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Welcome to The Platinum Hearts Scroller. Here you can find our most recent Of the Year and Of the Season winners. Happy Roleplaying! --- Member of the Year: Locke --- Character of the Year: Alastair Eisfluch --- New Characters of the Year: Mizu Morikawa and Igendai Gyakusuma --- Social Thread of the Year: A Letter for Hymn --- Combat Thread of the Year: Raise Your Spirits --- Member of the Season: Paradigm --- Characters of the Season: Byakuya Kuchiki and Klein Schwarzwotan --- Applications of the Season: Armina Willsaam and Klein Schwarzwotan --- Fight Thread of the Season: Search and Destroy --- Social Thread of the Season: Damage Assessment --- Event Thread of the Season: Midnight Assault
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Rawk
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Sun Jun 16, 2024 10:58 pm
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"HOT" CHOCOLATE JONES

Typically, "Hot" Chocolate Jones was not the sort of man who made any waves in the City of Lights. He liked to live a quiet life, doing his job and then retreating home to enjoy a glass of cognac and a book. But he'd come back from this particular fieldwork with intel that needed sharing, and he wasn't going to waste his time dealing with red tape. He'd been firm, insistent that a meeting with the Grandmaster was incredibly pressing, though he knew that things were likely dicey on that matter given recent events.

Even so, he pressed on. He made it clear that he'd just returned from Africa on a recovery mission for his MIA coordinator, and that there was information regarding her that he felt could only reasonably be shared with the Grandmaster.

That much was true, in a sense. He did think that the things he was going to say should only be heard by Alastair Eisfluch, though perhaps not for any formal security reasons. He considered Reida a dear friend, and when he'd gone to Africa, it hadn't been solely for the purpose of finding out whether or not she was dead. He'd made a promise to her that he'd gone fully intending to see through, after all, but he didn't need to think too much on that given what he'd found. He raised a single gloved hand up to knock on the door to the office, and waited to be allowed inside.

COASTAL GLACIER | END POST

Locke
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Sat Jul 06, 2024 1:32 pm
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ALASTAIR EISFLUCH | Grandmaster


Alastair would not be so bold as to consider himself familiar with Chocolate Jones. Each and every person was entitled to keep to themselves in their own way, as long as it was benign enough, and Jones embodied that to a level that the Grandmaster found entirely respectable. He had also held Reida’s trust too, which was a far higher sign of approval than most within the City had earned.

Still, when the good man had insisted on carrying out search and rescue missions for his senior’s sake, Alastair had grown a little concerned. Reida would not have wanted either of them to stick their necks out on her behalf, and yet still Alastair had not put a stop to it. Clinging onto a forlorn hope was something he would have cautioned others against in a heartbeat, such was his typical rationality, but even he was capable of being a hypocrite. So, when Jones had pushed for an urgent meeting, he could not help but feel a little relieved.

Perhaps that was the reason why, for the first time since he had taken up the Grandmaster’s office, he had moved the location of their meeting to a place other than the usual austere penthouse. A smaller drawing room would suffice, still within the main tower of course, but certainly more intimate. Just a few chairs and a modest wooden desk, no windows. He had arrived ahead of the arranged time, of course, and opened the door at the sound of that light wrapping.

“Mister Jones, please, take a seat. I have made the journey to Africa and back several times in the past months, it does not make the journey any less tiresome.”

The Crowned Star | END POST
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Sat Jul 06, 2024 2:00 pm
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"HOT" CHOCOLATE JONES

"Thank you, sir."

Jones naturally took the offered seat, his general attitude as cool and composed as it ever was. Whether this had been good or bad news, he would have had much the same demeanor, but that was fairly typical within his squad in the Vandenreich. If he'd had any actual paperwork to provide to the Grandmaster, any formal reports that would have needed making, he would have put them onto the desk. Instead, however, he simply looked to Alastair and spoke confidently, knowing that perhaps this was a bold claim to make.

"I've spent the better part of the past few weeks going through every space around the hole that Reida would have been likely to go by. Every former urban center, every old battlefield. I know the kind of fighter she is. If we'd lost her, she wouldn't have gone out easy. There'd be a crater a mile wide, but that's not what I found."

He could have simply chalked that up to him missing it, but anyone who was familiar enough with Reida knew how destructive she was. Reaching into his jacket pocket, Jones pulled out the charred communicator that he'd found, the one he'd already ID'd as hers. After all, their little squad might have been off the radar by and large, but they still kept things accountable enough.

"This is the only thing I found of her, and no other signs of a struggle. At least, not one on her end. There was a squad of dead shinigami nearby, but her? Not a trace. I don't think it's likely she's dead, sir."

COASTAL GLACIER | END POST
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Sat Jul 06, 2024 4:06 pm
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ALASTAIR EISFLUCH | Grandmaster

Alastair had already come to terms with the fact that he might never see Reida again. Neither was the type to make a fuss of saying goodbye before they went on a dangerous mission, that would only make the worst case scenario more painful for the other party. Loss was simply a part of this job, whether it was the person you were closest to or a distant colleague you had once shared a bunk with during training, no one was safe whilst in active duty. He took no comfort in the fact that he could accept that Reida was gone, but she was far from the first soldier to be killed in action.

Still, his gaze softened ever so slightly at Jones’ words. A tell that he would only give away in the privacy of such quarters, even as the possibility of Reida’s survival was suggested. He did not yet sit, as Jones did, instead picking up the communicator and turning it over in one hand. There was no doubt that this could have been Reida’s, and he had no reason to dissuade the analysis from someone even more familiar with her gear than himself.

“If that were the case, then why would she have not returned to base camp? We have no reports of prisoners being taken, nor can I think of a reason for those monstrosities to even do such a thing.”

Slowly settling into his seat, device still in hand, Alastair met Jones’ stare evenly.

“The possibility remains, given the scale of devastation some of the hollows encountered were capable of, that something ended things quicker than she could react. And now the alternative is that she was taken by the enemy even as we put them to rout and took out their leader? It does not sit right with me.”

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Fri Jul 12, 2024 2:54 pm
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"HOT" CHOCOLATE JONES

"I don't think what happened to her involved those particular monsters in the first place, sir. If it had, I'd have found more widespread destruction. Not one of those hollows ever showed any kind of intelligence or restraint, and we've kept abreast of their appearance well. If it were one of them, it would be more obvious."

Of course, maybe he was wrong. It was possible, certainly, that Jones was overestimating his superior and friend. That a hope she was still alive was clouding his better judgement. But Jones had dealt with ample loss in his time, and he was far from the sort to let it get in his way. No, if anything, the avoidance of any idea that might have been emotionally uplifting was in itself an issue he had to sidestep.

"It's possible that she was taken out by one of those massive hollows, certainly. But if that did happen on such an untouched battlefield, we're dealing with a hollow that's far more efficient in its methods than what we've seen prior to this. When they act, we notice. This, on the other hand, is a kind of subtlety that suggests higher thinking. Planning."

He could have simply left it at that, if he'd wanted. An obviously farfetched idea that made his own theory seem apparent. But Jones was not the sort to play coy or political, least of all with matters like this.

"I don't think that whatever, or whoever, is behind this is one of the hollows from that hole. It's possible that the dead shinigami are related. I'm not inclined to blame the Gotei, but I will say that their injuries didn't look particularly different from how Reida fights in a pinch. And, with all due respect sir, we both know how she feels about them. The alternative is that this is a third party. Whether they want to get intelligence on the Vandenreich, or some other motives, I couldn't tell you. But based on what I found in Africa, I think that attributing her disappearance to being killed in action by one of those hollows from the hole is an unlikely reality."

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