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an unexpected change of scenery *:・゚✧*:・゚✧

Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by Annaliese Lavellan, May 1, 2018.

  1. April 2nd, Year 7
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    Annaliese Lavellan had expected to have a rather quiet morning. After several difficult and long days of training, she had vented all of her frustrations into making the most lovely pastries for her advisers and several other people around Skyhold. She had just about made it to the War Room when black vines shot out of the ground and dragged her downward as if a chasm had opened up beneath her. It felt as if her world was tumbling end over end and when it was right side up again, she stood barefoot in... warm... sand?

    The elven woman blinked down at the shifting ground beneath her, hands still outstretched as if her tray of pastries would magically reappear. This had to be some nonsense with the rifts or Corypheus or... the Venatori perhaps? She wasn't sure, but when she lifted her left hand up in front of her face, the shock of the brilliant green anchor still flickered brightly. That was it. There was no pulsing of energy, no hum of power, just the anchor there on her hand like some glowing beacon.

    With a small sigh, Annaliese closed her fist and golden eyes surveyed her surroundings with more attention than before. Just a few feet away, the ocean rolled lazily against the beach and the horizon was kissed with the first beginnings of Sunset. It was still early, mind you, but she could tell that it was certainly later in the afternoon. Blonde strands of hair, loosened from the braid slung over her shoulder, whipped about her face haphazardly in the breeze. It was refreshing, that much she could admit, and the sea air reminded her of The Storm Coast. It was beautiful but... it was not home and not anywhere that she had ever been before. This was a problem.

    The blonde took one step forward, and then another, warily as if she expected the ground to swallow her up again. But nothing happened. If she was dreaming.... then she might believe that a mage had taken her into a dream, like Solas had once, for this was completely and totally impossible otherwise. "Why do I get the feeling that I'm not in Thedas anymore?" Words said more to herself than anyone else, but the soft sound of footsteps in the sand drew her attention and she glanced around, looking to see if there was someone who could explain where she had ended up. Or, should they be an enemy, she could take them down with the sword strapped at her side.
     
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  2. Quirrel

    Quirrel Hollow Knight

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    Quirrel enjoyed spending time in Cascade Bay. A not insignificant part of that was being close to certain individuals he knew well, but the primary reason was the beach. The bug didn't know why he was so fond of bodies of water, nor did he think it was particularly important to know. All that mattered was that he enjoyed it.

    That's not to say he liked the other aspects of the beach, though. Sunlight made him uneasy, brought unpleasant thoughts into his head. Also there was the matter of people, always looking so uncomfortable around him. Hard to enjoy his time when others looked at him with disgust or fear. As a result of this, Quirrel timed his excursions by the water so they'd start close to sunset. He needed little sleep and food, allowing the beetle to sit on the sand while watching the sea for close to the entirety of the night. What a delight Pandora was, giving him such peaceful ways to occupy himself between traveling!

    It was with such intentions in mind that the bug found himself walking along the beach. Owing to the somewhat late hour, there weren't many people around. He was very much looking forward to mulling over the past month throughout the night, undisturbed by the danger of the wilderness or the noise of the major settlements.

    As empty as the beach was, Quirrel instantly noticed when a woman appeared out of nowhere. He had never seen the actual moment when someone appeared in Pandora before, despite meeting several who had appeared mere minutes before the bug found them, but this definitely looked like what he had heard described to him in the past. Not that he was certain, but it couldn't hurt to make sure. Seemed like his peaceful night would have to wait. And so the bug started to approach.

    Further lending credence to the possibility that she was a new arrival, Quirrel could tell from how she was acting that she was somewhat confused. Right when the bug was around twenty feet away from her, she suddenly glanced around. The figure she'd find behind her resembled a bipedal beetle and was standing at almost six feet. In one hand was an odd weapon somewhat similar to a sword held so it pointed behind him. The other hand was adjusting a mask that was being worn as a hat. All in all, definitely not normal.

