Watcher S Conquests

[08:06] <Yanmei> The wind picked up, playing roughly with her hair. -
[08:16] <Yanmei> It was a little cold, but she didn't mind much. Yanmei rubbed her eyes, peering out at more distant blue-white mountain ridges. When she walked a little closer to the view to get a better glimpse of the valleys between them, her stomach twisted a little with vertigo, more from the scale and distance than any instabilities in the flat, white, hard rooftop she was standing on.
[08:17] * Zack is now known as ZackSleep
[08:19] <Yanmei> The way down… was very far down, but she knew better than to look without reason. A faint, perpetual mist lingered in the air.
[08:20] <Minaplo> ["Why did we leave?" Asked a voice out of nothing.]
[08:22] <Yanmei> She stiffened slightly, peering around. "Leave what?"
[08:31] <Minaplo> ["The blessed realm. There we had peace, there we had love and security. But here we sicken and die, and fight, and all that comes from it is murder and war. Why did we leave?"-
[08:31] <Minaplo> [The mist whirled slightly about her.]
[08:36] <Yanmei> "There are some good things too?" But there was no way to really justify it. She fell uncomfortably quiet.
[08:45] <Minaplo> ["Did the empty stars speak to you, my sweet Watcher? Did you look out into the firmament, which had been but a battlefield to us, and did you dream of ruling your own people there? Did ambition burn in your breast at the idea of being lord of a realm?"]
[08:48] <Yanmei> "I don't know what you're talking about!" Irritation, at being called that name again. "Who are you?"
[08:52] <Minaplo> ["Do you recognise not where you stand? This is where you began. This is where the idea of you, that a being named 'Watcher' was conceived."]
[08:56] <Yanmei> "Where Watcher was conceived?" she echoed. She stared out at the mountains again, her brow furrowing.
[08:56] <Minaplo> ["Where you were conceived."]
[08:58] <Yanmei> "I'm a different being now."
[09:00] <Minaplo> ["Human conceit. Do you even realise what you are saying? How old is this 'being' you claim to be now, Watcher?"]
[09:02] <Yanmei> "Not old," she muttered grudgingly. "But…"
[09:02] <Minaplo> ["And what happens when this 'being' perishes?"]
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[09:08] <Yanmei> A long, sullen pause on Yanmei's end. "I get what you want me to admit. But this life is the life I remember."
[09:08] <Minaplo> ["Lies. You remember others."-
[09:09] <Minaplo> ["When you perish, this ephemeral life and its traits merge fully with the Watcher, forming it, building upon it. Yanmei ends in some ways but lives on in others, but the Watcher is eternal."]
[09:14] <Yanmei> "What's your angle?" Yanmei shifted in place. "Why does it matter to you if I accept that identity?"
[09:15] <Minaplo> ["There is no angle. It is not a case of you choosing to accept anything. This is who you are, and your denial is like a fish denying the sea. Do you not remember your many lives, Watcher?"]
[09:18] <Yanmei> "S-somewhat. Fragments."
[09:20] <Minaplo> ["Fragments?" Came another voice. A coldly familiar voice from behind. "Which fragments?"]
[09:25] * Yanmei spun sharply, heart suddenly pounding, eyes widening.
[09:34] <Minaplo> [The Marionette stood there, in all its unearthly, unnatural glory, eyes dark, mask-visage pale, smile cold, hands resting on Excalibur's pommel, the sword placed point-down into the ground. "Think."]
[09:38] <Yanmei> "Why are you here?!" But the complete lack of aggression threw her just as much as the Marionette's sudden appearence. She stopped backing away.
[09:40] <Minaplo> ["I am everywhere. -Think-!"]
[09:52] * Yanmei scowled up at it, and for a moment, she wavered between compliance and further resistance. Eventually, her gaze slid away, though the scowl remained. "A soldier on a horse," she muttered. "Some conquerer…"
[09:53] <Minaplo> ["… Wearing silk, with bronze weapons, a banner… The Duke of Zhou. An old memory. Think! There are others."]
[09:58] <Yanmei> "Duke of-?! Ah…" Her eyes zipped around a little. Seriously? Was this dream for real? -
[10:03] <Yanmei> She tried harder. Something that sounded more plausible? Damn, why was she even going along with this?! "Desert. Red. Armies. Um…" A sense of power, -real- power. -Respect-. A yearning that she didn't know how to articulate.
