GM Post The Freshman cruise is almost at an end. The neon orange sky begins to invade the horizon with a scope of hope and light for the new students of Mercury. They have not seen what the institution has grown from in the rich history of an unknown tradition. But they will. They will rise, and be exposed as the sun they seek before them. Unknowing of their futures, their cause, but their path will arrange itself onto a light from that which yields no source of radiance. The beautiful port of Sydney, Australia catches the sight line of many, as cheers from the large cruise goes all around. It was time. The Provosts could feel them. They were ready. Freshman META yields (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Freshman META yields (open) Freshman META yields (close) The Freshman students step into the Student Center offices one by one, for a one on one examination with Head Advisor Allun. He smiles at each of them as they enter in and places their file in the desk before them ,containing their META results and footage from the virtual-cog program. Head Advisor Allun: "Hello, I personally want to welcome you to Mercury Institute School, we've seen your potential and thus we know you will serve us and humanity greatly in your voyages into an adult. I am Head Advisor Allun, I oversee all day to day matter affairs of the school, and of the students. So anything you need, questions, concerns, come to me or your corresponding House-Faction advisor. Alright! Let's get started...." A. Hail (Move your mouse to reveal the content) A. Hail (open) A. Hail (close) Allun: "Ms. Hail, let's break down your META shall we...hmph! You are definitely a Jaws alright, that tenacity and drive..." 1 - You made them let go, your words damning them to death. Is it worth your humanity? 2 - Secrets and loyalty can be grey waters Ms. Hail, seems you need to draw a line. 3 - Lone wolf? Interesting. We all need someone sometime. Remember that. 4 - To be young... 5 - Noble, but you still broke a vow... 6 - Really? Then how are you a niece if the four of them are as well? ;) 7 - Oh my, we have ways of honing that for you here, to channel that. Allun: "Please note that you may not remember some bits and pieces of the virtual-cognition. Short term memory loss is common in these profile simulations. Let's look at the footage shall we?" 8 - You shot her, but I implore you...how did she stab him 71 times, yet her clothes and skin only contained sand and dust? [video shows crowd cheering for her at the woman's death] 9 - [video shows her body slam into the ground from the top] Oh my....seems to me like you should have picked another window, maybe a lower one? But you remained resilient. Noble. 10 - [shows jackals biting her neck and into her face, ripping her apart as blood pours from her head] Don't be alarmed, many choose this option. They always think they can break free...some actually do, but then you have to outrun a pack of rabid canine in the safari. Sounds dreadful. Allun: " Ironically there lies a fire in you, I would push you to consider taming this fire, and not let it consume you, for a wildfire destroys all but an inferno focuses and feeds from its own heat. Well, congrats on being admitted into The Sharks, I'll see you at The Turbine! :) " D. Robertson (Move your mouse to reveal the content) D. Robertson (open) D. Robertson (close) Allun: "Mr. Robertson, let's break down your META shall we, yes. You are definitely a natural leader of sorts...I was very interested in your results. They were...peculiar. In a good way." 1 - Nobility at its finest. However, you would move, and you would die along with your loved one. Sometimes searching for a way out is to look within yourself. 2 - Indeed Sir Dallas, a very noble answer indeed. Well done. 3 - Compromise is always key, traits of a leader. Nicely done. 4 - Bravado yet considerate? One of a kind Sir Dallas. 5 - Kept the vow, but kept loyalty to your mother, not everyone can find that solution. Splendid. 