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Fanbound #55
        “What makess us think we have a choice? If we give you the artifactss, you'll kill all of uss. If we don't you'll kill all of us anyway!” Nuru said angrily, slamming her spear into the ground.
        “Hmm...I'll make you a deal. If you give me the artifacts, I'll let you and your friends live, and I'll let you choose a system to save.” Ruin said, rubbing its beak.
        The team looked at one another.
        “No way!” they all said.
        “How do we even know you have our buddies, anyway?” Kevin asked.
        In front of the door, their friends suddenly reappeared, disintegrating in reverse. All three were unconscious. Ruin walked quickly over to them and knocked on Cobalt's head. It produced a real sound.
        Before anything else could be said, however, Asra leaped to her feet, kic
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Fanbound #54
         “Where to next? The ark?” Nhu asked, “And please don't respond unless our lives are in danger, Courage.”
         “Yes. That's where Ruin's avatar will be if it was anywhere.” Esther said.
         “Let's go get our friends back. If, uh,” Kevin thought for a moment for a name for the artifact, “Doubt gives us terrible dreams, the first thing I will do upon waking is find a sledgehammer.”
         “Don't worry. It won't if I'm here. Doubt doesn't have any courage.” Courage said. Nuru's hand suddenly closed around the handle of her spear, but relaxed when Kevin apologized.
         “Let'ss go now! The fasster I can get Courage out of me, the fasster this torture will be over.” Nuru said, clapping her hands to rouse everyone. Esther set the destination coordinates for the ar
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Fanbound #53
        What seemed like only a moment after she had fallen asleep, Aurada woke to a slight rocking, and discovered that she was still looking up, but at someone's chin. It wasn't blue and scaly, and it wasn't wrinkly. With an embarrassed twist in her gut, Aurada realized she was being carried like a child in Kevin's arms. She didn't want to scare him, no matter how embarrassed she may feel, so she just closed her eyes again. She was asleep before she knew it.
        Again, she woke up, and this time she was lying down on the cushioned seat of Asra's ship.
        “Human? Fishman?”
        “Here.” Nhu said, then said under his breath, “Fishman?
        “So...what happened? Why did you suddenly collapse?” Kevin asked, hiding a small chuckle at Nhu's slight consternation.
        “Don't know. Had a bad dream
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Fanbound #52
        Kevin held out an arm to stop him, “Wait, don't do it yourself. I'll shoot it off, in case of a trap. If Red wasn't hurt by a laser, I don't think this one will be affected either.”
        Kevin took aim, but before he fired, the air seemed to darken around him. Kevin blinked and straightened, confused. He looked over at Nhu, who appeared similarly unsettled.
        “What's happening? Are you feeling the same thing?” Nhu looked over at Kevin for his answer.
        Kevin nodded, frowning, then pulled the trigger....but nothing happened. Nhu was shocked to see Kevin look down at his gun in a confused manner, say something Nhu couldn't hear, then, with an expression of horror, disintegrated and blew away on the wind. Nhu's hand immediately went for his gun, only to discover it had deserted his hip, and the observable area around him. The frightened hylotl whipped his gaze to
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Fanbound #51
        “What are you talking about?!” Aurada asked, incredulous. She squinted at the shadowy form, trying to see who was insulting her.
        “You would have been killed by Nuru, if you hadn't been such a coward.”
        “B-But Sscourge pulled her off! Nuru herself didn't want to fight anymore, because the artifact was too good.” Aurada reasoned.
        “You were scared, you know. You were secretly relieved that Scourge saved you the fighting.”
        “Well...that's not a bad quality...”
        “Shameful, for a Floran! If you had tried a backstab at one point, and survived, I would have let you off with some honor, but that...” the voice trailed off as if too disgusted to go on. The other voice made Aurada jump by inserting another hissing coward!
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Fanbound #50
        "There's something wrong here..." Nhu said, poking at the blades of grass that he crouched on.
        “What did you find there?” Kevin asked, walking closer and peering down at where Esther had joined Nhu in his examination of the carpet of flora. It looked like normal grass to him.
        “Look closely at this grass. Do you notice anything strange about it?” Esther asked. Kevin knelt down beside Nhu and examined the grass around his feet. After a few seconds of observation, Kevin noticed that the blades were smooth where they should have been serrated. In fact, it almost seemed like it was a material posing as grass, but had an artificial texture and color scheme.
        “That's weird,” Kevin kept looking, and even stranger, he saw that the grass was very slightly shaking and warping, thought there was no wind to ruffle it. Even if there had been wind, this mo
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Fanbound #49
        “Can I talk?” Courage asked, talking. Nuru took a deep breath.
