Lost in the Fog
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>The night air is cold and the howling of the wind only make it colder. A full moon looms in the sky, a radiant orb of beautiful light. All the while a familiar looking man to most is seen leaning against a lamppost just outside the big city.
The man holds a small black orb in his hand and he idly pokes at it. The orb begins to ripple from the touch, stopping only when the man removed his finger.
"Brilliant. The experiment is moving along better than I could've hoped!"
>Suddenly, the wind stops and the night is still. From the distance, a large fog bank can be seen creeping towards the man. The light above the man flickers and a smirk crosses his lips.
A man that looks more like a Demon than truly a person observes the man from a rooftop.
The hell's that guy doin' to my future turf?
>From the fog bank comes a multitude of small black orbs.
They all begin rolling towards the man and circling around him.
"Welcome back, my precious children!"
>The orb in the man's hand would begin to ripple once more before jumping down to the man's feet. The ripples on the orb would grow more violent until it bursts open! What stands where the orb landed is a small anomalocaris looking creature with beady red eyes. In response, all the other orbs would do the same, revealing various forms that each held a parasitic vibe to them.
Shinjiro was walking along the sidewalk when he notices something out of ordinary, being apart of SEES he felt almost duty bound to check it out, slowly he walks closer to the man, slouched over with his hands in his coat
So, what exactly are you doing?
Yu Narukami taking a night stroll through the fog slowly approaches the area before noticing the man and the strange figures looming within the fog. Yu keeps his distance but stands firm as he keeps a composed look on his face.
Is someone there? What're you doing wandering around at night with this kinda fog? And uh, your friends there look a little strange.
>Scurrying can be heard as the creatures all retreat into the fog, leaving the man on his own. Slightly caught off guard by the voices, he takes a moment to calm himself and respond.
"H-Hey! Yu and Shinjiro, is that you? It's me, Kalib!"
>The man struggles to keep his composure.
"I guess you guys found out my dark secret huh?"
>Another moment of silence rings through the air before he speaks again.
"I come feed the rats outside of town! Haha! Probably hard to see them with this fog right?"
Shinji scowls and looks towards the strange creatures scurrying away, before turning towards Kalib? and putting his hand on his beanie, pushing it down a bit
Feeding rats? They don't exactly look like rats.
Shinji would then turn to Yu, raising his eyebrow to greet him and to notify him of his suspicion
You know Kalib better than I do, this something he would do?
Kalib? Feeding rats is quite the strange hobby.
The voice at least sounds like Kalib's but Yu knows better than to trust something as simple as someone's voices. He's already fought people that could mimic the voice and even the appearance of himself and his friends almost perfectly before and thus knew to take precautions.
Why don't you come into the light where I can see you clearly. It's been a while since we've talked face to face after all.
You're lying, Kalib-san...
A slender, feminine figure who had only been listening until now came into view. Their expression was firm, though there was a little unease in those eyes.
You've been acting strange... The kind person who hired me at the GYM has changed a lot... Umm... I may be weak, but, if you're going through something, please let me help you...! A good friend taught me to be firm with others, even if it means having to be harsh sometimes...
Can we... Please talk, Kalib-san...? I don't like seeing you so scary all the time....
"Has it really been that long? Regardless, I'm coming over so don't go poking that sword around, okay?"
>He'd begin to walk in the direction of Yu's voice before addressing Shinjiro.
"These rats have it rough, Shinji. And it isn't that strange to feed wildlife is it? Especially with winter coming."
>The man is finally standing in the same light as Yu, and sure enough, it's Kalib. However his eyes lack the warmth they normally do and his posture is rigid and unnatural. The sudden new voice catches him off guard once more.
"Ah, Luka! No need to be so hasty! I'm quite alright! I was just under the weather last we spoke, that's all!"
Tatsuya wander through the area, for some reason the man feels as though he'll run across something tonight... Hopefully it's not a damm werewolf, freaking full moons.
"Swear to god if this turns into some cheap werewolf movie I'm just nuking everything. Now the-"
He glances over at the group and tries to get a clear look at the group before him. They look vaguely familiar, and as the man moves closer he can make them out. Kalib however looks a bit...
"Oh hey Yu, Shinji, Um... Luka right, and Kalib how's it going man! So how's the new Persona been working out for you anyways hmm?"
He grins at them and flicks his lighter a bit, if this is what he thinks there's no way in hell it could know about Roland after all.
Yu looks over Kalib noticing his less than normal details. His eyes were normal at least but that still didn't explain his less than normal mannerisms. Yu decided that further investigation into Kalib's behavior would be necessary before jumping to any conclusions, however.
