Once we were...humans.
Note: whatever has been posted, has been posted - nothing beyond this point will be included in impressions, and I would love for you to post your decisions first, so I can set up the remainder of the round.
The morning reveals the assumption was wrong - or, for a moment it does. In a moment, or two, you manage to put the two and two together, and while it does result in a number four, it makes no difference in the big picture.
Sol, Diana wroteWhat do you imagine when you think of dead silence?
Diana imagines it could be a moment like this, snow falling in a thick blanket, moon finding its way through the clouds, no stars in sight. The animals were silent.
She hears Sol breathing in the other corner of the room, as she sat in a large armchair in the corner of the room, the warmth fogging up the window. Sol slept - by chance, or drugs, or a spell, she did not know - and she tried, but the sleep did not reach her.
There are steps outside the door, she looks up, untucking her legs from under her, ready should something happen. Nothing - whoever walked, walked past the room - and her body releases the tension once more, she leans back.
By the time she decided to close her eyes for just a second, it was already daytime - Sol got up sometime before her, she looks at him, and at that moment, siblings hear a commotion from downstairs.
“Sol,” she gasped, realizing it was morning. -”Are you—?”
“Human?” he asks, nodding. -”I’ve been human for a while now, A,” he finished. -”Sit, let me tell you what happened before we go downstairs.”
Istok, Aurelius, Nastya, Sol wroteAurelius walked into the room, followed by Istok, and Nastya thinks nothing of it until she noticed the look on Aurelius.
“A lot,” Istok replied, staring at the open door: two moments later, Sol enters the room.
“Did you see who it was?”
“Someone must have slipped me something,” Aurelius replied, as Istok closed the door and let himself out.
“At least you’ve had the decency to give me a notice,”
“Perhaps because I didn’t think it would actually work,” Aurelius chuckles - Nastya looks at both as if they have gone off their minds - and Sol gives it a little shrug.
“Iris was not as lucky, was she?”
“Iris,” Aurelius leans back, smirking. -”Poor Iris, she never stood a chance.”
“Shut the fuck up, both of you, this is not the final act of a drama!” Nastya slammed her book on the table. -”Now tell me what is happening?”
“I’m human,” Sol said. -”I’ve been human for a few weeks now,”
“Has it been that long?” Aurelius furrowed his brows, glancing at the blond man. Sol nodded. -”The time truly flies—”
“I’m human too,” he responded to Nastya’s horrid look. -”Since not that long ago, but rather tonight, and by accident, or pure chance,”
“He had my soul,” Sol explained. -”So, when they came for it, they went to him, meaning they knew—”
“Well, they accidentally took mine—”
“They took both, but I believe you’ll not be needed, so I would not pray for a long life as a human,” Sol replied.
“Believe me, I would never wish for something like this,” Aurelius replied considering the aspect of mortality, for the first time in a very long time.
“You cursed us both,” Sol shrugged his shoulders. Aurelius didn’t listen but assumed Sol was not supportive at all.
“Don’t be dramatic,” Aurelius rolls his eyes, glancing at Nastya.
Nastya was silent, sitting, looking at them, wondering if eternal life ever truly promised to grow wiser too.
Meaning, you still don’t know who was the culprit - and they were getting closer to whatever the uniter legend was. Nastya decides to abandon the Synod, focusing on what seems to be the most important.
And it seems to be what the most are focusing on this time around as well.
The tensions are on the rise, everyone seems to be either suspicious, or a suspect, and the stories are getting devoured and re-read, in order to get the hang of what might come next.
There is a moment of silence - a rather short one - with everyone in the main house, cooped around the stories in the dining room, in the library, or some other room in the house until the speculations about the following story leave very little to be imagined.
Diana is found by Cedric in Sol’s room - he is in some kind of catatonic state, Diana cannot remember anything.
The night is falling, the snow seems to be restlessly covering everything, and there is another vote suggested by Thierry: he wants to leave and wants to know who wants to make it out with them.
Leaving Thierry, Uriel, Morgan, and Cedric decide to make a run for it.
Staying Minha. Kordelia. Kiriko. Aylin. Kiyo.
Aurelius does not give a fuck at this point, not enough to run. Diana sticks with Sol, who cannot run. Istok, Jackson, Simon, Rui, Viggo, River and Tyssa feel there is no point in getting into the storm. Nastya thinks leaving is not an option. Nico will basically give the incentive to get out but decides to leave instead. Lael will stay, too.
Given the majority of you will stay, I’d love to focus on this part mainly.
In the early afternoon, when this small vote turns into “every man for themselves” type of situation - no one is bothering packing, not really, and the plan is to head out together. Sometime later in the day they do - those first steps are done in the human body, and soon after whoever might be looking can sense the energy shift through the storm as they started taking their real forms.
The house is dead silent, with most of you standing in the lobby to watch the ones deciding to go leave - their departure, mostly short - makes for a very dividing moment, and the one last attempt at asking them to stay comes from Lael, who thinks there is no point in running, insisting everyone should stay and try to figure out what happens when the Uniter prophecy or manual has played its course.
