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Development of Paranormal Teens

I don't think I'm the first person who has underestimated how much work is involved in developing visual novels.  Earlier this year I made the bold assumption that I could bring out the demo by March.  Then through working on other projects (Wanted: Dragon) and finding out how long it takes to get everything perfect coding wise - especially when there is voice acting - it ended up getting pushed back.
Now, after my wonderful Beta has looked over it, we're in our final stretches but there is always work to be done.
Without a good team, it wouldn't really be possible.
So I'd like to encourage anyone that is starting it, that it is hard work and you have to stick with it.  There's no point starting something and not finishing - especially if it has eaten up a great deal of your time.
As for Paranormal Teens, it's a story that has needed to be told.  My own experiences echo a few of the main characters (notably Mike, Jose and Sissy) a
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[City center of lands of Aleksithimia – Nion’s apartment, 7PM]

Nion woke up from a long sleep. Slowly and reluctantly, she uncovered her face. Streaks of sunlight that penetrated the glass window before had disappeared. Her eyelids opened to the empty unlit room. No daylight, no gentler breeze that was present earlier, just a cold wind whispering, calling Nion to wake up. Next to her bed, the pointless alarm clock, glowing red, 7:02 pm. she was unable to tell for how long she was sleeping but it felt like the mysterious dream was finally over. She was confused about its nature and more importantly the meaning behind those last words she heard in her sleep, the words that for some reason got stuck in her head. Nevertheless, she felt surprisingly relaxed, awake, perhaps more awake than she had ever been.

The memory of a dream will eventually fade. Sometimes it might take longer, and sometimes people are not lucky enough to remember what they were dreaming about at all. Short resemblance of good or bad, if that was a stressful nightmare that may be created by a simple feeling of “leaving something behind”, that can reflect actual trauma or an unresolved crisis, although these types of dreams are most of the time are a wakeup call to learn to let go of something from the past.

Human imagination can create a whole world or scenes, based on a memory stored deep within our memories. Most of the scenarios and images that one is witnessing during the dreaming cycle almost certainly will not reproduce in real life. Thus, dreams do not have to be directly connected, neither visually or auditory, nor give a rational sense straight away as the subconscious is taking over. Imagination is one of the parts of dreams as it collaborates with the existing ideas and memories of the host where the dream projection will happen. Each person sees the dream differently, some, using it as an astral science and taking some scientific approaches for further researches. Some are having uncontrollable flashbacks that are horrifying to the host by creating hallucinations that sometimes may collide with real life. Some others are having a perfect balance within the spiritual and physical self and are able to speculate the dreaming scene while remembering every aspect that occurred during the astral projection.

Occasionally, in order to overcome certain mental barrier, the host goes into what is called the “Cosmic Dream”. Usually, these are considered life-changing experiences. Precognitive clues are pointing to the future and retro-cognitive clues leading to the event that happened long ago. It transports the host from the inner to outer reality, where he or she can observe at once a familiar and an unseen world. During the astral projection, the brain forces the host to revisit all potentially unpleasant topics filled with a balanced contrast of symbolism of overcoming inner barriers by projecting specific images as well as sound messages that have a profound meaning that only the host can decipher. Different to everyone, sometimes it can take months, perhaps even years until the host comprehends the meaning behind…


Nion (Talking to herself, while stretching her left arm):
- That voice, “Embrace Us”…
- What does it mean?
- None of the faces looked familiar…But…There was something else…?
- …
- Argh! So bizarre...

Nion sat up facing the entrance door, dragged her feet off the bed, and rubbed her knuckles into her eyes while her legs were dangling slightly above the floor. The soft breeze coming from the slightly opened window and sweeping inside the silent room made her turn around her head. Nion looked over her shoulder and noticed that there is someone who is sleeping at the corner of her bed, face enrolled in the white blanket.
A tangled mess of smooth curls as dark as the charcoal was covering the person’s face. Nion closed her eyes, dwelling only on the familiar flavor of single malt that was coexisting with the fragrance of the rose bouquet. There was no doubt that the person who was quietly sleeping on her bed was none other than Aleksithimia.

Nion gently moved his hair away. In the silence, she could hear the wind sweeping around, serenity was plastered across his face as he slept. His face was as fresh as a dewdrop, making gentle snuffling noises as he breathed. Ruling over a country of more than ten million people; this man had challenged three other continents for independence and managed to earn worldwide respect after the transformation and reclaim of the smallest country in size compared to the three other lands. He was the one who transformed a small country to the worldwide leader in the domain of technology and science. On the other side, he was the most feared out of four prospers as he was considered as the modern tyrant and dictator, not only by his rivals but also by those who surround him, afraid to contradict him and awake his wrath. Who could ever imagine that that man looked so cute and angelic while he slept…



Nion (Gently touches Aleksithimia’s hair):
- What part of you is the real you…?



 His features were much softer in sleep, he looked peaceful. The only movement was the slight rise and fall of his chest. The beauty was about to wake up from the slumber, he uncovered his face and checked the time on has hand watch that left a rectangle mark on his face because he used to sleep on it. The only couple of seconds after he woke up, he raised his head to look up and saw that Nion was awake.


Aleksithimia (Realizes that Nion is awake):
- How do you feel?

Nion:
- I am alright.

Aleksithimia:
- You look better than a couple of hours ago, that’s great. You were unconscious when Seànn brought you back, do you remember?

Nion (Looks away):
- Not really…

Aleksithimia (Touches Nion’s front head):
- Do you remember anything about what happened?

Nion (Breaths out):
- Not sure what was real and what was not.

Aleksithimia:
- I guess it was a good decision to ask Seànn to look after you.

Nion (Breaths out):
- What do you mean?!

Aleksithimia:
- Remember, the last time we met, you acted pretty…unstable, I would say, so I took the initiative and asked her to supervise you for a little while. The decision was based simply on security aspects.

Nion:
- I am not sure if I should be pleased with what I just heard or not…

Aleksithimia:
- It is not a matter of me pleasing you. I am aware that you are constantly exposed to danger, Seànn being on your side was just to ensure your well-being.
- Look,

Aleksithimia, turns on the mobile device on his wrist, creating a small hologram displaying the report of the latest raid on the Eastern Borders.

Aleksithimia (Shows the report to Nion, then continues):
- Four people deceased, and the rest is gravely injured.
- How shall I explain that the special force that was assigned to cover their back and protect them just disappeared? Have you forgotten the importance of your role?

Nion:
- Of course not!

Aleksithimia:
- This is the second time you disappear in the middle of the mission. This time consequences are far more important. I am sorry, but I need to know how you are going to fix this.

Nion (Touches her hair and realizes that half of it is gone):
- Wait, to fix what?

Aleksithimia:
- Let me reformulate my phrase, how are you going to deal with your mental instabilities or whatever is in your head? I cannot allow more of this.

Nion:
- Wait a second! What are you talking about? I’ve saved dozens of lives and found out the reason for these recent invasions! Isn’t that more than enough to justify my actions for you?

Aleksithimia:
- All that has nothing to do with your assignment. I’ve assigned you to the border control duty because you are…were perfectly apt for it. Perhaps…I am starting to question if you can keep up with your duties. You should understand that I am not trying to lecture you,
- The fact that you have deserted your post for the second time in a row raises my concerns about your comprehension of the importance of our current situation.

Nion:
- I do comprehend that.

Aleksithimia:
- Do you really? According to Seànn, you lost consciousness on our ally territory. You must understand that in your position, situations of this sort should never happen. In fact, you mentioned some abnormalities that were occurring on the other side of the border and I did disapprove your investigation mission, didn’t I?

Nion:
- But…

Aleksithimia:
- Whatever happens in Elpida is not our concern. Neither yours nor mine.

Nion:
- How heartless can you be to summarize the whole situation as “This is not our concern”?! We are the most advanced country, our “Electric Market” is the greatest in the whole continent! We do have enough provisions and space to welcome these refugees. Just out of the city center, we have a dozen kilometers of empty villages and spaces full of grass that are useless! What are you going to do with all these empty spaces anyway? And yet, “YOU” decided to isolate us from the external world as if these people are bothering you every day!

Aleksithimia:
- Nion…

Nion:
- People are dying out there…Everyday! Relentlessly trying to survive while living in fear of what will happen next. I saw these people, I even talked to them and guess what, they are like us, they have a brain, they can communicate, and they "DO LISTEN"!

Aleksithimia (Closing the window):
- …

Aleksithimia’s bodyguards (Calling him from behind the door):
- Is everything all right sir?

Aleksithimia:
- Yes, I am fine.
- …

Nion:
- These raiders, or whoever they are, these animals, massacred people and then burned the whole village. If you would have allowed me to investigate that area sooner, maybe we could have prevented all this… Maybe we could have done something about it!

Aleksithimia:
- Young lady, you are out of your mind… Save them from whom? Their own people? Who are these raiders you keep mentioning? Your whole story is just a mess.

Nion:
- I am not confident to tell you about the identity of these raiders, yet…

Aleksithimia:
- So, I presume, you decided to meddle yourself in a quite complex situation that happened across the border, where you knew nothing or very little about each side, and based on purely human instincts you made the decision of interfering in their conflict and took the position of the victims?

Nion:
- Should I have just pretended that nothing happens around me? Unlike you, I can’t abandon people.

Aleksithimia:
- That’s what you have done until now, and I have never abandoned my people, I don’t care about what happens outside, period.

