<SpookyBee> Ethel exists!
<Kade> Sue exists!
<Kade> Sue exists!
<Glorpman> Lou exists too!
<DSJ> The briefing room is sparsely decorated, and a man stands in there with some files
<Kade> Sue walks into the briefing room and sits down, smiling and nodding at the man. "So, what are we going to be doing today?"
<DSJ> "You're going to be investigating a house."
<Kade> He takes a file to look over!
<DSJ> The house is pictured in the file, worn down and old. It's on the edge of a mideastern American town, and has sat vacant for quite a long time
<Glorpman> *lous not there
<SpookyBee> Ethel looks over the file, leaning on an elbow and nodding to Sue.
<Kade> Sue sends a brief smile and wave at Ethel before refocusing!
<Aphex_> Henry exists.
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<DSJ> The briefing room is sparsely decorated, and a man stands in there with some files (for Soulless)
<Soulless> Rolf arrives a little late.
<Soulless> He smiles, charming.
<Aphex_> Henry rocks on his feet slightly, leg brace squeaking in the process.
<Kade> He smiles at the new entries, passing iver files for them. "What's caught our interest with the house, though?"
<DSJ> "Well, last month we found a book written by the house's owner, that was definitely anomalous."
<DSJ> "The natural conclusion is we need someone to check it out."
<SpookyBee> Ethel looks over at Henry, then down at his legs. "…"
<Soulless> "…Hm. A book."
<Kade> "Hmm." He nods. "We have pictures of the book?" He flips through the file to check.
<Aphex_> "What'cha lookin' at lady? You got a problem with cripples?!" Oh jeez someone's cornflakes got pissed in.
<DSJ> "We do, but they're not too relevant to the matter at hand."
<SpookyBee> "… I heard a noise, I looked at it. Chill." Ethel shakes her head, looking back.
<Aphex_> mutter mutter "fucking…" The mechanic lights a cigarette.
<Soulless> Rolf moves over. "Hey, there, Henry. How're you doing?" He smiles, soothing. "You look well."
<Kade> "Alright, figured they might help us, but you're the experts here." He smiles, ignoring the bickering for now. "Anything in prticular we should keep an eye out for, from what you know?"
<Aphex_> "'m doin', germ."
<Soulless> "Germ? My name"
<Soulless> *My name's Rolf
<Soulless> He laughs a bit.
<Kade> ~This is certainly gonna be a rowdy bunch, I can already tell.~
<Aphex_> "That's… whatever, Rolf, then." He rakes a hand through his hair.
<DSJ> "Well, we basically know nothing about the house itself, or the author, aside from that he was reclusive."
<Kade> "So, we're going in mostly blind. Good to know!" He smiles again. "That all we need to know for now?"
<DSJ> "That's all we can really tell you for now."
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<Aphex_> "…I get called up from rebuilding an entire jeep for a… goddammit." Limp, limp, limp to the mode of transportation.
<DSJ> There's a car that'll lead to a plane that'll lead to another car that leads to the house. Timeskip?
<Kade> "Well, thank you very much. We'll be on our way, then!" With a last wave, he follows out Henry!
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<Soulless> (timeskip fine with me)
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<DSJ> Alright! After a drive, a flight, and a drive, you roll up to the abandoned house. It sits desiccated on the edge of town, wood rotten and windows boarded and broken.
<DSJ> "Good luck." The car's driver grimly says, parking so you can get out
<Aphex_> Henry sniffs around. "Smells like home… damn." He chuckles, limping along.
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<Soulless> "You have an interesting house."
<Soulless> Can Rolf roll academics for signs of sqatters?
<Soulless> (he has a specialty)
<Aphex_> "Man, I lived in the hills, shit always smells." He lights a smoke.
<Kade> Sue gets out and looks around, seeing if there's any secret areas and or hidden objects around just the outside of the house. SEEKRITS
<Glacon> Kade: 1 (4df+4=-, -, 0, -)
<DSJ> Well, this certainly is a rotting, old house
<DSJ> Soulless, you can roll ACD
<DSJ> Well, Henry or Sue, the next step would probably be getting inside the house
<Kade> "Don't see anything special about it, so far. You guys gonna look around?" He smiles at Henry and Ethel. He nods at Henry. "My name's Sutton Donnim, by the way, but friends call me Sue."
<Aphex_> The mechanic limps that way. "Sue's a girl's name, ain't it?"
<Kade> Sue steps up to the front entrance and carefully tries the door handle. "Normally, yeah. It's just what I'm called, though, since I was a kid. I don't mind."
<DSJ> It's unlocked
<Aphex_> "Damn, you're just bargin' in?" Henry shakes his head.
