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The Changing Of The Guard: An Interactive Persona fanfic

Last posted Apr 09, 2012 at 06:33PM EDT. Added Jan 05, 2012 at 07:22AM EST
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OK, so while I try to get a new story for Inescapable Fate, I’m gonna give you a written, interactive fanfiction version.

Yu leaned back in his seat as the train chugged its way to his hometown of Ota. He just beat up Izanami-no-Okami, got rid of the fog, and caught the killer.
Life was good.
The train’s constant hummng against the rail was very relaxing. Monotonous, even, and….
“…..ZZZZZ….”
Yu nodded off to sleep, and began to dream he was back in the Velvet Room.
(Awwwww, fuck) thought Yu.
“What more can I do?” asked Yu.
Igor chuckled.
“One other is going to go through an ordeal much like your own.”
Yu shrugged.
“Not my problem. But if he only gets one Persona, he’s screwed.”
“Which is why the Wild Card is now his power.” said Margaret.
Yu paused, waiting for the assisstant’s statement to sink in. When he did, he snatched the Compendium from Margaret and flipped through the pages.
“The hell!?!? IT’S COMPLETELY BLANK!”
Igor chuckled.
“Now that you are done with your own journey, you need to mentor the new Wild Card.”
Igor held up a tarot card which showed a scene of the real world: a blonde teen in a white dress shirt and a passport sticking out from his shirt pocket.
“Why me?” groaned Yu.
Igor said nothing, and merely picked up the contract Yu signed a year ago.
“…..I hate you…”
Igor chuckled.
“Farewell, Yu, our new client will soon arrive.”
Yu woke up a groaned. Well, that sucked.

About an hour late, the train stopped at a station halfway to Ota.
A teen stumbled through the aisle of the train car, but stopped when he saw Yu.
“Oh. Uh. Uhmmm….this is gonna sound weird, but I think I’ve seen you in a dream…do you know a guy named Igor? Short, creepy, nose that would make Pinocchio jealous?”
Yu nodded.
“Oh cool, you must be Yu Narukami.” said the new Wild Card. “My name is…”

OK, readers, what’s this boy’s name? Is it:
1. Isaac Baker
2. James Field
3. Nate Wilder
or
4. Jay Matthews?

Jan 05, 2012 at 07:22AM EST
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“Oh cool, you must be Yu Narukami.” said the new Wild Card. “My name is…”
“What?”
“My name is….”
“Who?”
“My name is SLIM SHADY.”

Jan 05, 2012 at 07:26AM EST
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Crap. I forgot to tell you how the interaction works:
The listed option to get 10 votes first wins.

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Jan 05, 2012 at 07:30AM EST
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….OK, Looks like in order to prevent you guys from trolling, I have to pick a name. sigh….
“My name’s Isaac Baker.”
A voice in Yu’s head spoke out.
So this is the new Wild Card…
Izanagi!?! Is that you?
Yes, Master Narukami.
“Uh…You okay?” asked Isaac.
“Oh, yeah.” answered Yu.
The train began to pull in to Ota Station.
“Well, I guess I’ll be seeing you later.” said Isaac.

>Isaac’s POV

Isaac walked off the train after talking to Yu. A man with a scruffy goatee and a expectant look yelled out to him:
“Hey! Isaac!”
Isaac walked up to the man.
“Hello. Sorry I couldn’t pick you up from the airport, Isaac-kun, but things came up at work, and my daughter was busy. My name’s Junichi Kurosawa.”

Response Options: (THESE ARE THE ONLY OPTIONS)
1. It’s OK.
2. Nice to meet you
3. Where’s your daughter?

Jan 05, 2012 at 12:36PM EST
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OK.. Um…

OK.. Um…“It’s OK to meet your daughter?”

Jan 05, 2012 at 12:49PM EST
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angrypwnzer wrote:

Please refrain from trying to wirte in options.

Well this isn’t very interactive, IS IT?

Jan 05, 2012 at 12:52PM EST
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Alex wrote:

Well this isn’t very interactive, IS IT?

