sachiko> "Pretty sure it's here," she said.
[15:26] <Sachiko> … after a moment she tried touching the crest to the tile directly, but there didn't seem to be much conviction to it.
[15:27] <PersonaGM> [The crest suddenly stuck to the tile as though magnetically drawn. It twisted around- a large metallic 'click' resounded through the room, before the hatch cracked open.-
[15:28] <PersonaGM> ["Oh, I get it." Said Adrien. "If you're trying to get into the tunnel through this side, the crest turns the lock magnetically. But if you're in the tunnel trying to get out, you can just twist it with your hand for ease. Smart." He slapped Sachiko on the back. "Good job, Peter Gnomes."]
[15:31] * Sachiko took the crest back and shoved it into a coat pocket. "Yeah, well. I think you're getting your ghosts if we go down there, so prep for that."
[15:36] <Hideki> "Bring it!" said Hideki cheerfully. "This is what tourist landmarks are made for."
[15:36] <PersonaGM> ["After you, sweet-ass."-
[15:36] <PersonaGM> […-
[15:37] <PersonaGM> [The prison-side of the tunnel was built beneath a cheap toilet.-
[15:38] <PersonaGM> [This didn't prepare the group for how badly it smelled. They emerged into a small, damp cell where water had collected in little stagnant rivulets between the mortar gap of each mouldy brick.-
[15:39] <PersonaGM> [The wall was solid metal.-
[15:39] <PersonaGM> [Sitting on a stack of rotting hay was a single manikin, who had been picking his teeth with a lockpick. As the team emerged, he stared at them. "Oh, uh. Hi."]
[15:44] <Sachiko> "Hey," Sachiko said, her nose wrinkled as she clambered out of the tunnel as fast as she was able to allow the others a path out.
[15:44] <Hideki> "What's new?"
[15:45] <PersonaGM> ["You."]
[15:47] <Hideki> "Heh. Yeah." Hideki unsuccessfully tried to dust off his cape. "So what's your story?"
[15:47] <Dinah> Wrinkling her own nose to the stench, she retrieved her cigarette and relit it, figuring it was better than the moldy dampness of the stagnant water and bricks.
[15:49] <PersonaGM> ["I can help!" Said Adrien, blasting Hideki's cape with water.-
[15:49] <PersonaGM> ["Well, I'm a blacksmith." Said the manikin. "And I got arrested because they said I was making weapons for the rebels. I refused to make weapons for them, so they tossed me into prison… Right where I wanted to be." He smirked and nodded his head at the door. "I know the patrols, so I sneak out to get some of the prisoners out when they ain't lookin'."]
[15:52] * Sachiko stared at Adrien with absolute disbelief.
[15:57] * Hideki yelped sharply at the blast of water. Fortunately, his cape protected him from the worst, but now it was now wetter, heavier, and a coldness was seeping through it and into the back of Hideki's shirt. "W-what the shit-?!"
[15:57] <PersonaGM> ["It was dusty." Said Adrien.]
[15:58] <Sachiko> "We're from the village," Sachiko said pointedly, stepping between the two of them and the blacksmith. "We dealt with the patrols there."
[16:00] <Dinah> Rubbing the bridge of her nose, Dinah let out an annoyed sigh before muttering "Don't move." to Hideki and summoning a small fire to sit behind him, just close enough that it could start drying him out.
[16:02] <Hideki> "You guys with your weird, showy elemental powers," Hideki grumbled. But damn, if that didn't feel good. He briefly shut his eyes. "Dunno if we should be starting fires in a prison cell. Won't it attract attention?"
[16:04] <Dinah> "Compare my powers to his one more time." She growled the words, turning up the heat just briefly to prove her point before pulling back on it, crossing her arms afterward.
[16:07] <PersonaGM> ["lol."-
[16:07] <PersonaGM> [The blacksmith seemed to be struggling to follow the train of thought. "Oh. Oh yeah. So you're here to… Break people out? Sneak into the castle?" Said the blacksmith.]
[16:09] <Sachiko> "The latter more than the former," she said. "I don't think it's out of the question, though."
