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Discussion in 'Pandora, Year 1 - 7' started by Envy, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Envy

    Envy Fullmetal Alchemist

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    August 2nd

    Nothingness loomed all around. They couldn't see, couldn't breathe. All they knew was that they were no longer on fire, which was... some sort of an improvement. But it wasn't over. It couldn't be. Could it? Was that freak letting them recover, just so that he could see them suffer all the more? Had they lost consciousness? No, they couldn't have. They never lost consciousness.

    Envy could feel their flesh knitting itself back together where they crouched on hands and knees, muscle crawling back to cover burned and blackened bones. They could feel the burning heat gradually subsiding, although it still rose in coils of steam from their rapidly reforming hide. As lilac eyes regrew in their sockets with a stinging sensation and their tongue twitched in their mouth, they didn't understand what was going on. Their vision swam in a confusing array of greenish hues, interspersed with arcs of red lightning as their stone rebuilt them.

    Their fingers twitched, feeling their nails driving into cool, moist dirt.

    They felt some kind of pressure releasing around their arms and legs, felt something cool and slender like a snake's coils unwinding.

    The homunculus jerked back, fearful for a moment that it was some kind of new alchemy. But they blinked away the last traces of blurriness and watched as pitch-black tendrils simply disappeared back into the ground.

    Envy was almost whole again; they could feel a chilly breeze on their skin. They sat up, dazed, looking frantically around for some sign of what was going on. But the humans were gone, all of them. It wasn't a dream; Envy could still taste fatty gristle, and spat with a shudder the remains of what had been their last tongue.

    They cautiously stood, and looked around. They were in a wide meadow scattered with trees. Blue sky shone high above, birds were chirping. It was calm, quiet. Perfectly still. As though nothing had ever happened. As they brushed themselves off, Envy's gaze was drawn to the shadow of a city looming on the horizon, and they froze.

    Was this where the worst went to die?

    Envy looked down at their pale arms, still completely solid and perfectly fleshy as the last wound closed. No, they weren't dead.

    Not yet, anyway.
     
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  2. C.A. Rotwang

    C.A. Rotwang Metropolis
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    It wasn't every day that Rotwang left his house. In fact it was a rather rare occurrence, due to his hatred of the glaring sun and communicating with most other people. However, now was one of those uncommon times that sent him trudging out of his home and into the Elysium Fields. He was in need of a specific kind of metal for an experiment, and in the fields these metals were plentiful. This was why the inventor was there where he saw it happen.

    He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. The sight was difficult to take in, what with all the flesh and bone twisting grotesquely into a humanoid shape. Or at least, it seemed to be humanoid. Rotwang was watching from a bit of a distance, after all, and he was so busy trying to keep himself from feeling too ill to understand what it was exactly that he'd seen. The only thing he was sure of was that the being which formed together couldn't have been an average human.

    Once the inventor was almost certain that this mysterious person had finished with their own reassembly, he took a step closer. He grimaced as the stranger spit out a strange looking meaty substance. Was that a remnant of their old body?! Drawing in a shaky breath, he neared the other, stopping only when he was a few feet away. The way that this creature had reanimated themselves was both fascinating and horrifying, and though he was sickened by it, Rotwang craved to understand how they had accomplished such a feat.

    The inventor swallowed nervously, finally tilting his head upwards to gaze directly into the stranger's newly formed eyes. Though Rotwang had always been pale, he looked even paler now. "Meine Güte! H-how ever did you manage that?" he gasped, staring widely as if he was a deer trapped in headlights.


    * 'meine güte' is German for 'my goodness'
     
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  3. Envy

    Envy Fullmetal Alchemist

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    The sky was blue, the birds were singing, and the atmosphere would have been positively wondrous if not for their current situation. At the sound of a voice- an incredibly unwelcome one, Envy whipped around, and jumped back. Their eyes narrowed in suspicion, their pupils dilated to catlike slits. A human...

