Jul. 18th, 2015 08:35 pm
beneathbluerafters: (what to do...)
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Hypothetically speaking, if someone were to start watching movies... where should they begin? What are the essential ones?

[THIS IS TOTALLY HYPOTHETICAL, he is in no way talking about himself, shhh. Klarion's sticking to audio because... well, frankly, it's halfway through July in the middle of Florida, living in the basement doesn't help with the heat that much, and he's kinda half-melted by this point.]
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[Josuke's first strictly text broadcast to the network. The occasion? Well, if he's honest, human hearts weren't meant for tug-of-wars and Josuke's is exhausted from the seemingly endless pull on his at the moment. Things are much simpler if people can't see or hear his distress.

Never mind that it might be identifiable to those who know already his texting patterns, which are markedly...different from what follows on screen a moment later. For one, he rarely uses caps, and for another, the number of abbreviations that would appear if he were feeling better would be too numerous to count.]

For those who're interested, PAINTBALL is still on for tomorrow. So pay attention if you wanna play! This is what you need to know.
  1. You need to be in Maurtia Falls by 7 PM at a place called All Star Parking - it's an out-of-use parking garage near the east end of town that you can't miss.

  2. The game is played solo, in pairs, or in teams - it's up to you. Just remember, there'll be only one winner by the end of it.

  3. Hisoka (my partner) and I got some protective gear for you, but it's first come-first serve, so you might wanna bring your own padding if you don't wanna get a little banged up.

  4. Powers are allowed, but anyone caught pulling lethal stunts is gonna need a ride straight to the emergency room when I'm finished with them...I guarantee that.

  5. It's 1 round played until there's only 1 person left 'standing'. You're out if you get shot 3 times - which should still be a challenge 'cause of peoples' powers.

  6. Sorry, there's no prize, just the glory - but that's all a real champ needs, right?
I guess that's about it. If you're a new face around these parts and you're feeling up to playing hard with the big boys, you're more than welcome to join in. Don't expect anybody to go easy on you, though.

[In any case, that's appears to be all he has to say today about...well, anything. There's nothing to signify he's been following the network posts (even though he has been) or that he cares what's going on (he does) and that he's bothered by certain events (an understatement). In sum, his post might as well read: IT'S PLAYTIME BITCHES, GET YOUR GAME FACE ON AND PREPARE TO LOSE! ...even if he feels a lot more like calling the whole thing off and calling up his biffle for a cheesy movie night.]


Jul. 12th, 2015 10:44 pm
bindsthedead: (Art-Notice; Almost a smile)
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Hello everyone, I have a small favor to ask. [Sabriel's in a graveyard, wearing rather muddy clothes-she's making this post during one of her breaks at work, apparently.]

First- I won a car, thanks to that game at the last swearing-in. But unfortunately I have no idea how to drive it, though I'd like to learn- is anyone willing to offer lessons? I can pay you for your trouble.

[Someone, help her. Hopefully someone will teach her who doesn't view traffic laws as optional.]

Secondly- part of the nature of Charter magic is that it's a power granted by baptism, not birth- I've taken on several students here, and I'm always happy to teach more. I want anyone interested to understand that Charter magic takes dedication and training to master- the rewards can be great, but all lazy or slipshod spell casting will get you is singed fingers.

[And while there's a light in Sabriel's eyes as she speaks, it suddenly dies away.]

And no, I have no intention of teaching anyone necromancy, even in a theoretical sense. After the incident with Melkor, I trust everyone understands why. [Not that there's much theory to Free Magic- it runs on will and instinct, and Sabriel can't actually give anyone that power- not unless they already had it.]

[013] Video

Jul. 8th, 2015 07:56 pm
bulwank: @shuumei (fortyeight)
[personal profile] bulwank
Greetings imPorts.

[His volume is far lower than it usually is, more near well... a normal speaking volume. That and the usual furrow in his brow and intense expression is softened.]