Nion:
- I have had enough of that mentality of caring only about yourself. I cannot pretend to have a correct life in your glass like universe.

Aleksithimia:
- I do not recall asking you to pretend to do anything, neither am I interested in your opinion or your feelings about your duties, this discussion is taking too long…

Nion:
- Well, that’s just damn rude! Pardon me, prosper I know everything.

Aleksithimia:
- My instructions were clear. A Tsuji member is responsible for the second line of the local border control. The official visitors and other guests who are allowed to access our lands should have an invitation of rank four to five or a special mandate that explains whatever reason they came here. These visitors can only access our lands from the principal gate that is connected to the Clogwyn tunnel, that’s the only official way to get to the capital. By the way, the principal gate was completely destroyed during your absence two days ago. We’ve had more than thirty casualties during the raid… Explain to me, what is not clear about that?

Nion:
- …

Aleksithimia:
- Anyone who is not willing to collaborate and refuse to enter our country by official standards is considered as a criminal and should be executed at sight. You’ve been doing this for more than two years, so it is not clear why all of sudden it is a problem for you…

Nion:
- I refuse to do that then!

Aleksithimia:
- Be careful of what you are saying, even though you are my relative, maybe it is time for you to learn about the world balance in a hard way. You are living in “my” world, that “I” have created. I gave you everything you need and as long as I am concerned, you are not lacking anything. I cannot ignore this kind of attitude towards myself.

Aleksithimia (Stand up, and goes to wash his face):
- …

Nion:
- Perfect! Then maybe it is time for me to get out of here!

Aleksithimia (Exiting the bathroom):
- Be careful what you wish for young lady.

Nion:
- What are you going to do? Ban me from that “Hollow City” of yours?

Aleksithimia:
- Enough. I came here to ensure that you are feeling better, so it looks like. The conference begins in one hour, I have to get going.

Nion:
- Is your people’s safety is less important than that conference of yours?

Aleksithimia (Putting his jacket):
- I believe that you are making a mistake… Whatever is going on at Lands of Elpida, Slagveld or even Zenith is none of our business. The concern that you are trying to raise is about our ally’s lands. Elpida is also a prosper like me, so let him do his job.

Aleksithimia (Walking toward the door and then abruptly stops):
- Tsuji Sesto will take care of the Eastern Border until a new order.

Nion:
- Wait, I am suspended from my duties? And who is “Tsuji Sesto”?! Why I am learning about this new member only now?

Aleksithimia:
- He is the first subject that was following the “Mitera Talent Mastering” program. I also believe that this is the best option, at least until you recover.

Nion:
- I am perfectly fine!

Aleksithimia:
- You did not look as if you were fine when you were spacing out in a bed full of blood.

Nion:
- Wait!
- What happened to all these villagers who reached the second borderline that night?

Aleksithimia:
- That information is classified for the moment.
- …
- I have to leave now, we will discuss that later; The doctor said that you have to rest, so don’t do anything reckless.

Nion (Insists):
- Would you mind cutting out with your “later”? You are here standing in front of me. Tell me what are you planning to do with them. I’ve promised their safety!

Aleksithimia:
- You promised… Quarta Tsuji, what makes you think that you are allowed to engage yourself in a verbal commitment with anyone from outside when you don’t have the necessary power to accomplish that?

Furious, Nion walked towards Aleksithimia and slapped his face. A brief moment of silence followed an atmosphere that got extremely dense. Both of them were looking straight at each other’s eyes.

Aleksithimia (In a cold tone):
- If that can empty your frustration…

Nion (Furious):
- GET OUT!

Aleksithimia:
- Technically, I cannot get out because everything around you belongs to me.

Nion (Furious):
- I DON’T CARE!
- OUT!

Aleksithimia (Stepping out and slowly closing the door behind):
- One more thing, Seànn said that you have to contact her as soon as you wake up. Anyhow, I am glad that you are all right. Bye.

(Door Shuts)

Nion (Hysterical scream):
- Uuurghhh!!





[City center of lands of Aleksithimia – Nion’s apartment 7:30 PM]


 Nion was resting on her bed, reading news about what happened during the last two days when she passed out. Her wrist hologram device received a message on the top of the headline “One hour until the beginning of Prosper Aleksithimia’s speech”. The message reminded her that she had to contact Seànn.

She called Seànn while getting undressed before she entered the shower room. The first two attempts of connecting with Seànn failed, so Nion decided to leave a voice message.

Nion:
- Good evening, I tried to reach you but seems like you are unavailable. First off, I would like to give you my sincere apologies for what happened. I’ve remembered the events back in the village, not everything, but, I guess things that I had to remember. I am out of words on how to express my gratitude for your patience and that you took care of me. Needless to say that you have saved my life, as I cannot imagine what would happen if I was left alone back there.

Nion (Takes a deep breath):
- From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
- …

Nion (Searching for words and making humming noises):
- So… Looks like I am currently being suspended, so I guess I have plenty of time to enjoy stuff that I’ve never done… Anyway, I am getting ready to head out to do something before and then we should meet! I am waiting for your reply, take care!



 She entered the bathroom and noticed the half-closed bin full of bloody bandages. Repulsed by the image, she closed the bin and entered the shower.

Seànn (Voice message):
- Good evening Nion, hope you are doing better. No worries about what happened, it is already in the past. When we were in Elpida you mentioned that the brother of the deceased child was in the city hospital. Since you were unconscious I took the initiative to locate him.

- The good news is that I could pick up the child and now he is under my care until you arrive. The bad news is that due to the cerebral shock he lost his memories prior to whatever happened to him.


Seànn (Kids screaming on the background):
- He is a very nice young man, a little bit shy at the beginning. He asked me about his mother and his brother, I said that someone who may know their whereabouts is on her way to meet him. So, he is waiting for you.

- Once you finish your business, please head to Némless, it is a small village located around two hours away from the capital. I am sending you the coordinates, in the case you’ve never been to Némless, be sure to hide your Kanjöga and try to wear something casual. The population around here are mostly rebels and propaganda activists…All of them are very nice, but I assure you, it is for the best to avoid raising their attention.





[City center of lands of Aleksithimia – Nion’s apartment 8:00PM]

 
 Nion was getting ready in her bedroom while listening to the voice message that Seànn left her. Relieved that the child is safe, yet haunted by an endless guilt, she contemplated if her actions can be explained to a young child who lost everything he ever had. Before going out, she approached the curtains and accidentally stepped on a rose that was lying on the floor surrounded by the shuttered vase that Nion threw against the wall minutes ago.

Nion:
- Aleksithimia…You got to learn more about your sister. I hate colors…
- Ouch! (Removed the rose thorn); Perhaps, they hate me…

Nion (Picks up a purple silk rose petal):
- Speaking of which! He never brought me flowers before… Totally not the type of person. Seànn maybe? Hmm, the color of a rose has a specific meaning…Purple…what was it again…?

Nion (Speaks loud in her room):
- Mitera, tell me the meaning of a “Purple rose”!



 Mitera Service displayed an augmented reality topic about rose colors with a highlighted text about purple roses.



Mitera (Speaks with a gentle female voice):
- The most widespread meaning of the purple rose is enthrallment, especially at first sight. And though there is no indication of permanence in this attraction, there is definitely a deep impression created. Centuries ago it also had a traditional association with royalty.



 Nion moved the curtains of her windows and looked up to the grey skies above the city, it was raining outside, perhaps the rain season had just begun.



Nion:
- Why do I even care…



 Out on the streets, Nion wore a black hooded jacket, becoming an unrecognizable silhouette that looked like a saturated form of a shadow enveloped by the soft rain, surrounded by city lights as she was on her way to the Southern Gate. Small pellets of water were spitting on her hands as the remainder of the drops quenches the scattered puddles decorating the asphalt and the busy road. During the day, the city was usually very calm, most of its inhabitants were busy at their jobs, as due to the city policy the majority must sustain the daytime work, which always a continues as a nine-hour shift. The only small portion of jobs involved was allowed to work until late hours and during the night. That kind of city pace made the city roads almost empty during the day and busy during the beginning of the evening. As sunset came, the city would begin to live and swarms by millions of peoples as if it was an anthill.

Due to climate change, the winter season in central Europe was non-existent since 2060. The peak of the coldest temperature was 0* Celsius. The European continent had changed names multiple times, after the fall of the European Union back in 2035, the countries had split up and the continent was called “The Grand Central”.

A chaotic fragrance was spread out around the perfectly clean asphalt streets; Uprising odor of “Geosmin” quickly filled Nion’s nostrils. Geosmin was a variety of spores that were produced by Streptomyces microbes which particularly dangerous when it is raining as they become active after the long-lasting doze during the dry season. Ever since the beginning of the climate change, the spore volumes grew in number every year, until the scientists across the world had to raise awareness of its existence. Later on Geosmin had been acknowledged as a harmful bacteria that if combusted with others toxic or hazardous chemicals, such as Benzene, Dioxin and other variety of gases that can be found in the air, is an imminent threat to the human body; Specifically dangerous in big cities or industrial areas. As the countermeasure, the world leaders have issued specifically designed facial masks that must be worn during the rainy periods. Because of the rising volumes of Solar and Longwave radiation mixed with pollution that was released into the atmosphere, these began to for the “Toxic Gray Shrouds” all around well-developed cities. In the capital, Autumn had changed into a warm winter season as snowflakes melted before even reaching the surface making that particular period specifically toxic for the city inhabitants.

