demonborntwice: (faraway)
Throughout my admittedly short life, I've had ample experience and exposure to death of all kinds.  Many might consider this to not be the best time to bring up the subject of killing, what with the rash of violence that has plagued us recently, but I have to disagree.  This is precisely the time to discuss what it means and what it implies to kill.

First, to call anyone a killer requires a somewhat more specific definition.  There's the unspoken acknowledgment that almost every animal benefits from the death of others.  Uprooting plants, destroying intruding bacteria, eating meat, making paper, whatever else.  Animal life is predicated on death.  This is not a unique sin to humanity, but humans, in their penchant for creating sophisticated cultures, have gone one step further.

I have heard of the saying that "Great minds discuss ideas.  Mediocre minds discuss events.  Small minds discuss people."  With a small change, this also defines the status of a killer.  Mere warped reprobates - like our late Birdman - kill people.  It was in his nature; the ending of human lives amused him, fulfilled him, defined him.  For all his power, he was a small mind bearing a small knife.

CARP and other such reactionary groups - as well as those who move to redress wrongs for justice's sake - seek to kill an event.  CARP's maddened frenzy was an attempt to undo the tragedy of the giant's first attack, by blaming those of us who came with it.  Much like those in America who prayed for deliverance from some immaterial "Yellow Peril," these people are consumed by fear.  The perceived ending of their suffering defines their actions, and has the potential to spark greater hysteria, whether for or against.  By contrast, the police has worked to erase violence and fear among us, to preserve our peace and security in face of opposition.  This guardianship defines them, the parent embracing the crying child.

This brings us to the last category: revolutionaries.

From what I've seen of the world, revolutionaries are the most esoteric killers of all.  They attempt to kill ideas - time, in a manner of speaking.  The turning of the wheels of culture - of human society - moves in fits and starts, and all because of them.  It is through their efforts that an era begins, and in many cases, an era ends.  Whether for good or ill, they shape the world for generations after their deaths.  The example in this case, though I might attract some ire, is Zero and his Black Knights.  They have some partnership with the police here, and act as assistants, but it's obvious from Zero's manner of speaking that his aims in his homeland were far greater.  I have heard snatches of stories: tyranny, intrigue, and oppression, all of which Zero has striven to combat.  Whether or not he has succeeded is not within my expertise to answer, and neither are his true intentions here.  I doubt, however, that he has any more opportunity than any of us to create such a grand cage of oppression as many have shown that they fear.

By now, I would guess that any reading this are now asking one question: what significance does this have to our current situation?

Absolutely nothing.  It's just a thought I had. 
demonborntwice: (Default)
I spoke to Riza-san about this earlier, but I have a strong suspicion about the nature of this place.  The evidence suggests that this island is a virtual construct, simulated with sensory data delivered to our brains.

The Clues:
- The sudden teleportation of the crossing boat.
- Sudden disappearances and appearances of people from myriad realities.
- Transformation from human to giant, ignoring conservation of mass.
- "Lost days" in which none were conscious without exception.

Possibilities:
- We could be in fact perfectly mundane people, implanted with personality and ability templates of our personae here in Manhattan.  Our identities could be manufactured as part of a social experiment to determine the dynamics of human society in response to supernatural stresses.
- A possible alternate reason for the above would be that this Manhattan is a shell program that simplifies the interface of some sort of antivirus action, wherein the crabs and giant represent corrupt or malicious code and our duty is to restore the system's proper function.
- We could have been captured by a cross-dimensional authority of some kind, who have created this virtual world to keep us docile while in transit.  People who disappear in this scenario might be transferred to an alternate facility or holding cell.

I don't know what other possibilities there are.  If anyone has a better suggestion, please tell me.
demonborntwice: (Default)
Subject: Overview
Additional Rules of the Situation:
- Escape from the island is confirmed beyond our current means.
Additional Realities:
- The giants are definitely intelligent.
Additional Conclusions:
- None currently.
Subjective Conjecture:
- This might be a virtual reality.

