[ Jurai: ]
Emperor Azusa: Sweet! Let's get this baby signed!!
*He whips out a pen to do so*
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[ ???, Equius's Workshop: ]
Equius: *Has gotten to work on a large robot*
*Meanwhile, the excited whispers have started up again in the female's voice*
Nepeta: :33 < *ac k33ps low to the ground as she purrowls towards the old furriend of hers!*
Equius: *Sighs, and keeps working*
*However, he gets a sense of impending doom*
Nepeta: :33 < *st33ling herself, ac purrepares herself, then leaps upon her furriend!!*
*Falls to the pouncegreeting*
Nepeta: *Appears to be of the same race as Equius, with pale gray skin, jawlength, mussed, messy black hair, and a smile showing her fangs. From beneath her odd blue hat with its little white eyes and nose, cat ear-like horns poke out, and a fake tail hangs limpy behind her. She wears a black t-shirt with the sign for Leo in an odd green beneath her long coat, gray jeans, and worn boots*
Equius: ...Nepeta...Please...%tricate yourself from me, and cease this f001ishness. I do not enjoy this horsing around.
Nepeta: :33 Oh, fine! Oop, uh, "ac says." T33 h33!
*Gets up off him* That pounce was almost purrfect, but I don't think I can match our gr33ting in the Land of Little Cubes and Tea back then!
Equius: *Stands up, adjusting sunglasses* Yes, quite. Do you have your claws on you?
Nepeta: *Holds up hands - Now garbed in gauntlets with long, pale blue claws*
Equius: Good. Never can be too careful.
Nepeta: ...t33 h33
Equius: *Sigh* Nepeta Leijon, I told you to stop.
*Nonetheless, he hugs her back as lightly as at all possible*
*This still causes a little "oomph!" and a giggle*
[ ???, Computer Lab: ]
Vriska: *Still rests on the floor*
*Eyes growing heavy, she closes her eyes*
*She enters a different, half-lucid dream*
*Her breathing slows*
---*The scene is a large, ocean planet*
*Dotting the surface are large jungle islands, and the half-sunset of the entire sky is filled with glowing, multi-colored patterns that resemble archaic maps*
*Atop a towering, separate island, the mesa atop which Vriska's hive still sits rests*
*With a blip!, Equius appears in a portal and falls with a crash to just outside the hive*
*He looks around cautiously, before a familiar figure leaps down from a tall ledge*
Vriska: Welcome, comrade, to the Land of Maps and Treasure! 8itchin, 8n't it?
Equius: For a highb100d as yourself, you are quite whimsical, Serket. Even in this new land, I would advise that you %ert whatever power of your will necessary to not descend into the filthy gutterb100ds' %treme lows of utter f001ishness.
Vriska: *Just stares blankly at him, idly working her mechanical arm's elbow to make sure it's not catching*
Equius: I must insi%. It is not right for ones of b100d hued such sapphirous b100 as ourselves to fraternize with the lower masses. I am di%oncerted to see their f00lish trifles rubbing off on you. Lowb100ds have no right to get above themselves, and as highb100ds, we are obligated to -
Vriska: 8luh 8luh, 8luh 8luh 8luh, 8luuuuuuuuh. I found a map to a 8ow you miiiiiiiight find easier to not 8reak in two with your freakish strength. Interested? :::;]
Equius: ...In that case, I suppose I can tolerate such f001ishness for but a short time. I have been seeking a bow which one so %traordinarily STRONG as myself can wield. Lead the way.
Vriska: *Marches him down to a large dingy with huge metal oars*
Equius: *Digs fingertips into the metal and rows with great speed*
Vriska: *Cackles with glee, now that she has a fellow player* Honestly, I don't get you, and I'm quiiiiiiiite glad I don't, Equius. Seriously, 8roken 8ow halves? 1/2 8ows? How do you even wield that? Do you just go around 8eating the everloving sh!t out of the Imps and crap on your planet?
Equius: [b]Sometimes. *Look of determination on face does not invite conversation*
*They continue rowing as Vriska takes out a map to give directions*
---*Now, the scene is different*
*In a perpetual night, the gloomy desert bears several mountains and entrances to caves*
*Atop a massive dune, the remains of Equius's hive sits grimly*
Vriska: *Standing atop a smaller dune* ...Wow. "Land of Caves and Silence." This place is a total 8ummer. It suits you.
Equius: *Doesn't reply, preoccupied with bashing his way through a stone slab over a cave entrance*
Vriska: *Huffs, twirling a strand of hair idly with boredom*
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[ ???, Near an Ocean: ]
*The large building has been warped again*
*With Gamzee and Master Big Star still inside, it's ended up just a bit beyond a coast along a large, dark, sluggishly-lapping ocean*
*As Gamzee stares out in wonder, Master Big Star chuckles*
Master Big Star: Would you like to know how I did that, Gamzee Makara?
