At first, people ruled the land and they alone ruled. Cities were constructed everywhere, wars were fought and treaties were signed. But one day, as if the Earth intended to return all of what humanity built back to nature, monsters and beasts of all types out of nowhere overran each city in waves of overwhelming numbers and left each one in ruin. Only one city was strong enough to defend from the relentless attack thanks to a combination of magic, technology, and 50 meter high walls. They were all that was left of humanity... Them and possible survivors on the outsides of the wall. It's been several years since then and life within' the walls have been manageable. But with the rise of overpopulation, lack of food and water, and looming beasts that threaten what little they have left of society, risks will need to be taken. Perhaps with some help from a particular from a substance that turns monsters to Mamono, they could take back what was once was humanities. Of course being only a recently discovered resource many tests will have to be conducted first...
The Last City is a steampunk/fantasy setting.
You can be human, monster, or mamono. If human you're options of introduction are already been born and have lived in the city or have arrived at the city looking for sanctuary. If you choose monster it's the same as the human's options. Mamono's options are you're either looking for sanctuary or have been experimenting with DE, been monitored after turning, and been allowed to become a citizen of the city.
Most monsters will be controlled by me but if you'd like to add your own you may if you ask me ahead of time and get the OK. Also if any of you like to control a monster that just been turned into a mamono that was originally controlled by me, go ahead.
For why monsters are allowed to live in the city. Monsters that have gained a sense of humanity have proven themselves to the city and have been allowed to live inside. Plus this will cause some interesting conflict inside the city since monsters are the reason why humanity is in danger.
Chris langley had been borm inside the city of Zelous, thankfully. Monsters had overrun all the towns and states as the world had now been switched from ruled by humans to now being ruled, somewhat. Truthfully, life was quaint and dull, yet at the same time there was always the fear of being attacked by them. While the city was the most technological of its' time, there were some monsters near the wall, so there was always a monster's presence. Dragons of myth, horse-like creatures of old, and beings of legend and lore sprouted up in such a short matter of time. And they were out for blood.
However, like many who lived there, he lost ones dear to him. His mother volunteered to help defend the city, only to end up in their clutches and lost her forever. His father, driven to discover and see if there was a new safe haven for the overpopulating city of humanity, but he vanished without a trace, leaving Langley alone.
But not all was lost. A new resource called DE could shift the tide over for the human race, allowing the possibility for monsters to become more civilized, turning them into mamono...however, it was largely untested, and the side effects were unknown besides being turned into more humanoid beings. But many believed it was humanity's saving grace. While Chris was afraid of the outside world, he was also willing to help, and signed up to help secure and transform the creatures so that the world could become a better place for all. He only hoped he wouldn't get shredded in the process...
It was early in the morning when Chris had to get up and get ready for the first day of monster hunting and capturing. An old friend of his was waiting for him outside his house, a fellow Monster Hunter, Finn.
Chris got up and did his daily routine, the shower fist, hygienics second, and meal third before getting dressed to begin his fist day of training, seeing his old friend he made during the time spent in Zelous.
"Finally ready I see. " Finn said, already in his armor and all. Finn at the time of the monsters attack lived outside of the city in a near village with his family. Him, his brother, and mother along with some others made it out, unfortunately, his father did make it out of the attack. He rarely speaks of what happens on that day for obvious reasons.
"Went regularly enough I suppose. Took my shower, got dressed, the normal routine. Although I'm wearing civilian clothes right now, not geared up for battle such as yourself." Chris replied back, then sighing. "The outside world...I take it things have been going somewhat smoothly, although there are...casualties. Just like my mother and father..."
"Pfft. Like that'll happen. The only way we'd be able to pull off something like that is if we'd capture a monster, and a BIG one at that. They'd probably start us off small, the higher ups." Chris said, smiling at the silly, yet uplifting notion. "Speaking of...how large has the testing gone on monsters?" Chris continued, as the military infrastructure was in sight.
"Yeah... But it be fun being able to set up our own squads and all. Then again I should be taking this more seriously, right." He said with a shrug. "As for the testing, get a load of this. They've been testing the DE on Goblins since they're pretty easy to come by. So far out of the five tests, 100% of them turn out female, cute females from what I heard. Along with what I've heard they're a bit.... Frisky. Trying to get into the scientist's trousers." He said with a laugh.
"Darn right it is, being a leader and all that. But the trousers? Could it be a side effect?" Chris chuckled a bit, as their walk continued. "Or maybe the goblins just had a taste for getting into pants."
"That be a side effect I wouldn't mind... Pants Goblins..." He gave a muffled laugh as they arrived and groups of people stood around all new recruits. The two of them would spot Finn's brother, Caius. "I see my little bro made it."
"And that's where you're wrong. I tried to convince him not to since it was heartbreaking enough for our mother having one of her children enlist but he wouldn't budge. He's got his reasons." He said with a sigh before smiling. "Guess I'm going need to look after him now just like when we were little."
"...Well, who knows what'll happen. Maybe your little brother may end up being the big brother out there. Just don't go and embarrass him, dude." Chris said back, as the notification that orientation was about to begin. "Here's hoping we make through this unscathed..."
"Whaaaaaat? Meeee? Noooo?" He said and went silent as orientation started.
The head of the Monster Hunters, Malstar went up to the podium with all of his glory. Nearby stood some other notable figures, one being Klarx and the other bring Atar. Both well-known captains and both having tremendous combat prowess. Malstar would start speaking...
