In a cataclysm known as the Nightfall, the worlds were almost completely destroyed by a harrowing surge of darkness.
In the shadows of the ensuing chaos a new group has taken shape. Led by an Aegyl named Kalos, the 11th Hour touts an esoteric knowledge of how to combat the darkness and restore the worlds. They might be the worlds’ best chance at survival; but nobody really knows enough about them to confirm or deny their claims.
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As much as it may have seemed like an attempt to get the group that had assembled down here to leave him alone, the chances of the Heartless attacking really were higher the longer they stayed down here. With hardly a fraction of his abilities still with him, Jin doubted he’d be much use in a fight where the enemy couldn’t be damaged – at least not permanently – by simple swords like his.
Shaizen had seemed to understand what he was getting at, and for that Jin wasn't going to poke at the man's ego anymore. He might have been military, but he wasn't Perothun and he certainly wasn't trying to put up a fight. Any more aggression would just be a waste of energy and a poor choice on his part.
Still, apparently he was deemed an important enough asset to spark a debate from Aqua when Max suggested leaving him behind. Honestly, Jin couldn’t care less if Max still held a grudge even after recovering from whatever injuries that fight had left him with. Getting people to like him had never been high on Jin’s priority list. But Aqua’s concerns ran deeper than what little respect Max apparently had for him.
It had taken a while for Jin to pick up on it, but a lot of what people around here talked about had to do with Light and Darkness. The Heartless were Darkness that craved Light. Twilight Town was a world whose Heart was about to be lost to the Darkness. The Dark Hide had merged with Chaos to accost the town and nearly send it to ruin. Maybe that’s what he was missing in all this.
Tamnia had always been a world full of strife, but they’d never assigned such simple labels to things as Light and Darkness. Sometimes, it was hard to know or understand who was really in the right. Perothun knew it committed atrocities, but often rationalized it as for the greater good. The same could be said for Tamnia’s Gifted population, none moreso than the fledgling resistance.
“You don’t get it, Aqua,” Jin muttered, casting his eyes downwards and away from the group as he shuffled back towards the spot he’d been resting at earlier. “I’m not supposed to be here. Almost everybody I come across here has something to say about light or dark, black or white. I can’t just divide myself into pieces and choose which parts to label what like that.”
His uninjured hand came up to his chest, grasping at the small stone around his neck; the only piece of home he’d found to cling onto ever since coming here. The action was supposed to be comforting, but if anything it served only to strengthen his desire to wall himself off from the three in front of him.
“Call yourself a wayfinder as much as you want. Warn me about the Heartless or being swallowed up by the Darkness until you’re blue in the face. The fact of the matter is that ever since I came here, I haven’t had anything in me that I could call Light and the Darkness doesn’t seem to care about me much either.”
At that admission, Jin let his knees give out from under him as he collapsed back into his original position against the wall.
“I know how that sounds to you, and I understand it probably irritates you to hear someone acting like your worldview doesn’t apply to them because they’re special or broken or whatever label you want to put on it. But Max is right. What I need now is to be left alone. So please, just let me sleep.”
Post by Shaizen Latross on Mar 4, 2019 19:37:52 GMT -4
Shaizen would cross his arms and close his eyes, realizing that the other three were now talking among themselves. He couldn’t blame them, as he was someone who had just came to exist within this world, and so they would know next-to-nothing about him. It was only natural that they would speak more to each other than him, and it was something that Shaizen actually liked. It let him listen more carefully when he didn’t have to think of something to say. In terms of battle, he could talk strategies and tactics like it was second nature. For casual conversation or trying to convince someone to do something like the other three were arguing about, Shaizen felt more comfortable being a shadow in the background.
He looked down to his sides and eyed the hilts of his swords hanging down from his back, smiling a little before sighing. He uncrossed his arms and reached to the buckle which held the two ends of the strap belonging to Lunar, unfastening it and slowly pulling the blade and sheath off his back. As he continued to listen to the others, he would lean the weapon against the wall and reach up to unfasten the other blade, Eclipse.
With both blades now unfastened and leaning against the wall, he would take off his jacket and place it next to them before picking up Eclipse once more. Looking at the blade, he realized just how long he had worn his weapons in the fashion that Jin had criticized just minutes before.
*This is going to take some getting use to. My whole life I wore these blades to fit my lifestyle, and now both are changing in the blink of an eye. Even Gil would have a hard time managing this well.*
He would turn to face the others as he took the strap of the blade’s sheath and placed it back over his shoulder. He would reach the strap around from his left shoulder to his right side before fastening the two ends of the strap together and making sure the sheath was tight on his back. Once Eclipse was once again strapped tight, now with the blade pointing to the ground, he would do the same with Lunar to the other side from his right shoulder to his left side.
Both blades now once again on his back, he would pick up his jacket and put it back on, the two holes in the back fitting over the sheaths so the blades poked through without catching the jacket. He would then walk a little closer to the group as Jin would collapse, causing Shaizen to feel a little respect for the man. Despite being obviously badly injured, he still had stood to make sure Shaizen was no threat to Aqua. What it was that drove the man to do so was up for grabs, and perhaps something he would never share.
Nor was it something Shaizen would bring up. The main goal of the group now was to decide whether or not to leave Jin to his rest as he wished, or to do whatever they could to keep him safe and try to get him somewhere less Heartless-infested.
“I will not claim to know anyone here, but it seems to me that Jin here isn’t going to come with us. Not willingly anyways. Being a warrior my whole life, I tend to try to respect the wishes of other warriors, so long as they are honorable anyways. I don’t think you will have to worry about him, Aqua. If he is indeed void of both Light and Darkness, then there will be nothing to draw the Heartless to him. No Light for them to feed on, nor any Darkness for them to recruit into their ranks. And I highly doubt he would go to whatever lengths gave him his current injuries just to leave Twilight Town to fend for itself. If he already went this far to protect this place, then he will return. At least, that is what normal logic says. Again, I know nothing of him, but I doubt any amount of speaking will convince him, and any physical measures will either be met with retaliation or causing him more pain in the process, possibly both.”
Shaizen knew that it was now a matter of minutes maybe before Heartless might start rushing to them, meaning they would have to start moving soon unless they wanted to be trapped down here. With three beings in the same location who DID have at least some Light in them, he would be surprised if they weren’t already heading this way. They would have to wrap this conversation up quick if any of them wanted out of here alive.