First allow me to welcome all those who have recently arrived. I am Gamagori Ira, Nonah ImPort Ambassador. I am one of the individuals responsible for assisting any imPorts with whatever they may need, and that goes especially for the imPort residents stationed in Nonah, North Carolina. Welcome. Please see to speaking to me should you have any questions or issues.

My main purpose for this announcement-- [A breath, glancing down, then up to the camera again.] Is to inform all those familiar with the imPort, Inumuta Houka, that he has been ported out.

[Another pause. Ah... his stomach turns a little, his lips curling in. How many of those from his home now has that been? It's to be expected the sort of emptiness widening in his chest. But this isn't necessarily a surprise. They would all leave here... eventually. Iori, himself... He's not one to dwell in loneliness, but a man that prides himself on protecting those he cares having to see them leave one by one, will feel it shake his foundation.]

He was important to me, and important to the imPorts as a united group! Through his skill and intelligence was I able to organize and create the Nonah ImPort Training Facility we have today. An ally!

-A friend!

And what I began to accept as part of my family.

[...What else can he say... does he need to? The words are harder than they should be to say and he feels his skin heat slightly. Gamagori's not the sort to hold back his tears either, and so when he closes his eyes in his silence, one or two roll down his face. He leaves them for a moment before breathing in deep and raising a hand to wipe them, looking back up again.]

That will be all.

Thank you.
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Right now I'm seeing a lot of people - or I guess just a couple of people - talking about their friends leaving. You know, getting ported out. And what I'm wondering is, is there a way to make it so that doesn't happen? 'Cause I wanna avoid it, if I can; I actually really like it here a lot, and I wanna stay. I got my apartment, and my job, and people who are kind to me - like Raina, Traci, Dr. Chilton, Toro, Jesse, Ramír... and lots more, probably.

[A good half of the people she's named have clued into how easily led she is and are using her for their own nefarious purposes. She has absolutely no idea.]

And, I mean, I can't be the only person who feels like that, right? Do any of y'all agree with me? 'Cause a lot of people seem happy here. It's a fucking nice world we're in. Nicer than where I'm from, that's for damn sure.

If I could just stay here forever, I think I would.
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[ will had told abigail to stay away from some people (one people) in particular and she's pretty good at it when it comes to person to person stuff, but she knows the network opens her up to the possibility of running into them so to speak.

but she's doing it anyway, it's not like abigail is known for good life choices.

so here she is, chin propped in her hand as she sits at what looks like a dining room table. her long brown hair is down around her shoulders, as always, neatly covering her scars. things abigail will never get: a hair cut. ]

So, considering the recent events, I'm curious. Who here believes in god? Capital G, maybe lowercase, whatever one you like. It's probably been asked before, but-- [ she shrugs. she wasn't here, so she doesn't care. gonna ask it again. ] Devil and Heaven and all that jazz applies, too.

I'm just curious.


May. 26th, 2015 08:35 pm
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I've been an attorney for fifteen years. And I'll admit there were times when I thought about running for DA, or for mayor, but I've never really been a policy-maker. Maybe it's because so many policy-makers seem to make decisions with their heads firmly entrenched somewhere— you can fill in where on your own— because sadly, it seems like nobody has bothered to learn anything from history. Not their own, and not ours. Which, when you've had the catastrophic champion of a previous registration attempt hanging around drooling to toss in his two cents, the opportunity is quite clearly there. I'm sure he'll have something to say any minute.

[ Matt hopes he does. Matt sure as hell has a lot to say to him, right now. But he carries on in the calm, courtroom voice in the meantime. ]

So let's talk about all the things they didn't mention in that press release, because I for one would like to know:

- How are they going to enforce this effectively without tracking everyone's status extensively?
- How extensively have they been tracking this in the first place?
- How is a registered imPort going to know that the possible costumed Import is or isn't a vigilante? "Let's you and him fight"? I can see the lawsuits piling up already.
- How will they know who to target?
- Where is the oversight for this program? Who is giving the orders and passing out the information? How do we know that they're getting it right and not just adding names on a list?
- Alternatively, haven't they just handed registered imPorts license to go after who they want?
- What reasonable basis is there to consider that "registration" is an effective criteria for trusting that an individual has the training or effective judgment necessary to be trusted with what is essentially a law enforcement task? Is that really a trustworthy reason to believe someone can carry out their job?

