|Old Faces [Open]; Ohai thar Elizabeth|
|Topic Started: Jan 29 2012, 01:27 AM (227 Views)|
|Aigis||Jan 29 2012, 01:27 AM Post #1|
This...shopping mall place, it was so odd. It was similar to Iwatadoi's equivalent in so many ways, but then again, it wasn't. The book store, for instance, the place she was in right then. It held so many different books compared to the one that was in Iwatadoi; there were things on so many different subjects. Machines, robotics, technology...of course, all three of those were related to her in some way. She stopped browsing through those books and began looking through some of the other ones; humans were really strange.
"101 ways to say I love you"? Really? Aigis eyed the book doubtfully; what kind of people would need something like that? She did not want to think about it; why couldn't they just follow their heart? Or its equivalent, in her case; she wasn't sure if she had a heart or not. She knew she felt though, and she knew that what she felt for Minato was beyond simple friendship.
Was it, as the humans seemed to call it, love? She wasn't sure...she knew that love couldn't be described by many, and when it was described, people often couldn't describe it well; she stared at the book for a moment before she moved on. Ah, she came upon a book about shadows. Wait, what? Shadows? Frowning, Aigis opened the book just a tad, and almost laughed at her silliness; it wasn't an actual book on shadows as she knew them, just the normal, human kind of shadows.
Then again, she wouldn't doubt a book about the shadows in this town existing; true, only Persona users were likely to survive an encounter with one of them, but that didn't mean a Persona User would keep quiet about it either. They could easily leave out certain details, such as the whole summoning a Persona deal, and be perfectly fine with it. She closed the book and glanced up; the shopkeeper was glaring at her just a little bit, probably irritated that she was "just browsing".
The blonde offered him a small smile before turning back to the books, her blue dress swishing just a little bit. What to get? What to read? She was unsure. If only a lover, a true lover, of books was there to help her, to advise her. Knowing her luck though, no such person would come just walking in, so she began the process of picking and choosing which of the books she wanted to read, and which she did not.
Edited by Aigis, Jan 29 2012, 01:28 AM.
|Deleted User||Jan 29 2012, 02:11 AM Post #2|
May 21st - 2012 - 10:05 A.M.
"These are such exquisite textiles," Elizabeth spoke with a sparkle in her interested eyes. "One can see, feel the traditionalism passed down through generations!"
And so did the shopkeeper stare, alarmed by the strange lady who was commanding attention throughout rows of shops as she hurried to indulge in experiences that she never experienced back in Iwatodai. The thought of the bustling city made Elizabeth stop as she stood straight, frowning. What was she doing? She ought to be searching for a means to help him.
Yes, onward with searching for a cure!
As she abruptly turned and left the textile shop leaving a very bemused shopkeeper, her serious look brightened when Apsaras directed her eyes to a bookstore. Reading! Now, there was nothing wrong with books. Mayhaps she could discover a cure of sorts that would free him from his bonds to Erebus and Nyx. Ignoring how the sensible part of her brain told her that it was impossible for her to find anything to do with the realm of Personaes and Shadows in an ordinary bookstore, she quickly made her way for the shop but stopped halfway.
"Impossible," Elizabeth muttered as she hugged her book to her chest. Was it? She had never known, she had never knew..for her duties had not been out of the Iwatodai area for quite some time now.
And so there was naught but for..
People were walking past the door as though it didn't exist. It was clear that it was a door to the Velvet Room. Even if the door had disappeared from their client's eyes, the attendants would forevermore be tied to the Velvet Room, and all entrances were clearly displayed. Panic filled her heart. Any moment now, that door would fly open and Margaret would stomp out and drag her back in.
No, no, no, she had not freed Minato!
Elizabeth turned and ran straight at the bookstore. The shopkeeper inside who was thanking and opening the door for a couple to leave looked frightened as though he was going to slam the door in her face, but it was too late - Elizabeth hurtled straight into the old man, grunting as her head made contact with his presumably frail body.
And then both crashed into the floor.
"My apologies! My, my, such a number of books!" Elizabeth said, looking about, groaning man on the floor completely forgotten. Her eyes scanned the area - Margaret herself had an interest in books and reading, and it would never do to have walked straight into her clutches, would it?
And then she saw her. She who had blonde hair.