        “If you keep it short, so that Nuru doesn't drown you out.” Kevin said.
        “I could climb out her throat, but it wouldn't be pleasant, and I might kill her that way, as well.” Courage said. Nuru felt ridiculous laughing at impending doom, but she couldn't help it.
        “I don't think that's going to work. Anyone else got any ideas short of surgery?” Nhu asked.
        Kevin raised his hand, “Maybe the other artifacts would know something. Red and Green don't really seem like talkers.”
        “Red and....oh, yeah. Those guys are the more subtle characteristics of the Cultivator. Things like trustworthiness and kindness.” Courage said. The higher pitch he spoke in, the more torture it put her in.
   
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Fanbound #48
        “I don't know. That's why I woke you up.” Kevin said.
        “The light lookss like Courage.” Nuru said, poking at her stomach nervously.
        “I can't imagine you could swallow him.” Kevin said, only half joking. In response, Nuru...unhinged her jaw to expose a mouth and throat with much more capacity than he had once perceived. No teeth, though. Kevin started at the sudden movement.
        “I could have sswallowed him, if he was in ball form.” Nuru said, clicking her jaw back into place.
        “But...how do we get him out, and how did he get in!?” Kevin asked.
        “Floran cannot vomit, and we do not get rid of wasste the ssame way mosst creaturess do.” Nuru dismissed both generic options of exit immediately.
        “Right, you're a plan
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Fanbound #47
        Little did the tortured Kevin know that Nuru was the farthest from sleep she had ever been. With the very thing that her kind valued above all else sitting beside her, she couldn't decide what to do. She alternated from staring at the ground to staring at the wall in front of her. Courage was very quiet, not having to breathe
        Finally, Nuru broke the silence, calling upon her courage: “Can I get an autograph or ssomething? This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a floran.” Seeing the opportunity, Aurada raised her hand, too.
        “Sure! What can I do for you?” Courage asked, straightening from his thoughtful hunch.
        Nuru silently held up her spear. Courage bent forwards, and his finger molded itself into a tapering point. Courage began to carve in the wood of Nuru's spear, and where he touched began to shine as if he was painting it with gold leaf.
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Fanbound #46
        Aurada had barely escaped Ruin, whose hand had swiped her heel as she leaped for the ship and grabbed Kevin's hand as they lifted off.
        “Where are the other three?” Kevin asked, looking back and forth among the remaining crew, then at the planet below, which was shrinking rapidly.
        Nuru pointed to the planet, “Down there. They wouldn't have made it to the ship before we would have had to take off.”
        Kevin mumbled something that sounded like a curse, though he knew they couldn't go back, for fear of them all dying.
        “Fabulous. Now Ruin has fighting skill beyond any of us except for Asra, who's probably dead right now, and it also has the ability to instantly regenerate from any wound we deal it, if we even knew how to hurt it in the first place.” Nhu said, throwing his hands into the air.
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Fanbound #45
        “Make us kill our friends? What are you going to do, move our arms and legs around like a marionette?” Asra asked.
        “No, no! Well, kind of. Just a simple possession. Nothing to be worried about.” Ruin said, holding up its hands.
        “Um, what? Magic isn't real, Ruin. Sorry to break it to you.” Cobalt said, confused.
        “Oh this isn't magic. One by one, now, or I'll do it by force.” Ruin said.
        “No! What kind of request is that?!” Cobalt said, frowning and leaning away.
        “Okay, fine,” Ruin lunged forwards in a blur, and before anyone knew what was happening, its hand was down Cobalt's throat. Everyone was too stunned to do anything for a second, and the only sound was Cobalt's gagging as he tried to back away. Ruin pulled its hand from Cobalt's beak and looked
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Fanbound #44
        Kevin was surprised when Cobalt came sprinting out of the forest that began about thirty yards from the headquarters. Aurada turned a moment later to see the avian running at top speed.
        “The ship! Now! Just go!” Cobalt tossed the artifact to Kevin, who barely caught it, then ran away from the group. Ruin tore past at a speed twice that of an Olympic sprinter, but had to slow down to avoid a tree that Kevin nimbly dodged around.
        “Follow Kevin! Go, now!” Cobalt called to the others, who obeyed. Cobalt finally stumbled over a rock that jutted from the grassy ground and flipped forwards, then skidded to a stop on the grassy ground. He was conscious, but stunned. Nhu bent to help him, but Nuru tugged him away.
        “Follow Kevin.” She hissed.