And, most importantly:

- When mistakes are made, who the hell's going to be held accountable?

You see, I was there when the Superhuman Registration Act passed in my universe, and I was there when they tried to pass registration acts for mutants again and again before that. And when the costumed community turned on itself, it wasn't always heroes bringing in their former friends. They allowed criminals to become part of the program to hunt down the noncompliant based on a flimsy pretext— people who had spent lengthy periods in jail, mass murderers and a cannibal alien and a mad man who put on a goblin costume and went on to blow up Asgard. So you'll forgive me if I don't look at this and think it's an effective solution to the problem. Because I want to know the details. I want to know that this isn't going to become the same unconstitutional, poorly-organized clusterfuck I've already witnessed once.
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For those of you whom I haven't yet met, my name is Robert Callaghan. I've been here for about a month, give or take, and I'm trying to look in to a few things- namely, the circumstances about our arrival.

I've already had a look at those 'FAQs' - and whomever wrote those, you can add my thanks to the pile you've already gotten - but even with the overview on what is and isn't known, I'm looking for a few more specifics. They're probably still things that have been asked before, so if they're boring, well, I apologize in advance. [not]

Mostly, I'm interested in any of you who have experience with the 'Porter'. Whether you're from the 'previous batch' I've read about, or you've had the opportunity to take of it up close...or, to go in a different direction, if you've had experience with dimensional-hopping before even coming here.

I realize that even with 'specifics' those can be a bit broad...and they're not so much questions as, well, headhunting. But I figure that if you're willing to volunteer yourselves to be 'interviewed' based on all that, then it'll save some time in the long run.
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[ The video clicks onto Cure Princess, who is just griiiiiiiinning at a camera in a way that those who know her would be a little worried about. sitting in her living room but shhh, just ignore that. ]

Right! So for all the new people here, my name is Cure Princess and I've been a superhero here for...gosh, months now? Anyway, I've decided to restart the team we had back home and start it up again here! And sooooo—

[ she reaches down off screen, pulls out a party popper and just yanks it with a loud POP. Crappy tiny streamers fly everywhere, some of them landing in Princess's hair. ]

Happiness Charge Precure is back in business! [ griiiiiiiin ] Of course, we're probably gonna have to change the name cause not everybody on the team is a Cure. [ and also cause IT'S KIND OF STUPID. ] But my point still stands! I'll be accepting any sort of teammate, no matter your age or your powers...I think I'm the only Cure here after all, so it'd be kinda silly if the team was just Pretty Cure. And and and, if you wanna help out but already are a member of a superhero team, that's okay! Back home we had a system were different national Cure teams helped each other out, and I can start up something like that here if you want.

[ Princess pauses, frowning for a little bit, before she continues. ] This is my time forming a team and it's a lot...different from back home, so if you've got any questions just ask me! I'm gonna bother some people about Happiness Charge 2 at the swear-in so if you know somebody who should join the team but they don't check the network, just tell me their names.
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Wow, there's a lot of new faces lately, aren't there?

[ Hi Netowrk, here's a vauely, faintly scarred face looking at the camera for you. He grins, slightly, as if he knows that this is the busiest time of the month, and that there have been plenty of arrivals since he showed up a while ago.

But really, he's just making conversation, anyway. There's a look on his face, a touch apologetic.

I'm going to go ahead and apologize, for those of you who showed up in De Chima, and I didn't personally greet. That's my mistake, I got caught up a bit in negotiations, and I tend to...not really do this social media shit very well. [ A beat. ]

For those of you who don't know me, I'm Mitchell Hundred, and if you live here, you'll figure out pretty quickly that I'm the import/native ambassador for the city.