"I thank you all, recruits, for joining our endeavor in taking back what used to be ours. It takes courage facing down these monsters that threaten our livelihoods. For today you all will be hunting Rhinoceroaches. Divulge the information on Rhinoceroaches from your monster manuals. You'll all be split up into three squads and the goal is to capture six; two from each squad. This whole thing will be supervised by Klarx and Atar. Good luck to you all." He said as he stepped away from the podium and Klarx approached it.
"Alrighty, all you line up shoulder ta shoulder and we can get this underway."
"They sound like they're get big." Finn said as the recruits start to get split up between three squads.Finn would be sent off to one of the groups while Chris was taken by another. Caius was sent over to Finn's squad.
Atar would step up to the podium. "After we get together our gear we'll be heading out of the West gate. Stay with your squads at all times. That is all." He said and headed over to Klarx, starting a discussion. At the moment the captains were asking for volunteers to either handle the shock rods or net launchers. Shock rods were the main way of subdueing monsters and didn't take much skill to handle. The net launchers were heavy and took accuracy. Or Chris might just want to use a sword or bow. The choice was his.
Chris pondered the decision, and since the Rhinoceroaches were agile bugs, slow reload times were costly. He despised blood, however he was willing to witness bloodshed on another's hands, so long as they weren't his. He grabbed a shock rod and stood by the others who were waiting outside the West entrance to the untamed outside world. Gulping, he only spoke a single sentence. "May mercy be with me..."
Luckily he got one of the four shock rods. "Alright, open the gate!" Atar said to the workers and slowly the massive gates to the outside opened up. The city was mostly surrounded by fields which meant for the most part they couldn't get surprised by any hostile monsters. Sadly Rhinoceroaches didn't reside in fields, they resided in forests. The three squads would head out, each with one cage cart towed by horses to help transport the Rhinoceroaches led by a captain. It was time to face the outside world.
As Burden walked, he could see something in the distance... A wall? One that was ginormous and sturdy looking? Could it be!? Sanctuary?!
(Also, thought I should mention. Monsters with a sense of humanity obviously survive easier on the outside. The main difference between a monster and a human living on the outside is that primal monsters won't actively plan and seek out to kill sensible monsters unlike humans though are still quite hostile to both.)
R would get a knock at his door. Outside a Dwarf stood who in advance told R that he would be getting him in the morning to bring him to the top of the wall to look over the wall's defenses.
"Remember." Their captain started. "Surround, net, subdue." He said as they started towards the forest. Caius seemed to have opted for using a sword. Maybe this be a good time to read up on Rhinoceroaches if he had his monster manual on him.
Burden, topaz dagger in hand, stared at the massive walls. He had heard of this place from a Lamia friend of his, and deciding that it would certainly be better then hunting the mindless beasts that prowled the ruins he resided in, had gone in search of the city.
Behind him a small aquamarine blob followed. It was Burden's closest companion, and had been with him for years.
"C'mon Emerald, let's go!" He said to his companion, walking over towards the City in the distance.
Despite the name having roach in the name they more resemble beetles and with that comes thick and strong exoskeletons that are tough to get through. They rarely are alone, most of the time with two or three others and have no problem calling in others if the nest is close enough. Use heavy weapons to shatter through their armor or piercing weapons that can go through the exoskeleton. Despite their large size they can also fly so watch out for any that are at a distance as they can close that distance and go in for the kill. Also, bring some backup in case the Rhinoceroach call in its own.
Chris sighed as he closed the book, as the team delved deeper inside the jungle. He could hear sounds of various creatures, including sounds of audible rustling as the squads became more tense about their surroundings. "Wonder what the Rhinoceroaches are going to be for..."
(Caius is in Chris's squad and Finn's in another.)
"Here's hoping." Ricktor said as they got on the elevator and it started the climb up the 50-meter wall. "Wanna go out for drinks after this?" This wasn't an uncommon question coming from Ricktor.
As Burden approached, she could see that the giant gate wasn't open. A watch guard sitting within' the confines of the walls was looking out one of the windows. He'd catch sight of Burden. "Oi! State your business!" He said, standing up with a rifle in hand.
"They have a surprising amount of meat inside the shells. As for the shells themselves, they can be made into weapons and armor. The backs are too sharp to be ridden on but they can be kinda trained like hounds." Caius replied.
"Alright, stay there then." He said as he went out of view, probably to ask a higher up.
"They sound like they're get big." Finn said as the recruits start to get split up between three squads.Finn would be sent off to one of the groups while Chris was taken by another. Caius was sent over to Finn's squad.
Name: Nicknamed - Monarch / Real name is not known.
Age: Early-Mid 20's.
Species: Human (Presumably male.)
Origin: Born somewhere outside of the city.
Family: Whether Monarch still has family is not known, though he seems to have a pet crow named 'Corkscrew' that usually sits on his left arm or either shoulder.
Personality: Although not much is known about Monarch, he seems to care about the people close to him, though if given the chance, will avoid a fight. In this sense, he is a bit cowardly. Likes to talk to people from the outside about their experiences. Would give his life to save Corkscrew.
Skills: Can sense footprints (tracks) on soft surfaces. Is able to run at increased speeds for a short time (This requires large delays to recharge, however.) Is able to use Corkscrew to relay information to him on enemy locations.
(Heya, was looking to join. Is this a good character?)
(Uh, we'll just overlook the mistake, King. And that's a fine character, Addiction.)
After a bit of time the gates would open up to Burden a bit and two guards stepped out. "Inside, hurry..." They also eye the slime that sat beside Burden. "And is that creature with you?" Seeing as it wasn't attacking they weren't alarmed.
