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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:30 pm
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Milan quickly turned her head at the sudden outburst of noise, which to her joy came from Nathan and Aris.
Perfect, her plan worked.
Being no stranger to the environment, Milan knew the market wasn’t child’s play—even though she was very excited and seemingly overstimulated.
She tried to take a moment for herself by taking a deep breath, but was quickly interrupted by Kaylee’s sudden interest in what seemed to be a technological good.
“Don’t worry, no more stunts.” She shot a sly wink at Nathan before quickly noting what Kaylee wanted, and bee-lined in her direction.
Milan sternly grabbed her arm, and gently pulled her back to the entrance where Nathan and Aris still stood.
“Alright I don’t know why I trust you guys so much, but it seems that I have taken a liking to you all. With that being said, let me explain a few things before we all officially step inside.”

Glancing in everyone’s direction, she made sure everyone was on the same page as she continued. “The market is my favorite place, specifically the midnight market so i’m genuinely excited to have you guys join me.
As we all know, they have tradable items which can really help us out if utilized correctly. But it is also famously dangerous—that is, if you don’t know how to carry yourself. Especially for those who are not accustomed to its culture—but first let me establish myself to you guys so you know i’m not a suspicious person.
The only reason why I am so easily able to come here by myself, is cause I can understand and communicate with all of the vendors here—when you have their trust they have your back.”

Milan proceeded to teach the friends useful words to know from each of the main languages of the market, and how to tell which regions the vendors where from.

“Alrighty! Last few important things. The most important thing you have to do is to look confident. Even if you see a scary looking trader, you won’t get mugged or kidnapped if you look confident. If you hear gunshots, keep going and once again, maintain composure and confidence. That is the only way you can travel safely! Because if there is the off-chance of you getting attacked, the vendors will have your back.
Next, try to stay together—like Nathan said. If we get separated or lost, don’t look panicked, and make your way to the entrance! We will all meet there cause the absolute latest we will stay here is in an hour.
So in a nutshell, if you get lost or separated meet by the entrance in an hour. If not, then great.”

Milan gently smiled, “There are 3 things i’m aiming for tonight. Food for Nathan, Technology for Kaylee, and Literature for Aris. Any questions?!”
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:30 pm
Aris followed behind at a brisk job, his hand firmly on his satchel as not to lose any of it's precious contents. He kept his mind in a similar vice, whispering the exchanges he'd just experienced under his breath as he jogged after his new muses. If he were to lose his ideas and inspiration before he had a chance to document it... that would be a tragedy.

Finally gaining on his company he allowed himself to show his exhaustion. Breathing heavily, Aris caught the tail end of their conversation, the awe of the market lost to him as he struggled to regain his breath. His attempt at listening was not good enough, but he caught that someone wanted to locate some literature. He recognized her voice form the dark forest, but it was the first time seeing her face in the light. Brows furrowed his suspicions grew, but his eagerness for his goal over came him.

"If you would... actually ma'am, um... other authors works are fine and great, I mean- one must appreciate his peers work and give criticism if honored and asked to give it- but I would much rather... if it not too much trouble... could you help m,e locate some blank paper?" He was smart enough to recognize the demand for something to trade in return.