[16:10] <PersonaGM> ["Okay." Said the blacksmith; he bowed, and unlocked the door. "Take this lockpick with you, then. It's good for all the cell doors."-
[16:10] <PersonaGM> ["At this point, there'll be a patrol in the next area, so be careful. Beyond that is the main hall. Which is obviously going to be dangerous."]
[16:14] <Dinah> "How big's the patrol? Do they have backup close by?"
[16:14] <PersonaGM> ["About five or six. I dunno about backup. If you're quick, it shouldn't be a problem."]
[16:20] * Sachiko took the lockpick, offered a quiet thank you and then stepped towards the door. "We'll be quick, then."
[16:20] <PersonaGM> ["Thank you."]
[16:21] * Hideki moved forward too, reluctantly leaving the heat of Dinah's flames. "Let's hop to it!"
[16:36] * Sachiko took stock of the cell block beyond, a couple of manikins looking back at her. She seemed to be bracing herself to move on, only to catch sight of a manikin in the shape of a younger woman, lingering towards the back of one of the cells.-
[16:36] <Sachiko> She stalled, heaved a small sigh and hurried towards the nearest cell. "I'm letting them out. Watch for guards."
[16:37] <PersonaGM> ["Softy." Said Adrien, although he moved to help.-
[16:38] <PersonaGM> [A few minutes later, a rush of grateful manikins departed the cells, leaving a small mound of gathered and scavenged goods and money behind them.]
[16:42] * Sachiko shoved her share into her pockets, and the lockpick along with it. Once the last manikin was gone she put her hands in her pockets too. "Time to move."
[16:44] <Dinah> While Sachiko had gone about unlocking the cells, Dinah stood by impassively, enjoying the last of her cigarette. As the manikins started rushing out of their cells, she offered them slight hand signals as if to guide them along, not that they needed it, but otherwise she waited until they were gone.-
[16:44] <Dinah> Snuffing out her smoke now that it was mostly spent, she simply dropped it and stomped it once before letting out a sigh. "Yep. Let's find something to hit."
[16:46] <PersonaGM> [Adrien unhefted his brutal axe. "Hell yeah, sister."]
[17:06] <PersonaGM> [He kicked the door open, revealing a room of Oni- and one Tengu. They started, turned around, grunted at each other in alarm, and then began raising rifles.]
[17:13] * Hideki acted fast. "Dorian Gray!" His tome glowed. A spectre of a beautiful reclining man appeared above him briefly, toying with a glass of wine and causually downing it. A swirl of psychedelic light kicked up around one of the oni closest to the group, knocking it down once, and then further flattening it with an extra burst of the same type of light. The oni did not get up again.
[17:49] * Sachiko stood behind Roy and Hideki as the rest of the team charged ahead. Her tome floated in the air ahead of her, both her hands spread out above it. "Faust."-
[17:49] <Sachiko> The Persona appeared above her, hunched down to accomodate itself into the cramped space of the prison. One of its hands whipped out, crushing one of its shadow helpers in a gnarled fist and hurling it towards the crowd of Onis beyond the door. Dark ichor splashed from the body, and when it touched the few unlucky enough to mistime their dodges acrid smoke started curling from their eyes and ears.-
[17:49] <Sachiko> And then the helper exploded in midair, catching all the rest.
[17:56] <PersonaGM> [As Adrien and Dinah had rushed across the room to catch the Tengu, the wily Shadow had dodged their assaults and had trapped them between a pair of hulking oni. A second later the Tengu exploded, struck by Faust's ichor; the other oni staggered around, shouting and groaning and grunting.-
[17:57] <PersonaGM> ["That was it, Sachiko!" Shouted Roy. "Everyone, smack 'em with an all out attack!"]
