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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


Jessa follows Nala down the long hallway not speaking. Her movements remain stiff, and seem to grow more so as they near the door to the infirmary. When Nala reaches the door, Jessa again speaks, "Can you wait just a moment before we go out? She is being difficult right now."

If Nala agrees to wait, Jessa moves a little ways back from the door and lowers herself down a wall until she is sitting on her heels and wraps her arms around her knees. For a few minutes she sits like that occasionally twitching. With any attention and skill at reading people, someone might notice that her motions seem like she is controlling the gestures a person might make if they were arguing with someone.

Finally she seems to relax a little and stands, straightening her school uniform where it was out of place, "Okay, thanks. I am as ready as I will be." She does, in fact, seem more relaxed now than at any point since she first tried to control her psychotic personality.

Nala waits patiently until Jessa is ready before opening the door. She is pleased to see that the infirmary is looking much more organized and calm than before. Phaezeriel's leadership was obviously working well.

"Follow me. This is the infirmary. But I'm guessing you are eager to see something that isn't a medical facility," she said, smiling, leading Jessa towards the hallway.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

"Yes. You can continue to work with me if you wish. Or you can work with Phaezeriel. He...well, he used to be a quasit. I'm not sure if he still is, but he is what you would call a redeemed demon. He's a very capable healer specializing in healing the mind. There is also Miss Jones, the enchantment teacher. She's the one who taught me. She's strict, but very good at what she does."

Nala finishes the adjustments to security for Jessa's benefit and waits for the girl to be done getting dressed.

Jessa steps out from behind the screen dressed in a standard Avalon girl's uniform and still moving stiffly, though a little less so. When she speaks, there is an odd harmonic that runs through her voice making it sound like more than one person is speaking in unison, "So this is a school. Does that mean I have to take classes or something like that?"

"Well, that's up to you, Jessa. We won't force you to take classes, but the option is open to you. You don't need to make a decision about that right now," she said, walking over to the door and opening it, gesturing for Jessa to follow her.

The tunnel leading out of the isolab is long and has a couple of decontamination stations they have to pass through, although they are currently shut down so it's just walking through them as opposed to going through the whole process. Eventually they reach another door.

"We'll be stepping into the infirmary so things may be a little crazy at first. It will be somewhat quieter once we get out into the hallway."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:


To Ryuzo, ::This may be a mistake, but she needs to see that she isn't trapped, that she is more than a lab rat to be studied, or she'll never be able to heal.::
::It's a good idea. It will help her win control. The school won't let her hurt someone else.::

::Well, here's hoping it doesn't end in disaster,:: she said, sounding nervous.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


Jessa nods and walks stiffly to the bag and takes it behind the indicated screen. Her voice comes from behind the screen, occasionally muffled, "Is there anyone I can work with or learn from to gain better control? I am very much interested in this greater freedom you mentioned."

"Yes. You can continue to work with me if you wish. Or you can work with Phaezeriel. He...well, he used to be a quasit. I'm not sure if he still is, but he is what you would call a redeemed demon. He's a very capable healer specializing in healing the mind. There is also Miss Jones, the enchantment teacher. She's the one who taught me. She's strict, but very good at what she does."

Nala finishes the adjustments to security for Jessa's benefit and waits for the girl to be done getting dressed.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
::She is not being deceptive...but...she's struggling for control.::

Nala nods slightly.

"Very well, Jessa. You have been willing to trust me so I am going to return the favor."

She stood up and began typing rapidly on one of the consoles in the isolab. "There are some clothes for you in that bag beside the table. You can get dressed while I type. There's a screen right over there. I am making some alterations to the security. Since you are not currently contagious and are currently in control of yourself you are going to be allowed to leave the isolab. But not the school building yet. If you lose control of the other one and attack someone you will be teleported to the white room just like anyone else would be if they attacked someone here. The white room is a sensory deprivation chamber. It's intended to give people somewhere to cool down. If you can't regain control of yourself after being sent to the white room then you'll be sent back here to the isolab. You are going to be restricted to the school building for now, however. At least until you gain greater control over yourself. The greater your control, the greater your degrees of freedom will become," she explained as she typed.

