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Here's another question, just to get the ball rolling again;

If one thing changed between V4 and V5, what do you want it to be?


Personally, the biggest issue I noticed with V4 was a lot of people just...sort of...killing people without much characterization. People like Reiko Ishida, Ema Ryan and most infamously Maxwell Lombardi were well-known for that. The big players like them were most guilty of this, and I hope with V5 the players have some better justifications for murdering classmates.

Joy
Theo was feeling pretty good; Megan seemed happy with his assessment. Inwardly, Theo sighed.

"Oh, no, I'm not Magician; why do you think so? That's action, awareness and power." Theo laughed. "Not me at all."

"In all honesty, I'm probably just Hermit, which is basically solitude and, like, thinking and deliberation. I think that suits me a lot more."

Theo wanted to go on for a bit (Yes, because rambling is so fun to listen to! but he finally noticed what Megan had said. He turned in confusion, and saw the other boy sitting in his seat.

"Wait, that guy took my seat? Aw man!" Theo groaned. "Should I ask him for the seat again?" Of course you should! Conflicting with others always ends well for you! "I was kind of reading there."

He paused, then took a tentative step towards the boy, but didn't speak.

Joy
((Skipping approved by Bikriki))

"Hmm." Theo paused for a second, thinking. "Well, it can be tough to say, 'cause most cards are more about the situations you're in than the person." He scratched his chin; he didn't want to offend Megan with a card she wouldn't like, but at the same time it had been her that had asked.

Just don't call her Devil, for one thing.

"So assuming you only want Major Arcana, I'd say you're probably The Hanged Man." Theo paused again, trying to work out how to word it.

"So basically, it means two things; being passive, calm and relaxed, which fits you pretty well. Then it also means sacrifice; I'm not sure about that part, but the first part fits great, so yeah." Theo looked at Megan's expression, hoping that calling her passive wasn't insulting, because he meant it in a good way.

Because you can call somebody passive in a good way, apparently.

V4 Read-A-Thon: The Reboot
Finished Rena, ready for more.

Thoughts:

Rena was interesting. She had a definite narration, a definite voice. She was very well characterized, and I definitely got a feel from her. She was flawed, but in the way that you could tell was intentional. Rena was great to read, and I really enjoyed her.

Joy
"Ooh, Tarot. I know a bit from Persona, you're right." Theo loved Persona, so just bringing it up was enough to get him excited. He grinned, looking at the book.

He clasped his hands together, hoping to appear more teacher-like. "What do you need to know?" He tapped his foot; if there was one thing that made him more social, it was talking about things he loved.

A Recursive Process
[[Gwen O'Connor continued from A Tree Grows in Seattle]]

Gwen was slightly unnerved by the essay requirements. To her, writing couldn't be defined in the strict terms implied by the standards set by the teacher. Mostly she wrote whatever piqued her interest, and she did it using primarily her intellect, not any sort of process.

Still, an A was achieved, though Gwen knew it was probably from her skilled style rather than from any sort of content of the paper.

Unfortunately for Gwen, her contentment didn't get to last. Katy Warren, the angry bitch who strangled a girl a couple years ago, was making fun of poor Sara Corlett's writing behind her. As the bell rang, Gwen stood, grabbing her handbag, and turned to Katy.

"What's your problem?" Gwen asked in an interrogating (though not quite angry) tone. "It isn't bullshit to write with a bit of eloquence and style, that's just working hard." Gwen was starting to get irritated, but tried to keep her composure by taking a breath.

"Maybe next time you could ask somebody who writes how they do it, but if you're going to be nasty about it, that's just being stupid."

Gwen felt a bit better now.

Fantastic milestone
Happy 100,000 Posts Day! : )

Joy
Theo nodded. "Yeah, that's Megan. Sorry, do you mind?"

Sliding off of the windowsill, Theo walked towards Megan with a smile. "Hey Megan, how're you doing?" He asked, his voice a bit more cheerful. "It's been a little while."

Glancing down at her book, Theo wondered why she was reading about Tarot cards. He didn't think Megan was really into that kind of thing.

Joy
Theo was glad his suggestion wasn't rejected. He nodded, trying to recall the plot (it had been a little while, and he didn't want to ruin it).

"Oh, well it's about this girl, Karou I think." Theo said. "She lives in France, I think. She was raised by these monster things called Chimaera, who are like part humans and part animals, and can grant wishes I think.

