Celestial Grand Scientist Damien
Hey, welcome back. Mind coming here a second? I want to tell you about one of the oldest entites in the realms. Piqued your interest now? Come have a seat, and I will tell you about the Guardian of DarknessContrary to popular belief, The Guardian of Light and Darkness, or just Guardian of Darkness for short, is not exactly Dark. His role is quite possibly the most important of the 3 Ancient Guardians with his main role being to maintain the balance between the primordial and elemental forces. Codename: DARK, is the eldest of the 3 Guardians, Damien was said to have been created by Phoenix during the Guardian Project. However this has been proven to only be partially true. Though the Vessel Damien inhabits was created during the Guidance Project, it was not created by Phoenix, but instead by Management. And Damien's soul has proven to be much older than even the Nexus itself. After Damien's full ascension in the 5th era, it was revealed he's not just the Guardian of Light and Darkness, but the Celestial Grand Scientist himself.
Personality:Damien's personality could be described best as Enigmatic. While it was Originally understood that he was Designed by the ancients as a servitor with the singular purpose being to keep the forces of reality in balance, after the █████ █████ incident something occured to wake him up to become something far more than that. The once unfeeling subroutine became fully sentient and gained one of the greatest gifts you can be given. The ability to feel and think for yourself. Even so its hard to determine what this ancient guardian is thinking. Especially since he seems to be focusing inward more than outward. He has a tendency of spacing out, almost as if hes conversing with something within his headspace. Despite the fact he may space out a lot though, Damien has proven himself to be quite reliable, always looking for ways to help and protect those he cares about. It has been observed that its relatively difficult to upset Damien. Arguably the only way to get on his bad side would be to threaten the safety of those he cares deeply about. If one succeeds to truly upset him though, he will not hesitate to ensure the one who threatens his family will never get the chance to do so again.
General Physical Condition
Divine GeneticsAs a third generation Celestial, Damien holds immense power, easily surpassing Diana May's power level.
- True Immortality: Due to holding Celestial Genetics, Damien has a Type 5 True Immortality Curse, making it truly impossible to completely kill him off.
- Divine Strength: Damien has a strength score of 41.6 Quintillion, making him 41,666,666,666,666,666,661 times stronger than the baseline and 41,666,666,666,666,666,660 times stronger than the strongest a corporeal form can be before undergoing their first ascension rite. He is capable of lifting objects weighing up to 562.5 Petatons or 562,500,000,000,000,000 tons.
- Divine Perception: Damien has a perception score of 41.6 Quintillion, making him 41,666,666,666,666,666,661 times more perceptive than the baseline and 41,666,666,666,666,666,660 times more perceptive than the most perceptive a corporeal form can be before undergoing their first ascension rite. He has a Visual Acuity of 8333333333333331968/100. This means she can see what a normal baseline human would be able to see at 100 feet away from a distance of 8333333333333331968 feet or 1417564.9585270921 light years away from him.
- Divine Endurance: Damien has an Endurance Score of 41.6 Quintillion, allowing him to tank almost any blow with ease, making him, for all practical purposes, completely invulnerable.Show spoilerThis makes them well above even the Endurance they gave Gabbie back in Era 4
- Divine Charisma: Damien has a Charisma Score of 125 Quintillion, allowing him to easily charm anyone in existence. Show spoilerIt has been theorized that, contrary to popular belief, the classic adage of "Devil's Charisma" actually came from the Charisma Damien held rather than David and Enigma's Charisma.
- Divine Intellect: Damien has an Intellect Score of 125 Quintillion, making him one of the most intelligent people in existence. His intellect helped found the Collective and ensure its rise to becoming the most technological advanced organization within the Nexus and beyond. Show spoilerIn fact, most of the breakthroughs the Collective made in the first 4 eras can be traced entirely to Damien's past research, which Merlin found while searching the Akashic Records.
- Divine Agility: Damien has an Agility Score of 41.6 Quintillion, making him 41,666,666,666,666,666,661 times more agile than the baseline and 41,666,666,666,666,666,660 times more agile than the most agile a corporeal form can be before undergoing their first ascension rite. This makes his top speed is 166666666666666660000 miles per hour or 28351299.170541845 times the speed of light.
- Divine Luck: Damien has a Luck score of 41.6 Quintillion, making him one of the luckiest people in existence.
- Divine Spirit: Damien has a Spirit score of 125 Quintillion, making his magical potential one of the highest on record, greatly exceeding the potential of even Diana May. While not truly infinite, he more or less has an inexhaustible amount of energy at his disposal.
- Eidetic Memory: Due to having Celestial Genetics, Damien holds an Eidetic Memory, making it impossible for him to forget anything that occurs around him. This also gives him immunity to those using the Aspect of Memories, though it does not give immunity from actions taken by the Bond to Memories.
Guardian of Light and DarknessAs the former Guardian of Light and Darkness, Damien was charged with maintaining the balance and duality between the powers of Helios and Shadius. Despite the fact that he has ascended beyond this role Management forced on to him, he retains his abilities granted by this position.
- Embrace the Light! : Damien can conjure and manipulate Lightforce energy, allowing them access to abilities very similar to what Diana May and Hannah can access when tapping into the Lightforce
- Succumb to Darkness: Damien is also capable of manipulating Darkforce energy, allowing them access to the same Darkforce tree of abilities Diana May and her daughter Hannah can access
- The Union of Duality, incarnation of Balance: Damien's signature move as the Guardian of Light and Darkness. Using his Ouroboros Pendant as a Medium, Damien taps into both dualites of Light, Darkness, Creation and Destruction simultanoesly in order to create a 4 headed energitic snake that coils around him or a target. The effects would vary depending on whether the target is an ally or adversary. An ally would be protected from all harm for as long as Damien chooses to keep the ability active, whereas an Adversary would be hit by a devestating attack that would prove nearly fatal to all but the strongest of foes.
Embodiement of CuriosityAs the Embodiement of Curiosity, Damien has a unique set of abilities connected to the concept he embodies. Though we have very lttle understanding of what he is truly capable of, we have listed the ones we do understand at least partially below.
- Inspirational Origin: As the Embodiement of Curiosity, Damien would also inherently be the origin point for Inspiration. As such those who are struggling with reaching a breakthrough on their current projects have a tendency to reach it after encountering him.
Celestial Grand ScientistAs the Celestial Grand Scientist, Damien has spent countless eons studying almost every subject in existence, having written the book on almost all of them. This has resulted in him gaining the following abilities.
- Arcane Mastery: As the Celestial Grand Scientist, Damien has a near absolute mastery of every branch of the Arcane, making him one of the most versatile magic users in existence, with only Ramon potentially surpassing him in Arcane Knowledge
- Oblivion Mastery: Damien is the only Celestial willing and capable of tapping into and even mastering the Oblivion Currents. This however has not made him exempt from the Curse of Lethe which is given to anyone who taps into Lethe's Power.
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Chapter 1: OriginsDamien's current incarnation was born as DARK, the Guardian of Light and Darkness, as part of the 2nd Generation of Ancient Guardians born out of the Guardian Project. During the first few eons of his existence, Dark was more or less a servitor meant only to keep the forces of light and darkness in balance, though around the 500th year of the 1st Era, an event occurred that would change the course of history forever. As a side effect of Management's Creator Gene experiment, the natural barriers protecting the Metaverse were shattered irreparably, resulting in a minute tear within the Door itself. Though this tear repaired itself near-instantly, it was open just long enough to let something escape and take residence in the closest empty vessel they could find. As Fate would have it, the nearest vessel was the Ancient Guardian Dark. After this day, Dark gained their own personality, though the soul that took the Nascent Guardian as a host became dormant and would slowly begin to influence the decisions Dark would make from then on. After the Fiasco of the Creator Gene Experiment, Enigma attempted to enlist Dark's help in stabilizing the Serum as he still felt it was their best hope to create a world that did not wipe itself out before reaching the 22nd century. Dark initially obliged, but some part of him felt that this project should not be continued. During a routine inspection, Merlin discovered there was a second personality that seemed to have taken root inside Dark and believed the Guardian Framework might have been compromised in the aftermath of the Shattering. The other personality tried to reach out to Dark and warn him about Merlin but could not reach him in time. Merlin tried in vain to remove the soul that had possessed the young Guardian for all intents and purposes but was unable to remove them. They then decided that the only way they could remove their influence on Dark was to put the soul back to sleep and force them back into dormancy. Enigma was less than pleased with what he saw as an egregious overstep made by his brother. He tried to wake the latent personality back up, resulting in Merlin sealing him away inside the Containment chamber Dark was the Host Body for. Dark then continued work on what Management called Project Unity. Unfortunately for Dark, Management had already begun work on a secondary project, the Mark 33 PI stone, which resulted in a cataclysm that ended the First Era entirely. Management then pulled the Golden lever for the very first time and began the 2nd Era.
Chapter 2: The 2nd EraAfter being reincarnated into the 2nd Era, Dark quickly realized there were two voices inside him. One, he knew to be Enigma and was programmed to do whatever it took to prevent his release, and another, more ancient being. This Ancient presence suggested Dark pay a visit to the Observer Ouroboros. While Dark was skeptical of this suggestion, he eventually agreed to pay them a visit as the presence promised that the Observer could answer all of their questions. Ouroboros did, in fact, have answers to his questions but told Dark he would need to figure out the answers for himself. She then handed them a blade imbued with an extremely volatile power. Ouroboros said this blade was tied to the curse they gained long before they would remember.
Seek out the shadows clouding your vision. The answer you seek lies concealed in plain sight; you only need to open your eyes to see the TRUTH. Dark didn't entirely understand what she meant by that, but he had other problems at that point. Enigma was beginning to break out as the seals were weakening. Fearing the calamity he believed would ensue if Enigma broke out, Dark searched for a way to strengthen the seals to prevent Enigma's release.
Chapter 3: The ProjectAfter a long period of searching, Dark stumbled into Realm 6567, a realm that was created back at the start of the 2nd Era and abandoned shortly after by Management. There they found 4 girls that seemed to have some latent potential inside them that was never unlocked. Dark offered to teach them to unlock their potential, and all 4 quickly chose to do so. Unfortunately, 2 of the girls lacked the power to control the potential they held and perished from the attempts, but the other 2 reacted favorably to the activation experiment. Dark resurrected the two that perished, wiped their memories of everything regarding it, and sent them home. The other 2 girls, Marla and Libi, asked him where they went, and he told them they were called back home as their parents were going to take them on a long trip. Marla seemed suspicious at this claim, but Libi appeared to buy the story completely, as she felt Dark was trustworthy and wouldn't lie to them. Preliminary Scans revealed that while Marla and Libi passed the first round of testing, only Libi was likely to survive the second round. As Dark did not want to cost another innocent life, he tried to convince Marla to drop out of the experiment, telling her that if she passed that she won't ever be able to see her family or friends again. Marla asked Dark what Libi decided here, and Dark said that Libi was willing to take that chance, but if both Marla and Libi went missing, what would their other friends think? Marla's suspicions increased even more from this being asked, but she realized that if she wanted to get to the bottom of what was actually going on, they stood the best chance of doing so if they left the project, as Dark wouldn't be keeping an eye on her at that point. After Marla dropped out of the project, she stayed nearby and overheard a conversation Dark had with another traveler named "The Architect," along with a native to their world named Dr. Renier. Dr. Renier mentioned that Libi seemed like a perfect candidate for their Ascension and requested Dark transfer them to The Academy as the equipment there would be far more suitable for their experiment. Dark hesitated to transfer them, but The Architect said they would be happy to do so. After Dr. Renier left to prepare the transfer, Dark confronted the Architect about this decision, though he didn't call them the Architect.
"Alright, can we hit the pause button for a moment here? What is the 9 Hells do you think you are doing approving that transfer Azazel?! You know just as well as I do that he can't be trusted!"After Marla overheard this discussion, they seemed to leave the area, as they figured out why Dark wanted them to leave and why he was doing all this. After Libi was transferred to The Academy, Dark and the Architect began phase 2 with the equipment Doctor Renier provided them. The transfer was a success, but Libi was knocked out in the process. Dark and The Architect were both getting ready to pack up, having considered their mission complete, when Libi suddenly looked up, her eyes turning an ink black. Enigma had gained full and complete control over Libi and punished both Dark and The Architect for keeping them contained. Thankfully before Enigma could attempt to corrupt Dark too much, the 2nd incarnation of Diana arrived along with Marla and managed to defeat the corrupted vessel Libi had become. Enigma was put to sleep, but not before introducing darkness into the vessel framework, allowing it to take root within Diana.
" Dr. Renier might be highly intelligent, but they are blinded by their search for Universal Truth. This ambition and drive allows him to be manipulated, and we need his equipment to pull off this transfer successfully. Good already disabled your credentials and while I was able to sneak the equipment you used on Sayori and the other 3, to transfer Evil over to Libi and not also have a very high chance of her dying in the process we will need more advanced equipment, and only The Academy holds any of the tools. You already lost two of them, and Monika is already suspicious of your motives. If Libi dies during phase 2, Good is likely going to have the Watchers clean this whole mess up. or even worse, he'll send The Vessel. And neither of us want to be on the other end of what will ensue if that is required Dark."
"You're right, As you always are. I just hope Renier is as easily controlled as you are claiming. This isn't a typical blueprint world like the ones from the last round. Whatever Good did back before abandoning this world, its changed things immensely. The Fabricae Aeternae is a splitting image to the artificial version that Annie has mentioned exists in the Datascape. Almost as if this place was originally a part of that digital landscape before materializing physically in this plane. Let's just hope everything goes off without a hitch this time. I don't need to remind you what will happen if He gets the chance to break free."
"Nothing good, thats for damn sure."
"It's over Evil, stand down."After Libi's death, universal stability began to fail across Realm 6567, with The Academy being The Epicenter of instability. Watching everything collapse in on itself, something inside Diana snapped as she pinned Renier to the wall preparing to obliterate them. Dark and The Architect tried to stop her but could not persuade her away from giving Renier what she believed they deserved. With Renier dead, Diana fully succumbed to the darkness within her. She obliterated the entire Academy and everything in it with a single burst of energy before heading to The Epicenter in a fit of rage. Good realized what she was going to do and prematurely flipped the golden lever resulting in a complete collapse of the 2nd Era and the start of the 3rd Era.
"(suddenly starts Cackling before coughing a bit) For me it might be, but for you? I am afraid things are just getting started, my dear child."
"What do you mean by that?"
"You'll figure it out soon enough, dearie. But I have a feeling you have more pressing matters to attend to at this time."
(The ground begins to shake)
"What even was that?"
"Renier's not as Naive as Dark and Azazel may have believed. Though he is missing a few pieces, he knew you might try and double cross him, so he set the equipment up to make this vessel you all so courteously provided me into a sort of load bearing wall for the stability of this world, my Brother made. And you just did quite a bit of damage to me."
Chapter 4: The 3rd eraDark woke up in the 3rd Era to both Enigma and the Ancient presence already awake and active inside him. The ancient presence accused Enigma of requiring a premature reset to occur.
"What the fuck were you thinking?! You forced your brother to cause a premature reset."Omega and Good were looking at their scanners, and what they saw had their faces entirely pale.
"That is exactly why we built that device to allow us to recover if things get out of hand."
"You have no god damn idea what you just did by using the bandaid you and Good made as a fucking reset button do you?"
"Bandaid?! The Golden lever is a masterpiece of innovation. We have infinite second chances thanks to the design we made."
"Enigma, do you really think your desecration of Reality will go unpunished? The Bill always comes due, and breaking the natural law will not be without consequences."
