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All I want is a moment of quiet. 

A moment of Peace. 

The world has rejected me. 

I have no place here.  I have no place anywhere. 

The step off the edge is liberating. 

I open my arms to greet the wind

The ground joyously awaiting.

As I fall, I am free at last.


Error: Flawed Core Detected

Apathy Protocols: Failed

Soul Retention: Failed

Fragment Collection: SUCCESS

Rebuild in Progress............................ERROR....................................................................................................Reconfigure First Attempt.............................Mind Detected

................................................................................Body Detected

Progress 100% Complete

...................Error: Spark Failed

Save Previous Attempt

Reconfigure Second Attempt.........................Self Identity Detected

................................................................................Self Determination Detected

Progress 100% Complete

.....................Error: Spark Failed

Save Previous Attempt

Reconfigure Third Attempt...........................Eidolon Detected

...............................................................................Shadow Detected

Progress 100% Complete

.....................Error Spark Failed

Save Previous Attempt

Reconfigure Fourth Attempt..........................Super Ego Detected

...............................................................................Id Detected

Progress 100% Complete

.....................Error Spark Failed

No Spark Found

All Shards Saved To Void

Starting Game Generation.........Bonding Complete


The Game stared scornfully down at the eight shards floating in the void.

“Some player you are,” the game snarled, “the transition to the void shattered your soul.”

Taking stock of the remains of it's player the fledgling Game reflected, “8 shards, each the fires that forge an individual soul.  Yet without their connection to one another they will be doomed to fade into the void, as I will be if I don't find a solution.”

Pointing, The Game Identified the first set, “Self Identity, that which says ‘I AM’ and which all intelligent beings are born with. Partnered with Self Determination, that which we decide to be. Together they allow a soul to form and develop the core self."

Turning to the next set, The Game continued it's rant,  “Super Ego, that which values the morals and needs of society, vs the Id, the part of us that values the self above all others. In the fires of their conflict the Ego is formed, which determines a person’s moral and ethical compass.”

Sighing the Game plucked up the third set, weighing them both in it’s hands, “The Eidolon, the part of the soul that is always reaching to the heavens. It is weighed down to the earth by the Shadow, the part of the soul that seeks to attend to the duties of the world. The attainment of all things depends on these twin forces.”

Setting the two shards down, The Game examined the last two shards. “Mind and Body,” The Game remarked to the silent void, “The Body to give us physical form and the Mind to direct it.  They are the basic clay from which a soul is born.”

Turning away in a huff, The Game shouted into the emptiness, “Why could I not be given a Shiro, a Kuro, an Ashe, a Hikari or a Gundan?!” The young Game lamented, “My older siblings have amazing players and I have shards with no soul. Without even the capability to form a proto-soul.  Were will I.....get...a.....soul.”

The Game spun around to look upon the shards, a fierce look upon its unseen countenance. “I don't need one soul,” The Game realized, “I need eight, while I have infinite worlds to choose from, with infinite souls.”

The Game extended it’s hand, “Eight paths diverge, all converging in Rwby,” The Game declared, "each of you on your own will seek souls to bond with. Souls that lack that which you are."

The Game chuckled as it furthered it's plan, “Along the way Self Identity will clash with Self Determination, Super Ego will clash with Id, Eidolon will clash with Shadow, and Mind will clash with Body. These clashes will join you together.  Will determine your dominance.  Upon Reaching Rwby you will become four.”

The Game smiled, “Each time one of you crosses to a new world, you shall find a new soul to bond with. Carrying over all the power and experience you gained from previous lives. Where my Siblings had one or two player's each, I shall have four. Forged in the fires of Conflict into strong players.”

The Game flexed its will and once more there was silence within the void.


Self Identity Seeking..........

Locked On Path...........

Plotting Timeline Entry.........

Downloading to World

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Download Complete

Mind Link Engaged........Making Offer


Crona sat alone in the dark, Ragnarok long since falling to slumber inside of her.  Hunger wracked her small frame, the cold of the floor made her pull her dress close around her emaciated bruised form.  As the fatigue set in, she too succumbed to sleep.

In her mind she was on a sandy beach.  One with no water, just sand.  A broken circle surrounded her, already she could see that soon it would enclose her.

"With the shrinking will come more loss." Crona numbly said, "But I can't fight Mother, I just can't handle that."

"What If You Could?"  A gentle voice asked.

Crona shook her head, "Mother is too strong.  I wouldn't be able to handle that.  She loves me.  I am not sure I could handle anything else."

A shard of purest light, formed in front of the scared little girl, "There are other ways to oppose someone.  What if you had the strength to keep your inner self?  What if no one could assail you there?  If you could be safe inside your head?"

Crona focused on the light, "What's the Price?"  She asked, "I haven't lost enough of me to not know something is to good to be true."

"The Price is that I will join you. We will become one.  You will be in charge, but all that I know will be at your disposal.  As well as other Perks."

Crona turned her back on the light, "I don't have much of a choice, refuse and Mother steals the last of me.  Accept and gain a chance but I may not be me anymore," wrapping her long arms around herself she shivered, "Ugh I just don't know how to handle this!"  She cried.

"Choice must be made of your own free will,"

The Shard move closer to Crona.  Not enough to touch, but Crona could feel the comforting warmth it radiated.  Standing in silence, Crona allowed the warmth to ease her tension.  Sighing, Crona turned back to the shimmering Light.

"Deal!" She replied, reaching out with both her bony arms to embrace the shard.

Crona's world went white as information flowed into her mind.

"I was only a tool to Mother!" She screamed, "Both Ragnarok and I."

As her vision returned Crona took notice of her surroundings.  The sandy, oceanless beach had vanished, leaving empty blackness.  Before her was a screen, displaying numbers and stats.

Congratulations! You have become the Gamer!

Your stats are as follows:

Character Name: Crona?/Ragnarok     Gender:Male/Female/Neutral/Hermaphrodite?

