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Ruin of Terror [Contract Search]

Water Country used to be a tropical paradise with lush jungle land and numerous islands with various biomes to each. Now it lies dead, the water frozen in place, even the waves stilled forever and encased in ice. What few animals live here are very hard to kill, and used to surviving in this hellish land. Vegetation has become very sparse, and so many of the animals have turned to omnivores or even straight carnivores in order to survive. At the center of this land, a bright white light is always visible once you hit the ice. This is the city of Kirigakure, shining bright to lure in those unaware of it’s dangers.
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Ruin of Terror [Contract Search]

Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:54 pm

Having never experienced such a chilling cold, Kasen struggled in her trek across the frozen wasteland. People were said to have once lived here, but that was years and years ago. She had never met anyone from these lands, but from what she had read it used to be a tropical paradise. It was hard to imagine now when everything was coated in thick ice and any signs of life appeared to be devoid. After walking for several hours, the ice and snow crunching beneath her feet, sometimes tapping and leaving and almost echo in her ear, she decided to stop. In every which direction she looked it was just an endless barren land. She occasionally passed small animals that always appeared to be hungry and aggressive. Luckily many seemed wary of her. Perhaps human life occurred little here, given the circumstances. Either way she was somewhat grateful. She almost decided to turn back, her body freezing and feet starting to hurt. Maybe this was all just one giant goose chase. Maybe there really wasn't anything worth investigating out here. If there was a lab, there was no way anyone could withstand the cold long enough to survive, let alone continue work. Still, in the distance, Kasen could always make out a very bright light. She had been heading in the direction of it since it showed up in the horizon.

She decided to continue on further, drawing ever close to the light. After another two hours passed, Kasen realized she really did need to stop and rest to warm her body. Her mind could handle the strain but her body was only so limited. She wasn't like her brother where he was just the embodiment of fire and heat. No, Kasen was basically the embodiment of water, which froze even faster when exposed to ice. She hoped maybe to come across a cave or something that would protect her from the wind. She thought all was lost for a bit, but then she saw something. In the distance there appeared to be an old run down building, it wasn't very large, but it was definitely distinguishable. Perhaps it used to be a business or something. Kasen ran towards it, the small red head ready to at least have some protection from the cold. As she drew closer, she stopped, a small gasp leaving her lips. There was an old sign that had fallen that read [GE ETIC ENGIN ING AND TEST G LAB. W RNING: TRESPA ERS WI L BE...] Despite many of the letters missing and part of the sign being broken, Kasen managed to indicate that this was the genetic engineering lab she was looking for. This was one of the facilities. One of her father's facilities. The tip had been right, but this building look long condemned and nearly consumed by the environment. Still, Kasen had to see if there was anything inside. Maybe she could learn where her father went next, or what his ultimate goal was. She needed to know more.

With quite a bit of force, Kasen pushed an old door open. It appeared the locks and doors didn't take much to break down after exposure to the cold. It was dark and damp inside. Apparently some of the ice had turned to water here, though much of the facility did at first seem to be coated in the ice like the outside. There was a little bit of light that streamed in from the outside which was the only thing that gave her any visibility. At some point she removed a small crystal that generated at least a small amount of light in her vicinity to make sure she didn't accidentally hurt herself.

Proceeding down the long corridors, Kasen passed what she could distinctly indicate were holding rooms, most likely similar to what she was in. Dried blood coated the floor, as well as several bones, and what appeared to be frozen bodies preserved in ice. She had to quickly move beyond that to avoid triggering some unpleasant childhood trauma. She did, however stop at a room that looked like a records room. This would be where she would find what she was looking for, should it be anywhere. There were papers scattered everywhere over desks and chairs and lab equipment that was strewn about the room. Kasen picked a few up only to discover many of them were financial records, test subject "consent" forms, employment papers, and general codes of conduct. Kasen felt some bile rise into her throat and choked it down. These people were monsters hiding under the guise that what they were doing was ethical. Kasen sighed and continued looking. She found a large cabinet that was locked, but again, because everything was frozen over it was easy to break it apart. Inside were binders upon binders. Each had a different name and identification number on it. Kasen took a few out, placing them on a desk. She flipped one open and saw they were test subject records. Records of what tests had been done and what the outcomes were, unfortunately only a limited amount was still legible. She flipped through binder after binder, reading everything she could, but all the cases were heavily blacked out and every single end case ended in death of the test subject. A tear fell from one of her eyes and it froze almost instantaneously, causing a sharp sting. Kasen wiped it away quickly, stopping herself from letting more fall. She opened the last binder in the locker, it appeared to be the final documents recorded before the facility was overran by the Great Freeze.

