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Chapter II: The Crystalline Conundrum

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6:28 pm
October 22, 2018

dystopia
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  Chapter II: The Crystalline Conundrum
 

A cool breeze danced through the rolling fields as Erlein and the others walked on, the lights of Treno shinning in the distance now illuminating the night sky. Erlein felt a sense of comfort as he looked onto his home, sensing that soon everything would be set right.
   ” I've never been so happy to see Treno before.” Erlein said to the others as he picked up his pace, making for the gates.
The plaza was bustling as ever when Erlein entered the city, citizens carrying on in boisterous conversations and gallivanting around the town. Erlein looked back at his two comrades as he stopped in the center of the entry plaza.
   ” I'm sure you know the way to Dr. Tot's place Vivi, I need to make a quick stop but will quickly catch up to you both.” Erlein said with excitement before bounding off to the right, through the iron gates towards the slummy side of town.
 
 
OOC Talk:
On to Tots!

 
 

6:58 am
October 29, 2018

cooler
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The battle was exhausting, it had been many weeks since Vivi had engaged in a battle of that magnitude and even then, they rarely saw creatures as massive as that.  Unfortunately, the party would not have much of a chance to relax and catch their breath, for the Pyrefly laid in ruins upon the ground, splinters of wood spread out all around it and various items cast aside.

It was a long walk, one that took a few hours by foot.  It was a somewhat comfortable pace, allowing them to recuperate as much as one can without being able to fully stop.  As the sun faded away and day turned to night, it weasn’t long before they began to see their destination.  For all the was started to go on upon the continent again, Treno seemed it’s usual busy self.  Lights shimmered throughout the night sky and the sounds of the hustle and bustle of the night life of Treno echoed throughout the surrounding area.

As the group walked through the gates into the bustling city, Erlein stated his intentions to momentarily leave the party and regroup with them at the house of Professor Tot.

”Mr. Frantz, I’m heading to the Professor’s house, you are welcome to follow me if you have no other plans.” Vivi exclaimed, unsure what if any business Frantz may or may not have within Treno.

It had been quite sometime since Vivi was last in Treno, he remembered all of the exciting adventures they had last time and their passage through the caverns. Vivi paused a moment and looked all around him, taking in the sights and sounds.  It was relaxing to see such normalcy.  In Alexandria everyone was still heavily helping rebuild the damage that Bahamut had caused, but the signs of battle didn’t exist here, it was like Treno had managed to escape it all.

With this new found vigor and resilience instilled in him, Vivi began the short trip to the Professor’s house. 

5:21 am
October 31, 2018

ShogoMaki
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During the battle, Frantz had felt he had not lost any of his battle prowess, but as the adrenaline rushed away he started to feel fatigue and weariness set in. His body was sluggish, but he did his best not to show how tired he was. Not having time to rest actually help the dragon knight. He could tell that he would be sore should he have not stretched by walking and would need to work his way up to jumping like he use to. 

The city of Treno brought Frantz's mind away from the tiredness. Night seemed to fall quickly as they approached and Frantz got the impression that the city laid in a perpetual night. Frantz noticed that the town was designed very differently than the rest of the continent he had seen and immediately felt the unnerving feeling of paranoia creep up on him. Thought Frantz got the impression that his paranoia was well founded. Frantz wondered what a renown doctor was doing in such a town and even more so what business Erlein has here aside from him. He set the thought aside knowing it was just the survival part of his training telling him to be wary due to the shady feel of the town.

Frantz look to Vivi with relief that seemed apparent, “Please just call me Frantz.” Frantz responded with a warm smile, “This is my first time here so…heading right to Dr. Tot's may be for the best. Unless, there is something you feel I should see.” Frantz didn't want to risk missing something due to a negative impression he held of the area. It was possible that some of the shady characters he saw had gathered here due to something positive.

4:34 pm
November 2, 2018

dystopia
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  Chapter II: The Crystalline Conundrum
 

The hustle and bustle that was the norm for a place like Treno calmed Erlein as he quickly moved along the raised stone walkway that twisted it's way over the slums towards the weapon merchant. Poking his head in the door Erlein gestured towards the man inside with a point from his index finger.
   ” So, The Pyrefly went down about twelve miles outside of town—” Erlein stared, still hanging his upper body casually through the doorway. ” I swear it wasn't my fault this time!” Erlein continued, speaking faster now. The man behind the counter looked up his eyes growing larger as Erlein spoke. ” Anyway I can't stay and chat, Later!” Erlein said with a grin before ducking back out of the door and slipping down the stairs into the lower part of town as quickly as he could.
Erlein moved quickly through the lower side of town, cutting through alleyways until he popped out next to the Tetra Master arena, he was almost to Dr. Tots tower. Sliding past a man in a brightly colored sewn frock Erlein climbed a set of stone stairs before catching sight of the others in the distance about to enter the Docter's abode.
   ” Hey guys wait up!” Erlein shouted across the night as he picked up his pace so he could rejoin the others as they arrived.
 
 
OOC Talk:
Active Time Event?!

 
 

3:06 am
November 5, 2018

cooler
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“Okay, Frantz,” Vivi acknowledged, making the correction to drop the Mr. from before his name, “We may be able to explore later, but Doctor Tot is the priority” Vivi stated.