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 Across the traffic lights, taxi lines with infinite ques of white umbrellas; Customers were patiently waiting for their turn. People, in a hurry on their way home, were stuck in the traffic as it always happens when it rains in the capital. All vehicle transport was completely automated and managed exclusively by “Mitera System Public Transport Services”. This traffic system had been implemented to reduce chemical waste. Only electric vehicles were allowed to enter the capital premises. During the evening it looked like vehicles were floating over the ground, soundless, slowly advancing with the traffic flow to their destination. Along the wet flickering asphalt street, small groups of people were gathered in front of big publicity screens that were disposed all around the city that were usually presenting flash news. Multiple augmented reality holograms that were visible only with Kanjöga collar were disposed everywhere on the streets. Each hologram was promoting its own products, starting from the brand-new body augmentations and its upgrades, cosmetics, food, online retail stores and many more.

During the Slagveld War, the “Prothesis Market” had been submerged by demands, since the number of amputees grew in numbers every day. Small companies that were specialized in manufacturization of artificial limbs became overloaded with incoming demands. This was when young Aleksithimia had revealed his first and one of his most successful public inventions, the first ever fully controlled “Cybernetics Arm” during the “Technology Summit” conference. He quickly had gotten recognition and his project had been selected by the Elders from the Grand Central, and later on, he had received the white card with limitless resources and the title of the “Head of Technology and Inventions Department” across the continent.

Later the same year, the “Cybernetics Researches Department” had been created. The first publicly released prototypes were made exclusively for hospital use, these were a variety of human-shaped limbs that were impossible to distinguish from the real body parts, the skin tissues, the color, the solidity, flexibility while sustaining its main functions and most importantly it could directly communicate to the host brain. The main goal of these products was to help and allow debilitated or injured individuals, mainly army soldiers, to regain control of their body and sent back to the war zone. The project was an amazing success and replaced the “Prosthetic Technology” within a couple of months from its initial release; That invention had changed the outcome of the war for the “Grand Central” as they could sustain and defend the continent from invasions of Eurasia and Nordic Continents. Young Aleksithimia had earned multiple medals and been acknowledged by the Elders as the most talented man of the century. One year later, he released the “Cellular Biohack Prototype” that worked by hacking genetic code by using all three types of “Stem Cells” combined within the cyber prothesis limb; The first “Body Augmented” prostheses were born and later became something that the public could acquire in specifically designed stores.

The hooded young lady almost a foot shorter than everyone else moved along in the thick crowd, surrounded by fierce footsteps and the clicking of polished heels, the city of a million of lights was slowly waking up from its daytime doze. Nion’s apartment was located within the business district in the heart of the city. The area counted only a few living accommodations as it was mainly surrounded by office spaces. Out of her apartment, she was on her way to the closest overground station that was located a dozen minutes upfront. Despite the clear sky above, dazzling rain was escorting the sunset that was hiding behind the wall of skyscrapers. The last arrays of sunset were reflecting on the transparent glass windows of offices above her.

After the Slagveld War due to the multiple bombings that ravaged The Grand Central continent, most of the underground tunnels that were used for metro and other underground services were heavily damaged and could not be used ever again since the majority of the stations collapsed due to the artificial earthquakes. Henceforth, metropolitan “Subway” has been replaced by “Overground Rails” public transport. Pollution and other dangerous chemical substances spread all around underground sites that were completely abandoned after the end of the war. Years later, out of sight of Mitera Servers, small groups of homeless people and illegal immigrants who could make their way to the capital began populating and reconstructing tunnels to create living spaces. The tunnel population grew bigger every day, the old abandoned metro stations were reborn as underground villages all around the capital. Each station had its own population and ethnicity groups, some of them didn’t really get along with each other and occasionally disputes escalated to major conflicts for the rights of territory.

Everything the body wanted, and nothing the soul needed, the perfect slogan that would describe “Metro”, the name that local people gave to their underground kingdom. Metro was divided into three underground zones, called accordingly Zone One, Two and Three. “Zone One” was considered the richest yet the most dangerous area because of the presence of the “Black Market”. Underground “Black Market” was growing up at an incredible speed: Drugs, weapons, alcohol, prostitution, and other services that were not available on the surface could be found and purchased there. By 2075 the “Body Augmentation, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality” became the part of everyday life. The “Body Augmentation” in particular spread out through entire continent, despite the best efforts and restrictions put on the produced volumes the product, became the “Most Wanted” in black markets. All kinds of customers were frequenting the market, starting from people who came all the way from “Provinces” outside the capital all the way up to the “Upper-Class”, coming down from the city center for illegal substances or prostitution services. “Zone Two” population was mainly composed of the low-class citizens who could not afford to live in the city center due to its extremely high standards. To survive, they had no choice but to descend underground and begin a new life there. “Zone Two” was also considered the most balanced area to live with a minimum income and less violence comparing to two others. “Zone Three” was the one that was connected to the outskirts of the capital and was served as the industrial sector for “Black Market”. Majority of the population were homeless, injured or disabled people, rejected citizens from the zones above. The inhabitants of “Zone One” were considered as cheap manpower rather than human beings. Because of massive poverty, that area had another name, “Slow Town”.

Nion ran into some people that had formed small groups, their attention was completely absorbed by the displayed content. Curious, she decided to get closer. The list of the first cycle results of the first stage exam for the “Aleksithimia Technology and Science Corporation” admissions were displayed on the screen. One of the many reasons why the “Lands of Aleksithimia” was so popular among immigrants was its unique event that was ongoing once every year. Everyone who was born, had a valid permit or was simply a citizen of the country, could participate in the annual exams that would grant the status of a member of “Aleksithimia Technology and Science Corporation”, for citizens of the “Metro” that was a huge gamble as they could also purchase the entry tickets and a fake ID at the “Black Market”. Anyone with a valid ticket could participate in the event, and if lucky, become the member of the “ATSC”. As it can be expected, this event was the biggest event of the year that counted millions of participants. After passing a wide variety of examinations, successful candidates were shortlisted to 10 participants. Selected members must present their final project of how they would innovate and what kind of future knowledge or inventions they can bring to society. The current “ATSC” and Prosper himself decided who is successful among these ten, the lucky participant was directly admitted to the corporation. Being a member of “ATSC” granted endless financial resources in order to support the future project that is fully sponsored by the corporation. The direct relative is also being included in the support program. So far, the corporation counted twelve members, “Tsuji members” were counted as the part of “ATSC”, unlike other members “Tsuji” project and their identity was disclosed to the public.

When Nion arrived at the overground station, a warning message created with augmented reality was blocking the entrance. The message was displaying the following: Dear citizens, for the security reasons, the “Central Line” services are currently being suspended until the end of the press conference of “Aleksithimia Technology and Science Corporation” Summit. Having no time to lose, Nion decided to leave the crowded street and continued her short city journey by taking shortcuts through the back alleys.

Stretching corridor, almost a kilometer long, straight and narrow line was surrounded by buildings that were too high to bother seeking the grey sky. The sound of the busy road ricocheted from one side to the other until it became an echo as Nion advanced in the tiny alley. Occasional graffiti was carved into the dark brown brick walls. The half-lit lane looked like totally another city. An emptied vessel that became the home of the underworld, perfect and clean in a way, yet so empty and monotone.

Before the third world war, that alley used to be one of the busiest street markets; Full of small Asian and Western-themed fast-food places, very popular during late hours with office employees who worked around the area until very late. It had delicious traditional food for low prices and a very casual atmosphere. Occasional drunk salaryman sleeping on the tables was not a rarity around this area. Sadly, due to the tax implementations, all these small businesses had to shut down. From the busy alley, all that was left were repainted façades and condemned doors with the interior full of dust that was abandoned by their owner ever since the collapsing of the Grand Central century.

Nion was on her way to the “Bank” station, situated in the heart of business district. Its convenience as a transportation hub that offers departures for a great number of destination around the city and its suburbs had attracted many hotels, offices, restaurants, and daily shops to the area. North and South-West gates called the “Little China” had several shopping malls, cinemas, bowling places, and an aqua park. On the opposite, the “World Trading Center” site located at North and South-East has many large office buildings and company headquarters. The buildings had been designed to meet all needs of the workers; dining and shopping are available on the first few floors of each building and a large green space had been built to give the area a pleasant atmosphere. After the closing hours, the station transformed into an anthill, swarmed by emotionless businessmen and women on their way home as soon they finish their shift.

Barely some space to move or breath, Nion was slowly advancing towards the gates trying to avoid being crushed by slowly advancing mass. Passed through the gates, she had just enough of time to sneak into the busy elevator that would take her on the top of the platform located 50 meters above ground. The wide transparent glass offered an incredible view over the city.

Slowly rising above ground, Nion could hear police sirens far away in the distance, because of the strong wind, caramel leaves coming from the green space nearby tumbled to life by briskly cold autumnal notes that roused them from slumber. Leaves took to the air in an elegant dance, pirouetting around the tree trunks to their own orchestral rustling. Clouds drifted with icy, unnatural slowness, it was hard to distinguish the pollution fog from the grey clouds as it felt as if both were merged together for this very moment, edges glowing and as white marble against the slowly darkening sky while blocking the dawn view.

After a dozen minutes of waiting in the queue at the top of the platform, she could finally get into the train. Packed to the very last bit, the train had departed in the direction of the “Southern Gate”. A lifeless vehicle, not a single voice or sound except the station announcement, the mass of people were tied shoulder to shoulder glued to their mobile devices reviewing the first cycle results.