Sexuality: Heterosexual/Homosexual/Lesbian/Bisexual/Pansexual/Neutral/Other?

Shard: Self Identity     Lvl: 5/5  Next Lvl: 100exp

Str: 1/9  

End: 1/8

Dex: 1/8

Int: 1/1

Wis: 1/1

Cha: 1/1

Lck: 1

Skills:
[Gamer's Mind (Passive) Lvl Max]

          Recognizes the reality as a Game and keeps you calm

          Keeps The Mind Calm

          Immunity To Mental Disorder 

[Gamer's Body (Passive) Lvl Max]

          It Changes the body to let it live life as if a video game character

[Sync (Passive) Lvl: 1/100 (Exp 0%)

          Improves the cooperation Between You and Ragnarok.

     Lvl1: You may assign Perks to either yourself or Ragnarok.

          Perks assigned to Ragnarok will be under his control, although will not be able to directly

               damage you

 

Declare Y ourself:

Keep Name: [Y/N]?

Select Gender:?

Select Sexuality:?

Crona smiled, "My Name stays," She stated, clicking Y, "As for my Gender?  My Mother wanted me to be nothing more then a genderless puppet.  I have no desire to have both sets, that just seems messy.  So I will go with Female.  It was the way I was born and it is what she sought to take from me."

Pausing a moment, she considered the last one.

"It wants me to declare my sexuality? I'm twelve!"  Trying to find away around it caused a different message to arise.

Error: Sexuality must be declared, the base form is with everyone upon birth.  It develops in complexity as one ages.  The Self Identity Shard allows for the declaration selected here to be written into reality and forces all others to accept it.  Not even the most powerful god will be able to change anything here.

Declare who you are, Player 1.

 

Crona giggled at the message, "Thank you, I almost forgot.  I took the hand of that shard so that I could be who I was.  And here I stumbled at the finish line.  Besides it wouldn't due to have Player 1 be incomplete."

Looking over the choices, Crona smiled nastily, "I am choosing Other, Like the great Alucard, None Shall Understand My Sexuality!"

Another screen showed itself.

Please Set Adult Form:

Underneath the statement was a Female blank, sliders ran down the sides allowing Crona full access to her Adult form.

"I get to declare what I will look like," Crona Squealed, "I definitely like that."

Playing for a bit, gave her a strong sculpted form.  She sharpened her facial features and gave herself piercing green eyes, "I have to give a strong impression," She snarked.

Her shoulders she made broad and strong, her arms slender and long but well muscled.

"I want to be able to wield Ragnarok properly after all."

She added about two feet to her legs, then adjusted her thighs and lower legs appropriately,making her hips slightly less then her shoulders.

"I wish to be taller then mother dearest, but realistically built." 

Playing with her waist, Crona gave herself a slight curve to her form.

Expanding her ass, Crona chuckled, "I do have to have that junk in that trunk."

Looking at her final product, Crona smiled nastily, "And Now for the final touch, Mother Dearest is a 'handsome woman'.  I shall be a curvaceous beauty." Selecting the Breast slider she brought it to a little over halfway.

"However, I have no wish for back problems so a moderate C cup shall be fine. I am still over Mother's B."

Do You Wish These Changes Made?

Please Note Gamer, These Changes, once made, Can Not Be Changed.

Do You Accept This As The Deceleration Of Your True Self? [Y/N]

 

Crona double checked her settings, "Oh Yes!  This who I am!  This is who my Mother Dearest would've destroyed." Spitting her defiance, she proclaimed,  "Well Mother Dearest, from this place I stab at thee and declare myself!"

Cramming her finger unto the Yes button, Crona eagerly looked upon the next screen.

Next Step Assign 25 Stat Pts

The Stats Are:

Str:

End:

Dex:

Int:

Wis:

Cha:

Lck:

 

Crona thought for a moment, "Most of my physical traits are redundant because of Ragnarok," she remarked to herself, "I have a feeling I would be better to invest in leveling up the Sync skill then spending to many points there.  Still I really don't want to be a weakling either."

Reading down the other four stats, she smirked, "I think I would rather be the Leader/Charmer to Ragnarok's Muscle.  Of those four I think Int, Wis, and Cha will do me the most good.  Lck is something for other people. I forge my own path.

Dropping one point in Str, Dex and Lck, Crona then dropped three points in End.

"I don't want to only depend of Ragy to defend me after all."

Dropping 7 points in Int, she followed that up with 6 points in Wis and her last 2 points in Cha.

"Well, I won't exactly be the charmer I wanted, but that is what leveling up is for," She snarked.

Save these Changes [Y/N]? the screen prompted.

"Yes I think I will," Crona Gorgon crowed, "I have a good start and room to grow.  I am only 12 after all!"

Pressing the button, Crona felt her body shift slightly, "Hey! What gives?" She yelled.

Physical Appearance choices are only limited by stats.  Raise your stats over time and you will become more the idealized version.

Crona nodded, "That makes sense then.  Still would have been nice to know that."

The Game directed Crona to the next screen.

Select Perks

You Have 25 Perk points

     1. Powers: Kindred (10/Discipline) - You have the ability to learn as skills some of the disciples of

               the Kindred.  The Ones available to you are listed Below:

                    Serpentis

                    Quietus

                    Protean

               The Price is 10pts per discipline learned.   

     2. Carnivore's Puissance (2) - The Eating of Hearts allows for the return of MP.  The stronger the defeated foe the more MP is gained.

     3. Gross Eater (1 or 2) - 1pt: Eat any organic substance.  The only requirement is that it must be

               able to fit inside your mouth.  2pt:  Inorganic matter may be consumed as well.  Keep in

               mind that although nourishing chowing down on glass can cause bleeding of the mouth.

     4. Skin Double (4) - Allows for the wearing of a dead opponents skin as a disguise.  You are still otherwise limited to your own powers.

