dreamshades: (demon at the doorstep)
Peter Pan ([personal profile] dreamshades) wrote in [community profile] maskormenacelogs2016-01-03 12:12 am

The New Neverland

WHERE: Heropa or AKA Neverland
WHEN: January 3rd to 5th
WHAT: The rescuers invade Neverland to end the fiendish Peter Pan's plot
WARNINGS: Death is likely to happen, fighting, swearing, probably just going to be 14+ kind of deal.

The time has come to stop Pan. After posting this to the network Peter has all but challenged the imPorts: either look away and don't bother his paradise or come try and stop him.


The jungle stands tall and mighty, a fearful and ominous sight to be seen. One can only hope things go smoothly, but this is Neverland after all, a land of endless possibilities which means endless unknown dangers. Take the time to get ready, plan and storm the jungle....you'll need it.

Entering Neverland
You cross the threshold of Neverland's barrier and everything you once knew has all but changed. Where day use to stand all there is is but a perpetual night. You're not sure how you know this but you get the feeling that despite how many days that may go by in his land time will hold still, day will never come. Dark skies with blinking stars and an eerie moon is but your only light here.

The sights before them are this, a jungle, humid and warm. Where Winter's chill had been has all been snatched away by what would be a mild tropical heat. All there are are trees, vines and large leaves far for the eye can see. It takes only a bit of searching to find sources of water and food a like, but remember not everything may be safe to eat. Careful of thorny vines, for it may be Dreamshade, a deadly poison that inhabits Neverland.

If you manage to find the horizon what appears to be a massive lake of water surrounds the entirety of Neverland where no other land can be seen beyond it. An illusion? Perhaps, but who can say with a curse.

For our heroes, our rescuers this may seem odd if not unsettling. For our cursed? It's nothing new, glorious to some maybe but nothing new.

Riddle me this

Wandering the jungle for Peter's riddles? Continue to do so as they will not be given easily. For Peter has set up challenges that would crush and break the weakest and strongest of hearts alike.

The echo caves
The jungle of Neverland is deep and perilous but none such as the Echo caves. Dark and cavernous holes that go deep into the island, the entrance remains open to all who brave it. How the unlucky stumble across it is different for each. Is that Peter Pan gadding you to come catch him and running inside? Or is it someone you cherish most dear fleeing inside from you? However it happened, inside is damp and dark. The name does not lie for the caves do echo, but not with the sound of your own voice or noises caves make but the voices of others. You hear it in your brain, creeping in like a tangled vine telling you the only way out is to reveal the darkest secret you hold close to your chest, that no one must know. All victims of the cave must say their secret or else be trapped within its walls forever....but not without a catch. Revealing the secret does not simply get you out. For those that you are with now must resist the temptations of the sweet and venomous voices that speak into their ear. They suggest to let their feelings out, to act upon rage or despair or some other hideous feeling towards the secret teller and the secret they held. If all resists though and all secrets let out the secret riddle is spoken and if one has it, the map is unlocked.

The riddle being: I'm separate but close, I am small but I am big.

Dark Hollow
Stumble through the darkness and one would surely find light somewhere, wouldn't they? Perhaps from torch light from Peter's followers? Or even the forever full and silver moon in the sky? But, the further you journey into this part of the jungle, the more the light dies. Light that people conjure also snuff out as quickly as they were lit.

Take a pause to try and get the light back but it only takes a second to look away when they come out. Shadows, living shadows, come out from behind trees and from out of dark corners. They circle like sharks in the water around the victims who so stupidly wandered into their hallow. Welcome, to Peter Pan's den of stolen shadows of unfortunate victims.
They lunge without a thought, attacking and clawing at the people invading this space. They throw sharpened wooden spears, try and grab and throw people into trees and worse off, steal your shadows to add to Pan's collection. They make no sound, only faint and ghostly whooshes accompany them as they fly about. Fight them if you can, but if fire is introduced or a container with a flame they make short work of these evil creatures....and once capture or made to flee they're ghostly whooshes become hollow voices, whispering silently: The only form of rescue they have is a message in a bottle when they are lost but live on me.

The map will be unlocked if it has not already.