6 - Really? Then how are you a nephew if the four of them are as well? No room for five after all... ;) 7 - Ahh, a nobility of aggression, sometimes lines have to be drawn Sir Dallas, make sure you don't cross yours to the point of pure chaos. Allun: "Please note that you may not remember some bits and pieces of the virtual-cognition. Short term memory loss is common in these profile simulations. Let's look at the footage shall we?" 8 - You went down a traitor to the people, but you died with your dignity intact. You were right to do so, if only you could've done more. [video shows crowd attacking and stoning Dallas for lack of shooting the woman] 9 - [video shows Dallas slam into the ground from the top] Compassionate, blissful. Even in death, you remain the same. That's good to know. Real good. We sometimes accept fates that doesn't have to be our own.... 10 - [shows water rushing in, sweeping Dallas from the middle and out the east where he falls through a vast sky towards the ground below] You chose to remain still. Inevitibility is sometimes fickle to fate itself. Allun: "I want you to seek out a student named Reneza Locke, or either Vaun Jollery once you are placed by The Turbine, they're not a Stripes as you will be, but tell them I referred you to the "Atmos Club" they'll know what that is. You have cause to be something of a marvel Sir Dallas, don't lose your way. Welcome to The Bengals, and to MIS!" K. Jongdae (Move your mouse to reveal the content) K. Jongdae (open) K. Jongdae (close) Allun: "Mr. Jongdae, welcome!! Let's break down your META shall we....oh, interesting. Loyal yet lucid. Something you don't see everyday. Your heart is your biggest strength and weakness, but that's only bad if you allow it to be." 1 - The thought is nice, but sacrificing yourself is to sacrifice them as well, thus killing you both. 2 - Humility over Loyalty. Always a tough one am I right Sir Kim? 3 - Loyalty prevails, your heart shines through. 4 - Considering of the environment around you I see? Chivalrous indeed :) 5 - Intersting, not many people side with their father. Your empathy and heart both show great lengths to do the harder thing, to take the hard road. Perserverance is admirable. 6 - Really? Then how are you a nephew if the fourth is Wind? Then there'd be no room for you! 7 - Compromising of the scales of justice, but never at the cost of your humanity. A noble man indeed Sir Kim. The best of both worlds requires finding a balance, and keeping it. Remember that. Allun: "Please note that you may not remember some bits and pieces of the virtual-cognition. Short term memory loss is common in these profile simulations. Let's look at the footage shall we?" 8 - You went down a traitor to the people, but you died not for the defense of the woman, but for the rejection of the purpose. Never run from destiny lad, weave it. [video shows crowd attacking and stoning Kim for lack of shooting the woman] 9 - [video shows Kim slam into the ground from the top] You came to peace with your fate, and accepted it. Nothing more to do.....right? 10 - Ahhh the jungle, face to face with the apex jungle cat himself. The idea was to break free and seek to run correct? As fast and agile as the bengal is, and seeing how it's his jungle, maybe there was no way to win from the beginning. [video shows bengal snapping Kim's neck with its fangs before dragging him into the green.] Allun: "You think with your heart....which is the crucible you face. Start finding the balance of your spirit here at MIS, and let you heart feel, but your mind think. Not to make emotional choices, but conscious ones. Welcome to The Falcons! Dismissed." S. Heart (Move your mouse to reveal the content) S. Heart (open) S. Heart (close) Allun: "Mr. Sebastian Heart...what a name! Let's break down your META shall we. Ah! Wow, you are one of the strongest tested Jaws we have ever admitted! And I don't mean physically, but the crazy thing of it...you were also 1 point away from placing into The Hounds, Very intriguing indeed. Let's get to the results." 1 - Accepting the choice to die for both of you seems a bit emotional and one-sided, perhaps they wanted to live? Think outside yourself Sir Heart. The loyalty was noted of course. 2 - Loyalty to the point of passion and primal testosterone, noble to embody, easy to exploit. 3 - Not only loyalty, but one of the rare few who added Love into the mix. Heart fits the name indeed. 4 - Strapping fellow like yourself must parlay all the lasses eh? 5 - A dark and sinister move to exploit your father at the cost of his trust and feelings as well, even a noted physical confrontation. Very emotional extreme, your 'Heart' could backfire with decisions like that. 6 - Wrong, we always love throwing that in there hehehe. Four members, three of which are named. You are a member too right? 