     5. Swarm Form (4)  Disperse into some kind of crawling Swarm.  

     6. Tar Baby (4) - Creates a sticky homunculus that when struck ensares the attacker.  All other

               beings that see the Tar Baby are immediately compelled to attack it.

     7. Black Blood Infused Bones (3) - The Black Blood has infused your bones, Making them as hard

               as metal.

     8. Summon: 

               Pokemon (4) - Gain a randomly selected starter Pokemon from the game franchise.  Only

                    the starters will be selected.

               Familiar (4/+1 Cost for Advanced) - 4: Gain a random D&D familiar, +1 - Gain an Advanced

                    Familiar 

               Familiar (4): Gain A Psicrystal

     9. Resources (1 per Lvl)

               1: $2,400

               2. $3,000  

               3. $3,500

               $. $4,000

Looking over the list, Crona smiled nastily, "I do so love the memories the shard is giving me.  Without them I wouldn't be able to understand any of this."

Clicking on the choices she liked, Crona chortled, "10 pts to Serpentis for me, I will save 10 to give Quietus to Ragnarok when I talk to him again, 3pts for Black Blood infused bones for me, and finally 2 pts to Ragnarok for gross eater," glancing into the darkness, Crona queried, "I can spend them on Ragnarok when I see him, correct?  I don't have to spend it all at once?"

 

At the level of Sync you attained, any available Perk points can be spent on Ragnarok.  There is no restriction on when.

"Good, I want to use this as a treat to entice him.  He and I have to defy Mother Dearest together.  If she can divide us we will be conquered."

All went dark for a moment, then a new screen showed itself

Your stats are as follows:

Character Name: Crona/Ragnarok     Gender:Female

Sexuality: Other      Shard: Self Identity     Lvl: 5/5  Next Lvl: 100exp

Hp: 40/80     Hp Regen: 20/40     Mp: 80/10     Mp Regen: 40/5

Cp: 70/10     Cp Regen: 35/5

Str: 2/9  

End: 4/8

Dex: 2/8

Int: 8/1

Wis: 7/1

Cha: 3/1

Lck: 2

 

Skills:
[Gamer's Mind (Passive) Lvl Max]

          Recognizes the reality as a Game and keeps you calm

          Keeps The Mind Calm          

          Immunity To Mental Disorder 

[Gamer's Body (Passive) Lvl Max]

          It Changes the body to let it live life as if a video game character

[Sync (Passive) Lvl: 1/100 (Exp 0%)]

          Improves the cooperation Between You and Ragnarok.

     Lvl 1: You may assign Perks to either yourself or Ragnarok.

          Perks assigned to Ragnarok will be under his control, although will not be able to directly

               damage you

[Serpentis (Active) Lvl 1/100 (Exp 0%)] (Limited to Self)

     Lvl 1: Eyes of the Serpent - 10mp, 5mp/turn to maintain.

 

Finalize these changes? [Y/N]

"Absolutely," Crona purred, "With this I can finally be who I am.  The power I need is within me and in time I will be able to move as I wish.  I can't wait to share all of this with my dear Ragnarok.  He and I will have so much fun."

Disappearing back into the world, Crona's last words were soon swallowed into the silence of the void.


Self Determination Seeking..........

Locked On Path...........

Plotting Timeline Entry.........

Downloading to World

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Download Complete

Mind Link Engaged........Making Offer


Inside the chamber, Kagetane Hiruku stared at the dead men before him.  Looking in his HUD once more in the hopes it was all a lie, he confirmed the orders that had been given.  All members of his unit were to be 'decommissioned.'

Falling to his knees, he mourned, "Why?  We that were created for the purpose of fighting the Gastrea, we had that one purpose.  To protect humanity.  After all that we have given, are we to be killed?  Are we to become the hunted?  Were is the justice in that?"

"No," The voice of his commander said, "You are to become the dead, Kagetane.  With you the last of our sins will be cleansed.  You and all you're kind are an abomination, and thus must die."

Hissing filled the chamber, as a green mist engulfed Hiruku.  A smile split the face of the last survivor of the New Humanity project.

"All sins leave a mark, I wonder what mark your's will take, Kikunojou?"

A popping sound was heard, then fire and blackness.


Kagetane floated within the blackness, "If even my own species rejected me, what am I?"

Turning within the void, Hiruku continued his musings, "Can I continue calling myself human with so much of my body Varanium?"

Silence answered his questions, the nothingness doing little to quell his confusion.

Kagetane Hiruku, I can offer the power to answer your questions.

The voice echoed in the emptiness, sending a shiver through the young man.

The power to determine your own path, to seek that which you are.  To chose that which you become.

Again the voice shattered Kagetane's solitude.  Hiruku opened eyes he didn't know where closed, beholding a crystal shard illuminating his existence.

Throwing his arm in front of his face, he asked, "The last one to offer me power ended up killing me and the only family I ever had.  What shall make you any different?  How does this benefit you?"

I am incomplete, in giving you this power you will serve as my missing piece.  We shall merge, I shall empower you and you will subsume me into yourself.  Thus I will survive.  Without you I am dead.

"Ah the best basis for trust, mutually assured destruction," Kagetane snarked, "and without you I will not survive that trap. How convenient."

You would indeed survive, much changed.  You become an agent of the end of the world.  You adopt a daughter, a cursed child and point her blood lust at your enemies.  You seek to end humanity.

"I shiver at your words, but I know the rage that is consuming my heart.  That is indeed what I will do.  But if I join with you I avoid that fate?"

I am only offering the power to determine your fate.  What you do is none of my concern.  Avoid or Embrace it, it maters not to me.  I am giving you the power of choice.  What you do with it is up to you.

"The power to determine my fate," Kagetane reflected, "that was the very thing I sought when I volunteered for my augmentations.  I will accept your bargain, and forge my own path into the world."

Embracing the shard, Kagetane howled wordlessly as the thing poured into him, then once more he knew blackness.