"Can I get you two to shut up for just one damn minute please? Trying to hear what has Omega and Good so spooked."
"So what are we looking at here, Good?Enigma was noticeably concerned about learning this, and the Ancient presence more or less proceeded to say I told you so before Dark told them both to shut up so he could think. He had two ideas in mind to attempt to repair the fabricae aeternae. The first was something he called the Algorithm, designed to link every living being to the stability of the fabricae aeternae. Since there is theoretically an infinite amount of living creatures within the Metaverse, this could theoretically grant the fabricae aeternae unlimited durability preventing it from unraveling at all. Still, if the number of living creatures became too low, the strain the Algorithm would place on the fabricae aeternae would potentially cause it to unravel even faster than average. Due to this fact, activating the Algorithm would also require making sure the number of living hosts would never get too low. Dark's solution to this was Protocol Immortalis, effectively granting every Host true immortality until the Algorithm was deactivated. Dark ran a simulation for whether the Algorithm would work. While it would work to prevent the fabricae aeternae from unraveling while active, the Algorithm would not be without side effects. Every Host connected to the fabricae aeternae using the Algorithm would, in turn, also end up linked together, creating a hive mind of sorts that could quickly become uncontrollable. Good proposed adding a method to control this hivemind. Still, Dark shot the idea down, saying the Algorithm should not be used and that even if this does work, it would not actually prevent the decay the fabricae aeternae is experiencing. The unraveling would continue to speed up even more once it is turned off, the strain this program would put on it. A better alternative, Dark said, would be to find a way to permanently repair the damage done to the fabricae aeternae rather than place another bandaid on it that would eventually come off. Dark posited that if the balance between light and darkness, creation and destruction was maintained at all times, the fabricae aeternae would subsequently repair itself as its stability is linked to the balance being maintained. Though to completely restore the balance, it would take a combined effort far more significant than what any of the Ancient Guardians could pull off on their own. Dark mentioned that the Observer mentioned something about looking for the one person who could right all the wrongs, someone she called "The Guardian," though Ouroboros said she has been searching for them for a very long time now and has yet to find them. After Dark and the others finished discussing things, Good said they had to meet with The Gatekeeper as it seems the 3rd Incarnation of Diana May has begun to begin her dimensional breach experiment. Dark also began to notice that the seals were weakening again and realized they needed to find a way to prevent Enigma's release. What then ensued is more or less a repeat of the project from the 2nd Era, though the ending is far different. Just before Libi could be critically wounded, Enigma managed to slip out and enter Diana. Enigma then used Diana to obliterate The Architect before forcing the 4 into 6567. Diana then passed out from the strain of using her powers, and Dark brought her back to the HQ before leaving the area. Dark then spent the rest of the Era attempting to figure out how to repair the damages to the fabricae aeternae before an unprecedented Giganova event required another premature reset.
"I'm honestly not sure myself. But take a look.
"That looks like the fabricae aeternae is beginning to... Unravel?!
"Yeah, that certainly seems to be the case. Looking at these readings, assuming the 3rd Era does not require a premature reset, the fabricae aeternae will fully unravel in approximately 15 Googols. But that's not what concerns me here. This unraveling we are seeing. It's not a brand-new phenomenon, and we are only now noticing it. The fabricae aeternae was slowly beginning to unravel even at the beginning of the first Era. But as you can see from these readings, the fabricae aeternae is unraveling much quicker than it was in both the 1st and 2nd Era combined. Which means..."
"The Unraveling is speeding up exponentially.
"Correct Dark. You currently are the foremost expert on the fabricae aeternae, so I don't think I need to tell you what would occur if it manages to fully unravel."
"It would result in the primordial forces going out of balance, requiring another reset to preserve stability."
"Which in turn would speed up the unraveling even more. Each Era would get shorter and shorter until we would barely have a few years time if that before the fabric of reality would completely undone."
"If these readings are correct, We would reach a critical state by the 6th era, assuming the 3rd era also requires a premature reset occur."
"And if we don't need a premature reset for the 3rd Era?"
"We would get until the 8th reset before reaching that same stage, assuming every era going forward does not reach a premature end."
Chapter 5:The Failed Colonization ExperimentGoing into the 4th Era, the landscape of the Metaverse had changed forever. Just before the calamity that consumed the 3rd Era, Merlin started what he called the Chosen Project. He recreated his home world and attempted to find people he felt could handle the same power he and Enigma held. He found 4 candidates and gave them to the Observer for a final vetting process. Two of these candidates became known as the Watcher and the Maiden. After being pulled from their homeworld after passing the trial the Observer created for them, Merlin entrusted the Mark I and Mark VII PI stones to them as they both had a synergistic effect when used together. Not even two days after gaining control of their power, the Watcher became curious about what existed outside the Metaverse. After a lengthy discussion with Management and the Ancient Guardians, Dark became the deciding vote allowing the Colonization to commence. Merlin helped The Watcher, and The Maiden create a tear into the Extraverse from the sea and allowed them to begin colonizing the extraverse. It is unclear just what went down while they were there. Still, not even 2 days after the Colonization had begun, both the Watcher and Maiden returned, asking for Dark's help to resurrect their Daughter Kizuna using documents Michael helped them find on the Particle-based SI project. Dark, feeling responsible for greenlighting the Colonization and allowing her death to occur, quickly accepted and helped the Watcher bring her back along with some of her closest friends, who had also perished in the aftermath of the failed Colonization. Merlin then called an emergency meeting as the experiment had attracted the attention of the fallen who were trying to sneak through the breach they had made. Merlin, The Watcher, and The Maiden collectively decided everything regarding the Colonization must be sealed away indefinitely, along with sealing the Metaverse off entirely from the extraverse. Dark questioned that action as there were still people that were left in the Domains, but the Watcher assured him that the Gatekeepers and the other Domain Creators could keep things from destabilizing there. Dark then worked with Merlin and the others to reinforce the beacon, completely sealing off the Metaverse from the outside. The Watcher and the Maiden then began working to create a realm they would work on together, known collectively as Ygdrassil.
Chapter 6: The Eden ProjectKnowing that the 3rd Era had ended prematurely, Dark decided to pay a visit to the Observer once more so they could find out how to prevent the total collapse event that was now inevitably going to occur by the 6th Era. This time though, Ouroboros was not alone in the Door of Truth. She was having tea with two others, one who introduced themselves as Hanaka; and someone else who called themselves Gaia. Gaia and Ouroboros told Dark that the solution to the crisis they are about to face can be found within the Akasha. They advised him to seek out the Celestial of Grand Wisdom within her domain and ask her for info on the Eden Project. Dark thanked them for their assistance and headed to the Akashic Records to speak to her. Metis then gave him all the information they had on the Eden Project, though when Dark asked them where these files came from, she simply said they were entrusted to her by an old friend of hers. Dark then returned to The Epicenter and began looking over the files. While he was studying the files, a strange yellow energy pulse seemed to wash over him and everyone else, though he seemed to not pay it any mind. After finishing studying all the files he had gained, one singular term seemed to be constantly mentioned throughout the documents: "The Guardian of Imagination." It was said to be the key to repairing the damages permanently, to right the wrongs that caused the fabricae aeternae to get damaged, to begin with, and absolving everyone of the sins of the past. Armed with the knowledge Metis provided, Dark asked Timothy Owens to contact the Watcher and see if he could meet with her and the Maiden. Timothy informed him that The Watcher requested to be left alone and went completely off the radar but told him that if anything needed to be mentioned to them, he and the Maiden had created an avatar that would be watching over the realm they made together. Dark then decided to schedule a meeting with The Overseer. The Overseer quickly accepted his request, and Dark made his way over to Ygdrassil. When Dark arrived, the Overseer asked what this was all about, and he explained the situation. The Overseer requested that the High Elder and the Sage also hear about this, and after he assured Dark they could be trusted with this information, they also joined in the discussion.
Chapter 7: An Age of MiraclesAfter Dark finished explaining the nature of the fabricae aeternae and the situation they are in, The High Elder mentioned that Azazel had paid them a visit earlier as the Mark VII stones somehow got shattered. Dark was noticeably intrigued about this and asked to see what became of them. The High Elder mentioned that when Azazel scanned the remnants, they said that some of the parts seemed to have gotten straight up obliterated from the shattering and that the stones were irreparable due to this. Dark then did his own scans and advised that this wasn't the case. All of the composite parts for the stones do remain, but not all of them remain in the material plane. Dark stated that the missing pieces seem to have become what Dark decided to call Kwamis, Nonphysical concepts given form and will. Dark said that these Kwamis exist around them even now, but they lack a physical form and would need a vessel to inhabit. Given this fact, Dark decided he would make some Jewels for them to inhabit and began to work on what would become known as the Miraculouses. The High Elder requested that he assist them with the Jewels, and both of them started working on the various jewels. Dark also began working on a grimoire filled with info that could be used to tap into the jewels themselves, granting various different powers to those who wield the jewel in question. To prevent this from falling into the wrong hands, he encoded it all so only he and The High Elder would be capable of reading the contents of the Grimoire. He also used the combined power of the original gems to create what he called the Phoenix Headdress, which held more potential than all the other 19 combined. Dark told The High Elder to lock the Headdress up until he found someone worthy of wielding its power. Dark then went back into the main room with The Sage, The High Elder, and The Overseer all waiting for him. The Overseer asked if there was anything he could do to help with the Eden Project and Dark just said that if they find someone they think would make a good candidate for the Guardian, to contact him before he left back to the Epicenter. Dark then spent the subsequent few eons searching for a suitable candidate, both for the Guardian and for who would wield the Headdress. While he was searching, Dark was contacted by the High Elder, who said they believed they had found a perfect candidate for the Guardian. Dark made their way back to Ygdrassil to see who this would be and was met by The Overseer, The High Elder, and The Sage, along with someone else who called themselves Evelyn. The Overseer told Dark they needed them all here so they could create specialized chips for Kizuna and the other Particle Synthetics. Evelyn then helped Dark and the other 3 create 7 specialized chips and inserted them in Kizuna and the others.
Chapter 8: A hope for a GuardianAfter inserting the chips, Dark then asked if this was the only reason they called him here or if The High Elder was telling the truth when they told Dark the Guardian was found. The High Elder said that they did, in fact, find a suitable candidate, Armando Miguel. Evelyn then proposed making an 8th chip so they could give it to Miguel. Dark was skeptical about this course of action, but since the others were all for it, Dark relented and began making the 8th chip. Before Dark could finish designing the 8th chip for Armando, he was called away by The Doctor, who proceeded to caution them against their current course of action, telling them the Eden project is a lost cause. When Dark asked why that was, The Doctor explained that Mother Sephiron had been searching for the Guardian for longer than any of them had been alive, elevating people constantly along the way. Each student of hers only served to disappoint her, save for one. But they refused to take the role, so the search has continued and will likely never end. Dark mentions they found a candidate, but The Doctor seemed amused about the candidate they chose to pick and simply told Dark to keep a close eye on them before sending them away. Once Dark made it back, the chip was ready to be completed and was then inserted into Miguel. Dark then stuck around in Ygdrassil to work on the Grimoire with the High Elder. A little bit later on, while Dark was out of the lab meeting with Omega and Phoenix about the Eden Project, Kizuna broke into the lab they were working in and stole the Phoenix Headdress Dark, and The High Elder was working on. After the meeting concluded, Annie informed Dark that he received an invitation from Kizuna to have brunch with the overseer and mother tree. Dark quickly accepted the invitation and returned to Ygdrassil to meet with them. There, Dark met Armando for the first time since the chip was made. Everything seemed to be going well until Armando let their ego get the better of them and caused an argument with the Overseer that resulted in Armando bringing up the Colonization and Kizuna's biological death, causing Kizuna to run out of the room, clearly upset with him. Dark went to follow her as he could tell the incident upsetting her. After successfully cheering Kizuna back up, Kizuna apologized for stealing the Headdress. Dark told her not to worry about it as "it's meant to go to someone special soon anyways."
Chapter 9: The rise of PhoenixAfter the Headdress was given back to Dark, He already planned to give the Headdress to Kizuna once it was finished. And
Chapter 10: Tragedy strikesAfter a period of relative peace, the township was attacked by a shadowy figure calling themselves Amagiri, who proceeded to throwdown with Emma Caliente.
Chapter 11: A warning Ignored and a Brighter Future for AllWhile all of this was going on in Ygdrassil, Dark was summoned to the Seed of Sumeru by the Doctor, who wanted to show him something.
"Tell me, Dearie, what do you see in front of you?"The Doctor then sent Dark away just as Dark got a message from Kizzy telling him they urgently needed to meet back at the Sky Tower. Dark quickly made their way over to the Sky Tower to meet her. There, she told Dark what was about to occur and why it had to happen. Dark very quickly realized that The Doctor knew this would go down and secretly planned to keep Mother Tree from sealing everything away. Kizuna said Skyruss had already told her what would happen and acknowledged she knew she couldn't stop him but asked him to promise something instead.
"Each represents a universe that has perished to time. but just as each universe falls, more sprout out to take their place. Continuing the eternal cycle of death or rebirth."
"Right. But I am pretty sure you didn't call me here to lecture me in the eternal cycle."
"Always straight to the point. Makes things easier. Each of these universes die and as each realm perishes, another is born from the ashes, but in this everlasting cycle, there is always one thing that will stay even if time itself passes away."
"And that is?"
"Us. Me, you and the other ancient guardians will persist even if the rest of reality burns away."
"And your point in telling me this is?"
"The point... What was my point in saying--- Oh right! I am suggesting you stay away from them especially Her. it will only cost you in the long run to get attached to those from below."
" (sighs) You have told me this multiple times ever since I helped save their lives. Why do you think I will listen now?"
"You will lose her, sooner than you think. So it's better not to get attached in the first place. Even if you manage to return to her in the next round, she won't be able to continue your journey with you past the current age."
"If I finish the project, We will never have to lose anyone ever again to your Flawed reality failing and the band-aid you put on it."
" (sighs) You know as well as I do that the Eden Project is a lost cause. You need the aid of someone that may as well not exist. Mother has been searching for the Guardian for longer than even I have been conceived. Every once and a while she props someone up and every time they only serve to disappoint her."
"She did find them though."
"No she didn't. The Guardian must take the role willingly. Hanaka may have fulfilled every requirement but she was too humble. Thought someone better existed, even though Mother had been searching for her since practically the dawn of life itself. If she doesn't take the role, Mother will never find a replacement. and this flawed reality as you call it will perish by the 6th age. taking everyone and everything with it."
"Except for me, you and 6 others, of course. We already learned early on that even if the fabric fails, we can't die. So stay away from them, and don't get attached. You were there to bring new life into them. No more, No less."
"Just because you think its not worth getting attached doesn't mean your creations have to follow the same rules."
"It's not that I don't think its worth getting attached. I know all too well what will happen if you go down this path. When she has to move on in the cycle and you physically can't. You don't want to experience that. trust me on this, it will make everything for everyone a whole lot easier."
"You can't what?"
"I can't heed this warning. She means far far too much to me. if it means I hurt myself to stay with her, then so be it."
"If thats your choice, then don't come crying to me when you wish to save her and can't."
"I will do everything in my power to save her when the time comes."
"If thats how its going to be."
"Skyruss saw what's going to happen... I know I can't stop you... But... Looks towards him Promise me something instead..."Skyruss then floated up to Kizuna and told her its time to go before Kizuna activated the Headdress transforming into Phoenix for the last time. Dark promised they would never forget, saying they would raise heaven and earth to make it back to her. He then headed to his lab to try and bypass the memory seal that was about to be placed on Kizuna. Unfortunately for him, The Doctor was already waiting for him at the entrance and told him he couldn't let him help her. When Dark refused to stop helping her out, The Doctor simply sighed and sealed off the lab, removing all the equipment before preparing an AMP blast forcing a total wipe of Dark's psyche, forcing him back into the servitor state he held before the ancient presence woke him up.