No, it was not Margaret. Margaret was taller and her hair was far lighter. Elizabeth looked stunned for a moment, before smiling. Ah, it was her! Carefully stepping over the wrecked door and a small pile of noisy cascading books, she made her way to his robotic guardian, all eyes on the elevator attendant.
|Aigis||Jan 29 2012, 02:26 AM Post #3|
Aigis was not blind to the commotion around her, not completely. It, really, was impossible to not notice, considering the way that everyone in the bookstore, which wasn't saying much, suddenly turned their eyes towards...something. But what was that something? Who could that something be? Surely it was a who; Aigis could notice the people following something with their eyes. Perhaps she should look, see what the commotion was?
Ordinarily that would be a wise choice, but the book she had found...it was so frightfully bad that she was fascinated by its badness. In essence, it was so bad it was good; is that what the humans called it now? Something so horrendously bad that you couldn't help but like it? She peered at the book for several moments, contemplating its existence and its purpose. Who would want it?
Why would they want it? Indeed, these were the very same questions she had been asking of herself just moments ago, when it came to that strange book on love; it had been a strange little book, as this one was too. But, alas, she would have to avert her gaze to figure out what the commotion was eventually; why avert it? So it was with that thought in mind that the blonde-haired girl set the book down and turned to face...an impossibility.
She knew that silver hair, those yellow-gold eyes, and the elevator attendant outfit. She had seen it after Minato's sacrifice, after she had ventured into the Velvet Room and learned that she had gained the ability to summon multiple Persona. This girl, this silver-haired girl, was Elizabeth. An enigmatic figure, and one that Aigis wasn't too pleased to see, the top reason being that she was out by herself in the human world. Minato had said some about Elizabeth's forays with him out into the world, and they usually did not end up well; how was it that Elizabeth had gotten to Inaba, of all places? Still, this was good.
Very, very good.
She surely had to know a lot about Minato, and she also surely had to have some idea how he might conceivably be freed from the seal. From what she knew, those in the Velvet Room tended to be much, much older than they appeared to be; not to mention Igor.
That man...he seemed to be entirely different from, say, Elizabeth, almost as if they were two different races. She let herself remove her thoughts from that line of reasoning as she stared at the approaching woman; what was she to say, after all this time? What could she say? Aigis was, for once, struck dumb by the shock of it all, so she simply stood there as Elizabeth, and the eyes of onlookers, moved; Elizabeth towards her, and the onlookers' eyes on Elizabeth.
"Elizabeth?" she said, almost in disbelief. It seemed, however, that people were beginning to lose interest, even if Elizabeth's antics were odd; too much time had passed already, and they were returning to what they had been doing before. "W...What are you doing in Inaba?" Aigis questioned, letting her confusion show in the form of a frown.
|Deleted User||Jan 29 2012, 04:24 AM Post #4|
She had been the Velvet Room's last client. At least, last for Elizabeth, while she had still been Igor's assistant. Surprisingly, the Wild Card had flitted from him to her - Aigis, the robotic anti-tank of Shadows. A millennium of weapons in the body of a robotic girl. Or something along those lines. Either way, Elizabeth had spoke to her every now and then to comfort her on the loss of him.
Elizabeth saw Aigis's shocked look and heard her speak, chuckling. Instead of immediately replying, she reached out and picked up the book Aigis put down, flipping to a random page to devour its contents. Several seconds later, her smile faded into a grimace - the book was on sparkly vampires, and indeed it was nigh physically painful. Apsaras herself was distressed, and pleaded with Elizabeth to put it down which she did quickly, both feeling thankful.
"I have been searching," Elizabeth beamed at the confused looking robot. "I left the Velvet Room (And displeased Margaret..) to attempt to free him. Arisato Minato," she sighed. She had been stripped of a few of her stronger Personaes for leaving the Velvet Room which wasn't too bad - but it had been a big mistake to attempt to literally free Minato. Blown backwards and bruised for a few days, she had effectively murdered her other Personaes.
All actions came at a cost.
"I have heard of the mysterious influx of fog in Inaba," Elizabeth's voice dropped to a dramatic whisper. "And I thought to myself, Elizabeth, surely this may aid you in your quest to free Minato. And so, here I am," she said happily. "I have learnt so very much here. Do you know, there is a shrine here quite like the Naganaki Shrine back at Iwatodai? You write your wishes on the ema, and it is said that the shrine grants them! Ever since I have arrived in Inaba, I have visited the shrine each day to pray and wish for Minato's safe return," she smiled serenely. One day, maybe. And Minato could return..
|Aigis||Jan 29 2012, 01:31 PM Post #5|
Was it any wonder that Aigis was surprised to see Elizabeth here? After all, the robot girl had thought the mysterious silver-haired female stuck in the Velvet Room as an occupant, not able to leave it for periods of time. But from what Elizabeth was telling her, that was exactly what had happened; Elizabeth had left the Velvet Room for all time...and for quite a noble reason too.