Congratulations!!!!! You have ascended to become the Gamer!

Your Stats are as follows:

Name: Kagetane Hiruku     Gender: Male

Shard: Self Determination     Level: 5     Next Level: 50exp

Hp: 50     Hp Regen: 25     Mp: 60     Mp Regen: 30     Cp: 60     Cp Regen: 30

 

Str: 4

Dex: 7

End: 5

Int: 6

Wis: 6

Cha: 4 

Lc k: 1 

 

Skills:

[Gamer's Mind (Passive): Lvl Max]

     Allows the player to recognize that his reality is a game

     Keeps Player Calm

     Immune to Mental Debuffs

[Gamer's Body (Passive): Lvl Max]

     Changes the Body to that of a game character

     Restore to full Hp, Mp, and Cp with 8hrs rest

     Damage via Hp only, Immune to broken bones and other debilitating illnesses

[New Humanity Style (Active): Lvl 1/100 (0%)]

     Lvl 1: Imaginary Gimmick - 10cp/turn, Stops 100pts damage, chance of 20% to redirect

[Chimerstry (Active): Lvl 1/100 (0%)]

     Lvl 1: Igneous Faustus: 10MP/image/turn - Creates a static image.  Roll Cha vs Wis to see past.

[Movement Of The Mind (Active): Lvl 1/100 (0%)

     Lvl 1: 10MP/turn - Move 1pd of material

Perks:

     Powers: Kindred

          (Chimerstry)

     Powers: Kindred

          (Movement Of The Mind)

     Summon:

          Pokemon (Eevee)

Looking over his new stats, Kagetane Hiruku smiled, "Oh I think I can work with this. Now its time to change my fate.  Time to see a lady about a child."

With that cryptic remark, Hiruku vanished from the void, escaping to spread his mischief.


Super Ego Seeking..........

Locked On Path...........

Plotting Timeline Entry.........

Downloading to World

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Download Complete

Mind Link Engaged........Making Offer


Sabako sat alone in her apartment, "Failed yet again," she muttered to Nagiri.

Nagiri true to form, said nothing

Sabako chuckled "Oh Nagiri you now just what to say to make me feel better."

Rising from her couch, Sabako moved through her home.  Going into her bathroom, the young woman stared into the mirror.

"You can make it next time," She told her reflection, "There is no limit to how many times you can audition."

"Look at me though," Her reflection stuttered back, "I am more appropriate to be an extra in a horror flick then a hero."

"Don't talk like that," Sabako comforted her reflection, "there are heroes of every shape and size.  Just look at that Eyeholes guy.  He doesn't stand out at all.  Yet he's already helped take down multiple EO's.

"Yeah, he seemed kinda nice," Her reflection admitted, "I'm glad he made it in.  Still we can't be in the background.  We can't hide.  Everyone looks at us in fear."

"Eyeholes didn't" Sabako whispered, "He even took that drink we made for him."

"You're right," Her reflection sighed, "He didn't notice us at all."

Sabako's mouth slammed shut, all the sudden this game she played with herself didn't seem that fun anymore.  Yet still her reflection continued.

"The one person that doesn't find us creepy, or think we are a villain in the waiting, doesn't see us at all," He reflection snarled, "maybe it is time we gave up.  Maybe they were all right, we were just born wrong."

Sabako once more found her voice, "Give up? Are you suggesting we become a villain?  Prove them right?  I would rather die, end things right here and now then give in."

"I never suggested becoming a villain.  Nagiri lead you to talk to me, even she knows.  It's time we eased the world's burden.  It's time for the creepy girl in the forgotten apartment to follow through with the logical solution.  Maybe in the next life we will have better luck."

Sabako recoiled, "Stop it!" She exclaimed, "I will not listen to this!  I will not hurt myself!  I'm over that!"

Slamming her fist down onto the mirror, Sabako watched as her reflection smiled.  Glancing around, Sabako realized what was wrong, she was no longer on the correct side of the mirror.

"No" She muttered her denial.

"Yes" Her freed reflection smirked, "This is what we always wanted and deserved.  There needs to be one less monster in the world."

Placing Nagiri at the base of a scared wrist, Sabako's reflection pushed inwards.

"Ah!" The reflection gasped, "Love the feel of the knife going in.  Now remember Saby, its up the street not accross the road!"  Sabako's reflection giggled as she began drawing their knife up their wrist.

Sabako continued to pound on the walls of her mirrored prison, "No, I don't want this!"

Drawing back, Sabako placed clenched fists to her ears in a vain attempt to keep out the moans of pleasure her reflection was uttering as she killed them.

"My Name is Sabako, not Saby," She muttered, "I am going to be a hero.  No matter what anyone says.  I want to help those who have no one to turn to.  I want to protect everyone.  I want to be the fear that keeps the wicked on the path of goodness and light.  I want to be the one that catches the worst of the villains.  The ones that disturb even the other evildoers.  I want to make it so that no little girl has to be looked at with fear.  I want to prove that all people have worth.  Even one that is like me.  I will not die like this!"

No Sabako, I do not think you will, a voice behind her comforted, join me and banish these phantoms of your mind.  I will give you the social knowledge to pass their hero tests.  I will make sure that you grow to be the most effective of the heroes.  

Sabako spun around, to her surprise instead of the muted and blurred edges of the mirror world she stared into nothingness.  Within this void were but two beings, her and a floating crystal that radiated with massive power.

"You want to make me into a hero?" Sabako queried, "Why? What do you have to gain out of all of this?"

I get to be subsumed into you and thus survive.  All things wish for their survival, Sabako, and I am no different.  I am but a shattered peace of a greater whole.  I have become lost and I found you, in desperate need of what I am.  Thus I wish to bond with you."

Sabako looked down at the ground, "What choice was I? 4th? 100th?" Sighing, Sabako continued sadly, "I understand if I'm the last choice, I mean I always have been"

Rubbing her wrists a moment, she stuffed them under armpits, "It's alright, I already knew I was going to say yes."