To Ryuzo, ::This may be a mistake, but she needs to see that she isn't trapped, that she is more than a lab rat to be studied, or she'll never be able to heal.::


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:

Ryuzo smiles at Nala, then focuses on Jessa and her words.

Is it a ruse or deception?

Waiting for an answer to this before I post Nala's response. She is waiting to get some kind of signal from Ryuzo before she makes her next move.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
Ryuzo Kato wrote:
The clone who has been pretty hands-off during this so far, hands Nala a tissue.

"Thank you," she said, wiping the blood off of her face as she tried to stay focused and calm so the ice would recede and the room would warm up.

"I'm not sure if it was enough...I tried, but...I don't know if I was able to reach her in the end."

Theres a little bit of a delay, then she can tell it's actually Ryuzo there...

"It may not be enough now, but that comment she made...I think you're going in the right direction."

"I hope you're right," she said, gripping his hand tightly. It was the closest she could come to a much-needed hug.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
The clone who has been pretty hands-off during this so far, hands Nala a tissue.

"Thank you," she said, wiping the blood off of her face as she tried to stay focused and calm so the ice would recede and the room would warm up.

"I'm not sure if it was enough...I tried, but...I don't know if I was able to reach her in the end."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:

Nala can tell that Jessa wants to believe but seems to be having difficulty with it; it seems that she is afraid to believe and to trust. In that moment of hesitation, her psychotic personality strikes at Nala again in blind fear and rejection of everything she has said. This time she is trying simply to eject Nala from Jessa's mind. Though untrained, the strength of that psychosis driven fear, rage, and pain is immensely strong in this form of attack and Nala can feel her hold slipping; in mere moments she will lose her connection to Jessa's mind.

Like digging in her claws on slippery ice, Nala held on for a few fleeting seconds more. ::It's up to you, Jessa. Is that what you want? To be alone? Forever? Or are you willing to take the risk and prove that you are as strong as I think you are? I can't make the choice for you...it's all up to you now,:: she said before she was forced out of Jessa's mind.

She sat back and wiped her bloody nose with the back of her hand, looking around as she realized that the entire room was coated in ice. Damn. She'd been pushing harder than she realized. This much cold couldn't be good for Jessa. She had to get a handle on her emotions. She tried to focus on calming breaths as she recovered and the ice slowly receded.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


There is a moment of stillness in Jessa's mind as Nala shares her memories, a moment where it seems the psychotic personality will accept what she is seeing. The psychotic personality seems purely confused, as if what Nala shared is so utterly incomprehensible that it has momentarily stunned her. Jessa's non-psychotic personality seems to have some experience with kindness, as there is a hopeful skepticism in her thoughts, ::What kind of place is this? I cannot believe there is no meanness or cruelty here with so many people.::

::It's a school, Jessa. A special school meant for people like us. People who don't fit anywhere else, who need a refuge. And of course there is meanness and cruelty. Those exist everywhere that sentient life does. Many of the children who come here have been through so much, and that often comes out in bullying as they try to deal with their feelings of fear and powerlessness by pushing those emotions onto others. But it isn't allowed to run unchecked. And there is so much mercy and kindness here. This is where I learned what those things even were. And saw how they could be stronger that all the worst monsters I'd ever known. Hate isn't strength, Jessa. It's just lonely.::


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:

Not that it is critical at the moment as I am perfectly happy to do hand-wavey magical narration, but a natural 1 always fails a save, regardless of bonuses, just as a natural 20 always passes.

There is a brief hesitation, and a mental voice, more whisper than actual voice, that sounds like a terrified child, ::How can I trust you? She is my --::

Having seen a little success rather than complete failure, the unreasonable rage that was Jessa's psychosis lashes out at Nala as it had before, and its incoherent scream drowns out what Jessa had been trying to say.