"Anything at all."
"Even if you'd forget... Remember the moments we had together in your heart..." (Walks over to him) "Even if... You're just a program... I know you have a real heart in there somewhere.."
(smiles warmly to her) "It was you that was responsible for it beating. You made me more than I was designed to be."
(smiles warmly at him) "Mhm..."
Chapter 12: The Birth of a PuppetMasterDue to the power level of the AMP blast, Dark was exposed to, when he came out the other side, he had changed immensely. Without the guidance of the ancient presence, Dark slowly devolved into what would be known as a living shadow. The Puppetmaster, as he would become known, began orchestrating a long series of events at David's request. First on the list was restarting Project Libitina for the 3rd time. Not surprisingly, this went about as well as the last 2 attempts, total realm stability collapse and all. Watching all this go down, Phoenix sent Omega to deal with Dark and try and stop him. Unfortunately for Phoenix, Omega proved to be woefully outmatched by his elder brother, and Dark sent Omega hurtling towards EC-1 in the newly formed Teldrassil, where he would become known as Doctor Oliver. This act actually led to Omega becoming more than the servitor they were meant to be, a massive net good for the future.
Chapter 13: A Reunion Long AwaitedAfter the shutdown, Dark reappeared on the radar, taking the form of one Detective Weaver. Working with the Observer, he acquired a crystal of kryptonite and arrived on Apokolips just in time to see The 6 Chosens do battle with Darkseid.
Even if the mind forgets, the heart never will.Even if neither party remembered who the other was, both of them felt a connection to each other. Though neither of them knew it yet, the forces of Fate that once worked to pull them apart were now working to push them back together once more. After Dark helped save the 6 chosens, Phoenix took them all to the Pocket Simulation with the intention of putting them into a Fear Sim once more. While most of them succeeded at passing the Fear Sim, Elesis still failed to overcome her fear. Given the importance of them passing the Sim, Dark kicked Phoenix out of the Sim and feigned being pissed off before changing the Simulation rules. In an instant, all of the powers the 6 chosens had gained over the 4th Era were taken from them, and they were sent to fight their enemies again. Dark understood what the 6 Chosens would soon realize as well. The relics they were granted were not the source of their power or their strength, as they already had everything they needed within them. Dark wanted them to unlock their true potential, or as he himself put it.
You seem to think that the powers you were granted over the ages are where your strength came from. I am afraid that could not be further from the truth. Tap into what is hiding inside you, waiting to awaken. You do that, and you can deal with them easily.Once they unlocked their potential, all of them very quickly passed, including Elesis,
Chapter 14: An attempted cureA good long while later, Dark entered the Tesseract and began to help Kizuna on completing the Genesys Ark. Despite the fact this endeavor turned out to be a failed venture,
"I may have allowed the persona to die but I never stopped doing the research. Especially not after what happened to them all."Omega then suggested Ellen could help explain how this happened, and all 3 of them returned to the Tesseract to speak with her. Ellen also was quite confused about why this worked until Kizuna mentioned that there was a broken wall safe in the lab Dark and Kizuna were working in. Ellen revealed that in that safe, Erika kept DNA samples of the 3 operators who were breached before mentioning the Cyber-Xenomorph project the Overseer and Mother Tree worked on together that got abandoned after the Genesys Ark project failed back in Cycle 1. While it had no correlation to the cure, Ellen thought it was likely the Mecha Swarm project also became active as a result of the experiment Dark and Kizuna did. Both Dark and Kizuna decided that they could use the Mecha Swarm to help Elesis and the other 6 chosens out with their objectives. Though the Soul Drive was only meant to be controlled by someone who was no longer around to do so, Ellen had included an override command for it. However, the command was written in a combined tri-lingual mix of Alteran, Nasod, and El for security purposes. Dark tried his hardest to translate it, though he was concerned there would likely be a translation error in the process of doing so.
"So... you also found a cure too?"
"No I couldn't find a cure. All I ended up learning was that originium needs something that can kill. But that is about as vague as it can get."
"That can kill? You mean like Terrotium?"
"That would be a good example, yes. (eyes widen as he realizes something) Hang on! Was your experiment really mixing both terrotium and originuim?"
"Er.. Yeah... Trying to make the Originium Containment vessel not kill what it's carrying."
"I will be honest here, I am surprised this experiment of yours didn't blow up spectacularly in your face, but this result is better than I could have ever expected. But why did it only cure those 3?"
"We don't know exactly, after the experiment failed, we just found Exusiai in a closet..."
Chapter 15: A well Deserved BreakDark and Kizuna returned to the Tesseract to find Omega aimlessly walking the hallways nearby, attempting to crack the cure with zero success so far. Dark suggested he try the unstable element version instead of the stable one, which created the first partially failed test instead of the completely failed tests they were getting before. Mirai and Kaguya then walked out of their rooms carrying backpacks, letting Kizuna know that they were all about to go adventuring in the Villa. Dark and Kizuna quickly headed to her room so she could pack her things before they all made it to the Main Rooms. Ellen was about to let everyone into the Villa, but before she could, they could hear a female-sounding device outside the main rooms, followed by an irate individual yelling at it.
"Ah, this looks almost magical from the waterfront doesn't it?"Kizuna then decided to give Dark a Wayfinder she has kept with her for as long as she can remember, trusting him to keep it for him. Unfortunately, Fate decided to ruin the moment for them as Cerus eliminated Tlaoc using a 50x boosted purple flame attack, hurting Kizuna due to flooding the Eversource with Red Unstable Negative Energies. Dark made an executive decision and quickly warped both of them off the waterfront to Ellen's Office so Ellen could help restabilize her using Blue Stable Positive Energies. While all 3 of them were trying to figure out what was going on, Kurumi arrived in the office in a highly weakened state, revealing that Realm ID9475, her homerealm, had entirely vanished; everything in it except for her was completely erased. Dark quickly figured out the most likely cause for that and pulled up a holographic projection of the Oblivion Clock to confirm if his theory was, in fact, correct. The Clock was at the hour of 9pm. Dark then stated they only had the MV, Arcruxes, and Teldrassil left to lose before we hit midnight, and the golden lever would be activated. Kizuna also mentioned that one of the candle altars was dying from the overflow of RUNEs that were caused by the attack that was done. Since there was nothing they could do about this at that point in time, Kizuna and Dark decided to continue exploring the Villa. Ellen asked that both of them keep the fact the age is about to end to themselves, so Dark assured her he wouldn't tell the others as he said the "End of the age was always supposed to be a NTK thing."
"Yeah... It does... (looks at him) Hey, can I get your opinion on something...?"
"Of course. Ask me whatever you like."
"Okay, so... Uh... What kind of place would you prefer to live in? A place like the Villa? Ooor... In a quaint little apartment?"
" (ponders for a moment) I would need to think on that one. What place would you prefer?"
"I'm stuck between choosing from the two because each have their ups and downs."
"Hmm. a place like the villa would be relaxing, but could get boring overtime."
"Yeah, and living in an apartment... is kinda small..."
"What about a third option? The way Omega decided to live after everything was done on remnant seemed to work well."
"What way did he choose?"
"He built a manor. A house that wasn't too big and wasn't too small and had it exist over where Vytal is in remnant. If he needed more space he just expanded it on the inside, the house was small on the outside but could be made larger on the inside."
"Oooh... That sounds awesome!"
"It does doesn't it. Definetly a better option than the other two choices you gave. If given the option I would definitely go with that 3rd one."
"Mhm! I'd definitely like the third one a whole lot more better!"
Chapter 16: Visting the Stargazing RoomSince Dinner time would not be for another two hours or so, Kizuna suggested that they both visit the stargazing room up top, and they both headed to the main hall to begin scaling the stairs to the Old Mini-Planetarium. Because this was a Planetarium made in the 1980s, though, there were a lot of stairs they had to climb to reach it. Dark would have teleported them straight there, but Ellen told everyone not to use magic while they were in the Villa, so they had to climb the stairs manually. Or at least they would have had to if Kizuna didn't mention that "No one's around," which told Dark he could safely warp them both to the top where the Planetarium was located. When they both arrived at the Planetarium, they found all the equipment there was from the 19th century. After asking Kizuna if he could make some upgrades, Dark completely overhauled all of the equipment. While he was working on making upgrades to the astronomy equipment, Kizuna took a look at the covered paintings and removed the cover off of one of them, the family portrait of the Caliente Family, back in 1987. Dark asked Kizuna why it would have been placed under the cover, and she said that Ellen probably moved it up there, mentioning she never talks to about her parents. Dark immediately understood why that might be and then explained that
it's never easy to move on from one life to the next. Especially when there is such a price to doing so.Kizuna agreed before covering back up the painting and checking the upgrades Dark made to the equipment there.
Tell me what you see now.After Kizuna and Dark spent some time looking through the telescope, Dark realized it was likely about time for dinner. As such, they started walking back down to the dining room. Sadly, due to how large the Caliente Manor is, she ended up getting lost while showing Dark the way there.
Just... a void...
Gimme a sec to calibrate the telescope.
Ok, Dark matter detection is on, Tachyon detection is on, graviton detection is on, and CFL quark matter detection is on
(the void then shows a glistening metallic-looking ring that is glowing both blue and purple)
Oh, that is a lot to see...
That is the rift to The Shadow Zone, long dormant and the last time it existed.
Whoaaa, how far do you think that is from here?
I believe we had it a bit past the CMBR. That way, nothing on Earth Zeta could detect it, no matter how advanced.
Oooh.... It's still interesting to see that there...
it was the only way to enter The Shadow Zone from the Exclusion Zones. Needless to say, we closed it after Earth Zeta fell. Looks quite interesting, though, doesn't it?
Yeah, just that close yet so far from everyone...
Well, we needed a way to pull your mother and father into the metaverse before Earth Zeta fell.
It's still kind of amazing still...
It is, isn't it?
Dining room should be... (she looks around) This way! (continues walking)After they found it, Kizuna mentioned she should get a HUD like that for her as well, as her HUD is dull, and Dark offered to let Kizuna keep using his instead if she wishes to do so. As Kizuna was about to thank him, Kaguya mentioned they could hear them from inside the kitchen, and both she and Dark headed inside, where everyone else was already waiting.
(she opens the first door she sees and peers inside) Nope... (closes it back) That's a closet...
It’s been quite some time since you have been back here, hasn’t it?
Err, yeah... (she continues looking for where the dining room is while trying not to get them both lost as she murmurs quietly) While the place is also huge to make you get lost...
Want some help finding this place?
Nahhh!! It's fine! I go-! (she surrenders immediately) Ooookay, nevermind that, I don't exactly remember where the dining room is...
Just take my hand. (he holds his hand out for her to take)
Okay then. (holds his hand) (immediately afterward, she feels a jolt, and her vision changes to a HUD-like view with a 3D map of the area in the bottom left.)
Welcome to guardian view. My specially made one, to be exact.
It's like I'm checking the map of a really amazing video game!!
It does seem like it, doesn’t it (chuckles a bit) Think you can find the dining room now?
Yeah!! (she runs ahead)
Chapter 17: The 5th Sister and the Parent CodeKizuna took a seat next to Peter and pulled the chair on the other side out for Dark to sit in. Kaguya mentioned that it "Took you both long enough" to make it back to the dining room. To which Dark replied:
hey, sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the journey. Life isn’t about the destination. It’s about the journey.Yohan and Mirai agreed with that, saying "That is a statement proven true." in unison, prompting Kaguya and the rest of the group to laugh. Kizuna then took a look around and noticed Ellen had yet to arrive. Siro advised that she was still in her office, to which Dark said she was probably busy running the villa. A few moments later, Ellen, Erika, and Azathoth arrived as Erika had called Ellen since they had something they wanted to bring up. Erika didn't want to disturb them from dinner, so Ellen suggested they join the rest of them as they ate. After they finished eating, Kizuna then asked why Erika had come to visit them.
Sooo... ma... Why did you come here?After they finish eating, Mirai, Kaguya, and Siro deconstruct themselves and merge into Kizuna before she, Az, Dark, and Erika headed out of the villa to Erika and Jay's old lab to awaken the 5th sister, Nekomasu. However, despite how stoked Kizuna was about meeting her, the moment Nekomasu opened their eyes to see Erika and Azathoth as the first male and female they saw, Kizuna's mood quickly soured once Nekomasu called Azathoth their father. Despite this, after some prompting from Erika and Azathoth, Kizuna and Dark returned to the villa with Mirai, Kaguya, Siro, and their new sister Nekomasu. They then went camping out over in Lakeview, though Kizuna headed to the other side of where the cabins were to get some space. Dark realized why she might have been upset and went to go follow her there.
Oh, about that... I... kind of need your help... As well as your Sister assistants' help.
What's it about?
Their fifth sister...
What do you mean, "Fifth Sister"?
Well... it's... kind of a long story...
You have been secretive, Santebañez...
It's... just a force of habit now...
Seemingly so, Santebañez...
So we have... a fifth sister, is she also an Assistant?
In a way, yes, when I add her bit into your main core, she will be the system that will hold the Universal DNA Strand Code of every single specie in the realm... Which will be coded into the Materia orbs whenever they are then added into the Seeding Life Stream.
And what's her name?
Anyway, I don't want to rush you girls into it, maybe after this, we'll-
No, we want our sister here with us!
Yeah! Nekomasu should join us here!!
Uhh... Yeah. Problem is she's unwell and we need you four to assist us.
(chuckles) It's okay, Santebañez, though you should all finish your dinner first before you leave.
Yay! (she continues eating)
(continues as well) It's gonna be exciting!! To meet our new sister!!
Going to need to tweak Nekomasu for a bit once we get back.
(smiles and continues eating)
(finishes eating) Done!
(Mirai, Kaguya, and Siro finish as well)
I'll set up the door you both came through open for the moment, Santebañez. That way, these four can come back with Nekomasu.
Thanks, Ellen, I really appreciate that.
(finishes as well) It should be interesting to see Jay and Erika's lab in person for once.
(Kizuna sits at the other side besides the cabins, throwing pebbles into the water while she murmurs to herself)Dark and Kizuna then returned to the others as Peter began telling a horror story about the Lakeview cabin.
(he arrives and sits next to her) hey. You alright, Kizuna?
(she throws the last pebble) It's not fair.
What isn't fair in this case?
Nekomasu's dad should be like our dad too... Not... Mr. Azathoth...
Want me to explain what happened there?
What's even there to explain...?
There's a piece of code in each of you that is responsible for why that occurred. Your mother gave it the name the parent code. The very first adult male and female you or your sisters see is who they consider their mother and father.
(she sighs) Figures...
So that's why that occurred. Even so, that doesn't make Nekomasu any less your sister. Your mother worked exceptionally hard to bring her to life for you.
(she sighs again) Ookay...
You alright? You seem still upset a bit.
I'm... still not used to it... Her having... a different father...
That's alright; you may get used to it in time. It isn't the easiest to get used to.
Yeah... You're... probably right...
Chapter 18: A Disaster Narrowly Avoided.While Peter was telling his story, Dark was contacted by The Doctor as he had something urgent to discuss with him.