He’ll be in the library for a while, reading into the texts, while the rest of you will separate in groups. Comes nightfall, there’s a power shortage in the house, and everything goes black. With the generator not working, part of you will seek candles, while the others either stay locked in, look for food, or generally stay in groups.
Minha wroteMinha is spending most of time around Nico, Aurelius and Istok, in a room where Aurelius set up after his turn. Nico is like a broken record, repeating and retelling stories, asking questions mostly to himself, and trying to figure out what he missed. At a point around 19, they realize they need more candles, and Nico wants to go look for them, but Istok won’t let him go alone, so Minha goes with him. They walk through the house - larger than both realized - and Nico takes his sweet time looking through rooms, pantry, kitchen, salon - passing by Kiriko and Simon in the dining hall, and on their way back to Aurelius’ room they run into River who is on his way to Sol’s room to try to help. The four of them are reunited post 20, in the room, Aurelius napping, Istok about to, and Nico still wide awake. Not much later, there are footsteps in the hallway, and before three of them react, Nico is already out, saying they need to stay back and stay silent. Moments after, all three decide to go find him, walking into the scene at the main entrance.
Kordelia wroteKordelia will be alone in the room, and around 18, Rui will come to pick her up and keep her company. Soon after, he’ll suggest they have a walk, go pick up some food and hopefully run into someone with good news. They will stop by the library, Nastya is alone there, so they will stick around for a while before the hunger kicks in again and they move towards the kitchen around 19, and spend a while there, getting what they can in the dark. The rooms are mainly silent, but they will encounter Minha and Nico looking for candles (they are there for a moment only). On their way back to the room, they will notice Lael on his way out of the house in the back, then will run into Kiyo and Jackson. They will spend time in the room before Uriel’s entrance causes the commotion around 21.
Kiriko wroteKiriko will spend time with Simon, in the dining hall, with Lael, studying the books. Lael is unsure of what might come next, especially since some stories are missing, and he will warn Kiriko that the story about the Wish Granter might be her story. Around 19, she will be left alone with Simon for a while, as Lael decides to go check up on Nastya on his own. Before 20, Kiriko and Simon will realize they are growing tired too quickly, and suddenly, they will not have enough energy to move, slipping into a slumber of a kind. Once she comes about, Simon is on the ground next to her, and she’s a human. The commotion Uriel causes coaxes them to the main level and towards the main entrance.
Aylin wroteAround 18, Aylin will spend some time in the room with Viggo, Tyssa and River. While Viggo is not worried about the ones who left, Tyssa wonders if they got far, worrying if they will be able to return in time to miss the storm. River is mostly worried about Sol, who hasn’t woken up yet, and around 19, he will leave to go try to help him. Tyssa will not wait long before leaving to go find him. Shortly after 20, Viggo hears some commotion in the hallway and runs into the hall before Aylin can do much, returning a moment later to ask her help because Tyssa is behind the corner, on the ground. Once they both go there, not one is there, and for Aylin, everything goes black. Once she’s conscious again, she is human, no one but Viggo is around and comes what may, she should make her way to the main ground and towards the main entrance by the time Uriel lands in the house.
Kiyo wroteKiyo will spend time with newly-human Diana in the room where Sol is, and Jackson will join them under the excuse that they should not be alone. Around 19:00, there’s a knock on the door and while everyone tenses up a little, it turns out to be River, there to try and help Sol. He will spend considerable time doing it, both he and Diana focused on him, and Kiyo can keep Jackson company. He’ll ask Kiyo to accompany him to go to the kitchen around 20, look for some food since River is with Sol and Diana. On their way down, they will notice Lael walking towards the back of the house, alone, and on their way back, find an empty library. They will be back soon, and the trio is still there. Sometime near 21, the commotion outside will coax them out of the room and things will witness the Uriel entrance.
Everyone is at the main hall around 21, in time for the doors to swing open with a gust of wind, snow and cold. Uriel will fly in, carrying Morgan, half-frozen, both tumbling to the ground, as his wings feel as if they are frozen, tumbling into the stairs, barely breathing.
People come up to help - Istok picks him up, barely, as River goes towards Morgan, trying to help her. She’s unconscious and human, and Uriel picks himself up suddenly, as many ask what has happened. He explains the storm was nothing like he has ever seen - the cold snowstorm was more like the sand storm, changing direction, shifting pace, and whenever they thought they were close to getting to the border of the property. At a point, they separated, they could not see far in front, and he could only hear one scream in the whiteout. He found Morgan in the snow, and no one around, deciding to fly back to the house - the storm didn’t seem to mind. He is talking, and most are around them, coming from different directions.
Before more fingers are pointed in different directions, there’s another scream coming from the whiteness outside. There is nothing for a second, or two, and Uriel picks himself up, going towards the door, just in time to catch Thierry, falling into his arms.
No shock there, he is human. While he is trying to catch his breath, River goes to close the door, stopping the snow from coming in. He turns towards the rest, and it’s really not hard to realize not everyone is there.
Please end your story with the realization there are a few of you missing.
Missing Cedric. Lael. Nastya. Nico.
1. Name. Creature. FC. Interests (up to 3).
A. Stay or go?
3. Story! Note: this round takes place within 1 day.
4. Outfits, if you wish.
Last edited by Zaralee (22/02/2022 at 15:48)