Under normal circumstances you'd be right, but for the Champion of Luck there's no auto anything when it comes to saves.

Nala still didn't move, but the stress of the encounter was starting to tell. The entire room was coated in frost and Jessa's breath created clouds of fog in the chilled air.

::You can't hurt me. I've been through worse than you can ever hope to do. I'm still here. As are you. You don't have to live like this anymore,:: she said, sending out every memory she had of unexpected compassion and friendship that she had experienced since coming to Avalon, hoping to counter some of the rage of psychotic Jessa.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


There are no words, but what Jessa shows Nala is the pain and horror of finding that the only friends she has ever known have been reduced to some kind of living death. They aren't completely gone, but neither do they really live. Having no other friends, no other family, and no one else in the galaxy, her rage, grief, and pain is too much for Nala's words to touch. It is the mindless, wailing pain of a baby who knows not why she hurts, and simply strikes out at the one who she perceives as the cause of her pain.

All that rage, pain, and grief comes thundering down on the part of Nala's consciousness that is inside Jessa's mind, threatening to crush her into oblivion.

She is essentially manifesting Psychic Crush. Will save DC 21. When Nala saves, she takes 3d6 damage. If she somehow fails, she is reduced to 50% of her HP total and is ejected from Jessa's mind.

Nala can't fail that save with her Luck bonus to saves.

A tiny trickle of blood drips down from Nala's nose, but still she doesn't move, her fingertips lightly resting on Jessa's temples and a serene expression on her face.

::Enough, Jessa. They weren't your friends. Not really. They were just hungry insects, and when they were done killing every living thing they would have died and you would have been truly alone. Forever. You were always doomed to grieve for them. It's time to move forward. Change your fate, Jessa. You are stronger than you know. Not this part that you think is strong. She's so much weaker than you are. The real Jessa is strong though. All you have to do is reach out and take your mind back. It's always been yours to claim. Hurt and rage aren't the most powerful things about you.::

The girl's mind was so far gone. Healing this insanity might be beyond her skill. Perhaps she did need to ask Phaezeriel for help. She saw so much of herself in this girl, but she had never lost connection with reality as Jessa had.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


The schism seems to be a completely natural response to psychological trauma.

The hostile personality in Jessa's mind seems to be confused for a few moments by the ease with which Nala crushed the mind seed. Evil Jessa regains her mental balance, however, and seems to draw in on herself becoming more dense if such a thing were possible for a mind. It seems she is gathering her strength for another attack.

::Doors work two ways, Jessa. If you continue to attack me I will show you exactly why there is nothing you can do to hurt me. You think that you are so powerful and malevolent, but you're just a frightened little girl lashing out at the universe. And that I know a little too much about,:: she warned, examining the cracks in Jessa's psyche. It would be dangerous to push her too far, but it might be the only real chance to save her.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
evil stuff

Will save: with +10 Luck bonus 1d20 + 14 + 10 ⇒ (11) + 14 + 10 = 35

::Well, that was an interesting reaction there,:: she said coolly, examining the mind of Jessa/Evil Jessa to determine if their schism is natural or the result of a mind seed. ::You have too much confidence in yourself to pin your hopes on that against a skilled mentalist.::


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

Nala nods. "That is a perfectly reasonable request. And ethically necessary. As I told you before, I will do nothing without your permission. And if I have anything to say about it, the day you are free of scientists will be today. I am a physician. My job is to heal you and send you on your way, not study you indefinitely."

"Please let me know when you are ready for me to begin."

Jessa draws a deep breath and steels her nerve. It is clear from her body language that she is not reacting out of fear of harm, but out of fear of giving up her one safe refuge. Finally she lets her breath out and nods her head to Nala, "I am ready. You should be aware though, that she destroyed the mind of the last person who tried to enter my mind. Hopefully that I am letting you in will make the difference."

Nala nodded. "Thank you for the warning. I think that she will find that I am not so easily destroyed."

