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darkmoogleMember Since 26 Dec 2010
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11 January 2011 - 11:09 PM
some of it's rushed, some of it's incomplete, some of it's lifted. i wouldn't sit down to my first harry potter movie for another three years, world of warcraft wasn't quite a glimmer in blizzard's eye, and x-men still belonged to comic book nerds alone; somehow i caught parts of all these and mixed them with the people in front of me. i felt i did my references good justice, though, and i still do.
consider this a highly dramatized retelling of the drama that went on in the early days. people bitched, hacked the game, got banned, came back... meanwhile i was reading larry niven (lucifer's hammer, inferno), terry brooks (any shannara book), tolkien, and playing fallout and FF7. i wanted epic and apocalyptic in my downtime, and my burgeoning interests in digital photography (i was borrowing our school's 1.6 megapixel camera, and it was great) and adobe photoshop (v4.0) weren't taking me there just yet. i've gone great lengths for both in the interim, but ten years ago there i was, sitting in the library during study hall on a pass from the art teacher for learning photoshop, shipping a couple of text files around on a zip drive from place to place so i could keep writing...
god, that all sounds so archaic. i'm only 26. never underestimate the power of technology - the mere existance of this piece, hidden away for years on a floppy drive, proves that we're all slowly approaching immortality. don't consider it a good or bad thing, just consider it carefully.
okay back to the story. i'll be posting it in chunks, when i'm bored. don't expect it all at once, because there's a lot of it.
11 January 2011 - 10:33 PM
I waited, absorbing it all in. I realized that I had been picked and would live out what earlier I would have thought of as only a dream. I thought about the life I'd left behind, and then thought about the far better life ahead of me. "Are those the only reasons for the school?"
He seemed surprised that I hadn't even questioned the existence of magic. "No. There are other similar schools throughout the world, but not all of them teach in the same way we do. One lies under Siberia, one lies under the African savannas, one on the Moon, and one in a rebuilt Atlantis. Like the worlds' countries, they are all in relative peace, but from time to time, battles break out. Atlantis and the Moon, being the most similar, fight almost constantly, always trying to bring the other school under it's command." He noticed a slightly surprised expression on my face, and I mouthed the word 'Atlantis?'. He laughed shortly. "Yes, Atlantis. The ruins were found, and restored to what they believe they once looked like. The ruins Moon School were built over are strikingly similar, so we believe Atlantis was a colony of creatures or men that once lived on the Moon. However, that doesn't matter, really."
Hell it didn't, but I accepted that for now.
"There's one more thing, and you may have figured it out by now. TTO is the main front for this place, and QMO is the front of what will soon be a new school allied to this one. You know Fuiner Tadil as Fuitad, and Fredrick Ipson goes by Aaron Freeman online. You recognize that name, of course." Obviously I did. (That's atomsplit, for those of you who don't know. Anyone who didn't? No? Didn't think so. ) "Fuitad was dead far before TTO, though, so Atom was the one who actually created TTO. TTO has been extremely helpful, and a good number of our students are identified on it, which is why you recognize so many people in the halls."
"Come on, now, I'll introduce you to some people you already know." He stood, and I hurried to follow him. I saw him put his hand out, and after a second of air swirling, a mug of coffee appeared in his hand, which he sipped at happily. Not having any magic, I rummaged for a Mountain Dew. He led me out of the room and into the main hall again. He gestured at the towers, which were taller than I'd thought. "Those are the dorms, and have about 1500 double dorms in them. Around 1000 are filled now." He led me past there and down a hallway by the teleporter. We ended up in a room with a glass wall overlooking a training hall. Dozens of people fought each other or dummies with a huge variety of weapons, while some sharpened their weapons and received instruction from a familiar looking person in a long green cloak. I caught a glimpse of armor under there, and recognized the sword almost immediately.
"General Leo, there, teaches the upper sword fighting classes and is head of the weaponry department. The other weaponry teachers are nephilstein, and, teaching about wars and group battles, Tank14 and Cloud9 together." He didn't have to say more, and I followed him out after a moment of watching the fighting. We walked around, and I thought we were going uphill for a time. Eventually we ended up in another room similar to the first, within which were a few hundred people listening to a person at front lecturing.
"This is the hall for beginner's magic. I head the magic department, but my students had off today so I could get you. That's Venja in there." He grinned slightly. "I knew Venja even before the two of us ended up here. All our lives we competed with each other for first place in whatever we were in, and it seems that I've won. He's an excellent mage, and is far smarter than I am, but I'm a better mage and better swordsman." He smiled openly, and Venja looked up at them and gave them a smile before continuing the lecture. "-LedZep- teaches the more foreign and unique spells, and Galian and Triforce teach war magics, summons, and that sort of thing."
He led me then out of there and towards an area overlooking the main hall, and showed me to a seat. "Alright, now comes the time to make the decision. We can let you leave still. You'll be brainwashed and will remember nothing past our meeting in the school. Or you can stay. Personally, I'd prefer you to stay, and I think you will, but I'm still required to give you the option."
