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    The midsummer heat beats down on your heads as you hike through the woods towards the campsite, the bigger among you carrying a portion of the camping supplies from the bus along with your own stuff. Most of you have fairly light loads, but the remarkably strong Eiji is carrying the bag with tents, much to the relief of the camp staff.

    It’s about noon, and the sun is directly overhead. The only salvation is that walking through the trees grants merciful patches of shade. Yet despite the heat, somebody in the small crowd of kids is still wearing a hoodie. Maybe it’s one of you!

    Eventually one of the camp counselors calls for a break. This is good, as the campsite is pretty far from where the buses could be parked, and most of the children were running out of stamina quickly between the heat and carrying gear and luggage.

    “But remember, kids, even as you rest, don’t leave your portion of the baggage unattended! Please continue to hold it or sit next to it at all times. We don’t want anything lost, or rummaged through by wild animals.”

    Several kids promptly ignored this and sloughed off their share into a disorganized pile and sought shade and water. A couple of the other kids found a creek and decided to strip down for a dip, much to the counselors’ aggravation. All of the counselors were drinking from canteens, but if you got close, you could swear one of them smelled like whiskey.

    Still you have more important things to focus on. Like getting out of this sun and resting! Ugh, hiking in summer. The trail mix is bland and you’re not looking forward to using the small minute showers at camp. It’s so unfair. This’ll probably be the most arduous outdoor experience you ever have.

    Why are you here, anyway? Was it your own interest, or did your parents push you into it? And do you have any other friends here?
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    An awkward-looking girl with black hair sits on the ground by the pile of unattended bags. She felt so uncomfortable here. She didn't mind the outdoors, but the closest thing to knowing anyone at this camp was Sen, and... it really doesn't count. She misses her friends back at school. There was a chess tournament this weekend, they were probably going. But her parents wanted her to go for the sake of having a well-rounded life, so Ariko went along with it.

    She wanted to just go hide in the shade, but... someone needs to look after all the stuff everyone else didn't want to bother with. The counselors probably didn't care enough and were going to blame the campers if anything disappeared, so... it was on her. She didn't mind. She liked feeling helpful. She had her laptop, but in this sun, she wouldn't be able to see the screen at all. Plus, she was saving the charge. So... she just people-watched. Maybe someone would say hi.
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    Welp, that was a froggin' disaster. Not only we got caught dumping salt in Pebbles' da's wine, the custard drank it anyway! 'Least the four of me he was seein' took the chewin' out for all of us. Still, this sucks truffles. Why'd I wear this blasted hoodie?! And who packed this stupid first aid kit?! It's more unbalanced than mum's marbled steak!

    "Custard..."

    Dropping the med-kit in the pile means she'll have to pick it back up - or get saddled with something worse, more likely. The creek - perfect. Other kids went first, there'll be plenty of good hiding spots, and if any of the adults take a peek she can slap 'em with the "pervert" tag as a bonus.
    She mumbles "Potty..." to no-one in particular and disappears below the ridge toward the creek, a bit away from the others. She's too dehydrated to actually relieve herself - stupid hoodie with its useful pockets - but takes a couple minutes to wedge the bulky med-kit between some tree roots behind a pile of ferns and stones.

    Afterward she heads toward the creek and seriously considers joining the other bathers, but hesitates as soon as her hood comes down and half the kids are suddenly staring. It's okay to be shy so long as nobody else can see it.
    "Sorbet...!"
    She flips her hood up while haughtily turning her back, then calls over her shoulder, head tilted at a calculatedly arrogant angle.
    "Yeah, that's all you dweebs get today! Later, losers!"

    Sen returns to the rest stop, swinging past the water cache to swipe a bottle before stopping in a spot of dappled shade away from the crowds.

    . . .

    That girl sitting by the abandoned supplies - something about her really ticks Sen off. Maybe it's her pointless selflessness in watching the supplies (probably trying to suck up to the adults), or the way she's so obviously uncomfortable showing that much skin (please, as if you had anything to show).
    Sen eyes her half-empty water bottle, takes another gulp, then splashes the girl on her bare shoulders from behind. She's sure to be smugly sipping the last bit by the time the girl turns to look.

    "Idiot. That junk ain't goin' anywhere by itself; why'dya think we're luggin' it up this souffle-forsaken mountain? Y' can thank me for that water too,
    'less ya were hopin' t' get outta this mille-feuille camp with a nice case of sunstroke."

