[Attempt two: getting creative with “edgy” descriptions because Phil doesn't like repeated mentions of liven't]

[Attempt three: further editing. Prayed to toaster gods for guidance and received nothing in return. This shall hopefully be my last attempt]

 


At first, it didn't seem like much. A small increase, nothing much. But then there was a pattern. Multiple people, in multiple sects. With each one, there were reports of a mysterious masked figure seen shortly before or after a body was discovered. There were sightings of different masks, but they were never seen together. Rumors abounded that they were agents of the underworld, simply there to collect when a mortal's time was up. Still others argued that they were demons who fed off of the sorrow and panic generated from the publicity. Rumors or not, the consensus was clear: the Masked Ones, as they had been dubbed, were responsible. 

So far, there were only three that were known. When the Jackal mask was spotted, the victim most often had stab wounds. There was never any evidence of a struggle. The Eagle mask caused mass panic in the medieval sect with unidentifiable poisons that made it seem as if the victims had simply dropped for no apparent reason. The mask of the Hyena was not seen as often as the other two, but scenes tied to his appearance were often the most gruesome, with the mortal rarely in one piece and usually with a crushed skull. Reports of maniacal laughter being heard nearby was enough to drive most people away. 

 


One of the stranger things to come from the Masked Ones' sudden appearance was the intense interest Orphos had invested into them. He was doggedly following their trail, making an appearance at every crime scene, though what he did while he was there was anyone's guess. That was where he was now. The deity had visited a bustling medieval kingdom that suddenly had many grisly discoveries in the previous weeks. The dealer god was standing near the scene of the most recent one. It appeared to be the work of the Jackal; sightings had been reported, and the victim had several stab wounds and was dumped in the alley of a nearby tavern. The body had just been taken away by imperial guards. 

Orphos stood at the entrance of the alley. He leaned heavily against a wall as he stared into the darkness with a deep frown, lost in thought. The god had something cupped in his hands. Upon closer inspection, one could see that it was a glowing ball of orange light: a mortal's soul. He rolled it from hand to hand, toying with it in a distracted manner as if it was a rubber ball instead of the very essence of a human being. 

The more observation-inclined would notice that the cuffs of his navy blue coat were stained with blood. He didn't notice your presence, or if he did, he was wholly ignoring you. 

 


Approach?

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Aria fell out of the ceiling, suspicious. “Hey, Orphos. You noticed the crime spike?”

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oceans rise, empires fall

we have seen each other through it all

 

for even if i‘m far away i hold you in my heart

 

no matter where you go

you’ll never be alone

 

toffee’s still a walnut

 

I'm going down with this ship

"Hey, edgy dude, you might wanna be careful with that thing." Francium approached Orphos warily, eyeing his coat stains. "It's not just a toy, just so you know."

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”What are you doing?” Silverskies sharply asked, brows raised and hands on her hips.

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Hey Orphos, Galaxian greeted out of nowhere telepathically, as he was still invisible. What're you doing? Care to explain the blood on your sleeve? He wasn't going to reveal himself just yet. He didn't have a good feeling about this--tying the soul to the supposed murderors for his mind meant a trade having happened, but whom that soul belonged to was his guess and his guess only.

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Orphos tossed the soul into the air and caught it with his other hand. He then pretended to pitch it like a baseball. When no one else seemed amused, he huffed and closed his hand, causing the soul to disappear. "Surely you've all noticed it, too. The Masked Ones are showing up more and more these days." He replied, casually rolling up the cuffs of his sleeves as he spoke. "It's concerning to say the least. As far as I can tell, the Masked Ones have no magic, are completely mortal and have no ties with any other diety. The fact that they can move between the sects with relative ease makes me think something fishy is happening. I just don't know what."

The god was lying through his teeth about almost every aspect, but then again that's not exactly an unexpected thing. 

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How do you know so much about them? Have you studied them so much, or do you have some special ties to them? Galaxian asked in that annoying way of his, noting the rolling-up-the-sleeves action that didn't lessen his suspicion at all. Also, you said..."any other deity"? You are affilicated with them, as in any other deity but you? 