Subject: Riza Wildman
Realities:
- Daughter of a great werewolf, Volg Wildman
- Has intense negative feelings about vampires.
- Has a strong sense of honor and filial piety.
- Is somewhat uncomfortable with soft expressions of emotion.
- Is an expert fighter.
- Thinks highly of me.
- Knows my story and my nickname.
- Has offered me shelter in her world if she gains passage back.
Conclusions:
- Riza Wildman is my closest friend here.
- Riza Wildman would be a welcome addition to any journey I make from here.

Subject: Zero
Additional Realities:
- Has strong feelings for Miss Euphemia.
Conclusions:
- Zero might take drastic action against those who hurt her.

Subject: Boriane Daermon
Realities:
- Is devoutly religious.
- Worships a god of death named Boron.
- Speaks a language very similar to Japanese.
- Is an expert fighter specializing in quick killing strikes.
- Has demonic powers that she fights to keep in check.
Conclusions:
- Boriane is an assassin.
- Boriane is dependable so long as she does not fall under the sway of her god.
Subjective Conjecture:
- She might be an attempt by Lucifer to replace me.  The full extent of her power remains unknown.

Subject: CARP
Realities:
- Seeks purity of origin.
- Holds xenophobia as a constructive world view.
- Shows no compunctions about attacking defenseless bystanders.
Conclusions:
- CARP is a dangerous organization.
- CARP must be monitored, but not attacked.
Subjective Conjecture:
- It is possible that CARP is a plant from our jailers to sow mistrust and weaken outsiders' appeal.
- The second CARP loses credibility...I will not hesitate.
demonborntwice: (bloody)
They're stronger.  There's something different about the air around them as well.

{Shirogane, do you have a gun yet?}

[private to Aya; difficult to hack]

Nemesis, please respond.

[Voice]

May. 22nd, 2009 10:16 pm
demonborntwice: (alone)
[At first, it's silent but for breathing, heavy with melancholy.  Several seconds pass before a quiet voice.]

"It shrilled terror to the ears that heard it through the hall's side-wall, the grisly plaint of God's enemy, his song of ill success, the sobs of the damned one bewailing his pain."


[A click as the voice feed shuts off.]

demonborntwice: (Default)
Subject: Overview
Additional Rules of the Situation:
- No additions.
Additional Realities:
- I was heavily injured despite my demonic powers, as predicted.
- People disappearing is apparently not unheard of.
Additional Conclusions:
- I must gain skill in fighting without using a large portion of my demonic powers.
Subjective Conjecture:
- Perhaps the jailers of this place consider the disappeared no longer useful...or seek to perform personal tests.

Subject: Sephiroth (winged)
Realities:
- I helped save his life.
- Has no sense of sympathy.
- Considers others playthings.
- Is very cynical.
- Is an expert swordsman.
- Has superhuman powers.
- Encouraged Flandre's emotional instability.
- I defeated him in a fair fight.
Subjective Assertion:
- Even his name puts on airs.
Conclusions:
- Sephiroth is dangerous.
- Sephiroth is not to be trusted.

Subject: Aya Brea
Realities:
- Is a police officer.
- Has a firm dedication to serving law and order.
- Acts as a philosophical counterweight and practical complement to Zero.
- Possesses a calm and rational attitude hiding a passion for justice.
- Has acted decisively in bringing a balancing force of law to the chaotic city.
Subjective Assertion:
- Nice butt.
Conclusions:
- Aya Brea is a competent leader figure.
- Aya Brea seems trustworthy.

Subject: Poniko
Realities:
- Is a psychological fragment manifested from the psyche of a girl named Madotsuki.
- Has a semi-caustic sense of humor.
- Has a touchy attitude concerning her own identity.
- Fears the dark.
- Is host to a nightmare-like manifestation named Uboa.
Conclusions:
- Poniko is, as she taught me, "snarky.
- Poniko should be watched carefully when moving from the light to shadow.
- Poniko is good speaking company.

