In the beginning, Mankind was never really alone as being the only Humanoid species to walk the planet other than apes. There were others, much less Human than himself, who also walked the Earth. But unbeknownst to him they were already adapted to looking just like man, and blending in perfectly. Until they decided to show themselves for who they truly were. And for thousands of years, Mankind could never tell the difference between himself and the men next to him.
Until they decided to expose themselves, that was.
What we know from myths, stories and legends are infact; incorrect. These other species were, form the start, equally sophisticated and mimicked Mankind in general appearance, behavior and how he built his civilization. Some of these species were happy to coincide with Mankind and build civilization alongside him, whilst others looked down at him with disdain and disgust. And as Mankind grew larger and smarter, they waged war against him to send him back to the dirt.
Mankind fought back though, and he was not alone.
For centuries, wars were waged. The victors continued to build whilst the losers, if not wiped out completely, slipped into hiding to recover and remain out of sight. Mankind grew and grew and grew alongside his Humanoid allies. Until one day…
Arrogance crept into Mankind’s head and made him decide that it was his right to rule over all.
He waged his wars once more, but this time, it was against his former allies who helped him survive the darkness.
Mankind had grown stronger than everyone else, and he quickly dominated the Earth, sending all who survived into the darkness inorder to survive his onslaught. Some who survived vowed to outlive Mankind and take their revenge on him. Others just wanted to survive and recuperate in Mankind’s growing society. As time passed, Mankind allowed the other species of Humanoids of the world back into his society with semi-open arms. He built homes, schools, and other institutions for them so that they could recover and start a slow transition into his advanced world. These places, however, were mostly isolated from even the most near portions of Mankind’s society. But the Humanoids didn’t mind, for they enjoyed the secrecy they had.
Theo and Ken Stärke started off as almost grown adults 10 years ago at one of the schools that Mankind had built for their kind. The two brothers are ShadowShifters; beings with incredible powers concerning the ability to manipulate the very essence of the shadows of the world. Their species had almost been entirely wiped out by Mankind in wars centuries upon centuries ago. However, their species had prevailed the tests of time and had not only survived, but bounced back a small percentage. At the school, the two brothers found both love and enemies. But as troubles increased, the brothers found themselves soon embroiled within silent wars for the very sake of survival. And not only their lives, but also the lives of the ones they loved. Years passed, with times of peace and warfare mixed in and out. After enough time, however, things finally died down and the survivors could finally enjoy some peace and quiet.
Lucion Rolo, an immensely powerful ShadowShifter hell bent on destruction of Mankind, assaulted the school with intent on killing all the survivors there for the sole reason of their seeming reliance on Mankind for survivor. Being their greatest adversary yet, the brothers fought harder and more valiantly than ever before to combat this man. Casualties and chaos ensued for well over a year, until finally they managed to drive Lucion back from their home.
Despite many attempts, they failed to kill this man, and eventually he went elsewhere to continue his crusade of vengeance.
Despite the pleas of their loved ones, the brothers gave chase for the purpose of preventing Lucion from achieving his goals. This chase went on for 5 years, while their loved ones stayed back at the school and rebuilt both the structures, and their lives.
Having finally exhausted all leads and avenues of information, the two brothers return home to their loved ones. Their travels all over the Earth helped them build valuable alliances, and make numerous and vital friends and allies. Now having a network of resources and bodies to help combat any and all future enemies whom would harm them and their loved ones, the brothers finally felt like they have secured their presence within not only the world, but Mankind’s society. And they intended to protect what they held dear by any means necessary..
- This RP started over 4 years ago between myself and three others who took a dead RP and turned into something grand. Through the years, it narrowed down to just the three of us, but we kept it together. And after much hiatus, the story is back on.
- This RP will be solely for myself and the ones who ran it with me. So it’s only a 3 crew job. Sorry to anyone whom would want to join, but that’s a definite no on this one.
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[b " Doesn't matter who he goes after if he ever gets free. He will die. I swear on that. "]
While it was just for a moment, Theo's tone had darkened when he spoke regarding Neo. A darkness deep enough to make it sound crystal clear of his intent to eliminate the threat, and by whatever means necessary. But just as quickly as it had appeared, it had also vanished and Theo slipped back into the same easygoing tone as before, with no effort required. When Rera mentioned about everyone having come back and about Lucian's annoyance, he nodded as he finished off his cup of tea, and set it down on the small table infront of them.