        “But...what about Crystal and Cobalt? What about Asra?” Nhu asked, ba
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Fanbound #43
        The rest of the cultists followed their leader, and Kevin was let go, but shoved down to the ground before he could get up again. The cultists quickly retreated from the room, sealing the door shut behind them. Kevin could have climbed out of the room through the hole in the door, but he couldn't leave Asra behind, who was still indeed bleeding. Nhu and Nuru were beside Kevin in a flash, looking down at Asra, who had give up holding her head straight. Now it rested against the pedestal, and her eyes stared at the ceiling.
        “How do we get you out of there? We used to have two people with superhuman strength tugging on it, and now we only have one person with human strength and two people with nonhuman strength.” Kevin said.
        “Non...human...strength?” Asra asked.
        “They aren't humans, is what I'm saying.” Kevin said.
       
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Fanbound #42
       Meanwhile, Asra wasn't having as much luck with her objective: not dying. Yirmir had quickly disabled Nhu with his cultists, and Nuru was still fighting, though she was being pushed back. Kevin had been the first to go down, taken by surprise. He laid on the ground, held down by four cultists, and glared at Yirmir, who walked casually around the pedestal.
       “We don't have much time, Yirmir! Ruin will be here any second now. If you do not run, you will die. There is no question!” Asra warned.
       “We have plenty of time. Three of you are leading it away as we speak, are they not?” Yirmir asked.
       “Not for long. They'll either escape, which is unlikely, or they'll all die and Ruin will leave and destroy the planet. We must keep at least one artifact here or Ruin won't hold back.” Kevin cut in.
       “Well then, I guess I'll hav
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Fanbound #41
        Finally, they came into a larger room, this one octagonal and structured around a strangely constructed titanium platform with an angular base. Eight metal appendages that reminded them of spider legs curled around the edge and held a yellow globe. It was the artifact.
        “Hey! That's...um...you wouldn't understand their name!” Scourge said, pointing to the artifact.
        “Well,” Kevin glanced around, and, seeing only the cultists milling around, waiting for some direction from one of their leaders, he casually walked up to the artifact and tried to take it from the spider arms. Unfortunately, they had a very strong grip. Kevin's arm didn't have the strength to pull the artifact from its prison. He tried both arms, and managed to make the spider arms give way slightly as if they were all connected to a a very strong spring or very heavy weight.
        Asra helped him
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        Crystal walked into the ship after Cobalt, whose talons clacked on the metal floor. He was going to his home planet to retrieve some of his things that he had left. The Cultivator hadn't been very clear when it told them how things would return to normal, and it was very ambiguous for whether Cobalt's possessions would still be on his newly healed planet, but he had to go back and look. One cannot simply leave their life's possessions behind. He hadn't thought about it much, at first, but after the shock ran out, he realized he must return and collect his money if he was going to make a living on the highly sought-after planet of Earth. Real estate there was worth a fortune, but renting was much cheaper.
        Crystal had brought along a heavy caliber pistol with armor piercing rounds, because they had heard that civil protection was having a hell of a time bringing riots and anarchy under control. Some places had even tried to form the
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“We'll be arriving soon, captain,” said S.A.I.L.
“Thank you, S.A.I.L. Ssshall we prepare, Leinari?” I asked.
“Yeah, it would be a good idea,” she said, putting on the Breathing EPP and the Xenon Pack.
Leinari and I are preparing some materials like some medkids and some ammunition.
“Ssshall we?” I asked, preparing the teleporter.
“I'm ready!” said Leinari, hopping on the teleporter.
I activated the teleporter and beamed down towards the water planet. Once we landed, we arrived on a little island, which was somehow floating. Leinari walked to the edge of the island and looked down.
“Isss it deep?” I asked jokingly.
“Yeah... I can only sssee darknesss,” she said.
“Well, ssshall we ssstart ssswimming?” I asked, walking towards the ocean.
“With pleasssure. I haven't ssswam in monthsss,” she said, jumping into the deep unknown.
“Here we go,” I said, jumping into the wet da
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“Captain, don't forget the Breathing EPP,” said S.A.I.L.
“I remember the protocol, S.A.I.L,” I responded.
“Protocol?” asked Leinari, curiously.
“Yeah, obtaining fuel isss dangerousss, ssso S.A.I.L and I have prepared a sssyssstem to obtain it,” I explained, putting on the Breathing EPP.
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“I don't get it, S.A.I.L. How isss thisss dangerousss?” asked Leinari back in the ship.
“Because there is something that's unkillable when someone goes tries to collect any fuel
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        “What makess us think we have a choice? If we give you the artifactss, you'll kill all of uss. If we don't you'll kill all of us anyway!” Nuru said angrily, slamming her spear into the ground.
        “Hmm...I'll make you a deal. If you give me the artifacts, I'll let you and your friends live, and I'll let you choose a system to save.” Ruin said, rubbing its beak.