Subject: Uboa
Realities:
- Is a psychological fragment manifested from the psyche of a girl named Madotsuki.
- Dredges up painful memories and horrific visions in the minds of any who touch it.
- Seems to enjoy sowing fear.
- Causes Poniko great pain and consternation.
- Only appears at the moment when light fades.
- Is removed temporarily when light envelops himself and Poniko.
Conclusions:
- Uboa is dangerous.
- Uboa should be avoided.

Subject:
Sakuri Kunikai
Additional Realities:
- Is gone.
- Loved life in those final moments.
Additional Conclusions:
- I managed to save her.
- I should be proud.
Subjective Assertion:
- Wherever Sakuri ends up...I hope she'll remain at peace.

Subject: Tatsuki Arisawa
Additional Realities:
- Is also gone.
- Confessed that she was ready to die until she met me.
- Confessed her love for me.
- I love her too.
Additional Conclusions:
- Tatsuki is out there somewhere.
- I will find her.
Subjective Corollary:
- To anyone trying to manage a long-distance relationship: You now have no right to complain about anything ever again.

Subject: Naoto Shirogane
Realities:
- Is a detective.
- Is female.
- Acts calmly and rationally.
- Shows intentions of reacting violently if implied to be a lesbian.
Subjective Assertion:
- SHE'S A GIRL HOW IN THE FREAKING HELL DOES THAT WORK
Conclusions:
- Naoto is helpful.
- Naoto might have some gender issues.
- Naoto should contact Aya Brea.

Subject: Sora
Realities:
- Has a black-and-white view of the world.
- Is altruistic and trusting.
- Is steadfastly honest.
- Is a capable swordsman.
- Is naive.
Subjective Assertion:
- Stupid hair.
Conclusions:
- No matter his childish aspects, Sora is an ally to be trusted and welcomed.
- Would most likely not join Zero.

demonborntwice: (Zero)
K1 Status report.  No anomalies.  Respond.


[long pause]

Zero.  Respond.

[another long pause before a click off]
demonborntwice: (Default)
To anyone concerned: I'm alright.  My mobility is still limited, however.

[some time passes in silence, then a quiet murmuring]

"My darling, I have come to take thee back to the world. Come back, I pray thee..."

This appeal came from the depth of his heart. The goddess sympathized with him most deeply, but answered with tender grief: "Alas! Thou hast come too late. I have already eaten of the furnace of Yomi. Having once eaten the things of this land, it is impossible for me to come back to the world." So saying, she lowered her head in deep despair.


[more silence, except for something that might be sniffling, but indistinct.  After a long pause, he seems to collect himself and return to the mic]

{Oh, and Shirogane?  How are things at the hotel?  I may be able to visit soon, but I can't stay long.}
demonborntwice: (Default)
Subject: Overview
Additional Rules of the Situation:
- I have to save Sakuri.
Additional Realities:
- No additions.
Additional Conclusions:
- No additions.

Subject: Sakuri Kunikai
Realities:
- Has suffered greatly.
- Believes she is currently in an abode for monsters.
- Believes all around her except for Flandre is an enemy.
- Doesn't believe that mercy or comfort exists here.
- Wants me to kill her.
Conclusions:
- Sakuri must be cared for.
- Sakuri must be treated with love and kindness.
- If Sakuri gains power while in this mental state, she will become like Chiaki.
- Sakuri must be steered away from despair.

demonborntwice: (Default)
Subject: Overview
Additional Rules of the Situation:
- I can't divulge my allegiance to Zero to the general public.  I'm sorry, Tatsuki.
- Any potential allies must be scouted for at least days in advance.
- In public, I must maintain antipathy towards Zero if asked.  Otherwise, stay silent.
Additional Realities:
- There is another giant.
- I have the ability to heal moderate physical injuries.
- There are multiple serious injuries among the populace.
- Many buildings were destroyed.
Additional Conclusions:
- This is not a favorable situation.
- At all.
- People need my skills in healing.
- People need new homes.


Subject: The smaller giant
Realities:
- Is smaller than the giant.
- Is more prone to panic.
- Lacks demonic power as well.
Conclusions:
- The smaller giant is the giant's offspring.
- The smaller giant is the more dangerous one.


