Twitch cocked his head, noticing Enine's distress. "Problem?" He asked innocently, before chuckling as he stood up and moved to the doorway, motioning for the applicants to follow. "Just kidding. Seriously, dont worry about it," he said, as he led them down the hall. " All who skirt and avoid true death fear me. But put your mind at ease, if our reckoning comes, it will be far, far from now. Twitch laughed again as if his tone hadnt taken an unexpectedly dark turn a few seconds before. "And Boss man told me to keep my hands off you chickadees anyway!" he said cheerfully.
It wasn't exactly comforting, but Zane's little speech did seem to have the effect of greatly reducing the fear he experienced, for whatever reason. Still, it didnt disappear entirely, leaving a small, twisting shadow in his mind as Twitch led them farther into the compound.
Kallis zoned out as twitch led them through the winding halls, explaining all the doors they passed as containing some impossible, and/or incredibly unlikely wonder of a ridiculous nature. Eventually as they went, Kallis became aware that they were descending deeper and deeper underground.
"This place has levels below ground?" he thought as they went along. " If even the lobby was bigger inside then it was outside, with sub ground floor who knows how big this place is?"
Eventually Twitch stopped at a door, and stood asisde as he pulled it open." And This room contains a hole to a paralell dimension of nothingness, where anything entering is sure to perish immidiately! Well, in ya go." Kallis, still trying to figure out how big the Asylum was, had only time for a startled "Wha?" As twitch pushed him into the room.
There was a moment of panicked flailing before Kallis righted himself, attempting to regain his dignity as he looked around. The room was large, about three times as big as the lobby had been, with a ceiling twice as high. The entire room was constructed of some kind of smooth, off white, reflective material, the feel of which put Kallis in mind of some kind of high grade industrial ceramic. At the other end of the room were two people.
One was the towering man named Ferren from earlier, though he appeared to have shed his armor and was just wearing a plain Gray T-shirt and Cargo pants, though the enormous sword was still strapped to his back. Speaking of his back, Kallis noticed a pair of disturbingly small and cute leathery wing poking from the back of the shirt ,far to tiny to be anything of use. Ferren himself was simply standing, looking back towards the door with a disinterested look on his face.If possible, the guy looked even BIGGER without the armor. Height obviously wasnt the only advantage he had, the man was built like a panzer.
The other man was unfamiliar, and looked to be barely 20, if that sitting on some kind of solid metal stool. He was garbed casually, in a sleeveless black vest that extended just short of the knee, worn unzipped to display it's solid red lining, also making it plain that he wore no shirt beneath it. Beneath that he wore equally dark Cargo pants which clung at the ankle. His skin was slightly dark, and his hair was stark black and short. Kallis couldnt help but notice the strange long and winding, black and blue tattoos that covered the young mans entire arms, and most of his chest it seemed. from what he could see it looked like they probably extended over his back, and down his legs as well. At the moment, he appeared to be reading a book in one hand while the other arm was busy lifting a a large heavy looking barbel. he seemed focused on the book, but he glanced at the applicants for a moment as they entered. From the glance, Kallis could see the young mans eyes were completely black save the whites, giving them an odd wide look.
"Attention," said Cypher's voice echoing through the room, Startling Kallis as he didnt see any speakers." The second test for application into Lunatic Inc shall take place here in Training Room 2. Before we begin however, the weapons you surrendered to our care earlier shall be returned to you." At that, Cypher began reading off the names of applicants. As each name was read, a bin containing each persons weapons morphed out a the nearest wall, growing out of the very substance like liquid. It went on like this until every applicant had retrieved their weapons, save for Enine, and Roy.
"In the case of Enine Estel,"announced Cypher from wherever he was, " Who informed that he carried no weapons, but in fact attempted to conceal through magical means 7 weapons/beings of a magical nature, A penalty shall be imposed for the following test. For the entire duration of the test, Enine Estel shall be allowed the use of ONE Weapon/being, and only one. In Addition, that Weapon/being must remain in the from of a being for the entirety. Should he attempt to switch out, transform it, or otherwise skirt these conditions, he is to be immediately contained, and physically expelled from the premises. Deadly Force is authorized on the part Zane Reinada to enforce this."
At this announcement, Twitch, who had walked over to speak to Ferren, turned and smiled at Enine.