Aigis had spoken with Elizabeth quite a few times when she had been able to visit the Velvet Room, when she had control over multiple Personas, and not just the one she controlled right then, Athena. She let her gaze settle on Elizabeth as she thought about all of this, about what it might mean; Aigis had to admit, she was somewhat amused to see even the always curious Elizabeth blanch at the thought of reading through that horrendous book that she had just put down.
At least, Aigis guessed that she didn't like the book; she was still getting used to all the emotions a human face could show, all the emotions one could hold. It was, really, fascinating how many different things a human could convey with their faces, now that she thought about it. Why was it, however, that she kept thinking about such strange things when she had more important things to ponder?
Such as what might happen if Igor was unhappy about Elizabeth leaving; he certainly had to be, since Aigis got the feeling they had spent quite a few years together.
"You...want Minato to return too?" Aigis questioned. She had thought the woman might, considering the times they had spoken to each other about him back in the Velvet Room, the times she had been comforted by Elizabeth. Aigis viewed the woman as one of the most indispensable...friends she had. Yes, Elizabeth was definitely a friend; a friend helped keep you happy when bad things happened, and Elizabeth had tried her best in that regard.
"I actually think all of this fog is related to Tartarus in some way. I know it's...strange to think that, because that would mean the seal failed somehow, but nothing else makes sense to me." Aigis said, deciding not to comment on the part about the shrine. She had been told that Elizabeth could bring up totally unrelated things in a conversation, after all, and really, that going down that line of conversation wasn't really that good of an idea.
|Deleted User||Jan 30 2012, 02:46 AM Post #6|
As Elizabeth left Apsaras to skip among the bookshelves, she once again let the silence stretch before replying. She noticed a bookmark in the sparkly vampires book and was reminded of her own. The one she gave Minato. She mused over her ungainly loss to him, and how her cards scattered everywhere. Much like the time when Margaret attempted to lasso, uh, convince her to return to the Velvet Room. She had gotten careless and overconfident no doubt, playing around with Minato in battle realizing too late that she could no longer withstand a twin assault from Helel and Satan.
That had stung for days, and Igor had been curious as to what she had been up to when she dabbed ointment all over herself.
Slowly came revealed the Abyss of Time, Erebus and the massive web that connected them to Minato. She followed and watched Aigis's progress, herself surprised by the silhouette and fairly tempted to jump into the Abyss alongside them - but it turned out to be a mere shadow of plethora emotions. Although the Abyss of Time was destroyed, Elizabeth made up her mind to find her way to Minato and attempt to free him.
It was very complicating and painful, but she finally reached the seal alone (Technically she had her Personaes with her, yes?). What she did not expect was for Erebus to have returned, nigh at full strength.
Did humans wish for destruction that much? Were they really that desperate for Nyx to fall upon them?
If Aigis could change, why could they not?
Albeit a long and horribly difficult fight, she managed to single-handedly bring down Erebus. She still hadn't quite recovered from Minato's blow (Her back still annoyed her) what more with a few of her Personaes that lingered in the Velvet Room. Sadly, the only thing she managed to achieve there was to rid herself of all of her Personaes, get herself battered and watch the alarming respawn of Erebus.
There was nothing for it but to flee, of course.
"That is a difficult question," she finally spoke. "For he alone prevents the genocide of mankind. To want Minato to return is to want the annihilation of humanity," she nodded gravely.
She turned and watched the people helping the shopkeeper up solemnly. "Perhaps a way to free Minato while keeping the seal intact would be a more appropriate goal.."
She thought for a while. The Tartarus had been obliterated, as with the Dark Hour. The fog was however related to Shadows and the Apathy Syndrome, and the seal was impeccably immaculate when she "paid a visit" to Minato. Had Erebus managed to rip part of him away after all?
"I am doubtful," she said at last, but nothing else. Doubtful..but it didn't mean what she thought couldn't happen.
|Aigis||Jan 30 2012, 07:33 PM Post #7|
The silence seemed to stretch forever, and Aigis couldn't help but wonder if Elizabeth would ever reply to her. Aigis, however, did not grow frustrated with the woman; she likely was reminded of Minato too by what she had just asked. The end of the world...breaking the seal on Minato would mean making it continue, it would mean letting the wishes that everyone held for destruction run rampant.