 

Galaxian wasn't very amused by the tossing of the soul thing at all. At least it was gone, now.

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Aria raised an eyebrow suspiciously. “All right, and whose soul is that? Please don’t tell me you’re trying to resurrect one your dead girlfriend, because we already did that.”

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oceans rise, empires fall

we have seen each other through it all

 

for even if i‘m far away i hold you in my heart

 

no matter where you go

you’ll never be alone

 

toffee’s still a walnut

 

I'm going down with this ship

"And thaaaat sounded really suspicious." She rolled her eyes. "Serial killers that can move between Sects easily is no small problem. And especially if we don't know if they're human or not." Fran accentuated her last sentence and glared at Orphos. 

"Are there any patterns in who they kill, aside from the style?"

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"I misspoke, Random Voice In My Head." He said aloud. "I'm not affiliated with the Masked Ones, and frankly, I'm offended that you would even think that. I'm just interested in what a trio of people in masks is doing running around Forengard. You can't blame me for being curious, it all really is quite strange. Especially with the souls involved, or lack thereof. Every scene I've arrived at, the soul of the deceased has been missing. I think they're taking them, but I don't know why."
Orphos scowled at Aria's remark, giving her a dark look. "I'm not ressurecting anyone." He snapped his fingers and the soul appeared again, resting in the palm of his hand. "This is the first one they've left. It came from this scene." He nodded to the alley. "They could have left it behind for any number of reasons. My guess is that they got interuppted."

This time he kept the soul, tossing it from hand to hand as he talked. "So far, they aren't targeting the very young or very old. For the most part, it's middle-aged mortals or those with promising careers. Ones who have their whole lives ahead of them—" He paused for second, and the soul winked out once again. "Ah. Anyways. They have a lot of potential, which makes this all the more problematic. If the Masked Ones kill all the movers and shakers that make things interesting, if only for a few moments, then how am I going to be entertained?"

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Aria pressed on. “So, they can steal souls? Can mortals do that?”

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we have seen each other through it all

 

for even if i‘m far away i hold you in my heart

 

no matter where you go

you’ll never be alone

 

toffee’s still a walnut

 

I'm going down with this ship

Orphos tossed up his hands in a vague gesture. “I don’t know for sure. I just know that by the time I get there, the souls are gone. I don’t see a pattern to the killings besides the soul taking. Except they broke it this time.”

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"Hey Edgelord?" Drago called, flapping hard to reach the group. There was really no big hurry - she was just losing her head. "You know what's up with the sudden crime spikes?" She hoisted up a lifeless body, most likely a mortal, in her arms, grunting as she tried to balance its weight. "This was on my doorstep this morning. With another." She suddenly smiled, slyly showing the others a picture of the two she had taken on her phone.

 

"I shipped them."

 

Clearly, the panic was starting to make her brain a bit . . . off.

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Galaxian was naturally doubtful, but he said nothing, carefully weighing Orphos's words.

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Aria skeptically raised her eyebrow again. wow her eyebrows are getting a workout today. ”Does anyone have any idea where they might appear next? We might be able to find a pattern. Or, Orphos could try and interrogate that soul if he feels like murdering a bunch of deer again.”

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oceans rise, empires fall

we have seen each other through it all

 

for even if i‘m far away i hold you in my heart

 

no matter where you go

you’ll never be alone

 

toffee’s still a walnut

 

I'm going down with this ship

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“This soul is much easier to access, I’d only need a few more to get a connection. Would you like to donate?” He sneered at Aria. 

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What some call sands of time, I call the ashes of age.

Afterall, that’s what’ll be left behind in the end, ashes.

”Orphos, I’m a cat. You know full well I don’t have a soul. De-stress your mess or else I teach Bliss how to play the recorder.” Aria looked like she was going to make good on that thread.

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oceans rise, empires fall

we have seen each other through it all

 

for even if i‘m far away i hold you in my heart

 

no matter where you go

you’ll never be alone

 

toffee’s still a walnut

 

I'm going down with this ship

Galaxian was not saying anything in the background, but he tried to balance out the hostility in the place.