Mermaid Lagoon
Water, is a valuable thing to have and in a jungle where it is hard to find? Well, worry no more because a pure spring of the clearest blue water stands before you. Drink, refresh yourselves or just be cautious as with the other dangers of Neverland it doesn't matter. Because the moment you arrive at this spring it's power takes effect.

What use to be foliage and water around you turns to the fears that haunt your very heart. They live and breathe before you, speaking to you, being there before you. It's just like Crane's fear gas all over. Allies may appear to be monsters and what do we do with monsters? The fears are yours and only you can act upon them appropriately.

However, through your own will or the strength of those beside you can help you cut through the dark mirror. When it shatters the fragments of the broken illusion sing to you and you hear the words of a riddle:

I am a horror in which all mortal life makes.

The map will be unlocked if it has not already.

Otherwise you may flee....but you will never hear the shards of of a fear triumphed sing.

Grove of Pixie dust trees
The horrors of Neverland truly never cease, do they? But, rest must be taken if you wish to stop Pan, isn't it? These grove of trees seem nice, don't they? Nothing harmful about them. That would be a naive to think because once more does Neverland play it's evil. The dark magic of this place seeps into your senses, poison that fills the mind and the heart. Shadows of dark and deep regrets that left a wound on your heart that never healed take form here and become solid. It's like a film you relive far too vividly.

The regret may burn in your heart and make you want to flee and you can but the brave face their regrets and admit and accept them. Once you do the regret fades away speaking in the voice of those you let down of the last piece of the riddle:

You may not use me when you think, but you're awfully glad I'm there.

But, you should run, who wants to face their regrets? It'll just mean Pan can keep his paradise.

For the cursed
But these troubles and riddles are for those pesky Rescuers. Peter's cursed victims will have been informed to stop the Rescuers from making it to these locations.

Other things to do

Shadows like in the Hallow roam the island.
They appear as any other person, someone you love, miss or anyone under the sun. They may find you heroes, you rescuers, they may not but if they do they have things to say. The shadows will try and make the Rescuers despair or they will ask for you to leave Neverland with them to go home. The lies they say sound convincing and they'll offer a hand for you to flee with them. Take it, and the shadow will smile evilly and begin to try and rip your shadow from you so you may join the pile of Peter's victims and have your shadow join his fold. Having friends will help ignore the shadow's influence or perhaps they can just go the forward route and just shoot it.

The hunt is on
Lost Children and Peter's employees you have an important task of hunting the defectors, Cursed adults and children not affiliated with Pan, and the Rescuers themselves. For fun or for duty of course. Cursed imPorts are armed with their own own powers and weapons with dreamshade, a lethal poison that will kill they are a force to be reckoned with, otherwise all the regular citizens who had been cursed will only have bow and arrows, swords, spears, and other primitive like dipped in the fatal dreamshade. The poison can be cured but only with plenty of healing or the waters of Neverland on deadman's peak. Be wary of them dear Rescuers because you may stumble upon on of the camps Peter's Children or employees have.

Stir the memories
It's only a matter of time until you run into someone you knew. However you found one of the cursed, coming across their camp, in the wilderness, however it is only a matter of time. If a rescuer's connection is deep with the cursed old memories may surface a bit and cause conflict inside the other. It's not enough to break the curse but maybe it's enough to for them to side with our dear heroes...or fight harder against them.

Like the music Peter's played before there are camps that play the same entrancing music. Far stronger than it was over the network it compels you to come join in the fun, rescuers. Forget your troubles and just have fun and dance...but be aware that if you stay too long you'll be dragged away and locked up. Resisting is possible but are you capable of doing that.

However, with our dear cursed individuals this is your respite from the hunt. Peter may be here to talk with you, to reassure or to plot. But, this is also your time to socialize with your cohorts and remember how much you enjoy Neverland.

Anything and everything goes in this section. Come up with things to do in Neverland. A breather, a fight, your own plans whatever you make of it. Just remember to keep it in the confines of Neverland.

