Muhahaha...be afraid. Be very afraid!
*evil cackle* >:)
(*Along the roadside in an
undisclosed part of the city, a sign post sways in the
wind. The sign post originally reads EG City, but the EG has
been whited out and replaced with the word "The"*)
(*On either side of the road,
just-add-water demons are lumbering slowly in a spread out
formation. They walk wordlessly, their blank faces and empty
eyes suggest they are in a trance.*)
(*Two old men sitting on a
bench watch as the demons shuffle by.*)
Man1: Wonder where they're
knows. First roaches, then demons. I say go back
to where they came from! (*starts hollering*) Ya hear me! Get back to
where ya came from! (*shakes his fist angrily*)
(*One of the demons turns its
head to them but continues walking by.*)
(*Scene: Outside the EGC
(*Lina Inverse, Gourry Gabriev
and Lucinda Van Diasadora emerge from the library, voices raised.*)
could you possibly think of hiding the Book of Days in a library?!
Lucinda: It wasn't _my_ idea!
Besides, what's that old saying? 'The best place to hide is in plain
Well, I think this was a bit too obvious! Now, we have to find that
Shoobwne.. Soobne... ack -- (*stops*) Hey, what the heck?
Gourry: Is something wrong,
(*looks left and right down the street*) Where did those dumb demons go?
Gourry: (*shrugging*) Maybe
they had to go.
Gourry: I dunno.
(*Demon Rei is back at her
throne with Professor Gast and Yui standing before her*)
Rei: I've given the recall order. Now, explain how you
manage to separate the two realities.
Prof. Gast: (*clearing his
throat*) We managed to isolate portions of the source code of the EGC
reality and noticed some very interesting characterstics.
(*Yui calls up a computerized
screen depicting Gast's findings. On it is a limited map of
EGC, the concentric rings. A slice of the image is selected
and zoomed in.*)
Prof. Gast: This is what the
source code looks like.
(*The code looks similar to
HTML except it has some very strange tags and characters*)
Yui: It's very hard to
understand the constructs in their natural form so we shift to a
different frequency range, and we get this.
(*She presses a button and the
code starts to merge and change into a complex waveform*)
Yui: This is a very precise
representation of the source code. As you can see, there are
portions of the code that is white and others that is
black. We need to separate the two parts and form two
Rei: I see. And how do we do that?
Prof. Gast: The interesting
part of the source code is that it is a highly complex but repetitive
representation. We isolate the particular frequency ranges
that pertain only to the NGC and use it to reconstruct the original
Rei: (*ponders*) Are you ready to begin the process?
Prof. Gast: Hai, Great
Mother. We only await your final approval.
(*A little buzz interrupts
their conversation. Demon Rei turns her throne slightly and
a screen formed by mist appears before her.*)
Aerith: Great Mother, the recall is complete. All of our
demons are safely within the capital.
Rei: Good. (*turns back to Prof. Gast and Yui*) You have my
final approval to begin. Finally, we can be rid of this
damned EGC and return things the way they were meant to be.
Prof. Gast & Yui: Hai,
Great Mother. (*bow and leave*)
(*Scene: Professor Gast's lab*)
Prof. Gast: Alright, let's get
started. Start up the pattern isolators.
Yui: Hai. (*presses
some buttons on a panel*)
Good. Now, bring the spectrum analyzers online so we can see
what's going on. Calibrate the pattern isolators to the
frequency we need to grab the NGC code.
Yui: Spectrum analyzers
online. Pattern isolators calibrated.
Prof. Gast: I'm opening up a
window to the core. (*a panel in the floor
opens. Above the hole is something of a large satellite
dish.*) I'm sending the data packets to the core. (*the
dish flashes and a beam shoots into the ground*) Waiting for a
(*A few minutes pass and a
strange light slowly races up the hole into the satellite dish*)
Yui: Narrow the confinement
beam, we're losing some of the signal.
Wakatte. Do we have enough of the signal yet?
Yui: (*watching the monitor,
which displays the waveform representation of the source code*) Iie, we
need another 30 seconds.
Prof. Gast: (*offhandedly*)
It's amazing, isn't it, Yui? That this complicated and intricate code
could be packed into such a small signal.
Gast-sama. It's very ingenius.
(*The two watch as the dish
continues collecting the data. 30 seconds pass.*)
30. Done. We have the complete signal.
Prof. Gast: Is the pattern
Gast-sama. (*she presses a button but nothing happens*) Nan
da? It's not responding.
Prof. Gast: (*walks over*)
What's wrong? Is it not charged up yet?
Yui: (*confused*) Iie, it
Prof. Gast: (*kicks the machine
and lights begin to flicker on*) There, it just needed a good boot up.
Hai. I'm having the pattern isolators begin a scan of the
signal for the correct portions of the code we need to grab.
Prof. Gast: I'm priming the
secondary storage chamber where we will have the code
reconstructed. Once it's ready, all we need to do is start
the activation sequence and the rest of the boot-up procedure should
handle the complete separation.
