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THE GODDESS WORLD IS CURRENTLY IN YEAR ONE, MONTH TWELVE
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Atem
 Posted: May 4 2018, 08:55 PM
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In a half-destroyed church deep in the ruins of a grand city, a lone spirit was figuring things out.

While he still had no idea why he was even here to begin with, Atem had confirmed a few things. Currently, he seemed to exist in a tangible state. He could see his reflection in the pool of water he had woken up in earlier, and he was able to physically touch objects within the church, such as the walls and the various pieces of debris that were scattered throughout the premises. Yet he didn't think he had been brought back to life, since he was able to shift between his two appearances at will. After testing both his DiaDhank and Duel Disk, he knew that he was able to summon his Monsters, so he wasn't helpless if he needed to defend himself.

From what, he wasn't sure. Atem did feel like there was something out there, beyond the apparent safety of the church, prowling a landscape that used to be streets, shops and neighborhoods before succumbing to whatever tragedy had befallen it.

None of these revelations had revealed to him what kind of world he was in, which left him with one choice. Only if he left this building that was his shelter would he able to find out the truth. The world beyond the church and the ruins. Why, after finally being able to rest in peace, he was now facing this strange and unfamiliar place.

DiaDhank equipped, Atem headed to the front of the church and out into the sunlight, determined to travel much further than he had since he arrived here.
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Jack Atlas
 Posted: May 5 2018, 09:13 AM
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Jack Atlas
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Jack Atlas' D-Wheel, the Wheel of Fortune, zoomed through the abandoned landscape that made up the dead city of Midgar. Of course, calling it dead wasn't entirely accurate, as both criminals and the poor still made their homes here. Anyone who was unwanted in Edge or couldn't find their way there, they remained here. Jack heard all about the Meteor event that happened to the world the dual cities came from, and how the events surrounding that changed things for the people who lived there. There was once an upper crust to Midgar, one where the wealthy lived. It reminded him a bit of Neo Domino and how Satellite had once been the slums those people wanted nothing to do with.

Neo Domino and Satellite had fixed their differences. Jack wasn't sure if those differences were fixed in this place, seeing how Midgar was still a slum, even if it wasn't as inhabited as it used to be.

Seated in Jack's lap before him was his Spheal. It'd been a while since she was able to travel out like him like this. She'd been a constant companion since he'd come to this world and Wes had helped him catch her. And, she really seemed to like riding on his D-Wheel. So, for this trip where he had no necessary goals in mind, he thought it would be best to bring her with him. Besides, Midgar was somewhere he wasn't likely to run into anyone, so he didn't have to worry about any problems bothering them.

Or, so he thought.

There was a church that was a landmark in the slums. Jack thought it was probably something important at some point. Despite being flooded, there was a sword there, one wedged in and incapable of being removed. Clearly, someone had placed it there for a reason. He thought the church was a good place to stop for a rest. Seeing as it was flooded, Spheal could even go for a swim.

But, as he approached it, he saw there was someone standing outside of the church. Jack's D-Wheel rolled to a slow run until he was leveled with the man. Jack didn't recognize him, but he did recognize what was on his arm.

This guy was a duelist.

"You look lost," he said as his D-Wheel stopped, but it was still capable of taking off if this guy proved to be a problem.

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Atem
 Posted: May 5 2018, 11:10 AM
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Atem heard it before he saw it - the distinct humming of some kind of engine. Instead of summoning a Ka right away, he waited and soon the vehicle came into view, strange and futuristic in appearance. It was different, but there was still something about it that reminded him of a Duelist he had met before, one who came from the future. There wasn't any doubt in his mind that this man was also a Duelist.

"'Lost' is a good word for it," he replied. Lost and out of place, a spirit from one time standing in front of a church from another. "I suddenly woke up in this church not too long ago, and I don't know where I am." It had been a rather strange day so far, only getting stranger when this Duelist rode up to him. Until now, he felt like he had been the only person in the area.