[18:03] <PersonaGM> [Space saved]
[18:03] <PersonaGM> […-
[18:09] <PersonaGM> [The last of the hostile oni had been swept into a corner, with all that remaining being a glut of information on the warchiefs Asaka used to keep his army moving.-
[18:09] <PersonaGM> ["That went well." Said Roy. "I don't expect them to be using just oni for much longer, though."-
[18:11] <PersonaGM> [As the room settled down, they'd be able to take in the area around them. It was another hallway, leading to a room to the west partitioned by a huge pair of double doors, big enough to look like they'd seal up a castle gate.-
[18:11] <PersonaGM> [Through this door they would hear the sound of many marching boots, martial yells and gun drills. The sound of an army…-
[18:12] <PersonaGM> [The only other sound would be from a nearby cell. "Hey. Heeeeey! Hey! Listen! What's going on out there, you beefed up buffoon bandits?!" Came a tinny, female voice.]
[18:17] * Sachiko put her hands in her pockets and walked through the door, which required stepping over an Oni still in mid-disintegration. "Might want to pick your words better if you want help."
[18:19] <PersonaGM> ["Weird. Didn't know there were girl oni."]
[18:20] <Sachiko> "There- … actually I don't know if there are, that's never really come up," she admitted.
[18:22] <PersonaGM> ["So you're not an oni? Could you be… A rescuer?!"]
[18:25] <Hideki> "We've done some rescuing in our day," Hideki piped up. "What're you in for?"
[18:25] <PersonaGM> ["Being beautiful."]
[18:25] <PersonaGM> ["… Also a spy or whatever. Lemme out!"]
[18:26] * Sachiko tried to get a look at the voice's owner before she unlocked the door.
[18:28] <PersonaGM> [The owner was a petite, delicate-looking fair-skinned woman, standing about three feet tall. She had wavy red hair cut in a pixie bob, and wore a startlingly bright blue high-cut leotard that clung to her slim body, as well as a pair of thigh-high stockings and shoulder-high sleeves. She also had a pair of long, translucent fairy wings.-
[18:28] <PersonaGM> [It was the fairy girl from earlier…]
[18:30] <Sachiko> "Oh, it's you," she said, a little surprised. She looked back at the others. "I'm open to letting her out. Same logic as the rest. Any thoughts?"
[18:31] <Hideki> "Let's do it," said Hideki simply.
[18:31] <PersonaGM> [Roy was silent, but he didn't say anything contrary.]
[18:34] <Dinah> Dinah merely shrugged, debating whether or not to smoke another cigarette in the meantime.
[18:35] <PersonaGM> ["The dinah killer-bot has ceased operation." Said Adrien. "Crack 'er open, Sacchin."]
[18:36] * Sachiko made a very dissatisfied noise, but cracked the lock anyway.
[18:36] <PersonaGM> [And out flew the fairy girl.-
[18:37] <PersonaGM> ["Aaaaaaaaaaah. It feels good to finally stretch my wings again!" She examined herself in the light. "Hm, a little dirty, that's really unfortunate… My hair's still fine, and my wings aren't bent, so it could be worse. It could definitely be better, but it could be worse. The important thing is that I project the perfect image of the fair folk! And I think I do that. A little dirt is
[18:37] <PersonaGM> to be expected, right? It doesn't detract from my image, really it only amplifies it, it's kind of, kind of, kind of, kind of like a sympathetic element. And it's also not on my face! It's just on my clothes. And that's okay."-
[18:38] <PersonaGM> [The fairy girl took a moment to take in her rescuers.-
[18:39] <PersonaGM> ["Hmmmmm." She eyed Sachiko. "The mask is pretty cool…"-
[18:39] <PersonaGM> [She moved on to Dinah. "Wow, you're like, not very fae at all. There's like, smoke and grime and dirt. It's kinda dwarfish if you ask me…"-
[18:40] <PersonaGM> [Onto Adrien. "Dead animals is a weird aesthetic."-
[18:40] <PersonaGM> [Onto Roy. "Yeah, this is kind of the opposite and it's not any better."-
[18:40] <PersonaGM> [Roy grumbled.-
[18:40] <PersonaGM> [The fairy girl moved onto Hideki. "And…"-
[18:41] <PersonaGM> [Stars burst into her eyes. A moment later she had settled onto Hideki's shoulder- she was incredibly light. "Hello, handsome~ I'm Pixie." She giggled.]
[18:43] <Sachiko> "Ah. Good. Great."
[18:43] <Hideki> "Well, it's good to meet you." He tipped his hat to her. It was slightly awkward to do it at this particular angle, but nevertheless, he managed it. "And welcome to freedom!"