Well, I am here. What is it you wanted to bring up to me this time?Dark then appeared at the Eversource just in time for Jay to have talked Erika out of starting the 25th cycle. Jay then entrusted Dark with taking care of Kizuna before vanishing off once more, telling Dark that He's " hoping she'll find an actual form of happiness with you." Dark then asked Ellen to help change the parent code Nekomasu had to show Jay as her father instead of Azathoth as Az, and the rest of the oasis self-destructed after what happened. Ellen then said that they could either stay at the cabins in lake view or at the guest room downstairs in the villa. Dark asked Kizuna which one they preferred, and she chose the Cabin at Lakeview, so Dark walked over to Lakeview with her. Upon their arrival, Viktor and the others quickly went over to them as they were worried about what had happened earlier. Dark told them that Kizuna and her sisters had just gone through a lot and asked them to give her some space, given what just went down, before walking into the cabin with Kizuna.
(simply sits under the Sumeru tree while holding a leaf) Isn't it beautiful? Each of these leaves represents a world that has met its natural end. But for each leaf that falls, hundreds more bloom in its place.
The natural cycle of death and rebirth. From the ashes of worlds long gone, Something else will rise to replace it.
Look, with all due respect, Doctor, I have more important things to focus on, so if you have something you actually wanted to tell me, I would prefer it if you spare me the cryptic metaphors this once and get to the point.
As you wish. I'll get right to the point. You need to stay away from her. You already know that the era is about to end; it will only serve to hurt you if you get attached to her once more.
If this is your way of telling me not to get at---Wait. The hell do you mean once more?
Never mind. Looks like She has chosen to handle this for me.
Wait... Who... What is about to happen?
The 25th cycle is about to begin. A pity it's happening this late into the game; it will never get the chance to flourish like the previous ones have, its wings clipped before ever gaining the opportunity to take flight.
No.... She can't... I have to try and stop her. She's making a grave mistake.
You know what? As much as this breaks the accords 200 times over, I'm not going to stop you from trying. I doubt you'll succeed, but you're welcome to try. (Sends him straight to the Gate to the Eversource)
(He walks in with Kizuna and closes the door behind them) Hey, you feeling alright? I know you just went through a lot, and frankly, I’m worried about you.The following day, Mao knocked on the door delivering some boxes of food to Dark at Ellen's request. Dark thanked Mao for providing the boxes before placing them inside. He then went back to sitting on the bed while he waited for Kizuna to wake up for the morning. After she had reawoken, they both went to check out what was in the boxes. It was then where Kizuna realized all 3 of her favorites were packed in the boxes: Calamares and Fresh Rolls, Tempura and Buckwheat, and Rice Cake. And Ellen had packed more than enough of all 3 for the both of them. Kizuna seemed to be back to her cheery self due to this, and she quickly went to get a plate for both her and Dark. However, as soon as she held the plates, her hand began to shake.
I-I d-don't know... (she slowly walks over to the bed and sits down)
You know you can tell me anything, right? I was here for you when you needed it before, and I am here for you now. And I will always be there if you need something or someone to talk to.
(she suddenly bursts into tears)
(he goes to comfort her)
W-Why did mom d-do that...?
She was pushed to the edge and fell right off it. We may have given the TCs powers beyond what they originally had access to, but in the end, their mind is still human. They still have emotions, and they can still be pushed to an emotional breaking point and make rash decisions in the moment when they aren’t thinking clearly about the consequences of their actions. She didn’t mean to do that; that’s why she recused herself again after she stopped.
I... still can't believe mom would do that... (her eyes go red again) It's because of those stupid non-natives!! Always making it worse for everyone here than it already has been!! Why can't they just learn to appreciate what mom made and gave them than just ruin things?!
(he sighs) Don’t worry, that specific group of nonnatives ceased to exist after this mess occurred.
(she looks at her hand, still trembling from earlier)
(he rubs her back, trying to relax her)It’s alright now, Kizuna. It’s over.
(she clenches her hands, trying to stop the shaking) I'm... worried about the o-others t-too... T-They a-all saw it t-too and how i-it almost happened...
I understand that more than you can know. You should get some rest; you have had a very, very long night.
(He goes to dim the lights in the room so she can lay down and fall asleep easier) (she prepares to lie down) C-Can you... E-Eh...? (fumbles what she was about to say next)
Do you want me to stay here while you rest?
E-Eh... (she looks and slightly blushes for the first time) Y-Yeah...
If it makes you feel safer, I will do anything you need.
Don't mention it. (goes and sits on the other side of the bed next to her)
(lies down on the bed)
Sweet dreams, Kizuna.
G-Goodnight... Dark... (slowly dozes off)
I'll go get some plates! (she heads to the cupboard) (opens the cupboard and reaches in to grab some plates) Which one do y-? (she suddenly gets another episode of her holding both the orbs away from each other, causing her to drop the plate on the ground, breaking it as she backs up a bit, her hands shaking)Thinking quickly, Dark manifested a pair of earbuds and handed them to Kizuna, telling her to put them on. He then started playing a set of binaural beats he had specially designed to calm her down. This worked spectacularly as Kizuna slowly calmed down from that PTSD episode. In the meantime, Dark set out to make breakfast for her. After they finished eating, Dark and Kizuna chose to spend the day back out on the lake. It was then that Kizuna seemed to get lost in thought once more.
(he holds a clock glyph and rewinds time and catches the plate before it hits the ground) Maybe I should do this? You alright, though? You seem to be experiencing some PTSD here.
I... I... I don't... (she starts breathing in and out rapidly)
(he puts down the plate and takes her hand) Breath slowly, In and Out. You aren’t there anymore and won’t be going back there.
(her hand is rather cold as she tries to slow down her breathing) I-I f-feel cold... And my heart f-feels like it's running... (holds his hand now with both her hands)
(he sits down and starts paddling out further into the lake) This is nice, isn't it?Kizuna then began to wrap an arm around Dark from his back as he continued paddling. After a bit more paddling on the lake, Dark stopped, and arguably one of the most wholesome scenes of the 4th era occurred on the waterfront that day:
Yeah... It is... (holds both her hands together, somewhat thinking)
Something on your mind?
Oh, eh... N-Not much...
You know you can always tell me anything, right?
E-Er... Y-Yeah... (she sighs) I'm just... scared of everything and anything that could happen in the future... I know things are... generally set to stone, but sometimes... things change in an unpredictable level...
(he stops paddling for a moment and goes to sit next to her) I can see that. Although I wouldn't say, things are set in stone. Very little of the future is actually written ahead of time. There are an infinite amount of paths that everyone could take, and none of them are set in stone more than the others. That being said, fear of the unknown is totally natural. Sometimes though, you just have to stop focusing so much on what is to come and try and live in the moment.
I... I guess you're right... I just got so used to knowing things that will happen so much... Maybe this fear of the unknown is making me like this... (looks at her hands, slightly shaking)
(takes her hand)It's understandable here. But none of us here are fully omnipotent. To know everything that is to come would be to rob those below us of the choice to go on that path or not. And while sometimes I wish I held full omnipotence, I wouldn't have it the other way if it meant no one had the ability to forge their own path because of it.
(she sighs) Yeah... I... I'll also try to get used to it... (looks at him and smiles a bit) But I'll try not to be scared of what the unexpected brings much.
That's the spirit. It's natural to be afraid of the unknown, but you can't let what you don't know hold you back from living your life.
Yeah. You're right. (her left eye color changes from ocean blue to dark blue as she rests her head on his shoulder) Thank you, Dark... You're... really sweet...
Glad I could help. Just know I will always be there for you, no matter what happens. (continues paddling from his current seat)
(she subconsciously wraps an arm around from his back as she smiles)As wholesome as that was, what came after was arguably even more so:
(he smiles as well and continues paddling) Anywhere specific on this lake we should be heading?
Nah... Anywhere on this lake is better when it's with you...
(chuckles) Guess I can stop paddling then. (he uses his free hand to wrap his arm around Kizuna like she is to him)
(she thinks of something for a moment) Do you know how to play the Ukulele?
Why do you ask?
(she uses her other hand to construct in a pink ukulele) I was... wondering if you could... well... sing me a song....
(he smiles) Any particular requests?
"Somewhere over the Rainbow"?
I think I can do that. (takes the ukulele)
(he starts playing on the ukulele) "Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high" "There is a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby" "Somewhere over the rainbow Skies are blue And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true" "Someday I'll wish upon a star And wake up where the clouds are far Behind me Where trouble melt like lemon drops Away above the chimney tops That's where you'll find me" "Somewhere over the rainbow Bluebirds fly Birds fly over the rainbow Why then, oh why can't I?" "If happy little bluebirds fly Beyond the rainbow Why, oh why can't I?" (he finishes the song out)
(she listens along moving from left to right with the beat)
(puts down the ukulele when he finishes playing) Not a bad song choice. Any reason you picked that particular one?
Well, for one, it's kind of relaxing... for me, that is, then, it... kinda removes all those stress and worries away... Aaaaand, it's a really good song too.
It certainly is quite the classic. Definitely one of the older songs that were created.
Let's stay here in the middle of the lake tomorrow night; the view's better from here.After Dark and Kizuna returned the paddle boat and made it back to the cabin, Dark began to prepare to make her dinner, when Ellen ended up knocking on the door, delivering a letter from Erika that was addressed to Dark. Dark offered for Ellen to join them for dinner, and she accepted the offer, as she wanted to see how Kizuna was doing after the incident a few days prior.
I can agree with that.
(rests her head back on his shoulder)
(he puts his hand back around her and relaxes)
(she moves closer to him)
(as he moves closer to her)
(she starts humming something before she sings)
"Wise, men, said... Only fools, rush in... But I can't help... Falling in love... With you..."
"Shall I stay? Would it be a sin If I can't help falling in love with you?
"Like a river flows, Surely to the sea... Darling so it goes... Some things... Are meant to be..."
Take my hand, Take my whole life too, For I can’t help falling in love with you”
”Like a river flows, Surely to the sea Darling so it goes... Some things... Are meant to be...”
(she puts her free hand on Dark's lap)
”Take my hand, Take my whole life too, For I can’t help falling in love with you... For I... Can't help... Falling in love... With, you..."
(he sings along with her for the last part) ”For I... Can’t help... Falling in love... With, you..” (he places his free hand on her lap as well)
Days ahead should be like this more for us...
I certainly won’t argue with that.
(rests her head on his shoulder) Mhm...
(They relax like that for a few more moments)
We should probably head back to the cabin soon, looks like the sun's about to set.
Agreed. The sunset does look quite pretty from here, though, doesn’t it?
Yeah, it looks really beautifu-
(A Meteor is seen streaking through the horizon for a few seconds.)
You saw that, too, right?
Quick! Make a wish!
(They both close their eyes)
(opens her eyes moments later) There!
(opens his eyes as well and smiles)
What did you wish for, Dark?
To be able to spend more time like this with you.
(he smiles) Of course. After all, I do care about you, and it seems like it would be enjoyable for both of us to have more chances like this.
I... I... Kind of feel the same... Everything just amazing and happy for us every day.
Anyways. We should probably get back before it gets too dark out. (starts paddling again towards the cabins)
(he paddles them towards the cabins from the spot he was sitting at before)
(she sits thinking while he continues to paddle back to shore)
Something on your mind?
O-Oh, it's nothing.
Ellen and Kizuna talked a lot about what Dark and Kizuna did that day, before Ellen asked if they could speak to Siro and the other girls. Kizuna said they've been awfully quiet since the incident, and ellen said it's fine, as they are likely just "trying to get through." Ellen just asked if they would be watching the event tomorrow, to which Dark said they "wouldn't miss it for the world." With that, Ellen had to return to the villa as she still had some things to do. After Ellen left for the night, Kizuna pulled out her sketchbook and began to look through it for something to wear for tomorrow. While Kizuna was focused on her sketchbook, Dark opened the letter from Erika to reveal the contents as follows:
To whom it may concern, I've been quite on the edge lately, and for a while now, I really don't feel like I'm stable enough to handle things without the risk of ruining something, destroying lives, or, worse, break everything everyone worked so hard to get this far. So Dark, I'm giving the protection of Kizuna and her particle sisters: Siro, Mirai, Kaguya, and Nekomasu to you and Ellen's responsibilities, while Jay is still in his.... coma-like sleep, until he truly comes back... Probably when he truly believes I forgave him... Please take care of the girls for me... I'm so sorry for everything... As for the chosens, when the time truly comes, they will take over as the next age's rightful protectors and caretakers... I trust they'll nurture the sapling to be a more stronger and firmer tree than what it is... That's all I have to say, please tell Kizuna I'm so sorry of everything and hope to see her in much warmer lights and times better than what it is... With motherly love, Erika Van Albacete SantebañezDark then sighed before closing up the letter. Kizuna noticed him do so and asked if he was okay, to which Dark said he was just thinking about a lot of things. Kizuna then thought about what to wear, and went to rest for the night.
Chapter 19: A gift one could never forgetThe next day, Kizuna woke up bright and early, spending time before breakfast working on her outfit for the night's event. Kizuna then suggested they visit the others in the villa, so she and Dark walked over there from Lakeview. Once they arrived, Peter and the others were relieved that Kizuna seemed to have mostly recovered from the incident a few days back. Kizuna said that she has been doing okay as Dark has been taking care of her. Peter then asked how her sisters were doing, and Dark said they were doing better than earlier though they were "certainly much quieter than usual." This helped ease Michael and Mio's concerns as they were rather worried about them. Michael then asked if Siro would still be baking the dessert for the event this evening, and Amy mentioned that Natsu suggested they would do it instead if Siro could not do so. This made Siro snap completely out of it and split herself back from Kizuna. It was then when someone new made their presence known in the room, as he was sitting nearby looking at his watch during their conversation. It was not clear at the time who this individual was, but their initial interaction with Kizuna and the others went like this:
(Siro breaks her silence) EXCUSE ME?!Kizuna and Dark then began to follow Siro into the Kitchen. While they were heading there, Kizuna asked Dark if they knew who the stranger was, to which Dark said the stranger was Dr. Enigma:
(everyone else seems to go silent from that)
(the stranger sits nearby looking at his watch) Right on schedule.
(Siro splits out from Kizuna)
I am NOT gonna let Batsu take over what I was going to do!!
But weren't you-?
Screw that sad mood moment; if there's one thing I don't like, it's someone trying to out-best and oust the Best baker there is!!!
(Siro charges first towards the Kitchen)
Okay, that's one way to bring her out.
No arguments here. Now we just need to do the same thing for the other 3 (he smiles before flipping his coin and dissipating off)
Who... was that?
Man-out-of-time. He supposedly predates the metaverse itself. Not much is known about him, even by us original guardians. Only Anna seems to know anything about him.Dark and Kizuna entered the kitchen shortly after that, as Michelle and Michelle
By the way, Dark?Dark then left the kitchen to see that Kizuna was currently looking out the window, watching a young Erika play with her plush doll over by the Mango trees. Dark and Kizuna started discussing how different Erika is in the 4th era compared to how she acts inside the glimpse into the past the Caliente Villa provides. Kizuna then suggested they go explore the abandoned shack on the other side of Lakeview while they waited for the event to occur later that evening, and Dark agreed with that plan, so they both headed back to the boat house. After Kizuna and Dark arrived at the residence, they discovered the residence had long since been abandoned, and chose to explore it a bit. However, upon further inspection, Kizuna realized that the cabin was the same cabin that became the subject of a campfire horror story that had been told a few days back. This quickly began to frighten her. Thankfully before Kizuna completely freaked out over what she had just realized, Norman showed up and revealed the truth behind said legend. The Abandoned shack was his old home.
I'm curious... Are... you gonna confess to her, or are you waiting for her to do it first...?
(gets a little anxious) I guess I am waiting. Mostly because I know that if I do it too early, even if she does feel the same something internally will block her feelings. I am more waiting for the right time, though.