There was a small creature sitting on the man's lap, resembling a seal. Atem didn't recognize it, but at this point in time, he couldn't possibly feel surprised over that.
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Jack Atlas
 Posted: May 9 2018, 04:51 PM
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"A fresh one, huh?" Jack muttered. Spheal made a small noise as if she agreed. It had been a while since Jack came across someone knew who the Goddess dropped so unceremoniously here. As a whole, he didn't think she was dropping them over as quickly or as frequently as she had int he first few early months of her world. But, they were still steadily arriving, even if it wasn't as frequent as it was in that first month.

And, it looked like this guy was the Goddess' latest victim. Jack thought dropping him off in the church in the middle of the Midgar slums was a bitchy thing to do, but that was what the Goddess was - a bitch. He didn't say that often out loud. He was smart enough to know his limits, even if not everyone around here was.

"You're in Midgar-Edge," he answered. "More Midgar than Edge. Edge is more that way." He pointed over his shoulder. One could probably just make out the towers of the more alive half of the city. "You're not the first one to wake up here with no clue where you are. It's a trend here." Sometimes explaining how exactly this all works was a dozy. Jack wasn't always the most helpful of people, but this guy looked like he was at least from a similar world as Jack's and he himself had some time to spare. "How much time do you got?"

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Atem
 Posted: May 9 2018, 07:42 PM
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Waking up far from home without any clue how one got here was apparently normal. That was not as reassuring as Atem wanted it to be. At least he knew that it wasn't just him dealing with this matter. There were others out there - like this guy and his seal - which meant that for all this mystery, there were some answers.

Likely not all, but enough to go on.

A noise that sounded like a dog's startled yip came to them from some distance away. Atem listened for other sounds, but it seemed like whatever had caused it wasn't heading to this area. Maybe it would be better to switch forms so he had access to his deck while he was in these ruins. He sensed that there was something more formidable out there than stray dogs, and his Duel Monsters wouldn't be as draining on him as his Ka.

Right now, however, the Duelist and his seal companion were the only ones Atem had seen approach this church. As long as things remained that way, he could get some of the answers that he sought. "Now that I'm here, I think that time is the least of my worries." Time meant little to him right now, but depending on what he could find out about this place - this Midgar-Edge, and whatever laid beyond it - that might change very soon.
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Jack Atlas
 Posted: May 10 2018, 03:20 PM
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Jack Atlas
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Ha, good answer. No matter what kind of underhanded tactics you tried to use to pull it off, it wasn't like you were going to get home. People tried to figure out how to leave. None had succeeded. All one could do was try to figure out how they left, but it never succeeded. If it had, people would be leaving by the truck loads. Jack knew not everyone would, though. There was a handful of people he was sure would stay here, if given the chance.

If he was going home, he would prefer if Neo Domino went home with him. It would be awkward living back home without it. He did miss the people who didn't come with it, though.

"Well, let's talk," he said. Spheal hopped off his lap and went to roll around the new guy's feet. Jack got off his D-Wheel and pulled his helmet off, setting it on the seat. In times like this, he felt he should help prepare and equip people for the world that they were so unceremoniously thrown into, if only to save himself the headache from having to help clean up any messes they might cause.

He approached a pile of rubble before brushing any wayward dirt off of it and sitting down. "I'm Jack Atlas," he said before adding, "You might as well take a seat."

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Atem
 Posted: May 10 2018, 08:39 PM
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Atem
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Atem had to carefully step around the seal. Now that he had a chance to see the creature move around, it was obvious why it was so round. It was... cute. Like some of the Duel Monsters he was familiar with, but he figured that it might not be one at all. Considering his current predicament, it was likely that he was going to be encountering things that were quite new to him.

Taking a seat on another pile of rubble, he regarded the seal's owner. Jack Atlas. Clearly a Duelist. One that was confident in his skills. The spirit didn't have to see him in a Duel to know that.

"I'm Atem." It was, he realized, one of the first times he was able to introduce himself by his real name since he had regained his memories. Before then, he went by another name, that of the boy whose body he inhabited after he had been awakened. In a way, this was kind of refreshing. "I'm guessing that this will take some time to explain, and that much has happened before I arrived here."
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Jack Atlas
 Posted: May 13 2018, 09:53 AM
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Spheal followed the man over to where he sat before rolling over to Jack and sitting herself on his shoes. He glanced down at her for a moment, a fond smile on his smile as he looked at her. When he looked back up, the smile was gone and replaced with his regular expression.