In 2070 the prosper had decided to follow lands of Elpida and has implemented the “Social Credit” system that had been firstly implemented in China in order to rate each citizen’s trustworthiness and also to overwatch all criminal activities ongoing in the country. Each citizen wearing “Kanjöga” was in a vast national database managed by “Mitera Server”. The information that compiles fiscal information, including minor traffic violations, personal behavior, working and marital status, the daily volume of alcohol consumption and many more, was distilled it into a specific number ranking each citizen. Citizens were encouraged to flaunt their good credit scores to friends and even potential mates. Companies with the highest social numbers were the most successful and were offering the best future perspectives to their employees.

According to the prosper, "Without a system, a con man can commit a crime in one place and then do the same thing again in another place. But a credit system puts people's history on record. It'll build a better and fairer society," added with “Emotional Suppressor” local authorities can identify the culprit or someone who has or may potentially have bad intentions.

On its way to the Southern Gate, the train was so full that people were not able to sustain their balance without leaning on others whenever the train was slowing down or accelerating. Each train had multiple cameras; Due to the many cases of sexual harassment in trains, all men with a score equal or beyond average were not allowed to lower their arms below their shoulders anywhere with a condensed population. Sometimes, when they were too far from something to grab and hold themselves, they had to spend hours with hands above their head, the whole scene looked like a detention center from the beginning of the system, however many people backed up this decision which also forced people with a low score to make efforts and get out of the constant embarrassment. The good or bad score became part of everyday routine, for some, a great way to use the privilege of superiority, for others, a living nightmare.





[City center of lands of Aleksithimia – Train in the direction to the Southern Gate 8:30 PM]

 Nion leaned against the transparent window reviewing articles about parenting, searching for clues of how to begin the conversation and explain everything that happened to the child who had lost everything. She was lost in rhythmic percussion of the train vibration. Her eyes were occasionally set to the horizon, face aglow with the last orange rays piercing the grey sky that was occasionally blinding her sight. The warmth reminded her of Seànn’s smell and how warm her hands felt when she touched her cheeks, random flashbacks filled up Nion’s head; Her lips bearded the semblance of a smile. The vehicle had a direct ride to the Southern Gates, despite that the train was going beyond 100 km per hour, everything inside the car moved slow and quiet, allowing Nion to stay lost in the moment of calm a little longer. Suddenly the display of her device automatically switched to the conference channel, showing Aleksithimia walking toward his seat to begin the event.

Aleksithimia:
- Dear citizens of our great lands, I welcome you.- Before we begin, I would like to thank all of you for your interest and participation in our annual exam for the available seat in the “Technology and Science Corporation”. I am proud that we have so many bright and talented individuals willing to participate in the innovation of our lands.

The audience applauded.

Aleksithimia (Continues):
- This evening I would like to present our brand-new project “Mitera Talent Mastering” program. You see, the world we are living right now has been left to us by our predecessors in a… I would rather say, miserable state. Despite being the part of the same ecosystem and even sharing the same race, our predecessors had countless political conflicts, geographical dominance, and corruption. Manifold religion and skin color issues within societies were created by the hatred and egoism of those in power. Wars were deadlier each time and more devastating than the ones before. I am sorrowful to admit how the past generations excelled in killing and destroying themselves. We all remember the day of sorrow when the Grand Central media broadcasted the announcement that they will participate in the Slagveld War. So many lives perished for nothing…Since there was barely anything left. Ironically, the elders are the ones who brought the “Gan” virus upon themselves, the greatest calamity of them all, that almost erased a whole generation from our planet. You are probably asking yourself why am I talking about that. So, let me ask you this, what do you think is the potential cause of wars and political conflicts?

Audience (Randomly shouting):
- Money? Weapons? Greed? Corruption? Terrorism?

Aleksithimia (Responds):
- The answer is… none of these. When we were developing this project, we spent a considerable amount of time working with archives, reviewing the whole history of the “Grand Central” and so-called “European Union” that as you may know, existed two generations before ours. Up until the apparition of “Gan” virus, humankind had never faced any particular threats that were caused by other factors than ourselves. The answer to my initial question is nothing else than us, humans. According to archives, the majority of conflict is based on emotional instability, an inability of calm reflection, lack of communication and comprehension skills, in other words, our predecessors had a lack of    emotional intelligence education.



 The audience was listening in silence.



Aleksithimia (Continues his speech):
- Please, allow me to elaborate the reason behind the program. Let me use myself as an example. When I was brought to this world, I was nothing else than a normal kid, I did not have any unique abilities that would separate me from the rest of the population. The ones who made me feel unique were my parents. They taught me the values of life, guided me on the path of philosophy and science from a very young age that has later awoken the manifestation of my interest in computer science and technology, without everything they did to me, I would not be standing here for you. Our society is constantly looking for the brightest and the most talented individuals. Natural skills selection was always existing and will exist for years to come. Those who were lucky enough to seize the momentum of their talent manifestation and could focus on its development are naturally exceeding the average, are usually ending up on a stable and continuous path, that is usually referred to as a stable career.

- Most of the time, a talent can stay vague or simply hidden for years, occasionally it requires specific events to trigger its first apparition. In the majority of cases, the talent manifests before the age of twelve, but there is no specific pattern that indicates when and what should the person do in order to awake it. All researchers agree that the earlier a child starts learning and experiment new languages or activities, the better chances he or she has to master it fast. According to our science department, the acquisition skills peak is at or before the age of six or seven. Occasionally it may extend through puberty. But, it is clear that talent manifestation apparition is much harder for a child beyond puberty.


- The reason why I am saying this is that the well-being of the young generation is the essence of our future and is also the main reason that we developed this program. With the help of “Mitera Systems”, parents will be able to monitor their offspring from a very young age, keeping track of their cerebral development, and based on each individual quality and what can be considered as a potential talent based on statistics that are compared with a global database hosted by Mitera System.

- Just imagine a future where it will be possible to focus and prioritize over the development of a perhaps life-changing ability. Imagine a world where we will be able to control our future, the manifestation of interests that will be offered during the growth of our children. This program will allow each parent to calibrate and maximize their child’s interest, not only forcing to do them what you believe is right but also basing ourselves on what they like to do and their personal, perhaps secret, interests that could be sports, music, gaming, literature, technology and many more. There is a high possibility that somewhere out there, a talented young man or woman who is watching this conference, has a great and unexplored talent that would make him, who knows...We cannot reject the possibility that it could be even the next ruler of our lands and my potential replacement in the future.


Aleksithimia (Raised his right hand):
- Let’s take care of our future together!



 The audience stayed quiet and immobile for a few seconds. Aleksithimia’s voice came out strong, he carried the speech as if he was born to do it. The undisputable leader stood breathless for a silent moment that was soon filled with a standing ovation.





[Southern Gate of lands of Aleksithimia – Southern Gate train station 9:15 PM]

 Arrived at the destination, the second the doors opened the human mass emptied out like water from a broken jar. In an instant, the platform looked like a murder scene before the crime. An old man, dressed in blue uniform with bright yellow strips over his chest and shoulders was slowly advancing from one end to another, occasionally waking up those who stayed asleep and calling the other passengers with his husky voice to leave the train immediately.

On her way to transfer for the next transit for Némless, Nion’s next stop was located fifteen minutes walking outside the Southern Gate station. Positioned around a green field of wet grass that was reflecting the lights coming from barely illuminated lamps attached on the grey trainshed, it looked like this area was abandoned or simply untouched for dozens of years.

Night had fallen fast upon the isolated area of Southern gate station. No more than an hour ago the sky was painted with hues of red and marble orange, but all color had faded, leaving only a matt black canvas with no stars to be looked upon. A fresh lavender fragrance drifted out to meet the fresh air. Quiet chills ran over Nion’s body every time the cold wind blew towards the station. Nowhere to take cover, her recently burned hair fell loose about her face, tousled and tangled. Nion was standing at the edge of the platform, holding her hand out to feel for the movement of air that comes as the train pushes it along, waiting for the red lights of the upcoming train to take her away.


After half an hour since Nion got to the station, a couple of poorly dressed couples arrived at the platform. A feminine voice announced the imminent train arrival that was to ride to Némless. The raucous, metallic shriek heralds the arrival of the decrepit train. Once all passengers were on board, the train took a plunge, inching forward at an excruciating pace leaving the grey city behind, on its way to Némless...




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Great land of Aleksithimia is the place that everyone admires for its safety, great life conditions and career opportunities. Peace and serenity has been established after the war of Slagveld soon after the prosper was elected as the great ruler of these lands. Aleksithimia is the youngest prosper out of three others who was designated to rule the land of Grand Central, after his election as a prosper he decided to rename the Grand Central to the lands of Aleksithimia, which is a reference to his own name. His phenomenal talent in mechanical technology and artificial intelligence development has seduced the elders who were rulers of the Grand Central in the past and those people who decided to transfer the power to a single man.

At the age of three, both of Aleksithimia’s parents deceased of Gan virus and with the help of his parents’ acquaintance, he was accepted to a general public school where he showed outstanding results in the first and second year. Shortly he voluntary dropped out from the general education and decided to specialize in Information Technology (IT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) domains. Due to the major lack of social skills, most of the time he was working on his personal projects by himself, because of that, he barely had any social interactions except virtual reality. However, his project’s mentor became his closest friend and soon an object of admiration. Sometime before Aleksithimia graduated from university, his mentor passed away. This event had a major impact on Aleksithimia’s emotional balance and has reflected on his personality. After a couple of years of hiatus from university, he decided to return and dedicated himself to finishing the last project his mentor was working on, namely “human body augmentations” and “human emotions research”. This project had received lots of criticism and in response to that, young Aleksithimia gave a now famous speech. In this speech he explained his objectives and reasons for taking over the project and more specifically, why he believes that this is something crucial for human development.