        The team looked at one another.
        “No way!” they all said.
        “How do we even know you have our buddies, anyway?” Kevin asked.
        In front of the door, their friends suddenly reappeared, disintegrating in reverse. All three were unconscious. Ruin walked quickly over to them and knocked on Cobalt's head. It produced a real sound.
        Before anything else could be said, however, Asra leaped to her feet, kicking Ruin in the stomach so hard it flew for a meter or so before hitting the ground and skidding for a small distance. Crystal and Cobalt were up in a second, and backed away while Asra covered them.
        Ruin leaped to its talons and lunged forwards, but Asra met it midair with a shoulder, which canceled its momentum. They both landed, and Asra retreated. Crystal and Cobalt reached the first three adventurers and were welcomed with pats on the back.
        “You're back! What happened to you after we left?” Kevin asked.
        “Nothing! Ruin just put us both out. I don't remember anything since then. I assume Crystal was the same.” Cobalt said. Crystal nodded, looking disturbed, and rubbed her head absently.
        “The same thing happened to Asra?” Kevin asked.
        “I don't know. She was still fighting when I went down.” Crystal said.
        “Ruin got me first.” Cobalt said sheepishly.
        “Why don't you all have a happy reunion in the Asphodel Meadows?” came Ruin's voice. They all turned to see Asra bound in tentacles, her arms pinned to her sides. She didn't seem to be able to break free, though it was clear she was trying. Strangely enough, Ruin was just standing there, staring at them.
        “You don't appear to be attacking.” Kevin pointed out.
        “Turn around.” was all Ruin said.
        Kevin obeyed, confused, and was sucker punched by a feathered fist. He stumbled away to find that it had been Crystal that had punched him. “Crystal?! What the hell?!”
        “I-I'm sorry, Kevin! Ruin-Ruin...” Crystal trailed off, and Kevin noticed that her eyes had somehow changed. They no longer looked like they had any depth. The signature sparkle and slight transparency of Avian eyes was absent.
        “What did Ruin do? Why did you do that?” Kevin asked, more emotionally upset than physically harmed. His stomach ached slightly, but it was fading quickly.
        Ruin tilted its head, “It would take too long to explain with all of us at each-other's throats, so I'll put it in more simple and relevant terms for this situation: You and your two Avian friends will fight to the death. Whether you like it or not, these two will continue to try and kill you until either you or they are dead.”
Fanbound #55
In the midst of hostage negotiations, the situation drastically changes...but it's not clear who benefits from it, at least at first.
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         “Where to next? The ark?” Nhu asked, “And please don't respond unless our lives are in danger, Courage.”
         “Yes. That's where Ruin's avatar will be if it was anywhere.” Esther said.
         “Let's go get our friends back. If, uh,” Kevin thought for a moment for a name for the artifact, “Doubt gives us terrible dreams, the first thing I will do upon waking is find a sledgehammer.”
         “Don't worry. It won't if I'm here. Doubt doesn't have any courage.” Courage said. Nuru's hand suddenly closed around the handle of her spear, but relaxed when Kevin apologized.
         “Let'ss go now! The fasster I can get Courage out of me, the fasster this torture will be over.” Nuru said, clapping her hands to rouse everyone. Esther set the destination coordinates for the ark, and the ship began to move.

         Kevin couldn't sleep, but neither could anyone else, so at least this time he wasn't alone in his boredom. Kevin ended up mostly trying not to stare at Nuru's glowing belly, which was stretched flat by her relaxed position, or staring at the wall behind her. Halfway there, he decided to get out his old hazmat suit from the Erchius mine, and put it on. If their escapade had anything to do with Ruin and living things, there was bound to be some form of miasma or fluid present.
         Fortunately, the trip back seemed to be much shorter than the trip there(it always does, doesn't it?!), and they were looking at the outpost before Kevin knew it.
         The eternity of boredom that had seemed to stretch forever suddenly contracted into an instant in their memory. Kevin picked up Doubt from the ground, as much as he didn't want to, Nhu retrieved Red, and Aurada scooped up Green. They all stood at the ready. Kevin wished he had a backpack like Asra to carry his charge.
         “Well, there it is.” Esther said. The planetary analysis monitor on the ship's dashboard was rapidly flickering through a series of strange and sometimes disturbing images, changing before their eyes, and the letters that normally displayed a summary of the planet's environment typed themselves: COME DOWN, SMALL ORGANISMS. I HAVE BEEN WAITING FIVE HUNDRED BILLION YEARS TOO LONG. THE TOTAL RUIN OF YOUR DIMENSIONAL PLANE BEGINS SOON.