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    As usual, Yoshii had no idea where to sit. He always got packed in with the younger crowd, but they were all acting like this expedition was something special. No one likes a braggart, but honestly, this was nothing to him. People like when others listen to what they have to say, but sometimes, it gets old. The older kids were the same, but while trying to be cool, and damned if he was going to go suck up to the adults. Why did his parents insist he'd like this? It's like saying you like spicy food and getting a sweet pepper in response.

    ...And we have people arguing already. Of course we do. Maybe they need a real survival situation to get them to work together. Like that will ever happen here. The worst thing that'll happen on this trip is someone getting a blister as a reward for choosing the wrong shoes.

    Look at all that first aid. Probably not even what you really need in there. His was better - ace bandage, triple antibiotic, butterfly bandages, gauze, medical tape, antiseptic and alcohol pads, tweezers, scissors, all packed in a neat little box. No rattling whatsoever, hung off his pack with a carabiner no sweat.

    "I can barely catch half what she's saying." He mutters under his breath. "Yeah, just leave it. You don't need most of what's there."

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    cold cold COLD

    Ariko lashes around and looks up. Sen? "Why did y-" Don't make her mad. Just... let it go. It's fine. She's just playing. "...sorry... I just don't want anyone to steal anything or anyone to get in trouble if something goes missing, that's all... It means everyone else can go have fun without worrying, isn't that a good thing? A-and I was prepared for the sun... though I might have to redo my sunscreen now... sorry." Good thing she keeps her laptop in a thick bag, or she might have to beg her parents for a new one when she gets home.

    What should she do now? If she waits here Sen might pick on her more, but she's still not sure where else to go... maybe she should go find a shady corner and do something on her computer while the others get all the energy out of their system. Brushing herself off, Ariko stands up and kind of meanders away, trying to slip away from Sen's awareness.
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    Eiji and his few friends who had also come along on the trip first joined the kids in the water, relaxing and joking. At least he wasn't alone for this - apparently their parents had the same thoughts as his own, something about this making them learn teamwork and to make friends. It was a joke - they already had something more than all that. They had brotherhood, true friendship, and already knew to work together and watch each other's backs. What they meant wasn't friendship and teamwork, it was standing in line and doing what they were told. Screw that.

    He was already somewhat fuming about that when he saw Sen do whatever that thing with her hoodie was before heading off. Her. He was sure that she was behind some of the recent times he got into trouble for no damn reason, and then this. Dammit. It's gonna happen again. Not on his watch, now he knows. He gets out of the water and quickly dresses - most importantly, he gets his leather jacket on before heading out. He also grabs the tents he was charged with as he leaves, just in case.

    He gets back to the rest stop just as Sen splashes another girl and talks to her. This is it. Eiji shouts out to Sen, his voice clearly audible above the discussion and despite the distance. HEY! What do you think you're doing? Leave that kid alone!” Even as he says it, he's not quite sure why, it's not like it's his problem if one of the other kids gets picked on. He supposes it's because it's harder for her to set him up if he draws attention to it. And she's annoying him now. That's as good a reason as anything.
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    Sen glances aside without moving her head, to check that some adults are watching, then throws a grandly indignant look at the meathead.

    "That creampuff wouldn't get out of the guava-forsaken sun, or even froggin' drink properly! Were ya hopin' for a lobster dinner?!"

    Sen takes a one step toward her accusor and leans forward with hands on hips, demonstrating for anyone watching that she has the moral high ground and knows it.

    "'Least she'll be nice an' fresh when you meatheads get t' her later!"

    She almost snaps off another shot at her scapegoat, but thinks better of it under the circumstances. There'll be better chances to put him and his goons in their place. Heh, maybe this camp won't be a complete waste of time after all...

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    With all of you gathered in roughly one location (where many of the other kids had dropped their stuff off), the sky suddenly goes dark, as if somebody had snapped off the light switch for the sky. Several of the other children scream at this development, and this is not calmed when several balls of light streak through the sky together before coming down low and flying through the crowd of campers.

    They eventually come to a stop in front of the four of you, and up close, you can see that the light is actually a glowing object - a strange bit of technology, almost like a miniature handheld game, with strange symbols etched around its screen.

    Spoiler: “Digivice”
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    Now that they’re this close, you can also see that there’s a fifth device floating with the others. However, this one isn’t letting out any light, doesn’t gravitate towards anyone in particular, and seems positively dull compared to all that surrounds it.

    Each of the lit devices emits the sound of what seems to be a slightly mechanical voice of indeterminate gender, one in turn after the previous:

    “Eiji Sakurai-“

    “Shiba Yoshii-“

    “Sen Aohara-“

    “Ariko Takahata-“

    Followed by all of them speaking in unison:

    “You have been Chosen. Your fate here is unwoven, and a new world awaits you. Take hold of us. We exist to serve your purpose.”