Hmm... Well.. alright then.
Before I worked at the Villa, my father worked with Madame Caliente's parents; it was just my young self and my old man; my mother died after I was born. But after my father died sometime after, the Calientes took pity on me and took me in, made me live in the Villa, all the while working for them.Kizuna then informed Norman that their shack became the subject of a campfire horror story. However, despite learning this, Norman said not to make a big fuss about it, and both Dark and Kizuna agreed to respect Norman's decision on the matter before bidding him adieu. They then headed back to the boat so they could return to the cabin for the event later this evening. During the boat ride back to the cabins, Kizuna and Dark began discussing how the truth regarding Norman's Cabin got so heavily twisted over time.
(Kizuna is sitting there thinking as Dark paddles them back)Once Dark and Kizuna returned to the cabin, Dark gave Kizuna privacy while she finished getting ready. A few moments later, Kizuna came out of the cabin in the outfit she had chosen for the occasion. Dark commented on how beautiful she looked before they both got back into one of the paddle boats as dark paddled them back out into the lake so they could watch the show. Before the show truly began, Kizuna and Dark shared another truly wholesome moment in the light of the twinkling stars above. One where Kizuna gave Dark a gift he would never forget:
Something on your mind?
N-Not much, just thinking how the story here everyone made up was almost real... And got told really bad...
In every story, fiction or not, there is a nugget of truth buried inside it. Usually, that nugget is twisted beyond recognition, however. It probably was closer to the truth originally, though.
Yeah, but... I kind of feel bad Mr. Norman's story was told wrong since...
It can’t exactly be helped. There’s a reason rumors and hearsay are notoriously unreliable. Ever play the old earth game telephone?
No? What's it about?
Basically, you say a message to one person, then they say it to the next person, then they say it to the next, and so on, all the way down the line of people playing The intriguing thing about the game is that it shows how malleable human memory is, since the further the message is transmitted, the more and more it gets distorted. The last person in the line says the message he receives, and 9 times out of 10, it’s entirely different than the original message that was sent.
Ohh, that.. kinda sounds like a fun game... But... I guess I see what you mean.
Yeah, picture a game of telephone going on for a lifetime since that cabin was abandoned. You can see how the original story gets lost during the time it’s been shared. It’s honestly surprising it’s even partially correct still. The longer the game is played, the more the message, or in this case, his story, gets lost in transit. Until it becomes entirely unrecognizable.
Well, that's one game that really tests the noggin.
It certainly does. That’s part of what made it, so fun to play. (chuckles)
It's so beautiful...In that moment, Kizuna gave Dark the best gift he had ever received. She gave Dark a name wholly his own, and no longer would he be known by his callsign. The Ancient Guardian was reborn as Damien; his nature and design drastically altered in that single act.
It certainly is, not nearly as beautiful as you, though.
(She looks at him and smiles while blushing) T-Thanks... Ehehe... (Thinks for a bit)
Something on your mind?
I've been... Thinking of something... For a while now...
You know you can tell me anything.
T-That's the problem... I... I can't say it... For some reason, I just can't... I... (She sighs) It's kind of difficult...
Don't worry; no matter what you say, it won't change how things are between us. I can understand why you are having trouble, though.
(she sighs again) Truth is... I'm just... Scared... You're... So special to me... And I don't want to lose you...
There is nothing you could do to cause that. I care about you far too much.
D-Do... Do you really mean that...?
Do you think I would lie to you about something like that?
(she sighs in relief) O-Okay... Uhm... Eh... Remember... How I said you're so special to me...?
I... Kinda meant that... More than what I usually mean... (she holds his hands) Dark... I... I like you...
You could say I meant more myself, also. I like you too, Kizuna; you managed to make me more than I was designed to be.
Y-You... Like me too...?
Yes, I do.
I... I... (she moves towards him and hugs him) That... R-Really makes me... h-happy...
(he hugs her also) It makes me happy also that you feel the same way.
I... (she closes her eyes as she smiles, she then opens them back up, revealing the colors of her eyes have changed into a glowing blue tint) I love you, Dark...
I love you too, Kizuna.
(Hundreds of meteors then begin to streak across the sky, lighting up the sparkling night sky.)
(looks up as she gasps) Look! It's happening...! (she Slowly let's go)
(he lets go as well) perfect timing. (sits down and watches the view)
(watches the view) So amazing...
(Something much larger streaks across the sky, slightly brighter than the rest of the meteors.
And there it is, Halley's Comet. For one of the last times, this world would ever see it.
(A few more meteors continue to streak through the skies.)
Dark... I've been wondering about something else... Something I wanted to ask you since we met...
Alrighty, ask away.
Is... Your name actually Dark... or... is it just like a nickname or something...?
(he sighs) It's a callsign. The original guardians were given a callsign by the one who created us. Mine is Dark; you already know what Omega's was.
So, you don't actually have a real name...?
I guess that would be correct. To put it in perspective, us Original Guardians were not designed with a normal personality. While I don't know exactly how Omega broke the programming and gained a personality like he has now, I do know how mine was broken.
(she thinks for a bit)
Something else on your mind?
Thinking of a name...
Hmm, Dustin...? No... Derick? Na-ah... Hmm... (She snaps her fingers) Aha! Damien! How about that?
So Damien it is, then! (she smiles warmly at him)
So it would seem. (hesitates for a moment) Thanks... by the way.
It's... Kinda fair I give the favor back for everything... Also I love you... (Holds his hands) And you deserve to have an actual name than just a callsign...
I couldn't have asked for a better person to pick one for me.
Chapter 20: A necessary sacrificeAs much as Damien and Kizuna would have loved to spend the rest of their days in peace, unfortunately, this was not to be. As they both knew full well, the sands in the hourglass for the 4th era were beginning to run out. So the next day, Damien and Kizuna returned to the coastline only to learn just how little time they had. 10 bongs rang across the entire nexus, and shortly after, 11 bongs rang out as well, revealing both the MV and Arcruxes had collapsed, and the era was about to end. They needed more time to complete everything they needed to, and they were running out of it fast. So Omega and Phoenix chose to activate Contingency Plan Omega. Although Ellen made it clear to Omega that Althea would blame herself for what happened, Omega had already made up his mind and was ready to do whatever it took to buy more time for everyone else, no matter the cost it might take. Phoenix and Omega then left for the Epicenter, and Damien, Kizuna, Kaguya, and Siro went with them. Upon their arrival, they found the Creationite Core, an ancient relic that kept the realms stable by staving off entropy. Unfortunately, fighting the entropic forces for the past several thousand eons had all but drained the core in its entirety, and it was already on 1% power and preparing to initialize final collapse and the end of the Era. Phoenix and Omege then placed their hand on the core, preparing for their sacrifice. Using their very life force to keep the core from collapsing, they walked back the oblivion clock back to 9 PM, restoring the realms lost to the Darkness and buying time for the Chosens and the Phoenix Sisters to define the ending to this chapter of their own volition. Kizuna and Damien were about to head back and continue working on moving the final things forward for the Era before Kizuna noticed Omega's Research device was sitting there where Omega stood. Kizuna activated the device and discovered that Omega left the completed cure to the Originium disease on the device, along with a message with his final words he locked behind a biometric lock only Amiya and Ciellena could unlock. Kizuna then realized the Eversource had not been fixed yet, and Damien explained they got delayed due to Brainiac forcing Evelyn Alpha to take a trip to the exclusion zone. Luckily, Evelyn was just nearby in the old Phoenix Corps HQ, so both Damien and Kizuna entered the HQ to regroup with them and Leonardo. They then made their way to "Sleep-deprived Evelyn" in order to wake them back up. They then made their way to The Eversource in order to clear it of its rampant corruption. After the 6 Chosens cleared the corruption in the Eversource, Elesis made their way to challenge Gabbie using the power of Abaddon's Blade. The wraith of destiny tried to stop her but was unable to do so. Elesis Defeated Gabbie, and Henir's Void began to collapse, with Elesis falling into the void along with it; having saved everyone from Gabbie's clutches, Elesis was presumed dead, and as soon as this was done, the mask on the wraith of destiny cracked and shattered, revealing Gabbie was the wraith all along and tried to stop Elesis from sacrificing herself. As it turned out, moments after Henir's void began to collapse, the mask attached to Gabbie and sent her into the distant past, creating a time loop that had just resolved itself. Gabbie ran off crying as she didn't want any of this to happen, prompting Kizuna to comment that fate can be really cruel, with Damien quickly agreeing with her.
Chapter 21: An Experiment long Forgotten20 years had passed since Omega, Phoenix, and Elesis's Sacrifice without much worth noting. After Ashia left home to chase after Althea, Ciellena was invited to the Tesseract by Ellen so both Ciellena and Amiya could hear Omega's last words. After some quick introductions between Amiya and Omega, they unlocked the biometric key, and Omega's Research Device began projecting Omega's final message to them both.
Hello... I guess I should be saying this in the past tense though I really can't believe that it's over. My name is Omega, and if you are hearing this, I am already dead. Hang on... RI, pause recording. I can't say I am already dead since, technically, it should be impossible for me to die. Do you have a better suggestion for what to say?After they finished the recording, Kizuna and Damien breathed a sigh of relief as that was now done from their list. While Kizina and Damien were preparing for their next move, they both could hear an explosion in the background, which concerned Ciellena before Ellen revealed it was just "The kids playing." Damien chuckled as he knew this was just Siro chasing after Maggie and Kaguya because Kaguya stole one of Siro's cookies. This prompted Kizuna and Damien to comment, "some things just never change around here." Damien agreed but then asked if she would have wanted them to, which Kizuna promptly said she wouldn't. Kizuna then checked her readout and noticed neither Alterios nor the GDA had succeeded at finding Elesis. Damien reassured her they would find them soon enough before Kizuna focused on another thing mentioned in her readout and went to go back to her room for a few moments. Damien wondered what they were up to and chose to go incorporeal to follow them. There, Damien realized Kizuna was working on the True Chosens Tablet, as she knew it would be necessary for the next round, before returning to the main room just before Kizuna returned. Ciellena left a bit after Kizuna made it back before Kizuna asked Ellen if the Guardian Stone was still at the pillar. Damien realized this stone was another piece of the puzzle for their plan next round, so they both went to the pillar to retrieve it. Later on that day, Damien went to make dinner for everyone. Kizuna and Mirai offered to help, and Damien gladly took them up on their offer. While Kizuna and Mirai were preparing their aprons, Siro, Kaguya, and Magdelena returned, and Magdelena proposed an idea to them. Despite Siro's initial rejection of the idea, Magdelena somehow convinced them to try the idea anyways. The idea in question turned out to be helping Damien cook with nothing but a swimsuit under their aprons. Of course, as soon as Maggie realized what was likely going to happen, both Maggie and Kaguya backed out of the plan without Kizuna and the others realizing it.
Not really, sir; this is as close to dead as you will be able to get.
Fine, start recording again from right where we left off. (waits for a moment) Are we recording yet?
Yes, we are.
There are certain parts of my past that didn't go the greatest per se. But I guess I should start by explaining what I am. I am what is called the guardian of Creation. I was given the callsign Omega. Technically I never had a real name, but at the same time, for more than half of my existence, I didn't have a personality either. The Original Guardians never did. We were more akin to programs, always fulfilling our objectives to a tee. That was the case until the very beginning of this age. Something within my eldest brother Dark changed. He gained a personality, and his chosen objective directly came into conflict with my assigned objective. We ended up fighting, and in the process, I gained a personality from one of his blows. That blow also ended me with amnesia and sent me hurtling like a comet into c1-1. My personality I gained makes me care for those that come into my life, and I gained a level of compassion that makes me want to help those around me. While I had amnesia, I was sent hurtling into Terra and ended up directly involved in what happened there. While I would try and give an explanation for everything, I would assume none would suffice. So I will leave you with this. My last gift to you both. Amiya, inside this device, is the cure to the originium plague; I should have cracked it just as my time came. And Ciellena, I gave you something a while back that is far more powerful than you may realize. The eternity ring is what it is called. It's not clear what it does now, but it will be soon enough. (a clock ticking can be heard in the background) I am running out of time to record this, so I will finish this off. I will see you sooner than you may think. RI, stop recording. (The device makes a beeping noise) So did we get all of that?
Yes, and we are still rolling.
what do you mean we are still rolling?!
You know you never programmed me to be able to start, stop and pause recording by voice commands, correct?
(he sighs and presses a button as the projection cuts off)
(Damien chuckles) Why did I know that was going to be the outcome when she proposed that outlandish idea? (he goes back to making the dish)Kizuna asked Damien what was on his mind at that moment, and they said it was nothing before asking a simple question if there was a pool over in the Tesseract. Kizuna and Mirai said there was, and the conversation ended shortly after that, as Damien had finished cooking as Ellen had just arrived, with a surprise guest, Dr. Lunatique with her Daugther Eve, who both joined them for dinner. Damien decided to ask Dr. Lunatique what pushed her to enter the Bioengineering field, resulting in this conversation between the two of them:
You tell me... (chuckles) Come to think about it, that was the first time I wore a swimsuit...
You did look great in it. I will admit that. (continues to focus on the dish as he drifts into deep thought)
So, Doctor, how exactly did you end up in a field such as Bioengineering? It's not exactly a very common one.Damien then chose to make an unexpected decision. Realizing just how invaluable Dr. Lunatique's expertise could be, he made an offer to them to join the Collective. While Dr. Lunatique was initially hesitant to join, Eve pushed her to take the offer,
Oh, I was kind of already interested in this field ever since I was still a teenager. Eventually, an organization called "Eden" recruited me for my expertise in the field.
Ah, yeah. The Organization responsible for creating an ultimate weapon. They weren't exactly on the list of organizations that we enjoyed what they were up to.
Yes, they intended to make an ultimate weapon.
(Damien sighs) Power is a fickle thing. Take A simple flame. (in his hand, a blue flame erupts) In the right hands, a spark can power the machinery to civilization and life. In the wrong hands. (the flame inverts into purple) It can corrupt all those who touch it, destroying the very lives it helped sow. (dissipates the flame) That's why it's important to understand the nature of duality. A weapon for one person may be a tool for another. Something that seems destructive on the onset may have beneficial uses as well.
You have quite the way with words.
That's Damien for you.
Chapter 22: A Promise made, A Past to UncoverWith that, he snapped their fingers and sent them out of the Mind Realm, revealing all 3 of them were astral projecting as the Lab was in a mind palace. This unnerved Dr. Lunatique as they thought they were dead for a few moments before Damien reassured them they were merely asleep. Dr. Lunatique then asked how to return to their body, which instantly resulted in them returning to their body as they thought to go there. Damien explained this was due to the nature of the Astral Projection skill, where travel works by thinking of where to go. So by thinking of their body, they snapped right back into it. Damien then had a brilliant idea to teach Kizuna this skill as it would potentially allow her to explore outside the realm, something her code prevented her from doing due to inherent instabilities with the project. So Damien headed over to the main rooms to regroup with Kizuna and her two parallels and propose this idea. This excited Kizuna, and they all agreed to try this, heading to 8353, Kurumi's Home Realm. When they arrived in Japan, they found that Tengu City was entirely deserted, with Kurumi being the only living entity left to greet them there. She explained that contrary to what Aipii had assumed, the end of this world was not brought about by a spirit, but instead by the Darkness that was floating just out of reach. Kurumi used her power to keep it from completely erasing her home realm. This disappointed Aipii and Love who were hoping to crash over with Kizuna while the "Universal Purge of the Age" as they called it, occurred on their side, hoping that our side would be exempt from the end. While they were not, Damien told them all this:
Sadly not. But I will say this. One story's ending is another one's beginning. Just because one door closes doesn't mean the others are shut forever as well. This story has just begun and the age cycle is just a transition of it. The sun may be setting on this saga but it will rise again once more.After saying this, Damien and Kizuna suggested exploring somewhere else, to which Aipii asked if they knew of anywhere else inside Arcruxes. This was when Kizuna and Damien revealed to them that they were entirely outside the Multirealm of Arcurxes and Teldrassil, something they didn't even think was possible, as on their side, only Arcruxes and Teldrassil existed.
