A consulate is basically a smaller version of an embassy. Consulates provide many different legal services for visiting or resident Gigamerican citizens in a foreign country, though in the case of Jacob Rayner and his party, they utilize an issued space within the building to safely Pulse In to the Cyber World so that their unconscious bodies are not susceptible to physical attacks. The room has a high enough level of clearance that most people in the building don't even know that it exists and it is under constant surveillance. It doubles as a temporary living space as well, having the bare necessities of a minimally stocked small kitchen, inflatable beds, and private restroom.
Higher-grade Pulse Transmission ensembles exist here than the portable versions that its current occupants would normally carry around, providing additional protection for them in the event of deletion or sudden power outage while Pulsed In.
" You're awake sooner than expected. "
Faith Nymphra's was the first voice that Jacob Rayner heard when he woke up from Pulse Transmission. The two of them, along with Cherish Pele who was still sound asleep in a chair nearby (or at least she appeared to be -- in actuality she was just still Pulsed In), arrived in Netopia the day prior after a brief reunion in Gigamerica. These living quarters were authorized to the three of them by the Gigamerican government since it would be considered potentially dangerous to Pulse In from just anywhere in a foreign country.
Jake and Faith were authorized permission due to their military status, while Cherish was authorized by virtue of being associated with them and their task here.
" I learned more than expected. You haven't pulsed in yet? "
Normally, one of the three would stay awake while the other two were in the Cyber World as a means of protection and assurance to real world threats that they would be blind to otherwise. Faith was a bit different since she could "halfway" pulse when she focused enough, a state they dubbed "Lucid Transmission" since she could still function in the Cyber World mostly normally during that state, but was still partially aware of her surroundings in the Real World as well.
None of that was necessary within the safety of the Consulate though, so it was peculiar to Jake that she was just sitting around all this time.
" Since we were in Netopia, I wanted to go and pay Seth a visit, but I couldn't find him anywhere. I just walked in the door, actually. "
Seth Pele was Cherish's father, and the almost-father-in-law of Faith had his son (who she was promised to wed nearly a decade ago) not passed away. He was also her mentor, though, and the two treated each other like Father and Daughter regardless -- much more so than the actual Father and Daughter relationship that existed, due to one's resentment of the other.
" What'd you find? "
" I went to Rammount first and met a cat-like navi there. The short of it is that there's a new guy named 'Rosso' on the block that's been causing a bit of a scene. He may have been the one that destroyed New Life and Rammount, despite what that footage had implied, but I'm still not sold on it yet. "
Faith frowned a bit. It sounded like Jake was just searching for reasons not to believe that Genesis and the Armored Destroyer were the terrorists that had caused all of this commotion, as if he were in denial of even the possibility of it. She couldn't hold it against him though, he'd made a lot more friends with Navis then she had, so it was natural for him to trust some of them more than she did at face value, but she was just hoping that he didn't let that trust blind him from the truth.
She exhaled a heavy breathe and went ahead and asked him the question that needed to be asked.
" If it comes down to it -- if it's determined that your old friends are indeed the terrorists that they're drawn out to be -- will you confront them and do what needs to be done? Or are you just trying to run from that fact? "
" ... "
Warrior paused in return, no change of emotion on his face though.
The Armored Destroyer wasn't really a friend or even an acquaintance of his, so he knew that he wasn't the one Faith was referring to. Even Genesis was more of a rival than a friend, and even then mostly David's rival instead of his own, but Jake had his moments with Genesis and was able to build his own impression out of those -- something Faith and even Cherish couldn't say.
" I've done a lot of meddling in the affairs of Navis throughout my years as 'Warrior'. Usually not for the better, either. So I've come to trust in the decisions made by a certain few that have always made the right choices, even when the rest of the world disagreed with those choices, and even when they were labelled 'terrorists' before. "
" ... "
It was Faith's turn to remain silent. Their political views were always a bit shaky with each other, even among the three of them. Jake trusted Navis could handle their own affairs without human interference, but that it was okay to lend a hand just not take the wheel. Cherish was borderline prejudice against the species entirely, spitting accusations whenever an incident occurred that they failed to prevent, yet never praising their efforts when they succeeded. And Faith herself was the middle ground: calling spades spades and handling them by whatever means necessary, physical or digital.