<Kade> He grins playfully at Henry. "The doors open, so it seems like a warm welcome to me. Besides. me coming in the front way can distract from you guys going in a different way, if you want."
<Soulless> 4df+4 rolf's spec
<Glacon> Soulless: rolf's spec: 2 (4df+4=+, -, -, -)
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<Soulless> o ok
<DSJ> (agh brb)
<DSJ> Rolf, you're not really sure
<Kade> "You going to look for a different way in, then?"
<DSJ> Inside the house, Sue, things look just like you'd think they would. Everything is rotten and foul, the dank smell of wet wood is heavy in the stale air.
<DSJ> The furniture all looks like it's seen better days, including a grimy mirror.
<Soulless> "Can't be sure if anyone's been here recently…"
<Kade> Sue covers his mouth and nose with one of the spare pieces of fabric he brought with him. "Nothing dangerous for now!" He start rifling through any drawers and shelves and cushions around for clues!
<DSJ> There's not too much to find, aside from bugs and bits of wood. One of the drawers is a little hard to open. You'll need to pull harder to actually open it.
<Soulless> Rolf follows in with Sue.
<DSJ> Yeah, STR
<Kade> 4df+3 pullll
<Glacon> Kade: pullll: 2 (4df+3=-, +, -, 0)
<Aphex_> Henry just limps in. "damn swamp smell…" He looks around for stuff.
<DSJ> PERC, Henry
<DSJ> Sue, wow, you have weak arms
<Soulless> "Need any help there?" Rolf shines his flahslight about.
<Kade> Sue smiles and hands over on of he fabric pieces he has with him, "wrap that around you face, impromptu filter mask. You want one Rolf?" He frowns at the drawer, "Can't get this one to open…"
<Aphex_> 4df+4 eyeballs
<Glacon> Aphex_: eyeballs: 5 (4df+4=0, 0, 0, +)
<DSJ> Well, there's some cabinets and drawers, and that mirror. Something's off about it
<Aphex_> He inspects further, brace squeaking as he moves.
<Kade> "Rolf, you said you could help, right? Can you try this drawer over here?"
<DSJ> There's not a whole lot else here, aside from… actually, shouldn't there be more than one door in the entry room? Except, there isn't, there's just the door you came through
<Soulless> Rolf holds up a hand, pulls out a bandana, and puts it around his nose and mouth.
<Soulless> 4df+3 str he tries the drawer.
<Glacon> Soulless: str he tries the drawer.: 3 (4df+3=0, -, +, 0)
<Aphex_> "hm… that don't fare well. Shit."
<DSJ> It budges a little, something jingling inside of it
<Kade> "Henry, how strong are you? If you tell me what you noticed, we can swap places for now."
<Soulless> He kneels down, checks the minor opening left if something is holding it in place.
<Aphex_> "There's only tha one door. 's the one we came through, ain't shit else."
<DSJ> Rolf, the drawer
<DSJ> *drawer's just still
<Aphex_> "I lift a buncha shit all day, I'm not real strong but I pass." Henry continues to look around, limping towards the door.
<DSJ> There's not much else but the weird mirror and the door out.
<DSJ> Wasn't that open a few minutes ago?
<DSJ> Weird. It's closed now
<Soulless> Rolf looks back.
<Soulless> "Has anyone seen the door close?"
<Aphex_> "…aw hell… Ain't this some funhouse shit?"
<Soulless> 4df+3 he tries the drawer again.
<Glacon> Soulless: he tries the drawer again.: 3 (4df+3=0, +, -, 0)
<Kade> "Huh.." Sue takes out the pictures of the house again, continuing to look around to compare. "No, I didn't." He carefully tries the door.
<DSJ> It budges a little more, and the contents jingle some more
<DSJ> Sue, unfortunately these are all exterior shots
<Aphex_> Henry goes to check the mirror.
<DSJ> It's too dirty to see anything on, maybe if you cleared it off?
<Kade> "Hmm." Door locked now?
<Soulless> Can he jab a knife in for leverage?
<Aphex_> He takes an oil rag and wipes it off.
<DSJ> Soulless, sure. Sue, yes
<Soulless> He takes out his trusty butterfly knife, slides it in the open crack, and uses it as an aid to ease the drawer open further.
<Soulless> 4df+3 hrk
<Glacon> Soulless: hrk: 4 (4df+3=+, -, 0, +)
<DSJ> Henry, you notice something really weird in the mirror's reflection. The room it reflects is the same, but it looks clean, and well lit. You're all still reflected in it. You can see a door in the mirror, which is definitely not there in the current room. It's to the right of the exit door
<Kade> "Door's locked now, of course." He chuckles a little.
<DSJ> Rolf, you finally open the drawer
<DSJ> there's some silverware, and a key!