"I-it sounds weird, I know, but it's decent." Theo wondered if the summary was good.

Rugga's Shutter!
Very nice, Rugga. The fox picture is so adorable!

Joy
Theodore scratched his chin awkwardly. He pondered for a second, leaving an awkward silence in the air.

"Oh, okay. So you don't have a book?" Theo cringed inwardly, feeling the obviousness of his statement.

"Uh, well, the other day I finished this book called "Smoke and Bone", I think. It was a pretty neat sort of fantasy, horror/suspense novel, and maybe you'd like that kind of genre?"

Theo blinked at his own poor phrasing; he needed to learn to freaking talk one of these days.

Joy
Theodore sat up and stretched. He'd been reading for a while, and he didn't want to get stiff.

Hearing footsteps approach, Theo turned to look over. A boy Theo vaguely recognized from school had approached. Theo was pretty sure his name was Joachim and that he was German. Theo didn't know him very well, but Theo had no qualms with the boy.

"Oh, hello." Theo said. Setting the book down, Theo turned and faced Joachim. "Sorry, do you need something?" Theo then recalled that Joachim was in Book Club (the two rarely interacted there, however). "Oh, were you going to read here?"

V4 Read-A-Thon: The Reboot
Reiko's done.

Reiko was just sort of a killer; she didn't do a whole lot besides kill people, and thinking about her I remember very little emotional reaction. She was very, very one-note, and I got very little feel off of her.

Even with her loved ones (Sarah, Reika) Reiko never seemed to emote much. She drops her bread (/meme) when she learns Reika's dead, and...that's about it. And her search for Sarah was basically, "I need to find Sarah" without really any feelings.

Reiko was pretty much a sociopath; she killed people and eventually stopped feeling bad about it. Even at first, she barely seems to care beyond, "Oh, no, they are dead".

Also, stop calling her "the small girl". It just seems weird.

TL;DR-Reiko is kind of a robot.

Roll another, please.

The Questions Game - V5 Edition
Theo: Uh, hmm. Good question. I'm not sure. I gueeess family?

Nina: Family; you can always rely on them.

Gwen: Friends. You can pick friends, but you can't pick family, and just because you're related to them doesn't mean that you can like or respect each other.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

A Tree Grows in Seattle
Gwen sighed. The other three students gave few answers (mortal was okay, but not what she wanted). At least Gavin had offered her a suggestion; check the dictionary, of course. Gwen nodded as she looked through the dictionary.

Eventually, she found a word (she should've thought to use people!) and decided that she was pretty much done with the library. She might as well head home to try and relax.

"Thank you," Gwen said to the group at the table before departing, tossing out the chocolate.

[[Gwen O'Connor continued in A Recursive Process]]

Tears of the Graveyard : SOTF Plays D&D
Oh, dear.

Can't wait to see where this goes, but it sounds like my group so far, which is frightening.

Looking forward to more, though! *Was one of the people expressing interest in chat*

The Questions Game - V5 Edition
Theodore: I don't really buy into it, but it is a good source of material, at least.

Nina: It's stupid.

Gwen: Anyone who believes in that doesn't understand what the calendar means. It is cyclical, and this is a new cycle, more a new year than anything. Celebrated, not feared.

You are trapped on a deserted island, and may only have one person from this school with you. Who would you bring?

As Long as There are Stars Above You
Snatching a mess of napkins in her hands, Nina sidestepped a random woman, deftly avoiding a collision, before dashing back to the table and trying to mop up the spilled mess.

"Ugh, I'm so sorry, guys." Nina said with a sheepish smile. "I'm such a klutz, honestly I'm surprised I'm still alive." A slight exaggeration, but Nina still had her moments.

The coffee was mostly cleared away; the table was still a bit damp, but clean enough. "Sooooooo sorry, guys. Did anyone get burned?" Nina asked, sighing. "I'm going to get a refill, be right back." She supposed she had to wait in line more, which did not please her.

What a waste of some pretty tasty coffee, Nina thought.

The Questions Game - V5 Edition
Theo: Florida. I was born there, and I was never a big fan.

Nina: Alabama. Plenty of racist bigots, who needs them?!

Gwen: None of them, because seceding from the Union would probably be a good thing.

Do you still own anything from your childhood (i.e. baby blankets, night light, teddy bear, etc)? If so, what?

SOTF Endurance
Nina Clarke and Theo Fletcher are in.