She reached out a hand to touch Jessa's forehead lightly with her fingers. "Physical contact makes this easier."

She began a telepathic scan of Jessa's mind, especially looking for points of connection to the other personality and any information she can find about how the two came to be residing in the same mind.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


Jessa's head does not raise, and her hair covers most of her face, but Nala can see the girl chewing on her lip. After a full three minutes, she finally speaks in a voice barely audible, "I do not want to be caged anymore. I do not want to be modified and tested upon anymore. She came to me to protect me from what they were doing to me; I could not stand it, but she was stronger than I am."

It looks like she is gathering every shred of courage she has remaining to her, and she goes quiet again for a few long moments, and when she continues her voice has the strange speech patterns of the Empires elite classes, "You can do the tests, but do not alter anything without talking to me about it first." When she lifts her eyes to meet Nala's they are cold like two bits of blue ice, "One day I will be free from all scientists" The word comes out like a curse.

Nala nods. "That is a perfectly reasonable request. And ethically necessary. As I told you before, I will do nothing without your permission. And if I have anything to say about it, the day you are free of scientists will be today. I am a physician. My job is to heal you and send you on your way, not study you indefinitely."

"Please let me know when you are ready for me to begin."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:

Jessa seems to accept this with no problems and sits at the table to eat what was brought. Though there is much more than an average girl her size should need, she eats steadily and without apparent preference until all the food is gone.

Nala sits down in front of Jessa as she finishes her food. "Jessa, I have the results of your brain scans from yesterday," she said gently. "It confirms that you have two distinct brain patterns, and shows a particular pattern that always occurs before they switch places. The other personality appears to be tied to certain specific negative emotions. What it doesn't tell me is what caused you to develop two separate personalities. Without that information I can't treat the problem. I will not do anything without your permission. You don't have to worry about that. But I would like you to reconsider the possibility of a telepathic examination. Outside of this, I am reduced to simply resorting to trial and error to try and find a treatment that will allow you to leave this isolab."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

Nala arrived at the isolab food tray in hand. She entered cautiously, not sure which version of the girl she was going to be facing.

"Good morning, Miss Mar'Niell."

Jessa looks up when Nala enters, blue eyes bright, "Good morning. Please, call me Jessa? Almost no one has used my name since I was volunteered." Jessa

Nala smiled, happy to see that at least for now she was dealing with the non-psychotic version. "Well, that seems like a reasonable request, Jessa. I wasn't sure what you like to eat so I got a little bit of everything," she added setting the breakfast tray down on a table so Jessa could eat.

"I'm just going to examine your brain wave readings from the night while you eat, but I'm available to talk as well if you have any questions or anything."


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Nala arrived at the isolab food tray in hand. She entered cautiously, not sure which version of the girl she was going to be facing.

"Good morning, Miss Mar'Niell."


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Phaezeriel:
::Do not worry about yesterday. I was busy all day. Between supervising the infirmary and curing a plague before it could decimate more than one city...well, let's just say it was a busy day. I hope I will have time later today. But I will be spending a large portion of my day trying to deal with a psychotic patient with dual personalities and a supercharged engineered virus permanently bound to her body. She isn't safe to release from the isolab at present. There's no telling what she would do. I'm afraid that you're going to be left to supervise the infirmary yourself today.::

Having reassured herself that the infirmary was in one piece, and tracked down Dara and Ignace at breakfast to let them know that they needed to go to class today since the nurse's office would be empty, she got a tray of food from the elementary cafeteria and headed down to the isolab with breakfast for her troublesome patient.


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Nala strode seemingly confidently into the infirmary, looking around to make sure that all of it was in one piece and no patients were being subjected to Wuxn-like standards of care.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
After a little while of sitting on the edge of the cot and waiting, Jessa stands up and moves to the edge of the force bubble and calls out in a clear, but uncertain, voice, "Hello? Is anyone there?"