<Aphex_> "Hm…" He wanders over to the alternate-dimension door's position.
<DSJ> There's not a door there.. but there is a keyhole
<Soulless> "A key."
<Soulless> "And silverware."
<Soulless> He puts on gloves, removes the key and silverware.
<Aphex_> "…Well shit, ain't that somethin'. Mind if I get that key?"
<Soulless> "Sure, here. I'd be careful about touching it barehanded." He offers.
<Aphex_> He just snatches it with his grubby, oil-stained hands. "Thank y' much." He tries it on the keyhole.
<Kade> Sue goes over to watch the mirror as Henry uses the key.
<DSJ> It unlocks a….well a door? The wallpaper rips as the key sets in, and the door pushes itself back, revealing a new room
<Aphex_> "Yeah, tha mirror… it shows the reality, I think- shit!" Southern drawllll.
<Kade> Anything special happen in the mirror?
<DSJ> The door opens, but that's in line with how it reflects
<Kade> Sue turns around, blinks, and chuckles. "Well, that's something." Is the mirror movable?
<Aphex_> What's all in the new room. "I think we might'a just broke somethin' about the world…"
<DSJ> It's pretty squarely attached to the wall. Maybe you could pry it off?
<Soulless> Rolf shines his flashlight in the new room.
<DSJ> There doesn't seem to be much of anything in there, aside from the walls
<Kade> "Isn't that what anomalies are, really?" Using his scissors for leverage, he tries to carefully pry it off the wall.
<Kade> 4df+3 noodle arms ahoy!
<Glacon> Kade: noodle arms ahoy!: 3 (4df+3=0, +, 0, -)
<DSJ> You break the scissors
<Aphex_> "Now don't go sayin' that shit, y' might piss one off and then we'll all die." Henry, that's a stretch. A very big stretch.
<Kade> Sue frowns at his now broken scissors. Are there any windows to outside?
<DSJ> They're all boarded up, but there's a few
<Kade> "Heh, hopefully not! Really, we can't know what'll piss it off, if anything."
<Kade> 4df+3 he tries to pry some boards off to look outside!
<Glacon> Kade: he tries to pry some boards off to look outside!: 3 (4df+3=0, 0, +, -)
<DSJ> Sue, you need to hit the gym
<Soulless> Rolf checks if the mirror reflects into the new room.
<Soulless> He also checks if there are any reflective surfaces.
<DSJ> The reflection of the doorway is visible, but it still looks empty.
<Kade> Can he use perc to try to see outside through openings between the boards?
<Kade> "…Wait… silverware is reflective."
<Soulless> He hmms and begins tapping the walls, looking for any empty-sounding parts.
<Soulless> He pauses.
<Soulless> He enters the new room and checks the siverware.
<Aphex_> "Smart thinkin'." Henry follows!
<Kade> "Though, if that doesn't work, we may need to work together with the help of the silverware to get that mirror off the wall."
<Soulless> "I don't mind that."
<DSJ> The silverware doesn't seem to do anything on it's own
<Kade> "Not working?"
<Soulless> He shakes his head and then offers some to Sue.
<DSJ> The room is pretty much empty.
<Aphex_> Henry looks around for any sorts of interesting stuff, mechanical or otherwise.
<Kade> He takes them and walks over to the mirror. "I tried this by myself and it didn't work before. Figuring with more of us, it might work."
<Glacon> Kade: 6 (4df+4=+, +, +, -)
<Aphex_> 4df+4 eyes
<Glacon> Aphex_: eyes: 3 (4df+4=0, 0, 0, -)
<DSJ> I mean, that was for Aphex_, but you definitely notice something. The reflection in the silverware reflects the mirror reflecting the room as it actually is, ie, ruined
<DSJ> Henry, the walls look a little odd, some of them bow outwards
<Soulless> Rolf nods and tries to help Sue get the mirror off the wall.
<DSJ> STR, both of you
<Aphex_> "Huh…" Is there anything else to it, or is it just the decay?
<Kade> "Huh. According to the silverware, the mirror's reflection is showing things normally."
<DSJ> Well, some of these walls shouldn't be able to, including the wall that the door is in
<Kade> 4df+3 STR careful prying!
<Glacon> Kade: STR careful prying!: 3 (4df+3=0, 0, 0, 0)
<Aphex_> He keeps looking. "Like a funhouse mirror…"
<DSJ> Sue, you definitely need Rolf's help for this
<Kade> "Rolf, help please?"
<Soulless> 4df+3 str!
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<Glacon> Soulless: str!: 4 (4df+3=-, +, 0, +)
<Soulless> "…Silverware has…. interesting properties, as far as I understand."