Caius thought for a few moments. "Depends. Tyrants can get bigger than their regular counterparts. Queens usually get to the size of an elephant. A regular Rinoceroach usually are around the size of cows. Now a Tyrant Queen Rinoceroach... That would be big."
"Wonderful!" Ricktor said as they made it to the top. He'd walk over to their main defense against massive monsters. A giant, energy railgun. These fine things of top engineering fire high speed and high damaging energy shots that can pierce straight through several Dragon and then some. Sadly two things hinder the giant killing machine: Slow charge time and the energy it needs to fire a shot. Three shots can be fired in total during one attack, the saved up energy it already has inside, redirecting all energy within' the city to the railgun, and using backup energy that the city saves for rainy days. Four railguns sit on top of the walls, one facing each cardinal direction. It takes quite a long time to travel around the wall even with the cart system set up around the top of the wall, taking about half an hour between each railgun.
R whistled as he saw the railgun. “I do love weapons. Working on these things are always an inspiration for weapons. That and they pay well to make sure they work.” He spoke as he began to look over the railgun.
(Well him discovering the city's existence is something. Or more interestingly he could happen upon the squads that are out capturing Rinoceroaches.)
The guards would step aside to let Emerald and Burden inside. "Do we really have the room to let a monster and his pet in?" One guard asked the other.
"Regardless if we do or don't, every being seeking sanctuary are allowed entry." The other guard said and turned to Burden. "We'll be escorting you to have you gain citizenship. We'll also need to have your pet Bubble Slime be sent to the vet."
The Chris's squad would happen upon two Rinoceroaches. They both seem to be fighting over something and we're to busy clashing to notice the squad approaching. The captain would give the hand signals for 'Surround'.
"They do indeed." Ricktor said as he checked the barrel. "Though takes a hell of a long time to just check one. Takes almost an hour to make sure everything is fine and dandy."
Burden couldn't help but want to scowl at the inability of the guards to get his gender correct. Of course, he shouldn't expect anything else, since there wasn't much difference between males and females of his species, and he had been told his voice didn't really convey his gender to others.
"Of course. Emerald, why don't you go with these men?" The slime slowly makes its way over to the guards.
“Well If the thing can kill multiple dragons then of course the damn maintenance of this technological monster is gonna be a bitch...” R checked the internal components. “Anything wrong and our ass is grass as well...Takes time to look over every centimeter of this thing...”
Monarch sat quietly beside a small fire, occasionally checking the sky for Corkscrew. After some time, Corkscrew returned and landed on Monarch's shoulder before hopping to his arm. "People?! Hmm, interesting." He comments to himself, stamping the fire out before preparing his things. Monarch was quite excited to meet actual people. It had been a while since last contact with real humans. Then again, he couldn't just blindly walk up to them...
Taking a small drink from one of his canteens, Monarch started to walk in the direction of the patrol, making sure to stick to whatever could provide cover as he walked.
One guard would take the Bubble Slime one way and the other guard would lead Burden another way. "You can pick up your Bubble Slime after we're done." He said as they walked. Burden could see that the city looked quite advance with machines every which way. The smell of food in the air and people walked around going about their business. Much different from the life outside.
As the squad surrounded the two Rinoceroaches they'd realize that humans were in the area and face the squad. It would seem they were fighting for food. They let out high pitched roars at them as the recruits moved to let the people with net launchers get a good aim. Though it looked like they were going to pounce at any moment.
"Yeah, I know." Ricktor said as they finished up looking over the first railgun. He'd get into the cart and wait for R. "Well at least we get one damn fine view to admire when we're up here!" He said, looking out towards the outside world.
It looked like the people Crockscrew found were quite the ways away. After a bit of walking, he'd see them. They looked to be soldiers surrounding two Rinoroaches, most of them men with sword and wearing proper armor. The net launchers and shock rods looked advanced too. Seeing that they had a cart it looked like they intended to capture the two creatures.
“Woah... These people have advanced tools, Corkscrew. They know what they’re doing.” Monarch speaks to his crow companion as he observes the situation. “Maybe they have a place to go back to? Do you think they’d accept us?” He continues to speak to his crow.
Monarch soon found a slightly elevated point with a bush and watched the group curiously, being sure to keep Corkscrew quiet as to not reveal their position.
The recruits with the net launchers would take aim and fire, one of the beasts getting caught in the heavy net but the other Rinoceroach flies out of the way at one of the soldiers but luckily a second attempt with the net launcher catches it from doing any major damage. It was time for Chris and the other people with shock rods to come in and subdue them. So far, so good.
“Yeah, one hand you got the crowded city behind us, and in front of us open plains with some woods. Best all day secery anyone could ask for...” He sarcasticly spoke getting into the cart after seeing everything was in order.
“Still, home is home if you stay in one spot for More than a day. “
"For Zelous!!!" Chris let out a shout, powering up the Shock Rod as he and the other rookies in his squad zapped them as the subduing process began, being wary of the potential danger for reinforcements for the two entangled Rhinoceroaches.
Monarch continued to watch as they captured the Rhinoceroach’s, waiting till they were subdued before revealing himself.
He’d then hide behind the bush before deciding to let Corkscrew fly and try to spot anything else nearby. After Corkscrew took flight, Monarch started watching the group of hunters once again. Corkscrew would start circling high above the group.
"Well, you gotta at least admit the night sky here is breathtaking." Ricktor said as he pulled the lever which started up the cart.
The other recruits joined in on shocking the Rhinoceroaches into submission. It takes about 5 or 6 good shocks to knock the two out. "Alright, move these things into the cart." The captain commanded as he took out a map and gave it a look over.