    They felt their stomach turn over in hate and an involuntary pang of fear, and they bristled angrily. It wasn't often that a human caught them looking like like this in broad daylight. For an instant they felt the near-uncontrollable urge to spring on the helpless thing and tear him into a thousand squirming shreds, just for showing Envy his face. But they realized they'd stopped and simply stared, frozen like a cornered rat whilst they fantasized about the feel of blood in their skin. Their fingers were curled as though they wanted to be used as claws and their shoulders hunched up- but slowly, they clenched their hands into fists and straightened up, their face taking on a look of bored apathy.

    They could tell from their stance and expression that the human was terrified- he must have seen them healing. The thought pleased them- almost enough to convince them to let him live. But they didn't know where they were, and it was apparent that this one wasn't responsible. "That's none of your business," they snapped their response to his question, studying him with an expression of pure disgust. Old, grey, smelly, nosy- it was the ultimate epiphany of what made Envy hate humans so much. For a moment, they raised their face to the sky and- perhaps unwisely- looked directly at the sun. But it was exactly as it should be, on any normal day. No eclipse in sight.

    Was it over? No, it couldn't be. It hadn't even begun.

    They grunted, and whipped back towards the human. They advanced, trying to take advantage of their fear to inch closer and closer, step by step, with their eyes narrowed and teeth clenched. "Tell me where I am," they warned, voice deceptively low. "And how I got here. Leave nothing out. Got it?"

    @C. A. Rotwang
     
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  4. C.A. Rotwang

    C.A. Rotwang Metropolis
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    At a first glance, the other being appeared to be human. In fact, they looked so very human that if the inventor hadn’t seen them essentially regenerate their entire body he would have guessed they were just that. But it was because he had witnessed this person accomplish such an impossible feat that he’d crossed the idea of them simply being a lost teenager out of his mind. There was so much more to their makeup than what met the eye and he was sure of it!

    The snappy retort accompanied by the look of disgust they wore on their face would have probably served as enough of a warning for the average person to leave them alone, but as frightened as Rotwang was, he was still very curious. He stood his ground, not moving a step forward or backward as he scrutinized the other’s pale features. “B-but you were in pieces just moments ago, weren’t you?” he uttered quietly, eyes trailing up and down the stranger and then towards the glob of flesh which had been spat out. As much as he wanted to snatch it away from them and take it to his lab to study, his gut feeling told him that now wasn’t the right time for that.

    Rotwang exhaled as they looked upwards into the sun, relieved that they’d taken their gaze off him. His relief only lasted a moment, however, as they soon returned their unsettlingly piercing gaze onto him. This time, they were the one to ask questions and they sounded pretty demanding about it. It was unfortunate that what they wanted to know would be incredibly difficult to explain as he didn’t quite understand it himself, but if there was a chance that his own life depended on it, he would try his very best.

    “T-this place is known as Pandora,” he started. “As far as I’ve gathered it is a world with a mind of its own. It appears to accumulate all sorts of living beings from different realms!” He stopped as he came to the realization that this was all he really knew about Pandora but instead of admitting this, Rotwang attempted to change the subject. “You were taken while in the midst of dying, yes? Perhaps that is why you were able to carry off a trick like,” he paused, swallowing a nervous lump in his throat, “like that?”

     
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  5. Envy

    Envy Fullmetal Alchemist

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    Envy's gaze fixed the human with lilac scrutiny- they were displeased that the human held their ground- expecting them to retreat or, even better, run and cower in fear. They clenched their fists, curling human hands so tightly that the knuckles whitened. But this disgusting little creature was more useful to them alive and in one piece... so despite all of their rage and confusion telling them to lash out and end their puny life in a single sweeping motion, Envy let them be and waited expectantly for the response that soon came. The human's fear, at least, was gratifying to them, and soothed a little of the urge to squash him flat. "Like I said... that's none of your business, human," they hissed out of the side of their mouth, baring canines just a little too long and sharp to be ordinary.

