It's a mad worl (IC)
A long wooden boat floats on a stream of inky black water...you look around confused, the fog surrounding you doesn't really help your situation, you look to the other people on the boat but they all seem as flabbergasted as you, a funny looking man with a hood stands at the front of the boat, pushing it along with a stick, the fog clears and you see your supposed destination, A town, all the buildings look old and it's somewhat dark but it has...a home like feel to it, the man turns to see you all looking and he jumps a bit, he clears his throat and faces you all, it looks like he has some bad news...
"Hi...yes well you are probably all wondering why you are here...or where here is. This town is a place where odd creatures and supernaturals gather, it also just so happens to be where all the souls of humans who have died pass through to reach their destination, wherever that may be, Oh yes, I am the warden, I bring people from the living world to here, sorry about that by the way, sometimes a few living get through...happens more than I would like, NOW I suggest you either get yourself killed in a nice friendly way or you set up shop here, you wont be leaving for a while...oh and remember...it's a mad world..."
the boat docks and you are told to get off, a free dagger is issued to those without weapons, he refuses to answer question, he seems to be quite nervous, he keeps looking around as if to make sure no one can see him, after you are all off he kicks off with the boat back into the inky black, he waves and loudly "whispers" to you all, "act normal and be very careful!" he disappears into the mist, leaving you there not knowing exactly what to do, all of a sudden the street lights begin to turn on, a new day has started in the town, all the creatures and souls here are beginning to stir, to start another day of cat and mouse, good luck~
Dante grasped the handle of his greatsword as he looked around. This place made him nervous but he wasn't sure why. It was the way the person in the boat had talked to them... Asked them to act normal. He has been dead long enough that he doesn't even know what normal is anymore. With each day he remains a lost spirit it seems that the world grows farther away from him, but his leg is still chained to the ground. Well, apparently he was away from the world of the living... He didn't believe it. He shook his head slightly as he looked at the other people. They all seemed so confused and worried. What's so bad about starting a new life? He's already gona and lost everything by dying...
I step from the boat and look around the area. I keep a calm demeanor and a poker-face, inside I am excited. I had heard of this place, I knew it was a paradise for most demons. Especially those of lust, hundreds of new spirits and demons a day, a large amount of which virgins. I turn and examine the others, admiring how attractive they are. A permanent look of lust is hidden in my eyes.
Thanatos the Hunter
Thanatos was rather silent as he leaned against the wall of the old building, the building was once in fact a store back in the day. But as it always goes the store closed down an became a part of the slums of this lovely little town. The slums were more or less not what human souls would know of in the mortal plane. Slums in this town were a lot worse full of creatures and demons of the dark that would kill you just because you were there. Most of the smarter souls avoided this place, and perhaps that was a better choice, because only ones who were never human come to this place, either to hide if they are strong enough to survive, or to wait for unsuspecting prey to enter their territory. Thanatos had no real fear of this place, in fact he owned the slums of this town, he was by far one of the most feared entities in this place. Feared because no one truly knew what or who he was, when he came here over a millennium ago he was like the rest, just another entity damned this place. But what they did not know is back then an even now, Thanatos came to place of his own free will not because he had to because he wanted to. From the realm of the mortals Thanatos descended to this snake pit and made it his new dwelling and his only real care was to eliminate the wondering souls of the humans. That was why at his feet lay one such lost soul, unconscious but was slowly coming to. The boy at his feet was no older then sixteen at best, he had died over fifty years ago an was brought to this plane by the Reaper. The boy however instead of moving to where he belonged he stayed in this place, he defied the natural order, and this is what brought him to Thanatos. Looking over him now Thanatos felt no pity for the boy, he never felt pity for them or anything for that matter, that's what a hunter was, a ruthless sentient, even though the few other hunters here were sentimental to these souls.