Just stick to the dialogue trees and everything will be perfectly fine.

Jan 05, 2012 at 12:54PM EST
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gonna quick put up a character profile
Name: Isaac Baker
Age: 16
Nationality: American
Hometown: Either Detroit, MI or Santa Barbara, CA.
Arcana: Fool
Blood Type: AB
Interests: Being lazy, daydreaming, watching TV, listening to music
Persona: (Unknown)
Courage: Average
Charm: Unpolished
Knowledge: Basic

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Jan 05, 2012 at 02:04PM EST
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Does he wear a hat?

Jan 05, 2012 at 03:25PM EST

OK, the voting is taking too long….I’m gonna rethink how many votes an option needs to get picked.

“She’s busy taking care of stuff for her classes.” said Mr. Kurosawa.
“C’mon. The car’s this way.”
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After a short drive, Kurosawa and Isaac pulled into the driveway of the Kurosawa family home.
So, this is gonna be my home for the next year thought Isaac.
Isaac pulled his suitcases out of the car, and carried them inside.
“Your room’s upstairs.” mentioned Kurosawa.
“Thank you, Kurosawa……”
Isaac paused, trying to remember how honoriffics worked.
“….Kurosawa-chan?”
Kurosawa tried to hold back a laugh.
“I’m a guy, Isaac. -chan usually is used to denote females.”
Isaac facepalmed.
“This is going to be very difficult…”
Isaac headed to his room, unpacked, and checked his email, where he found a bizarre email:

YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE OPERATOR’S GAME
Dealt 7 Cards, That Makes 8
EXPECT CONTACT SOON
Think beyond reality
Truth is a bizarre thing, isn’t it?
This has been merely a game to you. That’s only what it seems. We are coming. Remember to be afraid

Isaac lifted an eyebrow. Somehow, he felt this vaguely threatening.
He shrugged. He was jet lagged, and just wanted to sleep.

Jan 06, 2012 at 07:18AM EST
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Next day: (4/7/13)
Morning
Isaac dragged himself out of his bed after a long night of jet lag and surreal nightmares.
He headed downstairs, where he found Kurosawa having breakfast with a girl about 2 years older than Isaac.
“Morning, Isaac!” greeted Kurosawa.
" M’rnin’" mumbled Isaac, yawning.
“Hey, I’m sorry I couldn’t meet you yesterday. Exam preparation can be a bit-”
“Hatsumi, please watch your language” interrupted Kurasawa.
“Sorry.”
Isaac rubbed his forehead, trying to think clearly.
“Do you have any coffee?” he asked.
“Uh, not really.” answered Hatsumi.
Isaac sighed.
“Can i go buy a cup of coffee?”
Kurosawa laughed.
“As long as you stay in the city and are back here before sundown, you can go pretty much where ever you wish.”
“Thank you, Kurosawa…….sensei?”
Kurosawa shook his head, mouthing ‘Wrong honoriffic’.
Isaac sighed again,

On the way to the cafe, Isaac felt something watching him.
He tried to ignore the sensation, as he walked into the cafe, where he saw Yu working at the cash register.
“Oh. Hey, Yu!”
Yu waved hello.

(Yu’s POV)
“So, Isaac, anything…unusual happen?”
Isaac shook his head.
He doesn’t seem to have awakened his Persona, yet, Master Narukami said Izanagi.
Huh. Well, it usually takes a few days to get into the action. replied Yu.
However, I can sense the nature of his Persona, Master Narukami added Izanagi.
Huh?
He’s definitely the Fool Arcana. I can’t remember the Persona’s name, but he is very, very old…Mesopotamian? Assyrian? Sumerian? Somewhere from the Fertila Crescent
….Interesting….

Jan 06, 2012 at 11:11AM EST
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Yu put on a hat
Now this story is going somewhere!

Jan 06, 2012 at 03:32PM EST

Yu shrugged. “Aw, well.”
“So, anyway, what’ll it be?” asked Yu.
“One large iced caramel mocha.” replied Isaac.
The feeling of being watched returned as Isaac paid for his coffee.