Was that good for the world? Aigis didn't think it was, and even though she knew that, she still wanted to see Minato freed, because...because it was like he was in a prison, stuck and unable to go anywhere. She wouldn't want to be in a place like that, a prison, for years and years.
No one would appreciate him, or talk to him, or...or learn from him; that last thought was the most important. He was the greatest teacher she knew, the one who had taught her the value of life, human life, and how she was human; she just couldn't let him stay prone for so long, doing nothing but stopping the destruction of the world. That was when Elizabeth broke up, breaking Aigis out of her thoughts; it was, indeed, a difficult question to answer.
Aigis wondered, was Elizabeth really that much on the same wave length as her? It seemed they were considering the same thing: helping Minato return meant ushering in the end of the world. Surely there had to be a way to have Minato return to them without the seal breaking though; in fact, that was what Elizabeth suggested next. That had to be the solution to their problem, but...just what could they do?
"I think you are right, Elizabeth. If we want Minato back, we have to figure out a way to free him while keeping the seal intact..." Aigis said. She thought about it; could not a life for a life be given? Couldn't someone take Minato's in the sealing? She didn't know the answer to that, and that scared her; she needed to know so much before she could act on what she wanted to do.
She wanted...she wanted a world where Minato was free and happy with his friends, with her. What she was thinking though...if it were possible, such a world wouldn't be possible, because she wanted to take Minato's place in the seal. If it meant giving him the opportunity to be happy...who was she to be so selfish?
Minato had taught her so much, and he had also taught her that sometimes, sacrifices were needed; he had demonstrated that much. But then that brought up the thought that if she did take his place, wouldn't that be disrespecting his wishes? He had wanted it to end the way it did, because he didn't want to see anyone else suffer; that was what she told herself.
"Could someone else take his place, Elizabeth?" Aigis questioned of the strange elevator attendant. This discussion...it was surprisingly serious, which Aigis hadn't been expecting upon first seeing Elizabeth that day; but she was glad. She needed to speak to someone about all these confusing things swirling about inside of her, and she had confided in Elizabeth before; just like then, she was confiding in the seemingly ageless woman once more.
That was interesting; Aigis was just then noticing the female hadn't seemed to age that much either, just like Aigis herself.
|Deleted User||Jan 31 2012, 04:10 AM Post #8|
While keeping the seal intact. Was the seal intact? She had to admit, she had been rather alarmed when she saw Erebus tugging at Minato, over and over, for the boy looked so frail Elizabeth was sure he wouldn't last. But over and over he attacked, and the seal budged not an inch. If she had been at full strength, if she had her Personaes maybe, if Margaret would cooperate she would've been more then ready to stay by the seal for the rest of her life to prevent Erebus from nearing him. Perhaps even eliminating the need for a seal.
She had not the wild card, but otherworldly strength. That was good enough to draw away Erebus's attention.
Elizabeth decided not to reply. To speak her mind was to make her failure absolute, that her words alone were not enough to convince Margaret to help her. She had not failed to notice her bookmark in the box of Minato's belongings months ago. Alongside with the dozens of items given to him by his friends. Even Theodore hesitated, and finally decided on taking Margaret's side. Unlike his sister though, he decided against fighting Elizabeth.
Which was fortunate, because his Personaes (The four Seraphims - Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel, Michael as well as Sandalphon, Lilith, Abaddon and Beelzebub) were on par with Margaret's.
She turned to face Aigis, surprised at the second question. She smiled somberly. She had thought of that.
Opening her book and carefully holding it with one arm, she waved her hand and her cards rose. They all flew out from one page before disappearing beneath others, each revealing the trademark pictures of the Arcanas. This went on from the Fool to the World, and Elizabeth smiled again. She, alongside with Theodore were the only known possessors of the World arcana, at least to her knowledge. Margaret was the Empress. Elizabeth had not the slightest clue what Igor was. No one did.
One final card appeared, floating before Aigis. It was a completely blank card, and Elizabeth spoke.
"This is the Arcana Universe. The power it represents is beyond the beyond. Tied to with the bonds that connected Minato and - well, all of you," she said as the card faded into her book. "He is - was - literally the first person that ever utilized this Arcana and its abilities. And perhaps the only one who will - would."
She shut the book with a sudden snap.
"It is impossible," she said bluntly. "The chances are slim. Not just slim, but exceedingly slim. Incomprehensibly slim. There was never a person like Minato - never a person who used that power, and there never will be one again."