Atem. That was an interesting name. Jack never heard of it before, but he wasn't someone who went out of his way to learn about people when he had no reason to. But, names weren't important right now, aside from knowing what to call each other. And, now that they had each other's names, they could get on with talking about what they were here to talk about.

Jack wasn't one of those people who needed to waste time trying to make things comfortable with the other person. He didn't need to make sure that this guy was understanding exactly everything he said. If he couldn't, then that was his own problem that he couldn't follow along.

"You're on a different world than your own," he replied, bluntly. "And, you're stuck here. There's no way home as far as anyone's aware." People have tried; people have failed. "This world was created by a being we call the Goddess. Sometimes, you get to see her. Hope that you don't because when she does show up, it normally means trouble. The world itself has been pieced together by places from other worlds. The people who are here come from different world as well. They keep coming over time."

He paused, giving the guy a moment to process that. That was normally the part where people didn't believe him when he mentioned it.

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Atem
 Posted: May 13 2018, 10:04 PM
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Atem
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If Atem found anything unbelievable in Jack's explanation, it didn't show on his face. Truthfully, everything sounded plausible to him. Gods existed; he knew that. He was also aware that other worlds existed as well, although they were normally inaccessible. So the idea that a Goddess was kidnapping people for her own world, which she made out of pieces of other worlds, was believable.

What bothered him was that people were taken from their homes without warning, and that there was no way for them to return. But of course, for a deity running her own world, returning people home would defeat the purpose of bringing them here to begin with.

"How long has this been going on?" he asked. Clearly, Jack had been living here for some time - at least long enough to understand the world and know that the Goddess' appearances meant trouble for her world's residents.
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Jack Atlas
 Posted: May 18 2018, 05:00 PM
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Jack Atlas
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The guy didn't look that surprised about the revelations that Jack was giving him. If he was a duelist from the same sort of place Jack was from, then he wasn't too surprised. Jack had experienced a number of oddities that would make this world easier to stomach, though it wasn't common for the everyday person to see just what he'd seen.

It was only when one started looking around at all the weird things this world offered that the fatigue really started to sit in.

"Eleven months and then some," Jack replied. "We've been getting close to a year now." He didn't mention that the Goddess had been playing one of her ridiculous games since the month started. That wasn't something you usually told the newcomers. People weren't too keen in knowing that their resident deity played death games every now and again.

He paused before adding, "I've been here practically since day one. It's been... interesting. But, manageable." He felt that was the most important thing to mention - it was hard being here, but everyone managed to find a way.

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Atem
 Posted: May 19 2018, 09:43 PM
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Nearly a year. That was somehow a long time, yet not too much time at all. It all depended on how one looked at it. For Atem, it felt like the latter, having spent three-thousand years not having any identity or purpose. And then, after spending what felt like a relatively short time with his Partner and their friends before departing for the afterlife, time was something he shouldn't have to worry about any longer.

Now that he knew the truth about this world - or at least as much as anyone was allowed to know about it - he should be infuriated, torn from the afterlife as he was. He had made his journey, rediscovered his identity, found his peace. To have that taken from him now was unthinkable, and yet, he felt calm. It was strange to think about it.

"If she's kept you here for that long, then it's likely that she'll keep us here for even longer." If there didn't seem to be any changes to this Goddess' apparent motives, then one could only assume that she was in it for the long haul. To get angry now would serve no purpose. Atem had learned how to keep his emotions in check after his anger and pride had nearly cost him someone who was irreplaceable to him. Right now, what he needed to do was learn about this world and how to handle its challenges. "If the only path for me right now is to live in this world, then so be it."