[b " Possibly. But the irony of all this is, is that Lucian was never after us originally. There is something here that he wanted, and we got in his way. Since after the first fight, he has focused on us to try and get rid of us so he can find what he was looking for. Additionally, compared to Nero; Lucian has the power, resources and knowledge to recruit people to his cause. That alone, makes him so much more dangerous than Nero. "]
When Rera rested her head on his shoulder, he gently reached over with his free arm and patted her head gently. It was nice to see that she was still comfortable around him, and it helped ease his stress, too. When she questioned him regarding the evacuation of the school for when Lucian came back around, he smiled and used his free hand to offer a thumbs up.
[b " The new school complex has a large underground bunker with supplies and provisions already stocked. It also has two magical barriers; one that hides itself and those inside it from detection and another that nullifies any magic that impacts it. "]
"You know its not me he will go after if he finds himself free. You know Selene is the one he was always after." She murmured, glancing at her half-filled mug of tea while she said it. Rera didn't want to scare or worry or anger Theo, but it had been bugging her for some time now. She was not able to access the powers she locked away, but something tugged at her whenever she looked towards the old ruins, as if she could feel the earth twisting and moving around the trapped demon.
"All of us have come back too, you know. Lucian is probably just as annoyed about that as we are about Nero, and he is only one person.." Rera gently teased, a wry smile upon her face.
Shuffling closer to Theo, she placed her head on his shoulder, just allowing herself to feel the comfort and safety having him home gave her. She wanted to believe that they would be fine, but the world was no longer certain for her. That was why, she didn't want to be one of the only ones left.
"I would like to believe that too, Theo. The world is so large.. I have only seen such a small amount of it." She liked to think, that once the world becomes safer again, she might think of actually seeing the world, not travelling out of necessity, or guilt. Yet there was a storm coming, she didn't know when it will approach, but it had been years since Lucian was here, and the return of the boys was probably the start of a confrontation.
"Should we consider how the school will evacuate when the time comes?"
[b " Well, problem solving is something we've proven to be pretty adept at. I'm confident we'll manage. "]
Theo paused for a moment as the memory of Nero returned, and he looked hard at his tea for a minute. That bastard had put Rera through so much pain and agony, and had driven Theo himself to a dark place he never thought he himself would've gone to. It had left a scar on his soul, as a result. He didn't like to remember such things these days, as he had so much more to focus on regarding the present. His expression shifted back and he took a long sip of his tea before placing the empty cup down, and once again leaned back into the couch.
[b " Yeah, I killed him outright and like a bad cold, he came back. Now he's just stuck down there.. I'm sure Vincent has access to sealing magic so we can seal him away. That, or I just kill him again. "]
Rera's question regarding her species however, tripped him sideways. He remembered Kazuto saying that during his time in captivity under the Yakuza, he was forced to fight many things to survive; including other Nekos. Thinking back on that, Theo could not fathom just how panful that could've been. Being forced to murder or be murdered by your own kind for the sake of survival. He wished he had a better answer for Rera, but he just didn't.
[b " I don't know, Rera. I really don't. But in the beginning of all this, my brother and I thought we were among the last of us, ourselves. As fate would have it, we were dead wrong. I have confidence that there are more pureblooded Nekos like you and Kazuto around. Just doing what they gotta do. "]
"Even though you can clean up house, you know the earthquake left someone buried beneath it. It will keep being suffocating because it has been damaged also. I threw around so much elemental magic last time you saw me, that must have left a scar, and also, Lucian himself may have left a mark here. Moving the school away from the old ruins may have helped, but our settlement is the barrier between them and it, sometimes they sneak past and its noticeable which students are exposed to it for long periods."
In 5 years, Rera went from student, helplessly naive and sweet, to an adult theorising and protecting those not much younger than herself so they could have an education she did not get to have. It was a surprise to herself that she was mature at this moment.
It was no secret to those who were there, that Nero was trapped beneath the ruins of the old school, trapped in almost eternal agony as rocks crushed him each time he breathed, but there was always the worry that Lucian or an associate would come back for him.
Rera avoided the ruins, especially where Nero was buried. He tried to charm her once, and she lost her life because of it. She had not set foot since she returned, afraid her mind was not strong enough.