"Thanks for the tip. Obviously monsters...Ugh!" Chris replied back, thinking it was one of the recruits, still struggling with the Rhinoceroaches as the group almost hot them both in. "In case you haven't noticed, they're heavy. Wily, too."
Chris felt them move about a little as the creatures somewhat resisted the attempts to be brought into the transport. Casting a glance at the owner of the voice, he found out quickly that he wasn't even part of the unit.
"Uh...who are you? You don't seem friendly..." Chris spoke once more, activating his shock rod. "Speak your intentions. I don't want this to end badly for us both."
“Woah! I thought you would be excited to see another human.” Monarch says, sounding confused and a little disappointed. Though this was hard to recognize, as his mask, well, masked some of the emotion in his voice.
“I am not here with bad intentions. I only seek refuge, and when I was told of your presence by my pet, I realized this might be my opportunity.” Monarch Continues to speak, a masked sincerity in his voice.
"By signing papers and getting a job." The guard replied to Burden as they arrived to at a building and went in.
"Well, it's something coming from you." Ricktor said with a laugh as they were halfway to the next railgun.
The captain was busy looking at the map and noticed Monarch. "Hey, you're not apart of the squad..." He took a glance around and heard he was seeking refuge. "So you've been living on the outside I take it? A survivor for when the wave of monsters came?"
"...You wish to seek refuge?" Chris pondered knowing the outside world was a hostile place, as some people could be unfriendly out here. "...If you've got good intentions, please speak your name, call your...pet real quick like so that it can do whatever it's doing at the moment, and please help us with these bugs. By helping us, you'll have secured at least a security check for any dangerous cargo, and if cleared through, you'll be granted citizenship, provided you follow our rules."
Chris sighed, knowing first impressions were always the hardest when dealing with outsiders.
"Sorry about that. It's just that there are...less friendly people out here who loot what they can, as well as from us. Hopefully you can prove you're an alright sort." Chris spoke once more, apologizing and stating the reason for the sudden wariness.
"That sounds easy enough. I was a bit scared that it would be something terrible, like 'Kill a Queen Tyrant Rhinoceroach.' And that I'd die a horrible death instead of being granted sanctuary." Burden says to the guard as he looks around the room.
“Yes, I’ve been out here as long as I can remember.” Monarch comments in regards to the captains questions. He’d then turn his head to look at the other soldier.
“People call me Monarch, and my pet...” Monarch looks up at the sky, quickly spotting his crow. He’d then lift his left arm out, waiting. After a few moments, a crow swoops down and lands on his arm. “She’s called Corkscrew.” He answers with a smile that’s hidden by his mask.
“It’s true. People out here feel hopeless and desperate, so they they resort to... Well, I’m sure you’re familiar with their methods. I assure you, however, I am not like them.” Monarch further explains before listening to see if Corkscrew had spotted any threats nearby.
“Eh...It’s not that impressive...Jeeze...I guess it’s better than looking behind you every few minutes outside these walls. Still, ain’t keeping my hopes up...” R sighed idily tinkering with his rifle.
“Yes, of course. I’m coming down now.” Monarch states before slowly making his way down to the group. His free hand was up to signify he didn’t have anything in his hands, because the other was occupied with holding Corkscrew.
Corkscrew would see that there were Rincoeroaches in the area but none of them aware of the squad or Monarch. "You help with us we'll escort you to our city. You can gain citizenship there." The captain said, motioning to the bugs that were being transported into the cage cart.
R and Ricktor would arrive at the next railgun. "Alrighty, onto the next one." He said, getting out of the cart and headed over to the giant machine.
"We have the Monster Hunters to handle any monster-related activity." The guard said as they entered the well-furnished building. The room looked to be a waiting room and another guard stood on watch by the entrance. The guard that escorted Burden to the building rolled up a cart. "Place all of your possessions on this cart of inspection, please. I guarantee that all items will be returned undamaged."
Meanwhile, at the vet's, an inspection of a sample of Emerald's slime took place for any disease or anomalies.
“Thank you. I can assist by being your eyes of the land.” Monarch explains in a relieved and thankful tone. Afterward, he whispered something to a Corkscrew before sending her into the air.
“Please don’t let those things wake up,” Monarch then says, looking at the two captured Rhinoceroaches, “there are more of them nearby, and they might be drawn here by their screech.” He’d explain whilst looking around the surrounding area, all the while keeping his hands by his sides and away from his weapons.
“That’s a relief.” Monarch says with a relieved sigh. He’d then slowly walk over to the captain before looking over the map. After getting a grasp of where they were, he pointed out the spots on the map where Rhinoceroaches were located.
The components looked fine. Ricktor would head over to the barrel and take a peek inside. "Oh... Well now." R hears him say. "Looks like some birdies decided this be a wonderful place to make a nest. Remind me to write a report to animal control about this when we get down off of here."
"Alright. We're heading East to catch a few more Rinoceroaches." He then turned to Monarch. "So... That crow. You can communicate with it?"
"East? Um...what lies East of here? And please don't tell me there's a Tyrant Queen Rhinoceroach..." Chris said, knowing now that a single one of those regular insects was dangerous in and of itself. "Any other creatures we need to be wary of in that direction?"
"Even my clothes?" He said, referring to the green robes he wore. He placed his dagger into the cart, and a few little trinkets he had collected over the years, such as the fangs and claws and scales of some of the creatures he had hunted.
“Yes, we understand each other quite well. She’s been helping me survive for some time now. Having a second pair of eyes in the sky is quite helpful.” Monarch explains whilst petting Corkscrew. “She’s saved more than once.” He then states with a small laugh.