False hopes and dreams. She had learned the difference rudely the other month, try as she might with both consulting Igor and doing her own research..what hope was there in replacing Minato? Anyone else would break as soon as Erebus rose. Indeed, anyone else ordinary would break before Erebus rose. You could string the whole of humanity to that door but only Minato was capable of withstanding and lasting forever.
"It leaves us with few open windows," Elizabeth sighed. "But it cannot be helped. The whole business is finicky, and tampering with it is already outrageous. We must go on very carefully if we are to free him," she spoke more to herself then to Aigis.
"I am unsure if we even can."
|Aigis||Jan 31 2012, 06:55 PM Post #9|
The World...that card, that tarot card, only belonged to Elizabeth, from what she knew. It was possible others held that Arcana, but she really doubted it; it represented a lot, that arcana. You had to be a strong person to be the kind that The World arcana would accept; she peered at Elizabeth; the girl was strong, wasn't she? She was able to get over the fact that Minato was gone, or at the least, she wasn't showing any obvious signs of breaking down.
She, on the other hand? She wasn't sure how, exactly, she was managing to hold herself together like she was right then. She felt so fragile and weak...it was funny how the robot could be weaker than, say, a human when it came to keeping her emotions in check. Fragile because she couldn't do anything to stop Minato from leaving them all and saving the world, from being unable to stop his sacrifice.
Weak because she couldn't do anything right then to reverse his sacrifice; why was everything in the world so unfair? It seemed, at times, that forces beyond her control, beyond even her understanding, were conspiring to make the world a much bleaker place than it already was. But wait...no, that was not the kind of thoughts she should be subjecting herself with; what if Minato could hear her thoughts now? Would he approve of them?
No...no, he certainly wouldn't; he was full of life, he had forged relationships with so many people. There was no way he would approve of the fact that she thought that the world was so dark, because in truth, it wasn't. She could change, had changed, hadn't she? Didn't that mean that there was hope for all the people of the world as well, despite what she was thinking right then?
Perhaps that was even the reason Minato had sacrificed himself, because of the fact that there was still...hope for the world left. If that was what he wanted, if it truly was, couldn't she live like that too? Live for the future, and not continuously think about the past? She frowned a bit at that; the robot would definitely think on that, and likely act on it in the future. It was still difficult for her to wrap her mind around though.
Then that card appeared, the blank card, and Elizabeth explained it; Minato's bonds...they had, by themselves, created something all their own? Something that only Minato could use? For, perhaps another time, she felt hopelessness creeping in on her; if Minato was the only one who could access that power, the only one who could hold Erebus back, then that meant he could never come back to her.
To them she amended sadly a moment later; how selfish she was, to want Minato all to herself. She couldn't help it though...his hair, eyes, body, personality. Everything about him seemed to be life to her, so how could she just lay down and accept that there was no way to see him again? To ever hear him laugh? Or see him smile?
"Do not give up, Elizabeth. Minato wouldn't give up on something if there was a chance of it working. He...well, he's important to me. He's important to everyone. There has to be a way to free him, but...I do not know how either," Aigis said, frowning as she let her gaze shift to the floor. This was...depressing. She had thought meeting old friends and acquaintances would be nice, cheerful, but this was anything but that.
"The Velvet Room...do you still hold any of the power in that place, or is it gone now that you left it?" Aigis asked of her. She was no fool, even she could tell that mystical place had some power to it.
|Deleted User||Feb 2 2012, 04:10 AM Post #10|
Elizabeth couldn't help wondering if the people here transmogrified during the Dark Hour. If the fog appeared and set loose Shadows, there would be an incredible amount of casualties.
As well as perhaps Personae awakenings.
She watched Aigis curiously. Minato's come and go had triggered and sparked so many events that it was hard to believe that most of the things that had happened over the year was because of him and him alone.
It was also (annoyingly) hard to believe that over a dozen girls had been fighting for his affections, including Elizabeth herself.
"If we do release him, the world is doomed," Elizabeth pointed out with another frown. "Unless we stay by the seal in a permanent battle limbo."
Not to say it wasn't possible, but it certainly would get..unpleasant after a while. She turned to look at Apsaras, wondering how to explain properly. "The answer would be both yes and no."
"I may look brittle but my strength has never waned. There is only one Persona left with me, however," Elizabeth spoke sorrowfully. She briefly wondered about Margaret and Theodore, but shook her head and turned back to Aigis. "What will you do now?" she asked.
"You have come to Inaba alone?"
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