A new challenger has arrived!
The following is based on an interesting conversation in the iRO RaidCall. Dedicated to Toxn! XD
ZeroTigress lays the last dish of Steamed Crab Nippers on the table before her.
"That's the... tenth one..." she says nervously.
Toxn, ZeroTigress, and Inuko23 had traveled to the inn at Payon to rest from their odd ordeal in Byalan Island. Sitting on the floor of the inn's dining room, ZeroTigress had switched to her pure forge Blacksmith to cook the nippers they collected and had just finished preparing the last serving of cooked nippers.
"What's so bad about that?" wonders Toxn, leaning back onto the wall behind him.
"I told you, this is my first time cooking Steamed Crab Nippers," reiterates ZeroTigress. "I'm not usually this lucky with cooking, especially with a recipe I haven't done yet."
"Maybe you're just really lucky today," says Inuko23.
"Or maybe it's a sign something worse is coming our way," ZeroTigress says forebodingly.
"I doubt the Obeaune is a bad sign," sighs Toxn, putting his hands behind his head. "It just caught us off-guard, that's all."
ZeroTigress stands up to bring up the game's system menu in order to switch back to her Assassin Cross character. In minutes, her body becomes engulfed in a swirling blue light and then disapates to reveal her in her main body.
"I feel like playing Real Emotion every time you do that," Inuko23 smiles as her sister sits back down.
"Ugh, no Final Fantasy x-2, please," groans ZeroTigress. Sitting back down, she pushes 2 servings of the nippers forward. "So, who wants some +1 Vitality?"
"Kind of want to wait until they enable taste and smell before trying them out," comments Toxn.
"Yeah, was thinking that, too," adds Inuko23.
"No problem," says ZeroTigress, taking all 10 servings and putting them into her inventory. "I thought the same as well."
The three of them sit silently and stare at the table for some time. They weren't quite sure what to make of their Byalan Island trip, but no one had any idea what could've attributed to such an anomaly.
Then suddenly, ZeroTigress speaks up.
"Temporal degeneration!" she exclaims with eyes wide with realization.
"What?" Toxn responds, raising an eyebrow in confusion.
"Temporal degeneration," ZeroTigress repeats. "It's a natural occurance in the real world. Imagine if Byalan Island actually exists in our world. All that ocean water dripping through those underground tunnels would've softened the earth enough for the tunnels to leak into each other. Maybe that Obeaune got into the second level through one of those cracks."
Now it was Inuko23's turn to be confused. "Huh?"
"Think about it, it also explains why that pool that Toxn fell into was so deep," ZeroTigress continues. "That kind of phenomena happens in real life, where cave pools can erode away with time."
"Wait, wait, wait right there," Toxn shakes his head in disbelief. "You're saying that a natural phenomenon is occuring in RO? That's not possible, this is a game environment. Everything is controlled by the program's algorithms and I highly doubt Gravity has the brains to implement such ingenuity."
"I don't think this is Gravity's doing," responds the female Assassin Cross. "It's something else."
"A hacker," Toxn says what's on both their minds. He takes his hat off and brushes back his blue hair. "That also explains why the Obeaune was able to overpower me so easily. If a hacker is able to alter the game to this extent, that's not good."
The three of them sit in silence to contemplate this.
"So how much of the game has been changed by this hacker?" wonders Inuko23. "Should we continue playing?"
"I don't think it's that significant," suggests Toxn. "The hacker's probably just testing the waters, so to speak. Little changes here and there that no one would really notice. It's up to you if you want to keep playing. I know I will."
"So will I," ZeroTigress asserts firmly. "I want to investigate this farther."
"Well, it's not like we'll have a SAO situation on our hands, right?" adds Inuko23. "I guess I'll keep playing, too."What if it's the Eremes player I met?
wonders ZeroTigress, curling her hands into fists. Should I tell them?
Yet for some reason, she felt that telling them about Eremes would put Toxn and her sister in danger. She decides to withhold that information until she could learn more about the situation. There could be more than meets the eye.
Suddenly, the three of them hear a noise behind them and were surprised to see an Incubus walk into the room.
"Oh my, is there a little meeting going on here?" asks the monster.
"What dafu--," ZeroTigress couldn't finish her sentence as the Incubus quickly dashes for her and grabs her from behind, picking her clear off the floor.
"Ooh, you're softer than I thought," Incubus says sensually.
Disgusted, ZeroTigress twists her way out of Incubus' grip and throws a Venom Knife square into the monster's face. The knife plants itself deep into Incubus' forehead, but the monster shows no sign of damage. In fact, it didn't seem fazed at all.
"Ooh, venomous," coos Incubus. "I like that in a woman."
Toxn and Inuko23 jump up and the three adventurers raise their weapons at the monster.
"Why isn't it damaged by Zero's knife?" asks the female Lord Knight nervously with spear drawn.
Toxn lowers his katars and sighs. "That's because this Incubus isn't a normal monster. It's a pet."
"Indeed I am!" squeals Incubus, removing the knife from his forehead to show no wound at all. "I ran away from my owner when she stopped feeding me."
"When did they implement special AIs into pets?" asks ZeroTigress, her daggers still at the ready. "And shouldn't runaway pets be deleted from the system?"
"He could be a glitch," Toxn crosses his arms. "We just need to report him, that's all."
"Aww, don't report me," Incubus pouts. "I'll be a good boy." He winks at Toxn, who looks back repulsed.
Before they knew what happened, the monster is suddenly right behind Toxn, who is surprised by the speed of the pet monster.
"I'm more than willing to swing both ways, if you know what I mean," Incubus whispers into Toxn's ear as he held the male Assassin Cross close.
Now it was Toxn's turn to dig a Venom Knife into Incubus' head after twisting out of the monster's hold.
"Ooh, you're both venomous!" cheers Incubus, clapping his hands together as the knife stuck out of his head. "Double the fun!"
He looks over to where Inuko23 was standing with her spear drawn.
"Eh, too much armor," the monster brushes her off. "Not worth the work to take off."
"I don't know whether to be happy or disappointed," says the female Lord Knight, raising an eyebrow.
So many twists and turns in this RP. Can't wait to see what happens next!
Edited by ZeroTigress, 26 March 2014 - 10:31 PM.