         “That can't be the environmental summary.” Kevin remarked.
         “Well, at leasst we have our weaponss.” Nuru said, picking up her spear. Kevin retrieved his rifle and decided he would use it, even if it did next to nothing. Nhu reluctantly flipped his rifle to full automatic. Aurada picked up and adjusted her grip on her dagger(she had never gone after her boomerang after she had lost it in the fight with Nuru).
         “Okay, everyone! I'm not going to give you a pep talk, because there's nothing optimistic about this situation, but I will say that if we do our very best, we won't be shamed.” Esther said, raising her arms.
         “We'll be fine.” Kevin said, waving a hand dismissively.
         “Yeah. With our luck, we'll have Ruin done in no time flat. Watch and learn, people.” Nhu joked, flexing his muscles.
         “Can't be much harder than the sspider. After that level, thingss kind of sstay the ssame, in termss of how fasst you die.” Nuru said.
         “I don't know. If Ruin is the pure form of ruin, then why can't it just ruin us?” Kevin asked.
         “Let's not question it.” Nhu said, putting a hand on Kevin's shoulder.
         “Let's go!” Nuru tapped her foot.
         “Let's go!” Aurada stabbed the air with her dagger.
         “Let's go?” Kevin asked, turning to Esther.
         “Wait, no!” Courage's voice came. Everyone turned. “There was a last ditch method of defense to aid us in our effort, but it can't keep Ruin out altogether without our help.”
         “What does it do?” Kevin asked.
         “Well, it's pretty simple. If Ruin lingers in a certain area of the plaza, which is most of it, the trap will spring. Hopefully it will get rid of Ruin for a short time, at least so we can recuperate and maybe form an attack of some sort.”
         “Well, yes, but what does this trap do?” Kevin pressed.
         “Ahh, that I don't know. I do know that it'll stop Ruin for at least a few seconds when it's triggered.” Courage said, “So all we need to do is keep Ruin occupied for a minute or so after it breaks into the area, then we'll see what happens.”
         “What if this trap hits us as well?” Nhu asked, unconvinced.
         “Don't worry about that. If it doesn't activate, we're all dead anyway.” Courage said. Nuru was learning quickly how to suppress laughter, and she barely giggled as Courage spoke. Everyone's tension heightened with every chuckle from Nuru. Nobody knew how close the violent floran was to cracking, and nobody wanted to find out.
         Eager to get away from all of these questions and torturous answers from Courage, Nuru interrupted: “Can we go now? Like right now? Unlesss there'ss ssomething life threatening, I mean.”
         “Yes! Esther?” Kevin raised his rifle.

         They came down on a path of flat, dark cobblestones. Tentacles made a formation that looked disturbingly like huge ribs sticking out of the ground above them, glistening in the star's distant light. Kevin, glad he had donned his hazmat suit, took the lead, and walked down the path, which was the only thing that wasn't demolished at that point. The stone pyramids that had dotted the land here and there had been leveled, and there was no sign of the outpost anywhere.
         When they finally reached the ark, they discovered a slightly reassuring sight. Mammoth tentacles formed a network above them, but appeared to be pressing against some invisible barrier. The double doors were still closed, and showed no sign of opening. Of the six indentations that adorned the doors, two contained artifacts: Reggie and Scourge. They weren't glowing.
         “Where's Ruin? Wouldn't it be trying to kill us and take the artifacts?” Kevin wondered, looking around.
         Only Nuru's well-practiced reflexes saved her when Ruin landed where she would have been if she hadn't dodged milliseconds before. Kevin quickly helped an unprepared Nuru to her feet, and she grabbed her spear again from where she had let go of it. Aurada crouched, dagger held in front of her.
         “Hello! How are you in here?” Nhu asked, leveling the scope of his rifle at Ruin's eyeball.
         “I broke the last barrier three hours ago. I've been waiting for you to arrive so that I can get the artifacts.” Ruin said.
         “Okay. Why haven't you freed yourself yet?” Kevin asked. His heart sank: either the trap hadn't sprung, and Courage was wrong, or it had already and Ruin had ample time to recover.
         “I can't without all of the artifacts. That's also why I haven't destroyed the planet.” Ruin explained, then quickly held up a finger, “But, before you try to kill me uselessly for the umpteenth time, let me warn you of my hostages, who I will not hesitate to kill should you resist giving me the artifacts.”
         “Oh, right. Hostages.” Kevin sighed.
         “Fun.” Nhu said, giving a mirthless smile.
Fanbound #54
Newly equipped with the new artifact, the team returns to the outpost. When they land on the small moon, the team of adventurers are disheartened at what they see.