(OOC:Update: Information on the plot here, the plot is now open to everyone. Details may be found here as to why.)

superposition: (And yet you start to recoil)

heyo lemme know if any of this aint ok :>

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-07 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
[Qubit teleported in on his own as soon as he heard about this mess, and at the moment he's doing a quick sweep near the barrier, standing on a small force-field platform he threw together. He really doesn't like the readings he's getting - sure, he's dealt with magic-using villains before, but that nonsense is definitely out of his wheelhouse. The instruments he's using are picking up data, but most of it is garbage and interference.

Still, he picks up a distinct spacetime distortion nearby, and that's what leads him to Mr Drowned Rat here. He steers the platform downward, deactivating it once he's within a couple feet of the ground.]

You all right there? [- he says automatically, but then he gets a good look at the man's face, and -] Wait, Hermann? My God, what happened to you?

[I mean for starters he shrank like 14 inches, that's pretty drastic.]
dendarii: (frakkingcylon 184)

oh my god yes please, all the hermann confusion

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-08 01:32 am (UTC)(link)
[ Oh. Well. This was bound to happen, wasn't it? With a facetwin who's been in this place much longer than himself, with Miles being a relative unknown ... naturally people are going to mistake him for the scientist. And yet it is such a strange sensation. Back home he had approximately the same chance of being mistaken for someone else as a flea might be mistaken for a dog. Miles is very distinctive.

Except here. Hmm. That warms him, a bit, and turns his frown into a manic smile instead. That right there is probably Qubit's first indication that he's talking to a different person. The clothes are military and gray, too, rather different from Hermann's stuffy scholarly suits. His eyes go sharp and bright as he dials up the electric energy of his personality ]

What do you think? I'd love to know what your theory is, as an outsider and all. All mine seem to be rather biased.
superposition: ((you won't like me when i'm angry))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-08 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
[Okay, no, something's wrong here. It's like painting Hermann's face with Newt's wild expressiveness, to an overall effect that lies squarely in the uncanny valley.

Now, to a normal person, all this would add up to something like "My mistake, the resemblance is remarkable but clearly you're somebody else." But Qubit lives in a comic book. Shapeshifters, mind control, clones, doppelgangers, mirror universes, and let's not even get started on finding out people you thought you knew aren't remotely who they seemed to be...

Point is, there's a lot of bad things this could mean. Qubit's defenses spring up like a Pacific wall, and he takes a wary step backward.]

You're not him. Who are you?
dendarii: (cocky lil bastard)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-08 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
[ Damn. He'd meant to make the difference obvious, not close this fellow off. Sobering slightly, he offers Qubit a small bow. ]

Admiral Miles Naismith, of the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet. And not your friend, I'm very sorry to say.
superposition: (And why?)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-08 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
No, I can see that.

[Damn right you're not my friend! he doesn't say. After a tense few seconds he forces himself to relax, but only partially succeeds. On the plus side, he has a name; on the other hand, that still kind of startled the crap out of him. His voice isn't as snippy now, but he remains on alert.]

What's your purpose, Admiral? [- with somewhat more emphasis on the title than strictly necessary. Okay so he's still a little snippy.]
dendarii: (good point)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-08 03:35 am (UTC)(link)
[ Goodness. All this fluffy kitten hissing is just making Miles more interested. What sort of relationship is he interrupting here? ]

At the moment? Ferryman. Mind the river though, it's a bit cold.

[ He shakes some water out of his sleeve for good measure. ]
Edited 2016-01-08 03:35 (UTC)
superposition: ((what are we talking about?))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-08 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ahaha... dude, even if he were into that, Hermann's very taken. At any rate, Qubit gradually settles into mild annoyance, folding his arms. Obviously, there's no river present, but he hasn't forgotten the spacial distortion he detected a minute ago.]

You can teleport? [It's not the whole story, but it would go a long way toward explaining where the water came from.]
dendarii: (cocky lil bastard)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-08 11:47 pm (UTC)(link)
[ A fact Miles will discover and ship madly soon enough. He continues grinning, though not quite as alarmingly wide as he was at the beginning. ]

Correct. In a limited fashion. I follow sewer pipes.
Edited 2016-01-08 23:47 (UTC)
superposition: (So what difference does it make?)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-10 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
[You know, one of these days somebody ought to throw a Sucky Power Olympics. Just sayin'. Qubit raises an eyebrow.]