"Theo.. Are Kazuto and I really the last Neko's?" She bit her lip nervously, looking at his with her noir eyes. "If we are.. I don't know how I would handle the responsibility of an entire species.. I feel there would be an obligation there that I may not be able to fulfill." She hoped he would lie, make her feel better about it.
Pixie sat on the counter of the bathroom, a joint to her lips. She took a long drawl from it before passing it off to one of the twins. She didn't know which one, she really couldn't care to tell them apart. [b “Did you hear about the new teacher your dad is bringing out? She is some kind of fairy..Thought I was the last fairy out there.”] She said with a shrug. She didn't really care that the twins weren't really listening. They were too busy deciding who would get a hit off of the joint next. [b “If you two don't decide, I'm going to take it mysellf..”] She said firmly before tilting her head. [b “What the hell is that?...”] She asked, feeling a sudden burst of magic come on the horizon. It was fairy magic. It was nearly as strong as Navaeh's magic when she lost control. The new teacher had finally arrived.
Yuuki threw her book back in her bag just as she plane began to decend back to the ground. She looked out the window and smiled faintly. [b “I wonder who will be meeting me here?..”] She asked herself aloud, brushing her long silky brown hair back from her pointy ears. [b “I do hope that I will welcome here..unlike my last job..”]
Navaeh rested her face against his neck, closing her eyes to fight the wave of nausea she was feeling. Her body was taking it's time to heal, showing how exhausted she had really been making herself. Usually she would heal in no time, but her constant sparing and her pregnancy was screwing with her.
His cheesy smile made a smile cross her lips. God she absolutely adored this man. She nuzzled herself closer to him in his lap, biting into her lip to keep herself from retching. [b “Kaze..I'm not just scared..I'm absolutely terrified. There are so many what ifs that I don't know where to start..I..”] She looked down and sighed. [b “I'm also scared..that I will lose you..”] She whimpered softly.
[b " Beats me. Though that sounds more up Kazuto's alley. I'm sure he'd be proud of you considering that theory. "]
Theo took another sip of his tea as Rera went on to mention Kazuto and his struggling, and he raised an eyebrow momentarily as he mulled it over. At the same time, he knew Kazuto well and was aware that he too, was not fond of failure. He also took note of Japan's culture and it's collective striving for success and how it tied into honor. To fail was considered dishonorable, and the more reaching the failure, the more dishonor it brought. However, Kazuto being who he was and how he was, was aware of failure being part of learning in his field of work. But did that also tie into his personal life? Theo never thought to ask him that and thus, could only theorize at this point. Oh, how he hated guessing.
[b " Kazuto won't let any of that stop him. Setbacks, momentary failures, whatever. He learns and keeps going. As for the atmosphere, well, it's up to us to not only make him feel welcome but to also clean up house so to speak. We may have been gone awhile, but that doesn't mean we can't settle back into the midst of things. We too, must learn, if that makes any sense. "]
Rera looked at him, tilting her head as she heard him say that it wasn't something Shadowshifters generally did. Considering that Theo nor Ken did so, but then, why would the need to, she didn't think it was normal. "Would it be because they time-travelled?" She mused out loud. Often she thought about how the twins could have such extra-ordinary abilities and being less than 5 years old. "They technically met their past selves when they did so, maybe that caused a paradox or something and their age-shift is the by product of that?"
She wasn't one to theorise, she would rather do or reflect. Her eyes flickered to her painting as her own evidence that she would rather do. "You should be impressed, regardless, they are quite remarkable."
She beamed when he gave her another head pat, taking another sip of her tea as her friend reassured her about Kazuto.
"But he is still hurt because of it.." She whispered, returning to biting her lip. "He is.. struggling a little at the moment. It was why he was here last night.. The air is suffocating him.. and his research isn't going as planned.. and there is me.."
[b " Yeah, I've dealt with both forms. Gotta admit, younger side is much easier. Though such a transformation is.. New. There's no knowledge of it, according to Kane. I'm not sure whether to be impressed or baffled, but I am trying to learn. "]
Theo smiled at Rera when she reached over and squeezed his hand, expressing her sympathy for his situation. At the same time, however, he couldn't begin to compare his strifes with that which Rera went through. But he knew that despite all that, everyone could reocver in their own way and keep going forward. That was no doubt why everyone stuck together; to help one another, as they were all practically family. Or at the least, considered eachother as such. When she expressed her worry for Kazuto because of what happened last night, it was Theo's turn to be reassuring, and so he reached over and gently patted her head with his usual smile that never failed to express the whole; " It will be alright. ", attitude.