    "Er... Hello?" he offered tentatively, giving a small wave with the hand previously on his mask. Best to just gauge her reaction first, make sure it wasn't someone else who'd try to attack him solely on the basis of looking the part of a monster. If things could proceed peacefully then perhaps he'd be able to explain.
     
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  3. Luke Cage

    Luke Cage Marvel Universe

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    He needed to get out of Pandora Town. Not like it wasn't an extremely nice place, it was just the fact that he needed some time away from the city. He had been practically trapped in New York, and he had found himself falling into the same habits of Pandora. That was just how things seemed to end up with him, once he got comfortable, he had a hard time letting go of stuff. Not like it was impossible, but it took some motivation, and the fact that he was in a brand new country- world- he hadn't entirely figured out what the whole of 'Pandora was- was probably one of the best motivators that he could have. He found a job, and it wasn't entirely busy, so he could take some time for himself.

    The closest area he could get too easily seemed to be Cascade Bay. It definitely sounded relaxing, The beach would be a nice change of scenery, and so as early in the morning as he could force himself to get up, he started jogging in order to make it there with a decently full day. Sure, it was at the sacrifice of some sleep, but it definitely beat having to painstakingly schedule a flight or something to get somewhere.

    The general trip there took much longer than he expected, at least a couple of hours, but once he made it past hour three he didn't feel like turning around, and after a few breaks he was reaching his limit and was glad that he was finally running on sand instead of brick, gravel, or grass. It was barely daybreak, which he felt very proud of, and the beaches seemed fairly empty except for two vague figures in the distance. A woman, and either a giant bug, or a guy in a very large bug costume. He shrugged, initially jogging past the two with an absentminded friendly wave, before backpedaling.

    The woman looked confused about something, and the big (man? He still wasn't sure) didn't seem to be doing anything wrong. Not like he was expecting him to, but he was trying to gauge the situation as best he could, and while the air wasn't particularly tense, it did feel a bit standoffish and awkward. Which is why he didn't feel like he needed to interject himself into the scenario, but it was early, and there would probably be much more of a benefit to it than a detriment. He stuck his hands in his hoodie, standing approximately between the two of them, glancing between the two. "Nice morning, isn't it?" He said, calmly, keeping a bit of distance, but making his own attempts to read and ease the air.
     
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  4. Golden eyes darted to the first point of interest as she turned and what - who - she saw sent her stumbling backward in the sand. Her mind racing, poring over the different types of creatures that she knew from Thedas. As a Dalish elf who had traveled quite extensively, she was quite familiar with many different forms of wildlife. A giant bug in and of itself was not something that she hadn't seen before. Giant Spiders that could smother her with no effort at all made caves and ancient ruins their home. No, Annaliese would have no cause to attack a giant bug that left her alone. It surprised her, certainly, but what made her hand shift to the pommel of her sword was the fact that the bug spoke to her. Even giving her a little wave.

    "H-hi?!" The Inquisitor's first instinct was that the bug was possessed by a demon. Why a demon would possess a beetle, she wasn't sure, but she knew that more often than not, they weren't friendly to her. After nearly being overwhelmed by an Envy demon, she was certainly more cautious than she had been in the past. But her sword remained in its sheath as the creature hadn't made any other move toward her. She almost wondered if she had imagined the greeting... if all of this was just some figment of her imagination. Sure, she was already suspicious of this being some sort of strange Fade dream, but this was... this was weirder than that. At least she thought it was.

    Annaliese almost didn't even notice the other stranger jog by until he paused and turned back around, approaching the two of them. He was dressed strangely as well... they weren't even similar to each other. Biting her lower lip, the woman stood up straighter and peered between the two of them. "It... why yes, it's quite lovely but..." She raked a hand through the loose strands of her hair, smoothing them behind a pointed ear. "I'm so sorry, I ... I am convinced that this is a weird kind of dream. Where... am I?" She looked between the two, uncertainty evident on her features. She had no desire to be rude but she couldn't help but question her situation. Hopefully they could offer her some sort of explanation, even if she was just in some kind of spooky hell dream of a demon's creation.