<DSJ> You manage to pull the mirror off, and it unplugs itself, reverting to showing the actual room. Wait. Why was this plugged in? The cord dangles with no answers to give on that
<Aphex_> "did y'all get that mirror down?" Henry steps back into the main room.
<Kade> "Yeah, was electric." He follows to plug to where it was plugged in.
<DSJ> There's an outlet!
<Soulless> "An outlet."
<Kade> "We should see if there's an outlet in the other room."
<Soulless> He nods. Do they need the two of them to carry it?
<Aphex_> "Huh…" Henry walks to the other room to check for any outlets.
<DSJ> It's not that heavy, so no. But it might break if it falls
<DSJ> PERC or ENGI, Henry
<Kade> Sue helps Rolf carrying it over.
<Aphex_> 4df+5 (ENGI) hoohoo
<Glacon> Aphex_: (ENGI) hoohoo: 4 (4df+5=0, 0, 0, -)
<DSJ> There's something weird about the placing of some wall slats, in how close they are
<Soulless> "Find anything?"
<Aphex_> "The… the slats 're lookin' kinda funky."
<Aphex_> "I'unno if'n it's the decay or just the design… weird."
<Kade> "Check the gaps between them, see if there's a hint of anything there."
<Soulless> "What would make a building have strange slats?"
<Aphex_> "I was gonna if'n ya'd give me a second." He wiggles his fingers around in the gaps. "I jus' hope I ain't about ta get fried."
<DSJ> There's an outlet, the gaps parallel to the gaps in the slats
<Aphex_> "Ha! Gotcha." Henry pulls his fingers out of the wall. "Got an outlet over here."
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<Soulless> He moves over with the mirror to let Henry plug in.
<Aphex_> It's plugged in!
<Kade> Sue nods and helps Rolf place the mirror. "Hopefully, this will work…"
<DSJ> It now reflects the room, all clean and nice. Something's written on the wall.
<Aphex_> What is writteeeen
<DSJ> 'HELLO. I KNOW YOU ARE THERE. I AM TRAPPED IN HERE. YOU CAN RESCUE ME IF YOU UNLOCK THE OTHER DOOR. THE KEY SHOULD WORK. OR BREAK IT.'
<Aphex_> "…oh hell naw I ain't messin' with that shit." Henry visibly recoils.
<Kade> "The key we used for this room?" He checks o see if there are other doors or things in the periphery of the mirror.
<DSJ> There aren't.
<Soulless> Rolf blinks.
<Soulless> "Can you hear us? Is that /you/?"
<DSJ> 'YES?' The reflected message changes to read
<Soulless> "You're that fellow who threatened- You and I will have a very long talk after we rescue you."
<DSJ> 'I MEAN YEAH, BUT NOT IF I DIE. WHICH I WILL. IF YOU DON'T SAVE ME.'
<Kade> "Afterwards. Fornow, do you mean the door outside? Or is there one we haven't found yet?"
<Soulless> He looks for another keyhole.
<Aphex_> "I smell bullshit, personally."
<DSJ> 'THE DOOR TO THE OUTSIDE.'
<Kade> Sue looks at Rolf. "Is there a keyhole on this side of the door?"
<DSJ> 'I MEAN THE DOOR THAT GOES OUTSIDE, NOT THIS ONE.'
<DSJ> 'HOW COULD YOU EVEN MISCONSTRUE THAT.'
<Aphex_> "Well y' ain't gotta be snippy, asshole." Henry checks the door to the outside.
<DSJ> It's still locked, but the key should fit
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<Aphex_> "Either'a y'all still got that key?"
<Kade> "I didn't. I was asking Rolf to go check that door, since he has the Key. Apologize if we upset you,"
<DSJ> 'NO IT'S FINE, YOU'RE ONLY RISKING MY LIFE BY TAKING UP SO MUCH TIME, REALLY, IT'S FINE.'
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<Aphex_> "Er- nevermind… dammit." He rummages though his coverall pockets.
<Aphex_> …assuming he has the keys, Henry tries to unlock the door. "I still don't think this 's a good idea."
<DSJ> It unlocks, revealing… another room!
<Kade> "We don't have many other options at this point."
<Aphex_> Is it another ruined one? If so, he checks for another outlet.
<DSJ> It's all messed up, yeah
<Kade> He blinks and laughs brightly. "That's certainly not what I expected."
<DSJ> It's significantly taller than the other rooms, like there should be a staircase leading to a second floor in here
<Soulless> Rolf goes back to grab the mirror and comes back with it.
<Soulless> "Where's the outlet?"
<DSJ> PERC or ENGI to find the outlet
<Aphex_> "Can one'a y'all come plug that damn- hold on."
