2f; Regular Testing District 5
The scene is set on a large field, stretching as far as the eye could see if one’s vision was not obscured by tall dry grass and the occasional rock formation under a bright blue sky made by Shinsoo. Overlooking the vast field from a distance above was a tower-like building floating in the sky. All across this field, countless regulars from throughout the tower found themselves suddenly scattered about it, each teleported there in a bright ray of light. For a moment, the regulars all looked around as if to inspect their new surroundings, rarely seeing anyone in sight where they immediately stood- but before they could move to explore further, a man’s loud voice filled the area as if over a speaker floating above it.
“Welcome, chosen regulars, to the 2nd Floor of the Inner Tower- Evankhell’s Floor!” the voice said in an excited, upbeat tone like that of an announcer. “Here, you will all be tested to see if you are worthy of climbing the Tower, and those that succeed will be allowed to ascend! I trust that you have all received your pockets and are prepared for what will happen next, so let’s make haste and begin your first test! Allow me to explain: scattered about this field are 500 regulars and 60 ‘Control Points’ marked by a ring of Shinsoo four meters in diameter. If exactly 3 regulars, no more, no less, are standing within a control point once exactly thirty minutes have passed, they will be considered to have passed this test and will be eligible to continue. Simple enough, right? You may begin!”
A moment of silence passed amongst many of the regulars, the words of the test administrator still sinking in, before a bloodcurdling scream reverberated through the air and the situation became clear. Their journeys up the tower had begun and just about every one of them was prepared to risk everything to go up.
The sounds of footsteps, war cries, and howls of pain quickly grew more frequent throughout the entire field as a short, orange furred, anthropomorphic marsupial laid down calmly, humming with his arms crossed behind his head in rest amidst the chaos. Then, he suddenly smiled to reveal a toothy grin before pulling out his arms and pushing off the ground with them to instantly leap to his feet. Taking in a deep breath as he stretched his muscles, Stride Klabastern glanced around before exhaling excitedly. “This should be fun…” he said eagerly, cracking his knuckles as he disappeared into the tall grass.