[b " He is not mad, and he will be just fine. He bounces back quickly, you know? He did survive the Yakuza, after all. What happened last night between you two was.. Well, complicated. But he understands, so he hasn't let it gone to his head. Everything will be fine. "]
"They haven't been in their younger form around you yet?" The twins child personas were much easier to get along with. While they were incredibly shy, they were polite and sweet, always wanting to hear stories of their father and mother under the guise of Prince and Princess. Their teenage personas however, were another story. They were rude, mean and did not care for authority. They wanted nothing to do with Rera nor Selene at that age. Their behaviour wasn't the greatest and their drug use was known.
Rera looked at Theo and reached over to give his hand a squeeze. She could not imagine what he was going through, not just with his kids. That on top of not stopping Lucian, her friend was probably feeling pretty terrible. Her smile was one of sympathy. "I believe, there is a chance, Theo. You have been so good to so many of us, that they will come around. They are good kids.."
Kazuto's patient personality was partly the reason Rera was able to warm up to him. Her fear and anger about having another Neko in her territory took so much out of her, that if she didn't end up sick, she was sure they would have been still fighting. The other part was Rera herself. Her own unique personality and giving someone a chance regardless of what those had done to her in the past, allowed for Kazuto's patience to be used. She became a bit pensive and a small sigh passed her lips.
"Is he mad at me? He said he will be back tonight, but he was gone so early and... and.. I am sure you know what happened.. You are here after all." Nibbling on her lip nervously, she looked at Theo with wide, worried eyes.
It was speculated between Kazuto and herself, that they were possibly, some of the only true Neko's left. Obviously, breeding with humans have brought about a new breed of Neko, but purebreds were dwindling. That was why Nova was so determined with her. Rera refused to believe they were the only two left, but all Nekos could tell by their mannerisms and scent someone's biology, and even on her travels through Europe, she didn't meet one.
[b " Yes and no. They have days where it seems like they are accepting me and then they have days where I'm vehemently rejected. They listen to Selene much more than they listen to me. Most days, it seems like I'm considered as nothing more than a body taking up space. "]
Theo took the tea and nodded in thanks before taking a sip, his eyes closing for a few moments as he mulled over what he had said. He hated failing, and hated being viewed as a failure even moreso. It was much more painful than he wanted to admit, having children whom hated him. Despite his best explanations, they didn't care and their attitudes did not change. At the same time though, Ken wasn't in any better of a position as Navaeh was not his biggest fan, either.
He pulled himself away from his thoughts as Rera spoke, and he opened his eyes back up to look at her and listen. Listening to her mention Kazuto in such a way made him happy, and it seemed that him being around was having an increasingly positive affect on Rera aswell. He was concerned at first, as she rejected him and wanted nothing to do with him. However, Kazuto had a funny way of making his way into people's lives, as he had made his way into Theo and Ken's circle and things just happened to take off from there.
[b " I'm happy to hear that you guys are getting along. He was adamant about coming with us to see you when we were still in Japan. He had never met another Neko, and was concerned that he was all that was left. His life has been two parts harsh and 1 part enlightening, and it's nice to see him thriving out here. "]
Man, he sounded like an old man already.
"You think so?" She murmured. It wasn't really a question in the way she phrased it, but deep inside, it was a little. Her lips quirked into a smile, not one of her old ones, and not the one that Kazuto got to see last night, but just one of her simple smiles. It had promise to grow into something more, since before Kazuto was around, the only one to make her smile was the twins.
Rera followed Theo into her own and her eyes lit up with amusement as she watched him become comfortable in her home. It was odd to see, since the last time they were in each other's company, they were living at the dorms in the school. Now.. years had passed and they had their own homes but still together. All of them were such a big part of each other's lives. She switched on the kettle in preparation, but continued to listen to him.
"Have they warmed up to you?" She asked, trying to keep her voice light. The absence of the twins from her life made her more sad than she was going to let other's know. She knew what she did could be irreparable and she wasn't going to force the twins to speak to her again. Even as young as they were, she was going to respect their choices. She hadn't even talked about them to Kazuto yet, she didn't know if she could without her voice breaking.