" So if the implications are true, then no, I still wouldn't lash back immediately. I'd get to know their motives first, and for a while even trust those motives over my own judgement, I'll admit. I'd only make the confrontation if there was no other option -- if there was absolutely no chance for redemption and if no compromise could change either of our minds. "
" I see... So you're headed to New Life next, I assume? "
" Possibly. The cat-navi had an interesting story of how he became a Juuka, but the details didn't quite match up with my old understanding of that term. The important part is that the Rosso-fellow allegedly has those powers now, and if he really is the big-bad this time, I'd at least want to have a headstart in knowing how to contend with a Juuka. A couple of old contacts of mine in Sharo would probably know more, but the network is closed off. "
Rikaru, the Life Virus Juuka, and Iscon, the wise old hermit of the mountains. It had been far too long since Jake had heard from those two though, so he was ignorant to the demise of Turbine and Toxin, as well as the indefinite absence of Rikaru.
" I think you should go there and find out what you can, then. "
" ? "
" I'll go check out New Life. I hope you understand, but you do still have a bias for any information that you find out about the two supposed terrorists, whereas I don't. "
" ... "
Jake wasn't offended, but still a bit put off by her straight-forwardness. Regardless, Faith was his most trusted friend, having known her his entire life and being basically an older sister to him, he respected her opinion enough not to argue back.
" I'll keep you informed, as always, and I'm sure if you discover anything that it'll still prove helpful in the event that your Rosso is as much of a problem that one random navi claims he is. But until I am convinced that your friends aren't responsible, I don't want you getting too involved while you're stance is still impressionable. You understand? "
" Of course. I've no doubt they'll change your opinion, too. "
" I certainly hope so. Be careful, Jake. You've got no one to fall back on if you get into trouble all the way over there. "
Jake smiled at her concern. What she said was right though: neither her, nor Gigamerica, nor any of his digital friends would be with him this time, so this was a level of independence he normally wasn't used to having, and that came with a level of danger that he wasn't used to facing.
" You too, 'mom'. Cherish summed it up pretty nicely last time, so I'll repeat it for you too: when there's a pissing contest, they like to spray, so make sure you're good and clear from the splash zone when it comes down to it. I'll be back in no time. "
Faith chuckled and shook her head as they made their farewells.
Thinking about it now, Jake realized he probably wouldn't be able to get to Sharo anyway, but being that he had no PET and he was a human, he could probably try traveling there physically and pulsing-in that way, just like he had done when coming from Gigamerica to Netopia. Barring that approach, though, his next difficult step was just searching for a way to get over there in general.
It had been a day since Warrior left. To no surprise, there was no word from him yet. Sharo wouldn't have been isolated if communications weren't completely cut -- that was the whole reason they needed to get there through the Real World rather than by traveling through Cyber Space.
As Faith woke up from her digital venture, the place seemed normal at least. She could normally keep her Real World bearings even while Pulsed In, but there was a lot going on in the past few hours that stole her attention away while she was inside.
Next to her, Cherish was still soundly "sleeping" as it were, going about her own virtual affairs as well.
" ... "
Faith was concerned with just leaving her here by herself, but she was a capable girl that didn't necessarily need all of the parenting that Faith insisted on always giving her.
Cherish was obsessed with NIA though. And from what Faith had learned about them both in the past and just now as of recently, that was a dangerous interest to have. But she couldn't just yank her out of her Pulsed-In state to have that discussion with her, despite its importance.
So instead, she'd write it in a letter and leave it for Cherish to read when she woke up. She was in a bit of a rush though, so she didn't have time for pleasantries. Faith leaned in and whispered in her ear like a mother would to a daughter before bed as she placed the letter in her lap.
" I'll be back in a few days. Stay out of trouble. "
The senses were a bit volatile while one was pulsed in -- sudden loud noises and jerky movements really affected what was going on from the person's point of view inside of the cyber world, so the gentle voice was to keep from disrupting her, where ever she was.
With preparations to make and a journey to travel, Faith collected her PET that now housed Genesis, Vanguard, and Mistair as she went on her way to Sharo for more answers to the mystery she had found herself a part of.