    The lights emitting from each of the active devices flare up to super-intensity, blinding all of you and overwhelming your senses so much you black out.


    ————————Transition to the Digital World————————


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    The two of you were sent out by Wizardmon to refill the water bowls at the nearby river. It’s a nice, cool day, and the combination of the breeze over the water and the gentle sun cascading through the forest canopy makes it all especially pleasant. There are a few other Digimon about, but acts of aggression around this river are famously rare - ergo why Wizardmon feels safe sending you two out here alone.

    As you’re hard at work, a small patch of the sky above you seems to distort and flash with bright rainbow colors. Down from this strange phenomenon floats four strange unconscious beings the likes of which you’ve never seen in person - you remember Wizardmon describing very similar entities, calling them “humans.” Could that mean...!?

    The children are deposited gently on the ground, each with another object you recognize deposited on their chests - Digivices! The tools of the Chosen Children! The legends are really true! And as this realization sets in, yet another one dawns on you, this time as your heart’s fill with certainty... one of those children is what you’ve been waiting for your whole life. Now that you think of it... You even know their name.

    Nyaromon, your partner is the smallest of the children present - Yoshii!

    Moonmon, your partner is the punk-looking girl of the group - Sen!


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    Your day started out as a normal one. You and Gigimon were foraging for food as was your normal routine. As usual, things were fairly quiet between the two of you. Gigimon was nice enough to be around and had had your back through some scrapes, but you weren’t really together out of friendship - your eggs had just happened to hatch together, and neither of you could find others of your own species to collectivize with, so you stayed together to improve your chances of survival, and because you both had the same driving purpose - you were both waiting for someone.

    It was still fairly early in the morning when you and Gigimon came across a large river with clear, sparkling water. It had been a while since you’d found such a great place - the water was clear, and clearly full of fish! And you didn’t seem to be hedging in on any existing villages or territories that might try to drive you out - the only others you could see around were some other In-Training Digimon of various species, and they all seemed happy to let one another, as well as the two of you, be.

    As you’re enjoying the respite from more stressful living circumstances, a small patch of the sky above you seems to distort and flash with bright rainbow colors. Down from this strange phenomenon floats four strange unconscious beings the likes of which you’ve never seen - yet they fill you with an odd sense of familiarity.

    The children are deposited gently on the ground, each with another object deposited on their chests - these strange squareish white contraptions. It all seems rather random, yet as you look more closely, something dawns on you with a greater level of certainty than anything else you’ve felt before in your life - one of those children is what you’ve been waiting for your entire life. Like a locked memory suddenly being released, you also realize, you even know their name...

    Babydmon, your partner is the waifish, glasses-wearing girl, Ariko!


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    Today is just the worst. Up until now you’ve been happily living with the other Kokomon in your village. Everything was peaceful and fun and you were so sure of the future. And then they decided to leave. Something about an aggressive Digimon wanting their gummy tree patch, so they needed to go find another food source... But... But you couldn’t leave! You were waiting for... something! Something really important! Even if you couldn’t tell them what it was, because you weren’t really sure yourself... It was just too important.

    You can’t believe they’re gone.

    The only place you could think to go after being left alone was the old river your village used to gather water from. It’s famous for the extreme rarity of aggressive actions taken around it, which the older ones at the village said was because of the holy magic of some nearby ruin. It’s not that you necessarily put much stock in such things... But it seems like the safest place to be.

    As you drink and ponder what you’re going to do next, a small patch of the sky above you seems to distort and flash with bright rainbow colors. Down from this strange phenomenon floats four strange unconscious beings the likes of which you’ve never seen - yet they fill you with an odd sense of familiarity.

    The children are deposited gently on the ground, each with another object deposited on their chests - these strange squareish white contraptions. It all seems rather random, yet as you look more closely, something dawns on you with a greater level of certainty than anything else you’ve felt before in your life - one of those children is what you’ve been waiting for your entire life. Like a locked memory suddenly being released, you also realize, you even know their name...

    Kokomon, your partner is the big, rough-and-tumble boy of the group - Eiji!


    As you all take in the appearance of the children, the rainbow rift in the sky slowly begins to close. Just as it’s about to vanish completely, one last thing comes through it - another Digivice, which falls through the air with no such grace as the kids did and clacks right into a tree before tumbling the rest of the way down the trunk to the ground.