(*On the monitors, the waveform
is being sent through and arbitrary parts of the signal is being picked
off and used to form a secondary signal. The original signal
had a black-white hue but is becoming more white as the secondary
signal is mostly black*)
(*After an hour of processing
the signal, the secondary signal, the original NGC code is ready and
sent to the secondary storage.*)
Good. Everything is working according to plan! I'm starting
the code defragmenter and reassembly. This shouldn't take
long to clean everything up.
Yui: Let's hope.
Indeed. (*a few minutes pass*) Okay, that's it! I'm
transferring the code to the Mahanyam mainframe! Call up Great Mother.
Yui: (*punching some buttons
and a window appears*) Great Mother! We've done it! We have the
original NGC source code isolate and ready for activation in the
Rei: (*eagerly*) Start it up!
Yui: Hai, Great
Mother. (*turns off the monitor*) We're ready to go!
Prof. Gast: (*walks over to the
mainframe console*) Okay. I'm typing in the activation
sequence code. Ready, Yui?
Yui: Hai, Gast-sama.
Prof. Gast: (*finger hovers
over the keyboard*) To the eternal NGC. (*his finger hovers
over the button and presses it.*)
Space. While the Authoress naps, the computer runs an ever
constant vigil over the City.*)
we have a problem.
been a fatal exception error in some of the files.
*wide awake now* Say WHAT?
*runs to the terminal*
(*The Authoress begins to scan
the source code and stops at a line.*)
. . . my God . . .
whoever's doing this doesn't really know what they're doing, and the
server is pretty much self-fixing, so the program files shouldn't be
affected much. The archival files, though...
Can you find them?
try. And I'll run a diagnostic on all files.
*quietly* That won't be
Only my files have been
messed with so far, and they're being corrupted beyong repair.
you so sure?
*grimly* I can't remember
who my own characters are anymore.
very bad. I'll load the backups.
*shaking head* I didn't put
the backup on your system. It's on a disk somewhere either
in here or the City. *beat, grimly* But that information has been lost
*shaking head* I didn't tell
him where the backup was, and he doesn't know all of the stuff that's
necessary to keep things running. He'll barely be able to
maintain his own existence.
So what do
I don't know. Ask
one of the RLs for help, I suppose. But--
have a clue as to which ones are there, which ones you know, or which
ones would bother to give you the time of day?
You have to
contact them as soon as possible! At this rate, you'll lose your
registry and we'd have to sign you in again!
Just keep running that trace
and make sure your systems don't get hacked into.
hear what I said? You'll effectively disappear!
(*The Authoress looks away.*)
*softly* Well, then, let me
(*Scene: EGC Bar*)
(*Atsuko and her crew are back
at their table in the bar*)
Well, that went well.
(*frustrated*) I really
don't know what to do now! Lain said Sephiroth would have it, but he
doesn't anymore! And we have no idea where to find it! (*darkly*) This
is becoming a big waste of time.
I'll agree with you on that one!
should we do now?
(*arms folded in
resignation*) I'm just going to wait until something big happens and
we'll deal -- whoa... (*grabs her head*)
(*Everyone gets up and crowds
around Atsuko concernedly*)
What's wrong, Atsuko-sama?
I.. I'm feeling really
dizzy... (*her vision becomes blurry, fading in and out*) What's...
(*Atsuko clutches her chest in
(*Suddenly, the bar doors swing
open and Adam stumbles in. Parts of his body are fading in
(*Adam half-walks, half crawls
to a quiet corner in the bar where Elaine, Falora, Alex, Athena and
Celeste, Dot's cameos, are slumped in their seats, rather like puppets
with their strings cut. Their bodies are also fading in and
out of existence.*)
(*Atsuko looks up weakly,
grimacing in pain*) w-what's happening..?
(*voice coming through*) ATSUKO! Atsuko! (*to Cherry*) Cherry, I've
picked up extremely dangerous readings. I'm uploading my
findings and conclusions to you.
Hai. (*a second passes and the expression on Cherry's face
turns ghastly*) Masaka!!! The code is being corrupted?!
What's going on?
They were trying to recreate the NGC code but it's corrupted! The NGC
demons tapped into the merged source code and it's affecting Dot
Warner, the demiurge of NGC. Without a stable pattern to
exist on, Dot's registry to the wired is being degraded to the point
where it might not be re-established. And her cameos are
being degraded as well!
What does this have to do with Atsuko?!
CORONA's not sure, but she thinks it has to do with the fact that
Atsuko's the only NGC-RL in EGC.
Then why aren't we degrading as well?
(*Noa looks to Dot's group of
cameos, who are all flickering rapidly in and out of
existence. Moments later, all of them save Adam vanish
completely with audible popping sounds. Several bar patrons
including Aerith and Jenova watch with concern and panic but do not
know what do. Noa looks back to Atsuko who continues to bear
(*almost in tears*) Atsuko-san..
