Attack On Titan IC
One hundred years prior to the beginning of the story, giant humanoid creatures called Titans (巨人 Kyojin?) have forced humanity to retreat into a system of concentric Walls (ウォール Wōru?) known as Wall Maria (ウォール・マリア Wōru Maria?, outermost), Wall Rosé (ウォール・ローゼ Wōru Rōze?, middle), and Wall Sina (ウォール・シーナ Wōru Shīna?, innermost). Inside these walls, humanity lived in peace for one hundred years, but in the beginning of the story, a sudden attack by a gigantic sixty-meter Titan and a smaller Titan covered in armor plates causes the outermost wall to be breached, forcing mankind to abandon the land between Wall Maria and Wall Rosé, which leads to famine and turmoil.
Little is known about the Titans, giant creatures that are usually between 3-15 meters tall with a few exceptions. The Titans instinctively attack and devour ordinary humans on sight. However, they apparently do not need to feed to survive, as they do not prey on other animals, even with the long absence of humans, and can survive by absorbing sunlight. They have hard skin and regenerative abilities, and can only be killed by a deep incision on the base of the neck. This weakness led to the development of the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment (立体機動装置 Rittai Kidō Sōchi?), allowing humans to navigate quickly in a three-dimensional space to access the Titans' weak point. Although it allows great mobility to a skilled user, it carries a large risk of overtaxing the muscles, requiring special physical conditioning and a sense of balance to master it.
Throughout those hundred years, generations of humans moved and passed, allowing the next installment of children to take over the new precautions of mankind. The walls were completed and mankind was deemed protected within this safe haven. Even though it would seem the walls would hold any Titan intruder, the fact was, that was never granted by anybody. With that said, a workforce of construction workers throughout the three walls were created, their main priority, enforcing the structure of the wall so that it becomes impenetrable by any Titan. Though it was deemed impossible, security measures must be taken to prevent the unlikely. Haines, eighteen year old male, son of Bridgette Techeira, was part of this construction crew. In order to make a little money and support his household, he had to do a dangerous job that would bring in the most dough. Being a construction worker meant hanging two titan sizes off the ground, meaning about thirty plus feet. A lot of workers fell during this time period, the harnesses weren’t the sturdiest even though the creation of the vertical maneuvering equipment had already been issued. That equipment was for government use only, meaning, soldiers of fortune that fought against these giant humanoid being day in and day out. It always seemed like these soldiers, regardless how well they were equipped, always lost their lives in battle. Titans were sometimes seen as immortal, frightening humanity to their pits beneath the ground. Those pits weren’t a metaphor; they are truly running underneath the three walls for possible refugee when necessary, but the strength of the Titans sometimes overpowered those pits. Now back to reality, reinforcing an entire wall of about unimaginable size was hard work, hard work that took years to accomplish. Through those years, just imagine how many people died not only building the wall, but having Titans at their feet during that time. When the wall was finally complete, it became one of humanities first triumph victory. This risk was taken by Haines every hour of every day. He worked long hours without breaks to eat or to rest. Resting would cause one to be fired immediately; there is always someone to replace you if you didn’t give it all you had. It was about five thirty in the afternoon as people of my generation would say; Haines was hanging from a thin, yet sturdy, rope. He placed the flat trowel on the wall, building a circumference of cement around the area he was working on. “Haines! Get your ass down her boy!” the boss yelled. The teenager let go of his wrote and quickly made his way down, pushing himself off the wall with every jump. As his feet finally reached the dirt beneath him, he untied the rope from his waist, allowing it to dangle from the top of the wall. “Yes sir?” Haines asked, not sure why the boss had called him down. “You were late this morning you know?” For a second, Haines wasn’t sure what the man was talking about, but suddenly remembered the entire situation. “It….I was helping my mother get to a doctor, she’s been sick for wee…” he was interrupted by an annoyed deep voice. “No excuses! You know this job is serious business. Go home! You’re dismissed for the day. I’ll let you know when I need you again” the manager said, walking away. Haines stood there for a couple seconds processing what had just occurred before him. His eyes squinted from the anger that started building in his chest. With that, he walked home, looking at nothing but the ground, cursing everything around him. “F*ck this place, I hate it. Why the hell is money always the most important thing” he murmured to himself, kicking a small stone, causing it to fly through someone’s window. “Oh crap!” Haines said as he took off quickly before anyone noticed him. Once he made it home, he made sure to knock before entering in order to not startle his sick mother. “Mother, I’m home” Haines’ voice echoed. The house was nearly empty. They weren’t wealthy at all; only things they owned were necessities, necessities to survive. Haines took the luxury of walking to his mom’s room to see if she was sleeping, due to there being no response. As he entered the room, there wasn’t anyone there. The bed was made, sheets completely straightened, but there was a note. “Dear Haines, I’m going to visit the doctors today. I may just stay there for the night, I’m not sure I can make two trips. Your mother’s getting old. (Signed) Mother.” After reading that, Haines threw away the letter and huffed angrily. “Stupid woman” he facepalmed as his veins popped a little, “How are we gonna pay those bills, I pretty much just lost my job!” He stood motionless for a while in attempt to loosen the aggravation of his thoughts, then left his mother’s room and took charge out the front door, locking up behind him. His hands were trapped in his pockets as he shoulders came forth to look as if he were hunchbacked. Haines was going to go to the doctors to make sure his mother had actually made it. She was a weak old woman now and she always needed assistance. It was strange that she took actual priority of doing something as risky as walking alone a few miles across town. It wasn’t like her; she would never put her life in jeopardy. “This isn’t my lucky day” he laughed. “It never is."