The two walked through Treno, taking in the various sites. It was loud, it was busy and it was bright. Treno felt like a place that would never be brought down, somehow always avoiding the atrocities of the continent. It was this liveliness that calmed Vivi, for he knew much of the world was still recovered from the last event and he could only imagine what was going on now.

As they neared the Doctor’s house, a familiar voice called out to them. It seemed as if Erlein had completed what turned out to be a very quick detour and was able to meet back up with the group before they arrived at the Doctor’s place. Vivi stopped at the sound of his voice and turned his attention towards him and waited for him to finally catch up.

OOC: An ATE?! Let’s have it. 

7:31 pm
November 6, 2018

ShogoMaki
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Frantz looked down at his new companion as they walked the streets of Treno together. For someone so short, Frantz admired the purpose that laid behind the way he moved and spoke. The streets of Treno hustled and bustled with the comings and goings of its citizens and visitors. Vivi showed no signs of being worried about the dark town, but Frantz wondered if he would even be able to tell if he was worried. The dragon knight waved for Erlein as the group approached the tower of Dr. Tots, “Hey, were you able to get everything done that you needed?” Frantz said with a raised eye brow wondering how he was able to get anything down in the time it took him and Vivi to get here since Vivi had taken them the direct route. “So what's this doctor's specialty?”

5:56 pm
November 7, 2018

dystopia
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  Chapter II: The Crystalline Conundrum
 

Erlein stopped for a moment to catch his breath as he rejoined both Vivi and Frantz at the foot of the stone stairway that would lead up the tower to Dr. Tot's abode.
   ” Who Tot? he's a scholar or sorts, knows about as much as anyone about the history of our planet here, among other things.” Erlein replied to Frantz as he started up the stairs, the flicker of torch light casting dancing shadows as they climbed upwards towards the top of Tot's tower.
As the Erlein began to reach the top of the spiraling stone stairs the musty odor of old books slowly started to tickle is nostrils, the torches still illuminating their climb and casting dark silhouettes of their shapes as they moved upwards. Seeing the light of Tot's study Erlein motioned to the others as he reached the platform only to hear voices from the room ahead.
   ” Doctor, the return of the Mist to both this region and Bermacia is very troubling and is only made worse since none of us have heard from Zidane.” An unfamiliar voice spoke out, feminine but strong in resonance and timbre.
   ” Yes, yes. I'm afraid it's had me quite puzzled. It seems Kuja's promise that Terra's assimilation of Gaia could not be halted may have been true. I thought Zidane had surely been doing everything he could to stop the merging of our worlds but alas it seems something had happened to hi—” Dr. Tot was speaking now, his tone stark before he suddenly stopped noticing Erlein and the others. ” Who's that? come in come in!” Dr Tot called out to the group.
 
 
OOC Talk:
Vivi, pleas lead us in. Also my little Erlein side post was my ATE! lol, they always were trivial!  Vivi recognizes the voice as that of Freya.

 
 

2:34 am
November 12, 2018

cooler
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The group was reunited in front of Doctor Tot’s residence and just as soon as that was, they begin their trek inside as Erlein led them up the old and creaky steps.  Vivi’s eyes wandered around the room, the flicker of candle light providing a dim lighting through the residence.  Vivi would describe it as an organized mess, with papers and tools and trinkets scattered across desks, tables and shelves.  Books were nestled in an a somewhat orderly fashion around the room in floor to ceiling bookcases.

As the group all reached the top of the stairs, a familiar voice seemed to echo out into the ledge where they stood, looking out above the first floor.  That same voice seemed to share the same concerns that this group did and even Burmecia was mentioned, something Vivi knew that Frantz would be interested in hearing.  It didn’t take Vivi too long to recognize the voice as that of Freya, the Burmecian that travelled with the group after they met her in Lindblum during the Festival of the Hunt.  The shuffle of their footsteps was enough for Doctor Tot to hear them approaching and his voice called out to them.

”Doctor Tot, Freya!” Vivi exclaimed as he led the group into the study, with a little more pep in his step than he had since the journey started.  It was calming to see familiar faces, though the reason for their renunification made the moment a little more somber.

”We have travelled from Alexandria because of the reports of the Mist coming back, we even encountered a mighty Zuu, much bigger than the ones we previously faced on our journey.  I hope these are not ill tidings for Zidane’s own adventures.”  Vivi explained to Doctor Tot and Freya. 

12:32 pm
November 17, 2018

ShogoMaki
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Frantz followed behind the group and took note on Dr. Tot's specialty and hoped he would have time to speak with him in private or look through his books, but judging by the importance of their mission he didn't think he would have a chance to do that now. Lost in his own thoughts, Frantz did not register the female voice until the group was before the doctor and Lady Freya. Frantz stiffened immediately and saluted, “Lady Freya!” He realized that his message might not have reached her due to her being here and not Burmecia, “I sent word to Burmecia after leaving Alexandria. Along with finding out about the Mist, it seems that Queen Garnet has gone missing as well.” Frantz could feel his adrenaline begin to pump again like in the battle, but this time the experience was not as welcoming. Instead he worried whether his choice to go with the party would be seen as wrong.
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