Jan 06, 2012 at 05:48PM EST
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Suddenly, a ichthyosaurus burst through the door. “Stop right there, knaves! I am Farple, king of the spinach, and I decree that coffee is now illegal!”
“Shame!” cried Yu, his plans for the evening ruined.
“Can’t let you do that, chap!” retorted Isaac, his expression one of constipation. “I challenge you to a duel at high noon!”

Options-
They duel at high noon.
Farple, king of the spinach, does a 180 and kicks Isaac in the peepee with a chair.
Yu is really a terrorist working for the Ottoman Empire.
THE CHOICE IS UP TO YOU!

Jan 07, 2012 at 02:09AM EST

^ I’m the game manager, I write the story, you guys simply pick the paths. (IE: Whether to boost Academic, Charm or Courage, what Social Link to improve)

Jan 07, 2012 at 10:45AM EST
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I’ve never really liked interactive stories. They tend to lack greatly in the interactivity. If I want to die, I should be allowed an option to go on a surprise suicide bombing.

Last edited Jan 07, 2012 at 10:50AM EST
Jan 07, 2012 at 10:50AM EST
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ISAAC: CAPTCHALOGUE CARAMEL MOCHA.

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Jan 07, 2012 at 10:54AM EST
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^Heheheh…that actually made me laugh. I’ll let it slide.
CAPTCHALOGUE CARAMEL MOCHA thought Isaac as he walked out, waving goodbye to Yu.

Isaac chugged down the coffee as he walked past a small wooded area, and the feeling of being watched returned.

The jet lag is just making me paranoid he thought.

Isaac returned to the Kurosawa family’s house, and walked back to room.

There was another e-mail in his inbox:

CONTACT FAILED.
RETRYING IN 24 HOURS

Isaac lifted an eyebrow. What the fuck was this?

Isaac decided to go to bed early.

4/8/13

Isaac groaned as he woke up. School started for him today.

As he walked to the high school building, he felt that sensation of being watched. He turned around, and thought he saw a blur of black in the corner of his eye.

Jan 09, 2012 at 07:14AM EST
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At the beginning of class, the teacher tried a bit too hard to make Isaac feel welcome.
“Alright, everybody, this our new foreign exchange student, Isaac Baker.” cheered Mr. Yamada.
“Let’s give him a big Kimura High welcome!”
The responding silence of the classroom was oppressively chilling.
Yikes, tough crowd thought Isaac.
Isaac sat down in his seat and frowned. Igor had mentioned something about making bonds with others, but it seemed he was off to a bad start.
“Psst, hey. New guy.”
“Hm?”
A boy with unruly black hair was sitting next to Isaac and was trying to get his attention.
“Hey, my name’s Ichiro Takata. Nice to meet ya!”
Isaac smiled. Maybe this wouldn’t be so….
HEY! Takata! Leave the transfer student alone!!!”
….difficult

Lunchtime came around, and Isaac unpacked the bento box that Mr. Kurosawa had given him.
Ichiro sat down with him.
“Hiya!”
Isaac smiled.
“Whassup?” he asked Ichiro.
“Not much.”
A girl with black hair and hazel eyes tapped Isaac on the shoulder.
“Be careful: Ichiro’s a chronic moocher. You better keep your lunch guarded.”
Ichiro sighed, withdrawing his hand from the bento box with a stolen piece of sushi.
“Miyoko, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Iaac watched Ichiro chomp down the sushi, then looked down at his lunch.
“Hey, wait a minute…I had 6 pieces of sushi…why’s there only 5???”
Issac looked up at Ichiro, who had a guilty grin on his face.
“What the hell, man?”
“What? I forgot my lunch! C’mon, a guy’s gotta eat!”
Miyoko laughed.
“I warned you.”