"I found this earlier..." Aris dug through his bag and retrieved the technical drawing he'd pulled from the rubble. "I don't know what it means though." He said, looking it over once more,. "But it's captivating isn't it?" He whispered, leaning in to show Milan, Nathan and Kaylee.
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:56 pm
“Hey, give me a second I need-“ Kaylee attempted to protest as her kidnapper once again pulled her away by the arm. Now throughly frustrated, the young woman hugged as Milan explained the plan. First Nathan, and now this chick, it seemed everyone felt the need to babysit her. Regardless of how proficient she obviously was in combat, her size subjected her to unnumbered occasions of belittlement. Finally loosening up at the promise of new tech, the spirited teen slowly nodded in agreement. That, at least, was a sentiment she could get behind.
However her brother didn’t wear the same expression. The comforting offer of food obviously not being enough to fan the flames of his anger. While he seemed smitten with the girl only moments before, Kaylee knew that she’d made a big mistake. You could mess with Nathan as much as you wanted, and he’d likely be too lazy to stop you. However messing with her was another story entirely. He truly was almost obsessively over protective.
Even knowing that, Kaylee kept her mouth shut. So long as he was tolerating the idea, she’d take advantage of the moment. The promise of a mother board, along with a few more chips, causing her joy to soar. She’d finally have everything she needed to start piecing together-
Pausing as Aris spoke up beside her, she finally began to understand his eccentrics. He was an author then. A once thrilling and profound profession, completely shattered under the weight of their current society. When one was constantly struggling to survive, they didn’t have time for a luxury such as reading. She was honestly surprised he found time to write, much less search for paper.
Suddenly a twinkle shimmered within her gaze, her expression flipping to one of delight upon analyzing the scroll he extended. Now this, this was what she needed. “Where did you find this?” A spark of excitement shot through her, just before her gaze turned back to the motherboard. This was really it.
“No!” Snatching the scroll away from him as he proposed to trade it, Kaylee held in protectively against her chest. “I need this! You can’t trade it!”
Finally stepping forward, Nathan sighed. There she went again. Regardless of his mood, he needed to stop her. “Kaylee that’s not yours. Give it back-“
“Shut it, and go get food with your girlfriend!” She cut him off protectively, before taking a step back.
“Oh, so I can have a girlfriend when it benefits you, huh?” He tsked, already mentally done for the day.
“So long as you’re upset with her, sure. At least you’re thinking rationally now.” Kaylee muttered softly before swiftly stuffing the scroll into her backpack. “This is valuable! He doesn’t even understand it!”
“Don’t act like you do either.” Finally Nathan’s anger dissolved, leaving him very, very tired.
“I get enough to use it for my project!”
“Not this again.” He muttered softly, before finally shrugging. “You know what food does sound nice. Sorry man, I’ll find you some paper for that.” Nathan promised, briefly nodding to Aris before going to find something to snack on. It seemed like he had no choice, but to face this place he hated.
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:35 pm
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Milan smacked her forehead with the palm of her hand.
These siblings were something else.
A slight awkwardness caused an awkward laugh to abruptly escape her lips, as they bantered and ultimately included her in the mix.
She came to a conclusion that the only way to regain composure was to redirect her focus towards the current situation.
“May I?” Milan gently gestured as she reached for the paper from Kaylee’s hands.
She examined it thoroughly, and immediately recognized it as some sort of blueprint.
“Woah I think Kaylee just might be onto something, this is a very valuable piece you’ve stumbled upon Aris! Although, i’m not sure what it contains.
 Kaylee, if you deem it worthy you can keep it.”
She glanced at Nathan (who was now walking towards the entrance) as she said the last sentence, subtly judging him.
 He was totally the foreign dad type, who wouldn’t let his daughter even glance at dudes.
Also, horrible at directions apparently, cause everyone was suppose to stay together.
Milan raised her eyebrows at his negligence but shrugged, cause she didn’t wanna risk pissing the already moody boy off any more than she already had.

Milan redirected her gaze towards Aris and smiled at him, “Give yourself more credit champ, luckily for you I brought a few extra trading materials so you’ll get paper by the time we are outta here.”
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 As the gang approached the stand with the fancy technology, Milan did her best to communicate with the vendor and was able to successfully obtain Kaylees prized possession, albeit with a lot of bargaining.
It was sort of a shock when she heard the price, she was definitely not expecting the piece to be so valuable, and was able to bargain with only just enough trading material left for one more mid-price item—paper.
 Not gonna lie, she was kind of disappointed, after all she was definitely looking forward to her own fare share of goods. Regardless, Milan tried her best to keep her facial expression steady.
She remembered how her dad always use to say, “sometimes in life you gotta loose something before you realize you win it.”
  With that, Milan perked up, and continued onward, and after much time spent looking, they were finally able to find a vendor who sold a good amount of paper for relatively cheap.
Score.
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 Although, it couldn’t be ignored that the whole situation did seem kind of strange.
Milan found herself really enjoying the company, but she couldn’t help the feelings of uneasiness regarding such level of trust with everyone. After all, they were strangers, ina world where strangers were demonized—and to top it off she gave up what she wanted for the greater good.. of the strangers.
Was she making the right decision?
Was she being stupid?
Or was it all an act out of the lack of company she received on a regular basis?
The familiar feeling of loneliness began to little by little consume her, although not apparent on her face.
Milan was distraught.
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:44 pm
After imposing his two cents into the conversation Aris took a physical and mental step back from the conversation. Alone in his thoughts he surveyed the market more, memorizing details. These details he would have to remember if this story became as heroic as he theorized. Before he'd come across these strangers he had been alone, it took a certain kind of writer to compose a one man show and Aris wasn't interested in making a play about himself. His life had been rather boring after all.