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FINAL ENTRY: 
It appears that our testing here has been useless in it's advancement to complete the project. The doctor is not pleased with our results, indicating many of the other facilities have produced results at the very least. While some of our final subjects show potential promise, I fear we will not finish testing. The temperatures continue to grow colder and colder by the day. The doctor has issued a complete shutdown of the facility. We have been working on moving many of our operations elsewhere. We have since began to shut down the operation. Many of the documents have been blacked out. By next week, we shall burn everything, including the facility to the ground. We still have some preparations that need to be made. This is Dr. Nezumi signing off. We have failed. 
Kasen clutched the paper tightly in her hand. The papers were still here and so was the facility. Perhaps the freeze came sooner than anticipated. Why else would everything still be as it was? There were so many more questions. Kasen stuffed the paper into her bag, along with one of the binders to take back with her to show Kaen. This was a lot of progress indeed. She still was hoping to get an idea of where her father is. She wondered if he could, perhaps, be the "Doctor" that was mentioned in the final entry. More questions. Kasen left the records room and continued down another winding hallway. She came to a large room in the facility. One wall was missing entirely, and many ice shards pierced through the remaining ceiling. She looked across the tundra again. She could still see the light in the distance. Suddenly, Kasen jumped out of her skin when she heard a crashing sound that came from one of the dark hallways. Her breath increased ever so slightly. What was out here? Was something in the facility still alive? "Hello?" She slowly moved toward the sound, edging slowly down the hallway, wondering what she would find. Maybe it was nothing but the wind, but if it was something more, she needed to check it out.




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Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:56 am

You have found the Ungulate Contract! Do you accept?
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Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:00 am

I do :3 bring on them hoofs.
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Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:25 am

The air inside of the facility stay dead silent for many heartbeats. Each second that passed the silence seemed to grow louder until, with an ear shaking echo, came another crash. It was louder and far more furious than the first followed by a quick second, third and fourth before a fifth that was as loud and violent as the first. They came clearly as if something was trying to beat its way into freedom. With each loud sound came a shaking of the facility itself causing chunks of ice crystals to break off and bury themselves into the ground below with their sheer weight or burst into smaller ice shrapnel upon impact. As if the sounds of something banging around wasn’t frightening enough, a different sound bellowed through the labs.
A deep long bellow that rolled into an even deeper growl bounced off the walls in a haunting manner. It sounded both furious and melon collie. Then all was silent again. If Kasen would decide to approach further into the sound she would be met with silence no matter how much noise the curious girl made herself. It would only be once she returned near the records room would she then be met with a thunderous crash that shook the facility beneath her feet; hard. Silence. Then a second, third and fourth crash quickly after one another, then another loud crash. Then silence.

The perplexing situation seemed odd enough as it was. A mortal entering the Water Country during these times were rare as it was, but one that actually braved the cold out to this facility? One in a million. The long sad bellow echoed again beneath Kasen’s feet as more ice shook from the ceiling and walls to scatter about on the ground below. Then utter stillness took back over the lab as if the sounds had never existed. For all that the teenage girl had looked into the lab she had only seen the first floor. Beneath her feet, far down into the icy thickness of the land, was a facility where subjects kept off the official records lived and died. The broken test rooms that she had walked past were meant for humans and those who could pick up a pen and write down their name.

What of the creatures that could not?

As unethical as bio-engineering could get there was no doubt that it was easier to work on human test subjects than it was animals, especially those of rare breed. If a scientist wanted to do genetic tests on a rare human all they’d have to do is trick them into signing the ever legalizing ‘consent form’. If a scientist wanted to operate on a rare form of bear that grew a special type of fur because of it’s genetic mutation they would have to go through many lengths to even acquire a test sample; unless they could do it secretly. What were the men and women of this lab capable of? What other horrors were they forced to abandon before the Big Freeze trapped them all in an icy prison? A loud crash shook the facility again, followed by a second, third and fourth crash quickly after one another, then another loud crash. This time the banging around shook a shelf loose from its bolts on its wall and swung open like a door, throwing all the other charts inside of it across the room. Behind it was a long dark corridor that descended into an abyss of ice and shadows. The long sad bellow echoed ever louder from beyond the small doorway.
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:37 am

As the darkness felt like it was closing around her, Kasen could hear her own quiet shallow breathing as she inched closer and closer to where she had heard the clatter that came from down the spooky hallway. She held one of the wooden handrails along the side of the wall to help guide her. It seemed like hours passed as the silence continued to draw itself out. Suddenly, with an almost vicious fury Kasen heard another crash, much much louder than the first. An almost rumble shook her footing, making her grasp the banister much tighter. She inhaled quickly. What could be doing that? The crashes continued to grow, and the rumbling continued to become more intense. It appeared as if the facility couldn't handle it in it's broken state. Kasen looked up just in time to see the ice falling down at her. She quickly threw herself out of the way of one as it almost came down upon her. "That was close...oh my gosh" The red haired girl wasn't used to the fickle nature of ice and snow.

