"Well, this expedition is officially a failure."
Arachni say on a grassy hill, somewhere on the original continent. He was trying to figure out what to do next. His hunt for Aegis had gone no where, and that strange encounter only added to his questions. Who was that man? Was he connected to Aegis? However, Garrison had just told him they'd completed a prototype that might allow a person to log out. The question was: Was it safe, and who would try it?
A long time ago, he would have turned to Cyrano. Now that was not only implausible, but impossible. No, he needed someone else. Problem was, he didn't see how he could use Garrison or Shaka as they were the only ones with any inkling of the inner core of the world. And he was possibly the only person who knew of the strange man, Aegis.
Too bad he couldn't enlist Saify and the other's help. But they were the first in line to want to kill him. It would take something pretty big to bring them over, especially Saify.
He could attempt to reconnect, but...he just couldn't believe it to be a good idea. He had so much going on right now. Still, he could do so much more with more help.
Or be killed on sight. Who knew with Saify.
Sighing, he slumped, his head falling onto his knees. Tired, he was so very tired. And his friend was no better. What he wouldn't give to just lie down and sleep...
The ground shook, just a tremor, but enough to jolt him back to life. He jerked upright, staring at the ground in surprise. Those were becoming much more frequent, and he was growing worried. Without their equipment back home, there was no way to check what was going on. All they had was what they'd hacked into the game beforehand, and that was barely enough to find a log-out solution.
The ground shook again a little more forcefully, and the ground started cracking. Arachni activated the teleport spell and left quickly. Whatever he decided, it needed to be soon. He had the strangest feeling he was running out of time.
"Yeah, I can't say I'm surprised either." He glanced around, saying, "I've been trying to figure out what to do. I can't seem to locate Pierce, so I've been trying to figure out if there's someway I could help..."
He started thinking about Ingo's babbled phrases, particularly the one about a hideout. He'd mentioned Siccilian, and then something about moving. Perhaps...well, it was all he really had...
"Zare," he said slowly. "If you were a crazy hacker with a god-complex on the run with your original hideout in Siccilian compromised, where would you go?"
"Game? But this - "
"Life is a game Lily," Rasmus suddenly piped up. "We win some, we lose some, until the day we miscalculate and we die." Shaking his head, he smiled softly at her. "So ya know what? They're not wrong. It real, and its a game. So don't worry about it."
She thought about that a minute, then smiled. "That's true!" Laughing, she started dancing around, her arms out wide.
Rasmus smiled as he watched her, then turned to Jayar. "Sometimes I think she's on a whole different plane than the rest of us," he said conversationally. "She's always believed this place to be real, but its only a game, despite...how real it seems." Warming up to the part, he continued. "Personally, its not relaly all that different." Choosing his words carefully, he said, "I mean, you've one life wherever you go, right? Its not all that different."
He lay back down, arms crossed behind his head. There, an approach different from what they usually did when trying to understand. Heaven knew he'd heard enough to have an inkling of playing the word game convincingly. "But then, having things all messed up can be shocking, I suppose. What do you think?"
It was certainly an ugly creature. One of the new ones, he guessed, as he'd never seen it before. "I wonder how long she can keep them together before the strain becomes too much," He mused, hefting a small throwing ax.
A couple more appeared from behind. Keeto and the human with him instantly went at them, as M'kalna studied them a moment longest, readying his axe.
"How do those things feed anyway?" he pondered aloud, hurling the axe forward, straight into the largest eye. Taking his great axe in hand, he began finishing the job as he kept going. "They have no visible mouths. Mosquito style maybe?" He ducked under a blow and hewed the entire bottom half clean off. Swinging the axe up again, he cleaved the upper half in half, rendering it dead without doubt. "I just don't see it."
"Will you stop that!" Keeto laughed, exasperated.
"When I figure it out, sure thing." He glanced around, taking stock of the situation.
"Show me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." Psalm 25:4-5
"Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles." Psalm 25: 16-22
Thank you. Have a good day.