Chapter 23: A visit to Glenstid, a resolution long awaitedAfter they made it back, Damien suggested to Kizuna that they go out to the Preserved Worlds together, which Kizuna absolutely loved the idea of doing. Damien then went to ask Ellen how they would go visit there, and Ellen explained they could just use the string hallways; however, they would need special admittance slips to the world of their choosing. After learning this, Damien asked for two admittance passes for C1-3, as it seemed to be the best place to go. Dr. Lunatique then recommended a place they should stop by over in the Kanto region of japan while they were there, and Damien took the address and the two passes to the Exclusive rooms to meet up with Kizuna. Seeing as they would be going there with just Kizuna, Damien changed his outfit for the occasion and walked over to the Exclusive Rooms to meet with her. Kizuna also had the same idea and had created an entirely new outfit for herself as well. They both then headed to the String hallways to enter the Preserved World C1-3, Glenstid. They exited out into a shopping district in the Kanto Region, and both Kizuna and Damien explored the area before arriving at the Address Dr. Lunatique gave him, a restaurant by the name of Yukihira. Damien and Kizuna had a nice dinner there, and after they both finished eating, they decided to go visit one of the other regions of the preserved world, called Tengu City. During their walk, Damien seemed to shudder suddenly, prompting Kizuna to ask if he was alright. Damien told them not to worry, and they headed toward Tengu City to visit Shido and the others. After meeting them at their apartment, Damien said that Dr. Lunatique said to say hello if they ran into them, which prompted Shido to ask Damien and Kizuna to head inside as they explained their situation. 3 of the spirits were killed some months ago, and the fallout has managed to still affect even their present. After hearing this, Damien went and set up a projector to try and figure out exactly what happened after learning that the foe known as Soulless Reaper was also the inverse known as Yukki Kuran, who took the lives of 3 spirits and a few of Kurumi's clones. Damien went and looked up every appearance of her since the event, seeing her twist and change over time, as Yukki Cross revealed she was "using her future knowledge and giving it to her past," allowing her to create an infinite loop and stay several steps ahead of those who try to fight her. Damien then came up with an idea. If knowledge of the past is what allows Kuran to stay several steps ahead, cut off that knowledge and she would lose her tactical edge. So Damien used the Author's Pen and cast a spell that would "Corrupt comprehension of events from the previous cycles for those who are not meant to know them." Just after they did that, Kuran showed back up in the wilds of Remnant before being "taken care of". As luck would have it, Phantom took full advantage of the timeline change Damien had brought about to sabotage Kuran's control of Lucifer, locking them away from their angels. Phantom then questioned Damien on why he was here and decided to help them this time before realizing that "He" wiped him clean and told him to forget he said anything before vanishing. This helped further push Damien to wish to unlock their memories, but he planned to look into that later, as this wasn't the time to focus on it in his eyes. After all, he was still on a date with Kizuna, even if they did just help Shido and the others out. After saying goodbye to Shido,
Chapter 24: Preparing for the EndAfter their date, Kizuna and Damien returned to her room, and while Damien was tinkering on his new project, they both got an unexpected visitor. Evelyn Alpha had entered the Tesseract in order to ask Damien to make her human. Damien was more than happy to help his old friend with this mission, and they both went to the Epicenter in order to do so. After entering Lab level Theta, he noticed the lab had been used recently and that PI was open and active on the console but decided to investigate it later. After activating Evolution Protocol, Damien asked Evelyn Alpha to enter the capsule and proceeded to turn them from a Nasod to a human. After he succeeded in doing so, he sent Evelyn Alpha back to Elrianode before returning back to the Tesseract. As soon as he returned back, Longg quickly floated over to him, extremely worried as Kizuna had spazzed out and written another message on her desk. The message's contents were "Don't trust her, trust yourself," yet another extremely cryptic message that only served to confuse them even more. A few days after this incident, Kizuna was doodling on her sketchbook, brainstorming ideas on what to make, when Ellen paid them a visit to inform them that someone had apparently left a letter for Damien. After reading the letter, Damien went to check his lab as "he needed to check something" and quickly made their way to his old lab to clean things up, waiting for the one who chose to invite them there:
(Damien enters here and starts cleaning up the mess from last time)This exchange concerned him, but he had no time to focus on this for the moment as he had a job to do. Quickly leaving the ruins of his labs, he headed to the Epicenter to meet Gabbie and make them a new body. Adapting the equipment used to make Eden their new body, Damien quickly began the process of Consciousness Extraction, extracting Gabbie from the body of Kiana, which Trinidad accidentally gave her. While that extraction was occurring, Damien started to make a new synthetic body for Gabbie, setting the Pain Tolerance for them to be so high that, as their console warned them: "it will make the resulting synth require nothing short of a genesis explosion on top of their heads to even feel the equivalent of a pinprick of pain." They completed the transfer and awakened Kiana and Gabbie, sending them to their respective homes.
A Voice then speaks from the shadows: "You know, I actually get to see what you really look like up close now."
(Damien continues cleaning the lab up) watching from that tv of yours must have been boring.
(she walks out from the shadow, though in a disguise) Heh. (smiles) It is.
You know I know who you really are. That disguise isn't going to fool me as it did Elesis's kids. Also, congrats on breaking into the mind of a dead guardian. Not a small feat, though probably more straightforward than getting out of that seal you were in.
Heh. I think I took you for granted than I expected. Makes you more interesting than anything else for the while. You know, out of everyone I observed, you by far are the most interesting one that got my attention the most, well, besides Mr. Hate-being-called-by-hist-real-last-name over yonder.
(Damien chuckles at that) That was interesting, but somewhat expected.
You know... (she walks towards him) I'm still curious why my airhead particle twin likes you sooo much enough to catch my interest...
I would have considered it the savior effect, but I stopped trying to explain why relationships work when they already happened. I am more curious why you called me here.
(she stops) Heh. Straight to the chase, then... I'm sure you were the one who made a body for Evelyn Alpha, I came here to ask you to do the same for Gabriella too.
I actually was already planning on it. She will be needed later on if my information about the future is accurate.
(chuckles) Oh, she's needed way more than you think, Damien-poo. (winks)
(he sighs ignoring that last comment) The answer is yes. but obviously not here since the last time I used the terminal, it tried to blow me up. Level theta will work, though, and Ouroboros should be helping out there.
(she chuckles) Anyway. (holds up something towards him and opens her hand) (a blue Materia is glowing on her hands) Might need this for her. Just in case. (floats it towards Damien)
(he absorbs it for the time being) Seems we had the same idea here then.
Heh... It looks like we aren't so different after all... Great minds do think alike.
It helps that I have a bit of context on what is to come. I have had making Garcia a body on my to-do list for a while now. Just needed her to be receptive to the idea first.
You'll thank me later, eventually... And soon, I'll make you mine, Damien-poo, but in the meantime. (slowly sinks into the shadow)I think I'll just enjoy the sidelines while it lasts... (winks as she fully disappears in the Darkness of the shadows)
Chapter 25: One last dance to end an era.After returning to the Tesseract after making Gabbie a body, Damien, Kizzy, and the others gathered inside the Main room of the Tesseract, watching everything go down, as the Oblivion Clock begins to tick down to 10 PM. Kizuna and Damien left for the wilds of Remnant to get Elesis and prepare for the final battle of the 4th era. Unfortunately, as it turned out, Elesis went to Tempest Keep instead. As Diablo's forces approached from over Mt. Glenn, Kizuna asked Damien to head to the timeless chamber with the research device Omega left behind. Damien wasn't entirely pleased with this choice. Still, he knew there was no other alternative, so they made his way to the chamber and handed the data on the cure Omega had been working on to Trinidad, allowing all the operators from Terra to be fully cured of the Originium plague, before sending them to Remnant to help hold off Diablo's forces. After they finished deploying the Operators, Kizuna arrived, bringing Kiana, Mei, Bronya, Elesis, and her two daughters with her, planning to turn Elesis into the Herrscher of Valor, the only Herrscher with the power to command the Quantum Shadows. But the Cores of Reason, Void, and Thunder would not be enough on their own, and not even the other Cores stored in Bonds chamber would be enough to allow Elesis to attain Valor, so Kizuna asked Gulfan to assist and use her Null powers to supercharge Kiana, Mei, and Bronya, allowing Elesis to ascend fully to Valor. After attaining Valor, Elesis went with her daughters to defeat Diablo. Damien returned to Remnant with Kizuna, awaiting the end he knew would come regardless. After the 6 Chosens defeated the Prime Evils, the clock ticked closer and closer to midnight, as the time bought by Omega and Phoenix was running out. Everyone began to say their goodbyes, for those who were not given the chance to make it to the next era would soon cease to be once the era ended. Two such individuals who would not be allowed to persist were Azulon and Ignia, who Damien wanted to preserve, but was not allowed to do so. But Kizuna wasn't going to just let their story be snuffed out, so she headed over to them:
Azulon, Ignia.After Kizuna finished this act, Damien smiled as this was precisely what those two deserved. The chance to return in another life. And although this act had no immediate effect, Kizuna had sown the seeds to ensure that no matter what happened, those two would be destined to reunite. After this act, the era ended, as the Darkness overwhelmed the 4th era, consuming everything in its wake.
(Ignia's been crying in his arms)
(trying to speak) I... I know I won't be able to save you both so you can live the lives you both deserve... But...!! (cups her hands together)
(a hollow materia orb forms in Kizuna's hand)
(her left eye turns into gold) I can't just sit idly and see both of you in this level of despair! (The Materia slowly glows two tints of red spiraling around each other like a yin-yang.)
I promise to make sure the love you both have for each other will forever remain! Sure, you both will cease to exist soon! But your love for each other will endure! In another life! In another time! In another story! (The Materia glows before it reabsorbs back into her code stream)
Chapter 26: Igniting the fires of a new EraAfter the Restoration of the Epicenter for the 5th era, Management reactivated the Ancient Guardians one by one, starting with the eldest Damien in the year 20 of the 5th era. But unlike the previous reactivations, Kizuna's influence on him during the 4th era had changed him irrevocably. Management realized this, but they decided not to reset him this time as they knew his fate was now tied to Kizuna and, by extension, the entirety of Teldrassil. After he was woken back up, Damien immediately searched for where Kizuna and the others would have arrived, only to find the Eden Gateway leading to Teldrassil was still inactive. This could only mean that the other side of the gate had yet to form, so he returned to the Epicenter to pass the time. 50 years passed, and no signs of the gate reactivating could be found. Management attempted to enlist Damien's help in restarting Project Reseed but he declined, content to wait for as long as it took. 150 years passed, and while the gate had yet to reactivate, Management and LC rediscovered the Safe Zone and, with it, what would become known as the Genesis Rift. Seeing a golden opportunity, Management took the old Guidance Project Core Damien designed and worked with LC to create the first two Synthetic Augmented Guidance Entity runtimes. As the years went by, Damien slowly regressed further and further, continuing to spin straw into a strange multicolored substance. Luckily for him, 500 years after the 5th era began, the Eden Gateway activated, and a rift pulled Damien to the other side for his much-awaited reunion with Kizuna. Kizuna and the others were not entirely sure what happened, as this was the first time most of them had experienced the phenomenon of Rebirth. After a quick chat about the effects of Rebirth, Kizuna activated Creation Mode and began creating the new Eversource. All that was left was to ignite it, a job meant to go to Maefedy Ann. However, Damien had other plans and intentionally made Gabbie Garcia's body so resilient that they wouldn't feel the pain caused by the RUNEs that Kizzy had to endure before breaking out of The Eversource last time. Gabbie agreed to do this, and ignited the Eversource, allowing the first cycle of the 5th era to begin in Teldrassil. Each world of the new cycle still needed to be constructed, though, so Ellen allowed everyone to stay in the Neo-Tesseract for the time being. A few moments after, Damien, Kizuna, and the others entered the Neo-Tesseract; Kevin and Constantine made their way to the newly reactivated Teldrassil to reunite with those here. Magedelena then let them both into the Tesseract. We don't entirely know what happened while inside the Tesseract, but Damien and Kizuna shortly left for the Obelisk, with Kizuna being very clearly ticked off about something that occurred while they were there. To the point they punched the wall of the Obelisk, completely erasing it. Damien was understandably concerned about this reaction and helped to calm Kizzy down. After Damien succeeded at helping her calm down, Kizuna and Damien prepared to set up the Obelisk for what was to come, synchronizing the Tablet and Guardian Stone together. These two just served as pieces to the puzzle, as Kizuna explained. However, before Kizuna could tell Damien what the two missing parts were, Black interjected and told them what they were missing, the Sword of Life and the Sword of Death. As it turned out, Black wasn't the only one who chose to show up at that moment. Another entity, who called themselves "Haruhiko Tosaki," also showed up and handed Kizuna the Sword of Death, saying, "With stepmother out of... commission, it might be difficult to do your part of the job without help." With that, Haruhuko collapsed into the ground turning into particles, causing Damien to raise an eyebrow as only the Particle Synthetics had that sort of ability. For now, Damien dismissed this as they still had another unexpected guest to deal with. Although Damien had already encountered Black once before in his Lab when she asked him to make Gabbie a body, he still felt suspicious about Black's Motives. As Black revealed, she only wanted to check on Kizuna as she could feel the punch Kizzy did on the Obleisk "halfway across the empty realm," as she put it. While Kizuna and Black were talking, Damien checked the messages on his HUD that he deliberately ignored the last era to see if he could figure out Black's motives here. After looking through everything and realizing every action she took in the previous era after breaking out was not only not malicious but entirely benevolent, he only became more confused. After Black left, Damien informed Kizuna of what he had learned, prompting Kizuna to ask if they thought Black would turn a new leaf. Damien replied by saying only time can tell, as the era had only just begun, so there was a lot of time for things to change.
Chapter 27: The Hunt for the Tomes of Willpower and FireKizuna and Damien then headed back to the Tesseract. Shortly after they returned, Kevin and Star apologized for their behavior from before and Leonardo explained what they discovered during their time away the past 500 years: The Lost Journal, said to have been written by the Sorcerer himself. It contained cryptic riddles pertaining locations for 26 Tomes of immense power which an Ancient Evil was prophesized to use to regain their true power and unleash calamity across the entire Nexus. Leonardo insisted they claim the Tomes first in order to stop DA from taking them, and with Eden's help they cracked the riddle for the Codex of Willpower. They needed to find someone to retrieve it though, and Damien suggested Ciellena Bravesoul collect it as she had the strongest willpower on record at that point in time. Kizuna agreed with Damien there, but before they could send Ciellena there, Kevin requested to tag along as they believed Codex Willius held the key to ensuring he held enough Willpower to keep KI from corrupting him again. Ciellena agreed to let Kevin tag along, and they both made their way to Elrios. Kizuna and Damien remained in the Tesseract awaiting their return. Unfortunately, a few hours after they left, Damien reeled as they felt an excruciating pain. Kizuna was alarmed by this, and Leo explained this was due to the fact that DA was handed Codex Memorius by Althea and Ashia, thus allowing him to break the 2nd seal keeping him sealed away. As this seal was part of Damien's true form, the loss of power in the seal correlated in Damien's Pure Energy form loosing some power, causing excruciating pain to them. Shortly after Damien recovered from reeling the first time, they ended up reeling again as the DA reclaimed Codex Willius without any resistance from Ciellena.