“Would you like me to send her up as we head south?” Monarch asks, continuing to pat Corkscrew as he turned his head to face the captain.
"Means we haven't had to deal with any giant monsters lately." He said as they headed for the next cart to head over to the next railgun.
"What lies East of here is more Rinoceroaches. Not queens or tyrants." He said towards Chris and turns to Monarch. "No, that will be just fine. For now, just follow us."
"No, keep your clothes on. Now..." He picked up a couple of papers from the cart and handed them to him. "Try to fill these out before you're called in." About three papers asking for first, middle, last name, birthdate, birthplace, skills, any family, etc. A whole bunch of questions. Luckily she had a comfy couch to sit down on and a table with a pencil lying on it to write with. The guard then pushed the cart into another room, disappearing from sight.
Burden, having no last name of his own, decided to take the last name of his Lamia friend, Morgana Lynn. He left the middle name blank. For his Birthdate he put August 1st, not that he really knew his birthdate, and put "The ruins of a city." For his birthplace. He began to list his skills in hunting, magic, and evading confrontation, and put Emerald for his family.
"Actually, what if the bugs are smarter than what we thought? I mean, it'd be a good idea to have eyes in the sky. Monarch's bird also seems well-trained, so the bjrd may be able to sense things we don't." Chris said, putting his two cents in despite the possibility of being scolded at.
The scientists always looked for her in the dampest spots of the city, searched every area that would be considered marsh-like. Hell, they had even put up wanted posters for a missing experiment. But they never thought to look beneath the ground. In their own sewage system.
The Mucus Toad sighed as she stared up at the pipes and street drains. She had become accustomed to the dark, and had learned to see quite well. She only wished for some cleaner water, and maybe some better food besides cockroaches and the occasional scraps that fell into the sewer. I hope... that this won’t be the rest of my life...
The sewers were, for the most part, quiet except for the sound of people walking and talking on the surface. So far sewer proved a safe hiding spot. But the living conditions weren't the best, that was for sure. Just what was she to do next?
Soon a woman walked into the room Burden was in from a hallway and looked over at him. "Alright, I'm ready for you. Follow me please" She said and walked back into the hallway, heading towards one of the many doors.
The captain sighed. "We've been dealing with these sorts of creatures for years now and so far they haven't proved very smart but if you insist." He then looked back at Monarch. "Alright, use your crow to keep an eye from above."
The Toad decided to do the one thing that really entertained her: to watch the surface world from the drains. Even though she was afraid of them, the humans were so interesting. She vaguely remembered when she was a vicious beast, one that attacked boats and fisherman that got to close to her lake. But now... she had found a growing curiousity pertainign to them.
"You got it." Monarch said, sounding rather excited before having Corkscrew land on his arm. He'd then whisper something to her, and she quickly flew high into the sky. After reaching a certain height, she'd just do wide circles around the group, occasionally cawing.
Monarch stopped every time Corkscrew made sound, presumebly to listen; giving updates on the situation around them.
As Ricktor and R got closer to the next railgun they could see the guards stationed at it looking over the wall down at something. "Hm... Wonder what they're looking at over there. Probably trouble if it involves the outside."
The toad could see the humans in the surface going about their business. Talking to each other, some merchants selling items, vendors selling delicious looking food that probably equally smelled good but was covered up by the overbearing stench of the sewer. She could also see other races going around and doing the same but none of them being her own race.
The woman would lead Burden into a room and took a seat behind a desk. "Now you tell me what kind of work you can do." She said as she got out more papers.
So far, nothing bad. Just some Rinceroaches. After the group walked for a small bit of time they'd come across three more Rinoceroaches. The captains would give the command and the recruits would start to get into formation.
She sighed, watching with mixed emotions as the surface world thrived. She had been used to eating giant bugs and fish when she was feral, but now she longed for human food. She longed for her lake. And, strangest of all to her, she wanted a mate. Of course, she wasn’t even sure if male Mucus Toads could reproduce with her, or if they even existed still. But she still yearned for the touch, the life of the outside.
"So...what exactly is your armor made out of? Nothing I've ever seen before, thats for sure. Although I guess ours is foreign to you as well, I guess..." Chris spoke, after a duration of traveling, asking Monarch about the foreign abnormality.
“After living out here for so long, I’ve designed my own armour.” Monarch explains happily, excited to speak to someone else. “I suppose this mask is what caught your attention first, yes?” He then asked, as if he had dealt with this question before.
"Um...that would be a yes. So...and pardon my asking once more...but why do you seek sanctuary? You're clearly more capable of living by the land." Chris asked once more, as he took in the information given by Monarch.
“Well Unless it’s the main gate I don’t think it’s humans they are looking at...Or they are...Whatever the case let someone get ready.” R raised his rifle and chambered a round inside. “If it is hostile at least I won’t have to worry about wasting ammo uneccecarily...”
"Of course. Basically, your job would be going out and hunting wild animals and monsters and bringing back the loot and meat. Food is a constant need here in the city so you're almost always guaranteed to sell at least half of your stock the first day you set up your stall to sell. You can also set up your own prices to how you see fit." She explained to Burden.
"Hey, did you forget were out monster hunting, recruit?" The captain scolded as they had already subdued the three Rincoeroaches while they were talking. "You can talk on our way back to the city, now go help those bugs into the cart."
"And here I thought it was going to be another quiet day." Ricktor said with a bit of a chuckle as he loaded his own rifle. Once they arrived at the third railgun, Ricktor got off and headed over. "Hey, just what are you all staring at?" The guards looked towards him and R and their gaze goes back down to the outside of the wall.