He much preferred to write about strangers and their adventures that he observed. His original search for paper was instigated by a brawl he had observed earlier. The cries and slurs being throw in the rabble, the story that unfolded and the final bloody conclusion.

Oh how Aris loved tragedy.

But tragedy was not what their world needed. In the fading light of humanity it was comedy that was needed. Much to Aris' chagrin. One day he promised himself he would write pieces that inspired laughter and a promise for a better world.

But for now the only inspiration were bar fights. Maybe that would change with his new muses.

Aris brought his head back down from the clouds and rejoined the conversation. The promise of paper sang off the mouth of Milan. He smiled wildly and reached to give her the paper he held only top find it had been snatched from his grasp some time ago. He had little concern, he couldn't read the document after all and trusted the stranger Milan (too) quickly to procure his end of the deal.

"Do not fear," The intent was to reassure the group, but the words seemed almost ominous aloud. "We will get what we came here for." He assured them with a smile.

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Aris' blinked owlishly at the tome in front of him. The paper Milan had secured for him was roughly bound together with twine, the mismatched sheets slightly varying sizes and colors. Some an aged yellow, some a fresher white. Aris ran his finger tips over the different textures.

And there he was content, he pulled out a pen from his satchel, scribbling on the paper and mindlessly following Milan and Kaylee through the Market.


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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:39 pm
Keeping just enough ahead of the group to have some space, Nathan made sure to also stay within their visual range. Though it wasn’t for the sake of his safety, but rather theirs. Even from this distance, a few illusions and it wasn’t likely anyone would start something with his sister. While he cared a great deal least regarding the new comers, he’d step in on their behalf as well. After all they’d come together, meaning they should leave together as well. On top of that Milan had spent her whole evening bargaining away her personal salvage halls on behalf of Kaylee and Aris. While he didn’t necessarily support the idea, he had to admit that it established a certain level of trust.
Shaking his head slightly as he turned to the food booth at his side, the young man took Milan’s advice when speaking to the young woman. Though he had to admit that it was easier than he was expecting to convince her in his trade. Maybe she had trouble hunting. He usually traded at such stalls for spices during the daytime market. They needed the meat, and he needed materials to cook. It was a win win. Eventually heading back over to the group, Nathan handed the plate of food over to Milan without saying anything before taking a bite of his snack. He and Kaylee had already eaten, so this was the only small way he could think to repay the girl for her kindness. Kaylee had been bugging him for a motherboard for months.
While he still wasn’t sure of her motives, he didn’t feel right being indebted to her.
“Does anyone need anything else?” He finally questioned, tossing the stick aside once he claimed the meat off it. Then tossing his hands into pockets, the boy scanned around the market calmly. Thus far the group had avoided the inner ring of the market. The black market. However the further they traveled, the more his discomfort grew. That was something he never wanted to see again.
“I’m ready to head back.”

“You’re always such a buzz kill.” Kaylee huffed, before reluctantly nodding. She’d wanted to explore the entire market, but between the motherboard and scroll in her backpack she was too excited to wait much longer. This could be it. Her first success.
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:07 pm

 Milan blinked as a response to Nathan handing her a plate of food. Unable to coerce herself into forming words of gratitude, she tilted her head; partly because she didn’t understand the gesture, and mostly because she hadn’t heard much from him the entire time—did he notice her looking upset?
Regardless, it didn’t really matter as soon as she realized she couldn’t stomach the food gifted to her.
She didn’t want to seem rude and reject his gesture—in case it meant something that she couldn’t comprehend, so she held onto it. It was particularly nice to hold anyway since it was warm.

Her eyes traveled from her hands to the others which soon caused a mindless smile to form onto Milan’s lips, as she meaninglessly watched their zoned-out expressions.
It felt nice, in a way which she couldn’t understand.

Very quickly, however, her eyebrows softly furrowed, leaving her to succumb to an overload of nostalgic emotions.
At that moment, while watching Kaylee, Aris, and Nathan, her life felt incredibly surreal.
They were simply standing still, yet she felt waves of motion pulling her back to moments in time where the colors of the earth were so vibrant it hurt her eyes.
The people in front of her, seemed to carry that same color—not in the midst of sight, but in the midst of emotion.
Again, it felt bittersweet.
As she returned back to her reality, a sudden urge to wrap her head around the minds of the people in front of her violently blossomed.
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A flower was born
in the world where thorns were beauty,
and petals were poison

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For the longest time, it was as if her world had been absent of the normalities of simple human commotion she was accustomed to before the world fell at its seams.
She didn’t realize how comforting it was, to have interaction, gratitude, and ironically uncomfortableness.
Inevitably, these thoughts led to her curiosity of if they would all remain in each other's lives, after the market excursion.