I sat for a time, looking out over the main hall. OK, so I could live the dream, or I could opt to wake up. I always hated waking up from dreams, especially the good ones. Even the bad ones. It always interested me what my brain did when it had nothing better to do, then I wondered why I had to wonder about my own brain. If it was mine, wouldn't I know what it did? But sup- "Why are you looking at me like that?"
"You've been cross-eyed for about a minute now."
I couldn't resist, since I knew what had happened. "Oh no, I've gone cross-eyed," I said with a funny English accent that sent everyone in hearing range into hysterics. I looked up at him, straight-eyed, with the half smile I preferred. "Well, I feel somehow that if I left, I might live longer." His face fell slightly, but I'd expected that. "I've always wondered what the afterlife is like, and I guess I'm going to find out sooner than I'd thought."
He smiled openly again and stuck out his hand. "Welcome aboard."
I stood in front of the doors, waiting somewhat expectantly for them to open. I readjusted my necklace and checked the straps on my blade. I'd gotten new clothing and some other new equipment earlier on, a welcome gift from Masa himself. I now wore a black cloak, similar to Sephiroth's, but different at the same time. It was about the same length, but instead of being strapped at the stomach, it hung open down to the waist, where a strap pulled them together. Underneath, I was covered with leather armor, light and flexible while strong enough to hold up under an attack. I'd gotten my hair changed slightly too, being more similar to Squall's.
Suddenly, the doors swung open and I strode in without hesitating. A man at a desk looked up from his computer screen and looked me straight in the eyes. I held his gaze as I strode across the room directly towards him.
"Darkmoogle. I knew I'd meet you one day." Atomsplit smiled at me, and I realized he looked somewhat younger than the picture I'd seen online. I also noticed he looked healthier. I realized now that all the stories of him being sick must have been a show to help cover things up. After all, a person with enough magical powers to live for hundreds of years didn't get sick easily. "I'm glad you agreed to join. I believe you have great talent."
I snickered, then smiled and nodded at him. "Glad you think so, sir."
I shook my head. "All my life I was labeled as the one who had brains, but no skills or talents other than that. I got involved with TTO, hockey, acting, and all the other things just to prove to myself that I did. Now the leader of one of the most powerful organizations on the planet is telling me he thinks I have potential."
He smiled too. "One way or another, you're here now, so that means you've got something going for you. It could be skill, or it could be just a huge amount of luck." <Probably the second.> "You're quartered in room 9-7A with a person I think you know. The first half of the day is Advanced Weaponry with General Leo. Then you have a quarter day free period, where you can eat, wander around, train in any rooms, sleep, or even sit in on other lectures. The final half of the day is war magics and summoning with Triforce and Galian."
I nodded, mentally running the path I'd have to take through my head. "What will we be doing in the classes?"
"In Advanced Weaponry, you're given a basic knowledge of most weapons, and intensive training in a weapon or weapons of choice. Leo also has his students train with each other a lot, and the class takes frequent trips into the surrounding forests."
"Wait... surrounding forests? We go to the surface?"
Atom shook his head. "The academy is underground, but after some time passed, some people began to feel cut off and shut in. So, the area here is like a small world of it's own. It has day and night created by an artificial sun and moon, and the academy is surrounded by about a hundred acres of forests, lakes, and a mountain or two."
I nodded. "And war magics?"
"Triforce teaches the dark wizardry, spells to create heat and lightning and such, and Summoning. The Summoning is also based on how good a student does. The better a student does in the rest of his magic class, the mroe summon spells he is taught. Galian teaches the use of magic in conjunction with weaponry. Things like flaming swords, freezing arrows, and the like. The two could be taught seperately, but we've found that the three subjects work surprisingly well when learned together."
I smiled slightly. I could see why. "Any other questions?"
That he'd be willing to answer? "Not really."
"Then I hope you enjoy your stay here."
09 January 2011 - 03:19 AM
09 January 2011 - 03:18 AM
so here it is:
it's in .doc, 55,000 words, 65 pages. there's going to be a lot of names you don't recognize, and a few you do, which is all because this was started like 6 or 7 years ago. there was a followup story i never finished (with the little piece at the very end being the segue into that), but since avelia found all these files for me on a floppy disc i figure i'll return the favor by actually finishing some stuff. in a while i hope to have this piece fixed up and a good solid start on finishing the next (two) part(s). outline is done; i just need a lot of time to sit and write. in the end the names will all be regular fantasy style names, and i'll probably take out all the references to squaresoft games in my ongoing attempt to produce something publishable.
consider this like the beta test. the alpha test was back when i first wrote it; now i'm selectively shipping it here and there as i get ready for the full release.
if anyone actually reads the whole thing through i'd like to know, and if you're that interested i have a few hundred pages of other writing to share (though only maybe another 20 or so pages of TTO - er, sorry, TTE - related material).
email at email@example.com for feedback in case i forget this place exists again *nervous grin*
08 January 2011 - 09:28 PM