"Uh... There's a Owlbear down there... Staring... Since this morning." One guard spoke and down below an Owlbear was indeed staring back up at them, unmoving.
Monarch eagerly awaited for someone to ask him a question. Talking with anybody was something he had been waiting to do for a long while. At the same time, he continued to watch Corkscrew and listen closely.
The Toad quickly shot around in the direction of where the voices were coming from, quickly leaping from the drain back down to the sewer labyrinth, hoping that the darkness of the sewage system would conceal her.
Monarch turned to the young man with a smile hidden beneath his mask. “Yes. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had to survive in this harsh land.” He explains, looking at the land around them. “Judging from how you said it, I take it you have some sort of large sanctuary?” He then asks, a curious tone in his masked voice.
"It's close by to the vets place so..." She looked at his map and pointed to its location. "Right there. I suggest going to the doctors and then picking up your pet. Alright, one last thing I need from you. A picture. If you could follow me." She said, getting up from the desk.
After going into another room a camera was set up and Burden was instructed to stand against a white background and smile and to keep his eyes open. "Aaand done. Well, you're all free to go now. Cya tonight." She said with a smile. The guard was also waiting for him with his stuff on the cart, finished with the inspection.
“I was just a boy when it happened,” Monarch explains, a little saddened having to think about about his past. “I hid in a tree and stayed there as chaos occurred all around me,” He begins to explain, “Although I was young, I knew not to come down from that tree.”
"I was just wondering if you've heard anything..." Ricktor said as he worked.
Burden also got a paper saying he was a new citizen and needed a checkup. He'd find the hospital. It was a large, white, clean looking building with nurses and doctors inside going about their work. A few patients sat around inside the lobby.
Chris also listened intently on Monarch's story, even though his previous question was drowned out by the passing soldiers at the time... "Stuck in a tree? You must've had sone serious odor control if you managed to survive out there within those first few moments. I remember when my parents were around, they told me of the Wave. They told me that it was instanteous, like a flashing blur. Five of the world's biggest cities fell within minutes of the breach, and soon after, every city and settlement in the world came under threat of the monsters. Zelous was the only city that was well aware of the problem of it surging forth. The other countries and regions didn't listen, and when it happened, it was too little, too late. Now it's all ruin, left for scavengers and the like to loot for any remaining valuables. If only the warning was heeded..."
Chirs gave his two cents before listening more to Monarch's story, siddenly realizing that being curious as he was, now was kind of impolite to quip in. "Sorry...didn't mean to interrupt. Please, continue."
"Oh, well if you have a paper that says your here for a checkup just take it to the front counter and they'll guide you from there." The nurse says to Burden.
Soon the two would finish with railgun 3 and onto the cart to the final one. Ricktor would be whistling as they rode towards it.
She'd see the two humans. They'd seemed to be fixing pipes and some large machine. "It's so damn nasty in here- Aw shit." One of the two guys said as he lifted his foot and looked at the bottom of his shoe.
"Step in shit?" The other asked.
"I stepped in something." He gave an irritated groan.
“It’s alright, no need to apologize.” Monarch says in regards to Chris, interested in his story.
“I had to leave the tree in order to gather supplies from the nearby town. Of course, I knew of the dangers that lurked everywhere, but I had to survive.” He explains, his hands slowly curling into fists as he thought about his past.
“Eventually, I found a cellar and made my home there. Not that it lasted long.” He continues to explains as his hands remained fists.
Monarch then turned his head to look at Chris. “Zealous? So that’s where you reside. I’ve heard stories of the place.” He states with a small nod before looking up at Corkscrew.
“Oh, yes. ‘The great city that could withstand anything.’ It’s what keeps some people going; hoping they can reach sanctuary and live a normal life.” Monarch explains, his hands returning to normal as he turns to face the young man.
“Seeing as you are here right now, that claim must be true.” He adds with masked optimism, looking at the different members of the scavenging group.
Soon the cart would arrive the railgun facing North. Ricktor would get to work looking over the machine. In the far distance, the two could see large mountains looming over the horizon line. "Ever wonder what could be up in those mountains over there?"
The group looked more like hunters than scavengers. "Claims are indeed true. My names Caius by the way." He spoke as the 50-meter wall could be seen in the distance with the giant, mighty railgun sitting on the very top.
"I'm Chris. Chris Langley. And the stories are true, just as Caius recently mentioned. However, sanctuary isn't so without...problems." Chris sighed, the less than syellar thoughts appearing on his mind.
“It is nice to meet you, Caius.” Monarch says before seeing the large wall. A loud ‘woah’ of astonishment left his mouth as he stopped to observe the sheer scale of the wall.
After a few moments, he looked up at the sky and did some sort handmotion. It didn’t take long for Corkscrew to land on his shoulder. “Would you look at that.” He then says with a smile concealed under his mask.
"Well, we're here. Hope you're ready for your check up. Security wise of course. You're friendly enough, but protocols are protocols. Hope you understa...what in the...?" Chris replied, looking at a strange mix of both owl and bear looking at a weapon of some sort. "Just what is that?"
Chris had never seen a creature like it before, at least not in public news.
"...Think its friendly? It looks birdish...!" Chris spoke again, suddenly having an idea. "Monarch, could you get Corkscrew to see what it wants? You seem to communicate well with her, so maybe you can find out what it wants? Birds of a feather and all that."
“Dragons, monsters, village remains. And more monsters.” R replied as he went to check the components. “And Maybe treasure...But I rather not go out on a hunch for gold. I rather get paid guaranteed doing jobs like this. Or any job...As long as it pays well.” He added.