7 - This answer shows me you are very in tune with yourself and apt, as even I deduced the same from your answers. But Sir Heart...is chaos for good ever TRULY benevolent? Think about that. Allun: "Please note that you may not remember some bits and pieces of the virtual-cognition. Short term memory loss is common in these profile simulations. Let's look at the footage shall we?" 8 - You killed the man for a hunch, but nothing of evidential stature? The Chaotic Good shows, but when you don't know if she's innocent and you pull the trigger, that makes you a murderer, again feeding from your emotions. [video shows Bash pulling lady off the pillar, but both are rushed and stoned to death by the raging crowd] 9 - And you would've lived, had to determined that of which you jumped. Nice optimism though!!! [Bash slams into the ground, lifeless] 10 - Very nice Sir Bash! If only you would've maintained instinct a moment longer. But, it was different from most entries. Close one. [video shows shark eating Bash, as both slide out into the east shutter sky, where they fall to death] Allun: "This one is simple. You're a diamond in the rough. You control your setback and your emergence. Your emotions are the dirt, you are the material. You must learn to trust your instincts, and not let your emotions and ego consume you. That was the barrier from the Hounds and Jaws. So thus, welcome! I look forward to your progress here at MIS." C. Erichson (Move your mouse to reveal the content) C. Erichson (open) C. Erichson (close) Allun: "Ms. Erichson! Delighted to see you! Let's break down your META shall we. Ah! Wow, you very balanced, almost split down the middle in everything. You're a natural Falx if I'd ever seen one. Let's dig into this." 1 - Seeing as how they were hanging onto you for dear life....literally, it seems the risk you took was short, as you would have fall and taken the loved one with you, both dying from the fall. Weigh the risks. Sometimes balance isn't the best clarity. 2 - Leave the family that raised you for your dreams eh? Some wouldn't blame you. You go from one phase to the next. I see. 3 - But what if you can't? Would you break the trust? #2 suggests so. Preservation. Hmm... 4 - An 'in the moment' type of girl? You'll fit Falcons very well indeed. 5 - Siding with your father to preserve your mother's peace of mind. Sooner or later it will come to the light, where will she stand with you then? Think on that. 6 - If Air is the 4th, then where does Connie come into place? ;) 7 - Remaining the unbiased scale while adhering to the right way of moral standards can be tough, especially when decisions call yourself at stake, will you bend, or will you break? The only thing about not having a side is being the target of both sides when fate comes to knock. I think your assessment is precise Ms. Connie. Allun: "Please note that you may not remember some bits and pieces of the virtual-cognition. Short term memory loss is common in these profile simulations. Let's look at the footage shall we?" 8 - You decided not to do the man's dirty work. Only out of lack to kill another human. Compassionate is the term, but sometimes justice needs to be done, but from which side? [video shows the man taking the gun from Connie and shooting the woman himself, everyone looking with disdain for Connie] 9 - Fighting it eh? Right until the last stretch. Shame you had to fall from that high...real shame. [Connie slams into the ground, lifeless] 10 - Yeah this is the logical choice. Trees, a chance to climb or hide, but the bengal is right there. You're entangled, there is no surviving that unless you're made of steel. The thought was on track though. [video shows bengal pouncing on Connie and ripping her neck open while still tangled and wrapped, her body is drug off.] Allun: "You are free flowing, balanced, maybe too much. You have a pure spirit, one that MIS needs very much. Take the time here to learn to go to the reaches of both spectrums, it will help you understand and appreciate your balanced spirit more, and you'll become clearer than ever. Welcome to The Falcons." E. Delacour (Move your mouse to reveal the content) E. Delacour (open) E. Delacour (close) Allun: "Ms. Delacour! Just wonderful, lovely name! Let's break down your META shall we. Ah! Wow, I see that your perspective is very focused and harnessed within yourself, you make the brave choices, but with the same trained insight, lets dig further..." 1 - Cunning and noble thoughts, but remember, nothing to climb or move to. You moved, and thus you would perish along with your loved one. Sometimes the safest thing you can do is remain. 2 - Ah, moral code while also acknowledging the flaw in a secure promise? Interesting. A very human response milady. 3 - Loyalty and perspective, a very apt observation indeed. 4 - Aggression in you? You look so harmless...er, anyways, you have a drive for what you see acceptable. Noted. 