Aleksithimia (Gives his speech to the major public).

 For a long period, human beings were praying for an unknown entity, most commonly referenced as the Creator of Universe. From my perspective, this is a religious habit that humans adapted from the old age in order to protect their own spiritual well-being and personal beliefs. These beliefs became a cultural necessity for almost every nation worldwide and have been translated into a variety of fellowships that have different names in each country, but the principle of hope and praying was always the same. Perhaps, from a human perspective this is the natural action that we perform when we do feel spiritually exhausted or cornered without knowing a way out or simply when we experience strong emotions like grief and loss that most commonly appear/emerge due to the death of a close friend or family member. Interestingly enough only few of us keep praying when everything is going well.

During the “Sinister Times” of “Gan” infection, there was lots of sadness around the world, I was also a victim …I have lost my parents. The question I kept asking myself was, why that Creator has never helped us, people were praying for a miracle that simply has never occurred. As a matter of fact, from the scientific point of view if the Creator of Universe has ever existed, we should consider our very existence as a miracle and as soon as we were given a chance to live, instead of praying and trying to rely on that holy power or waiting for others to help us, I believe that we should help ourselves, as we have the capacity to do so…  I strongly believe that if we had our current technology when we discovered the Gan pollution, we could overcome it with less casualties. I, as a child from the new Generation, can offer you my knowledge of technology that will make your life better. The project of body augmentation will be extremely useful for people who happened to live in the discomfort of missing a body part or simply lack the muscular strength in order to work or perform daily tasks.

 In a near future, I believe that my projects will surpass something the Creator of yours has never achieved and never will … which is saving people’s lives in the literal meaning. Nowadays, it is very important to understand that we cannot live without Intellectual Technology that is built with a sole role, to help us.

There is no more reason of praying for the creator’s help and benediction… Pray for our future … Future of Technology and Science.



After this speech, many people picked up interest in Aleksithimia’s projects and research. This had a great impact on the local audience. With the accord of the elders from Grand Central, Aleksithimia was elected to became the prosper of Grand Central. Each prosper was supposed to receive specific assignments to accomplish during their watch over their lands, and Aleksithimia was not an exception:



Agreement of peace with other three prospers.
Recreate the educational system based on future technology
Preserve local land’s resources


After the signature of the peace agreement disclosure and alliance creation with others prospers, he was recognized as the absolute ruler of Grand Central, recently renamed to lands of Aleksithimia. Following his assignment, he presented his first absolute rule of “Emotionless behavior”.

According to Aleksithimia, having full emotional self-control is something extremely difficult to achieve due to the nature of the current living conditions worldwide and harsh environment problems such as sudden weather changes, lack of clean water and food resources. Emotions were the main factor of instability that can be expressed in multiple ways: theft, aggression, physical conflicts and other mentally unstable behavior. Humans tend to make irreparable mistakes due to their lack of emotional control. Unintentional burst of emotions which can be direct or indirect, can be easily affected or provoked by an immense variety of even external factors, and those factors can be a simple matter of coincidence but project a heavy emotional impact. The result can be dangerous to the host and possibly even more to the entourage.

After prosper Aleksithimia’s official election and the power transfer, he naturally has become the head of the land. Multiple internal conflicts followed the latest war has genuinely affected political governance, the land of Aleksithimia has turned into a country without any rules or policies, in other words, anarchy reigned. In order to get an over watch and apply his own governance as the head of the country within the borders of his lands, Aleksithimia has put in place a centralized cyber intelligence called “Mitera System” which is a massive cloud self-operating system that can directly communicate with the prosper. Mitera System has the major role of structuration and governance. For instance, he used it in order to dispatch “Emotion Suppression” which is the main object issued from his “Emotionless” rule project. Emotion suppressor was a specifically designed neuronal chip that contained programmed wire codes and its main role was surveillance in the case of invasion of any other major trespasser coming from others countries

Before the “Emotional Suppressor” project has been released, Aleksithimia has attended/organized conferences presenting and providing in-depth details about how a human being is being controlled by their emotions such as: Anger, Sadness, Grief, Jealousy, Envy, Love and many more. More than half of these emotions are indeed, something that makes us humans; However, that minor part of emotions such as anger or frustration can destroy all the rest in mere minutes. According to Aleksithimia, in order to make the local population 100% productive so the local reconstruction that has been heavily impacted by the war would be restored to the initial state in a quick and efficient manner, the emotional management is mandatory. His project has received sufficient amount of positive votes and soon after emotional suppressor has been dispatched via wide network of Mitera Systems.

[A couple of years later]

Land of Aleksithimia has become the richest country and the most technologically advanced place to live. Its economic growth has attracted many merchants, visitors and refugees after the war. The incoming traffic has reached volumes that were extremely hard to handle for the local authorities. A tighter security of the mainland’s and its resources has become an absolute necessity.

Aleksithimia has launched a classified project called “Tsuji” which regrouped five individuals including himself with the best possible physical and mental aptitudes in order to provide the authority and inside security. All of them went through specific training and body conditioning and some of them got latest body augmentation prototypes in order to excel. In order to maintain the balance with local population the emotional control has been raised as the insurance of the general balance, each member of Tsuji has a specifically designed “Physical and Emotional” suppressor collar that is connected directly to Mitera System. This device has been created in the case of a combat engagement, self-protection or any others cases when the verbal communication was ignored.

By the law that has been created by the prosper, all Tsuji are considered as respected yet dangerous individuals compared to the local population, their physical strength is phenomenal and these members who got body augmentations exceed every standard. For inhabitants’ safety measures, the prosper has obliged each Tsuji member to wear these collars on permanent bases; According to the law, there is a sole exception when they can take it off is if the host life is considered to be in danger, or that Aleksithimia himself gave his accord. Alternatively, when it comes to the security aspects, it is crucial that each inhabitant and most importantly Tsuji members are able to control themselves and obey the orders coming from the Mitera System or the prosper himself. Due to a fragile balance between boarders of each region, unstable emotion management for those who protect can quickly escalate into a conflict with the neighbor country. This is the reason why Tsuji members were covering the areas of increased trespassing activities from the outside.



There were lots of concerns and criticism about prosper Aleksithimia reign methods. The whole concept of people living with reduced emotional potential may indeed be something very uncommon and mostly unacceptable by the external world. Therefore, there is no denial that because of this very method, land of Aleksithimia has become the most secured country in the world, of course considering the size of the country comparing to the others, it is officially the smallest country out of four, yet the most advanced.



Land of Aleksithimia is the only place where whole population has accepted the prosper as a direct reincarnation of the son of God despite him being completely atheist regarding all religious subjects and believing in nothing else than the knowledge of science and technology. It is important to mention that his inventions are on the level of “Technology Wonders”. The prosper Aleksithimia has been acknowledged and is being considered as the main source of hope, prosperity and happiness within his lands. As a matter of fact, from the moment when prosper Aleksithimia has established his own reign and rules over the country and dispatched his “Emotional suppressor”, people could work together on specific goals, for instance the capital and suburbs reconstructions, economy and financial projects, in a very efficient pace. Crime rate went to zero and so did violence and other disturbances that were evolving from minor crimes such as bullying or stealing into a some major and more problematic actions: forced sex, violence etc. It can be considered as a miracle, everyone had their own task or labors to do, the whole population was occupied doing something; obviously nature of the task deferred according to the skill and potential for each individual, but that was a part of a brand new community. Each person was occupied by doing something for their own country on the name of the prosper, which has created a major patriotism atmosphere. To put it simply, people had always something to do, something to work on, which led to a balanced world where people were preserving a correct emotional ratio and simply kept living their lives without getting in financial conflicts.

Lands of Aleksithimia has attracted a large number of merchants and traders from abroad due to its quickly expanding cyber market that has exploded from the moment when the prosper Aleksithimia has released low grade body augmentations for his general public. These body augmentations were mostly used in the health care departments for dismembered or amputated individuals, also it could be purchased for a private use after getting hospital admission and its approval that the individual has a valid reason of implementing these. For a better and safe business exchange only a certain amount of merchants and traders were allowed to enter the lands after the boarder closing. Thus, people were given a unique “in/out” permit that was allowing them to freely enter and leave the country.



[Year 2083 – Next day after the incident at Elpida boarders]



 Nion is approaching prosper Aleksithimia HQ office and is about to enter the meeting. The moment when she was about to reach for the door handle. Door briskly opened and almost hit Nion’s face. Thermoaimos (Tsuji #5 – Quinto) was walking out from the room in a furious mood.

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 Thermoaimos (Talking to himself in a very angry tone):

Be fucken rational, huh …

 After he passed the room entrance, he realized that when he kicked the door, it almost hit Nion who happened to stand just behind the door.

Thermoaimos (Slightly surprised/Unhappy tone):

Huh? Quarta …



He could barely control his anger after his meeting with Aleksithimia, so he addressed himself directly to her.

Thermoaimos (While he was walking off):

And what’s your fucken problem staying behind that damn door like that?!



Nion ignored him, entered the meeting room and shut the door behind her.