There emotion was their true weakness, an their weakness is what allowed this such boy to linger here for as long as he has. Thanatos knew the boy would not willingly leave like most souls who remained here. This is why Thanatos was the most revered of all Hunters because he was not afraid to do what had to be done. Looking down at the boy his eye's had opened now, like clock work he jumped to his feet, the fear was in his eye's he looked frantically as he knew not how he got here or why he was here. The boy was frantic as he turned every direction as he lay eye's finally upon Thanatos his fear was now at its highest peak. Thanatos as his best was a 6,6" man, muscle brimming and his outfit was that of an assassin black as the night, his face covered, his demeanor frightening. The boy in front of him his name was Gregory or Greg as most called him, whom of was now backing away slowly. Thanatos uncrossed his arms as he stood to his full height his gaze behind the mask, his glowing red eye's focused on Greg. Greg was beside himself ready to run, that is when Thanatos spoke, his voice was accented heavily, an his very words chilled the air, his voice was deep an dark.
"By all means boy run, run as fast as you can, but your not going to, because you know this place. You know what lurks here in these walls and these buildings. You might get perhaps with luck, twenty feet away from me before they grabbed you an tortured you, then finally kill you. But if you think you can make it I won't stop you, either way my job is complete. Your other choice is you don't run and remain here with me and accept your fate, I can guarantee what I will do will not be as painful as what those demons will do.
Thanatos became silently but kept his watch on Greg, the boy was between a rock and pit of spikes ready to be impaled on. Tears were streaming down the boys face now, probably wondering what he did to deserve this, crying inside for his mommy and daddy wishing they were here to protect him from this evil man in front of him. But reality is a cold bitter wind that freezes you soul in this realm an that was no the boys dieing fate, to face reality for what it was. The boy id not run but remained in his spot about seven feet away. It was silent for a time but Greg finally spoke up, shakily but directly.
"Wh..why are you doing this. I have not don.. do.. done anything wrong."
Thanatos uncrossed his arms once again as he walked forward, the boy instinctively back away but not far. Thanatos reached his hand up slowly and removed the black mask from his face as his glowing red eye's were now visible. He spoke directly to the young man and very cynically.
"Your not the first to say such a thing as you will not be the last. It is.. not required for me to explain anything to you boy, but seeming today is of a special importance to me I will indulge this question and make you understand why your here now."
Thanatos slowly circled the boy as he spoke, the boy kept his eye's on him as his feet made no noise at all on the cold dark dirt filled ground, just the wind whipping his black cape made any indication he was there.
"You see boy long ago, the earth realm or the mortal as we call it here was created. Now back in that time there was a.. dispute you could say about giving you human free will. An not to have your lives already layed out for you, an no freedom to become what you wish. Through bad or worse you were granted free will. Now there are four planes Mortal, Heaven, Hell, and the Cross Roads. The Cross Road plane was created not only as a sanctuary to supernatural beings but as a.. give or take a passage to either Heaven or Hell for souls that pass from the Mortal plane. Back long ago you.. souls accepted your fate when you died an went to where you needed to go. But as time.. passed on you became resilient to death, you refused to accept you were dead, an in doing so instead of leaving this Realm an going to where your fate resides, you fight to stay here. This place was not created for human souls to linger forever, this place was create for beings like me a place away from your... mortal world. Naturally a plan was formulated to combat this oncoming of lingering souls, beings like me we are called Hunters. Our soul purpose is to dispatch the lingering souls to where they belong if it be Heaven or Hell. Your fate is sealed boy with me, your have lingered hear against the natural order, and now you must leave an go where you belong."
The boy stood there for a time not really speaking or moving, he didn't know what to say, most didn't when face with the reality. There were few who fought but they fell because the human soul has no power in this place. The boy looked at Thanatos with hateful eyes, which now Thanatos knew he would not leave willingly he was an angry soul and they did not listen to reason.