5 - Refusal to promise and be direct!? Honesty at its finest may I say, you have the fire of a Stripe in you, but there's that inner locking I see in you. You're stowing it. 6 - Air you say? Then....what would you be? ;) 7 - Oooh, the brink of the turmoil. This could result in recklessness and endangerment of all, however it brings an unkempt and unwavering balance to the universe. The necessary. Not necessary good, nor evil. Just neccessary. Rebel without a cause. Be ready for the inevitibility of it all coming back to haunt you. Unless, you reach into your self to calm the chaos. Allun: "Please note that you may not remember some bits and pieces of the virtual-cognition. Short term memory loss is common in these profile simulations. Let's look at the footage shall we?" 8 - Apt, perceptive even, but now what does it matter you lead the land into anarchy without a leader? And you and her die anyway? [data null] 9 - Going out peaceful and happy, if only you didn't have to jump so high off.... [data null] 10 - Many choose this, nothing wrong with the answer at all. Trees, a chanche to climb or hide, but the bengal is right there. You're entangled, there is no surviving that unless you're made of steel. Had to be something right? [data null] Allun: "I want to go on record and say you responded to the virtual-cognition in hypothetical context within the simulation, corrupting the file. Sort of like you were responding to an outer body experience. This doesn't penalize you in any way, but it was the lack of syncing that nulled the data. Learn to hone your perspective here at MIS, and delve into your aptitude, replace that mishchief with humility, you'll grow greatly. Welcome to the Jaws and MIS!" V. Belanger (Move your mouse to reveal the content) V. Belanger (open) V. Belanger (close) Allun: "Ms. Belanger! A very special young lady indeed, I've heard about your condition, and even still you excel. Let's break down your META shall we. Very perceptive and responsive, your awareness was most impressive. Hmm..." 1 - Contemplative and perceptive. Nicely conveyed. The struggle of your instinct vs huanity has always been the testament of time yes? 2 - Forgetfulness, but genuine. We're only human, but remember every ripple makes a wave. 3 - Compromise is key, the natural traits of any successful leader Ms. Belanger. 4 - You say kissing is fun? Even at the expense of public respect? You are young however :) 5 - Emotional overload eh? You meant well, but now you have caused a rift between you and your parents, and now yourself. Take control of your heart madam. 6 - Shouldn't be boring, seeing as how you answered that question wrong, haha :) 7 - Oh......oh really? Wow.....Ahh I see. Neutral Good? The middle of the scales of justice, capable of reaching for the more extreme measures of morality and the conventional way alike. Be sure you don't get to consumed to the point of extreme where it compromises who YOU are. Remember that. Allun: "Please note that you may not remember some bits and pieces of the virtual-cognition. Short term memory loss is common in these profile simulations. Let's look at the footage shall we?" 8 - You lost your head. You were on the right track. The perception was there, but you must not lose yourself to the situation, that's the reason for these virtual-cognition programs. You break down, then you break. [video shows Val going crazy and then shooting herself] 9 - Blissful, and very open and compassionate ending. Shame you had to fall from a building that high, let alone a window that high. [video shows Val slamming into the ground, dead] 10 - You weight your options carefully, again keen and cunning, but like the previous sims you just cannot follow through can you? You knew the doors would open and be subject to all four, but all four would face off as well. If only you could have kept going. Nevertheless, loyal and apt until the very end. [video shows water rushing through, sweeping Val out of the east shutter and into the sky, the shark falling behind her, the falcon looking forward to its next meals] Allun: "You have it. It's in you, but you have to trust yourself and your instincts. You heart, mind, and spirit are strong, but ironically your instincts are wavering. Interesting that it's backwards like that. But you have something unique. I'm going to refer you to two names. Reneza Locke, and Vaun Jollery. They aren't in the Jackals but tell them you were cited for the "Atmos Club". Well, welcome to MIS!!" S. Fujitsu (Move your mouse to reveal the content) S. Fujitsu (open) S. Fujitsu (close) Allun: "Ms. Fujitsu...you are a unique one indeed. I'm glad you decided to join us this year, we understand your age but you will still be a Freshman. You have a bunch of different persona traits that battle each other. Let's break down your META shall we. It seems your loyalty and instincts are at a helm, and all the while cunning." 