(As requested by Idran, the 'prequel' to Seven Plagues, which itself branched away from the thankfully dead Astyanax Saga. Further detail on the actual events prior to this point will be further elaborated on in the future. This will be posted in chunks, in order to alternate between my replies (in the form of Stephen and certain *other* characters) and Becca-An's (an outsider from another RP forum! Gasp!). Thus I will also mark off the beginning of each post to identify who had typed what, etc etc this is getting overly complicated etc)
(Helpful notes may or may not be added along the way.)
Stephen and Becca had ever so recently just survived a dangerous trip through an apparently abandoned Infinity base, which had been filled with machines and an infested version of their old friend (or begrudged ally in Stephen's case). The battle was split off in favor of an escape from the now-self-destructing base, but not before they managed to grab what was apparently an Elemental Crystal!
They both managed to escape to a small, empty island for safe retreat, and after a moment of reserved silence, Stephen began speaking. He held the crystal reservedly in his palms.
"Well, then." He said, looking around. "Any suggestions on where we start? I can't quite 'sense' people, to whit. I do know that some of my newer, Gaeran companions are about these parts somewhere, but as I said, I cannot sense any of them out. And I'm not about to waste time trying any of that 'telepathy'. I cannot quite remember if I'm capable of it or not."
He set the crystal onto the ground after being sure the surrounding area wasn't filled with explosions. "You wouldn't, by any chance, have any expendable friends on a contactual basis, do you? We could always use another body around..."
(As noted, this branched from the Astyanax Saga, where other characters were lurking about on this other world. Since the Astyanax Saga, for the most part, is null and void, this would seem to be a plot hole of sorts. Not to worry! This will be resolved due to my cunning craftiness as a GM!)