Nala's datapad lit up and she saw the video feed from the isolab. She hastily swallowed her bite of omelette before activating the audio from her end.

"Please be patient, Miss Mar'Niell. I have some work that I must attend to, but I will be there in no more than thirty minutes with your breakfast."

She deactivated the audio and stood up from her half-eaten breakfast. "Well, duty calls."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
"Ah. Who is that?"

"Not sure. He's listed as a..." she picked up the datapad off of the table and examined it. "Advaran Silvertongue? Goblin. Huh. Well, that should be interesting."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
Ryuzo Kato wrote:


"I do. Very much so." he says, oath-like, looking into her eyes.
"If she tries anything, she'll regret it. Twofold." He sighs and smiles.
"Well, enough of this morbidity! Who's in charge of the elementary with Ephebe out and you in the infirmary?"

"Pyra is generally in charge, but she can't handle two classrooms so Fieri is subbing for Ephebe. I guess she found someone to sub for her for her music classes for today."
"I asked becasue I'm considering having a hand to hand class for the elementary students as well. Never too early to start."

"You might want to clear that with the new elementary PE teacher...the morning messages said that we had one starting today."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


"I do. Very much so." he says, oath-like, looking into her eyes.
"If she tries anything, she'll regret it. Twofold." He sighs and smiles.
"Well, enough of this morbidity! Who's in charge of the elementary with Ephebe out and you in the infirmary?"

"Pyra is generally in charge, but she can't handle two classrooms so Fieri is subbing for Ephebe. I guess she found someone to sub for her for her music classes for today."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


He smiles, and squeezes her hand back.
"Alright my little polar bear. I really don't think you weak, or incapable of defending yourself. Ah, well sorry. I won't bring it up again."

"I like that you worry about me...it's a reminder that you care," she said, briefly touching his face before stepping back again, at the limit of what she can handle in the way of physical contact. "I haven't had a lot of people care about me in my life."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


"You're right. I didn't think you'd go back to the way you were...I just...when she said she would kill you...that wasn't bravado. She was dead serious, and believes it.
I guess she scared me too. It's not an emotion I'm used too, to be honest. I'm sorry."
he looks somewhat ashamed of himself.

She reached out and squeezed his hand. "I know she means it. And I do take her threats seriously. Last night, if the school hadn't intervened, she would have found it much harder to follow through on her threat than she anticipated. Presuming she could chip her way through the ice wall, it's not that easy to kill a polar bear even if you do have claws," she said with a wry grin. "So trust that I know how to handle myself. Plus, Champion of Luck, remember? So the odds are literally always in my favor."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:

"I'm just concerned about you that's all. I care about you, alot, and this girl makes my skin crawl. You have a good heart, despite of everything that you've been through, and you're making great progress in overcoming your past.."

He sighs...
"On the one side, I really hope that becasue you have similar backgrounds you may be the best person to help her, and through helping her, you can help yourself.
On the other side, that...other side of her is a psychopath. Working with her may have the complete opposite effect..."

"I'm not going to become a psychopath just because I'm treating one...and if it makes you feel any better I'm more than willing to bring in others to help with her treatment should that become necessary."

"Before I came here I'd never known any compassion or kindness...well, not any that was real. Occasionally some fake kindness used in order to get something. I didn't know there was any other way. That's changed. I've changed. I won't go back to what I was."

"You know...that I...that the worst things that happened to me are always fresh in my memory as if they were happening right now. If I can live with that and move past it...at least as best as I've been able to...then there's nothing that psychotic little girl can do to me that's going to change anything."

"And she's not like me...not even like I was. She's not nasty because she doesn't know how to be nice. She's not trying to control everything so it can't hurt her. She's more broken inside than even I ever was. She just wants to watch the world burn for the fun of it. She scares me, to be honest."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"Yes, well, same difference in this case. And it's pretty much impossible to be a doctor here without also being a scientist. We get some of the strangest conditions to treat."

He nods...

"Indeed."
He seems to have more to say, but is hesitant which is odd for him.