Jan 09, 2012 at 08:35AM EST
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At the beginning of class, the teacher tried a bit too hard to make Isaac feel welcome.
“Alright, everybody, this our new foreign exchange student, Isaac Baker.” cheered Mr. Yamada.
“Let’s give him a big Kimura High welcome!”
The responding silence of the classroom was oppressively chilling.
Yikes, tough crowd thought Isaac.
Isaac sat down in his seat and frowned. Igor had mentioned something about making bonds with others, but it seemed he was off to a bad start.
“Psst, hey. New guy.”
“Hm?”
A boy with unruly black hair was sitting next to Isaac and was trying to get his attention.
“Hey, my name’s Ichiro Takata. Nice to meet ya!”
Isaac smiled. Maybe this wouldn’t be so….
HEY! Takata! Leave the transfer student alone!!!”
….difficult

Lunchtime came around, and Isaac unpacked the bento box that Mr. Kurosawa had given him.
Ichiro sat down with him.
“Hiya!”
Isaac smiled.
“Whassup?” he asked Ichiro.
“Not much.”
A girl with black hair and hazel eyes tapped Isaac on the shoulder.
“Be careful: Ichiro’s a chronic moocher. You better keep your lunch guarded.”
Ichiro sighed, withdrawing his hand from the bento box with a stolen piece of sushi.
“Miyoko, I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Iaac watched Ichiro chomp down the sushi, then looked down at his lunch.
“Hey, wait a minute…I had 6 pieces of sushi…why’s there only 5???”
Issac looked up at Ichiro, who had a guilty grin on his face.
“What the hell, man?”
“What? I forgot my lunch! C’mon, a guy’s gotta eat!”
Miyoko laughed.
“I warned you.”

Jan 09, 2012 at 08:38AM EST
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(Please ignore the double posting of one segment. There were issues with my connection and the “Delete” option is on a timer.)
After school let out, Isaac was getting his shoes out of his locker when he heard the voices of three girls:
“You want it? Come and get i!” laughed a mocking voice.
“Please, give it back! I haven’t done anything to upset you!” said a quiet, shy voice.
“Yeah, right! You get to cut class while we sit in here and get bored to death!”
Isaac came around to investigate.
Two girls were playing keep away with a shoe, pitching it over the head of a blonde-haired girl with icy blue eyes and a thin, frail-looking body frame.
OPTIONS:
1. Catch the shoe.
2. Confront the bullies.
3. Buy the shoe back from the bullies.

Jan 09, 2012 at 12:40PM EST
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A)Confront was supposed to mean “Verbally chew them out”
B) You just correctly guessed Isaac’s first weapon. DAAAAYYUMN

Jan 10, 2012 at 08:45AM EST
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Blue Screen (of Death) wrote:

Awww Yeeaaaa!

But don’t change it because I guessed it, I want to see some crowbar action :D

Jan 10, 2012 at 09:16AM EST
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Isaac walked up to the bullies.
“Hey, put the shoe down.”
One of the girls laughed.
“Why don’tcha make us?”
Isaac put his bookbag down, and without another word, pulled out a crowbar and used the hooked segment to snatch the shoe in midair. The motion was so fast, the shoe spun around atop the crowbar for a second before stopping.
“I would appreciate it if you left.” said Isaac after four seconds of the girls staring at him in stunned silence.
“Tch…W-we were just leaving anyway.” said one of the girls.
They left, and Isaac handed the shoe to the blonde girl.
“…thank you…” said the girl, looking at the floor.
“Hey, it was no big deal.” said Isaac, stowing the crowbar away.
“…M-my name is Rika,” said the girl. “I’m in your class.”
Isaac gave Rika a kind, beaming smile.
“Nice to meet you, Rika. May I walk you home?”
Rika gave a small laugh.
“Thanks, but I have some errands to do.”
Isaac shrugged.
“Oh, well. See you tommorow, Rika.”
“Bye.”
Isaac walked out of the school, reflecting on the day. He had just began 2, maybe even 3 friendships. Ichiro, Miyoko, Rika…who else would become a part of his daily life?

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Jan 10, 2012 at 09:40AM EST
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Isaac put his bookbag down, and without another word, pulled out a crowbar and used the hooked segment to snatch the shoe in midair. The motion was so fast, the shoe spun around atop the crowbar for a second before stopping.