Prosper Aleksithimia is standing against a massive open glass window looking at the city while holding a glass of whisky. Nion slowly walks towards him. Door shuts and at the same time, Aleksithimia finishes his drink. He turns in Nion’s direction and expresses a big smile and walks with his open hands towards Nion.

Aleksithimia:

My dear sister, I welcome you sincerely. It is always a pleasure to see you here; Mitera System has communicated that recently you had an emotional stasis that made me worried about your well-being. However, seeing you here reassures me that you are fine.

He gives her a warm hug and kisses her forehead. While Aleksithimia was hugging Nion, she stayed immobile.

Aleksithimia is whispering to Nion:

You see, this is what the joy and concern emotions sound and feel like …

Do you miss that? …

Aleksithimia (No answer from Nion, so he continues):

I am indeed glad that that you are unharmed.

Mitera System has sent me logs about your mental instability.

Do you have your report ready regarding incident that happened yesterday at the Elpida’s borders?

Aleksithimia (Still no answer from Nion, so he grabs her face and repeats):

Nion?

What … happened?

Nion is rising her face and speaks (low tone):

I need to know, how far do we have to go in order to protect our home from people who are seeking for help?

Aleksithimia is walking back to the window.

Let me return that question by asking you …

Would you rather risk your friends and families’ safety for a big or even small group of strangers whom you got zero information about? Neither their past nor their present.

Potentially exposing people who are dear to you because you are getting a fright or a strong empathy feeling every time you see someone who is weaker than you are, just remember that puppy you tried to protect when you were kid.

Nion remained silent.

Aleksithimia (takes a deep breath):

Let me elaborate my thoughts…

Imagine a situation when you have allowed a group of outsiders in our lands under your responsibility.

Let us suppose that these family members are great people, respectful and polite. At some point, you will build a great relationship. At some point, they will ask you who is responsible with them if there is a possibility for them to bring rest of their family members from the outside to join them.

It would be natural for them to stick all together so that nobody feels left out.

Now, let us suppose that out of this second group of ten people, there are two man who are mentally unstable because they were forced to leave their hometown. Starting with the moment they successfully reunite with their family; they will live with a strong feeling of nostalgia and deep regret leaving their home country for a new place that they do not specifically like.

Soon after, they begin to complain about their new life and quickly became excluded from the inner family circle. These two men will find themselves in an unknown place where they are rejected and will get frustrated because nobody is willing to understand their pain of not being able to go back to their hometown. Their frustration will further transform into grief and despair.. There is a high possibility that these two men will try to attract all kinds of attention by doing random unpleasant action, from the beginning it could be some minor crimes such as stealing and can surely evolve to something much more dangerous.

Nion (interrupting Aleksithimia’s speech):

I am sorry but it is wrong!

You are literally trying to convince me that outsiders are the absolute source of unnecessary problems and danger without giving me a rational explanation of your thoughts about this subject.

In addition, according to you, these people and their actions are the major reasons of our land’s potential concerns.

You are the one who taught me to think twice before acting, but I am starting to think that the whole Tsuji project is operating on blind trust.

Nion (calming herself down):

Do not get me wrong! I am happy with all hard work that has been accomplished; you have saved and will surely save thousands of lives. Your devotion to this country is absolute. But, you and I, as genetical siblings, are still human beings and that means that sometimes we have to step back on our decision and review them from another point of view…

Aleksithimia (checking his neck and removes his collar Emotional Suppressor collar)

That’s better!

Aleksithimia (Facial expression has changed into a much more human like)

To begin with, I can tell that you have not read the archives from the past and you do not seem to be aware of what happened before I was elected. Our elders were having continuous struggles with outsiders. I am indeed being radical regarding this subject and this is the very reason why I have issued the general order of closed boarders.

I have read multiple cases about outsiders coming to our lands, beware I am not talking about people who are bringing something as exchange value: traders and merchants or any other bourgeoisie family. I am talking about people who were living in hell before and after the war. People who were treated like animals by their authorities and had other unfortunate experiences. Let me tell you one of a dozen cases I have found in the archives of Grand Central dated prior the war of Slagveld.

After the official announcement of the beginning of the war for Pacific Ocean, otherwise called Slagveld war, Grand Central has suffered from a lack of manpower. At that, time elders launched a project called “Scala” hiring strong man from “Great South” or nowadays called Slagveld. Obviously, they were looking for physically fit and military type persona. To be honest, this is how I came up with the “Tsuji” project. Unfortunately, elders committed a mistake by not being totally transparent and honest with the foreigners. Elders knew that people from the south are easy to impress with our life style and our richness.

The deal was that a small portion of these selected people will became some sort of elite and would live a luxurious life. In exchange, they would be compelled to come out during the military activities where death risk is extremely high…

Aleksithimia smirks, and then continues.

The way our elders have managed this project was a propaganda, full of lies and empty promises to keep up the excitement among the lower class within the foreign population.

Aleksithimia’s face became a little bit sad and serious.

Anyway! Back to the story…

I do not remember their names but let’s call them A & B.

Some time has passed and the government of Slagveld has been informed that Grand Central is secretly hiring people without any kind of official business declarations. In order to stop that the following statement has been issued: Those who will leave their homeland to go abroad will commit an act of treason against their government; If for whatever reason they come back, they will be publicly executed…

Aleksithimia serves himself another glass, and then continues.

To be honest, I think that I do know the reason why they have opted for such cruelty towards their own people.

In my opinion, their government had to manifest an example of what will happen to other people who were also willing to leave their country; this could be heard as a propaganda.

After some back and forth, our elders convinced those two men to establish themselves in Grand Central. Due to the nature of the warning coming out from Great South authorities, they were in obligation of bringing their families with them.

Aleksithimia makes a short pause



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So now, we are entering in the main topic of what you have to know.

The Skala project has never been built for families. What our elders wanted was work force, two super soldiers to rush the front lines. Instead, what they got was a massive amount of political problems. Soon after, local leaders were informed regarding the incident, it has created many border related conflicts that soon affected the relationship between the two lands. All that for two men who, in the end, became a small group of twenty.

Ironic…

After arriving to our lands, those two families were told that they would have to wait an uncertain amount of time until our authorities build them a suitable accommodation. Both parties agreed and soon after, both A & B joined our army ranks and begun military operations, while the rest of their family were staying in our urban area living with a small pension.

Now here is where it gets complicated. A and B had not tried to change any of the terms of their contract with the Grand Central after the agreement that they can move in and bring their family along.. That means that both families, composed of around ten people each, were living on a salary of a single man…

Of course, it is clear that their income was more than enough for one person, even for our Grand Central standards. Nevertheless, as the situation had such a turn over, both A’s & B’s families found themselves tied up living in the exact same or even worse conditions than before. They were isolated from their friends; cousins and the men of the family were always away.

The first who got emotionally affected were the young ones. From their perspective, they were suddenly separated from their friends and were living in an isolated place, trying to learn the local language in order to communicate with others. Both families had to wait for their immigration issues to be sorted out and that was taking lots of effort and time. Sadly enough, due to missing authorizations, neither of the families’ children were allowed to enter the local school and occupy themselves with education.

In no time, both families were let down and felt unwelcome by others local families, meanwhile both A & B were working extra hard in order to provide maximum support.

In one of the families, there were two teenage boys…

Aleksithimia interrupts his speech; Looking down, trying to remember something.

If I am correct, in archives it was written that both of them were nineteen years old…

7 months after their arrival, both of them were kicked out from their family due to their mean and violent behavior towards their mother and their elders. Both brothers became involved in crime. Local authorities started receiving multiple complains about stolen food or objects and couple of months later these incidents escalated into women being physically or verbally abused and then other cases I do not want to mention.

At some point, both of them were caught up after they having drugged and sexually abused two young girls. One of them deceased from overdose.

This story has been a huge scoop. Many protests were held around their living spaces, aggressions and pure hate were thrown at the rest of the families because of what happened.

Elders became the target of daily racist aggressions. Both fathers requested to move out to another area and instead of sending both kids who were officially considered as criminals because they were older than minimum legal age for being convicted prison sentence. The government took the part of responsibility for this incident and agreed to send both kids back to the Great South and relocated A & B families, hiding their identity…

Aleksithimia is slowly drinking his whiskey and taking a deep breath.

Nion is looking at Aleksithimia with a devastated face. Aleksithimia sits on his desk and continues

To be honest, what happened with these families is devastating …

None of these horrors would have taken place if our elders had tried reaching out to A and B and their families, and told them the truth that they were not ready to take care of incoming families…

Aleksithimia drinks from his glass and checks his hand watch.

I do understand what you are trying to say and how frustrated you are due to the nature of your assignment of border control, but you have to understand that we are living difficult times and that empathy has no place in this world anymore.

As you just heard, this story may sound grotesque, but there are others…

I do feel sorry for these families, how they were treated and manipulated in the past.

Times have changed, but the closed borders decision has been issued because we already have enough internal problems to deal with.

Probably you are not seeing everything because you spend most of your time outside our capital, but I assure you, we do have delinquency and extremely poor families living out there.

We should not keep accepting everyone who is in struggle because we do feel sorry for them.

One of my assignments from the elders is to keep our people safe. This is why I was elected and because people have faith in me that I will protect them.

First, we have to make sure that our own people are not dying from hunger or at least reduce their number comparing to what it used to be during the Grand Central era. Only then we can move on and offer more help to the outside world.

Nion (gives Aleksithimia her report):

Now it is very clear, what drives you and why you’ve made such a radical decision.