Subject: Zero
Additional Realities:
- His helmet has a panel over his left eye that can slide away.
- Has mentioned that Zero's power is "charisma."
Additional Conclusions:
- None yet.
Possibilities:
- His demonic power is a charm spell or mind control
- It is vectored through his left eye.
- Intensity and penetration power are left to be determined.
- If the above are true, avoid eye contact if it comes down to a confrontation.
demonborntwice: (Default)
Subject: Overview
Additional Rules of the Situation:
- No additions.
Additional Realities:
- No additions
Additional Conclusions:
- No additions

Special Subject:
Zero
Additional Realities:
- Seemingly was not aware of the giant creature's potential to disrupt a subway meeting.
- Has secured an unforseen antagonistic response from the general populace.
Additional Conclusions:
- Zero lacked location-specific intelligence.
- Zero is not infallible.

Special Subject: Flandre Scarlet
Realities:
- Claims to be a Devil.
- Is definitely a demon.
- Seems intelligent, but naive in ways.
- Has lived for at least centuries.
- Considers me a friend.
Conclusions:
- Flandre should be respected and treated with kindness.
- Flandre should be corrected firmly, gently, and immediately if she oversteps bounds.
- Flandre is very dangerous.


Special Subject: Daniel Jackson
Realities:
- Claims to be a linguist.
- Has agreed to tutor me in English.
- Karate Kid!
- Opposes Zero.
Conclusions:
- Daniel-san is useful.
- Daniel-san has a lawful state of mind.
- Daniel-san should be treated fairly.


Special Subject: Eve
Realities:
- Lacks skill in typing and spelling.
- Knows a Dr. Bowman who claimed godhood.
- Lacks knowledge of religion.
- Is trusting.
Conclusions:
- Eve is likely not dangerous.
- Eve wants to learn more about the world.
- Eve should be treated kindly.


Special Subject: Raven
Realities:
- Is a half-demon, on her father's side.
- Dislikes and opposes her father.
- Has had an almost entirely negative experience regarding demons.
- Does not know the origin of my demonic nature.
Conclusions:
- Raven is not sure what to think of me.
- Raven dislikes her demonic heritage and nature.
Possibilities:
- Raven could be an effort hatched by Lucifer to replace me.


Special Subject: Tatsuki Arisawa
Realities:
- Claims skill in martial arts.
- Seeks to be a Vale Tudo champion.
- Was injured by Zero's actions.
- Considers Zero incompetent.
- Knows the first part of my experiences in the Vortex World.
- Considers me a friend.
Subjective Opinion:
- She's cute.
Conclusions:
- Tatsuki is useful.
- Tatsuki is trustworthy.
- Tatsuki will be a pleasure to work with.
demonborntwice: (Default)
Subject: Overview
Additional Rules of the Situation:
- No additions.
Additional Realities:
- Under the subway tunnels, there are large populations of crabs and tunnels used by the giant creature.
- A former federal agent named Aya Brea is attempting to restore a police presence to the city.
- The giant interrupted Zero's speech.
Additional Conclusions:
- People are being dissuaded from entering the subway tunnels.
- Zero may have some competition.
Possibility:
- The giant creature may be under our captors' direct or indirect control.

Special Subject:
Zero
Additional Realities:
- Has a great sense of the theatric.
- Seeks a sympathetic rather than an antagonistic response.
- Is serious about his plans, whatever they may be.
- Possesses a small extent of demonic power.
Additional Conclusions:
- Confirmation: Zero must be watched.  Whether or not he must be accepted or refused remains to be seen.
Possibility:
- Zero and Lelouch Lamperouge might be the same person.
demonborntwice: (Default)
Subject: Overview
Additional Rules of the Situation:
- No additions.
Additional Realities:
- There are a comparatively high number of individuals with considerable supernatural/superhuman powers here.
- Said individuals, if dampened to a similar extent as myself, would each possess enough strength unrestricted to be considered powerful demons.
- The survivors in Manhattan have set up a communal economy, with need-based distribution.
- Politically, the society is similar to a loose tribal confederation, with several small groups cooperating on issues concerning the whole.
- The giant creature lacks demonic power of any sort.
- There has been talk of some kind of message indicating the presence of some official authority in the subway tunnels.
Additional Conclusions:
- The survivors follow the same patterns of society as could be expected in similar situations with large groups.
- Overall, the survivors seem more or less trustworthy, but full verification is still required.
Possibility:
- Lucifer might be using this island to gather candidates in order to compensate for my refusal to follow him.