Jan 10, 2012 at 10:29AM EST
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4/9/13
Isaac slouched in his chair as the teacher rambled on about something boring. Ichiro leaned over to him.
“Hey, wanna hang out after school.”
Isaac thought that over for a second. He was gonna meet up with Yu and try to figure some things out.
“Can I invite a plus 1?”
Ichiro shrugged.
“Sure, why not? The more, the merrier!”

After School

Yu, Isaac, and Ichiro walked through a mall when they passed a clothing store with 5 mannequins in the display window.
“Dude, that one mannequin is REALLY fuckin’ creepy.” said Ichiro, pointing to a tall, faceless
mannequin in a business suit.
Yu nodded.
“It’s….unsettlig, alright.”
Isaac started coughing. He was overwhelmed with a sudden sense of dread.
“Hey, you guys wanna go get smoothies?” offered Yu. “I’m buying.”
“Uh…yeah, sure.” said Isaac. “How about you,Ichiro?”
Ichiro suddenly sprinted away.
“Ichiro? Hey, wait! Where are you going???”
“Shit!” yelled Isaac.
“Let’s go, Yu!”
Isaac and Yu followed Ichiro as he ran into the men’s bathroom, and caught up with him, as he stood in front of a large mirror.
“Ichiro? What’s going on? Why were you running away?”
Ichiro said nothing, and jumped through the mirror.
Isaac’s jaw dropped.
“Holy fuck! Did you see that?”
Yu blinked.
“Dude, I’ve jumped through TVs. I’m not surprised.”
Isaac gave Yu a funny look.
“TVs? What are you…look, it doesn’t matter. We need to go find Ichiro!”
Isaac turned and faced the mirror.
“Well, here goes nothing….GERONIMO!!!!”
Isaac plunged into the mirror, with Yu right behind him, and they emerged in a place that looked like a rundown city.
“Whoa…what IS this place?”asked Isaac.
Yu heard footsteps, and saw a figure approach them.
“Oh my god.” gasped Yu.
“What? What are talking abou-HOLY SHIT!!!”
Standing before them was the apparently very much alive ‘mannequin’ they saw in the mall.
The faceless entity spoke to them telepathically:
“Greetings, contestants. You have certainly taken your sweet time coming here.”

Jan 10, 2012 at 12:56PM EST
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Isaac tried to work up the courage to speak.
“W-what have you done to Ichiro?”
The faceless man turned towards Isaac.
“Nothing. He came here on his own free will.”
“Bullshit! He started acting weird and ran off into a mirror with no warning!” yelled Isaac.
“Calm down.” said Yu, trying to stop Isaac from doing something foolish.
“People are drawn here by their inner emotions” said the faceless man.
“What are you talking about? Where’s Ichiro? Who are you? I want answers NOW, dammit!”
“This is the Otherworld, a place where Shadows lurk.”
Yu became tense. Shadows? Here?
“And now, to test your strength…”
The being snapped its pale fingers, and two black blobs with arms and blue masks appeared.
“I am the Operator, and this world is mine to control.”

Jan 10, 2012 at 03:12PM EST
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Isaac looked down, and saw a mask had appeared in his hands.
A voice in his mind spoke to him
I am thou, and thou art I….open thy eyes, and awaken to thy power.
Isaac put the mask up to his face and grinned.
“Per…so…na.”
Isaac burst into bluish-white flames.
ISAAC!!!!” yelled Yu, gaping in horror.
The flames subsided, and in Isaac’s place stood a tall figure clad in a tattered red scarf and leather armor.
It spoke with both Isaac’s voice and a voice of deep commanding authority.
“I AM THOU, AND THOU ART I. FROM THE SEA OF THY SOUL I COMETH. I AM GILGAMESH, THE DEMIGOD KING. USE MY STRENGTH, AND WE SHALL MAKE A PATH
TO GLORY!”