"I remember when the land wasn't full of monsters and we were able to go where ever we wanted." Ricktor then gave a sigh.
The woman behind the counter looked up at Burden. "Alright, let me see that paper..." After getting the paper she gave a nod. "Just sit down and wait a few moments. I'll have a nurse come and get you when a doctor available."
"Ever wonder if alligators are down here? Like really big ones?" One of the guys asked as he fixed a pipe.
"Dude, fuck this job if there is. Like hell I'm sticking around if that's the case."
"I've just been hearing rumors. Probably nothing."
"You trying to make me paranoid!?" The two people in the sewer would continue to have idle conversation.
One of the men looked immediately at where the sound came from and just as quickly bolted. "FUCK. THIS." He shouted as he ran.
"DUDE! GET THE FUCK BACK HERE!" The other shouted, chasing after, leaving their items behind. Seems like she spooked them... But did she get found out?
"I never understood smoking... What exactly is enjoyable about it?"
The nurse nodded as she wrote down the weight and checked the height. After that was done Burden was allowed to have a seat. "The doctor will be in soon. Is there anything I can get you in the meantime?"
“Hmm, I don’t know. Do you think your commander would let me?” Monarch asks, referring to the captain of the squad. Of course, he was so close to entering the city, that he didn’t want to blow his opportunity.
The nurse gave a nod and left the room. Soon after a man with graying hair and glasses came into the room. "Hello there. Burden was it? I'm doctor Claymore. But you can just call me Clay." He said, walking over to him. "So you're here for a checkup since your new here, right?"
Soon they'd reach one of the nicer bars in Zelous. Inside people talked, drank, and decent music would be playing. Ricktor would head for the bar.
"Hm..." The captain would look over at the Owlbear. "Fine. You may."
"I'll be looking you over for anything that could be of concern. Checking pulse, blood pressure, asking for any allergies, checking eyesight. Those sorts of things. This is the first time I've had a Saurian in my office so I'm looking quite forward to this. So let's start off by asking questions about the information I know, is 187 pounds healthy for a Saurian?"
The Toad’s eyes widened at the sight of the bottle. WATER! FRESH, CLEAN WATER! She grabbed it quickly and held it as if it were something precious. The problem was, she didn’t know how to open the bottle. No! It’s not fair! I need it!
Sadly, if she couldn't open it she wasn't getting it. If she couldn't figure it out maybe she could force it open with one of the tools around her feet... But that would risk spilling the contents out onto the floor.
"Alright..." He said, writing something down. "Any allergies?"
No... The Toad felt tears on her face, which she had found out from watching he surface world was called ‘crying’. She didn’t want a single drop of the perfect water in the bottle, and she fell to her knees in a distressed heap. All I want... is some clean water...
"Don't worry, it'll be quick." He said, standing up and bringing a cart over with a needle and everything else one requires to properly draw blood. He was a professional so maybe that would provide some comfort.
"Who's there?" The toad would hear as the two men from before and a guard turned a corner to see her. It sounds like they heard her crying.
"A... Frog girl?" One of the workers questioned.
"Looks like she found your water bottle." The other said.
"Miss, are you alright?" The guard asked, starting to approach. Sounds like they didn't realize that she was wanted.
She quickly turned her head to the intruders, the desperate crying now turning into a face of dread. They found me... how could I have been so stupid?! She wanted to turn around, but she had made her home in a dead end. She was trapped. The basic vocabulary she had learned from listening to the outside world was so limited, bu she had to try. “L-L-L-Leave!”
Oswald was siting at a table on a street coroner waiting for his pal to come meet him. he was waering a leather vest with purple shirt and pants with black boots he has a baton hanging form his belt by a piece of rope.
"Wait, what?" The guard asked while still approaching. "Miss, I'm going need you to calm down and explain what you're doing down here."
Doctor Clay would insert the needle and before Burden knew it, he had a bandage on his arm. "There, all done." He then pushed a button on the wall and a few moments later a nurse came, took the blood sample, and went on her way. "How are you doing so far?" Clay asked as he picked up his clipboard.
"No problem. Concern for my patient's well-being is my job." He said with a smile. After a bit of testing, the blood results would come back. "Well, I'm happy to say that you seem healthy." He said while looking over the medical papers.
The guard would take a step back.
"Oh shit." One of the workers said.
"Should we get someone?" The other asked.
"Yes, please do." The guard said and the two left. The guard would get down on one knee, putting his hand out to show he didn't have any weapon to show he wasn't a threat. "I'm here to help..." He was hoping that hearing 'help' would calm her down a bit.
Oswald would be walking down an old path keeping an eye out for any monsters that are by the wall he keeps walks walking till finds an tree to sit under so he can get out of the sun. he sits there letting his mind wonder getting lost in his thoughts not paying attention to what is happening around him.
She slowly approached the guard before accepting the bottle and downing it in one gulp. Her dark, murky-brown color was soon exfoliated out of her skin through her slime, the clean water flushing out the polluted sewage and making her skin appear healthily bright green.
She felt so alive, as if the world had finally given her a break. She turned to her savior and quickly bounded for him, almost toppling him over in a slimy embrace, feeling herself crying in his shoulder.
"I'm sure you've trained Corckscrew for something like this. After all, she's very well trained, and she would know if there are any threats to her, otherwise she wouldn't be cawing at the Owlbear." Chris replied, trying to calm Monarch down.
The man that saved her would put up a hand to the three others, stopping them. "Don't. Let me handle this. Just be nearby if I need help. And one of you go get me a water bottle." He said and the three others looked between each other before nodding, leaving the area. He then turned to the toad. "You're alright. They left..."