The Door that lead out of wall Maria opened slowly.. Sokolov Hayato, was riding in with the ohter squad leaders. His expression hardenand focused forward, on his way other than around him. He was trailed by carriers of dead survey corps members, he said nothing towards that. People started to gather the streets as the mumur and talk with awe and shock. He finally glanced around at the peoples faces, he had seen this before. He felt some more weight hit his back of flashbacks of how those corps members died. He looked forward, and kept with the pace of the others. He adjusted his eye-patch with concern of it falling off, but said nothing about it. He felt some guilt lift off as they reach the base, leaving the rest behind to deal with their personal problems. He came up to the compound and towards the stable and hopped off his hoarse 'Helena'. He looked around as members stared at him with great deal of concern. "I could do nothing to prevent their deaths.. They'll not die in vain.." with his cold-hearted voice reassuring those egared eyes. He walked back down to the town and went to his home that was small but fairly decent. He stepped inside and took off his 3D Manuever gear and set on the floor. He sat down in a chair and looked down thinking deeply about what happen to him outside those walls.
Running. She had been running for quite a while now. She was... somewhere. Definitely far from home, and hopefully her pursuers. She was tired, most definitely, having only survived on the goodwill of those she came across and whatever the auburn-haired girl was able to scrounge. Needless to say, the past few days - or was it even weeks? She couldn't even keep track anymore - had been a far cry from her life back in nice, cozy Wall Sina. She was a bit homesick, but she couldn't afford second thoughts about running from home to avoid an arranged marriage at the moment. A quick glance behind her revealed that she was currently in the clear. She wasn't in a city or town or anything, though it seemed she was approaching one of the large Walls that kept the Titans out and the Humans in. She doubted it could be called a fair trade, given that the Titans just... Well they just walked around and that was all they seemed to do. In fact, she'd bet that they'd be fine with just being caged up in here, with the humans on the outside.
But enough of that, she was so close to the entrance of the town. Composing herself, she had managed to slip past the Stationary Guards standing about... Which was actually surprisingly easy, given that they didn't really seem to give a damn about their jobs here. Though it wasn't like it was a change from the Military Police back in Sina. Plus it was convenient for her, anyway.
And now here she was! Some random city she didn't even know the name or Wall of! She went up to one of the locals and posed the question. It seemed that she was in Wall Maria!
"I'm pretty far..." She mumbled as she just walked around aimlessly, being the furthest she could be from home.
By the time the squad had returned to base, everyone was willing to collapse into a pile on the floor. Despite all of their efforts on the day's expedition they had lost more lives than could be counted on two hands, and it was getting harder and harder for them to pick themselves up after each unsuccessful expedition. Their job was to expand, gradually, their hold on the lands beyond the wall, but they were always losing men, and not only were their forces and supplies dwindling, but it was draining the squad's morale. The team's solitary medic, Clementine, had arrived on a cart with some of the deceased, and some of the injured. It was a generous portion of her job, packing and filing away the bodies for service, alongside tending to the many wounds that her comrades sustained on a daily basis. She watched as they filed in, defeated, as she was drawn along behind them in the cart.
They settled in uncomfortably and she disappeared for some time, required to sort out the names of the bodies and their stations - whether they had been recent recruits straight out of the academy, or veterans like her and a small portion of the others. It took almost an hour, sorting them out, and by the time she had finished what was needed, there still seemed to be more to do. A grey cloud hung about the room when she returned at last, and some of the corpsman had found themselves something to eat. Many, however, had not. Grabbing a tray from one of the food stations, Clem filled several mugs to the brim with warm beverages, and started her rounds, distributing the mugs to those not already clasping them. Spotting her leader, she made her way over to his solemn form, and touched him lightly on the shoulder, moving to then grab one of the last few mugs off of the tray.
"Soko," she said softly, pressing the warm cup into his hand. "It's tea."
He looked up at her, then looked away. He sighed, "What am i suppose to do.. I lt countless die because of my foolish behavior." he laid back and stare at the ceiling. "How many more will die until we can figure out how to defeat those..creatures.." he said as he stood up.