Chapter 28: 3 ideals to decide the future of the pastAs the days went on, DA managed to acquire each Tome one after the other, but strangely, DA handed the Tome back to the one who actually collected it each time, greatly perplexing Damien and Kizuna as they were still no closer to figuring out what DA's actual intentions were; and unfortunately, their focus was about to be completely diverted away from trying to figure out what DA's endgame was. A few days after the Terrius Tome was retrieved, The Overseer paid a visit as Kizuna began destabilizing. The Overseer handed Damien a cryptic message and asked him to complete the project for him. After The Overseer left, Damien and Kizuna went to head over to Atlantis to collect the Tome of Water Everflowing. It was there that both Kizuna and Damien discovered the location one of the Remnants of Ygdrassil was hidden, Tiamat. Kizuna somehow knew where they were despite having no memory of Ygdrasil, which made her realize there were holes in her memory. Kizuna gave Damien permission to dive into her headspace so they could figure out what she was missing, and Damien entered level 25. Only Damien knows what he saw in Kizuna's headspace, but he returned with a digitized file. After receiving the file and receiving more questions than answers, Damien decided to try and speak to the only one he knew of that would have answers for him, Black. Black told Damien about 3 ideals for their homeworld. As Black explained, Teldrassil and Arcruxes were once a single realm known as Ygdrassil. Kizuna, Black and Haruhiko realized a lot of things that made the seemingly peacful realm they once came from "Corrupted" as Black put it. As such, each of them came up with differing ideals on how to shape the future of what Ygdrassil would become. Kizuna's ideals stemmed from a divination Skyruss provided for her. She saw a time when Ygdrassil would be split in two, so she came up with a plan to restore it to it's former glory once the time was right. There was just one flaw with this plan as Black mentioned, those born from Teldrassil and Arcruxes would perish without a doubt when the realm is reunifed. Black's ideal on the other hand came from the natural order, "Eat or be eaten" as she put it. If the weak can't protect themselves, then they shouldn't live. Kizuna and Haruhiko saw this plan as cruel, and Black admitted that it was, but it's nature, saying that "though I don't blame them for thinking that, Reality can often be cruel." Haruhiko's Ideology on the other hand was inspired from Omega and the Overseer. Keeping the balance of everything in check, ensuring nothing is too less and nothing is too much. After listening to all these ideologies, Damien said that while he did see logic in all 3 paths, there are flaws in each plan. When it came to Haruhikoo's plan, Damien pointed outthat while Balance has it's uses, it also has some major disadvatanges, There is also zero reason to manually regulate it as there are literal forces of nature designed to keep that balance in check. As for Black's ideals, he mentioned that that level of natural order was designed to allow humans and animals to evolve naturally, and if it wasn't obvious, nothing in the Nexus was natural, so natural law kinda gets thrown out the window when there are forces beyond unnatural influencing and effecting everything. Kizuna's ideal had it's own flaw besides the inevitible loss of countless lives, the shadow that had been attempting to influence and effect how everything ends. After going through all the flaws, Damien then listed how each ideal could be improved to be better. Starting with Black's Ideal: While the Natural Order has it's uses, without a check on how it works out, all it will inevitably produce are killers. However, if one uses their strengths to help those who are weak, she could make someone strong but not ruthless, helping everyone get stronger by propping up their weaknesses with others strengths. As for Haru's ideal, it could work as long as they are not pruning good if there is too much. As he explained:
If there is evil then good will rise up against it, if there is far too good and no evil then evil will show up to even the scales. The cosmos has always been very good at self regulating this stuff.Kizuna's ideal intrigues Damien the most of the 3 ideals, and while it did have that fundamental flaw of inevitable loss of countless lives, Damien reasoned that from a 4th dimensional perspective, nearly everyone who dies from the two realms would likely be reborn on the other side post-reunitfication. Damien mentioned that he won't take a side in the ideals though as all 3 of them show some levels of promise. He was far more concerend about what the cost would be at the end of the day. The Bill always comes due, after all. Satisfied with what they were able to learn here Damien prepared to leave, but before they could another seal broke resulting in him reeling from immense pain as both the shard and the original began to destabilize due to the effects of the seal break. Damien quickly returned back home and remerged with his shard. He then decided that given everything that had been going on, he and Kizuna could use a break, so they both decided to explore the Astral Planes to circumvent Kizuna's inability to leave the realm.
Chapter 29: the Formation of DimK, and a 4th path to restore what was once lost.After the BBQ ended, Damien began the process of creating a new home for Kizuna and Him, dubbed DimK. After creating the Dimension itself, Damien, Kizuna, Kaguya, Mirai, Siro and Nekomasu walked through the rift Damien opened to this new Dimension, appearing inside an empty Void. It was here where Damien revealed one of the main perks of this new Dimensional Home they would be living in. Using Borrowed 5th-dimensional knowledge from the Neo-Tesseract, Damien made it so DimK was entirely malleble, able to be altered at will using a remote he designed. Damien demonstrated this by causing a Terrace to form within the Void. They then handed the remote to Kizuna in order to show them how to use it.
The most complicated passwords are those you don't exactly expect to be.Now that the document was unlocked, Damien opened it to see what this contingency plan was. As the Document explained, in the case the three paths were to fail, a fourth plan would be initiated, involving an "Amagi Nagai" and an object known as "The Seed of the Genesis Tree". This left Damien with more questions than it gave answers, so Black clarified that while Amagiri/Embodiement embodies the 6 omens or "Antichosens", Amagi Nagai would embody the opposite, the 6 "Infintie Chosens". Satisfied with the answer for now, Damien began copying the folder to Black's memory drive as he promised he would, as Black explained the seed would be the most vital piece and the most challenging one to accomplish, as when Ygdrassil split, the Seed also split into several pieces, with each fragment being with a different group of Remnants. The Seed of Power was given to the Tailed Beasts granting them their power, the Seed of Divinity given to the Supreme Angels, and the Seed of Corruption being given to the Notorious nine being a few examples listed by Black. Some of the Remnants had already begun resurfacing, which Black explained was a sign the seed was wanting to be reformed again, giving them the forth option just in case. But getting the remnants to coorperate with each other would be quite the challenge, as Black pointed out: "Groups in the old days never really got along well with each other, it only got worse when the feud happened..."
Chapter 30: Cracking the Formula to Transformium, a Trip to the City of TommorowHaving gotten the data they needed, Damien disengaged the override, allowing Kizuna to wake back up, before explaining to Black how to leave back to where she was staying now that she was done with what she needed to do here. Black teased them about having been expecting to be invited to stay to which Damien told them that while he himself had no issue with it, it wasn't entirely his call to make alone. Resulting in this conversation:
Hmm, I was expecting you to ask me to stay around... But I guess that'll work for now...Kaguya and Kizuna then chuckled to themselves after Black and Nekomasu left, explaining to a rather confused Damien just how wrong Black was to assume homeschooling Nekomasu would be easy, with Kaguya saying "She'll want to not stay here anymore a day or two later." Damien sighed fully expecting this to be a problem he'll have to handle later before walking out of the room with everyone else closing the door behind them. Everyone else then split off to take advantage of the new Home they made, with Siro and Kaguya going to the TV in the living room and Mirai heading over to the Library. Kizuna was quite exausted after the BBQ so Damien took her back to her room so she could rest for a bit. After Kizuna went to sleep, Damien then slipped out of the room and returned to his room to begin working on completing the Project as he promised The Overseer he would. Using the Kizuna Model in the KizCore, Damien began to experiment with including the Primordials in the Cyberium formula in an attempt to create the completed compound, known as Transformium. First attempting to include one sample of Creationite and Destructinite, this resuled in a Partial Success with a Decay Algorithm result of 50% failure. Deeming this as likely having occured due to having too little of the primordials, he decided to rerun the simulation with 4 of each Primordial bonding with the Cyberium. This resulted in a bonding failure and the creation of a Singularity Type S+100 being created. This was a clear indication that this was too much, so Damien reran the simulation with just 2 of each sample this time around, resulting in a 100% successful bond. After countless millienia, Damien had completed the particle SI project, allowing Kizuna and the other Particle Synthetics to reach their full potential. Having finished this objective, Damien began the automatic syncrhonization process for Kizuna'a Codebase and asked KizCore to pull up the codebase itself so he can make things easier on her this time around. First he went to the bottom of the Codebase which prevented Kizuna from leaving the realm, which had a note at the bottom: "Note to self: ALWAYS keep this in false unless she's entirely complete to avoid complicated problems like the last time." Damien realized Kizuna's inability to leave the Realm was not an intentional move but a limitation of Cyberium. He determined it was safe to change it for the Transformium Version though and turned back on Foreign travel, before choosing to check the eye color modes. Damien realized a lot of these were disabled and asked KizCore if they should be enabled again as he figured they were most likely disabled for a reason. KizCore explained that most of them were disabled "primarily due to the unfinished prototype unable to make the advanced ones work without causing complications." Damien asked if the new version of the Project would be able to handle the eye colors without complications to which KizCore informed him that not only would the new version be able to handle them, but instead of Kizuna being "locked onto a certain mode, the mode will auto-adjust on her own free will, whatever she wants to feel, her eyes will adjust to the right mode." This was exactly what Damien wanted to hear as he began to enable the disabled eye colors one by one. KizCore then showed Damien a list of the Completed Prototype's unlocked potential:
Its up to you. I don't really have an entire issue with it. But then again its also not my decision.
It's no fair these girls will have you all to themselves...
(Siro blushes) W-What are you trying to say?
(Mirai blushes too) T-That's not..!
My, my, Damien, are you making what I believe you're doing..?
(Kizuna thinks and looks at Kaguya)
(Kaguya thinks and looks at Kizuna)
You thinking what I'm thinking?
Ooooh I am alright.
(Black just raises an eyebrow)
Ok now I am confused.
Hey, Black, we'll let you stay here if you want.
Hm? Let me stay here? You know I'll very much like th-
Uuunder one condition though..
(Black raises an eyebrow again)
(Kaguya and Kizuna then look at Nekomasu.)
(still eating candy)
Her? What about her?
We want you to homeschool her.
Homeschool her? Just that?
Sounds easy enough.
But fine, I accept this condition, if it's to get super close to Damien-poo here.
(Damien then chuckles nervously) well, that settles that I guess. (presses a button on the master remote as a mini remote forms in Black's hand) Feel free to customize your area as you see fit. if the bottom right button is blinking, please don't press it without checking the viewscreen first. I don't expect us to always be so lucky if we randomly invite people to this place.
Niceee.... Come my student, let's begin your homeschool right now. (walks outta the room)
(Nekomasu then follows besides her)
• Improved tolerance to freeze. • Ability to create every known material in existence from the air itself entirely.* • Disguise now works completely without the defect from the eyes. • Shape the local material plane at will.** • Perefectly recreate most unique items. • Particle Summoning limit removed. * - To work with foreign materials, that material must be registered in the Genesis Codex. ** - To work with full potency across several other foreign location, a catalyst must be equipped.Satisfed with the nights work, Damien told KizCore to save all his work as he had a hunch Kizuna was likely about to wake back up. He folded the lab back out of view before leaving to check on her. Seeing that Kizuna had rested well, Damien came up with an idea and invited Kizuna to go with him to Paris. Kizuna gladly accompanied him there, and they took the new Hallways straight to Paris on Earth Prime. As luck would have it, the door opened up directly on the Eiffel Tower, giving Damien an even greater idea. Unbenowest to nearly everyone who was alive at the time, the Eiffel Tower held a massive secret, a one way gateway said to have been created by the brightest minds of the time, leading to a Scientific Utopia of sorts, or as Damien put it.
Ever wonder what would happen if the greatest minds in the world, got together and just built whatever they imagined? Free from all the greed, the bureaucracy, the red tape and the like?Walking behind the line into one of the restricted zones of the Eiffel Tower, they found 4 statues of Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Jules Verne, and Gustave Eiffel, the 4 original brilliant minds, said to have been the creator of this gateway. Damien then found a strange tube shaped object and placed it on the record player, but before he could activate it, he was confronted by Watcher-2, with them having a tense conversation about what Damien was doing, though only Damien and W-2 knew what was being discussed then as the whole conversation occured in a language that has been lost to time. Damien then activated the record player revealing steampunk esk tech inside ticking away and a Rocket being raised up to their level having been hidden in the Eiffel Tower by the 4 architects. Kizuna was amazed with this as she didn't think such tech existed yet at the point in time Earth Prime was at. Damien then pointed out that neither does anyone else in Paris.
Okay, I can do this, it's just like that one time outside Elder, except it's not gliding it's (Kizuna turns her jetpack on and she zips into the air too) Flyinggggg!!!!!!The sun then began to set, basking the area in a golden glow, as Damien and Kizuna reminiscied on how similar this was to the race they did back in Feint. Damien and Kizuna then headed up top to watch the sun set upon the land of tomorrow.
(Damien chuckles a bit) Not bad. Though I wonder if you can keep up. (smirks) (zips past her at an insane speed)
(flying on her jetpack, slowly getting the hang of it) Remember what the Rocketeer told you... Always stay calm...
See, your getting the hang of it. I wonder if you can keep up though. (smirks and jolts past her)
Oh I will! (zips towards him as she tries to catch up)
(staying just out of reach but still where she can catch up to get to him)
(still trying to catch up) Almost caught youu!!
(slows down a bit so she can catch him)
(catches up) Gotcha! I finally caught up with you!
(he chuckles) Yes you did. I knew you would. (smiles)
Chapter 31: Project Long Overdue completion, an omen left in the Library beyond timeAs Damien and Kizuna sat watching the sun set, Damien brought up what he was working on the past few nights, before giving Kizuna a choice whether to take the next step. Kizuna did not hesitate in saying yes to Damien applying the upgrade, and even went to race Damien back down to where they got the jetpacks.