<Aphex_> 4df+5 (ENGI)
<Glacon> Aphex_: (ENGI): 9 (4df+5=+, +, +, +)
<Kade> Sue takes in this new room with interest!
<DSJ> You ascend to the plane of master ENGINEER, and obtain the vaunted 'everything important is highlighted' vision, a power reserved for the likes of Batman from the Arkham games, or Geralt from the Witcher. Or those RE7 pills.
<DSJ> The outlet is very high up on the wall, unfortunately
<Kade> "You find it?"
<Aphex_> "Well shit. Yeah, I figure I can guess the rest of 'em too… but this'n's at the top'a the wall." TRIPLE CONTRACTIONS, WHERE IS YOUR GOD NOW?
<Soulless> Rolf hmms. "Is there a a way to extend this somehow?"
<Kade> It's okay, Sue understands Southern Drawl. "Well, if the refrigerator or any of the ruined electronics in the front room still have fuctioning wires, we could jerry-rig an extension cord. We'd have to be very careful, though."
<DSJ> Unfortunately, there was never a fridge.
<Aphex_> "…try hangin' it up side uh… down. Y'know?"
<Kade> How far up is the outlet?
<Aphex_> "…'cause I ain't letting either'a y'all stand on me."
<DSJ> Too high for you to reach without jumping, even then maybe it's too high
<Kade> There was ruined furniture in the first room, right?
<DSJ> PERC, anyone looking at the wall
<Glacon> Kade: 1 (4df+4=-, 0, -, -)
<Kade> w t f
<DSJ> Well it sure is a ruined wall
<Aphex_> 4df+4 Let's try to eyeballs right
<Glacon> Aphex_: Let's try to eyeballs right: 5 (4df+4=+, 0, 0, 0)
<Soulless> Rolf sets it down GENTLY!!! and goes back for some kind of maybe there is an extension cord somewhere.
<Soulless> Or some other way up/
<DSJ> There's something weird about the way dust falls on that wall. There's small rungs in it, invisible aside from the dust that coats them
<Soulless> 4df+5 rawr
<Glacon> Soulless: rawr: 3 (4df+5=-, 0, -, 0)
<Kade> "If worse comes to worse, we could move some of the furniture. I have supplies of duct tape to help keep it sturdy."
<Aphex_> "…that shit ain't right. Like… invisible shelves." Henry you're really damn dumb.
<Kade> "What? Where?" He takes up his duct tape. Once the rungs are pointed out, he can tag them with the tape!
<Soulless> Assuiming he finds nothing, he comes back and squints.
<Soulless> "Oh, I see." He reaches over to run his hands over the dust.
<DSJ> Yeah, he doesn't find a cord
<DSJ> Sue manages to tag most of the rungs, the ones he can reach
<Aphex_> "Yeah I can't… climb, 'cause… yeah."
<Kade> He looks at Rolf, smiling a little. "Should I do it, or do you want to?"
<Soulless> "I can keep carrying, and you can plug it in once we get there. Once I've found a good place to set the mirror down, want me to help you up, Henry?"
<Soulless> He begins to slowly, CAAREFULLY, climb stairs.
<Kade> "Henry, while we're doing that, you might have to cannibalize one of these outlets to make an impromptu extension cord, if we can't set it down up there."
<DSJ> ENGI to do that Henry
<DSJ> AGI, Rolf
<Aphex_> 4df+5 eeeeee
<Glacon> Aphex_: eeeeee: 6 (4df+5=0, +, 0, 0)
<Kade> Sue follows the rolf with the mirror!
<Soulless> 4df+2 gg no re
<Glacon> Soulless: gg no re: 4 (4df+2=+, -, +, +)
<DSJ> You manage to not fall off as you climb
<DSJ> Henry, you manage to do what Sue suggested, and now you have…. like a foot more of length, if that.
<Kade> 4df+3 AGI since he's climbing too!
<Glacon> Kade: AGI since he's climbing too!: 4 (4df+3=0, -, +, +)
<DSJ> Sue, you also don't fall down
<Aphex_> "Can't find shit in ol' houses like these…"
<Kade> "The two of us might just have to hold this up as Henry looks into it for us."
<Soulless> Does rolf make it to plugin range?
<DSJ> He do
<Soulless> "Can you plug this in, please. Sue?"
<Aphex_> "Got'ch'e extension if'n y' need it."
<Kade> Sue plugs it in! "If one of us has to go down we might need it, so, thanks! For now, come look into the mirror for us, okay?"
<Aphex_> "…" He seems nervous. "I hate this damn job."
<DSJ> Henry will see a staircase and a door reflected in the mirror, the stairs leading to the door.
<Aphex_> Peeeer into the mirror.