What that means? Well, I'm trying to bat for you folks, which is not exacly as easy as it sounds. For obvious reasons. Things like what happened recently can just...people get worried, and for good reason. But we can do small things to help out with that, to make us seem more normal the longer we're here, and that starts with us. Being...well, dazed and confused doesn't really do a lot, I'm afraid. Believe me, I know it's fucking hard, especially when you show up to a place that's totally outside of anything you've ever seen in your life.

So recently, I asked the various government agencies in De Chima to allow me to work with you guys to help us make a community center. It's not going to be anything big, to start out, but it's something. Ideally, it'll be open to anyone, whether you're in De Chima or not, but obviously that's a bit of a logistical issue, if you can't just port in. Unfortunately, they're not willing to pour taxpayer dollars into it -- which isn't surprising, honestly, with how the economy is -- so we'll have to bankroll it ourselves.

So I guess, unfortunately, I'm also asking for donations today. Donations and volunteers, actually. If you've got something you can teach other imports to do, I'd love for you to sign up when it's open. Even if it's basic, like "how to cook with a stove", I've seen people come in who were using fire pits to cook on, so basic lifeskills are just as needed as anything else.

[ There's a pause. ]

So if you'd like to help out, please let my office know, and if you have any questions, I could probably answer them. I've been doing this import shit for a while, so I'm always willing to offer at least as many answers as I can provide.

[ Another, slightly longer pause, as an afterthought: ] And to those who knew him, I haven't heard from Rick Bradbury, so I'm pretty sure he's been ported out, if you were looking for him.
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[No more anonymous prank calls on the network this time, Kay means business, and she's serious this time - a melancholy kind of serious. She is sitting at a malt shop in Heropa, staring balefully at her half-full chocolate drink. Given her mood, however, to her the glass is half-empty.

Kay folds her arms over the table and sinks into her chair until her chin is resting on her arms.]

Okay. Just so everyone knows, Mr. Edgeworth got ported out. Again. [She sighs, pouting.] I dunno if he's gonna bounce back like everyone else who got ported out and then popped back in, like me. And I dunno if he left any instructions for anyone this time around. [Kay raises her head, straightens up, and takes a sip from the crazy, loopy pink straw.] 

...this wasn't exactly how I wanted to spend my belated one-year anniversary, but he's safer back home. For case he'll be back. The Porter's weird that way. [A shrug, as she twirls her straw in what's left of her chocolate malt.]
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(the audio flips on, and all that can be heard at first are annoyed hums and fingers furiously tapping away at the phone. the camera turns on moments later, to show a girl with the tip of her tongue sticking out of the corner of her mouth, huffing every now and then to get a strand of her auburn hair out of the way.) Is it working?

(zarina flips the device around, the camera blurring from the speed she's moving it around at.) I'm pretty sure even something like this would put Tink's work to shame. (she finally makes the device face her, expression trying to remain calm, but anger lines are sneaking through to show on her face.) So, I understand the whole "needing help in a fight", I've been there. But is it that hard to ask before basically kidnapping us? They know more about me than I know about them!

(she flicks her hand at the last statement, pink, sparkling dust flying out of her hand, and zarina just stares at it in shock. moments later, a tree shoots up, full grown within minutes, and zarina drops her phone as she panics and tries to shrink it.) What?! No no no, not again, stop-- (her sentence stops dead there as she clings to the tree like that will make it shrink. there's a blur of color and yellow, sparkling dust, and what little angle the camera does have shows zarina flying around the tree to inspect her damage. she zooms back to the camera, biting her lower lip, but still trying to remain calm. not really working here.) They mentioned we have powers here, right? Does anyone have tips on uh... controlling them?
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[Another day comes to an end, waning daylight spilling across the horizon when the screen comes to life, but Josuke doesn't stand in front of the camera. Instead, those watching will be offered a flawless view of the ocean far beyond where he stands. The golden Florida sun hangs low in the sky, its vibrant glow transforming the waves and the clouds both into a collection of colors any artist would struggle to recreate on canvas...