Rera hoped that having their father there, that things would be easier. While Selene did not say so, Rera couldn't help but wonder if she had depression and that was the cause for needing extra help with the twins on top of Neveah and her husband missing. She had never minded, no matter what she said to Selene when she was upset.
The mention of Vincent made her ears perk up and she forgot about making their cups of tea for just a moment. She missed her father-figure terribly, but avoided him, much like everyone else while she was sick and when she wasn't, believed that he was ashamed of her because of what happened all those years ago. The flood and the earthquake mishaps constantly plagued her to the point she was so thankful for the necklace that kept all of that power at bay.
The neko made her way to the couch with their teas, passing Theo's to him when she got there. She sunk into the soft cushions and sighed, hoping she did not look as tired as she felt. After a bad night's sleep, Rera was worried she would end up unwell again, something she would rather avoid at this time.
"I just got better, after 2 weeks of being sick in bed.." She replied, taking a sip of her tea before continuing. "I am glad Kazuto was here, it made things so much easier.. less lonely.. I think I got better much quicker because he was around.." She felt embarrassed admitting that, considering her reaction to him being here in the first place.
[b " Well he seems really comfortable here so I doubt he'll want to leave. "]
Theo couldn't hold back a gentle laugh in response to Rera's answer. As a matter of fact, it was very reassuring that the two were getting to know one another and getting comfortable. As they made their way back into her home, Theo shed his jacket and hung it up, taking a moment to roll his shoulders just as he used to. Ah, old habits; how they die hard.
[b " Yeah, I'm sorry about that. Selene and the kids have been keeping me busy. I've also been checking up on some contacts we made to see if they heard anything, aswell as updating Vincent. Kane is still AWOL, so nobody has any idea where he went. So overall, I have had my hands full. "]
Theo had shifted over to the couch Rera had set up in her living room, and had settled into it easily. It was very comfortable, and so he sprawled out just enough so that Rera would have enough room to sit down if she wanted to. His attention shifted for a short moment, as he wondered just where the hell Kane was and what he was up to. That old vampire had always done things his way, sometimes annoyingly so.
[b " Anyways, what have you been up to? "]
She was somewhat glad that only Theo gave her pats. It would be rather embarrassing if so many people knew how much she liked them. Relaxing further into his arms, she savoured the moment for a little longer.
When she replied, she looked up at him with her dark eyes and a soft, teasing smile on her face. "You have ruined me, Theo.. In only two weeks, I have gone from being okay on my own, to missing someone's company.. How will I fare if he leaves?"
Her tone was light and not at all serious, despite the fact it was playing a little heavily on her mind. What if Kazuto did leave? Nevertheless, she brushed away her worry, but she couldn't lie to Theo if he asked.
"How are you, my dear? I have not had a chance to speak with you since your return.." While it was hidden from most that their return early was not at all disappointing, Rera knew Theo's character and to have come back with Lucian still out there would have been a hard decision. Theo took protecting them so seriously that some negative feelings towards the matter would have lingered. Still, she would not push him for answers, he knew she was there if he wished to talk about it.
At first, he was worried that Rera might be angry at him for any number of things; anything from him being gone to all the pain she had went through. Theo was very relieved that she was not, and was quick to hug her tightly back in return. Even though he was no longer in a position to express his love like he once did, he never forgot how important she was. Everytime they were in trouble, be it Selene or Rera or even the both of them; Theo always fought to save and protect them both. It all played a huge part in why he and Ken decided to give chase to Lucian after they had repelled him the last time.
Five years is a long time to be gone, and it feels even longer if the return is emptyhanded. They wasted so much time searching for clues after the first 2 years, eager to put a stop to Lucian away from everyone else. However, that man had outplayed them and left them to wander through several continents, only to return hom without a victory. However, Theo tried not to let that disappointment show to anyone, and so he hid it in the back of his mind. Now, he was home and had been hard at work reconnecting with everyone; especially with Selene and the children. Children whom hated him for being absent from their lives. That truth in particular was especially hard on him, which bore pain that he buried from everyone. Setting all of those thoughts aside, he gently patted Rera on the head and stroked her hair, his expression soft as it always had been.
[b " How are you, Rera? Been feeling better these days? "]
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