You feeling alright, Kalib? You don't quite seem yourself.
Yu gives Shinjiro a serious look before noticing Tatsuya approaching. He waits to see Kalib's reaction to Tatsuya's words as well.
Shinji looks towards Tatsu and nods slightly, keeping his body posture generally closed off as he continues to look towards Kalib
I suppose it isn't that strange, do you have any leftover? Surely you didn't use up all of it.
Shinji then takes Yu's look as a sign, preparing for anything at this point
...Suou-san, from the GYM...?
Luka pulled back towards Tatsuya. No words were getting through to Kalib... Luka looked up towards the taller Tatsuya with a concerned expression.
I... I don't think that's Kalib-san... Or atleast, he's not in his right mind... He's been acting strange for weeks now, and this... He could be possessed, or...
I don't know what to do...
Luka wanted to do something, anything... In spite of everything, Luka regretted this powerless feeling... What would Okabe-san do if he were here...?
"Roland? What about him? He's fine, I suppose...still getting a handle on this new evolution! It might take some time."
>Kalib can't help but smile at Yu's words.
"I've never been better! The brain is firing on all cylinders, y'know?"
>The man then shifts his attention to Shinji.
"Hate to break it to you, but it is all gone. I brought the peppers that Gentaro forgot in GYM the other day. All gone. Poof."
>However, Luka's words are what truly got to him. A smirk would travel across his lips as he turned his head towards the woman.
"And pray tell my dear...what makes you think I'm out of my right mind? I'll have you know that if anything, you've only seen me be honest these past few weeks. So please explain why you think I am not actually myself."
Tatsu stares at... Whatever the hell shadow thing or whatever they're dealing with this time, tch.
That damm faker has been around pretty often lately.
"So then I'm curious? When was the first time we met hmm? That night at my apartment when the evil kid basically screamed there was something wrong? Or have you been around for longer perhaps? Just biding your time until you could move..."
He glares at what he assumes is a fake and moves between "Kalib" and Luka.
"I'm not totally sure what you are, and maybe I'm just being paranoid god knows that's nothing new. So if you're not that faker uh sorry in advance man... For some reason however I find it unlike, now care to explain exactly what's going on here or is this going to be a fight?"
The man snaps his lighter closed before pulling a pair of punching gauntlets from his coat and tossing them on, wouldn't do to use Gram the fire sword against someone who likely nulls fire after all.
"I don't wanna do this, but if I have to I will."
>The man raises a hand to Tatsuya and lifts his middle three fingers to him.
"Riddle me this Tatsuya. What do you know about artificial humans?"
>The man wears a sly grin as he poses his question. His head on a swivel as he looks to all the parties involved.
Yu seems at a loss for words for a moment. An artificial human wasn't something he hadn't had experience with to some degree but this was something he definitely felt Kalib would have no reason to bring up.
Like, a person created in a lab? Why would you even bring something like that up? It kinda makes it sound like you're trying to hide something....
"Actually Yu, it's the opposite...I'm done hiding things."
>A deeply malevolent aura begins to radiate around Kalib.
"So allow me to open first and foremost and say that I'm not the Kalib you all know. Tatsuya was on the right track...he first met me in his apartment, however I've been here since the day you met Kalib in that shitty cafe, Yu."
>He clutches his face and begins laughing maniacally.
Tatsu rubs his chin for a moment in though, what a strange question to ask but...
"I know a bit, so then made by magic or science? Knowing this place I'd wager the former, and given how you seem to act I'd say something pretty... Unsavory at best to be honest, perhaps made using the soul of someone else? Or perhaps some clone that was somehow given his memory? Nothing can be ruled out here after all."
Tatsuya continues to rattle off ideas of what the thing before them might be, sounding entirely too interested in what's going on as he smirks back at the fake.
"In the end I'm not sure it matters that much though right? Let's cut to the chase here faker what exactly do you want anyways. I'm not really feeling like playing games, but I'll give you one chance to explain yourself so make it count please."
His smirk turns to a glare once more as Tatsuya stares at whatever this is, white bits of nuclear magic forming in one of his hands as he prepares for the worst.
>The laughter stops once Tatsuya speaks and the air grows heavy as the man lifts up his head and faces towards Tatsuya, almost like a marionette.
"Cut to the chase? Yes, let's."
>With a snap of his fingers the fog surrounding the group is filled with beady red eyes.
"My name is Kalib, rather, I'm a third of the being named Kalib. I am an artificial human created by Succoth Benoth in the image of a mortal from some backwater universe."
>He smirks before pointing his index finger at Tatsuya.
"As an artificial human I have three main components: a mind, a body, and a soul. I was also given a single task by my creator..."