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        What seemed like only a moment after she had fallen asleep, Aurada woke to a slight rocking, and discovered that she was still looking up, but at someone's chin. It wasn't blue and scaly, and it wasn't wrinkly. With an embarrassed twist in her gut, Aurada realized she was being carried like a child in Kevin's arms. She didn't want to scare him, no matter how embarrassed she may feel, so she just closed her eyes again. She was asleep before she knew it.
        Again, she woke up, and this time she was lying down on the cushioned seat of Asra's ship.
        “Human? Fishman?”
        “Here.” Nhu said, then said under his breath, “Fishman?
        “So...what happened? Why did you suddenly collapse?” Kevin asked, hiding a small chuckle at Nhu's slight consternation.
        “Don't know. Had a bad dream, though.” Aurada said, sitting up.
        “It has to have something to do with the artifact. It was too easy to just pick it up and leave. You had to have done something to help us. Did your dream contain anything about the artifact?” Kevin asked. Nhu decided to withhold his experience, just for the sake of brevity.
        “No. It was just a bunch of shadowy guys...pushing me around. They said they were my doubts.” Aurada didn't feel like revealing her doubts and fears to this congregation just yet.
        “Your doubts? Courage, what does this artifact do, and what is its name?” Esther asked.
        "This guy is, well, your doubts. Your bad suspicions. We never liked them very much. Always ruined a party, and all.” Courage said. Nuru was sitting up again, but she still had her hands on her belly, looking utterly exhausted-something Floran weren't even supposed to be able to feel. It was really just a ruse to guilt the crew into not asking as many torturous questions. If they saw she was exhausted already, they wouldn't punish her further.
        “So the Cultivator made the ancients?” Kevin asked.
        “Yes.” Courage said. Nuru twitched slightly at his words, but quickly sat back again, sighing. She still held out hope for her facade.
        “And who made the other races? Evolution?” Kevin asked.
        “We went a little nuts with the whole cultivating thing, and we modeled these six races after ourselves, with no other inspiration to do it with. The Humans were our first creations.” Courage said.
        “The Cultivator made us to imitate it, so really you guys aren't copying us, but we're copying you.” Kevin said.
        “Why did the ancients die, if we all survived?” Nhu asked. At his words, Nuru's happy denial was shattered. More maddening tickling was inbound.
        “Well, the Ancients saved what life they wanted to save most, and that was your earliest ancestors. They could not save themselves, because Ruin would know and follow them through their escape route, but it wouldn't notice the other life they chose to save, if it was small enough. They sent it through their gate and into this plane of existence, then acted like they were trying to escape when Ruin arrived to fool it into thinking that they hadn't sent anything through yet. Unfortunately, they laid down their lives to save our creations.”
        Nuru curled up on her seat and hugged her knees to her chest, compressing her stomach and clenching her jaw in order to refrain from laughing. Everyone knew why, and decided not to ask any more questions that may call for long answers.
        “Hence our entire history. So, how did the Cultivator get defeated, and how did the Ancients live to tell about it?” Esther asked, unable to squash her curiosity.
        “The Ancients didn't live to tell about it. The humans wrote what you studied. Like I said, they were the first race created by the Ancients.” Courage said.
        “Why is there no record of this? I thought Humans were only a hundred thousand years old.” Esther asked, confused.
        “Because they pinned it on the Ancients, just so that Ruin wouldn't suspect that there was intelligent life in this plane. The humans only existed on Earth for a hundred thousand years, but they did on others for far longer.” Courage said.
        “Apparently Humans were very advanced when they were written, then, if the ancients didn't build the ark on this side.” Nhu reasoned.
        “Yes, the Humans were, but they hid it all away for the greater good, and reduced themselves to nomadic packs, all so that they could fool Ruin. It was happy from ruining an entire dimensional plane, so it didn't bother with early humans and their variations.” Courage said.
        “Apparently, we forgot, and fat chance we'll ever convince every race in the universe to do what we did again.” Kevin said.
        “Right! Ruin has noticed uss now, so the only option is to desstroy it, which iss what we're already doing!” Nuru said quickly in exasperation, “Are we done with sstupid quesstionss now?!”
        “How did Ruin even get started? The Cultivator must be older, because nothing can be ruined if it doesn't exist.” Nhu asked, hoping to slide one last question in.
        “Actually, Ruin is much, much older. We don't know by how much, but everything on the plane where we began had already been destroyed by Ruin, after an unsuccessful defense of its inhabitants.” Courage said.
        “Was there any written history before the Cultivator?” Esther asked.
        “No, there was not. Communication on our first plane was different from here.” Courage said.