[18:44] <PersonaGM> ["Ooh, you make freedom sound so enticing!"]
[18:48] <Sachiko> "I apologise to all of you for suggesting we open the door," Sachiko said to the non-Hideki elements of the team.
[18:50] <PersonaGM> ["It's okay to enjoy the cute little fairy, Sachiko, we won't think poorly of you for being not tough." Said Adrien. He idly reached a finger out to poke Pixie in the head.-
[18:50] <PersonaGM> [A second later he withdrew it, little nail marks deep in his finger. "Ow!"]
[18:50] * Sachiko grinned. "You're right, I take it back."
[18:51] <Hideki> "Ah, c'mon, now, you guys," Hideki chided. "Listen, Ms. Pixie, before you get too comfortable, I need to warn you that we're about to go rushing off into danger. You have a place to stay and relax and lay low for a bit?"
[18:53] <PersonaGM> ["So gallant, looking out for little ol' me~" She ran a tiny finger across his cheekbones. "But don't worry, I'll be out of here in a moment."-
[18:54] <PersonaGM> ["You're a Shadow. A bona fide Shadow, not a manikin." Said Roy. "But Shadows that enter Dream Theatres get dominated by the Archetype and shaped into a fitting shape. How is it that you're here, in an incongruent form, but still independent?"-
[18:54] <PersonaGM> [Pixie giggled. "Silly cat. You can't dominate a Shadow that already has a master. I'm a loyal subject of Her Majesty, the Fairy Queen!"-
[18:54] <PersonaGM> [("Aaaaah godfuckingdamnit.") muttered Roy quietly.-
[18:55] <PersonaGM> ["I hope we all meet again, some day." Said Pixie. "Then you can meet my sisters, Pixie, Pixie, Pixie, Pixie and who could forget… Pixie?" She kissed Hideki on the cheek and then took to the air.-
[18:55] <Sachiko> Next time Roy looked, Sachiko was watching him very closely.
[18:56] <PersonaGM> ["I want you all to have this." She reached a hand into her leotard and withdrew a small glowing round ball, which she handed to Roy. "You beautiful people will know what to do with this, I bet. Think of it as a bit of little ol' me, right there in your hearts, once it's been all prepped up. Everything requires a bit of refinement, after all."-
[18:57] <PersonaGM> ["Ta ta!" She said, turning to fly away- giving time for people to cry out one last question, but otherwise she was gone.]
[18:59] * Sachiko took the opportunity. "Weird question, but is there a Fairy King?"
[19:00] <PersonaGM> [Roy gave Sachiko a filthy look. "No."]
[19:00] * Sachiko just smiled back. "Worth a try."
[19:01] <Hideki> "Very… affectionate," Hideki muttered in the meantime, and he glanced to Roy. "What was that marble thing?
[19:03] <PersonaGM> ["I, uh. Don't know, actually. We might need to take it to the Shadow Market."]
[19:06] <Sachiko> "Don't make us ask you what the Shadow Market is, Roy. You know that's the only follow-up to that statement."
[19:07] <PersonaGM> ["It's a market run by Shadows." He muttered. "It's a little self-explanatory."]
[19:07] * Sachiko sighed.
[19:08] <PersonaGM> ["It's like a dream theatre, but there's not… Exactly… A big archetype boss figure." Said Roy. "Think of it as a neutral place."-
[19:08] <PersonaGM> ["We should probably go there soon, though. Tomorrow, even. For now, we should focus on finding a saferoom."]
[19:09] <Sachiko> "Sure," she said. Faust appeared around her. "You guys scout the rooms nearby, I'll see if I can find one if that fails."
[19:10] <Hideki> "Right, right."
[19:11] <PersonaGM> [It would require a step out into the great heart of the castle.-
[19:11] <PersonaGM> [A nest of walls and siderooms, with the sound of drilling soldiers growing ever louder…-
[19:12] <PersonaGM> [But almost immediately, they found themselves ducking into a side office, blessedly empty, the door wide open- with a closet that, when opened, revealed a little door that led to a saferoom.]

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