Cypher continued on. " As well, should Enine Estel pass the test, his acceptance into Lunatic Inc will be further dependent on his surrender of the remaining Weapons/beings, which will be returned to him within the hour."
Kallis tried to avoid smirking. He knew he should feel kinda bad for the guy but he did kinda ask for it.
"In the case of Roy Everydayman," continued Cypher, without a hint of irony," Who informed that he surrendered all carried weapons to our care, yet in fact conspired to conceal 1 weapon through scientific means, A penalty shall be imposed for the following test. For the entire duration of the test, Roy Everydayman will be allowed the use of only the one weapon he attempted to conceal, and the remainder shall be held in our care pending the results of the test. Should Mr.Everydayman attempt to otherwise skirt this penalty, Consequences as in the case of Mr.Estel follow."
There was a a brief moment of feedback "Hehehe," laughed Shades High pitched giggle. Apparently the little imp was in the same room as Cypher and had stolen the mike." You two really screwed yourselves over. Why didnt ya just turn in your crap you thick slobs?" There was another moment of feedback as Cypher regained control of the receiver.
" Please pardon the interruption." Least he's polite, thought Kallis. "On to the test. Unfortunately, a conflict of interest was discovered with Mr. Ein Hartman, and he was asked to leave. Now, Across from you you will see, A Mr.Zane "Twitch Reinada," At his name, Zane flashed victory sign and spun around, showing off for an imaginary audience."A Mr.Ferren Maddus," Ferren rolled his eyes and waved. " And a Mr.Durako Kurokami." The young man with the tattoos responded by lower his book and lightly dropping the barbel to the ground as he turned in his seat to face the applicants,the weight hitting the floor with a thud Kallis could feel all the way at his location through the floor.
He couldnt help but wonder what kind of a test this would be. Maybe they would have to put on some kind of display, and these three would be Judges?
"These three members of Lunatic Inc will be acting as proctors for this examination." Continued Cypher." Your Goal in this examination, is to defeat any one of these proctors in pitched combat, and render them unable to continue, preferably through rendering them unconscious. This examination will be graded on 'all or nothing' rules, In that you are expected to work as a team and if any one of you manages to complete the goal, you all pass. However, likewise, if anyone of your team is renderd unconscious or otherwise unable to continue, you will all fail, and be asked to leave."
Kallis looked a little dumbfounded. " Wait wait wait," He called out, hoping Cypher could hear him. " All of use, versus just them three? Doesn't that seem a little, I dont know, unfair?"
"Complaint acknowledged, and verified." replied Cypher, followed by a brief pause. " It appears that All proctors were requested beforehand to fight using only less then 50% of their full battle potential, in order to minimize the chance of applicant fatality.As well, Applicants not under penalty are authorized to use full combat force. The examination will continue."
"Thats not what I meant!" Kallis yelled.
"You have 30 minutes. The test begins...Now."
Reluctantly, Kallis grasped the sword hilt, the pitch black blade growing into place, though he stood back, unwilling to engage in what he saw as an unfair fight.
"Dont hold back on our account," said Durako, turning back to his book. His voice had a pleasant husky quality to it, though his tone was cold and flat. "Even if you come at intending to kill, you likely wont be able to make us sweat. Your chances are slim as it is."
"I really dont care either way," said Ferren with a yawn as he turned to Durako."Im just hoping they at least manage to do something interesting before fizzling out. Give me something to laugh about when this is done and I go to bed. What do you say we give them first go, they're at enough of a handicap as it is?" Durako shrugged his acceptance as another bout of feedback came over the PA.
"Hey, By the way Ferren, That Scale guy or whatever, Said he could take you," said the little purple instigator, evil glee in his voice. "I heard him in the lobby."
"Pfft, yeah sure." snorted Ferren, ridicule heavy on his voice. " Maybe in his wildest fantasies he could." He turned to the applicants, yawning again. " Tell ya what you guys, were going to go ahead and let you maggots take the offensive. We feel kinda bad for you and all, and since you made me laugh, i'll even start off using only one arm. Who knows, you might even get lucky. Doubt it though."
Kallis ground his teeth. These guys werent taking them seriously at all and they were outnumbered almost 4 to one.
Meanwhile, Twitch was amusing himself by making shadow puppet against one of the walls.