I am more than grateful to you for what you are doing for our hometown that I love and cherish as much as you do. However, the fact that you have to review the borders situation stays the same…

I fully understand that people from outside can come in peace but that some of them may have some evil intentions. There surely is, there has to be, a better way to deal with these people rather than executing every single one of them because they did not respect your statement.

Aleksithimia has returned to his window in silence, staring outside the tower and drinking from his glass.

Nion was waiting for Aleksithimia to say something, but after couple of seconds of silence, she continues.



Nion (walking towards the window where Aleksithimia stands)

There is something strange happening in a village after the Elpida’s borders.

I want to go there and investigate.

Aleksithimia (abruptly stopped drinking, turned himself in Nion’s direction and raised his tone):

You are not going in there!

You must not, this is an order!

Nion insists:

I may get some valuable information regarding the recent increase of incoming traffic from Elpida. This could be potentially used for our own cause!

 Aleksithimia (getting anxious out of sudden):

Nion! I am not repeating myself twice!

Nion (raising her voice):

How many people do I have to execute because they do not respect your orders before you revoke your closed borders policy?

Just listen to me!

I have been observing this village for a while now and there is clearly something wrong in there.

Multiple times, I saw people trespassing our borderlines not because they want to, there was no strategic action or whatsoever and they were blindly running away from something.

They were trespassing with a death resolve in their eyes!

How normal is that?!

Moment of silent on both sides, the tension is getting lower.

Aleksithimia (looking at his Emotional Suppressor collar that he is holding)

I do understand that you are raising your voice because you want to be heard.

You do not wear “Emotional Suppressor”, so you should feel … Let me correct myself

You’ve felt it!

You’ve felt sadness and empathy for them.

And now you are trying to make sense out of all the mess you’ve been through.

I am sorry, but border policy won’t change, at least for now.

Nion (Raising her voice again):

Then maybe, you should go outside and take a little tour!

Don’t you think that it is quite easy to control everything from the capital?

Aleksithimia (calming the conversation):

Our current situation is much more complex than you showing empathy to whomever you’ve met at the borders.

If we do open borders with selective entrance, considering the state of our current economy, there is a big possibly that we would get an overload of demands and I do not want to make the same mistakes elders have made before, I do not want to promise something we cannot accomplish right now.

If we accept selective entrance, give permission to people from outside, we will possibly face an inner conflict coming from our own population. There is a high chance that our population would split in two counterparts. These who will support refugees to arrive on our land and will do their best to help them establish a new life in our lands and another group of people who will be absolutely against the idea of outsiders who will also bring their own culture with them, won’t specifically obey and respect all of our rules which will became a potential problem and even more. Conflict is something easy to generate.

There is a high possibility that emotions of hate and rejection will reappear again as before. This is possible despite the fact that most of our land’s population is using “Emotional Suppressors” and I would say 99% do not even remember what “Hate” feels like.

If what I just mentioned really happens, these emotions will come back and possibly destroy our current stability that took long years to put in place.

Racial hate and exclusion … This is something I do not want the new generation to experience anymore … not on my lands. This is why, my main task for at least right now is to maintain the peace and serenity of this land as it is.

Nion (looking down and staying silent). Aleksithimia (gently places both of his palms on her cheeks and continues)

Emotional suppressor does regulate our emotions, but emotions do not vanish anywhere.

I’m glad that you have shared your concerns with me.

I promise you that I do hear you.

Aleksithimia (Kisses her forehead)

Give me more time to find a suitable solution for our people and us.

Nion (Calmed down, shakes her head as sign of comprehension)

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Doors opens, Seànn (Tsuji #2 Seconda) enters the room.

Aleksithimia is putting back his “Emotional Suppressor” collar.

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TO BE CONTINUES

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[Year 2083 – Present days]

 Eastern boarders of the Land of Aleksithimia, the most valuable area for its naturally clean water. This area is being actively targeted by small groups coming from the Land of Elpida in order to access the water resources or to sneak into the capital lands.
 Nion (Tsuji #4 - Quarta), guardian of the East area of Land of Aleksithimia, who has been assigned as a Tsuji member for her extraordinary capacity of close combat, is also locally known as prosper Aleksithimia’s young sister. She is known as a fearless warrior who is devoted to protect Land of Aleksithimia at all costs.

After the war ended, famine and grief spread around the population, people lost their homes and were endlessly looking for a new place to establish themselves, hoping for a new life. Due to the unsafe environment most of them resorted to the violence and became bandits or vagabonds, law of the stronger was absolute outside capitals.

Hearing the rumors about the Land of Aleksithimia being referred to as the best place to live, a place where a mere villager could achieve a life in safe and stable conditions; Everyone in the world was rushing toward the land. Because of overwhelming residency demands coming from the outside world, prosper Aleksithimia has made a general order that no outsiders are allowed to enter his lands anymore and that the country has permanently closed its borders. As a matter of fact, those who broke this rule by trying to reach the capital were facing the death penalty of disobeying Prosper Aleksithimia’s order. Nion, as the law enforcer, had to execute the law regardless of who is the individual. In other words, crossing the border of Land of Aleksithimia without a special invitation permit from the inside of the country meant inevitable death.



 Each Tsuji member is equipped with a “Kanjöga” collar, emotional and physical suppressor and had a Cardio Loop Recorder, this device is surgically inserted beneath the skin of the upper chest to record the heart’s electrical activity, much like an electrocardiogram. None of them had a neuronal chip implanted inside the brain; This has been decided in order to prevent the case of any kinds of the network failures so each of them could manually remove the collar and operate without. After conducting multiple mental & will reinforcement, critical decisions abilities and others psychological tests that each member had to go through. Aleksithimia has selected Nion as the only member who won’t be equipped with the emotional suppressor program implemented inside the “Kanjöga” collar. The main raison behind this decision is to have someone independent from the network of Mitera System in the case of a major corruption or hijacking so she could take the lead and perform manual actions necessary.

The East area could not be accessed without reaching the top of the precipice area called “Clogwyn”. Precipice Clogwyn had four hundred meters of vertical solid rock climbing and is more than nine kilometers in length. Nion was mainly patrolling along the edge of the precipice and watching over trespassers who were able to reach the bottom. Due to the nature of the precipice, a vertical solid rock, no trained man could possibly climb up to the top.

During the warm seasons, most of the trespassers were residing in a small village located approximatively two kilometers from the boarder toward the land of Elpida. This village was mostly occupied by migrant families, vagabonds, bandits and people who were hoping that one day the Land of Aleksithimia will open its boarders again, so that they could be the first to seize that opportunity.

Later during the warm seasons, Nion has noticed some abnormal activities coming from the direction of the village. Due to the importance of her duty, she had to keep her ground, but anxiety and curiosity was taking her over. Since the borders were closed Nion was working alone. It was clear that whatever was happening in that village was alarming, but she had no chance of getting any information about any close habitation without leaving her duty or assigning another Tsuji watching over the area while she would carry out an investigation.



 Land of Aleksithimia has two levels of borderline security. First is the main gate (one for each region) that is being controlled by the local authorities and is being exclusively used for business purposes. Second level is surveilled by a Tsuji member. The main purpose of the second level is to intercept any unauthorized trespassing activities coming from the outside of the country who did not went through the main gate and got their entry permit.

At least twice per month, multiple groups of outsiders were storming over the highly fortified borders between Elpida and the Lands of Aleksithimia. Before creation of second level the local authorities were responsible of the borderline control. However, after an important number of injuries that were done by the trespassers during the raids, prosper Aleksithimia has reconstructed the security and overall surveillance system of the first level and added the second line with permission to kill trespassers if they are not willing to collaborate after receiving warnings.

After a certain point the bandits and trespassers raids became less and less frequent. Most people who were reaching the boarders were families seeking help and mercy. Many concerns were raised, but in any case, Nion could absolutely not desert her duty as it could also be a diversion coming from the other side. She had to consider the fact that she is the official Land of Aleksithimia representative and that her presence in the Land of Elpida without a valid invitation or a specific reason that has been approved by local authorities could be interpreted as if Land of Aleksithimia was spying on their neighbor’s land, or even worse, it could be used as a reason for indirect conflict and a potential war declaration…



 Weeks later, one day, during the usual patrol mission Nion heard the noises or, the rather clear and distinctive screams of agony and fear, again and knew without any doubts that these were coming from the direction of the village… Something certainly horrible was happening in there. The sounds were getting closer, something or someone was approaching from the village direction.

Suddenly, a small group of people came running out from the forest. They were rushing towards Aleksithimia’s boarders, screaming for help as loud as they could. Nion remained still, waiting for what would happen next, as the guardian she had to keep her composure and stick with her main duty of the boarder’s protection. She watched as multiple men broke through the first boarder line and continued running towards the precipice.

Nion’s heart was filled with anxiety and the confusion of what actions would be the most appropriate. Questions and concerns that might have been answered if she had any outside information were torturing her mind. The rules were clear to her, these people had trespassed and trespassing meant death penalty, but these outsiders seemed and acted differently compared to those who tried to sneak into the capital in the past. They were mindlessly running towards the precipice, not trying to conceal or hide themselves, they seemed desperate for reasons unknown to Nion. It was her duty to protect the Land of Aleksithimia, yet did she has to abandon everyone else who are in need of her strength and protection in order to protect her lands?