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Orphos recoiled at the mortal Drago was carrying. He’d seen enough of them tracking the Masked Ones, but it was a little more disconcerting when someone was carrying a dead body around like a designer bag. “You’re getting them too?” He asked, unable to hide his surprise. “I... had some of them dumped in my domain. So they know where I live.”

 

He looked back at Aria. “If you give Bliss a recorder I swear I will dump ice water on you whenever you fall out of a ceiling.”

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Cucumber had thrown something into a dumpster when it stumbled across the group. It quickly ate the soul of the person Drago had found and hid a bloodied knife. “Waht’s going on? Other than people stealing my targets?” It seemed quite annoyed at the fact the “Masked Ones” were out there taking its targets.

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What some call sands of time, I call the ashes of age.

Afterall, that’s what’ll be left behind in the end, ashes.

Falcon, (who had totally been there the whole time) glared at Drago. "Hey show some respect for the dead, some of us were mortals once!" She said at the sight of the body Drago was holding

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Call me Burner

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Demigod

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 Spartan brother with Alphawolf 

God of war, darkness and night 

Nartarus appeared with Eractus by his. “Hey someone nearly scared the living daylights out of Adrestia with a dead mortal body. Care to explain?”

”Does this have anything to do with the string of deaths because I’m the one that has to escort those souls.” Eractus added. 

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Demigod

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God of war, darkness and night 

Cassie descended from the sky, hanging by her hair, next to Drago. "I think Drago's been a little shook by the dead guys." she said. She raised an eyebrow towards her cousin. "Seriously? I like shipping, but that's weird."

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WE are not Forumers.

WE are the Forums.

And we all have the power of Wings of Fire.

 

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"But I'd have no problems donating other souls. I can get as many as you like." Fran shrugged and looked at Orphos.

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Let the star's light

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After all,

This world's never

truly dark.

 

+*~Believe~*+

Orphos turned to Fran. “I’d only need one or two. I just have to establish a communication, not reanimate a body.” 

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”So you need a soul is what you’re saying?” Eractus said. 

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God of war, darkness and night 

Cucumber pulls out two souls from within its shadow body. “Take them, or leave them. Just as long as those so called ‘Masked Ones’ get the slammer, so they’ll stop taking my targets.”

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What some call sands of time, I call the ashes of age.

Afterall, that’s what’ll be left behind in the end, ashes.

Galaxian was watching the soul exchange from where he was with trepidation. As much as he wanted to, however, he didn't interject. Best steal the souls from Orphos later than now.

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A dagger emerged from the back of Cucumber, and shot towards Galaxian.

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What some call sands of time, I call the ashes of age.

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Galaxian didn't move and watched as the dagger missed just before touching him, and sank into the wall behind him.

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The dagger disappeared from the wall and was faintly, ever so faintly, visible I Never Cucumber.

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Afterall, that’s what’ll be left behind in the end, ashes.

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What some call sands of time, I call the ashes of age.

Afterall, that’s what’ll be left behind in the end, ashes.

Element got worried as he was still trying to find Fire and not have him killed or stolen

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"Two it will be then, also I'd get some work done..." She nodded and muttered to herself. But when Cucumber took out the sould, Francium got visibly annoyed.

"Hey, you're taking all the fun out of this!" She quickly turned to Orphos. "Wouldn't you rather a pair of fresh souls?"

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Cucumber put the souls back and disapppeared into a random shadow. It came back a few moments later with fresh souls. “These fresh enough for you?”

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What some call sands of time, I call the ashes of age.

Afterall, that’s what’ll be left behind in the end, ashes.

Orphos shrugged. Inside, he was enjoying the argument. “I just need two, that’s it. Don’t care where they come from.”

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Aria pulled some popcorn out of the Ceiling Dimension, eating a handful and then tossing some at Orphos. “I feel like you know something about this that we don’t, but I have no way of finding out what.”

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oceans rise, empires fall

we have seen each other through it all

 

for even if i‘m far away i hold you in my heart

 

no matter where you go

you’ll never be alone

 

toffee’s still a walnut

 

I'm going down with this ship

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