<Kade> "you need my tape to tag something?"
<Aphex_> "Got us a… staircase and a door." He tries to locate the stairs!
<DSJ> You bump into them, and they're on the left side of the room
<Aphex_> "'right, got'em." Let's go?
<Kade> "Alright. You ready to head back down, Rolf?"
<DSJ> AGI to get off the ladder
<Soulless> 4df+2 rolf is fucking dead
<Glacon> Soulless: rolf is fucking dead: 3 (4df+2=0, +, 0, 0)
<Kade> 4df+3 r i p
<Glacon> Kade: r i p: 3 (4df+3=0, 0, +, -)
<DSJ> The rungs creak, but they don't break as you get down
<Soulless> "Where to?" He says with the mirror.
<DSJ> 'UPSTAIRS DUH' gets written on the reflected wall.
<Kade> Sue goes over and tags the hand rail of the stairs with his tape.
<DSJ> Sue manages to do so
<Kade> grabbing the extension cord, Sue carefully makes his way up the stairs to the door.
<Aphex_> Henry follows! Fuck all this alternate reality shenanigans, he's ready to leave!
<Soulless> Rolf makes a face. "I can /leave/ and let you die."
<Soulless> He follows.
<DSJ> 'YOU DON'T THOUGH. I THINK. THE FUTURE'S TOO MALLEABLE ABOUT THIS TO TELL.'
<DSJ> The door is open, this time
<Kade> Sue opens the door!
<Soulless> "I wonder who is contributing to its malleability."
<Kade> "Malleable future? I'm a bit confused, no offense. Mind explaining it a bit?"
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<DSJ> The room ahead is a blank white, essentially devoid of detail in a really disorienting way
<Kade> I'm guessing the mirror doesn't show anything in here?
<Aphex_> Henry just squints when he enters the room. "Why do I feel like we've gone an' screwed up?"
<Soulless> "Perhaps the silverware will help."
<DSJ> Sue, you get a feeling
<DSJ> This room is a canvas
<Kade> "…No. Wait a second. Rolf, can you go bsck into the stair case room and ask the mirror man what the next room should be?" He's already taking out his paints and paint brushes.
<Soulless> He heads down and does do. "You heard the man."
<DSJ> 'HE KNOWS WHAT TO DO'
<DSJ> Sue, ACAD to paint
<Kade> 4df+9 inspiration takes him. His hand flies, barely realizing what he's painting until he steps back to look at it once he's done.
<Glacon> Kade: inspiration takes him. His hand flies, barely realizing what he's painting until he steps back to look at it once he's done.: 12 (4df+9=+, +, 0, +)
<DSJ> He paints a room, complete with a door and weathered wallpaper. It fades into reality, including the door
<Aphex_> "…and I thought I'd seen it all. I'll be damned."
<Soulless> "Says you alreayd know what to do!" He calls back up.
<Soulless> Then he whjispers to the mirror. "You say not a word about me."
<Kade> Sue blinks and grins. "It's done, Rolf! You can get back up here!"
<Soulless> "I have it alright thus far, and I-" He pauses, then calls back up. "Coming."
<DSJ> 'MAYBE. :)'
<Soulless> He climbs on back.
<Soulless> "You know, I think we should wait for backup." He says to the two.
<Soulless> "We don't really know what will happen if we continye following this entity's directions."
<DSJ> The other door closes behind them, once they're all in the room
<Kade> "Good idea. Rolf, you… Or not. No way but forward now."
<Aphex_> "…Well, shit. Backup sounded nice thirty minutes ago."
<Soulless> He sighs.
<Kade> With that, Sue steps forward to try the next door.
<DSJ> It opens into a pit.
<Kade> Sue's not stepping in there.
<Aphex_> "Oh, and now we're hesitatin'?
<Kade> "… don't think there's another invisible ladder, do you?"
<Kade> How far down does it go?
<DSJ> You really can't tell
<Soulless> Rolf checks what the mirror sayus about the pit.
<DSJ> Unfortunately, unless you brought it with you into the room, it's locked away now
<DSJ> Sue didn't paint in an outlet regardless
<Soulless> He shines the silverware to see if it reveals stuff.
<Soulless> He also shines his flashlight.
<DSJ> It doesn't, but these are very nice forks. The flashlight reveals a door, on the side of the wall. It faces sideways
<Aphex_> "Well, at least we got a door. That's good… right?"
<Kade> "…" Sue looks to the side. s there a wall that the door is perpendicular to?
<DSJ> Well, if there was a floor, it'd be the wall you can't see, ie, the bottom wall
<Kade> He takes a part of his broken scissors and tosses it in to test the direction of gravity.