It's quite tranquil, and only made better by the silhouette of a breaching dolphin in the distance, its form rising above the surface of the water and sending up a large spray as it dives back down and beneath the rolling waves.]

Jotaro Kujo has gone home.

[Josuke's voice, and it sounds heavy. The teen remains out of view, content to let people watch what he is watching himself. It's better this way. Better that no one needs to see his pensive expression, that how this affects him remains telltale only in the words he chooses to speak, and the tone of voice with which those words are delivered.]

He was Ported out last week sometime, but...with everything that's happened, I thought it might be better to wait and see just in case. Not sure how many friends he had in this place or who they all were, but if you're among 'em...I guess you don't gotta worry too much. He's safe.

[More or less.]

I guess that's it.

Oh, uh...Hazel? If Jotaro's left any stuff behind, you should probably let me or Jolyne know and we'll take care of it. Thanks.

[You get to enjoy the ocean scene a little longer as Josuke falls silent. The clouds drift lazily overhead. The waves whisper against the shore. Slowly the sky begins to darken from a bright magenta to a velvety purple. And with another breach of the dolphin like a sendoff, the teen finally disconnects...]

01 | video

May. 5th, 2015 12:47 am
oceanthief: (when i leave it all behind)
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[the communicator turns on, but all it shows is the bright blue sky overhead. there's the sound of lapping waves somewhere in the distance, and then a man's voice saying and that's all there is to it. it's difficult to tell, but there might also be a small sound of someone acknowledging whatever tutorial just took place. there isn't much time to dwell on it; the view shifts, as if the communicator is being handed over to someone else, and then the feed cuts.

several hours later the same communicator makes another post, nearly identical to the first. this time the view is of somewhere in Heropa, and there is definitely a young girl's voice going oh. um, thank you before the feed is switched off once again.

twenty minutes after that post, it makes a third. this time there is an honest to god face on the video, rather than some upwards view of various locations. it's a young girl, one who is very obviously inhuman judging from the vivid blues of her skin and hair. she regards the communicator stoically, expression unreadable beyond some sort of subtle expectation in her eyes.

she stares. and stares. aaaaaand stares some more.

when it becomes clear that whatever it is she was waiting for isn't going to happen, Lapis' expression imperceptibly relaxes. she still gazes flatly into the camera, but there's the feeling that she isn't prepared to throw the comm at the wall and flee now.

and, finally, she speaks.]

I'm not going to defend this earth any more than the last one. Why is that so hard to understand?

[she's emoting now, face screwed up into something uncomfortably straddling anger and desperation. this was barely any better than the bottom of the ocean had been.]

So just leave me alone. You can't make me change my mind.

[she reaches up to turn the video off, then hesitates. her gaze drifts away from the camera as she contemplates, then decides to just go for it. her voice is softer now, less sure of herself.]

...but if you're here too, Steven, I'd like to see you.
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[personal profile] bestversion
Is hurting someone the only way of getting the job done? Wolverine said pain goes around -- it's a circle. If you protect others, you have to take on their pain to protect them . . .

but is that the only way? I admit I am . . . scared. Of getting hurt. I fought a dragon and I was scared because . . . well for a lot of reasons.

But then the dragon died and people lived and that's a happy ending.

. . . Isn't it?


Apr. 27th, 2015 06:59 pm
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[personal profile] bindsthedead
[The young woman who shows up on the video is exhausted, and cleaning a sword as she speaks.]

Now that the bloody dragon is dealt with, and I have some time to rest- has anyone made any progress on a cure? I seem to be immune, but the healing spells I know can only slow the sickness down, at most. [Which is frustrating. Even if healing isn't her greatest strength, it's something she's been doing a surprising amount of since her arrival.]

And perhaps it doesn't matter right now, but I'm curious- what do people know about the Lif Foundation? I know they sponsored that raffle at the last swear-in, but they've been around for a while- I heard Mr. Holiday mention their founder during the February swearing-in. [Sabriel looks down at the sword. There are symbols on the blade- but they're not static- instead, they're constantly shifting, moving over the metal.]