"What if I don't wanna leave, what I wanna stay, I have lived here this long what is to say your not bluffing and your not just... just... some.. bully he wants to scare me. People like you made my life hell when I was alive, and now even in death I am still tortured. Just... just... GO AWAY! If you don't I will hurt you, your a LIER!"
Thanatos showed no form of emotion as his eye's glowed brighter, replacing the mask on his face he put his hand on his sword which was deemed Life and removed it from its sheath. The boy was not going to go quietly it would seem, it was time to end this charade and send him on his way.
The boy raised his hands to fight as Thanatos walked forward, it was time to end this stupidity. Without so much as hesitation from the boy, out of he anger he lunged at Thanatos his intentions now turned to lunacy. With a stiff direct punch the boy punched, Thanatos with not even an ounce of fear let the shot hit him straight in the stomach. The boy quickly retracted his hand screaming as there was now blood covering his knuckles. Try to back away the boy fell an hit the ground and quickly backed away. The attack was sudden but a hand reached from the darkness gripping the boys head. Screaming the boy was in panic, Thanatos now moved with speed as he lunged forward and drove the blade right into a demons chest. It screamed in anger as Thanatos put his hand out and flung it away with a swish of wrist dark chakra flinging it away with force.
"The boy is mine back off!"
Thanatos seemed to his at the demon as it quickly fled into the darkness. Looking down at the boy Thanatos spoke in another language.
"به فرمان پروردگار از مرگ من بدین وسیله این روح طولانی از این عرصه قدردانی و به عرصه بود که مدتها پیش به این روح بخت." ("By command of the Lord of Death I hereby commend this lingering soul from this realm and to the realm which was long ago fated to this soul".
Thanatos swing the blade directly into the boys chest, his eye's widened as a light of purple emanated from the wound. As he lay down slowly his eye's glazed over, and his body disappeared slowly until it was gone completely. As the ground now lay bare a small indentation of where the boy had layed, Thanatos retracted his blade and replaced it in its sheath. Behind his mask his eyes no longer glowed red, but were subtle yellow and green. Swishing his cloak Thanatos made a small hand gesture as the spot glowed bright gold for a mere second an then it was gone. His job done Thanatos turned and walked away silently, disappearing into the subtle darkness of The Cross Roads.
Ike was sitting atop a building, he had been watching Thanatos do his work, "to rough..." he said to himself, he sighed and jumped from his perch, he hit the ground almost silently and looked up through the shadow, the only part visible of him was his eyes and white hair, both gleaming in the moonlight, as there was no sun here... he stood up to his full height and stuck his hands in his pocket, "you could have been a bit more considerate to him you know!" he yelled out to the more experienced hunter, he often did things like this, talking up to people stronger or higher ranked than him, he was still considered a novice hunter after all...
The sound of many footsteps echoed around on of the streets as a mob of angry supernaturals chased a girl who ran ahead, her features covered b a tattered old cloak, her odd wings barley visible under it as they folded tight against her back, The girl known as Rachel held stolen Items in her arms as she ran though it was mainly only food and other things she needed to live in this hellish place that she she couldn't escape.
She looked over her shoulder at one point to see the angry people gaining on her, looking ahead again to try and pick up her pace without exposing who or what she was, no doubt people would just hate her like the Angels and Demons do. Rachel blindly ran around a corner and ran down a street that entered the slums of the city and was about to make her escape until she crashed right into someone, dropping some of her stolen goods and almost falling back though managed to catch her self as she growled, keeping her head down and faced covered her eyes flicking to another man who had spoken to the one that she crashed into
"Damn people, don't know how to get out of the way, move it before I make you" She quickly gathered the dropped items and looked behind her quickly to see the mob still hot on her tail as she prepared to set off again
Thanatos the Hunter
"you could have been a bit more considerate to him you know!"