Gamzee: *Tears eyes away* nO WaY Am i gEtTiNg aLl uP In tHaT OnE RiGhT ThErE, i tElL Ya, MaN. wHeN YoU LiKe, GeT WiTh kNoWiNg sH!T, iT JuSt gOeS AnD StEaLs uP AlL ThE MoThErF###InG MiRaClEs oUtTa eVeRyThInG, yA KnOw?
Master Big Star: ...No, I'm afraid I really don't know what you mean, Mr. Makara. Tell me. There are many Imps in the upper levels of this hive from your Session's "Land of Tents and Mirth," correct? How do they not attack you? Have you somehow decided to use your powers as an indigoblood on them? *Seems to be seeking that answer*
*Zones out for a few moments* ...Oh. SoRrY BoUt tHaT, mAn. WeLl, I AiN'T GoNe aNd gOtTeN WiTh wHeRe tHaT WeIrD Sh!t's aLl uP In bEiN' aT, mAn.
Master Big Star: ... *Rubs at temples, sighing in frustration* Then why
do those infernal little creatures refuse to attack you!?
Gamzee: WeLl, In tHe gAmE I StArTeD OuT FiGhTiNg 'Em lIkE ThE ReSt oF My bRoThErS AnD SiStErS, bUt i gOt tO ThInKiN' tHaT WaSn't cOoL, aNd sTaRtEd sHaRiN' mY PiEs wItH 'eM, aNd tHeY TuRnEd oUt tO Be pReTtY CoOl lItTlE MoThErF###ErS WhEn yA DoN'T GiVe 'eM No rEaSoN To gEt oRnErY AnD Sh!t, I LiKe tHeM AnD HoW ThEy pArTy, MaN.
Master Big Star: ... *Resists the urge to perform an Epic Great Being Facepalm* I...I guess I'll be here for a while. Do you have anything at all to read? *Mutter* Look at who I'm asking...
Gamzee: yEaH MoThErF###Er, I GoT SoMe cHoIcE ReAdIn' MaTeRiAl oVeR By tHe pOsTeRs!
Master Big Star: ... *Notes the two demented-looking clown posters, over on the wall* ... *Sighs shakily, easily plucking the massive tome from its table*
*Its mass sends a number of bottles scattering on the floor, though neither Gamzee nor Master Big Star pay them any mind*
*Teleporting out to sit by the sea, Master Big Star looks back a moment*
*The huge building has a yellow umbrella on top, and a door with a poorly-hung sign beside it saying "RESPITEBLOCK" leading into the room he'd just left*
*Another sigh, and Master Big Star looks down at the gigantic book*
Master Big Star: I suppose I might as well indulge in the Colonel's vast wisdom of tomfoolery. Spirits this thing is huge. I don't know how a mortal can lift it. It could probably kill a cat if someone dropped it at the wrong time.
*Noting idly how a massive, horned shape breaches on the ocean far out, Master Big Star cloaks himself and opens the book to page one*
Daunting Text: "Chapter Zero: A Brief Summarization of the History of the Art in Which I Now Endeavour to Teach You."
Master Big Star: *Begins to read, calming himself* ...
*He realizes that this text is for idiots, and hurls it across the beach*
*It proceeds to knock a stone spire over, snapping it off its base*
Master Big Star: *Eyes flashing, gazes back towards the hive*
*He focuses on Gamzee through the window*
*Recordings of Gamzee's memories begin to play*
Master Big Star: ... *Sees a world with many tents, platforms, and spheres emblazoned with stars*
*Atop one such platform, Gamzee sits frozen with another of his kind and a strange, carapaced being*
*Nothing is moving, and not a single sound can be heard in the memory*
Master Big Star: *Can't get past this image immediately, for some reason*
*Soon, however, it jumpily shifts to an image of Gamzee surrounded by bizarre, mutated, diminutive creatures*
*These are indigo and lavender, and have various combinations of four eyes, horns like Gamzee's, four extra spiderlimbs, and centaurian lower-bodies*
Memory!Gamzee: *Seems to be fighting with juggling clubs, which he's quite skilled with*
*As one monster leaps towards him, he throws the left club, causing it to bounce off of its head and back to his hand*
*The force is so great that it shatters into several shaped pieces of indigo crystal, drops of black goo, and blocks of lavender*
Memory!Gamzee: *Continues fighting in this way, soon taking all of them out*
*As a huge, serpentine beast of similar features emerges over a platform and breathes a cloud of flames, Gamzee stares in awe*
*Here, the memories shudder to a stop, and the image simply ripples occasionally*
*Try as he might, Master Big Star can't get this memory to go forward*
*When he attempts to push further, he finds everything spiralling into blackness*
Master Big Star: *Ends up before a huge, throned figure*
*All he can see of it is its massive size, twisted horns, and long mane of hair*
*Splattered all over the walls is multicolored liquid*
Master Big Star: *Realizes that this is on Alternia, and that is not
*He hurriedly uses all the energy he can to retreat*
*With a roar of laughter, the huge figure reaches for him*
*Still on the beach, he wearily finds his senses returning*
*Briefly, his skin pales, eyes glow, and teeth sharpen*
Master Big Star: *Forces self to regain control*