Ah. Well, that would explain the whole...

[He gestures vaguely at Naismith's everything. You'd think he'd be more put off by that detail... at least it doesn't appear as if any actual sewage comes with him, but still, it can't be pleasant.]

Look, why don't you go dry off. If you're just 'porting people in to help, I can take care of that without anyone having to get soaked.

[He doesn't mean that condescendingly, it's just a statement of fact. (It probably sounds condescending anyway.)]
dendarii: (frakkingcylon 090)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-10 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
[ He is clean, at least. Cleaner than he's ever been in his life. Cleaner than he ever wants to be ever again.

Despite the obvious logic of Qubit's suggestion, something in Miles bristles. He hates being talked down to, or to feel like he has been. ]

Why not work together then? We'll move people twice as quickly.
superposition: ((walk between worlds))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-10 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
[He's not alone in that regard. But also Qubit's a hypocrite. He shrugs.]

If you want to, that's fine. [It's not him getting soaked, after all.] I'm just letting you know you don't have to go overboard. So to speak.
dendarii: (frakkingcylon 001)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-10 01:52 am (UTC)(link)
I am quite capable of handling my own energy levels, Mr. ...?
superposition: ((william hartnell eat your heart out))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-10 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
[Gosh, he even gets indignant like Hermann.]

Qubit. Sorry. [longname, meet shortname.] Didn't mean to imply you weren't. Carry on, then.
dendarii: (frakkingcylon 134)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-10 02:18 am (UTC)(link)
[ He decoils gently at that. Sory, Qubit, Miles has a lot of pride stuffed into that small body of his. ]

Qubit. Pleasure to meet you, despite the circumstances. [ He pauses a moment, relenting further. ] You mentioned teleporting as well?
superposition: ((tight-lipped))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-11 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
I did. Invention of mine. [And so is the tablet he's resumed messing with. His lips pull into a thin, dissatisfied line. Nothing but garbage data.]

I don't suppose you know anything about magic, would you? [It's a long shot, and not one he expects to land.]
dendarii: (cocky lil bastard)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-11 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
[ Oooh. He perks a bit, leaning in closer to see the tablet. ]

Absolutely not. It's all science where I come from.
superposition: ((crossed arms))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-11 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
Hmph. [The data is neither sensitive nor useful to anyone, so Qubit doesn't bother to stop him looking. He shoots a dirty look at the barrier, though.] Sadly, that's not the case here. I was hoping I could at least get something useful out of it, but that was asking too much, apparently. [He turns the screen off and sticks it back in an inside coat pocket.]
dendarii: (good point)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-11 10:14 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Aww. He'd barely gotten a look just now - too bad. ]

That is likely magic, you realize.
superposition: ((what are we talking about?))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-11 11:14 pm (UTC)(link)

[The tablet or the barrier?]
dendarii: (flash of inspiration)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-12 11:38 am (UTC)(link)
[ He gestures this time, clearly pointing at the barrier. ]

You know. This Peter Pan thing.
superposition: ((walk between worlds))

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-12 03:30 pm (UTC)(link)
[Sourly] Oh. Yes. Yes, that's magic.

[It's not that he doesn't believe in magic, he just dislikes it. His normal approach depends on logic and consistent physical laws, which magic lacks by definition, rendering him mostly useless against this sort of thing. He can't leave well enough alone, though.]

"Peter Pan." You know, where I'm from, he's nothing but a fairy tale. Should have stayed there, if you ask me.
dendarii: (solpadeine26)

[personal profile] dendarii 2016-01-13 12:13 am (UTC)(link)
I'm of precisely the same thought, myself. And yet here we both are, doing what we can.
superposition: (I think I can rely on you)

[personal profile] superposition 2016-01-18 02:21 am (UTC)(link)
[Well, more like Peter Pan should have stayed a fairytale. But yeah staying in his own world would have been nice too (for certain definitions of "nice").]

Indeed. [And, pressing some buttons on his watch:] I'd best be getting back. Take care, Admiral. Sorry about the confusion.

[Aaaaand glowy blue portal, get! If there are no further questions...]