Haines rushed down the street, his muscles tended tightly as a crawling simultaneous worry ran his back. His mother could have been mugged, harmed, injured, who knew? Haines imagined the worst case scenario, therefore nothing was gonna stop him from getting to the town doctor, or he believed. As he turned down a small alleyway and ended up in central, he nearly ran into some girl who seemed dazzled by her surroundings. Her eyes were blank and her posture nervous. In order to have dodged her, Haines ran himself into another person filling those certain streets. "What the hell Haines?! Watch where you're going!" The man exclaimed furiously. "Sorry Mister Dumbar, it was an accident" he laughed, getting himself off the ground, beating away all the discomfort of dirt surrounding his appeal. After regaining his balance he turned to the girl in a hurry. "You're okay right? Good, well, I gotta go, sooo....welcome to our town" he saluted, them hurrying down the stret again, racing his feet as his body took lead. He enough like an athlete without the speed. He was decently fast, but no speedster. His strength made up for that though. Haines was now two miles from the doctors house. Too bad cars weren't invented yet, nonetheless even brought to imagination.
"Huh?" the obviously 'foreign' girl looked around for the source of a loud commotion, only to nearly get trampled by a burly fellow who had somehow dodged out of the way and ended up hitting an entirely different person, some 'Mr. Dunbar'. Thinking that that was the end of all the commotion, the girl went to leave before she was directly addressed by the large, rushed person who was saying something about having to go somewhere, as well as giving her a greeting to their city.
"Well at least the people around here are nice," she mumbled as she watched the boy break off into a fast run to some other direction.
Clem pulled up a seat beside Sokolov, letting the almost empty tray rest on a table nearby. Steam wafted up from each of the mugs, evaporating into the air as they exhaled their heat, and she watched the whiteish trails swirl up and disappear. She thought about how to answer him for a long moment, her back arched as she leaned over onto her lap, her elbows digging into her knees. The rings under her eyes stood out against the paleness of her cheeks, and in the seriousness of the moment, she found herself attempting to hold back a yawn. There were too many things that she could say wrong, and in the vulnerable state that he was in, she wasn't sure if she could do her thoughts justice without upsetting him. Nothing he had done today had resulted in the loss of those those soldiers, not from what she had seen, and even then, she hardly expected him to have been at fault anyway - he was too good a leader, and a fighter, to have let anything happen to them on purpose.
"Many more will die," she said simply, though not without feeling. It came out less blunt than she had expected, which was good, though the thought itself could easily have come across as insensitive. She looked up at him as he rose to his feet, and leaned back against the chair, her back stiff. "We may never defeat them, but we can try to prevent them from breaching the walls. That duty falls to us, and us alone. People will die - they always have and always will. It just means that we have to make their deaths worth something.."
He looked down at her, with some anger, but said nothing to bring it up. He said with some degree of coldness, "Your right about that.. But we can't be the only ones who are called to duty.. Think of the future students that are arriving soon, or at least thats what i heard.." he sat down in his chair and set his elbow on the table with his fingers tied. He felt a slight cold feeling rush up his spinal cord at her words about the walls. He have never really thought in all his years in the Survey corps that those walls would fall. He felt some sense of fear but didn't show it, for he not to make his member feel worried. He sighed and arched his spine back and leaned back in his chair. "WE got to be careful about the walls, i feel that all these years.. that they would give way to some kind of force." he said as he looked at his 3D manuever gear on the floor with a straight face.
Haines finally made it to the doctor's home. The two story house looked very well kept. The windows were clear, not a smudge of dirt on them. The brick walls were scrubbed clean by a very well set of tools. This view left Haines in awe. Compared to his home, this was nearly heaven. He lived in a rugged down piece of crap called a house. Shaking his head, he returned to his main priority, finding out if his mom made it safe to the doctor's house. His fist knocked against the door very strikingly. "Mom! You in there?!" he yelled through the door. He continued to knock until the door finally opened. An old man was the greeter....it was the doctor. "Mr. Lee, is my mother in there? I was told she was coming to see you" Haines said anxiously. He tried to peek in the house to see if he could spot his mother. "Oh no son, your mom left a couple of minutes ago" the old man responded. Haines grunted and placed his hands above his head in pure irritation. "Damn that woman" he though to himself as he regained his neutral posture. "Did she say where she was going?" he asked. The old man took his valuable time to think and remember what the widow had told him. "I think she said she was going home" he stated, still not sure if his answer was correct, but didn't show that to Haines. "Oh thank god" Haines said, breathing out a large amount of carbon dioxide. "Okay, thanks Mr. Lee" he said before heading back home in a steady walk. If she was going back home, that meant she would be there by the time Haines got back. "At least she's safe" Haines murmured to himself.