She was so completely out of the loop, that when Nathan abruptly exclaimed if they were ready to leave, her heartbeat accelerated.
It was extremely foreign to her, the feeling that was suddenly absorbed within her frame; which annoyed her in a sense, because she wanted to so desperately understand it.

She didn’t want to leave, because if she did she wouldn’t see them again, right?
She felt a certain warmth in her eyes well up, and the scenery before her blurred.
Tears didn’t fall, but in their expanse was an empty void.

Should she invite them to come to her home? There was more than enough space—
No, obviously not.
All of the logic pointed to no.
Milan swallowed the built-up tension in her throat and simply followed them outside in hopes that wherever she ended up was not by her lonesome.
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:33 pm
Aris silently sat beside them all, scratching away at the pages quietly. He documented the fight he'd witnessed before and he'd finally reached the ending which he had missed, afraid they would notice him observing and then he would become embroiled in the plot. He also feared he may be no good in a fight, not even a battle of words. Words were not a weapons, rather a tool. His hands followed his brain on the tangent it had taken, the story forgotten and his odd and simple bit of philosophy taking over.

Words are not weapons, rather tools to craft stories and convey meaning into the world. Sometimes they do hurt, as a poorly sharpened knife hurts it's wielder. But it is only ever out of good intention, the meal it is preparing, and poor execution, the mismanagement of the knife-

Suddenly Aris peaked his head up over the edge of his book, his train of thought forgotten. His dark eyes barely visible between the edge of the book and his white bangs, Aris bit his lip. Milan had a piping hot plate of food in her lap, the smell of the cooked meat was truly tantalizing. How long since he'd had something cooked? Too long. Fire brought trouble after all. Shyly he scooted closer to Milan.

"Miss Milan," he added the excessive politeness of the title in an attempt to sway her, "May I have some of that, it smells awfully good..." He eyes the kebabs unapologetically, the hole of hunger in his stomach seemed to open wide and whispers sweet threats of starvation to him the longer he stared.
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on Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:53 pm
“Careful Milan, feed a stray and it will follow you home.” Kaylee whispered softly with a wink as the group began to head back. The thought of home bringing a smile to her face, as she finally had the last piece to her project. Today for sure. She even had some notes to help her, thanks to Aris. The lad was strange, and far from manly, though he’d proven himself to be useful enough.
“You aren’t funny.” Nathan sighed whilst pinching the bridge of his nose. His sister always tending to speak her mind, saying things that would make most uncomfortable. For some reason she never quite caught on to social cues. Rather, she hide away in her own imaginary definition of social convention. Always rambling on about her own plans and ideas, without paying mind to anyone else’s. Her selfishness played a key role in keeping them alive, however did earn her any points when it came to making friends. Had he left it alone she would’ve taken Aris’ papers without any kind of compensation.
Pausing for a moment, Kaylee snapped her fingers before smirking. “That’s because it’s not entirely true. Some strays would happily follow her home without payment.” She continued on while jabbing him in the side, before laughing as his complexion began to darken. It was way too easy to mess with him. “Can’t exactly take girls home when you’re babysitting every day of the year.” His retort caused a swift change in her mood. She hadn’t been expecting him to try to get under her skin in return. Usually he just silently took her jabs. “I don’t need a babysitter, and I am certainly not the reason you can’t snag a girlfriend!” She huffed in annoyance as their house once again came into view.
Relaxing slightly as she raced towards it in excitement, Kaylee slipped inside before rushing to the corner where a metal orb laid. This was finally it! “I’m very capable! You’ll see!” Grumbling under her breath as she dug through her bag, the young woman retrieved her two new items. The papers, and her motherboard. While it did take a while for her to decipher the pages writings, she was pleased to find that it did hold some valuable information. With this she could-
She swiftly set to work without so much as another thought. This time it’d work. She was sure of it. Taking a step back after careful installing the motherboard like the pages instructed, the blonde drew in a deep breath. “Come on!” She pleaded in a whisper, gently tapping the ball in anticipation. “Not this again-“
“Shhh!” Promptly cutting her brother off as he entered the room, the young woman’s eyes began to sparkle as the orb shook slightly. In that moment her heart seemed to stop. After all these years... Did she actually? Could it be? It became hard for her to breathe, and everything around her began to fade away. This could be her greatest accomplishment. The first of many, even. She might’ve really done it. “Amra?”
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:52 pm
All was dark at first, a state of dormancy that felt...odd? Something sparking inside urged it to begin to lighten. A prodding that sent the strange little orb to wobble a bit.