[10:04] <Minaplo> ["I see it. Many spears, the spears of Asia, the warriors of Persia. The Emperor Cyrus. Another conqueror. Continue!"]
[10:07] <Yanmei> No less of an insane revelation than the first life. She shut her eyes completely now, trying to concentrate. -
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[10:18] <Yanmei> "…" This one was personal. "Romance. And, um…" she trailed off with a mumble, reminded of a play she'd seen long ago.
[10:21] <Minaplo> ["Xiang Yu. The Hegemon King of Xi Chu. You know his story as well. A would-be conqueror who falls to others."]
[10:24] <Yanmei> "I'm… I'm going to stop now." Her voice was brittle, and her eyes were still shut. "Why did I have to remember that one…?"
[10:25] <Minaplo> ["There are others. There are another two thousand years of memories that you must remember, if only for a little while."]
[10:26] <Yanmei> "Why?"
[10:27] <Minaplo> ["Do not ask why one means one, ask only when one equals two. It does not equal two yet. Think!"]
[10:31] * Yanmei glared at the Marionette. "Two thousand years is a long time, you realize."-
[10:33] <Minaplo> ["An eye-blink when compared to five billion years."]
[10:35] <Yanmei> "Said by someone who can remember those billions of years! I'm working with a different scale of time, here?"
[10:35] <Minaplo> ["Then think."]
[10:37] <Yanmei> "Grr…" She tried, again, to concentrate. -
[10:58] <Yanmei> They came in a rush now, harder to summarize as they blended into each other. "Iron swords. An Eagle. If…if I had to die, I'm glad it was a respected friend who… A-and then after that I worked so hard to bring them all together, and it got messed up somehow, so I had to help destroy it all… all those lives, that work… but I lost those memories of the time before, so I couldn't even know."
[11:06] <Minaplo> ["Pompei-Justinian-Suleiman-continue!"]
[11:24] <Yanmei> "Bible and sword… a love lost and the pain that followed… Gunpowder and music, more gunpowder and fire."
[11:24] <Minaplo> ["Richelieu-Jahan-Frederick-Napoleon-"-
[11:25] <Minaplo> ["Enough." Came a third angry voice. One Yanmei knew as well.]
[11:31] <Yanmei> Relief… sort of. The significance of that person was starting to fade a bit in between the flashes of endless bloodshed, agony and glory, but she could stop now, right?
[11:35] <Minaplo> [The Conqueror- clad in the dark armour, wielding Excalibur as well, approached, putting a heavy hand on Yanmei's shoulder. "You're only remembering what he wants you to remember."-
[11:35] <Minaplo> ["You remember conquest, you remember bloodshed." Said the Marionette. "It lies within your destiny, within your soul. Always you are driven to conquer-"-
[11:36] <Minaplo> ["But always you lament the destruction caused-" Interjected the Conqueror.-
[11:37] <Minaplo> ["Yet you are driven to it-"-
[11:38] <Minaplo> ["But you draw the sword only to improve the world, not to end it." Urged the Conqueror.]
[11:44] <Yanmei> "Enough already!" Her hands formed angry fists. "Enough. I'm… tired. I don't want to remember anything else! And you-!" she glared up at the Marionette again. "What are you trying to pull? Which one are you, anyway?"
[11:46] <Minaplo> ["You should know." Said the Marionette. "Remember that when it comes time. Remember what you have seen, when it comes time to draw the sword, Watcher."-
[11:46] <Minaplo> [The mist began to swirl, more and more, whirling around her like a hurricane, blinding her, pushing her-
[11:46] <Minaplo> [… Into wakefulness.]
[11:50] <Yanmei> A light fixture, turned off for now. Yanmei stared at it, trying to figure out what had happened, letting the sounds of everyday life slink in around her.
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[12:12] <Minaplo> [Next to her, Isaiah was sleeping quietly, his chest rising up and down. He was very close to her of course, and he felt warm and comforting- his legs were intertwined with one of her own.-
[12:13] <Minaplo> [On a little makeshift bed at the end of the bed was Lizzie, sleeping, arms clinging to General Bear.]