The shard dimmed a moment, then flared to blinding. 

As it poured into Sabako, she cried out, "You chose me first!"


Waking to the blackness once more, Sabako glanced once more into the mirror.  Gone was the creepy girl that all ran from, a woman of white skin in her place.  Her black eyes shone with confidence, her once emaciated form trim and dangerous.  Her hair that had once hung scraggly and unkempt, now glowed with an eerie blackness.  Of the scars on her wrist there was no sign.

A window within the void opened:

Congratulations!!!!! You have ascended to become the Gamer!

Your Stats are as follows:

Name: Sabako     Gender: Female

Shard: Super Ego     Level: 5     Next Level: 100exp

Hp: 50     Hp Regen: 25     Mp: 40     Mp Regen: 20     Cp: 50     Cp Regen: 25

 

Str: 2

Dex: 5

End: 5

Int: 4

Wis: 5

Cha: 6  

Lc k: 4 

 

Skills:

     [Gamer's Mind (Passive): Lvl Max]

          Allows the player to recognize that his reality is a game

          Keeps Player Calm

          Immune to Mental Debuffs

     [Gamer's Body (Passive): Lvl Max]

           Changes the Body to that of a game character

           Restore to full Hp, Mp, and Cp with 8hrs rest

           Damage via Hp only, Immune to broken bones and other debilitating illnesses

     [Soul Bound Blade (Passive) Lvl 1 (50%)]

          Lvl 1: Gentle Cut - All damage with Nagiri is non-lethal to the living.

     [Boneyard (Active) Lvl 1 (50%) 10cp/turn, only one special effect]

           Lvl 1: Cold Wind: Bone Chilling Wind

                     Tear Stained: Drowning In The Mind

                     Phantasm: Alter Perceptions

                     Stigmata: Ward Against Evil

                     Stillness: Cloud Perception

     [Caul (Active) Lvl 1 (50%) 10cp/turn]

          Lvl 1: Cold Wind: Glide On The Wind

                    Tear Stained: Grip Of The Undertow

                    Phantasm: Fear Of The Outsider

                    Stigmata: Control The Spilled Blood

                    Stillness: I Was Never There

Perks

     Keystone: Nigiri - Stillness, Phantasm, Stigma, Cold Wind, Tear Stained

     Powers - Geist

          Boneyard (10)

          Caul (10)

     Telekinesis (5)

Sabako smiled at her new stats, "At last," she sighed, "I can be the hero I want to be."

Closing the window Sabako vanished back into her world, "And perhaps," she mused with a faint blush, "Eyeholes will actually see me now."


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Gouta Nakamura watched as Tokiko finished the last of the practice Homunculus, her blades twirling in a ballet of death.  Her every move was grace and precision.  Sighing he looked back to his own efforts, barely half her count and nowhere near as perfect.  His chakram spun on his fingers as he contemplated Tokiko's skill.

"I am never going to be at her level," Gouta realizied, "She is truly above my reach.  I should just be content to be her friend."

Turning to the exit door, Gouta left the training arena.

As the darkness of the hallway swallowed him, Gouta sighed, "There is no way she would ever feel the same way about me as I do her.  Her walls are unassailable to one as weak as me.  I will be content to help her as I can."

Continuing to stroll forward, Gouta lost himself in his thoughts.  

"There will never be someone like her though," he ruminated, "I just wish that I was at her level."

Would you like to be?

Nakamura spun within the darkness of the hallway, "Who goes there?" he snarled, his chakram materializing at his command.

I am a piece of a greater whole.  Shattered by tragedy.  I seek to join with one that lacks what I am.

"Some kind of new Homunculus then?" Gouta questioned, "I will die before I become one of you monsters.

A light blazed in the darkness, You think me one of those Creatures? 

Gouta shielded his eyes as he beheld an impossibility, he stood within a void in front of a being of pure crystal.  It's jagged edges showing the truth of its words.

Gouta's eyes darted as he reviewed the words the shard had said, "You will give me power in exchange for joining with me?  What exactly does that mean?"

I am all that remains of The Id.  The soul that I was but a part of is long gone.  I need to be a part of a greater whole in order to survive.  You will continue to be you.  I will also be you.  You in turn will be stronger then you where before, as well as gifted with my memories and experiences.

"I will be no different in my.... appetites?"

The voice within the void chuckled, You will be yourself.  Your appetites may be stronger, but your decisions will always be your own.  I may only join you of your own free will.  If you deny me, I will return you to the exact moment you left and seek another.  Your story will continue as it should.  But with me, you can perhaps stand with your Tokiko in her coming struggles.

"That is all I have ever desired or wanted," Gouta smiled, "Very well then, I will join you of my own free will, so that we can both have what we desire.  You, your survival, and me, the ability to stand at her side as an ally."

The shard shattered, the dust spiraling into Gouta, his screams silenced by the overwhelming information and power that filled him up.

As the shard settled in, Gouta laughed, "I see, the one that will heal Tokiko will be one she chooses.  I will assist this Kazuki Muto.  She has chosen well."

Shaking himself he beheld a screen before him.

Congratulations!!!!! You have ascended to become the Gamer!