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<DSJ> it falls down, and then to the side, marking a clear floor
<Kade> How far down?
<Soulless> "Well, it seems the dimensions change."
<Kade> "You used to this, Rolf?"
<Soulless> Rolf looks to Sue, smiles, but doesn't respond.
<Kade> Sue just raises his eyebrows and grins back in amusement.
<Aphex_> "Y'all're creepin' me out."
<Soulless> Is it far enough that Rolf threatens injury?
<Soulless> *if he jumped
<DSJ> well, you can't see what would be the actual bottom
<DSJ> so probably
<Kade> Sue chuckles a little. "Okay, so, we have thread, a small extension cord, some fabric pieces… and our clothes in necessary. How good of a grappling hook do you think we can make?"
<Kade> And my paintbrushes, scissors, and duct tape."
<Aphex_> "Really?" Incredulous look from Henry.
<Kade> "It either that, or jump, or squint for a hidden option."
<Aphex_> …Henry chooses C. Fuck the law. He looks around for other stuff.
<Soulless> "I have enough rope to hold several people, actually."
<Soulless> He produces said rope.
<DSJ> Henry, there's not really much to look for
<Aphex_> "Y'all… are some bozos."
<Kade> Sue laughs brightly. "I suppose that works, if you want to go the conventional way.If you tie it to the door handle, I'll secure it with tape."
<Soulless> Rolf ties it and smiles to Henry. "I always have rope, handcuffs and banadanas on me."
<Soulless> "Never know when you'll find it useful."
<Kade> Sue tapes it down. "Very true!"
<Aphex_> "…jesus h. christ."
<Soulless> He looks at him. "Hm?"
<Kade> "Who wants to do the pleasure of going down first?"
<Soulless> He begins to hop down.
<DSJ> Rolf flops immediately onto the floor as the hall's gravity takes hold
<Aphex_> "Don't worry about it." He limps to the V O I D H A L L. "Might as well… follow… we're all gonna die, aren't we?"
<DSJ> From this perspective, the door you came from is on the floor
<Kade> Sue jumps down to the floor, then! He grabs the part of his scissors that he threw, then goes to open the sideways door.
<DSJ> The door isn't sideways now, considering you're on what was a wall and is now the floor
<DSJ> Maybe I need a diagram
<Aphex_> "This is some weird… hum." Flop.
<Kade> WELL HE OPENS THE DOOR ANYWAYS
<DSJ> it opens! and behind it is…. a riddle
<Kade> o boi
<Soulless> Rolf stretches and looks.
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<DSJ> it reads 'WOW. YOU MADE IT THIS FAR? WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG. I HAD TO REPLACE THE RIDDLE I HAD HERE. IT WAS REALLY CLEVER AND NOW YOU DON'T GET TO READ IT. BASICALLY, YOU NEED TO WALK TO THE END OF THE HALLWAY AND JUMP. OKAY?'
<Aphex_> "…What an asshole…"
<Soulless> He laughs and begins to head rto the end of the hallway.
<Soulless> "Yes, he is."
<DSJ> It's a pretty long walk there, but you make it in a few minutes
<Kade> Sue untapes the rope, gives it back to rolf, then makes his way down, laughing as well. "Makes it easier for us!"
<DSJ> Painted on the wall is. 'JUMP. HERE. IT'S THAT EASY.'
<Soulless> Rolf puts the rope away, ready to remove it as necessary again.
<Soulless> He jumps.
<Kade> Sue jumps as well!
<Aphex_> "I hate jumping." Henry follows suit.
<DSJ> It reverses the gravity again, and you fall through the floor-turned wall-turned floor
<DSJ> You fall onto a couch, and are greeted by some asshole with a bucket of paint. His hands are stained with the stuff
<Aphex_> "My head's spinning… oh… it's- it's that guy."
<DSJ> He's wearing a sweater-vest type outfit, orange sweater on a white shirt. His pants and shoes are plain.
<DSJ> His face is utterly unremarkable and hard to focus on
<Soulless> "Hello. Are we rescuing you?"
<Soulless> 4df+3 a quick sin detection
<Glacon> Soulless: a quick sin detection: 2 (4df+3=0, 0, 0, -)
<DSJ> "Christ, finally. Yes, you are. Kinda. I would've escaped, but then it would have been too late."
<DSJ> 4df+3 SNK
<Glacon> DSJ: SNK: 5 (4df+3=+, -, +, +)
<DSJ> Unfortunately Rolf, you can't read him
<Kade> "…The malleable future thing?"
<Soulless> rolf's eyes narrow slight.y
<DSJ> "Basically. See, there's this asshole, he's kinda my mortal enemy? He's the guy that fucked my house up like this. That's his thing, weird space shit."