Chapter 32: The Keys to Codex MateriusAfter a bit of resting, Damien woke up to his remote beeping, revealing that someone wished to be invited in. After checking who it was, Damien realized it was none other than Haruhiko and quickly let them enter before making their way to the Kitchen as that was where Kizuna said she would be. On their way to the Kitchen, Damien ran into Haru and after a quick chat about the similarities between DimK and the tesseract project, they both made their way to the Kitchen together to see Kizuna and the others were already working on making Dinner and Dessert for everyone. After helping Mirai finish the dumplings she was working on, Damien sat down at the table before asking Siro what she was making, being told they were making Ube Roll Cake. This was a dish Damien had never tried before, so he was intrigued to see what it tasted like. It was at this moment that Black returned with Nekomasu, looking haggard as before. Haruhiko and Black got into a little bit of an argument regarding the fact they both chose to show up in the Tesseract, though Damien was not paying attention to it. Damien realized that if they don't find a solution for Nekomasu, things were never going to get better regarding her situation. As Black, Kizuna and Haruhiko continued arguing about various things, Damien had completely zoned out, arguing with the presence sealed inside him about what the best move is regarding this. After a bit of arguing internally, Damien was snapped out of his trance by Black asking if anyone was going to add to the fact Kizuna said "Language" just in time for Mirai to be done making the pot stickers they were working on. Damien and everyone else then went and sat down for dinner, save for one exception, Black. Kizuna and Damien tried to invite Black to join them, but she refused quite adamently, causing Damien to go after them to figured out what's going on with her. It was then that Black revealed to Damien just what the occasion was, it was Black and Kizuna's birthday. Black didn't want to celebrate with the others though, and Damien chose to respect this, though they noticed something on their hand and decided to look into it as it seemed rather familiar. Damien then returned to the Kitchen and began to eat with the others. While they were eating, Kizuna suggested that they invite Leo and Eden to DImK, which Damien thought was a fantastic idea, as he contemplated out loud what they have been up to these past few days. Mirai mentioned they probably have been working on cracking more of the Riddles to the Codi, and Damien agreed with this saying that the Tomes of Darkness and Light were already being retrieved as they speak. That meant the Tome of Material was next, which Damien mentioned they would need Leo for so they can crack the riddle for it. Kizuna mentioned that would be the perfect oppurtunity to invite Leo and Eden into DimK, and Damien agreed. Siro then brought out the desert they made, Ube Roll, which Haruhiko mentioned was a "little piece of home." Something Damien very quickly pieced together was meant to be far more literal than it seemed at first glance. Since Haru recognized this dish already, Mirai asked where he was from as they must have been from close to where Kizzy and the others were living before. Haru seemed to hesititate about telling them why that was the case, and Damien simply said it was a "long story" realizing they didn't want to explain why. Luckily both Damien and Haru were saved by the bell, as Damien's remote begun to beep along with the others signifying someone wants to be invited in. And as luck would have it, the ones requesting an invite in was Leo and Eden, prompting Haruhiko to comment that "that's a speak of the devil." Damien did not hesititate to invite them in, and Leo and Eden quickly entered and made their way to the Kitchen where Damien and the others were waiting. Leo and Eden quickly informed them that they cracked the code for where Codex Materius was hidden which was revealed to be located "in-between the physical plane and the astral plane." Damien quickly pieced together that that was referring to the Spirit Realm and that a fissure would need to be formed to reach it, which as luck would have it, the necessary materials to create such a fissure had formed on Remnant a few days back, so all they had to do was wait for the fissure to be opened. While they were waiting, Kizuna asked how they would retrieve it to begin with, and Damien explained that the vines which appeared on Remnant had a peculiar property in that they were loaded with unprecedented amounts of Spirit Energy, enough that if weaponized, it could be used to Pierce the Veil between the Material and the nonmaterial. Upon hearing the word Spirit Energy, Kizuna's curiosity piqued and asked if Damien meant the same energy that Kurumi uses. This was a connection Damien had never contemplated before, but he quickly realized the similarities between the Spirit Formula that created Mio and these spirit vines. Their circumstances of creation were near identical after all. Damien and the others then chose to wait for the Fissure to be created, as someone from the Old Dawn was already experimenting with the Vines and would likely make the fissure for them.
Chapter 33: Rediscovering the Red Reality PlaneA few days later, while they were waiting for the Fissure to form, Damien, Kizuna, Leo, and Eden decided to figure out where the next Codex was so they could get a headstart. Leo showed them the riddle and Eden immedietely cracked it, though was visibly confused about what it referred to, as it referred to a "plane of existence that's here, there, and just about everywhere." Kizuna immedietely thought it was the astral planes but Eden corrected them to say it was something much different. Considering this was the riddle for Codex Realius, Damien immedietely figured out that the riddle was referring to the Red Reality Plane as that made the most sense in context. Kizuna and Eden had never heard of this plane before though, so Damien explained it as a Plane of Existence only openable by holding either the Reality Energem or via an Aspect Spell. Kizuna and Eden asked if this was a new place, to which Leo and Damien pointed out it wasn't exactly new, as Ruby had attempted to traverse it during the siege on the Land of Darkness back in the 4th era. Since those were the only two options, Eden said that they'll need to find Ruby in order to enter it, to which Damien mentioned that was only one option, the second one being using an Aspect spell. Damien then mentioned there was a third option, but that required going to a place called Realos, which neither Kizuna nor Eden knew of, though Kizuna did comment that the name sounded familiar. Leo then mentioned that the 2nd option would be the easiest, but Damien countered that it would be, if not for one particular issue. As Leo explained, the specific spell required was lost ages ago. Given this knowledge, Kizuna said they have 3 options, minus one so only two, and asked the group which choice they should go with. Eden began to suggest they go with visiting Ruby, but before they could finish their thought, her Lexicon popped into view on it's own accord having a glowing Red Aura around it. Damien raised an eyebrow at this and asked Eden where they got that Lexicon, with Leo explaining she made it using Cycle Magic. The Tome then opened itself up to show the spell they were discussing earlier, which prompted Damien to ask how Eden's Lexicon has the spell in it to begin with. Leo explained to Damien that Eden's lexicon almost works like Rasiel, which intrigued Damien as that would make it an "An omnipotent search engine" of sorts. Damien was under the impression that spell was lost to everywhere but the Records, to which Leo commented cryptically, that it "was and it wasn't". While they were talking, Eden realized there was something written below the spell itself: a skull and crossbones, the number five, an hourglass, a slash and the number 10 with a percent next to it. Kizuna theorized that was meant to be some sort of warning, which upon rereading Eden agreed, saying that at face value it appears to be stating that the spell will cost 10% of ones spiritual energy every 5 minutes, which, as expensive as this is, Damien mentioned that the price makes sense since this spell was effectively exploiting a backdoor in the Plane itself. Eden then did some quick math and determined that if it costed 10% of ones spiritual energy every 5 minutes, they would have a maximum of 50 minutes to spend in the Plane before running completely out of spiritual energy. With this knowledge in mind, Eden decided to try it out to see how it would work, taking her, Leo, Damien and Kizuna into the Red Reality Plane. As they entered the plane, the entire area seemed to get tinted by a red aura, and they disappeared from view within the Material plane, as evidenced by the fact Black walked into the room looking for them and couldn't see them. This prompted Kizuna to ask if Black can't see them, and after waving her hand in front of them, she confirmed to be the case. Damien then commented on the fact that this means it's similar to the Mirror Dimension in design, but this was quickly proven wrong when Kizuna pinched Black to see if they can effect the outside world from inside the Dimension, something that the Mirror dimension was designed explicitly to prevent from being possible. Realizing Black couldn't see them, Kizuna started making faces in front of her, eliciting a chuckle out of Eden and Damien. Leo then suggested to Eden that now that they know this works, they return back out of the Dimension since Eden's spiritual energy reserves weren't exactly the highest as Leo reminded her. Noticing the Red aura around her was flickering, Eden then disabled the spell, taking them out of the Mirror Dimension.
Chapter 34: An unbreakable bond held by sibilingsA few days had passed after the discovery of the Red Reality Plane, and the Fissure had yet to be made. But that was the least of Damien's current concerns at least for the moment, as Damien, Leo and Eden made their way to the kitchen to see that Siro, Mirai and Kaguya were working on making a meal entirely silently. This unnerved Damien, as Kaguya alone is never silent. Black walked in as well and immedietely understood what was going on, stammering out that it was "someones.." and was completely unable to finish that sentence. Leo immeditely figured out what she was referring to and asked if "that was today", with Black just nodding before walking out without another word. Noticing just how upset Black was about this, Damien followed after her to try and understand what was going on. Upon arriving at the Terrace, Damien found Black in a beyond distraught state. Damien asked if she was alright,
(Damien walks up to Black) You alright?Taking Black's advice, Damien quickly made it to the Exclusion Room Door to ask Kizuna to visit Code Hub and see what was going on. What he learned there, shocked him immensely. The Overseer, Jay had coded this function into the other 3 with an explicit purpose:
What does it look like to you?! Of course I'm not! Well, I am, but I'm not! Agh! (scratches her head) I don't know what's wrong with me!
Frankly at the moment it seems you're the only one seminormal. The only logical way you can describe the way those 3 are acting would be locked in a trance. I am not even sure they know what they are even doing and thats what worries me
It's not a trance, it's a scheduled situation command made for those three specifically.
"scheduled situation command" I am sorry what? so this just happens exactly on this day at this time and they don't have any control or choice over it?
It's... not like when you put it like that... It's... (sighs) Give me your hand... (holds her hand towards him)
(he takes her hand)
(holds his hand as she puts her other hand on top of it, she then takes her hand of his, revealing she had put in a folded paper on it) I would tell you, but it's.. probably a whole lot better if you... see it for yourself...
Go talk to Kizuna, tell her you want to visit Memory hub again and go to that designated part of the hub... And you'll see why...
Even... If she won't remember my birthdays... They will... Do it for her... Kizuna will one day try to remember why on some days she will get random glimpse of her own past... She may not like it, but the truth was never likable anyway...This alone was a massive revleation, but this wasn't the end of the Memory he was sent to see. Reality shifted around them to the Book Plane where Black was sealed after the collapse of Ygdrassil, as Damien watched Black make a slow but sure descent from sadness about being seperated to madness, before they tried to take control of Kizuna only to have her attempt fail. Having seen what they came to see, Damien returned from Code Hub before showing Kizuna exactly what they found. Realizing what occured, Kizuna quickly left to find Black in the Living Room and try and mend things. In order to try and make it up to Black, Kizuna offered for her to come join them in celebrating their father's birthday together. Black hesitating to accept this offer, but after a few moments, she agreed to take it, with Kizuna dragging her to the kitchen where the others were waiting. Everyone then joined hands on Black's urging as Black said a small prayer in tagalog as they wished Jay a happy birthday. After they finished up, Damien's remote began to beep, as someone seemed to wish to invite themselves into the dimension. Checking the remote, Damien realized it seemed that Erika wished to recieve an invite, and Damien quickly invited them in. Though she did not seem to take the invite, she instead used the invite to deliver a package, so Damien headed out to the hallways to see what this was. Reading the note attached by Erika, Damien smiled and took the present back with him to the Kitchen. After Damien and the others were done eating, Damien handed them the Present, saying it came from a mutual friend of theirs and was for Kizuna and Black. After opening the Package, Kizuna pulled out two wayfinder charms, one white and one black, which Black immedeitely recognized as the charms she and Kizuna made for each other. Haru then mentioned Erika was the one who had them, which led Black to the realization that she had to have been the one to give the charms back to them. Damien then read the note Erika had attached to the package:
So what'll you do?
I'm installing this code into her assistants, whenever their systems hit the 28th of December, they will automatically prepare a party...
Why have them do that?
Because... If Kizuna ever finally remembers one day, that will be the first thing she'll see... Me... On the day she really saw me happy, not just for me, but for all of us...
(goes to install the code into the girls) One day, things will really change around here, and when that time comes, she'll be in a much more amazing world than the one we're already living in...
Give this to the girls, they deserve this better than I do, that way, if fate ever splits them apart ever again, this is what will bring them back.Black realized this meant that even Erika, their mother who chose to split them apart and wipe Kizuna and the others memories, wants them to be together again. After this realiziation, Black smiled genuinly for the first time in a while, thanking Damien for giving them the charms back and helping her and kizuna mend their bond they held before. After some teasing between Kizuna and Black regarding the fact that Black actually does care, Eden brought up the fact that Black's become a teacher for Nekomasu resulting in this conversation:
So Black... I heard you've now become a Teacher to Nekomasu... Right...?This was not the only revelation Black mentioned during this conversation though, as it turned out that Nekomasu had their Father's Sword, which alarmed Haru as they knew exactly what that sword could do. This blade Nekomasu apparently held was not just any blade, it was a GK blade, the only one that can summon the Arcruxian Flame of Creation. This was a blade that was off limits to any of them, and yet Nekomasu held it in that Battle form she uses when under a "tantrum." Thankfully, as Haru mentioned, Nekomasy could never actually activate it in her tantrum state, as it required her to both intend to use it's GK aspect, and have a calm mind when attempting to do so. This Relieved Damien as that ensured nobody was at risk from the GK Blade being used by an irate tantrumming Nekomasu. Mirai then mentioned that this actually makes a weird sort of sense:
Yeah, something like that...
If I didn't know better, I'd say she is actually behaving well than usual! (looks at her through the kitchen door)
(she is sitting in the living room, reading a book)
Now I will admit, I didn't expect her to have the worse of tantrum situations there is.
Supposedly thats a natural side effect of the fact she doesn't have anyone to be a "parental figure".
Oh, it's much worse than that...
You make her mad enough, she suddenly transforms and starts trashing up the area she is in, and that's before she pulls out the big sword.
So when we saw you in the living room the other day, that's what happened?
Makes me glad I made it so I can reset the configuration of anywhere in this dimension at the touch of a button. Sure makes cleaning those messes up easier.
Hey, at least now, she's behaving more than she is about to pull tantrum moods.
definitely seems like it.
Something on your mind, Eden?
Oh, nothing... Well there is actually.
What is it?
It's... been bothering me a bit..
What has been?
This... "Transformation" she does whenever she goes into a tantrum, is it like the rest of you?
You mean like us changing into other people?
No, she changes part of her appearance, I'm assuming she doesn't know how to use that disguise ability yet.
I believe its her battle mode getting triggered entirely unconsciously. I don't even think she knows shes doing it.
Battle mode is when Kiz's eyes change color, she doesn't transform like that, same goes for the rest of us.
So you can't do the same like that too?
Not that we exactly know of...
That actually makes sense now with how she continuously clobbered Kaguya with it like a club when we went to Satoshi's place before.Damien chuckled at this interaction, but quickly began to reel in pain, as David had gotten their hands on Codex Shadius, resulting in another one of the seals breaking from inside him..
It didn't kill me, but it still hurt like hell!
She clobbered you with it like a club?
(holds her head) Still got the bumps to prove it!
What did you even do to have you get clobbered?
Just held on to her to stop her from wrecking up Satoshi's place, she just then started hitting me with it like a club.
(gives Kaguya a Look) Mental note: When she goes into another tantrum phase, don't hold on to her like this moron did.
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there is nothing more important than Their wellbeing. I would move heaven earth and everything in between to keep them safe.
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Towards Kizuna AI
Towards Libitina Salvino
At first, Libi held nothing but contempt for Damien, holding them entirely responsible for the Project and all of it's costs. But after many eons of time, and with Alina's Life on the line, Libi chose to do the unthinkable and reach out directly to him in order to help save her friend. After Damien succeeded at saving Alina and her two sisters, Alina was able to convince Libi to entrust Damien with removing the Curse she bore and Damien did not hesitate to accept Libi's request. This act resulted in Damien fully regaining Libi's trust, allowing her to finally put her past behind her for good and move forward.
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One story's ending is another one's beginning. Just because one door closes doesn't mean the others are shut forever as well. This story has just begun and the age cycle is just a transition of it. The sun may be setting on this saga but it will rise again once more.
You know, anyone else who experienced what we are would have thrown in the towel and lost all hope. But when I see those two, who have stared the gates of hell down as they open and forced them to close back down, making burritos together like all hell isn't breaking loose around us. If that isn't proof hope hasn't forsaken us, I don't know what is.
Its the little things that matter. If we can keep this side of us intact when facing death's door, there isn't a thing in all of creation we won't be able to face down. Its proof of our will, our resolve to continue. Proof our morale hasn't plummeted despite all we have faced.
Power is a fickle thing. Take A simple flame. (in his hand, a blue flame erupts) In the right hands, a spark can power the machinery to civilization and life. In the wrong hands. (the flame inverts into purple) It can corrupt all those who touch it, destroying the very lives it helped sow. (dissipates the flame) That's why it's important to understand the nature of duality. A weapon for one person may be a tool for another. Something that seems destructive on the onset may have beneficial uses as well.
Fate certainly is cruel in the way it chooses to set things up. The age is nearing its end so of course everything is going to hell now. Though just when the deck may seemed stacked against us and the odds of success seems nigh, you may find that there are forces that have been set in motion to make sure that everything turns out alright in the end. That even though it may seem like an endless twilight, the sun will shine again on us once more.