[12:17] <Yanmei> She stared at Isaiah for a long time, until she was convinced that he was real. She probably couldn't move without waking him… and even if she could, there was no where to go, really. She waited for him, limply, trying hard not to let her mind wander back to some of the more vivid images she'd seen.
[23:41] <Minaplo> [A bedside table clock displaying burning red numbers, telling her it was about 4 AM.]
[23:47] <Yanmei> "…" That early? She'd be waiting a long time, but she really didn't think she'd be able to fall back asleep. She curled up closer to Isaiah, enjoying his warmth, waiting for dawn to come.
[23:55] <Minaplo> [The hours passed, warm and comfortably, until the stars began to fade and the sun began to rise. Isaiah's eyes started to flicker open about 7 AM…]
[23:57] * Yanmei heaved a sigh of relief at that. Thank goodness for early waking habits? "Morning," she mumbled.
Session Time: Thu Dec 27 00:00:00 2012
[00:01] <Minaplo> ["Morning." He replied, giving her a smile.-
[00:02] <Minaplo> ["… Is everything ok?"]
[00:04] <Yanmei> "Everything's… ok. I woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep." She rested a head against his shoulder. "I'm starting to feel better now, for some mysterious reason~"
[00:11] <Minaplo> ["Is that so~? I'm sure I have a few theories as to why…"]
[00:13] <Yanmei> "Heh heh… So! What do you want to do today?"
[00:16] <Minaplo> ["I figured we could go out." He said warmly, his hand rubbing her stomach absently. "Go to a park and have a picnic, then maybe stop at a lovely restaurant for dinner…"]
[00:17] <Yanmei> "Lovely restaurant, huh?" Upscale? Her mind was fuzzy and couldn't work it out for sure. "Should we look for a sitter?"
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["Rei? Or your friends, maybe…"]
[00:30] <Yanmei> "Yeah. Any one of them would do it? You'll have to spend extra time with her tomorrow to make up for it, though."
[00:30] <Minaplo> ["Not a problem~"]
[00:32] * Yanmei grinned and rose, pulling the covers off. "Let's get dressed and make a few calls."
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["Let's!"]
[00:41] <Yanmei> It wasn't long before they had dropped Lizzie and General Bear off with a smiling Rei, and had made it to the park that Isaiah had picked out. Yanmei strolled along next to him in a pale green skirt and white blouse, holding his hand and smiling. Neither her demeanor or the makeup she wore, however, could mask the weary vacancy that came and went from her eyes as the morning went on.
[00:50] <Minaplo> [Isaiah was carrying a basket with his free hand- he squeezed her hand tightly. "Come on. I think I found a place under a tree that'll be lovely for us."]
[00:52] <Yanmei> "Hm? All right." She let him guide her without complaints, peering around at the scenary around them.
[00:55] <Minaplo> [He settled down, tossing a picnic blanket over a patch of fresh grass- he laid the basket on the top and began to unpack.-
[00:55] <Minaplo> [The area around them was cool, it was still winter; the tree was an evergreen, and thus kept its leaves, but other trees were bare. There was no snow around- and so many people, rugged up of course, were out enjoying the day.]
[00:58] * Yanmei helped him, quietly, pulling out a container of fresh rice. "You have to tell me how things are going for you in Boston. The other day, you were so tired, coming off that VTOL…"
[01:02] <Minaplo> ["Well." He took out a thermos of coffee. "Boston is nice. I mean, I always have people I can go to if I need anything. Rei, Major Wellesley…"]
[01:11] <Yanmei> "Yeah, but… they can't protect you from everything?" A wad of napkins came next. "How's… how's 08?"
[01:12] <Minaplo> ["Angry." His tone was light.]
[01:13] <Yanmei> "… I'm sorry," she murmured.
[01:13] <Minaplo> ["Don't be, don't be. It's nothing I can't handle. Maybe she wants some exercise. Or maybe she just wants to hulk out and level a city block…"]
[01:16] <Yanmei> "You guys haven't been seeing much action, huh? Ever since the LN fell?"
[01:17] <Minaplo> ["Yeah. We've seen some! Just not a lot."]
[01:20] <Yanmei> "Are you bored too?" she teased him.
[01:22] <Minaplo> ["I suppose you could say that." Said Isaiah with a grin. "Being by myself all the time, it can get pretty, uh, unstimulating…"]
[01:26] <Yanmei> "I… see. It's the same issue for me too? Lizzie keeps me busy with unrelated stuff, though? And there are occassionally projects…"
[01:34] <Minaplo> ["Projects?"]