As more ice fell, Kasen quickly scrambled up and started running back down the path she had came. The walls shook around her as she stumbled through the dark. It seemed like the whole place was just going to come down from whatever was causing such a disturbance. Kasen came to a halt when a new sound hit her ears. It sounded almost...inhuman. But that wasn't the focus...it sounded like it was in pain. Kasen, took a good long look at the facility around her. Though the one she was held in was different, she couldn't help but recount the horrible things they had done to her and her brother. If there was someone...or something...that was still here, had still survived, she needed to know what it was. There was no telling what those monsters could have done. As the sound died down, Kasen started moving towards where the sound was strongest. Perhaps whatever was causing such an ruckus had tired itself out. She did so for a while before realizing she couldn't quite determine the origins. She moved further into the hallway that led her into this place, entering the room she had at least found some information in. Maybe there was some more documentation on what was kept here. Something had to explain the tests right?

As Kasen flipped open one of the records to verify any of her theories, a sound louder than anything before her filled the facility. The ice encasing the ceiling came down with a hard crunch and clatter as it scattered into the floor. The shelves shook and slammed to the floor violently. With a loud crack, the ground below Kasen's feet started to crumble. "AHHHH" The red head started to slip as the floor gave way under her foot. She thought she was going to fall to her death into the darkness that formed in the hole below her but she caught herself on part of the floor that managed to stay intact. She quickly managed to pull herself up, putting some distance between the small hole in the floor and herself. She took a few calming breaths. Papers had scattered everywhere and the room was absolutely far more of a mess than it was when she had first come in. She hadn't thought that was entirely possible. "That was a close one." Her eyes scanned the room and became fixated on the hallway that apparently lay hidden in secret. A small grin landed on her face. "AHA! There was more in here!" She carefully inched her way over to the hallway, briefly looking it over. It looked like some kind of stairwell. But she couldn't see anything but more ice and more darkness. She wondered if there was even any power left in this facility at all. Some candles would even be nice. She pulled out her light crystal again. "Well, if I want to get to the bottom of this, I have to keep going. Same would tell me to be brave." With strong confidence, Kasen took her first step into the enveloping icy corridor as another long bellow reached her ears. It pulled slightly at her heart as much as it gave her a slight amount of fear. She once was trapped just as whatever was making these sounds were, how alone and horrible it felt. How painful and terrifying and inhumane it felt. Under her breath, Kasen vouched a promise to the being making the sound. One that gave her the strength and determination to press onward. "What I have are a very particular set of abilities; abilities I have acquired over a very long and rigorous series of unethical testing. Abilities that make me a monster to some, but I choose to use them to help the world. I will look for you, I will find you... and I will save you. " Kasen increased her stride with purpose as she pressed on down the hallway towards the sound.




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Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:28 am

As the girl wondered down the bleak hallways a strange thing would begin to happen. Her feet crunching through the layers of permafrost triggered a senor causing the lights of the hall to start to fizzling and light up with that awful buzzing sound. Somewhere in the distance something sounded akin to a truck back-firing causing the building to shake off a little more ice. Slowly the lights started to stretch down the hall faster and faster as energy pumped through the veins of the lab for the first time in years. This would mean Kasen no longer needed the nifty chakra crystal for vision but who knows what other things woke up with the surge of power.
The extended hall way she would travel down had a few doors every ten or so yards. While the lights of the hall had turned back on every last room remained either black or had something smeared against the glass window panes to keep whatever scientist lurked down here from looking in.
At the end of the hall the path she walked would split in two directions. To her left the lights had not received the life blood of energy needed to function. In fact every thirty seconds or so a shower of sparks would light bits of the hall to reveal smears of long dried and frozen over blood and the occasional dark frozen lumps in the shape of bodies; which they probably where.
To Kasen’s right the lights of the switched on generator glowed warmly, almost beckoning her away from the creepy hall, and into one that seemed straight forward. At the end of the hall on the right she’d be able to clearly see a large circular desk where scientists and assistants would work together on ongoing projects while monitoring the experiments on video feedback. The flickering light one of those such screens flashed against the dark background of the building’s emergency lightning. To punctuate itself the sound that had brought her down here in the first place roared from the hall on the left. The rhythmic pounding that had shook the building above all but felt like walking next to an active high magnitude earthquake. The lights all around flickered on and off as if some horrible child was playing with the switches to frighten the girl searching for her past.