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    As Nyaromon and Moonmon are going about their chore, Nyaromon is regaling her companion with part of the Legend of the Chosen Children, for about the 1,024th time.

    "And then the holy implements traveled to the other side of the sky, where they sought looong and haaaard for the heroes destined to restore order to our world! They were called the Chosen Children - children are like young Digimon, 'humans' who haven't fully evolved yet, and it had to be children because of their purity of heart or something. Anyway! The Digivices found the Chosen Children and brought them here, falling gently from the sky just... like... thaaaaaaaat......."

    A bell goes off in Nyaromon's head as she watches the strange beings descend before her eyes. A bell - a vast and resonating sound, as surely once issued from the now-broken shell of metal that Wizardmon said used to hang high above the ruins before they became ruins. When the echoes begin to fade, Nyaromon whispers:

    "They're here."

    "They're here."

    "They're here."

    "They're here they're here they'reherethey'reherethey'reherethey'reherethey'reHERETHEY'REHERE THEY'RE HEREEEEE!"


    Nyaromon bounces in time with her speech, nearly starting to blur in Moonmon's sight. At the end, Nyaromon launches herself toward her destined partner - the one she knows is hers as surely as she knows her own name - and lands on his chest, staring into those precious eyes until they open.

    "Yoshii... Master..."
    She speaks softly, full of awe and reverence for the hero. For her hero. This is their story now - the legend of the Chosen Children unfolding before her eyes. If it's a dream, may she never wake.

    "Master Yoshii... Take me, for I am yours. Beyond the end of the world... I. Am. Yours."
    And you are mine.

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    As much as they enjoy the story, Moonmon has heard Nyaromon's endless retellings far too many times. And they cared less about the chosen children than they did their partners- now, being a legendary Digimon, that's the cool part. And one day, that- *FLASH*

    ...huh. Today, that will happen. No more idle hoping. Hopping along excitedly- not as excited as Nyaromon, but that's not really possible anyway- they make their way to the unconscious form of Sen, prodding her slightly with their bulb. "I always thought humans would be more exciting-looking than this. At least hopefully Miss Sen-" Why did I call her that? It just came out that way... "-looks like she could beat up the others?"
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    "Nnng... F-fuuudge..."

    Shielding her eyes from the too-bright sun above, Sen idly sweeps an arm toward the squishy thing poking her. What the hollandaise was in her water? When she finds the punk who...

    This isn't camp.

    Sen's reflexes kick in, quite literally, while her mind is still struggling to comprehend the situation. She rolls upright onto the heel of one foot while the other scrapes the ground in an arc, sending up a spray of dirt. The instant both heels are stable, she springs several feet away from the jellyfish and lands in a half-crouch, eyes already searching for potential escape routes.

    "Where the triple fudge sundae IS THIS?!"

    In the absence of immediate danger, her brain starts coming back online while she catches her breath, eyes darting from point to point as she assesses the environment and its inhabitants.

    Humans: three others. Meathead, creampuff, baby.

    Animals: four visible. Jellyfish, sea urchin, kitten, snake.

    Environment: river, trees, grass. Stable ground, good for running. Less good for hiding; unfamiliar.

    She hangs on the verge of fight or flight (past the creampuff, away from the meathead), waiting for a change in the situation to dictate her reaction.

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    "Eh? Humans? Hmm, humans. Ah, there he is! Well, maybe this day is looking up after all."

    Kokomon squeaks as it approaches the humans. Well, one human, but the others were all right there. It hovers around Eiji's head, quickly darting from the human's left to right peripheral vision and back again.

    "Hey. Hey, human. Hey, hey, hey, hey. Heyyyyyyyyyyyy. Hey, human."

    Not receiving an immediate response, it slides up right next to Eiji's left ear. Kokomon simultaneously pushes its body off the ground and grunts when it lands, creating an awful lot of noise right in Eiji's ear.



    Yoshii groans as something hits his chest. What even just happened? Alright, stay cool, deep breaths. Wait until the spinning stops. Slowly open- nope. He sees Nyaromon sitting on him and promptly shuts his eyes, rubbing them with both hands. He opens them again, but it's still there. Cautiously, he glances around, and sees... quite a lot of... things.

    Okay. There's an unidentified wild animal on my chest. Not aggressive... yet. I heard talking, I think. Someone was-

    He hears the slower Kokomon talking, and his eyes go wide. Looking back at Nyaromon, he speaks slowly, hoping to not startle... whatever this is.