From within Gilgamesh came Isaac’s voice:
GARU!”
Gilgamesh brought his blade down, and a wave of air smashed into the Shadows.
Yu smiled. Just like old times.
“Izanagi!”
Yu crushed a card in his fist, and Izanagi materialized behind him.
“Zio!”
Izanagi lifted his naginata towards the sky, and a lightning bolt came down and struck one of the Shadows, obliterating it.
The remaining Shadow waved an arm, and a chunk of ice formed and struck Yu.
“Skewer!” shouted Isaac.
Gilgamesh impaled the last Shadow with his sword, finishing it off.

Gilgamesh suddenly shattered like glass, and Isaac was left behind, panting from the sudden rush of battle-induced adrenaline.

“Wow…did I just….with the wind, and the sword….?”
“Yep.” answered Yu.

Jan 11, 2012 at 12:10PM EST
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(Is anyone reading this???)
The Operator tilted his head to the side.
“How interesting.”
The faceless man snapped his fingers and Ichiro appeared.
“You may continue the fight.”
Isaac noticed that Ichiro’s eyes were glowing yellow, and his face were covered with luminescent markings that resembled tribal tattoos.
“Grrrr…” snarled Ichiro, with an incredibly aggressive expression on his marked face.
“Ichiro? You OK, dude?” asked Isaac pulling out the crowbar.
Yu nervously pulled out his golf club, getting ready for the next fight.
“Grrruh…rrr….GRRRRRAAAAHHHHHH!!!!”
Ichiro leapt at Isaac and knocked him to ground.
“What the hell, Ichiro?!?” yelled Isaac.
“Your friend has been possessed by his Shadow. The only way to get him back in control is to forcefully seperate him from is Shadow. I hope I have explained everything adequately. Au revoir, and try not to die.”
With that, The Operator vanished.
“Well, shit.” muttered Isaac, putting on the Persona Mask.

Jan 16, 2012 at 07:18AM EST
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I’m following.

Just waiting for my next chance to make a correct guess ;)

And who the hell downvoted your every post? I can see why some butthurt trolls might downvote all the Homestuckians and the Bronies, but why you? What did you do?

[edit]

Fixed your karma

Last edited Jan 16, 2012 at 07:34AM EST
Jan 16, 2012 at 07:32AM EST
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Blue Screen (of Death) wrote:

I’m following.

Just waiting for my next chance to make a correct guess ;)

And who the hell downvoted your every post? I can see why some butthurt trolls might downvote all the Homestuckians and the Bronies, but why you? What did you do?

[edit]

Fixed your karma

i prefer homestuckinite

Jan 16, 2012 at 08:54AM EST
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tl;dr

Jan 16, 2012 at 03:11PM EST

GARU!”
Isaac used an air blast to knock Possessed Ichiro away from him.
Ichiro staggered back to his feet.
AGI!” howled Ichiro, snapping his fingers, which burst into red flame.
Ichiro made a pitching motion, and threw a fireball at Isaac.
FWOOM!
Isaac could feel the heat even from inside Gilgamesh’s armor.
Yu grimaced. This was quickly getting out of hand: Neither Izanagi nor Gilgamesh could cast Dia, so healing was out of the question.
“Tarukaja!” shouted Yu.
Isaac and Gilgamesh were suddenly enveloped in yello-orange light, and Isaac could feel his strength increasing.
Isaac tried to figure out what skills he had available, and 3 skill names formed in his mind
-Garu
-Skewer
-Rakukaja

Hmmm…not much to work with. Raku is defense, kaja is to increase….it’s a defense bonus…Yu might need that…
“Rakukaja!” shouted Isaac.
A bright violet light formed around Yu.
Izanagi and Gilgamesh silently communicated with each other:
Are you prepared, Gilgamesh? This fight will most likely be very strenuous for you and Isaac…
Prepared? I am two-thirds god! I NEED NO PREPARATION!!!!
Izanagi was taken aback by Gilgamesh’s overconfidence.
TO VICTORY!!!! yelled Gilgamesh.
Isaac held out his crowbar, and Gilgamesh’s sword formed around it.
“Skewer!”
Isaac ran at Ichiro and was about to stab at him when he stopped in mid-stride.
“I….I can’t….I can’t do this!”
“What the hell are you talking about!?!” shouted Yu.
“What if I end up killing Ichiro?” asked Isaac.
“He’ll be fine! You heard the Operator; if we want to get Ichiro to go back to normal, we have to force his Shadow out!”
Ichiro took advantage of the ceasefire and planted a right hook to Isaac’s abdomen, knocking him down.
“Gyaaaahh!” grunted Isaac.
“Crap….” muttered Yu. “We are not getting off to a good start…”