1 - As soon as you moved though, you'd fall and your loved one with you. Trying to act to save them would certainly kill you both right? Instincts can be such malleable things. 2 - Valor in your response Ms. Fujitsu, but according to your profile you would bend others to do things they never thought, yet you'd never trust someone who broke yours? Not even a loved one? Black and White with you I see. 3 - Loyalty and compromise, both very noble and admirable indeed. Well done. 4 - Considerate of the children yet not the decency of the greater public? The suggestion was most thoughtful however. Different from others. 5 - You vowed not to tell your mother as you stated, but even if you waited until the most opportune moment to tell her directly then, it's still breaking the vow. You try to bend others, you end up breaking yourself. But you care and mean well, and that is what matters. 6 - You sound so sure...but, what about yourself? Are you not in that category? 7 - Hm, if one aligns on the side of good, how could they have in their hearts to bend others to do things outside of themselves? Are you inciting your chaos, or theirs? Are you enforcing your good, or theirs? Think about that. Allun: "Please note that you may not remember some bits and pieces of the virtual-cognition. Short term memory loss is common in these profile simulations. Let's look at the footage shall we?" 8 - You were on the right track, in fact I commend you on your initiative, but you didn't have any factual evidence that she was innocent,you let her go on a hunch, and sometimes that is worse than one full course of action. Always take heed madam. [video shows freed woman snapping Sun's neck and taking the gun, exacting her revenge on the man in the hat.] 9 - Ahh, the final moments. They are always the most powerful are they not? Tis a shame that you would perish so abruptly, if only it could be any different... [video shows Sun slamming into the ground, dead] 10 - You weight your options carefully, but chose not to act. You accepted your fate. This is interesting, even with little hope you see the grand scale of chances. But maybe if you take one of those chances, that hope will prevail. [video shows water rushing through, sweeping Sun out of the east shutter and into the sky, the shark falling behind her, the falcon looking forward to its next two meals] Allun: "You were very close to a Jackal milady, however it is your will to influence others by the set of your moral code that divides you in this case. You see what you see, and ignore the other signs. I implore you to reach outside of this, to gain sight of a greater understanding. You do this, and you will acheive wonders you cannot imagine....yet. Welcome to The Bengals!! Enjoy your year at MIS!" "Thank you for your time, please proceed to The Turbine." Volume One: Side Reneza The sun was eve. The sky blankets the overscape with a neon orange hue. The wind was slight and ever blowing delicately. The limo ride to MIS wasn't like it was last year. This time a year ago, the freckled girl was estatic, jumping for joy at the anticipation of her new adventures. Eyes bright with wonder and intrigue, but now....now she was just blatant with coldness. She looked at her cell phone one last time, only texts from her parents. Sad, no friends anymore, no besties to connect with. It along with other outside devices would be confiscated once she got on campus per league with campus rules. She sighs audibly and dreads the luxury ride with free ale and champagne. She looks down at her hands, wiggling her fingers in an isolated mindset of instinct now. Another year. The last was full of disappointment. She couldn't convene with any of the other HouFacs, she didn't have class on House Days (Tuesdays and Thursdays that are House-Faction specific classes only), and above all...she felt like an outcast among outcasts. She knew the Freshmen were probably hours out from pulling in from their festive little orientation cruise, but she was there early. She could imagine the look on their faces when they pulled up and rolled into MIS Campus. She remembers her face, it was like she'd seen a dinosaur face to face. She takes her bags from the limo and straps them over her shoulder, looking around at the very few other non-freshies that arrived. They already had their HouFac uniforms on, the tactical and suave looking suits with their HouFac logo and their personal name on the back. Reneza however, contained a suit with no logo, just her name in a drab grey