The third to awaken, Cherish Pele's eyes fluttered open as the device around her head slowly removed itself. The chair she was sitting in, that the head-device was attached to, was what enabled her consciousness to enter the Cyber World via Pulse Transmission.
She'd been lying there for about a full day, sorting out her digital affairs. No food or water, movement or anything, not even bathroom breaks. It took its toll for sure, but she was young and healthy enough to brush those off with her task-oriented mindset.
She immediately noticed the hand-written note in her lap that Faith had left her, giving it a quick read before getting up from her seat.
" ... "
Faith herself was no where to be found; nor was Jake for that matter. That at least made Burai's entrance easier to conceal, however that was supposed to work.
She was garbed in the same attire that she wore in the Cyber World, but put on a black jacket over it as that'd be more suitable for where they were headed. While she waited for him to arrive, she grabbed a few un-noteworthy items that would enable her to Pulse In while she was out and about.
Last Edit: Jul 12, 2020 20:56:05 GMT -8 by Warrior
The Gigamerican Consulate, for a moment, did not possess an additional body in it. Suddenly, however, a certain weight was felt in the air, like an intense negative from the crackle of lightning just before it struck, as a fragment of the air pixelated and took form.
He stared around the strange lab, his eyes not quite landing on Feint yet, as he noticed the simple living abode and the "beds" that appeared littered with technology. It seemed to him that they must pilot their Cyber Bodies from here, then, and he was right in his assumption.
He turned, just then, and stared in the direction of the human Feint. She still looked much as she did in the cyberworld, but had adorned an additional jacket to keep herself warm where they were planning on going.
As she glanced over him, she would see that he had the body of little more than a teenager; but the intensity of his eyes, the way that, even in the real world, they seemed to have that heat-sapping quality to them, made her feel as though he had gone through a lot more than his apparent age may suggest.
He noticed something about her, too, however; her body resonated with EM Wave Data. All humans did, of course, but hers was a bit more refined than the average human - it was almost as if she resonated like a human with a wave form. She had a certain cloaked energy surrounding her, as if her time in the Net had permanently shifted the wavelength of her human body to account for the experiences within the cyberworld.
An interesting property that was. He elected to not mention it, however, as he doubted she would understand him entirely; he didn't exactly understand what it meant, yet, either. He noticed that the world around them still had EM Waves flitting about in the air, his eyes capable of seeing them, but noticed that they were unrefined, uncontrolled, just launching uselessly through the air in the building without forming the Wave World as he knew it. In much the same way that his eyes could see access points to the cybercores of the other world, he could also see the tell-tale signs of data bleeding out of certain ports that told him those were access points to the cyberworld.
The worlds weren't all that different, then - just a different choice in technology.
Without warning, he held out his hand into the air, as if to grasp at something, and he concentrated. He felt the familiar energy rising in the air, but, his companion did not take form. He looked at the fold of his sleeve where the Hunter V-G he possessed was hidden, wandering if it was perhaps because of the inmaturity of the this time's wave world that made it impossible for Laplace to materialize.
Shaking his head, he lowered his hand back to his side, realizing he would have to become accustomed to only accessing his power in the Net. His defense mechanism should still work, even out here, of course, but the brunt of his capabilities would be locked behind the barrier between this one and the cyberworld.
He turned to look at Feint, as he still knew her, and considered her one more time, realizing he probably looked very foreign to her, and also very strange for his actions. "I was testing to see if any abilities still worked on this end. Where I come from, the Wave World is suffused throughout both Cybercores - Cyberspaces, as you call them - and the human world, allowing us to act in both. That boundary seems more solid, here, which is what I expected, but, I wanted to at least test it.
"When I am not Wave Changed, my name is Solo. What can I call you?"
Perfect. She'd look like his babysitter. Nice going, Grom.
Solo at least gave off the aura that he wasn't just some dumb kid, and she'd more or less accepted his story by now after seeing enough of his Wave Form.
Cherish's face betrayed no indication of her confusion over what he'd just explained after reaching his arm out, then putting it back down.
" ... Sure. "
Different world called a "Wave World", something something he'd normally be able to "Wave Change" whether online or offline but didn't seem able to in this timeline. It made enough sense, even if she couldn't visualize it. He re-introduced himself then, so she'd respond in kind.