Jan 17, 2012 at 09:47AM EST
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(Author’s Note: I would be absolutely elated if someone turned this into a webcomic. Rinsankajugin, if you’re reading this, please lend your awesome drawing skills!)

Ichiro charged at Yu.
BASH!”
Ichiro tried to strike Yu, but Yu dodged out of the way.
Ichiro stumbled and fell over, while Isaac got back up to his feet.
“Some mentor you are…” he mumbled.
“Huh?” asked Yu.
“You were supposed to teach me how to use Personas, be a leader and make those Social Link things.”
explained Isaac. “But you haven’t given me a SINGLE FUCKING LESSON!!!”
Yu glared at Isaac.
“Fine. Leadership Lesson 1: Pipe down. A Wild Card listens more than he speaks. Speak only when spoken to.”
Isaac put a foot on Ichiro’s back, preventing him from getting back up
“Now, here,” continued Yu, “is Combat Lesson 1: Getting Knocked Down & The All-Out Attack. When you get hit by a lucky hit, your weakness, or sometimes when you miss a normal attack, you fall over. However, Shadows follow the same rule, and if you can knock an entire group of enemies down, you can call an All Out Attack.”
(Author’s Note: Hooray for tutorials :D)
“All Out?” asked Isaac, confused.
“In essence, gang up on the Shadows and beat the shit outta them.” explained Yu, grinning.
“Like this?” asked Isaac, smashing his crowbar down on Ichiro repeatedly.
“I thought you didn’t want to beat him up.” said Yu.
“Meh, I got over it.”
Yu looked at Ichiro.
“Uh….Isaac? You might wanna back up.”
Isaac stepped backwards, and watched as a black silhouette emerged from Ichiro’s chest.
Ichiro came back to consciousness, and saw the mysterious silhouette take on his appearance,
albeit with golden eyes instead of hazel.
“W-who the hell?”
“So, we’re finally apart. Thank God, if I was gonna be locked up in your skull any longer I would’ve gone insane. But you would never try to come clean. I know that, you know that.”
“What the hell are you saying? Why do you look like me?”
“You never tell anyone about your fear of failure. But I- I am your fear. I am part of you. You are a coward- you never do anything because you don’t want others to make fun of you when you fuck up!”

Yu groaned in exasperation. These Inner Shadow fights seemed like they were gonna be two-step versions of the boss fights back in Inaba.
“That’s bullshit!” yelled Ichiro. “I-I….. I will never be afraid of you!!!!!”
Ichiro’s Shadow cackled, then became engulfed in a dark aura.
“Ha ha ha ha HA! You think you can just close your eyes and pretend everything is OK, don’t you? You moron! I am a Shadow: your deepest fears and darkest emotions. Don’t even try to save yourself- YOU WILL DIE HERE BY MY HAND!
Shadow Ichiro transformed, taking the form of a tall, imposing man in rusty armor carrying a large torch that looked like the flame had sputtered out.

“Fuckin’ hell’s bells…” breathed Isaac, overwhelmed by the size of the huge Shadow.