    "Uh... Hi. My name is Yoshii."
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    Babydmon is a little slower to rush to his…human, as these other Digimon seem to call them. This is not out of a lack of confidence, more just taking a degree of caution despite this feeling of trust he feels. As these others introduce himself and all seems well, he moves over to Akiko, trying to move with more grace and dignity than the others. Stopping next to her, he speaks calmly. “Takahata. Get up. It appears we are bound together, and you have been the one I've been waiting for all this time.”

    As he waits for a response, Babydmon looks around. Gigimon was waiting like him, but didn't have a human appear here, just a Digivice. Strange.

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    Eiji quickly stirs when he hears a loud noise right next to his ear, rolling in the other direction before leaping to his feet and into a fighting stance, ready to attack if any of these things did anything, he looks around. “Animals don't talk, what are you? Where are we? What happened?”

    He hasn't quite processed all of the events that led to this point so far - he was hardly a person who carefully thought things over in the best of the times, and when it came to instinctive fight or fight reactions, Eiji innately leapt to the latter. He does notice the others with him, though. So she's here too. Dammit.
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    Ariko stirs at the mention of her name. "Wh..." She looks up and blinks. A... small dragon? This... huh. What is this? "I'm... what? Who are you? Where is this?" Weird creatures. Weird place. Weird devices. Aliens? Hm. This would be a weird abduction premise. Magic? If it's a thing. A dream? Also possible. Asking was the right idea, if these things know the answers. At least they're cute? "How did you know my name?"




    Moonmon tilts their antenna, confused. "Um, we're a while away from the ruins. In the digital world. Do they not have the legends in the human world?" Moonmon hops around a bit, thinking, before looking back at Miss Sen. "Well... you're a legend now! Isn't that exciting?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by fibericon View Post
    "Uh... Hi. My name is Yoshii."
    "Yes, Yoshii, hi, I've known your name since the day I was born, hard-coded into my very being until you appeared and awoke the ancient memories held safe within me. I'm Nyaromon, in case you forgot."

    She sighs Yoshii's name a bit more. "Yoshii the Hero... Legendary Yoshii... Yoshii Lightbringer - no, Peacebringer, Chosen Child and Nyaromon's master...
    But I hope the legends remember me as Angewomon by then! Tehe!"


    Nyaromon indulgently nuzzles Yoshii's chin and cheek. "C'mon, Master Yoshii! Are you gonna lie there all day and let the other Chosen Children steal your share of the glory? Up, up, let's get to heroing!"



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    "Well... you're a legend now! Isn't that exciting?"
    Sen stares incredulously at the talking jellyfish. Around her, the other kids are being similarly accosted by the animated blobs she mistook for ordinary, sane, edible animals.

    The pieces start to come together, though there's still far more gaps than clarity.

    "We're... inside a... computer game? Ain't one I've seen before..."

    She pats herself down, checking for that strange device. It's too insane to be true, but... were they drones, maybe, and sucked these kids into some creepy new VR MMO? She never really had time or money for video games, but some of her gang were big gamers, so she got enough secondhand to have some context.

    Her sense of danger went down a notch, between the other kids being occupied and the idea that none of this might be real; her curiosity began rising to take the danger's place.

    "...Fine, you must be tutorial guides or something. What're we supposed to do here? Kill goblins 'til we're strong enough to gut a dragon and take its loot?"

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    Kokomon bounces around happily, not seeming to care what it bumps into.

    "He's up! He's up! Now we can do stuff! Oh right, you don't know stuff yet. I'm Kokomon! We're digidestined! That means you're my human! So come on! Staying still is boring!"



    About time I got some respect.

    Yoshii grabs Nyaromon and stands up, placing the creature on his shoulder.

    "So, got a plan?"

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    Babydmon snorts at Akiko’s question, a blast of steam coming out of his nose. “I see it was too much to expect for you to know what's going on. I have been waiting for you, for a purpose I don't know about. It is because of this that I know your name - when I saw you, I knew who you were. It appears some of the others have more information than I have, though.“

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    Eiji slowly and cautiously lowers his guard - whatever these things are, they don't seem to be a threat. Annoying, though. “Hey! Quiet! What are you talking about? Digidestined? Now we can do what? Answer me!”
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    Ariko blinks. Okay. This is still a lot to take in. "Well... if the only things you know are my name and that we're important, let's make things even! What's your name, li'l guy?" Either this is real or it isn't. If it's not, playing along doesn't hurt, and if it is... well, this was a lot more interesting than she was expecting when she went off to camp.