" In there: Feint. Out here: also Feint. "
Her first name didn't entirely fit her persona, and she was well aware of that. Her last name was generally just always pronounced wrong, like "peel" or "pee-lee", even when she'd introduce herself by it. It was also her father's name -- a sting in her own mind.
" This is supposed to be a pretty secure space, surveillance and all that jazz, so it's probably best we just go straight on our way than linger around too long in here. "
She was pretty insistent that he call her the name of her cyber form in both worlds, a distinction he was rather confused about. He supposed protecting her cyber identity wasn't as big of a deal as it might have been in his world; then again, it was impossible to hide that kind of identity anymore. Anyone with access to the Satella Police's registry would know her identity, were she from his side.
He didn't care what her opinion of him was, nor whether or not she believed his words. He also didn't care much about her assertion that they shouldn't spend too much time, here; he had no intention of doing that, anyway, and he should still emit enough of his unique wave length in the real world that he would not appear in any surveillance. "Good. Let's be on our way, then," he said simply, turning towards the door.
"The frozen north is our destination - the top of the highest mountain Netopia has to offer. If the name is still relevant on this end, the Grizzly Peaks Resort.
Several hours after Cherish Pele and Solo had left, the heavily secured doors to the private quarters sprung open as Jacob Rayner made his return.
" ...? "
He looked around the room briefly, confused that he didn't find Cherish or Faith here. He had just returned from Sharo, an enlightening trip to say the least, and was looking to one of the two girls for guidance on moving forward. The other's guidance he certainly didn't care for, but she was useful for the cause, even he had to admit.
Last they had discussed, in this very room even, Faith Nymphra was to head to Element City to investigate the scene. Given that her physical body wasn't here, she must have been somewhere in the Real World (as Pulsing In anywhere else was a needless risk). She most likely went to go back to meet with Seth Pele, as she had discussed with Jake prior to his Sharo departure, which meant she may have found something important during her search. These were false speculations of course, but it was the only picture that Jake's limited knowledge could paint.
As for Cherish: there could have been any number of reasons for her to have left. In most cases, it would have been because Faith dragged her away, but if it was en route to see her father than that was likely not the case...
" ... "
... unless it was something really serious.
" The stranger in Sharo said that Creamland was in danger... but I shouldn't respond by myself -- he was my warning that I'll need others to fight those who are like himself... "
Mumbling his thoughts aloud to himself made it easier to organize them, and without Faith Nymphra to guide him here, he'd need to figure out the best option on his own.
" If I go to Element City, I could probably track where they went next. But if I go to Creamland, and if the stranger spoke the truth, they'll surely come there in response to a crisis. "
He wouldn't have to go tracking them down at all -- unless of course, the stranger was lying, and nothing of import ended up happening.
" ... "
Regardless of his decision, he needed to Pulse back in. Here in the Consulate, he'd be much safer if his virtual body was deleted: failsafes existed in the facility to at least keep him alive through that mental trauma, even if it meant him being out cold for a few days or even weeks. Cherish and Faith would naturally come back here as a result, so in the meantime, he needed to search for others that knew more of the world's dilemma, as he was still pretty uneducated about the grand scheme for now.
Taking his seat, Jake lowered the head device over his eyes and leaned back -- his next destination decided as he Pulsed In once again.
After more than a long day's worth of work, Cherish Pele finally found herself back in her living quarters, courtesy of Burai's Kamikakushi portal after her last endeavor. Several Murians relics adorned her figure; interesting to note that these kept with her even while outside of a Wave Space or otherwise Cyber-World-accessible environment.
" Hmph. "
Jake was back after all, she'd noticed. That was no surprise, given their encounter at the center of the maze, but it did also mean he hadn't left to go back to Sharo like he had implied he would do. And Faith was still very clearly missing from this picture.
Despite him being in a sleep-like state right now, Pulsed Into the cyber world doing who-knows-what, she still didn't feel quite comfortable taking her suit off to let her skin breathe while he was still in the room. She didn't have too much time to dally around, but a quick shower in the other room would at least give her some time to recount her whole adventure so that she could write up an accurate report to give to Grom.
It'd be an hour or two at the most that she'd spend here, but when she was finished, she'd don her ensemble once more and pulse back in herself to debrief her findings to her commanding officer.