Even if he wasn't technically alive anymore.
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Jack Atlas
 Posted: May 24 2018, 01:57 PM
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This man wasn't throwing a fit. Good. Jack wasn't sure if he wanted to put up with one of a screamer or a crier right now. He was more likely to scoop Spheal - who looked like she was about ready to take a nap now - up and get back on his D-Wheel so he could leave them stranded here. Sure, there were bandits about, but Midgar was relatively safe in comparison to other such locations in the world and Edge wasn't too far away. It was in sight of where they were, so if one headed towards it, they would be just fine.

"No, we're definitely stuck here," Jack agreed with a nod. "The Goddess only shows up once in a while. Time probably isn't the same for her as it is for us. She could probably leave us here for ten years and not do anything." Jack wouldn't surprised if that happened. At one point in his life, he would be annoyed as such an action would mean that they weren't moving forward, but he had come to realize that life went along nicer if the Goddess wasn't sticking her fingers in it.

Unless she was sending him home, he wanted little to do with her.

"Good because thinking otherwise doesn't get you anywhere," he stated in regards to Atem deciding simply deal with living in the world. "Unless you want a headache. That's about all it does." And, so many people got headaches when they first got there; he wasn't even immune to them.

Spheal rolled onto her face and Jack had to lightly nudge her up with his foot, mumbling, "What are you doing?" The only response he got was a pleased "Spheal!" up at him.

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Atem
 Posted: May 24 2018, 08:20 PM
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This was, it seemed, a new game for Atem to play. The one in control of the world - and the rules - was the Goddess. She decided what happened here, although apparently only once in a while. When she wasn't, it was up to everyone else how they decided to play this game, how they lived in this world. Currently, there was no way to end the game; neither was there a way to break the rules.

Atem excelled at playing games and decided that he would be fine playing this one. Not only was there no other choice, but he had to admit that there was something remarkably interesting about a planet formed from parts of other worlds. There was potential here.

Having confirmed that he was stranded here like everyone else, he could now turn his focus to the cute seal creature that was rolling around at Jack's feet. "And who is this seal? Someone from another world that was affected by the Goddess' game?" There were probably many different kinds of creatures living here, as well as people. He might as well get a head start on learning about them.
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Jack Atlas
 Posted: May 28 2018, 09:20 AM
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Spheal seemed aware that the conversation was now about her - Jack doubted she was actually listening to any of the other things as they weren't typically things that would interest her - and she rolled away from Jack's feet to bump against Atem's gently and repeatedly. Jack smiled at the sight. She was friendly, that one. Lopunny had turned out the same way. It was in stark contrast to himself. He wondered if that was typical with trainers and their Pokemon, though he knew Pokemon could have a multitude of personalities.

"Her name is Spheal," he answered. "Well, she is a Spheal. It's a type of Pokemon." It was funny how that sounded like a completely reasonable thing. If someone had said it to him a year ago, he would have thought it was a weird, made-up word. "Pokemon are these types of creatures that come from one specific world. Mt. Moon - one of the locations - is from there. Spheal's just one of many types." While he understood how Pokemon worked by being exposed to them so long, he didn't think he could give the in-depth textbook explanation of them. If one wanted that, he would suggest Black or White to them. Both of those kids could talk forever.

"You keep Pokemon in Pokeballs when they belong to a trainer." He pulled out Spheal's Pokeball to show it to Atem. "A friend I met when I came here gave it to me. Spheal's my companion now." He was no trainer, but apparently battles weren't a necessary part of having Pokemon with you.

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Atem
 Posted: May 28 2018, 08:05 PM
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Pokemon. It wasn't a word that Atem found unusual. Being able to speak certain languages, he was used to encountering new words that rolled off the tongue easily once he got used to them. This one, which was now happily bumping against his feet, was a Spheal, which was a name that perfectly matched her appearance and behavior.

And, while he wasn't about to say it, Atem knew that she was important to Jack. He had seen how the Duelist's expression changed whenever he looked at her. From serious to warm.

Reaching down, the Pharaoh carefully petted the Pokemon. "I suppose then it's safe to guess that not all Pokemon have Trainers, and not all of them are as friendly as Spheal." These Trainers had to have acquired their Pokemon in some way. And if there were many different kinds, then these creatures were probably all over the spectrum - cute and ferocious, small and large, friendly and hostile. Like Duel Monsters, in a way.
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