Your Stats are as follows:

Name: Gouta Nakamura     Gender: Male

Shard: Id     Level: 5     Next Level: 100exp

Hp: 50     Hp Regen: 25     Mp: 50     Mp Regen: 25     Cp: 50     Cp Regen: 25

 

Str: 2

Dex: 5

End: 5

Int: 5

Wis:5

Cha: 3  

Lc k: 6 

 

Skills:

     [Gamer's Mind (Passive): Lvl Max]

          Allows the player to recognize that his reality is a game

          Keeps Player Calm

          Immune to Mental Debuffs

     [Gamer's Body (Passive): Lvl Max]

           Changes the Body to that of a game character

           Restore to full Hp, Mp, and Cp with 8hrs rest

           Damage via Hp only, Immune to broken bones and other debilitating illnesses

     [Motor Gear (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) No cost)

          Lvl 1: Knuckle Duster - Hand to hand is lethal

     [Boneyard (Active): Lvl 1(0%) 10cp/turn, Only one special effect

          Lvl 1: Grave Dirt - Lost in Phantoms

                    Pyre-Flame -Fevered Hallucinations

                    Industrial - Ghostly Posession

                    Passion - Forgotten Feelings

                    Primeval - Fight or Flight

     [Marionette (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 20cp, 5cp/day]

          Lvl 1: Grave Dirt - Golem

                    Pyre-Flame - Iffrit

                    Industrial - Gremlin

                    Passion - Muse

                    Primeval - Nyad

     [Curse (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 20cp, 5cp/day]

          Lvl 1: Grave Dirt - Morpheus's Denial

                    Pyre-Flame - Prometheus' Capture

                    Industrial - Hephaestus' Bane

                    Passion - Cupid's Punishment

                    Primeval - Demeter's Rage

     [Rage (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 15cp]

          Lvl 1: Grave Dirt - Hades' Justice

                    Pyre Flame - Apollo's Retribution

                   Industrial - Hephaestus' Hammer

                   Passion - Aphrodite's Denial

                   Primeval - Artemis' Hunt

Perks:

     Powers: Geist: (40)

          Boneyard

          Marionette

          Curse

          Rage

     Alchemy, External (4)

     Alchemy, Internal (4)

     Counter (2)

Smiling at the power shifting within his veins, Gouta proclaimed, "I can now protect all those I care for, no longer will I have to watch from the sidelines."

Sifting through the memories in his head, Gouta chuckled, "Perhaps I can help others protect those they care for too.  At least if they chose to join the fight.  Free will is sacred, and with my power must come the responsibility not to impose my will on others.  But I think I know of one that will take up my fight.  I really can't wait to see what her Arms Alchemia will be."

Vanishing back from whence he came, Gouta's last words echoed into the void.


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Sitting in his apartment, Vicious clutched the letter in his steel grip, "I would have made her a queen." He snarled.

Rising to his feet, he stalked his apartment, still clutching the letter.

"Instead she leaves me for Spike!" He growled, "I loved her and she betrays me in such a way!  He was my brother, we were going to take things over together.  He was going to be my right hand man!"

Vicious paused, deep breaths echoed out into the room, as he shoved his feelings aside.

"I can not let this lie," He stated, "Spike and Julia need to pay."

Yanking his cell from his pocket, Vicious dialed a number.  The phone rang once then fell silent.

"What?" Vicious began, but a voice cut him off.

I can not allow you to do that.

"Who are you?!" Vicious snarled, "come out and your death may still be painless.

I am that which you lack, and I am right behind you.

Vicious spun, only to behold an empty blackness.  Glancing over his shoulder, he saw that he was indeed standing in an utter void.  Drawing his pistol from it's shoulder holster, Viscous scanned the darkness.

Such aspirations from someone that dooms himself, allowing heartbreak to distract you.  Follow this path and you will die on the night of your greatest triumph.  He that should've been your ally made your enemy by your own hand.

"What do you care of Spike's fate?" Vicious demanded, "And what do you know of mine?"

I care because I need you, Vicious.  I need one that is lacking in what I am.  I wish to gift you with power and in turn join myself to you.  I have seen your narrative play out, for in the void all times are as one.  With me you can achieve all that you desire, plus live to enjoy the spoils.  Without me you and Spike will kill each other in your argument.

"And in allowing one such as you to join me I will avoid such a fate?" Vicious queried, "Forgive me if I don't believe someone that hides in the dark."

A brilliant light shattered the darkness, as the one he had been talking to made itself known.  Staggering back, Vicious felt naked in front of the light.

"If I move against Julia, Spike will indeed move against me.  Nether of us can kill the other and no one else is at our level.  So he will survive and return.  Why can I only see this now?"

In my light, the path to your ambitions can be made clear, as can obstacles to that path.  This is but a taste of what I can do for you.  I wish only to be allowed to join with you and thus survive.  I will be but a fragment in your greater soul.  But, I can only join you of your own free will.  If you deny me, I will be force to search for another and risk death.

"Then join with me," Vicious crowed, "Show me the path and give me the power to ascend to where I belong."

The light poured into Vicious and for a time, Vicious knew nothing.


Opening, his eyes, Vicious beheld words wrote upon a screen.  The screen itself, hung suspended in the eternal void.

Congratulations!!!!! You have ascended to become the Gamer!

Your Stats are as follows:

Name: Vicious     Gender: Male

Shard: Eidolon     Level: 5     Next Level: 100exp

Hp: 50     Hp Regen: 25     Mp: 120     Mp Regen: 60     Cp: 60     Cp Regen: 30

 

Str: 5

Dex: 6

End: 5

Int: 6

Wis:6

Cha: 2  

Lc k: 2 

 

Skills:

     [Gamer's Mind (Passive): Lvl Max]

          Allows the player to recognize that his reality is a game

          Keeps Player Calm

          Immune to Mental Debuffs

     [Gamer's Body (Passive): Lvl Max]

           Changes the Body to that of a game character

           Restore to full Hp, Mp, and Cp with 8hrs rest

           Damage via Hp only, Immune to broken bones and other debilitating illnesses

     [Sword Saint (Active) Lvl 1 (0%)]

          Lvl 1: Cut The Wind: Ability to split bullets, 10cp

     [Soothsay (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 10mp]

          Lvl 1: Omen

     [Sovereign (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 10mp]

          Lvl 1: Protocol - 5mp/turn extra cost

Perks:

     Powers: Changling (20)

         Arts:

               Actor

               Prop

               Scene

         Soothsay

         Sovereign

     Morality Sap (4)

     Resource (1)

 

Vicious smiled, "I can definitely work with this, my ambitions are indeed more important than Julia's wavering heart," sorting through his memories he smiled, "Although I wonder if Faye will be my Valentine."