color. A Blankie. Some of the other students eyed her and she could see the discrimination in their eyes. To them all she was was the band camp kid who sat alone. Such was accurate. Neza rolled her eyes as she walked towards the campus dome in the spicenter of MIS. There the plaza resided, a place full of shopping stores and resturaunts. It was MIS's version of campus stores, where you could buy all foods and cuisines from around the world, and HouFac t-shirts, jerseys, apparel, etc. All with your MIS access card. But she wasn't going there to shop like a happy goer. She reaches the dome plaza and sees Head Advisor Allun waiting for her, a smile on his face. He walks up and takes her bags. Head Allun: "Hello there Reneza, how was your trip?" "Twas fine." Allun: "Glad you got here so early, the sunrise is always beauti--" "So what is it I'm doing today?" Allun: "Right then...you will be escorting the Freshman around, showing them to The Turbine, getting them placed, and then welcoming them to the MIS school in the way only we can do! It's going to be splendid!" "Wait....I have to escort them?? Why me? Why not a HouFac?" Allun: "Because you're still number one in your class Ms. Locke, besides I think a little more attention to you won't kill you, after all you are special." "Ugh, aren't we all though." Neza rolls her eyes and takes her uniform as Allun moves her bags into the transit so they can be moved to The Spire, where all Blankies live at for the year. The other four dorms of course are free to visit, so long as quiet hours are respected; there aren't really any restrictions. The Spire however denies access to anyone above the 1st floor. So if one were to visit a Blankie they'd have to hang out in the lobby of go elsewhere. Security at The Spire would be like America's Pentagon, unassuming men guard The Spire, but they are the strongest Mercurians on campus. Reneza steps into a store bathroom to change into her uniform, dumping the clothes in the trash. Who cares anyways. She walks out, logoless and her name drabbed in grey on the back. She preps her hair and thinks away her mundane, disdainful look in anticipation of the Freshman. Uniforms (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Uniforms (open) Uniforms (close) Male Female She sits down underneath the large tree in the middle of the plaza as the upperclass students trickle in happily, looking at her blank suit and shaking their heads. She knew what they were thinking, the judgement and shame projection on their expressions. It wasn't as hard as she'd thought to deal with being a Blankie, all it took was restraint and will, something most people don't have at MIS, even with all their brains. Even the jocks here are technically geniuses. Reneza sat and wondered what could The Provosts seen in some of these students, it escaped her. She rubbed her temples and looked up at one of her original friends from last year, Ashton. They met on the cruise and had a blast together. He's from the States, and he liked hiking, that's all she remembered, but they were really cool, until she got placed...or lack thereof. "Hey Ashton." Ashton returns a look at her, scoffing and ignoring her greeting as he walked with his Bengal cohorts, the brillaint red logo on his chest and red name on his back. Neza looked down and centered herself from reacting. She couldn't blame him, anyone seen around her or any Blankie that was in a HouFac would probably get disavowed socially. Some Blankie got respect, only because they were usually in something important, like a star athlete, director of a club or project, or something. All of those cases it's extremely rare that any one of those is a Blankie, but it still happens. Like Vaun Jollery for instance, he gets picked on from time to time but no one messes with him to the point of a fight, rumor has it he's exceptional with small blade weapons and carries around one of his father's. Reneza wasn't very close with him, but knew enough. He was always so laid back and calm, like too calm. Reneza walked into a self defense class last year to work on her Aikido, and had a very interesting bout with a surprised Vaun. Both of them were, of each other. Reneza isn't the type to divulge all her cards, which is why she takes on the whole 'silent but deadly' mantle. You never know what she's capable of, or maybe that's a load of bullshit she tells herself because of what she is, and where she is. She sits Indian style on the garden under the tree and awaits the start of a new year. A new beginning. Probably one of chaos. She looks onward at the budding students. "This should be fun...just peachy."