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"Heh, looks like I got my work cut out for me."
<i>Wasting no time, I quickly log into one of the computers and create a new google doc titled "Journal". I would mess around with the formating before figuring out what to write.</i>
"Let's see here, I better start from the beginning. We're here because we died, right? But, I don't think anyone really remembers their death. It's more likely we were called to this world, but nothing is certain. Perhaps i'll make a note of this."
<i>I created a subtitle labeled "Entering Another World" and wrote up a brief paragraph explaining the rules of this life that we were told in the beginning and following up with the theory of how we got here that I just said out loud.</i>
"Okay, this part might be common knowledge. Regardless, it may be too important to leave out."
<i>I then began to write a paragraph about Soul Corruption and the risk of acting like our characters.</i>
"It won't matter if I skip over the velvet hotel, so I should probably go into detail about what we personally learned in Sinbad's world. Let's see, Sinbad's demeanor certainly affirmed our objective. Still, perhaps we maybe don't have the full picture of that world's story anyways."
<i>I then wrote a new subtitle for the first expedition, writing under it a paragraph explaining Sinbad's godlike powers and the reverance the people had for him. I also briefly mentioned how casualties could be minimized by avoiding conflict with the world's denizens whilst taking the most direct route to each world's master.
Cutting that part short, I then created some space and established a subsection for bios of everyone here. I wrote out their names, alias and other common knowledge along with including internet pictures that resemble them as much as possible. For most people this would be easy, but I would have to get creative for the ocs. For H2O's picture, I just used an image of Tatsuya Suou and photoshopped on a generic Kamen Rider belt along with the Yu-Gi-Oh deck arm thing to be funny. Deciding that anymore jokes than this would make the document lose its credibility, I left the pages for any other ocs without an image. After looking it over, I realized it was missing some crucial information. So, I saved it for now and walked to the door, slamming it open and looking around the room to see who's still there.</i>
"Alright, everyone, while the active party's working hard to get us home, we should do what we can here so when the time comes we'll be ready to face whatever lies ahead. As you may know, i'm working on an adventure log of sorts, so i'd like it if I could interview anyone so I have more to write."
<i>I would give a hearty grin to the room and take a more relaxed, welcoming stance.</i>
"If that's all, i'm going to begin doing some 'work' while we're all here."
<i>I would then walk towards the door that led to the room that shifted with our imagination and did a dramatic pose, holding my hand out to it.</i>
"Imagination go! Become craftsroom!
<i>As I said this, I would visualize a large room with high-end computers along the walls as well as a row of tables in the middle with a basket full of phones on it. In addition, there would be two cabinets tucked along the east corner of room, each filled with various craft supplies such as cyanide or gunpowder. I would also imagine a drawer hidden in the far end of the room, a padlock protecting it with the password being 42-06-9</i>
<i>I turn to Walton for a second, frowning and yelling at him.</i>
"Shut the fuck up, bad theodore!"
<i>I then turn back to Yu, smiling and relaxing my stance while snorting.</i>
"Heh, and here I thought you were trying to pull one over on us. Anyways, I feel your concerns may yet be worked around. At the very least, I don't see any harm in just trying. After the start of the next thread, i'll write up a draft and <i>then</i> you can see what you think, okay?"
<i>I would then uncross my arms and walk away, heading towards and looking over him.</i>
"There are better places to take a nap than on the ground, you know."
<i>I would then reach out a hand to the paralysed demon.</i>
"We're going to have some time while the other party is out, so we may as well take some time to discuss our situation."
"Well, Yu, just try to think ahead. Typically some important details could be revealed in these stages, like Akechi and his pancakes. And, as for this not being game, it seems to follow the rules of one more so then it does the rules of our universe. I think we'll have better luck going off our knowledge of games and anime more so than anything here.
And what do you mean it will not be possible to do something soon? Being able to look into the events of the other worlds may be the only way to figure out why we're here. So, tell me, why wouldn't we be able to do something like that soon?"
<i>Frowning and glaring at Yu in equal measure, I slowly try to impede any direct path of his to the elevator by inching closely as I speak.</i>
"Well, considering what's at stake, i'd rather we discuss things more thoroughly before you guys leave. Well, that and i'll probably be bored the moment you're gone. Come to think of it, in these kinda games there's typically a journal summarizing the adventure."
<i>I close my eyes and stroke my chin musingly for a few seconds before looking between everyone in the room.</i>
"I could work on such a thing, but i'd like to hear what you guys think of the idea first."
<i>Hearing Gin, I turn to him and give a bittersweet response</i>
"Never got the chance, Gin. Regardless, hearing all this it may not've been a good idea to begin with. And, I admit I only wanted to do it because of GYM."
<i>I then look back at Walton and the others, shaking my head and frowning.</i>
"Disturbance, huh? Yeah, that actually makes sense, based on what we know. I'd say that's due cause, but it's in everyone's best interest to minimize the fighting to what is necessary.
I would like to personally make sure that happens, but if I build up too much fatigue now I may end up slacking where it counts. I trust Kaz and Tachan will make the right decisions.
...You know what, I'm gonna turn the imagination room into a computer room. It may be a stretch, but if there's a chance our phones get service across alternate universes, the ability to keep in touch with the expedition team via discord would be useful."
<i>Hearing this, I grit my teeth and angrily glare at the attendant.</i>
"Listen up, 'Walton', I'd like to know something. Why is it that you want us to kill these people? For that matter, how can we even be assured we'll get back home should we succeed?"
<i>Regardless of his answer, I would then lounge back somewhere, noticing Gin's resurrection.</i>
"Gin, I was... so scared. I don't know what we would've done without you.
So, thank you. I look forward to working alongside you in the future without your consent."
<i>After noticing Tatsuya walk off into that side room, an idea forms in my head. I look at the blue job stone in my hand and put it away, reaching into my inventory for another one. This job stone was green. Utilizing a slightly different grimoire than before, I take a few seconds to perform a summoning spell, this time bringing forth the icon of an infernal primal, known as Ifrit. I ordered him to stay close to me, using him just for show at the moment.</i>
"This will be much more suited to my tastes."
<i>I look confused as his corpse began to decay. It was awful, but the thought that he would come back gave me security.I then look back at Kazuya, feeling somehow comforted by his words.</i>
"Yeah, I think I know that. But, somehow, I don't think i'll ever regret my decision."
<i>I wince a few times, trying to look back at Sam.</i>
"Bloody hells, how can anyone vote on <i>this</i> of all things? Revive him, god damnit!"
Chapter One: The Philosopher King
<i>I stare at Gin, reaching out a hand and tilting my head back slightly. </i>
"If you won't do it, surely you won't have a problem for me to try? The door is only to this world, right? It wouldn't stop you from continuing on this journey through all the other worlds. So, if it's all the same to you, i'd like to accept Sinbad's deal."