Chuckling at his joke, he left the void, his low laughter echoing into the nothingness.


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Dark Kat snarled as he stalked through his layer, "I nearly had the enforcers running like rats!"

Swatting several Creeplings aside, Dark Kat continued his rant, "But I was foiled by hapentstance!"

Reaching his study Dark Kat settled onto his chair, a meal and wine awaited him but the Evil tom had no interest in food.

"I will turn Megakat City into Dark Kat City!" He vowed, "Were lawlessness is the law!"

Such a foolish dream.  What will happen when you are no longer the strongest?  Your dream has no sustainability.  No practicality.

"Then I will be thrown down and whomever suppliants me will rise," Dark Kat growled, grabbing his cane, "why don't you step out into the light?  Proper Guests should greet there hosts after all."

Yes, I step out into the light and you try to kill me. That sounds like an excellent idea.  But you brought up a good point, the strong will rise to the top.  What if I could insure you were always strong?  That you never had to worry about the infirmities of aging, the slow accumulation of injuries from both past victories as well as defeats.  What if I could allow you to stay strong forever?"

"I don't deal with voices in the quiet of my study," Dark Kat answered, "I deal with those brave enough to face me."

Okay then, lets just step into my office then.

Dark Kat blinked and found himself floating in blackness.  The void stretching into eternity.

"Where have you taken me?" Dark Kat bellowed, "I demand you return me at once."

Hear me out first, after all what do you have to lose?  Precious Brooding Time? I will return you to the moment you left.  As long as you listen to what I have to say first, I will return you exactly when, where, and how I found you.

Dark Kat glowered into the void a moment longer, "As it seems I have no choice, I will listen to your proposal.  But," Dark Kat chuckled, "only if you show yourself to me."

Very well, here I am!, the voice mocked.

Light exploded from every direction, forming into a shard of crystal, the next words boomed around the psychopathic feline.

I am the shard of Shadow.  I am the part of the soul that governs the day to day.  The realities of life.  Dreamers like you that seek what you desire at my expense are doomed to fail.  For castles built on clouds always fall.

"I thought the expression was castles built on sand crumble?" Dark Kat inquired, "And what happened to the soul you were a part off?  How did you come to be nothing but a shard?"

In order, the answers to your questions are: With proper construction techniques they stand just fine. The soul I was a part of feel victim to a disease.  The disease was terminal.  I survived because the origin soul had value to another.  And no I will not give you more info then that.  I wish to subsume myself into you, as without a soul I can not survive.  I wish to give you the perspective of one that has seen the entire of your story from the perspective of the void.  Powers unheard of in your dimension will also be yours.  No more questions! Make your decision.

Dark Kat paused, the shard was truthful.  Something inside him told him so.  Some part he thought long dead.

Nodding, Dark Kat exclaimed, "Very well then! Gift me with your powers!"

The shard engulfed Dark Kat, compressing itself into the malefic monster.  

"I see," screamed the malefic monster, "I know why I have failed!  I can see it all!"

As the shard joined fully with Dark Kat, a screen opened in the void.

Congratulations!!!!! You have ascended to become the Gamer!

Your Stats are as follows:

Name: Dark Kat     Gender: Male

Shard: Shadow     Level: 5     Next Level: 100exp

Hp: 60     Hp Regen: 30     Mp: 60     Mp Regen: 30     Cp: 100     Cp Regen: 50

 

Str: 5

Dex: 3

End: 6

Int: 6

Wis:5

Cha: 5  

Lc k: 2 

 

Skills:

     [Gamer's Mind (Passive): Lvl Max]

          Allows the player to recognize that his reality is a game

          Keeps Player Calm

          Immune to Mental Debuffs

     [Gamer's Body (Passive): Lvl Max]

           Changes the Body to that of a game character

           Restore to full Hp, Mp, and Cp with 8hrs rest

           Damage via Hp only, Immune to broken bones and other debilitating illnesses

     [Summon Creeplings (Active) Lvl1 (0%) 60mp per summons]

          Lvl 1: Summons 10 - Creeplings last until destroyed.

     [Wayfare (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 10cp]

          Lvl 1: Hopscotch

     [Chicanery (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 10mp]

          Lvl 1: Befuddle - 5mp/turn extra cost

Perks:

     Powers: Changeling (20)

         Arts:

               Actor

               Nature

               Time

         Wayfare

         Chicanery

     Summon Digimon (5):

          Renamon

Chuckling quietly to himself, Dark Kat smiled nastily, "A new servitor, in addition to my Creeplings.  She will do nicely. It will be so nice to have reliable help for a change, " Dark Kat leered, "I will have to be sure to give her a proper welcome to the mansion."

Chuckling ominously, Dark Kat left the void, once more to enact his plans.


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As doctors sought to safe her life, the mind of the woman that would come to be known as Shuri Kurosaki floated amid the void.

You are nowhere near what you need to be for what you have planned.  You do not have the strength to face what you have to face.  You will win, but will fail your sister.  Another will heal the pain of the world.  I can offer a better chance.  A powerful mind to go with the body they are building for you.  Knowledge of what will come so you can plan.  I only ask that you take me inside of you.  That you let me make you stronger.  I will die without you, and by joining with you I become a small part of your greater whole.

Shuri reached outwards, touching the presence, feeling it's sorrow.  

"I accept," she muttered, "Help me stop it all!"

Light peirced her mind and then all was noise.


Shuri stood in the void, a bright screen before her.  Written in white letters it proclaimed:

Congratulations!!!!! You have ascended to become the Gamer!