        “I...hate...you...sstupid, stupid...meat people!” a tortured Nuru hissed carefully, “Sstop talking now, or I will SSLAY ALL OF YOU!” Nuru finished at a shout, then leaned backwards, taking a deep breath. Although she appeared to relax, her hand drifted over to her spear as she slid it backwards. Nobody missed the subtle gesture.
        “Point taken. Let's stop talking.” Kevin looked around at the crew, who nodded meekly.
Fanbound #53
After recovering the final artifact, the team adjourns to the ship, where Courage fills them in on Ancient history.


Okay, if this extensive explanation conflicts with any other theories out there, I'm very sorry in advance. If you have different hypotheses, please tell me. I would love to hear them!
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        Kevin held out an arm to stop him, “Wait, don't do it yourself. I'll shoot it off, in case of a trap. If Red wasn't hurt by a laser, I don't think this one will be affected either.”
        Kevin took aim, but before he fired, the air seemed to darken around him. Kevin blinked and straightened, confused. He looked over at Nhu, who appeared similarly unsettled.
        “What's happening? Are you feeling the same thing?” Nhu looked over at Kevin for his answer.
        Kevin nodded, frowning, then pulled the trigger....but nothing happened. Nhu was shocked to see Kevin look down at his gun in a confused manner, say something Nhu couldn't hear, then, with an expression of horror, disintegrated and blew away on the wind. Nhu's hand immediately went for his gun, only to discover it had deserted his hip, and the observable area around him. The frightened hylotl whipped his gaze to where the artifact was, but found that it had disappeared as well. Nhu backed away and turned for the stairs that no longer existed. Smooth sandstone brick had cut off his escape path. He hadn't heard any machinery or sound to suggest that something had happened, which led him to believe that either something had happened outside his understanding, or it was an illusion.
        Nhu cautiously stepped onto the area where the beginning of the steps used to be, and his heel struck solid sandstone.
        What did the artifact do, again? Spontaneous disintegration?
        “Your mission is hopeless, you know. What makes you think you'll be able to defeat the embodiment of decay?” asked a raspy voice somewhere behind him.
        Nhu whirled to see...a floran, “What makes you think we won't?”
        “Every reason. Your weapons are incapable of hurting it, it is destroying the galaxy as we speak, and your only hope is a series of glass globes that are supposedly able to stop it. You don't even know how they'll do it, and you're putting blind trust into them? It doesn't add up.” said the floran, folding their arms.
        “I...I mean, it's our best bet.” Nhu reasoned. He felt his resolve begin to crumble. Somehow this floran had just the right words to put everything into ridiculous, pessimistic perspective.
        “Best bet! You just lost three crew members and all except one of your artifacts to it. Admit it, Ruin is toying with you.” the floran scoffed.
        “I guess it's kind of...unreasonable. We don't really know if it'll work or not.” Nhu admitted. He was confused as to how this floran knew about their faliure.
        “Give it up. You aren't doing anything but delaying the inevitable. Your only chance now is to find the last artifact, then go to the epicenter of Ruin's affect, and then somehow get the artifacts back from it, then you have to manage to destroy Ruin with their supposed might. There is nothing credible about this crusade except your and the universe's death.”
        “We have to try!” Nhu said, clenching a fist.
        “Go ahead. Take your best shot. It's not going to make a difference, if you kill me or not.” the floran said with an ugly laugh. Something about this figure's very presence was sapping his self esteem.
        “How can you even say that? You, of all people, a Floran, doesn't want to fight?” Nhu asked, his anger rising by the second. Suddenly, a thought occurred: a floran would want to fight. This really wasn't a floran...
        “Wait a minute. Of the both of us, aren't you the one going against your nature? Hylotl don't fight, and yet here you are.” asked the floran.
        “You're not a floran...what are you?” Nhu asked, curiosity momentarily overcoming the despair trying to latch onto his mind.
        “Don't change the subject. We're talking about you right now.” said the floran, pointing an accusing finger at Nhu.
        “No, we aren't. In fact, I think we're talking about you right now. You're trying to dissuade me from my mission. Why would anyone do that so desperately unless they were somehow involved?” Nhu pried.
        “Logic cannot dispel me! Only acceptance!” the floran cried.
        “I don't know what you're talking about. Logic can dispel anything. It's logic.” Nhu argued. He had a plan, and it was very simple. He walked over to the ascension platform, from which acolytes would leap to be judged by Kluex. If they were worthy of wings, they would be given them midair. If they weren't...well, it was messy.
