T'was a dark, and stormy night...
Somewhere else, at any rate. Not where Lyle, a rather unhealthy, skinny, pale-looking senior in his high school and Tiffany are walking home from school, one of them reading a magazine. One ad in particular pops up...
"Do you remember Reyta? Well, it's been re-released, and from the nice folks at Roundhouse! It's better than ever, and all the old bugs have been taken care of. Plus, if you have an old system, you can use it to connect to Y'tuin and get your old character back!" along with more, not as important information. To him, anyway.
This ad caused him to immediately speak up and say, "Hey...look at this." and hand the advertisement to his female companion.
"Hn," said the ever-eloquent Tiffany, scanning the ad. It only takes a few minutes before she grins, looking up at him.
"Sounds good. Real good, y'know? The game was fun, even though we didn't get too far. We could revive our old characters too." An impish look arose in her eyes, and she poked his chest lightly. "And I bet you'll like having to wear a bra again, won't you?"
Lyle grunted a bit, sighing as he replied, "Terra? Ergh...I wonder if they'll let me do a sexchange..."
He continued to flip through the book, thinking a bit about it. After a short silence he continued on to say, "I wonder if they did solve all the bugs...I remember the trouble from last time, don't you? Then the company decided to take it seriously and shut everyone out, and then shut it down." He finishes the last a bit paranoidly, all the while remembering how close they -all- came to getting hurt. For real.
Tiffi sighed, patting Lyle's shoulder slightly. She remembers as well, though the memories... well. While bad, she still had an unshakable faith that this time, things would be better. Why else would the game be re-opened, after all?
"After all the fluff that happened? They've probably tested and retested it a million times, just to make sure nothing sticks. And maybe you could get the character changed."
Lyle looked at her...and smiled a bit. "Yeah, I'm sure you're right. They knew the scare from the last time they tried to do it, along with what I'm sure are several lawsuits. Want to try and log in? I've still got my set-up if you've got yours..."
"Heck, I've still got my set-up even if you don't have yours!" she retorted, ruffling his hair. "No homework today either, so I can just go on when we get home."
Lyle nodded, a mad little grin decorating his face. "Alright then...say, it says in the magazine that the newbie area is filled with bugs of all sorts...including fifty varieties of Ladybugs. See you there!"
With that, Lyle began running for the relative safety of home and Y'tuin.
Tiffi froze for a moment, body rigid with terror, before her delayed outburst breaks free and she pounces after him, screaming, "LY~YLE!"
Lyle laughed, running with the speed only one with a lifetime of practice evading Tiffi could manage, just barely keeping out of her grip. "You'll need me to protect you from those ladybugs! See you there!"
As their route home passes by her house first, Tiffi stops by the front gate, panting and glaring as Lyle runs from sight.
"Ooooh! I'm going to GET YOU!" she threatens, shaking a fist.
Lyle doesn't even stop to offer a reply taunt, instead simply running directly home and setting up his machine ASAP. He vaguely wonders what kind of new stuff they'll have, and if they can really retain all their old stuff...and what sort of trouble that would cause if some people did.
Once his machine -is- up, he finds, much to his chagrin, that Terra cannot, in fact, be sex-changed. Only her look changed, which he decides does not need to happen. Armor is good enough for him.
Safe in her home, Tiffi stews in front of her machine. She does NOT relish the thought of facing hordes of ladybugs. But still....
She absolutely refuses to let Lyle taunt her so. Especially as she's sure he's joking. Likely. Probably. ....Perhaps.
Still, at least she can change Tiffi's look. Again, she's a Deysetsu Mage, but trades in the leather bikini for much more sensible travelling gear, equally stylish but with more coverage.
Lyle waits patiently for Terra to load, deciding to not modify a thing, and peeks through the old stuff that he got to keep...back to level 1, which doesn't bother him, but with an addition of quite a bit of gold and some of his old equipment. He then decides to go into the game, and he lands into the 'Oldbie OOC room' where a large sign proudly declares, "Where you can talk about the old game proudly, and meet with old friends!" Tiffi will undoubtedly land there, so Lyle simply waits, retaining his old Knight class.
It's but a few moments before Tiffi to join him, stretching happily, and smug in the knowledge that if she stretches, bits of her anatomy aren't likely to be exposed.
Terra looks over at her, faking a little frown. "Aw...you were so much -cuter- back in the old days...anyway, see if you kept all of your stuff. Some of it will undoubtedly be handy."
She nods, kicking Terra/Lyle's shin slightly. Since her friend's wearing armour, her toe is stubbed of course, but at least she has a sense of victory. "Yeah, think I do," she replies, after a brief checking.
Lyle nods again, looking for the way out of the black little room...and finally sees one. It's just a small door that has a tiny sign pointing towards it. "This way to Y'tuin" it says in its letters of red pride, standing tall for most to see! "Well...let's try this thing again. And pray we don't run into conspiracies, Summoners, or megalomaniacal Ladybugs again."
"All ladybugs are megalo- megala... that word. All ladybugs are evil," Tiffi mutters darkly.
Terra chuckles, leading the way out the door...and into a broad plain that seems to lead to a grandoise town, spires sticking out over walls like pins from a bit of sewing, large balls of gold adorning some of them. The buildings themselves are a pure white, not a speck of dust on them, and a humongous castle rests in the middle, a symbol of medeival architecture. Lyle gives a low whistle of appreciation. "Must be...Kinsel. Newbie town, low monster level. And not a ladybug in sight, Tiff."
"Oh good..." Tiffi lets out an enormous exhalation of relief, then immediately looks guilty right after. "I mean, ladybugs... I can deal with 'em. Really. But I'd rather not."
Lyle chuckles, shaking his head. "Well...maybe we should see if there's anyone in town. Maybe we can find some others who can help us out with the new stuff." With that, he offered an arm to Tiffi, being the ultimate lady/gentleman.
Tiffi, being the ultimate lady, accepts the arm!
And they both head off into the city, nary a bug of any sort following them...it seems that there's some sort of peace period for players right now.
While all of this was going on, another person had already entered Y'tuin. He seems a very...natural person, dressed in a cloak of multi-colored leaves and wearing clothes that seem to be made of snowy white wool, seeming very warm and very pure. His face is pinched, obviously that of a modified human, looking more elven than human. Silly man. But he paced along the all-but empty streets of the first city quite happily, giving a friendly hello to the random NPC he passes. He'd enjoy meeting people all over again...maybe this time, there really would be no problems. He begins to whistle a little mysterious tune, and decides to transmit it to the rest of the world to hear, since it -was- rather nice, and somewhat uplifting. And well within his power to do so, being one of the few GMs that had signed up for the early period, before things got busy. Lyle and Terra were the first to hear it, but there would undoubtedly be others in the world as well...