[ text ]

Apr. 25th, 2015 10:45 am
bestversion: (Vikings)
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so everyone's sick with this flare stuff and locking themselves indoors. which makes sense considering the whole contagious disease and every horror movie ever (I think. I've never seen any)

but it's probably lonely and tough trying to stay by yourself, so . . . I can come by? I have a healing factor so I should be okay and I can sit outside and read funny fanfics?

Or Harry Potter. You can't go wrong with Harry Potter.

8, Video

Apr. 19th, 2015 02:08 pm
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This is Major-General Armstrong.

We have reason to believe that a highly-contagious virus, potentially lethal, is now in the public in Heropa. The entire city should now be considered under quarantine. I'll be recommending to the civilian government that all routes in or out be shut off.

I'll be establishing an internal quarantine zone for the uninfected. We'll need medical personnel to begin working on a cure.

For god's sake, don't be stupid about this.

Armstrong out.
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[There is a moment, and a click, and there is a camera that tilts from one side to another. Clearly whoever is manning the device isn't sure how it works.

There's a voice, then, a girl's voice, young and soft, and questioning, but it's not addressing the device, not yet.]

Like this?

Oh, I see, yes, thank you so very much-

[And then the camera stops moving, and settles on a girl; she's a teenager, the kind of girl who looks like she smiles often, and she does now. She's wearing a very fancy dress, the kind one sees in renaissance fairs. On the queen.]

Hello? Oh, hello!

Yes, is this right, I just speak-oh, this is magic indeed, I think!

[And someone off screen laughs, but Lucy is smiling at the camera, equally amused.]

Hello! I've been told, if I seek to make friends, and find those who may know of my country, I should speak into this queer magic box. I would also like to know how I could find a way back to my home? It's terribly important that I return before the High King think I am kidnapped, for that would be troublesome for many of the surrounding kingdoms. And I would not like it, on the besides, if my royal brother should think that I would be so foolhardy as to allow anyone to kidnap me! I am better than that, I should think, than to allow such a thing.

I would welcome any help, or any who might extend a hand of friendship towards me in this hour, please.
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[personal profile] daimeinashi
[Hey there, network. Sup. Sai looks...kind of different. He's back to the age he ought to be, wearing his old Root uniform that fits again, but. His expression isn't the usual blank, nor the unsettlingly plastic smile. He actually seems a little...nervous? Or excited? It's kind of hard to tell, because it's pretty muted, as far as facial expressions go.]

Ah, um...hello.'s come to my attention that it's--customary, among people here, to mark the occasion of one's birth. Particularly...of one's friends. And--and many of you are friends with Kitty Jones, correct? Her day of birth is in about a week, on the 19th, so...

[He trails off for a moment, looking toward a notebook open on the table. If it happens to catch your eye as well, you might get a look at what all he's written on the page. Various personal notes he's taken on the subject of birthdays, such as: "balloons = pouches of rubber filled with air, streamers = colorful strips of paper to be hung from walls or furniture", "number of candles necessary for the cake corresponds to chronological age", "gifts should be covered with patterned paper and then wrapped with one single colorful ribbon, tied into a bow at the top". They're extremely detailed and intricate.]

I'd like to, err--invite everyone? [Is that the right term? A quick check of the notebook seems to satisfy him that it is, so he moves on.]

I've read that the choice of venue should involve activities as well as food, so I thought I would ask for suggestions on what activities and foods are the most preferable in celebrations. Also...

[And here, he looks a little bit embarrassed]

I'm not very experienced at things like gifts, but I know that they are supposed to be something the recipient would enjoy. Something with meaning, beyond practicality....correct? So I was wondering, if someone who knows her well could...tell me, what kinds of things she likes. The books say I ought to choose it myself, but...if it's supposed to have meaning, it would be better not to guess, wouldn't it?


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