[01:36] <Yanmei> "Not those sort of projects. Like, the stuff with the mafia recently. And before then, there was that Angel in the Geofront."
[01:39] * ZackAFK is now known as Zack
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["Oh." He nods sombrely. "You'll… Forgive me if I say that they don't sound like fun. But…"-
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["I admit, I wouldn't mind a bit of adventure…"]
[01:48] <Yanmei> "I would've thought you'd like to play it safe…"
[01:50] <Minaplo> ["Oh, I do!" Said Isaiah earnestly. "But I dunno, there's something romantic about you and me going exploring, or even you and me fending off a horde of Mafia goons…"]
[01:52] <Yanmei> "There is, isn't there?" Her smile grew a little brighter. "Punching them hard, back to back~"
[01:53] <Minaplo> ["Doing all sorts of combo moves, like I kick one guy and you punch him from behind, and then we punch him together…"]
[01:55] <Yanmei> "Or you grabbing and holding a guy down, while I kick him…" Her smile tapered off a little. "I'm glad you can fight, Isaiah. But you know I'd never let anything happen to you if we did find ourselves in a situation like that? I've already lost too many…"
[01:59] <Minaplo> ["Heh." He reached over, wrapping his arms around her. "Sweetie, I know. I don't trust anyone else to protect me as well as you do. Mind, it's not like I haven't taken a few cues from you."]
[02:04] <Yanmei> That worried sadness didn't lift just yet. She patted his arm quietly. "Hope you didn't pick up any of my bad habits in the process."
[02:05] <Minaplo> ["Hm? You have bad habits?"]
[02:10] <Yanmei> "Like… like…" There were so many mistakes to sum up, many more than he even knew about. Her mind sort of ground to a halt.
[02:10] <Minaplo> ["I can't think of any either." He purred. "I guess you just must be perfect."]
[02:15] <Yanmei> "Heh. Just… don't go away, okay?" She nuzzled him, because she didn't know what else to say.
[02:19] <Minaplo> [He nuzzled her back, stroking her hair. "Hey… Hey, is everything alright?"]
[02:20] <Yanmei> "I guess… I just had a bad dream last night." Reims wouldn't be as packed full of cameras as Paris was, would it? She said it in a whisper just in case.
[02:21] <Minaplo> ["A dream?" He seemed concerned. "Want to talk about it?"]
[02:22] <Yanmei> "That creature was there again. The tall masked one."
[02:35] <Minaplo> [His face grew grave. "What was it doing?"]
[02:37] <Yanmei> "Talking. Just talking." Her eyes darted away for a moment, and then came back to him. "When you look at me, you just see me, Yanmei, right?"
[02:37] <Minaplo> ["Yes, of course."]
[02:41] <Yanmei> "Good." She nodded, and then said it again more firmly. "Good! I'm myself, after all?"
[02:44] <Minaplo> ["… Hon." He snuggled a little closer. "You don't need to worry. You're not going to lose yourself."]
[02:47] <Yanmei> "I might," she mumbled. "It'd be very easy to lose myself. To Excalibur, or 04, or myself or Caine, or…"
[02:48] <Minaplo> ["But you -won't-." Said Isaiah firmly. "No matter what tries to take you, you forget that you're tethered to someone who'll -always- keep you from them."]
[02:54] * Yanmei rested her head against his shoulder. Was it the loss of self that worried her so much? She didn't say anything for now, and just felt the cold breeze sweeping over them.
[03:01] <Minaplo> [They stayed like that for awhile, not really talking…-
[03:02] <Minaplo> [Eventually, she felt something hot put into her hand- Isaiah had poured a cup of what had seemed to be coffee, but from the smell, she'd realise was rich hot chocolate.]
[03:05] <Yanmei> "Oh, thank you." Yanmei took a drink and enjoyed it before swallowing. "Heh. Everything'll get cold if we stay like this."
[03:08] <Minaplo> ["Yeah, but it's ok if you don't feel like it."]
[03:10] <Yanmei> "I want to enjoy our time together." She reached for the rice again stubbornly. "Let's have our picnic, okay?"
[03:19] <Minaplo> ["Hahaha. Alright, sweetheart."]

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