<DSJ> "Mine is time. Anyways, he's planning to destroy reality for some reason."
<DSJ> "I dunno why, he's just like that."
<Kade> "…Huh. Anything we can call him by? Or call /you/ by, to be honest?"
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<Aphex_> "What, are y'all brother's 'r somethin'?"
<DSJ> "Tyler Isaac Michael Ewington. I know how that sounds, no, that's the name I was actually born with. And god no, we're not brothers."
<DSJ> "His is.." he sighs, "Christopher Harrison-Andrews-Owens-Smith. He definitely changed it to that."
<DSJ> "Anyways, now that you've gotten through those… really insultingly easy traps, I should be able to revert my house now and get back on schedule."
<Kade> "Schedule for what?"
<DSJ> "Saving the universe, dumbass."
<Aphex_> mutter mutter "…goddamn you both sound like rich assholes."
<DSJ> "Look, I'm…grateful that you saved me, I really am, and to show that, feel free to ask me shit about your futures."
<DSJ> "See, there's this bookshelf that keeps refilling full of books about stuff like that, it's sorta what sent me down the path of becoming a time traveler."
<DSJ> "A lot of those books reference you guys for some reason. Not just you, your whole damn MTF. It sucks, really, they're not even good books."
<Aphex_> "…'m good, then."
<Kade> "Alright. How does this relate to the book our Foundation found befo- oh. So that's probably what it had to do with."
<DSJ> "And by the… descriptions given in them, you're Henry and Sue."
<Kade> Sue smiles and nods. "You'd be right on that."
<Aphex_> "Back off, asshole. I ain't tellin' you shit." Henry scowls
<DSJ> Tyler heads over to a wall in the room, and pulls a lever marked. 'FIX HOUSE'. The house does just that, and a door appears as an exit.
<DSJ> "Yeah, you're Henry then."
<Aphex_> "That ain't the point. Ain't we s'posed ta contain this guy, Sue?"
<DSJ> Tyler laughs
<Kade> "Really, I think the big questions areL are you will to come back with us to the foundation, and do you need our help in saving the universe- hopefully while giving us a bit more context?"
<DSJ> "Buddy, you're welcome to try, but I'm literally a time traveler. I could escape really easily."
<DSJ> God, what an asshole
<Aphex_> "…" That shuts him up pretty quick. "Fuck you." or not.
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<Kade> "Well, if this CHAOS is after you, wouldn't it be good to be in a place where perhaps we might have some anomaly of use to defeat him?"
<DSJ> "As for the second question, that's complicated. Technically speaking, in a lot of other universes, you already tried to save the universe, and died. Mostly in the really happy ones, where shit always goes well."
<DSJ> "Meanwhile this universe is….well, basically this is just the statistically most likely universe."
<DSJ> "If that makes sense."
<Aphex_> "We're like the base one, so ta say."
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<Kade> "…So, we're going to die, but the universe will be saved because of that. Is that right?"
<DSJ> "Chris, Chris isn't the kind of guy you can cage. Or he'd probably get off on the idea of being in a cage, the freak."
<DSJ> "Nah, you might live?"
<DSJ> "Generally you fall nicely between hardened by experience and successful."
<DSJ> "So it follows you're tough enough to win and stupid enough to try."
<Kade> ~…But the happiest ones are where we die, if he wasn't just being sarcastic.~
<Kade> "So, do we just… continue what we're doing, and see how it turns out?"
<DSJ> "I mean, I'm going to give you shit to do that might make things easier."
<Kade> "Alright. I do suggest you come back with us, though. That way, when you escape our clutches, it'll be on the fault of containment instead of us. They have pretty good food, too."
<DSJ> "Through letters, because I'm not going with you."
<Kade> Sue looks at Henry like, 'you feel like trying to take him in anyways, or not so much?'
<Aphex_> "…" Henry's brain is still trying to process stuff. "Wait wait wait hold on. Why not? Ya just said ya can just… break out whenever."
<Aphex_> "…'cause frankly, I'm 'bout two seconds from clockin' ya cold."
<DSJ> ~Heh, clocks.~
<DSJ> "Look, you're free to go now."
<Aphex_> "You listenin' to me you silver-spoon-up-your-ass yank?" Henry starts limping up.
<DSJ> With that, Tyler heads to the past to paint some messages
<DSJ> It's kind of unimpressive, he just taps something on his wrist and disappears
<Kade> "…Well, that settles that, I suppose." He laughs, grinning, then helps Henry. "Certainly not what I expected for my first mission."
<Aphex_> "I can walk, thank ya much." He shrugs off the help. "I understand though… ain't this job somethin' else."
<DSJ> They find the driver, and ~fin~