>His eyes grow wild, an almost animalistic nature present in them.
"Bring this world to its knees with despair.
>He laughs wildly for a moment before bringing a hand to his chin.
"Now then. Are you really able to kill me? If I'm a third of Kalib, what do you think that means?"
(edited by imthefakekalib)
The man smirks back at his foe, clearly not being too impressed with it's bold claims.
"What do I think? I think it's fucking bullshit, you said yourself Suckmeoff Benoducks made ya pal, so explain to me how in the fuck you can be part of someone if you couldn't have exists before coming here hmm? If I were to guess... You just happen to be another fake, but who said anything about killing."
Tatsu darts forward with his fist pointed at the fakes head, the white light of his nuclear energy covering his right gauntlet before Tatsu attempts to brutally slam it straight into the thing's nose.
"I'll just beat your ass down till you shut up and play nice like any other goddamned Shadow!"
Apollo appears behind the man in a startling burst of white light, energy gather up in the Persona's hands as Tatsuya glares and clearly stands in the path to Apollo.
>The man is sent flying through the air as the punch hits its mark. His flight is stopped short by a mass of beady red eyes in the fog. He is set back down and begins tending to his horribly broken nose.
"Wow! I knew you were reckless but fuck are you stupid! You'd attack someone that looks like your friend, even after an ominous warning like that!?"
>He snaps his nose back into place with a loud crunch.
He glares at the man before shrugging.
"Maya deserves better frankly, heh."
>The initial anomalocaris leaps out of the fog and bites into Kalib's right wrist. It would proceed to grow into a large gauntlet, on top of putting plated armor up his arm and stopping at the shoulder.
"These parasites are the only Shadows here, Tatsuya. Kalib and I are one and the same. Get that through your thick skull!"
>Kalib would then leap backwards into the fog before leaping at Apollo with his right arm ready to deliver a vicious strike.
The man bursts out laughing, as if he's going to put stock in the words of some copy... He simply glares at his foe for a moment. Eyes dancing with fire and rage.
"Stupid? No, I'm just not one to instantly believe whatever my foes happen to tell me. Now do me a favor and shut the fuck up so I can knock you out and I dunno. Commit horrid experiments to see how ya tick?"
At the mention of Maya... He smiles wickedly, seems as if for once he isn't taking that bait. Instead the energy in Apollo's forms a gauntlet of his own slamming the fist it cover's straight into his foes own strike, the Persona tosses all it's strength into the massive blow, hopefully it can prove better but... Tatsu's never been one to play fair, a blur and a flashbang drawn from the man's coat before quickly tossing it right at the fake Kalib mid clash. Apollo doesn't even notice the blinding light as Tatsuya looks away and covers his eyes for a moment.
>The man smirks as though he was expecting something to this effect from Apollo. The fists meet with a mighty clash before a familiar sound rings through the man's ears.
"Tch. You bastard! Up to your tricks again?!"
>Unable to look away or cover his eyes, the man succumbs to the bright flash and is immediately flung away by Apollo. Landing back in the fog, he is surrounded by red eyes and disappears.
"Hahaha! You're a coward. Can't fight a weakling without using your cheap tricks?! I'm astonished that the other me can really tolerate you! Whatever...I'll be back...but let me ask you one more thing..."
>Laughter rings out from the fog.
"Will you be able to kill a friend in cold blood if it means saving strangers you've never met? Or will you sacrifice the masses just to let said friend live?"
>The laughter stops as the red eyes begin to fade.
"I do look forward to your response."
>The wind picks up once again as the fog lifts in the area. All that remains is a large amount of blood puddled by the next lamppost on the street.
Tatsuya walks away from the place with an annoyed sigh, walking over to the pool of blood he takes a small vial and scopes some into. It's not likely the copy's blood is useful... But it can't hurt him to check it out regardless.
"Tch what a pain in my ass, some fake Kalib that I can't even be sure if it's possible to kill without hurting the real one? And he seems to have neglected the third option. The one where I beat his ass down and lock him away forever in some forgotten hellhole. Not like killing a man is the only way to stop them from being a threat."
A blast of flames flies from the man's hand right at the pool of blood, boiling it away as he walks off with a slight smirk on his face. By the same token of it being possibly useful? He wouldn't want any getting in the wrong hands either. And with that Tatsuya Suou stows his weapons and Apollo vanishes once again, the hunter musing to himself about how exactly he'll get this pain of a job done as he wanders off into the night.
Watching from a rooftop
... This is fun. Wonder if I should lend the weird one a hand?... Nah, he's gonna be fine.
Not having Imps to bring me popcorn is horrible.