Again the long sad bellow rolled out of that hall causing a wave of hot air to blow past into the hall adjacent. The heated air caused one of the ice stalagmite inside of the nicer walkway to break away and fall down. Before the chunk of ice could even touch the floor two sharp blades and a flame thrower destroyed the frozen water. To this adventuring female’s left was unspeakable evil, and to the right a hall full of traps that still had enough power to function at top capacity. Yet still there was no doubt that whatever she had come here to really find lurked on the desk where the flickering video screen taunted the kunochi. There was also a chance that down the hall of death and decay remained a way for her to turn off the death traps to make a clean way to the information; all she had do was face whatever had survived.
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Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:17 am

As Kasen progressed further down and down and down into the ice filled facility, she found her body become colder and colder. She had assumed that at some point things would be at least immune a little to the elements the closer to source of heat she got but apparently not. It was just more dark and damp than ever before. Her shark-like teeth continued to clatter and she had to avoid accidentally biting her tongue on accident. That happened one too many times once they filed her teeth into points. Suddenly she stopped as lights started to flicker above her. Some of the lights managed to stay on but many of them just flickered and sparked as they attempted to maintain a living electrical connection. That buzz, the buzzing of old faulty lights hummed in her ears. She heard a loud noise in the distance that startled her. Her breathing picked up a little. Then her eyes landed on the frozen blood and the body parts that lay scattered down on this floor too. Suddenly she felt herself launched back into her childhood.
Flashback Experience wrote: Kasen's mind began to distort reality into something reflective of her trauma, molding two into one as if in some nightmarish loop. It was more than likely as being thrown into a similar environment. She picture the woman that used to bring them food, the one that brought them the only semblance of happiness she had ever known. The memory of the escape flashed into her mind as another bang echoed in the distance. *Bang* *Bang* *Bang* She fell to her knees, clutching her head. She remembered the cages they were held in. The cages as they rose and fell, like a demonic carousel. Up and down and up and down again. The woman and those other children, the other subjects. The holding cage that held the woman and the children that caught on fire with some sick form of torture, burning them alive. The other kid in the cage smashed between a series of gears and propulsion and slats in the ceiling and floor as he was crushed to death like a pancake. "No." *Bang* Kasen felt tears slip from her eyes, freezing immediately to her face as she remembered the guard that shot her pet sparrow and returned it back to her as a decapitated head.

Kasen clutched at the wall closest to her. She was beginning to think it impossible for her to continue. But then a drip of cold water landed on her nose and another vision filled her mind quickly. "Same..." The water droplet was a cold and wet enough stimulus that it sent a vision of the megalodon into her mind. She may not be talking to the great beast at the moment, but she was able to remember something that helped calm her. "Same and her clan were slaughtered. She found trust and comfort in me. I have to do the same. I have to make sure no one feels our pain again. Same would want me to continue forward, to put an end to all of this suffering. And if that means moving forward then I will." Kasen shook herself back to reality. She had come to rely so much on the shark soul that lie within her. It gave her so much more than strength, it gave her a friend and peace of mind. Once she figured out what was going on here, she would make it her first priority to get that bond back. Kasen rubbed her face onto her sleeve, took a deep breath and continued on down the creepy hallway.


She managed to make it to the end of the hallway. A faint glow pulled her attention to the right. It looked like a security office, perhaps? It was some official room, although she couldn't quite distinguish what it was for. It didn't quite look like a room she had been held it once upon a time long ago. Screens flickered out back to her though, which definitely interested her curiosity. She went to take a step in that direction when suddenly the sound, much louder and closer now, rang out through the halls to her left. A wave of hot air hit her face, blasting her red hair everywhere. Kasen stumbled back a bit as the next quake happened. A series of booby-traps set themselves off when a chunk of ice hit the ground in combination with the heat and shaking that was happening. "Oh of course, these people can just up and freeze to death and have time to black out their paperwork, but can't disable their traps! Great." Kasen looked between her choices. Right or Left? Information or Heroism? Kasen looked longingly at the flickering screens in the other room. Everything in her told her that the key to saving the many would mean risking it all. But as a medic, and as one that was bonded with an ancient spirit of a beast long killed and forgotten and did not deserve her fate, she knew she could not abandon that creature or person or whatever was causing such sad noises and destructive actions. It was like a real life trolley problem. Get the information, save many lives. Don't get the information, don't save many lives, but maybe save a life.

Kasen backed away from the hallway that contained the traps and the screens. "My father is responsible for this hell that has been placed onto others for his sick curiosities. He will never make amends for the pain and damage he has caused. If I can give them even the slightest peace of mind, a chance at a better life, it is worth more than any amount of information that's down there. We all deserved better. I can't make up for his wrong-doings. But I have to try to give them at least a little bit of closure. I have to find whatever is down this hallway." Kasen started making strides to the left hallway, ready to face whatever lie within with an open heart.


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