    Moonmon wobbles back and forth. "A... computer game? Nono, this is the digital world! It's completely real! And I'm not a tutorial guide, I'm your partner forever! And we're going to do amazing things, so I- we can become legends! Doesn't that sound like a good thing to do? Plus, I'm waaaay too smart to be a tutorial. Just because I'm small... hmph. Don't be mean, Miss Sen!"
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    "So, got a plan?"
    Nyaromon happily perches on Yoshii's shoulder, wrapping her tail around his neck for balance. She probably won't strangle him by accident - there's no way the legendary heroes would be so weak as that!

    "Psh, who needs plans when you're this awesome?! Just go do stuff and the heroics will happen naturally! It's the only possible outcome for someone like you! Onward, Master Yoshii, onward with style!"

    "Psst! Wizardmon is that way!"
    There's no harm in giving little hints now and again. Just to remind the world that she's important too, if only as Master Yoshii's tool.



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    Moonmon wobbles back and forth. "A... computer game? Nono, this is the digital world! It's completely real! And I'm not a tutorial guide, I'm your partner forever! And we're going to do amazing things, so I- we can become legends! Doesn't that sound like a good thing to do? Plus, I'm waaaay too smart to be a tutorial. Just because I'm small... hmph. Don't be mean, Miss Sen!"
    "Yeah yeah, guess you've gotta stay in character. So where's the quest marker or whatever?"
    Sen picks the creature up by its antenna-thing, moving it around a bit like a dowsing bell. Maybe it'll make noise or light up when it's pointing the right direction...?
    While doing this she glances aside at the other kids. Seems like they're still between freaking out and talking with their tutorial blobs. Figures it'd be up to her to get anything done. Well, no sense drawing attention until she has a bit more of a head start...

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    As you’re all getting introductions out of the way and trying your best to shunt off the responsibility of figuring out where to go on your newly-discovered other halves, the little red blob with nubby legs stumbles over itself running to the Digivice on the ground. It grabs the Digivice in its mouth and does leaps and bounds around the rest of the group while excitedly trying to talk through its full mouth. It eventually stops, impulsively tosses the Digivice into the air, and lets its eyes dart around rapidly, its body quivering with anticipation. “Where’s mine!? Where’s mine!? Where’s my human!?” Gigimon barks out, its tail wagging and its ears pointed straight up. “Where’s the one I’ve been waiting for!?”

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    Kokomon shakes its head wildly and does another short hop.

    "I've always known I'd get paired up with you! Not just someone, you! We're off to find Wizardmon!" Speaking more quickly, and in a lower voice, it adds, "Oh yeah and this is a whole digital world by the way."

    It stops and tilts its head at Gigimon. What was it even doing here without a human to follow?



    Yoshii, meanwhile, seems to have largely tuned out the others. They wanna argue with the coolest thing they've seen all day? Their loss. But he just got his ticket out of the lamest outdoor expedition ever.

    "Okay... so this Wizardmon thing is a common theme, huh?" He starts walking in the direction pointed to by Nyaromon. "So, uh, what is it? Is it a person? A place? What do we do when we get there?"
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    Kokomon’s responses don't really seem to calm Eiji, or really getting through to him and understood at all. “Who the hell is Wizardmon and why should I see him? And what is ‘a digital world’ supposed to mean? Like we're in a computer or something? What?”

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    Babydmon lets out another snort at Ariko’s question. “For now, I am Babydmon. Not ‘li'l guy’ or any other patronising nicknames you may think of.” He looks over at Gigimon - it appears his earlier thoughts were right. Five partner Digimon, but only four humans. Odd. Something must've gone wrong in the plans of whoever is behind this. “Gigimon! Calm yourself. Answers won't be found here, and being frantic won't help things.” He looks back at Ariko. “Did whatever event that brought you here involve more people than just you four? Was there a fifth on your end?”
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    Ariko blushes and withdraws. "S-sorry... I didn't mean to offend you. Um... there were lots of kids there, but I'm not sure if any of the others were near the devices... You knew our names. Um, Gigimon, do you know the name of your partner?" This is all really weird. But seeming more complex than her usual dreams. Usually the cute things in her dreams aren't dismissive of her.




    Moonmon starts squirming uncontrollably when they're picked up by their antenna. "AAAAAHH put me down put me down put me down! There's no quest markers! I don't know what you think you're doing but we're not getting off to a good start as legendary friends!" The other kids didn't seem this terrible! Man, Moonmon has all the luck. "C'mon, I'll take you to someone who can explain some things! Just put me down first!"
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    Gigimon furrows its brow as much as its anatomy allows and seems physically strained with thought. “Uh... Uh...!” It focuses so hard on thinking that it lowers its “head,” causing its rear legs to lift into the air. “Hmmmm.....!” Gigimon pitches over, landing facefirst in the dirt and rolling over, ending up slightly dirty and closer to Ariko. It looks up at her with glistening eyes.

