>>777302>>778069>>778418>>778467>>778761>>778921>As the group gathers, Judith makes note go how many people their are… and with the new appearance of Shotaro, which she'll have to address later, the counts everyone present.
>Alright, time to start.
Let's take a step back in the past while we have the time shall we?
When I was 9, 17 years ago, I lived in a large city in the desert mountains known as Mt. Temza. This was home to huge population of my kind the Kritya. During this time, my world was in a bloody state of conflict known as the Great War. While these battles went on, my people remain a neutral third party keeping ourselves away from the violence…
But it came to us.
In the climax of the War, my home was made the final battlefield. Neither side warned us, neither side cared we were in the cross fire, they simply killed my people and razed my home along with their enemies. When the battle was over, our mountain home was a massive hole in the ground… Over half my race, men, women, elderly children…
all gone in a battle that lasted only an hour.
>Judith pauses as she recalls the devastation she saw. The dead, the destruction, that paradise that had become a graveyard.
I was the only one to survive. Sometimes I didn't think I should have, but I did. But the desert is not a forgiving place I still had to endure it's tests. Monsters, bandits, desserts of the Empire's army looking to… "Let off some steam." I was forced to defend myself, kill to stay alive. I had no luxury not to. I didn't want to die or worse… Eventually I did make it out of the mountains and into a village across the sands… covered in the blood of anything that threatened me. What remaining Kritya there were in the world quickly gathered and left for our only other home… I told them what happened at Temza… and they told me why
Greed, ambition, the promise of more power.
One side, composed of mythical beings of great power, Entelexeia, sought to keep balance in world. The other, the Empire sought the lives of the opposition for fuel
. Their ever life essence powering everything from city lights to water fountains. Both sides fight to keep their way of life. With total disregard for our own. One couldn't afford to, the other didn't care at all..
>She pauses as she looks at the people before.
Not something I'd use on my worst enemy. But here we are, reliving that scenario. Were in a world where our opposition does not care about us, wants us dead, and will not hesitate to make that happen. Our home is gone, those we love with it.
We're survivors now. Not defenders.
We don't have the luxury being able to do anything but survive in this world now. Not only are our lives in the balance, but we carry the burden of saving countless innocent people from this future as well.
If we end up in a situation like yestarday, we'll have to bloody our hands. We don't have the luxury of doing otherwise.
>She pauses to take a deep breath.
I don't ask you to become killers. I ask you to stay strong, for me and for everyone else. What petty solace I can give you is this; if we succeed, we can return home and prevent this future form ever happening. Will it change what we may be forced to do? No it won't, but I'll do what I can to prevent that from happening.
These are the cards we've been dealt. The difference between life and death means playing that hand carefully.
>With that, she switches tracks to what little hope they had.
Yestarday, I was able to discover a lead on a possible to our enemy base along with part of a code. Part
of a code. I need a fresh brain that will know the rest if we want to get in.