    The human answered their question, at least... but the answer he gave displeased them. More like the ravings of a madman than truth. Envy searched their gaze, but to their utmost disgust, the human appeared to believe every word they spoke. "That's impossible. Another world? Do you think I'm a complete fool?" They almost hoped that he would answer yes- yet another excuse to simply destroy him- not that they really needed one. But... at the same time... Envy had passed between worlds once before, in a sense; sucked into the purgatory that was their brother's insatiable gullet. Father's experiments with the gate of truth had created that awful, inescapable world between worlds, between reality and Truth... but it was still impossible. There had been no circle in place to send them here. No accident this time.

    But then again... their eyes had been burned out. They'd been running blindly, barely able to recover their vision before their next death.

    But what if this was Truth? they strained to remember all the principles of alchemy they'd learned, but they'd never cared before. There was something about death, a great deal about human transmutation... all of it worthless and in fragmented chunks, anyway. They glanced up at the human again as the creature continued to babble. They couldn't help but smile, at that- but it wasn't a nice smile. It was a snarling one, full of nastiness and ulterior intent, mock sympathy creasing the edges of their eyes. "Oh, you think it was a trick, do you?" They raised an arm in front of the human's face- the skin crackling with lightning as the skin rippled, and grotesquely changed. Veins and pale skin gave way to sharpened steel, flesh flattening and contorting- and suddenly, they were holding the sharpened edge of a knife to the human's face. Their upper forearm and hand was gone, replaced completely by a pristine blade that merged seamlessly back into flesh just below their elbow. "I've got many tricks, human- but does this look like a trick to you?"

    Their grin beamed wickedly, full of triumph.

    "And now... The truth, human. Everything."

    @C.A. Rotwang
     
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    C.A. Rotwang Metropolis
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    Race:
    Human
    Age:
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    Chaotic Evil
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    link


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    An uneasy look made its way onto the inventor’s face as the other person repeated what they had said before. He had a feeling that whatever method this being had used to reassemble themselves was one they didn’t expect him to mentally grasp. There was also another possibility which seemed equally likely, and it was that what they’d done was unspeakable, and an action they did not want him to repeat. It appeared that they had taken him for a fool instead of a scientist, something which Rotwang wished to correct. However, as the person he intended to correct was apparently quick to annoy, he knew he’d need to choose his words as carefully as possible. “I-I don’t think you understand! I am a scientist! Learning of these sorts of things is like a second nature to me….” His voice trailed off as he watched them expose their sharp teeth. Either they had fashioned their canines in that shape or they weren’t human at all. The latter was beginning to seem more likely.

    Even more alarming than the pale humanoid’s teeth, however, was their reaction to his explanation. The theory he had carefully crafted in his mind and spoken as coherently as was manageable had been disregarded, just like that. Rotwang was unsure of how to convince them otherwise, but he didn’t have much of an alternative than to blather on. “No, no! I do not think you are a fool! It isn’t as if I have fully made sense of this world myself, you know! I merely understand what has been explained b-by others!” He hoped this explanation, feeble as it was, would be enough to satiate their thirst for knowledge.

    Unfortunately, it seemed to be too late when it came to keeping this human-like creature at bay. The sadistic smile on their ghost-white face certainly indicated that they were planning something horrible, and Rotwang dreaded to know what it was. But before he could even consider trying to make an escape, it happened. The near-human’s arm began to morph in a most sickening way, its flesh and bone twisting into an unnatural shape. The very sight of it turned the inventor’s stomach, but as much as he wanted to avert his gaze he knew that doing so would only give the shapeshifter an advantage. It soon turned out that he’d done the right thing by watching, as their arm had somehow, inexplicably transformed into a blade.

    “I-I’ve told you everything I know!” Rotwang blurted out immediately in response to the demand. Then, as if without giving it any thought, he asked a question of his own, one that would normally take an immense amount of courage to speak. “D-do I not deserve any sort of information in return?”

     
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