Slowly, the feeling of emptiness began to fade away as a internal light flickered on. A strange screen of information rolling down the center of its processing capabilities. Electric life began to flood it's system as the ball slowly twitched, and with a sharp click. Two robotic eyes opened. The eyes slowly dilated and opened, testing functions, before more clicking as it seemed to pop to life. The bottom half poped open to form two little legs, taking a few wobbly steps, the robot walked forward. Looking up, the robot looked over the two beings watching it intently as it was them. Suddenly the robots eyes brighten as it seemed to settle, a quick steady light flashing from its eyes. The scan complete, the robot made one final diagnostic check

"Hello!" A tiny voice came from the orb. Slight static behind the sound , but very much distinguishable. It's voice chipper, and if the robot had facial components, it would most likely be smiling "My name is Amra. It is so very nice to meet you!"
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:18 pm
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In the absence of common sense, there lays a rose petal—untouched and alone, atop a small mountain of gold.
The petal had no flower, yet it still shone, even in the expanse of illumination, of light, and it’s rest upon the bejeweled throne.
There it lay, through night and day,
yet even the most brilliant traveler who came across this conundrum, wouldn’t dare to disrupt it—whether through a whisper, whether through a hum. (1/2)
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Milan closed her eyes, while inhaling deeply—then briefly paused, until she could feel the bandwidth of her lungs expand, but very quickly reach its limit.
As she let out a long-awaited breath, she attempted to clear her mind, by placing the emotional tangles around her chest, within her exhale.

It wasn’t worth ruining her night with anxious thoughts.

Instead of slowly opening her eyes like she wanted, she became very quickly conscious of her surroundings as soon as she felt a presence approach her—and to her liking it wasn’t a stranger, but Aris.
She missed what he had said, but her eyes traveled to his gaze—which was the very plate in her hand.
“Ahh! This—You want this?
You can have all of it, I’m not hungry!”
A short chuckle evaded from her mouth, as she watched the boy’s reaction, and Kaylee’s snarky comment.
“That’s okay, strays are always welcome. Come on Aris, give us your best meow!”

Milan was quite pleased with how fast the energy buzzed positively, and in that exact moment, she realized how much she hated being unreasonably negative. With a smile still laced to her lips, she obediently followed everyone as both Kaylee and Nathan led.

The chatters through the dim path ceased, as soon as the two leaders came to an abrupt stop in front of a familiar hut atop a metal-scrap ridden field.
The twins house?
As both Aris and Milan were gestured to come with, it very quickly turned into everyone watching Kaylee mess with her motherboard, blueprint and metal remnants.

Milan watched in curiosity, but soon was in speechless, utter shock.
After maybe almost an hour, she had developed some sort of bot, and once Kaylee finished, it actually began to whir with life.

Flabbergasted, Milan gawked back and forth from Kaylee, to the bot—until she broke the cycle by expressing her mangled thoughts.
“Kaylee!! OH MY GOD! It’s—alive?! You’re a freaking wizard!”
Milan quickly maneuvered her way towards the little thing, and poked it.

“Amra, what can you do?!”
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Re: Altaria: An Oasis Forsaken

on Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:30 pm
"Are you sure Miss Milan?" He said but his actions did not reflect that, he took the plate from her outstretched hands as they walked. Journal stashed in the crook of his elbow as he followed them mindlessly. He hadn't quite heard where they were going, but he didn't bother asking, he would know soon enough.

"A stray I may be Kaylee," He mused between bites, "But I'm a stray with a full belly and a place to put his thoughts-" He waxed poetically before stuffing his face more. He wasn't sure where they were going, or rather where he was headed but for now in this moment he was content.

That's when the ramshackled hut came into view. He finished his food and pulled out his journal again. Seemed the story would only keep developing.

"What is this..." He whispered to himself. Aris looked about the room and mused, wondering what stories the inside of their home told. "Cozy..." he whispered ominously.

He sat aside and watched a while, floating between the siblings and Milan. He was observing Nathan when Milan hollered from Kaylee's work space. He turned a keen eye to the suddenly animate hunk of steel and dark eyes were alight with wonder.

"Amra." He stated, staring, if not a little rudely.
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