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  5. Quirrel

    Quirrel Hollow Knight

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    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Explorer
    Location:
    Pandora Town
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    Beetle
    Age:
    Very old
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    Neutral Good
    Directory:
    link
    Yep, he had definitely startled her. As the woman on the beach moved her hand to her sword, Quirrel instinctively adjusted his grasp on the nail he held. Aside from that, though, he didn't visibly react. Of course there was the mask on his face that hid all emotion, but even if it wasn't there it would be some feat to decipher the facial expressions of an insect.

    "Every time," he quietly murmured. The bug completely understood that faulting her for being wary was moronic. Still, when everyone acted the same way it could began to grate on one's mind. Ah well, it was better than not having anyone around at all.

    Focusing back on the present situation, Quirrel took a moment to think. "It's alright, as days go," he absentmindedly replied to the one who had come across them. Not like he disliked the interruption, but he needed to gather his thoughts for this. He had explained Pandora to enough new arrivals by now to know how important it was to be careful. Couldn't overwhelm or come off as a liar if you wanted to help, after all.

    And if it was only likely before that she was new to this world, her next words confirmed it. Fine, time to start explaining. "Not the strangest thing to think, all things considered," he began. "Grabbed by a bunch of black vines while going about your day and before you can do anything you're suddenly on a beach, being talked to by something that I assume you wouldn't expect to be capable of speech. It definitely sounds like the type of thing one could only see in a dream. However, I'm afraid the truth is not so convenient."

    "You ask where you are," Quirrel continued, his voice calm. "Pandora. It's a hard to explain idea, believe me, but I'll try my best. It's... another world." He stopped for a second here, mulling over how best to put it. "Simply put, you've been plucked from your home and placed here. Just like everyone else in this realm. You are in a space that is completely separate from wherever you may have come from." The nature of Pandora as another world was often the hardest part to explain, in the bug's experience, but she could always ask if needed. "I understand this must be overwhelming, and you probably have a lot of questions. Please, feel free to ask," the bug said gently.
     
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  6. Luke Cage

    Luke Cage Marvel Universe

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    He was starting to piece things together, and outside of the fact that he was much more convinced that one of the strangers was a giant beetle and not actually someone in a very good costume, the woman seemed to be new and confused. He never thought that he would be on the other side of having to explain Pandora to someone else, especially considering that he was just a few months fresh into the place himself, but bug guy-- he'd really need to ask for names later, 'Woman' and 'Bug Guy' definitely wouldn't cut it-- seemed to be a couple steps ahead on him on that front, explaining whatever Pandora was much better than he probably could. Was this bug guy a veteran to this place? That would be a bit of a relief, he wouldn't have to fumble through everything himself.

    "What he said, basically. It's a super tough pill to swallow, especially since leaving seems to be more of a dice roll than any actual logic or patterns." He added, rubbing his chin. It seemed much more sinister saying it out loud, and it still perplexed him. People being tugged in and yanked out without a second thought, and occasionally the same person would return with no memories of the place. It was something out of some kind of weird fantasy novel. Which was oddly ironic, because with that woman's ears, she looked like someone out of some long high-fantasy novel. Then again, most people he ended up meeting looked like they fit in with some kind of cosplay or something. "Human" seemed to be a bit less common around here.

    "That being said, it's not all bad. From what I've seen at least, it's a fairly normal thing. Like clockwork, you know? The main town is at least pretty friendly towards drop-ins, at least. This is my first time around here." He added, trying to add some sort of silver lining. He had managed to keep some sort of a straight face when he found out, but he couldn't just predict what some stranger was going to think, especially with something like this. Best way to predict was to start at panic, and slowly work down into something more reasonable. "Name's Luke, by the way. I'm not sure if I can be as much help as he can, but I'll try." He tacked on.

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