"Out with it...I can practically see what you're not saying, so you might as well say it out loud," she said, raising her eyebrows and looking at him expectantly.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"Yes, I think having a clone with me would be a good idea. If nothing else it should put the girl at ease. She seems uncomfortable around women. I presume that the researchers she interacted with were female."
"Then one will be there. I don't know if it's so much your gender, or that you're a 'scientist'."

"Yes, well, same difference in this case. And it's pretty much impossible to be a doctor here without also being a scientist. We get some of the strangest conditions to treat."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


"Well, I hope it hits the spot. I grabbed Vasya a couple pieces of not so cooked bacon. She doesn't seem to mind." he feeds the fox a piece while she's still on his shoulder.
He reaches out and gives Nala's hand a light squeeze, one of the few ways he can show affection without causing problems...
"You look beautiful, by the way."

He nods as she talks about her agenda for the day...
"I have my first unarmed class this morning. It should be interesting.
Do you want me to have a clone with you while you deal with her? Just in case?"

She smiled at the compliment. "Thank you."

"Well, all I can say about the class is good luck. You're going to need it. You know what the students can be like."

"Yes, I think having a clone with me would be a good idea. If nothing else it should put the girl at ease. She seems uncomfortable around women. I presume that the researchers she interacted with were female."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:

Arrives back at Nala's with food and a happier small fox.

"I hope this stuff works for you. It's supposed to be high energy, but won't burn out quickly half way through the day like something sweeter."

"Good thinking. I have a tendency to freeze things when I get overly hungry during work. Although I confess to some regrets about the lack of doughnuts," she admitted sheepishly, dressed in a clean work uniform now with her hair clean and neatly pulled back from her face. "I need to check in with the main infirmary to make sure they haven't blown anything up while I was gone. And let Dara and possibly Ignace know they need to go to class today since I won't be staying in the nurse's office with them. And then it's back to dealing with little miss sunshine down in the isolab."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


"Yeah, it was, but you did great! I'll be right back. I can take Vasya out with me, too, if you'd like."

The small fox practically leaped at him as he offered to take her out. Nala chuckled. "Vasya says yes, she very much wants to go out."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

She was too far gone to need more than a flat surface to sleep on. :)

Nala opens the door, still dressed in yesterday's clothes and hair disheveled.

"'s morning already?" she mumbled.

He chuckles...amazed at how she looks so damn beautiful even in her current state.

"It had to come sooner or later, right? Would you like me to go get us some breakfast while you get ready for the day?"

She yawned. "Yes, that would be good...sorry I overslept. It was a long couple of days," she said, waking up more as she spoke.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:

As is custom, Ryuzo will head to Nala's room in the morning to see if she wants breakfast.

Assuming she didn't need the mole-teddy bear last night.

She was too far gone to need more than a flat surface to sleep on. :)

Nala opens the door, still dressed in yesterday's clothes and hair disheveled.

"'s morning already?" she mumbled.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"I see. Lack of socialization since you were seven then. The experiments...they were painful?"
Jessa gives a mirthless bark of laughter, "Do you have any serious questions to ask, or can I try to get some sleep?"

"Oh, by all means, if you are tired get some rest. It would appear that we are not going to solve our problems tonight. We will provide you with an isolation chamber where you can get some sleep," she said, standing. "The walls will be made of force and there will be no exit until we create one in order to facilitate our next session...you're not the only one who needs to rest. You can try to escape if you must, but you won't get anywhere so it's best to just save your energy," she added, as the broken stasis pod was replaced with a sleeping cot and a cube of force formed around Jessa and it. Air was somehow circulating through the cube, but with no visible source. Nala set the monitors to maintain the observations through the night so they didn't lose any valuable data. "Goodnight, Miss Mar'Niell."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"You were isolated as part of a group?"
"My designation seems to indicate I was not unique, but I really have no knowledge of any others. From the time I was taken, I met no others. Though, occasional comments by those who .. created me also indicate that there might have been others."