Jan 17, 2012 at 12:09PM EST
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“Let’s finish this.” said Yu.
“Persona!”
Izanagi came forth, and cast Zio on Shadow Ichiro. The Shadow was damaged, but not by much.
“Damn…he’s not weak to lightning.”
“My turn. Persona!” yelled Isaac.
Gilgamesh formed around him, and cast Garu. Again, it only did some damage.
“Ha! You are weak. Crushing you will be too easy!”
The Shadow raised its torch, which ignited just long enough to spit a fireball at Yu before sputtering back out.
“Gyah!” yelped Yu.
Yu cast Rakunda on Shadow Ichiro, hoping to speed up the battle.
Isaac followed by casting Rakukaja on himself.
The Shadow suddenly put up its arms to guard itself.
Both Persona users used the time of ceasefire to fire off their respective elemental spell.
Shadow Ichiro suddenly jabbed the torch at the ground.
FLAME OF MISERY!!!”
There was a bright orange flash, and both Yu and Isaac were hit by rather serious damage.
“Yiiiiiii! Hot hot hot ow ow ow!”
Yu looked over at Isaac; the attack had set his shirt on fire. Isaac ducked and rolled.
“Man, this is not gonna be easy….” he sighed.

Jan 17, 2012 at 03:20PM EST
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Isaac stood back up.
“Grrr….I’ll teach you not to screw with me!!!”
Isaac charged and struck the Shadow with his crowbar. He must’ve hit it at just the right angle, because it toppled over.
“Alright, let’s get him!”
Yu and Isaac charged and started beating on the fallen Shadow.
There was a cloud of dust, and the Shadow was back up, but it was reeling.
GOD….D-DAMMIT….THIS DOESN’T….MAKE ANY S-SENSE.”
The Shadow was engulfed once more in a dark aura, and reverted to its humanoid form.
“Ichiro!” Yu yelled.
“You have to accept that the Shadow is a part of you, or its gonna go ballistic again!”
Ichiro groaned.
“Fine….hey, you! I confess! Are ya happy now? I’m afraid of being a failure, and that’s why I’m always so damn lazy! I AM AFRAID!”
The Shadow said nothing, but instead disappeared in a brilliant bluish-white light, replaced by a towering man in futuristic bronze armor and a blue cape. He carried a crude iron staff in one hand and held a wooden club, decorated with elegant wooden carvings, in the other. His feet were covered by clay boots
I am thou, and thou art I. I am Enkidu, the man made from soil by the gods. Come, and I shall guide thee.
Enkidu disappeared, and a mask was left in his place.

Jan 18, 2012 at 10:55AM EST
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Wsxdas, The Last Kramabender wrote:

Yu put on a hat
Now this story is going somewhere!

Jan 18, 2012 at 11:09AM EST
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“Well…this is…new.” said Ichiro, picking up the mask.
He looked around to get a glimpse of his surroundings.
“Hey…why are we in Old Town?”
Yu looked at the landscape. He hadn’t paid attention to the street they’d been fighting in the middle of, but it did look like Old Town….but something was off….Yu couldn’t quite think what it was, thoug.
“Old Town?” asked Isaac.
“Yeah…Old Town is where Ota was back when it was first getting started. The city started expanding to the west, and then Old Town ended up being abandoned by citizens moving to the better houses. Eventually, the mayor tried to renovate the district….and that’s when really freaky stuff began happening.”
Yu nodded.
“Oh yeah, I remember those stories….the old hospital that caught fire, the disappearing construction workers…no wonder people said it was cursed.”
Isaac turned around and saw a mirror on the side of an old brick wall.
“I guess this is the way back.” said Isaac, walking through the mirror.
Sure enough, they were back in the mall restroom.
“Man, that was weird….” said Ichiro. “So…what should we do?”
Isaac looked back at the mirror.
“I think it’s pretty obvious: We save people possessed by their Shadows, and try to figure out what the hell is happening.”

Jan 18, 2012 at 12:24PM EST
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EVENING

Back at the Kurosawa house, Isaac tried sticking his head through te bathroom mirror. What he saw on the other side was a decaying version of the bathroom.
“Interesting.” said Isaac. “A mirror here leads to its Otherworld equivalent. So why’d we end up in Old Town when we used the mirror in the mall?”
Prehaps not all mirrors follow your theory. guessed Gilgamesh.
Isaac pulled back into the normal bathroom.
“Maybe….”
This was all too confusing for him.

Jan 19, 2012 at 09:21AM EST
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