The Toad backed up before sitting down, leaning against the sewer’s wall. She dropped the wrench and started to cry once more, staring at the guard that stood there. I just want my lake... She wanted to know how to say the words, to ask the guard if she would be free.
Inside Burden could see his Bubble Slime, Emerald, and the vet looking over his clipboard. He'd look up. "Your Burden I presume?"
As time went by Ricktor would come out of the bar and spot R, walking over. "Putting together a weapon there?"
Monarch could see that the city was quite advance in both the magic and tech departments. People walked around, talking and eating food from vendors. Quite different from the outside...
The guard gave a sigh, finding all this quite difficult. "Hey... How about you, me, go to the surface..." He said, pointing to her, then himself, then up to the surface. "I'll protect you, alright...?"
The Toad glanced up at the drain, then back at the guard. She was terrified of the outside world, yet so intrigued by it. This man gave her water, and made the other people go away. Maybe he would be okay to trust...?
She slowly nodded and crawled up to him, putting her faith in his words, even if she barely understood what he was saying.
"Yes, it is. I ran some tests and it looks healthy for being in the outside world. I also had a slime core put in." He said, looking over at the floating, red ball inside of Emerald. "It's a sign that it's not some wild monster that got in but somebody's pet. I hope that was alright."
"What kind of weapon is that?" Ricktor asked, looking quite curious.
The guard gave a sigh. Well, looks like he made some progress. "I'm Benvolio..." He said, pointing to himself.
“It’s truly, well... Truly amazing.” Monarch says, not looking at Chris, but continuing to look around at everything. Having the feeling of safety was something he hadn’t had for a long time. “We don’t nave to take turns anymore, Corkscrew. We can sleep peacefully.” He’d then say to Corkscrew quite excitedly.
"Now then. I'd suggest you go through security to have your stuff cleared out, then head to the doctors for a check-up. See if there is any illnesses. Once you're done with that, just go to the request board and see if there's a job you'll like, although I'm certain your skills out there would work just as well for the Monster Hunters, if they'll decide to take up your offer, Monarch." Chris said again, knowing the newcomer was taking in all the sights. "Well, this is where we must part ways, for now. Although I'm certain we'll see eachother someday. I, along with the other recruits, must tend to the Rhinoceroaches we caught."
Monarch quickly turned to face the guard and Chris, and Corkscrew hopped onto his shoulder, apprently startled. “M-Must we be separated?” Monarch suddenly asked, nervousness very apparent despite the mask. Clearly the idea that him and Corkscrew had to be separated wasn’t sitting well with either of them.
“Outside, hired into multiple bands of militia to fight and shoot anything not human. Always kept moving place to place when things went to shit which usually happened.” He replied as he attached a new part to the weapon.
She took at gratefully and drank a little more of the contents before pouring it on her head and body, smiling as she finally felt clean. Of course, sinc she had escaped from the facility, a lack of clothing never seemed to bother her.
Soon they'd leave the sewer and see the three guards. "So... Are we taking her back to the labs?"
"I, uh, don't think so. Send a message to the DE lab that I found their missing... Toad? I'm going to take her to the doctors."
"Alright... Well, we'll let the labs now." One of the guards said with a shrug. Benvolio then took the time to take off his armor and then his shirt, giving it to the toad. "Here. Put this on. I can't have you walking around naked."
At the park, children ran around, playing and various pets walked around going about their business.
Actually... Looks like the Owlbear ended up eating all of the Rhinoceroachesthey caught. Plus Atar was there, watching it. "It's fine! We got permission to catch it." Finn answers.
"I wouldn't even trust you catching Rinoceroaches. How did you get permission to catch an Owlbear?" Caius said with a laugh.
"First of all, we caught more of these bugs than you... Just that it got hungry. Second, we had the help of Atar."
Ricktor shrugged. "If you insist." He said and was silent for a few moments. "What kinds of creatures did you encounter out there?"
"I'll have a guard escort you." He said, waving one over. "Take this man here to the vets than to get citizenship."
The Toad looked at the shirt with confusion, then tried putting it on, only to find herself caught in the fabric. It took a few moments of wild thrashing and flailing for her to put it on backwards. Her mucus seemed to make the shirt stick to her skin, which made her breasts pop out just as much as they would without it.
Benvolio stared for a few moments. "Nice view but not helping." He said with a sigh and waved over another guard.
"What going on- Wow, uh..." He was left speechless upon catching sight of the toad.
"Yeah, I know. Go get me a coat big enough to cover up her chest and her lower area." The guard gave a nod and headed to somewhere. Benvolio then looked towards the toad. "Well... You're cute at least." He said, looking at the bright side of putting up with all of this.
Burden took this time to look back on his earlier life with fondness, mainly ignoring the parts of it where his friend would consume humans after draining them of their... Fluids. Instead he focused on the times where she didn't do that, and on the times where he would enjoy a successful hunt.
People would walk around in the park. Some people would get up and go and others would arrive. Many races and faces went around. Occasionally a man or woman would sit down next to Burden, also enjoying the sunny day.
The captain nodded and went about his business. A guard would approach Monarch. "Just follow me, sir." He said, starting to lead Monarch through the city.
"Want me to take a look at it?" Ricktor offers.
"Hungry?" Benvolio said towards the toad. Considering she was so thirsty he thought to ask.
“Nah...I was trying to build a special chamber, instead of chambering a round every time, it can hold much more ammo while having the magic device...But it seems that it’s not quite ready...” He spoke.