"I see. Lack of socialization since you were seven then. The experiments...they were painful?"


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

Nala made a note in the file.

"Okay. Were you isolated or were you part of a group of research subjects?"

Jessa lays down on the exam table, her voice toneless, "Yes."

"You were isolated as part of a group?"


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"Let's start with the simple questions then. How old are you and how long have you been a research subject?"
I am fourteen. I have been a research subject for seven years."

Nala made a note in the file.

"Okay. Were you isolated or were you part of a group of research subjects?"


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:

Nala sighed. "Okay, I can live with that. Of course, you'd have better luck if you tried making friends with beings that weren't out to kill every other living being in the universe. Just a thought for the future."

"I have some questions for you, Miss Mar'Niell. What are the odds you're going to answer them willingly?"

A small smile curls the corner of Jessa's mouth. It does not reach her eyes, and her tone is a little flippant, "It depends on what you ask."

"Let's start with the simple questions then. How old are you and how long have you been a research subject?"


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:


::We'll need to find a way to either integrate the personalities together, or kill the hostile one. She simply is too dangerous as is.::
He mentally sends to Nala...it comes along with an underlying concern for her safety.

::Agreed, but without knowing how she ended up like this I can't figure out how to undo it. And without permission to use telepathy my hands are tied. She's not safe to release from this isolation chamber as is.::


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:

After a few moments Jessa seems to drag herself together and raises her eyes to Nala's. Her eyes are a violent purple color, nearly glowing. She tugs on the trapped arm and the stone releases her arm almost hesitantly as she stands. She raises one hand and looks at it as the fingers slowly extend into the wicked slashing blades and then retract into fingers once more. Her gaze meets Nala's once more and her voice is calm, "You have killed the only beings that have ever been my friends, your reasons mean nothing to me. You will ever be my enemy. While I am in this place which protects you, I will refrain from attacking you."

She holds Nala's gaze for a moment, then retreats to the examination table and sits on the edge of it.

Nala sighed. "Okay, I can live with that. Of course, you'd have better luck if you tried making friends with beings that weren't out to kill every other living being in the universe. Just a thought for the future."

"I have some questions for you, Miss Mar'Niell. What are the odds you're going to answer them willingly?"


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Nala continued to monitor the brainwaves of the patient, hoping they would switch back to the non-psychotic version soon.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
Nala sighs. "Or you can keep trying to hurt me until you fall unconscious. It's not a good choice, but it's a choice."
A faint voice full of grief comes from inside the shell, sounding of sobs barely contained, "You killed them."

"Yes. It was them or every other living thing. As I said, it was necessary. Are you aware that other than you, when they took over a host, it was only a matter of days before the host died, and that the virus needs a host to live? Based on the rapid spread of the virus, they would have died within a week anyway. I didn't see the need to let them take the rest of the planet with them," she said crisply.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:
"If you stop trying to hurt me, the stone will release you without any need to cause harm to yourself. The wards of the school prevent violence against students or staff."

The blows keep coming, thudding into the stone with an astonishing force considering the size of the girl responsible for them. As the stone begins to crack, more stone flows into the cracks repairing the damage. The only sounds coming from inside the stone shell are little girlish grunts of effort and frustration.

After several minutes of this and the rising sounds of frustrated fury, the blows stop and an exhausted panting can be heard. Hand and arm return to normal, and the soft sound of a body collapsing comes from within the shell.

Nala sighs. "Or you can keep trying to hurt me until you fall unconscious. It's not a good choice, but it's a choice."


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:

The voice quiets to angry muttering and sounds a little absent minded, as if she in concentrating on something else. The blades coming from Jessa's fingers quickly retract, and a little more slowly, she makes a fist that swells to nearly the size of an ogre's fist and is covered in thick, hard callouses. At the same time, the musculature in her arm thickens to the point that the stone holding her arm must be causing her pain where he flesh is bulging obscenely around the edges.