    “... It starts with a K- sound?”
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    Quote Originally Posted by fibericon View Post
    "Okay... so this Wizardmon thing is a common theme, huh?" He starts walking in the direction pointed to by Nyaromon. "So, uh, what is it? Is it a person? A place? What do we do when we get there?"
    Nyaromon giggles, amused by her Chosen Child's silliness. He's probably just modest, playing innocent so as not to show everyone else up right away! It's okay to be awesome for me, Master Yoshii!

    "Wizardmon is a Digimon, of course! They knows aaaaaall kinds of stuff! Maybe they'll tell you the Legend of the Chosen Children; it's my faaaaavorite! They tell it so much better than I do! Ooooh, I'm excited now! Let's hurry up up up!"



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    "AAAAAHH put me down put me down put me down! There's no quest markers! I don't know what you think you're doing but we're not getting off to a good start as legendary friends!" The other kids didn't seem this terrible! Man, Moonmon has all the luck. "C'mon, I'll take you to someone who can explain some things! Just put me down first!"
    "Fine, geeze! How can you things be so annoying..."
    Sen drops the tutorial blob unceremoniously. She's getting frustrated now; first forced into some weird game she never signed up for, and it's not even going anywhere - nothing but these whiny blobs complaining all the time.
    Without really thinking about it, Sen instinctively reaches into a pocket for a lollipop and sticks it in her mouth like a cigarette, dropping the wrapper as carelessly as she did the tutorial blob.

    "I don't wanna be friends with some stupid blob. I don't wanna play this stupid game at all, but if you ratatouille aren't giving us a gouda-Danished choice, at least lemme be something cool! Ugh, cheesecake, just get on with it!"
    She stomps the ground a little to emphasize, but it's more channeling her own frustration than any effort to intimidate.

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    As you walk upriver along with these newfound blobs (some more reluctantly than others) the treebrush starts to get more dense. The Digimon have no issue as their small forms are well below the branch line and must simply contend with a growing density of flowers, and Yoshii is able to duck under it easily enough thanks to his lack of relative height, but the rest of you are pestered by the growths. Mostly you’re pushing aside branches with your hands as you go, though occasionally inattentiveness or laziness allows a branch to catch you in the face and neck. It’s a serious nuisance, and even painful when one of you thinks you’ve pushed the branch aside enough only for it to snap back and hit you in the eye.

    Eventually, though, you make it through, and reach an old, rundown structure resembling a temple or shrine, with an odd symbol carved into the sliding stone door at the front entrance.

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    The place seems well enough maintained, but has clearly been around for a very, very long time. The place gives off a strangely calming aura, and seems to have an awe-inspiring presence overwhelming its visual meagerness. While a clearing has been made to allow reaching the door, everywhere else around the building is absolutely choked with thick vegetation. As you enter the clearing before the door, a gust of wind sends flower petals dancing around you, carrying with them a sweet scent. For those of you given to appreciating such experiences, the supernal relaxation emanating from this place is quite nearly a spiritual experience of serenity; for those of you more given to being tense, the feeling is kind of uncomfortable, like you’re wrestling with your own body and mind to stay wound up while they’re being relaxed against your will.

    What appears to be a scarecrow in cosplay is standing on the outer second story, trimming some vines that are growing along the wall. He doesn’t seem to hear you all approach.

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    How do you proceed?
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    Ariko picks up the mysterious unowned device. Whose was this? Why didn't this... K person come along? Were they not at the camp, or did whatever quirk grabbed them not reach far enough? She follows along the strange creatures, pondering this strange situation. She looks over at the others, hoping that Sen and Eiji don't come to blows. They really weren't good around each other.

    Meanwhile, Moonmon hops along excitedly to lead the kids to the ruins, before bouncing and turning around once they're in sight. "Here we are!" They hop in a circle, spotting Wizardmon as they do. "Wizardmon Wizardmon Wizardmon look look look! We found the kids! We're legends! So are these other Digimon! We're awesome! We're the best!"
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    Yoshii, with the prodding of Nyaromon, does indeed hurry up. And he certainly notices the other kids having trouble with their environment, as he darts under the brush effortlessly.

    "Ha! Being smaller than everyone else finally pays off! Should have brought a machete, suckers!"

    ...Says the kid who did not, in fact, bother to bring a machete.

    As they come across the building, Yoshii approaches the door, more to investigate the symbol than to actually open it. Glancing over at Nyaromon, he asks, "What's the significance of this?"