 Nion was standing still, paralyzed by confusion and aware of the fact that in mere minutes she would have to come up with a decision that would define the outcome of this situation: regulate and execute or accept and protect. Would she risk lives of innocent people from her hometown and deceive the prosper order for a small group of strangers? Moreover, why would she want to keep these people alive and care about them after having executed thousands of trespassers from the Land of Elpida, these exactly the same people who are trespassing again and would potentially do it later today, tomorrow or next week …

Nion has slowly unsheltered her sword, meanwhile people were getting closer and closer to the bottom of the precipice.



Nion (Shouting to the trespassers):

I am "Quarta" the Land of Aleksithimia’s Easter boarder guardian!

You are currently trespassing the closed border of our land without permission.

Death penalty awaits all outsiders, this is the great prosper Aleksithimia’s order!



 People called for help while running towards the precipice where Nion is located.



Nion (Continues):

If you do not turn back, only death awaits!



 Major group of people (specifically young males and females), were still rushing towards the precipice.



Nion (Raise her voice and Nion, solidifies her sword):

Return from where you came from and I will spare your lives!

People of Elpida, this is the last warning!

 Crowd has scattered and people begun running in every direction like a colony of ants who are being attacked. Nion, jumps down from the precipice...

 As soon as Nion landed a gruesome scene started taking place. Nion was slicing people from Elpida as if they were pieces of paper. Soon, the whole area was painted in blood. The group of the outsiders found themselves cornered in the middle of this area, too far to run back and too far to force the way.

Nion had clear physical advantage due to her body modifications and her Tsuji training, which made her a superior being comparing to a normal villager. During this unbearable scene of a total massacre ongoing at Eastern Boarders of Aleksithimia, despite being clearly inferior in strength, some of the outsiders were still trying defend themselves from Nion with whatever they had in hands. Yet their numbers were quickly decreasing as if Nion was ending their lives as if she was blowing off candles. Some of them simply were standing still or dropped on their knees silently watching how desperate their situation is. Some of them were praying, others were begging for pardon or simply running back towards Elpida borders. None of it was enough to survive, Nion was leading her way, eliminating all trespassers regardless their age or sex.

This was the very first time since Nion has been assigned as the Eastern Border guardian, when she had to face and make such radical decisions. Everyone from Elpida who was trying to cross the border unnoticed were fully aware of nature of punishment they were exposed to.

Nion (Reasoning with herself):

Why should I care about strangers, when they have been trying to hurt me and my people for so long?

 The decision to protect herself and her people, and total elimination of people from Elpida was the best solution she could find. A solution to suppress all of her emotions, exactly like her other compatriots, to erase any unnecessary feelings that were confusing her mind. To completely cease the emotion flow and focus on one goal of stopping the invasion.

It is hard to say who is right and who is wrong. From each perspective, each side had something or someone to protect: for some it was their beloved ones, for others, their life value and its future that they had to fight for. Nion was fully aware of that, but as for each individual, natural instincts took over her body; She could not accept the fact that there was a possibility that these people would try to harm her home or give troubles to her brother, perhaps, she is the responsible person in whom local people entrusted their lives. As for her respect and duty towards her brother, her homeland protection came first upon the judgement of the current situation.

Nion’s movements looked like if she was a Japanese geisha who was dancing “Miyako Odori”** under Shamisen melody; She was moving so fast that people barely could see her coming and guard themselves.

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**(The Miyako Odori performance is a beautiful celebration of the cherry blossom season and a chance to see the Gaiko (Geisha) and Maiko (apprentice geisha) display their skills in music and dance.)

She was flying around as she was one of these cherry blossom flower petals that is dancing with the wind and thrown from side to side, painting everything in dark red colors. As beautiful as it could get, she was advancing towards the borders, slicing everyone on her path. She finally reached the last three people who were on their knees waiting for the inevitable conclusion.

Nion’s outfit was fully covered in blood; dawn has made it look like a fire opal gemstone, so bright you could barely approach it. The last rays of the sun were Illuminating Nion’s face, blood was slowly flowing down her cheeks as if she had dripping blood coming out from her eyes. Nion has abruptly stopped in front of the last three people who were still alive and ready to accept their inevitable faith. The same sun ray has moved from Nion’s face in the direction of the last trespasser group, a mother and two children…

Mother (Crying out loud):

I beg you!

Please spare the lives of my children, they’re all I have!

I beg you!

Mother (She sees that Nion is not moving so she continues begging):

I am the foolish one, I am the one who brought them here!

I am the one who has disrespected the great land of Aleksithimia’s order!

My beautiful boys don’t deserve to be the part of my foolish actions!

Nion is standing still looking at that women’s children. Mother hugs both of her children and slowly pushes them off

Mother (Trying to calm her voice and intonation):

Please, spare their lives!

I know your law is absolute!

I am ready to accept the death for the unforgivable actions I’ve committed!

I disrespected the great prosper rules, and soiled your lands,

But, please, leave my children alive.

I beg you to spare them, that’s all I ask…

 Mother kneels in front of Nion and starts praying. Nion looks around and realizes that these three are the last ones left as everyone else has either ran away or is dead.



Nion (Speaks in a low voice):

So, be it …

 Nion has slowly inclined towards the mother for a brief moment that felt like the whole world has stopped and was moving in slow motions. With a swift move she pierced the heart of the mother.  A minute of silence has landed upon the Eastern border, the air got so dense it was almost impossible to breath, both children were so shocked by that disturbing scene, that they began to suffocate in their own tears, all voices were gone.

In that moment Nion felt total emptiness, but at the same time, these emotions were covered by the feeling of the accomplishment of her duty transformed her actions in the best possible decision.

Deep down in that half mechanical heart of her, she was about to witness how inhuman and dull she became. A lifeless killing machine with a mandate of allowance for executing innocent people covered by that protection of her homeland order. Was all that really necessary, and could not Aleksithimia find a better way to deal with outsiders and trespasser regardless?  Infinite amount of questions and concerns were tormenting her mind in order to give her a satisfactory reason for her actions.

Nion has dropped her sword on the ground looking at her arms glowing in blood like it was a kid who is drinking cold water from a water fountain.

Soon, the aftershock passed, both children were screaming hysterically. The sound of their screaming was resonating in Nion’s head. That resonance has brought her ten minutes back in time, during that very moment when she was executing the rest of the group. She was trying to understand, how and what makes this mother different from the rest. Why was that feeling of guilt was so unbearably heavy? How come that suddenly she feels responsible, guilty of her actions and, most importantly, what makes her question the functionality of Aleksithimia’s order, that same order that she used as a reason of terminating lives of trespassers for years now?

 While Nion was standing immobile, one of the children filled with rage has picked up Nion’s sword and rushed into her direction trying to attack.  

Older brother (Mindlessly rushes towards her direction):

Die you monster!!!!

Tsuji’s weapons are setup in a way that no one except the owner and its creator could use it. Soon after that kid grabbed the sword and was about to attack, the Urumi sword emitted a high voltage electric discharge to its holder. The child died in mere seconds, burnt out from inside. He fell on the ground like a heavy rock thrown from a cliff.  Smoke was coming out from his dead body.



Younger brother (Remained silent while observing this brutal scene, tears were coming down his face):

Alex!!!!!



Younger brother (Rushes toward his brother dead body)

It cannot happen …

How … did all this happen …

Mother … now my brother …

Why are you so evil!?

What did we do to you?

 Nion has got back to her senses after hearing the name “Alex”, her brother Aleksithimia’s nickname. As a matter of fact, before that incident happened, she had lost all will to continue her mission and decided to accept their mother’s last words and let these two go. Nion quickly picked up her sword from the ground; her heart was frozen with agony and confusion; she was barely standing, resisting passing out of emotional overload.

In the meantime, the remaining child was trying to drag his brother and his deceased mother’s bodies back to the border line away from danger; his hands were burning because of his brother’s electrocuted body, smoke was coming out from it.

Nion was observing the scene and suddenly begun slowly advancing forward…

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The child saw Nion approaching him and hasted his pace in order to get out of her land as soon as he could. Nion was getting closer and closer to him; he began screaming as loud as he could:

Younger brother (While doing his best trying to dragging both bodies away from Nion):

Go away!!

Leave me alone!!

Don’t come near me!!



 The rest of the remaining villagers had finally reached the boarder and witnessed this gruesome scene. They saw the corpses covered in blood, the small kid who was dragging his brothers and his mother’s dead bodies and, couple of meters from them, the guardian of land of Aleksithimia slowly walking in his direction. There was blood everywhere. For a naked eye it was not hard to define what happened and what the remaining child is so afraid of.

This group quickly gripped up the child before Nion caught up with him. The villagers had hard time to get him off of his brother’s and mother’s bodies; The child was screaming and fighting to free himself. One of the villagers knocked out the child and forcefully took him away and ran towards the borders. Minutes later the whole group disappeared in the woods.

Nion followed the group until they crossed the border, then returned where the child’s brother’s body were located. She picked him up and was soon on her way back to the capital for a report of the recent incident …

To be continued...
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DeWittyInfinite Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
In Need of a Artist...

I'm a Game Design Student and have assembled a small team of like minded people, the game is a Visual Novel, I can't pay you but you will be credited accordingly, we want to Steam Greenlight it, that would be the only way you will be paid, (IF we decide to...), my team needs visual representation so the composers can see what music would fit the game, you would be collaborating with me as I will have concepts, and ideas about the game...we need a background artist/ and or a character artist, the style will be in a anime style.

Contact email: Meztrov2019@Hotmail.com

thanks...
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