Special Subject:
The giant creature ("Big Mama")
Realities:
- Uses legs for locomotion.
- From reports, uses solely physical force to defend itself.
- From reports, does not stir except in rare cases, or if disturbed.
- Acts as a host to the smaller creatures.
- Has no sense of demonic power about it.
- Apparently is replaceable.
- Is vulnerable to poison.
- Is highly resistant to physical attack.
Conclusions:
- "Big Mama" is devoid of demonic powers, potentially completely natural.
- "Big Mama" is more or less docile.
- "Big Mama" is not the force that keeps us here.

Special Subject: Lelouch Lamperouge
Realities:
- Is an expert chess player.
- Has a ruthless playing style.
- Comes from a world where America never rose to power and was instead subsumed into a Brittanian Empire.
- Respects tactical acumen.
- Believes in independence gained through power and tempered with the ideal of equality.
- Has made a contract with an unknown entity to gain demonic power (specific nature of power as-yet unverified)
- Has lived in Japan for long enough to be fluent in Japanese.
Conclusions:
- Lelouch is an excellent game partner.
- Lelouch is an interesting person with whom to hold a philosophical discussion.
- Lelouch must be watched for ulterior motives.

demonborntwice: (confident red)
((ooc reminder: text in {curly braces} is in Japanese))

{So, that's the giant.

Tiamat who formed all things,
Made in addition weapons invincible; she spawned monster-serpents,
Sharp of tooth, and merciless of fang;
With poison, instead of blood, she filled their bodies.
Fierce monster-vipers she clothed with terror,
With splendor she decked them, she made them of lofty stature.
Whoever beheld them, terror overcame him,
Their bodies reared up and none could withstand their attack.
}

Interesting.

demonborntwice: (Default)
Subject: Initial Overview
Rules of the Situation:
- Magic and other superhuman abilities are permitted at a reduced potency.
- Escape by physical or supernatural means has been restricted if not outright sealed.
- The normal laws of physics seem to apply.
Realities:
- A giant creature and several smaller creatures serve as an impromptu network of guards against escape.
- The smaller creatures periodically harass residents; the giant one lays dormant until disturbed.
- The giant creature is said to be natural; will have to verify.
- Physical isolation is enforced, not natural; boats can most likely traverse the water if not for the giant creature.  Birds can fly freely.
- Humans are present, not Manikins.
- Demons of the commonly recognized clans are not present.
- Thor nor the Seraphs seem to hold any sway here, nor do the other Fiends.  Kagutsuchi is also absent.
- The Gaian Cult and Messian Church have no presence here.
- The world seems mostly intact; there is rubble, at the very least.
- The world seems very similar to the world before the Conception.  The monster is the only identifiable discrepancy.
- All continuities seem to have a connection here.
Conclusions:
- This world is very likely still connected to Amala.
- This is not a Vortex World.
- This is potentially a world created according to some Reason that restricts supernatural power.
- Whatever force or being trapping us here is testing our response to various stresses.
- That force is most likely neither the Great Will nor Lucifer.

Special Subject: Zero
Realities:
- Claims the beginning of a new era.
- Seeks to inflame the populace into rising up against our oppressors.
- Is confident in success against an enemy that has no known identity, let alone capability.
- Is playing upon our sympathy for others, resentment for our own situation, and desire to exercise free will.
- Is proceeding very methodically.
Conclusions:
- Zero holds a great deal of similarity with Lucifer.
- Zero has no allegiance to either side of the larger conflict.
- Zero might or might not prove loyal to those who align with him.
- Zero is potentially dangerous.
- Zero must be watched very carefully.
- Zero may be an excellent ally.
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