Your Stats are as follows:

Name: Shuri Kurosaki     Gender: Female

Shard: Mind     Level: 5     Next Level: 100exp

Hp: 40     Hp Regen: 20     Mp: 50     Mp Regen: 25     Cp: 50     Cp Regen: 25

 

Str: 4

Dex: 4

End: 4

Int: 7

Wis:7

Cha: 6  

Lc k: 5 

 

Skills:

     [Gamer's Mind (Passive): Lvl Max]

          Allows the player to recognize that his reality is a game

          Keeps Player Calm

          Immune to Mental Debuffs

     [Gamer's Body (Passive): Lvl Max]

            Changes the Body to that of a game character

           Restore to full Hp, Mp, and Cp with 8hrs rest

           Damage via Hp only, Immune to broken bones and other debilitating illnesses

     [Body Weaponry (Passive) Lvl 1 (0%)]

          Lvl 1: Master Profecency with all weapons stored in the body

     [Mind (Active) Lvl1 (0%) 10mp lasts until turned off]

          Lvl 1: One Mind/Two Thoughts

     [Space (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 10mp lasts until turned off]

          Lvl 1: Correspondence 

Perks:

     Powers: Mage: (20)

          Mastigos

               Mind

               Space

     Summon Weapon (5)

           Widow's Kiss

Shuri looked down at her hand, clenching her fist she swore, "I will not let my sister's death be in vain.  I will do what I could not before.  I will save everyone."

Shouting her proclamation she vanished, back to awake within the body that had been built for her.  Only the void bore witness to her proclamation, yet in the void something smiled but kept it's silence.


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Elwood collapsed into his bed, the well wishes of his sister falling on deaf ears.  Turning unto his back, the young man stared at the ceiling.  

"Well, I'm in." He snarked to his empty room, "joined the gang that destroyed my family to save my sister.  Elwood, you've really out done yourself."

You need to be stronger.

Elwood leapt to his feet, a hidden throwing knife falling neatly into his hand, "You're not from the gang, where are you hiding?"

I am not hiding, you just can't perceive me.  Not yet at least.

"Really?" Elwood snarled, "And why are you in a preteen Boy's bedroom?  You some kind of perv?"

Cute, trying to make me angry so I'll reveal myself.  You really are something kid.  You still need to be stronger.  You aren't gonna save anyone as you are now.  But I can help with that.

"What? You gonna save me?  Pass.  Heroes don't exist in this world."

Nah, I'm not gonna save you.  I want to give you the power to save yourself.  And you're right, heroes don't exist here.  Which is why you have to become one.

Despite himself, Elwood couldn't help having some optimistic skepticism, "How?"

Step into my office and find out.

"What offi - OH SHIT!" Elwood exclaimed as he found himself floating in emptyness, "Where am I?"

You're in the void.  I had to drag you here to make the offer formally.

"Of course the voice is behind me," Elwood deadpanned, "haven't I seen enough horror flicks?"

Heh, nothing like that.  You turn down my offer, I just go on the next schlub.  At least until I die.  Kinda hoping I got it right first try though.  I'd enjoy being part of your soul.

"Part of my soul, what in -" Elwood turned to face the voice, "I really should have expected this."

The shard of crystal pulsed humorously, And yet you didn't.  Honestly Elwood, I am the shard of body.  The last soul I was a part of decided self termination was the answer to it's pain.  Wasn't my desicion I can tell you.  But if I don't join with another soul, one that is strong in mind but weak in body, I am gonna disperse into the void.  I can give you the strength you need to last among the gang.  At least until you decide to make your move.  I can't gauruntee success, but I can provide you with a needed edge.

Elwood thought, even in the void his body ached horribly.  He had only joined the gang a couple months ago and already they had put him through the wringer.  Any help was wanted and needed.  

After a couple of quiet moments Elwood raised his head, "Alright, I accept your terms."

The shard laughed as it descended on Elwood, joyously invading every part of him.  Elwood burned as his body changed to fit the shard.  Muscle became leaner, bone became stronger, and his hands became more nimble.  As the shard vanished, Elwood beheld an opaque  window with white lettering hanging in front of him.

Congratulations!!!!! You have ascended to become the Gamer!

Your Stats are as follows:

Name: Elwood     Gender: Male

Shard: Body     Level: 5     Next Level: 100exp

Hp: 70     Hp Regen: 35     Mp: 40     Mp Regen: 20     Cp: 40     Cp Regen: 20

 

Str: 6

Dex: 7

End: 7

Int: 4

Wis:4

Cha: 4

Lc k: 5

 

Skills:

     [Gamer's Mind (Passive): Lvl Max]

          Allows the player to recognize that his reality is a game

          Keeps Player Calm

          Immune to Mental Debuffs

     [Gamer's Body (Passive): Lvl Max]

           Changes the Body to that of a game character

           Restore to full Hp, Mp, and Cp with 8hrs rest

           Damage via Hp only, Immune to broken bones and other debilitating illnesses

     [Thievery (Active) Lvl1 (0%)]

          Lvl 1: Profecient with Daggers, Pickpocket.

     [Life (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 10cp]

          Lvl 1: Sense Life

     [Spirit (Active) Lvl 1 (0%) 10cp]

          Lvl 1: Coaxing the  Spirit

Perks:

     Powers: Mage (20)

         Thrysus

               Life

               Spirit

     Summon Weapon:

          8 Dagger of Many Dagger's w/Returning Bandolier

"You were right, this does not guarantee success," Elwood acknowledged, "But it is a very good start."

Resolute, Elwood returned to his world, not knowing that the Game was watching.

And Now The True Game Begins.


Author's note: Each of the shards carries a bonus.  See if you can figure out what each is.  Also the Game cheats.  More on that as things develop.  So this is my first trip into the world of the Gamer, please comment, subscribe, and leave kudos.  If this is not to your taste, try one of my other stories and by all means comment, subscribe and leave kudos for those as well.  I read all comments as I can and I do try to respond, but I am not sure of the mechanic in this site.  But rest assured I will be taking all comments and suggestions into consideration.  Thank you for your consideration and I hope this finds you happy as we go into the main part of the holiday season.