(*through clenched teeth*)
(*NGC Mahanyam, central
(patronizingly): Was something supposed to happen?
Prof. Gast (frowning): I
don't understand! That should have worked perfectly!
Yui: No, look. (points to
the screen) While it still looks like the EGC and NGC are seperate
entities, they've actually lost their characteristic
patterns. It's no longer possible to tell which is which.
(impatiently): Well then we'll just have to live with parts of
Yui (shaking her head):
I'm afraid it's either an all or nothing deal, and we no longer have
the kind of power it would take to transform the entire City.
(irritated): What now?!?
Prof. Gast: A level three alarm
in the incubation chamber? That--
(*Without waiting for Professor
Gast to finish, Rei runs as fast as she can towards the incubation
chamber. When she gets there...*)
(shocked): N-no. This can't be...this can't be!
(*All of the stasis pods are
completely empty save for the two containing her
daughters. Rushing up to the crying girls, Demon Rei picks
them up and cuddles them in her arms.*)
Rei: Shh...don't cry...mommie's here... (to herself) Who did
this? Who's capable of such a thing?
(*Her eyes fill with hate as
she comes to the apparently obvious solution.*)
Rei: It's HER! It has to be HER! She's the only one with that
kind of power, and she hates the Demiurge-sama enough to do it!
(*The babies start bawling
again as Demon Rei takes on a decisively unholy glow.*)
(absolutely furious): BY THE GODS I SWEAR YOU WILL PAY--!
(*The name that is screamed
becomes lost in the blaring horns.*)
interior. Adam has apparently recovered, but he still looks
rather haggard. And, for once, he's lost his cocky and
Adam (sighs): I told her
she should keep more backups, but she just kept putting it off...
Are you sure you're going to
be all right?
Adam: I should be, for the time
being. The Authoress has given me quite a bit of autocracy
in the case that something like this happens, but if she loses her
connection to this place then I'm not much of use here.
You mentioned something about a backup?
Adam: Yeah. It holds
all of the data pertaining to the Authoress. *sighs* Except she never
bothered to tell me where it was. She's probably got it
stashed somewhere in that Concept Space of hers and it's lost in that
You mean we have to look in
THERE? *gets dizzy just thinking about it*
Adam: Then again, knowing the
Authoress she might have put the backup in some glaringly obvious place
so that she could find it in case she couldn't remember where she kept
it. *taps chin* Where would be the first place the Authoress would
*impatiently* We don't have
time for that!
Adam: Technically, we have all
the time in the world. It's just more of a pain to get the
Authoress back after her registry goes kaput.
have a suggestion. Why don't you guys split up? The
Marionettes can look in the City, and you two can go into her Concept
*exasperated* The City is
infinite, remember? And Dot's Concept Space isn't that much better.
Adam (slouching): In
other words, finding that backup is going to be harder than looking for
a needle in a haystack the size of the universe.
*angrily* That's not a very
Adam: It's the truth, isn't it?
I'll still exist elsewhere, so I don't really care either way.
*eyes narrowed* You sure
didn't act that way when Dot's cameos disappeared.
Adam: Of course I
didn't. I was going through what they were going
through. Do you have any idea how it feels like to diappear
as if you never even existed?
. . . . . .
Hey, we have to start looking somewhere, don't we? Might as
well start here.
Adam (perking up a bit):
The chances of it being here are rather high...
Well, then, let's start
Adam: . . . . . . Heh.
Adam (smiling slightly):
For a moment there, you sounded just like the Authoress.
Is that a good thing or a
bad thing? ^^;
Adam (smirking now):
That's for you to decide.
--And Now For Something
(*Tower of Kefka,
interior. The "exterior" of the Tower is visible through one
of the monitors. At the controls sits Yuna, who at the
moment is filing her nails.*)
voice: Oh, Yuna? Where are you, my delectable little pet robot?
to attention): I am at your beck and call, Kefka-sama! What is your
voice: Just checking up on you, dearie. How's my tower doing?
Wonderful, Kefka-sama! No one's even bothered to look at it twice since
that strange woman "destroyed" the tower.
voice: Excellent. But next time, Yuna, don't fire the Light
of Judgement unless I explicitly order it. You almost blew
my cover, you naughty girl!
I was only trying to help...
voice (sweetly): Have faith in me, sweetheart! The King of
Clowns can't die that easily!
bliss): He called me sweetheart! *doki doki*
How'd you like THAT, huh? *grins*
And don't worry, I have no plans to leave EGC, I just felt I had way
too many characters and subplots that I had to deal with, so I nixed a
few. Falora's in CAPOW now anyway, so it's a bit awkward to
have her exist in two places at once, and I felt Alex and Athena
weren't really that well developed.
And yes, I know that my continuity fix is a cheap way
out. But I'm much too fond of that tower to let it be a pile
Wai! My first joint post in EGC!! I have something special planned for
my wired-self but nothing too drastic.