Thanatos stopped walking as a voice came out from behind him, not really to far from his current location. He knew the voice of course, Thanatos knew all who resided in Cross Road, at least that they existed anyways. But this one in particular was like a thorn in his side in a general sense. Ike was what could be considered one of the new Hunters. A young guy eighteen or so it appears anyways, he had an overwhelming capacity to be... sentimental to the lingering souls here. More then once Ike had let his emotions cloud his judgement and he allowed a soul to stay, which is reality Thanatos himself dispatched because of it. Thanatos was well versed with Ike, in fact they had more then several conversations over the past year about their methods of Hunting. It always came down to the same conclusion every time, Ike considered Thanatos to be an emotionless brute who was way to rough, and Thanatos consider Ike to be an over emotional, weak, pansy who should have never became a Hunter. But Thanatos could just walk away, but for one reason or another he did not, in fact he turned silently and walked up to Ike towering above the young man. He glared at him for a couple minutes not moving, not breathing, just glaring from behind the mask. It was Thanatos who broke the resounding silence.
"I don't know how many times we have had this conversation Ike. Your disrespect for your elder Hunters, your sentimental journey you go when your hunting a lingering soul. Let me ask you something Ike, what would you have done? Would you have sat here with him, arm around his shoulder, would you give him something to eat, or to drink? Would you sit here and hold him while he cried for mom and his dad? An then would you eventually side with him and allow to stay? It seems to me that if I am to rough, then that means your the exact opposite an your not rough enough. Our job is simple, it is to dispatch lingering souls, not offer them asylum with in our home, somewhere in the middle you lost you way. Your going to learn that every... single... soul... you allow to stay... meets their fate by my hand. I believe you knew the boy, otherwise we wouldn't be having this conversation or at least I should hope we wouldn't be. When it comes down to it, all I do is clean up your messes, because your to WEAK to o what your here for. So tell me Ike, why should I give a damn about anything you have to say about me?"
Thanatos ha gone silent, but before Ike could even respond Thanatos heard many foot steps and angry voices yelling. Looking up a young look girl turned the corner and crashed into Ike. Dropping her items she quickly scurried to collect them and spoke rather harshly.
"Damn people, don't know how to get out of the way, move it before I make you!"
Thanatos neither moved from his position or cared that he had been threatened. Thanatos's large bulk of a body blocked her only escape as the mob that seemed to be chasing her caught up. They all stopped dead as they looked up the face of Thanatos the girl now in front of him. They all looke at Thanatos but ared not move any closer to him. There was an uneasy tension until Thanatos spoke to the mob of people.
"Does there seem to be a problem..."
Thanatos was direct and cold and he awaited an answer from either one of the mob or the girl who ran into Ike.
Ike patted the girl on her shoulder, "sorry my big..friend...here seems to be blocking your way" he turned to the mob as well and the looked at Thanatos, "seems we will have to continue our conversation later..." he clapped his hands together and took a step towards the mob of people, "so...why is it that you are chasing this girl?" he asked grinning, his head tilted to the side
"That Thief steals from us!" One man called out from the crowd "We are going to put a stop to it" Another called out yet no one in the mob moved or wanted to get near the Hunter.
Rachel just scoffed at the mob, looking to the man who patted her shoulder before she went moved around the man she crashed into and continued to walk, her odd wings still just visible under her tattered cloak, a pure white feather falling out from one side and lightly hitting the ground
"It's none of your damn business, but as long as you are there would you kindly keep those morons at bay so I can make my escape" She glanced over her shoulder, purple eyes glaring out from under the shadow of the hood before she turned her gaze forward again.
"The thief is getting away" the first guy shouted and the mob went to make their move not wanting Rachel to escape but they were far to frightened by the Hunters who stood in their way to move forward "Let us kill the abomination"
Ike looked back, "don't be rude!...he's not an abomination...I think" he backed away until he was side by side with Thanatos, "so...are you going to kill them? If you plan on doing so I will probably get in your way" he didn't like to lie, that's actually a lie, but he was honest quite a bit,