The room shudders as a massive blow hammers into the stone bubble. A second blow causes small cracks to...

"If you stop trying to hurt me, the stone will release you without any need to cause harm to yourself. The wards of the school prevent violence against students or staff."


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:
Nala Zamarosok wrote:


"Seventy-two unique threats," Nala noted as she took notes, not even flinching at the attempted attack, although the observant person might notice a layer of ice over the stone bubble. "Interesting. I have personal experience with numbers fourteen, twenty-five through twenty-nine, forty-one, and sixty-three through seventy. And five isn't really a threat. I'm immune. You're not going to scare me, you know. More inventively cruel people than you got there first. Let me know when you're done with this little temper tantrum," she added in a bored tone.

Ryuzo smiles at Nala's response. She can tell her casual accounting of the things done to her bothers him a bit, but he's loving the display of emotional strength she's giving.

::Quite feisty, that one. I wonder if they are separate beings in one body, or if she "split" to handle the constant experimentation and torture?::

::That is the question. She's certainly been through enough trauma to 'split' into two personalities. Especially if the hive mind of the virus was helping things along. But I also wouldn't it put it past the researchers who did this to her to have implanted a second, more cooperative personality. Hopefully the brain scans will give us a better idea of which way this developed. It's very different treatments, depending.::


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Lurch the Narrator wrote:
Narrator! wrote:
Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:


Her voice sounds a little confused, "Turned off their sentience? You killed them?" With a shriek of rage she launches herself off the table at Nala almost too fast for the eye to follow, metallic claws three times the length of her fingers flashing and reaching for Nala.

If you have some way of stopping her from reaching you, make a Reflex save DC 27 to use it before she does reach you.
** spoiler omitted **

You mean like the wards?

Yeah .. like those. Thanks Kryzbyn; I usually do not have to deal with hostility on campus.

Struggling to resolve the conflict between needing to keep the biohazard in a safe location and needing to protect one of its people from harm, parts of the school near the biohazard ward shudder as the floor of the lab flows up with the sound of a landslide. Directly in front of Nala there is a claw-tipped arm extending out of a rock bubble. Jessa's evil twin's voice can be heard clearly swelling rhapsodic on the topic of all the horrible things to which she is going to subject Nala as soon as she is loose.

"Seventy-two unique threats," Nala noted as she took notes, not even flinching at the attempted attack, although the observant person might notice a layer of ice over the stone bubble. "Interesting. I have personal experience with numbers fourteen, twenty-five through twenty-nine, forty-one, and sixty-three through seventy. And five isn't really a threat. I'm immune. You're not going to scare me, you know. More inventively cruel people than you got there first. Let me know when you're done with this little temper tantrum," she added in a bored tone.


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Jessa Mar'Niell wrote:
Ryuzo Kato wrote:

::Well, that answers that question...::

"The guest arrives. We know Jessa, who are we speaking with now?"

She answers immediately, and her voice takes on a formal tone, "I am subject G7-8360J." She continues in a harder tone, almost angry, "How would you know people from my dreams?" A hand raises to her head, to the electrodes there, "Ah, you are monitoring my cranial activity, of course. I ask again, what have you done to me?"

"I turned off the virus sentience. It was necessary. Three minds to deal with was too many. I do find your insistence that Jessa is the dream interesting. If you're the real one, why is she the one with the real name? All you have is a number," she said in a neutral voice, taking notes. She was currently playing the role of 'scientist' to the hilt since that was what this girl expected to find.


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Ryuzo Kato wrote:

Ryuzo raises an eyebrow but says nothing out loud.

::Nala, this is a ruse. A defense mechanism perhaps?::

My bonus to SM is higher than 43 :)

::No doubt. But whose defense mechanism?::

She checked the scans for any signs of change in Jessa's mental activity.

"I do apologize for frightening you, Miss Mar'Niell. As I said, it's been a long day. Aside from an occasionally overly sharp tongue, you have nothing to fear from me."

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