    Kokomon barrels through the underbrush and back rapidly, occasionally weaving itself between Eiji's legs with zero concern for his ability to maneuver around the creature. This inevitably earns it a kick as Eiji stumbles over it, but this is only met with a grunt and a brief pause before it resumes its excited darting about, stopping only to eat the occasional flower.

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    Eiji doesn't so much walk through the forest as crash through it, giving little care and attention to the vegetation in his way, or to Kokomon as it occasionally got in his way and just getting through quickly and forcefully. It's a process that's given him a few more knocks and cuts than the others, including one heavy blow to the eye, and is rather lacking in grace, but he doesn't seem to really care.

    When he gets to the temple, he doesn't give much attention to the structure or symbols, instead just moving straight towards Wizardmon with a shout. “HEY! You better start explaining what the hell is going on!” Apparently the calming effect of this place hadn't done much to stop his surges of raw emotion.

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    Babydmon is, naturally, a lot less exuberant than the other Digimon, keeping pace with Akiko rather than rushing ahead, keeping aware of the children so he doesn't get in the way. He keeps an eye on Akiko in particular - if he is to be bonded to her forever, he should at least make sure that she is worth it. So far, she at least seems more sensible than the rest, although her mettle would have to be tested later if he was to fight with or for her.

    When they arrive at the ruins, Babydmon eyes Wizardmon warily. Although the other Digimon here seemed to know and trust it, he did not - those that are older and more powerful merit caution, lest they use that power. This situation already had too many unknowns for his liking.
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    Sen's irritation subsides somewhat once they get moving; aside from the satisfaction of making apparent progress, weaving through the jungle while causing minimal disturbance proves an engaging mental exercise. She's rather impressed by the hit detection - no clipping at all, almost as if the branches were real.

    The meathead's bullrush through the foliage elicits an amused eyeroll, and Sen makes an effort to stay just behind the agile little baby - close enough to challenge herself but far enough to not look like she's actually competing with a kid who's like half her age.

    When they enter the ruins' calming aura, Sen at first relaxes, enjoying the feeling almost like I'm with...--
    This is wrong. The serenity is immediately cut by a sense of unease, even as it tries to force its way back into her heart.
    "The Hollandaise...?"

    Her conflicting instincts to run away and to snuggle down in the grass paralyze her. When she regains control of herself, she resolves those impulses into a search for comfort. She hunches her shoulders, tugs her hood lower, and skulks past the egghead - her eyes flickering over to make contact, for some reason - then tucks herself into a shaded corner of the ruins and melts into the shadows. She does want to hear this Wizardmon character's explanation, and no reason to put in effort or attract attention herself when the meathead's already doing it for her.

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    Nyaromon happily clings to Yoshii's shoulder as he bobs through the jungle; the route is familiar to her, so she naturally assumes her destined partner knows it by heart as well - and in case he happened to forget, with his mind full of far more important matters, Moonmon happens to be leading with just as much enthusiasm.

    Now that first impressions are made, she decides to kick up the "adorable" factor by introducing a recurring speech quirk. She has to define her role better if the legends are gonna do her and her master's story any justice! Oh, but she definitely doesn't want to be the annoying mascot, so just enough but not too much...

    "Ooooh, what's a 'machete'? Is it something from your world? I bet it's really really awesome; show me show me Master Yoshiinyaa~!"

    When they get home, Nyaromon joins Moonmon in chorus, bouncing on Yoshii's shoulder. "Wizardmon Wizardmon Wizardmon look look look! The Chosen Children are here! We've all met our destined partnyaas! They're awesome! They're the best!"

    She glances at the big shouty one with a modicum of concern - she's not sure it's okay to yell at Wizardmon - but figures he's probably just the passionate hero who's really excited right now and won't do anything unforgivable. Her attention returns to her own master and his interest in her home.

    "This is an ancient symbol that means "Harmonyan" - it's the calling card for an order of heroes that we call The Forces of Harmony...yan! Wizardmon and Moonmon and me are still trying to learn a lot about them, but they're super awesome and cool and stuff! You can be one of them now too if you want, Master Yoshiinyaa! These ruins are full of holy magic and prophecies - like the Prophecy of the Chosen Childrnyan, inside to the right, that told us all of you would come! There's lots of cool stuff too, like an angel with an axe and a broken altar; I'll show you everything after you meet Wizardmyaa! Do you read Harmonic Script, Master Yoshii? It's really tough for us, but I bet it'd be no problem for someone like mew!"
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