        The floran trailed him slowly. Even though he was winning the argument, some unnatural force was still sapping Nhu's self-esteem. He had taken a wild guess, and settled on the culprit being the floran in front of him. After that, it was simple: get rid of the floran, and you get rid of the influence. It was wrong when it said Hylotl weren't fighters.
        “Don't argue with me. You know that's not true.” came the insidious voice behind him. He felt another flare of anger.
        “You may be right, but...” It wasn't true that logic could dispel anything. Not against this psychological attack.
        “But what?” asked the Floran, coming closer.
        “Take a step forwards. I dare you. I swear I'll break your jaw.” Nhu challenged, holding up his fists.
        The floran took a step forwards, chin extended. It clearly expected him to chicken out.
        Nhu fulfilled his promise, but not by breaking only the floran's jaw. Instead, the hylotl stepped forwards, put two firm hands on the startled floran's shoulders. Then threw his weight into a twisting throw, shoving the Floran stumbling out the arch, onto the ascension platform...
        and then off it into empty space.
        The floran yelled at him all the way down, but Nhu had deaf ears.
        ...Kevin pulled the trigger, and hit the artifact dead center. The artifact fell to the ground with a clink of glass. Nhu blinked, confused. He was back where he had been before Kevin had disintegrated. Now, however, the human was fully constituted, and this time the gun fired. Nhu stared at Kevin for a moment before Kevin returned the gaze.
        “What are you looking at me for?” Kevin asked, wishing he had a mirror to check his face.
        “What? Oh, sorry. No reason.” Nhu turned away and stepped forwards to pick up the artifact. Nhu was loathe to touch the strange artifact, but picked it up anyway. The others had seemed less sinister than this one. This artifact had a sort of aura of malice and hate.
        “I don't like this.” Kevin said, taking a step forwards to look closer at the artifact in Nhu's arms.
        “Let's just get out of here. I want to get off of this creepy planet as soon as possible.” Nhu said, trying not to look at the artifact. He didn't tell Kevin about his momentary lapse into...was a hallucination? He didn't think so. The artifact had done it, he was sure. Kevin hadn't even noticed the time that seemed to have passed. Actually, he wasn't sure any time had passed at all.
        As they exited the tower, between one instant and the next, the entire city disappeared. In another moment, the forest in front of them disappeared. Finally, the very ground around them changed from a dusty tan to a solid dark purplish black glass. The sky faded to a dark burgundy red.
        Kevin tapped his foot on the glassy surface of the ground, but said nothing. There really was nothing to say. They kept walking, scanning the new landscape.
        They found lying on the ground next to Esther, who was staring around at the vacant space around her. The trees had just disappeared.
        “She's asleep...she just passed out again after waking up.” Esther said.
        Kevin cautiously picked the unconscious floran up, ready for a surprise attack. He had an arm supporting her knees and an arm under her neck, which wasn't the safest position to carry a tense floran. Aruada's head lolled over his arm. She was well and truly asleep.
Fanbound #52
Nhu is suddenly accosted by an floran of unknown identity, but something about them doesn't add up.
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I saw a new update for Starbound...

"A NEW HOPE?!" *installs*

Couldn't find anything different, so I'm just going to take it down as bug fixes until the wiki gets an article posted showing the details.
So...I'm using FireAlpaca as my way of converting my paper/pencil art to digital, but it doesn't have the most intuitive or versatile masking options(I'm going to have to get pretty creative if I do what I want to do, and it makes my head hurt when thinking about how I'll do it). I'm considering buying Paint Tool SAI, but I don't know if it is a waste of time(Apparently it has a hard time with Windows 10). I would really need to have it on my computer to have tutorials make any sense at all.
There may be some slight delays because of this. I apologize in advance.

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I will admit to being in the lower bracket for skill when it comes to art, but I'm working hard and learning fast. My whole goal for my drawing hobby is to be able to draw characters from various stories that I have written(another hobby of mine) with as much skill as I see fit.
When I'm not drawing or writing, I can be found playing video games, walking on scenic routes, and...well, doing homework. Fortunately, my life is sufficiently stable right now, and I can turn my attention towards art and literature.

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Also, watch this, and turn down your volume:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD_imY…
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Reksanden Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watching~
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Isvus Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Mhm! I saw Fluffdi mention you, so I took a look. Needless to say, I liked what I saw here.
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Reksanden Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, okay > w<
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Fluffdi Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
0u0
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Isvus Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o
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Pitool Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fave, dude
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Isvus Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
;3
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thatguythatfixes Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
Dude, help.
I think my Starbound copy is broken.
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Isvus Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You bought it on Steam, right?

Uninstall it and then re-download it. Or have you already done that?
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Not broken like THAT, I mean...
Something seems wrong, the dialogue is always weird, ALWAYS!
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