The History of Redemption Feb 21, 2015 17:45:25 GMT -8
Post by Mischa on Feb 21, 2015 17:45:25 GMT -8
The City of Darkness
Image of Kibo in darkness coming soon.
If you ask any common person they wouldn't be able to tell you where Kibo is. Most will state that they have never even heard of such a place despite many using the smaller airport and attending the shows and venues here. It was Japan's most well kept secret until Ritsu took over the academy. While maintaining being under the radar for so long many people saw this as another city to visit but it wasn't until the Units saw this as their Haven away from the common people out to get them. So lets just say we didn't pop up out of no where but we have always been here since the building of civilization. Switching names as time progressed and our reputation changing with it.
Now only Units can tell you the name of this special place and can even pinpoint it on a map for you. The thing is no map will ever have its name written on it. You see a long time ago our massive area was hidden from the world. This happened well before Ritsu's time I assure you. In fact this played its part when the first Units actually began appearing in the world at random. At least that is what any Kibo or Unit world history book will tell you. This was during the civil war periods where many fought against family, status and beliefs. At the time there were a group of rebels who had lost their battle against a rival of bad blood. Their leader had fallen and he was going to be beheaded while being held on his knees. For some reason one word changed everything in the matter of an instant. To this day everyone is baffled on how words actually obtained power but we do know that day the Leader was grateful for his life.
Image of the first phrase coming soon.
Soon after other traits began developing and those who began developing them became scared. Many, at the time, believed it was a curse so they never used it unless it was needed. Since this was very new to everyone who can use these gifts the amount of power was uncontrolled. In fact it took years before the Leader was able to control a portion of the power in order to undo what he did years prior. Of course not all thought like our Leader. Some used this new gift to command others to do their bidding. Others to gain fame and fortune. Even those to gain positions of power and those with darker intentions to cause harm and create chaos. Despite only a small fraction of Japan's populace at the time had these gifts they did make a massive impact. At the time the Prime Minister issued a warrant for these gifted people to be brought to his palace for interrogation. This is when things became more chaotic in an already dark era. People were being sought after for monetary gain. Others for pride and yet some hunted down to see if said gift is a malformation or altered being of science.
Despite all of this the commons were afraid of the gifted and they began calling them units or tools of destruction. Some who were caught, or went willingly, to the Prime Minister were interrogated by torture, experimentation and command restructuring. Treating the gifted as tools of destruction and not as people. When a world war was about to occur the Prime Minister soon realized other country leaders had done the same as he and these Chaotic Wars brought about massive destruction and fear. It is stated that although Japan was winning in the war the Units secretly teamed up against the commons and began deciding their own fate on this war. This changed everything and as history books state in the common world: "A tide of unforeseen becomings came forth and rose with such force all were stopped in their tracks and war was no more." They never state what actually happened due to the Prime Ministers answer being the documented piece but those who banded together knew they had just stopped something from becoming catastrophic.
Image coming soon of the Pact Seal
To this day no one knows how the Leaders of that time kept in touch but they somehow kept with their pact of peace and to never be used as a tool again. The seal is shared among the top Leaders of certain locations to this day. Ours is on display at the Civil hall under tight security. When a summit is called to order all the Unit World Leaders get together and discuss many topics but remain keeping this world in secret.
Village Then City Now
So how did Kibo remain hidden for so long? Well you can thank the units who can cast illusions and invisible shields. Only the very powerful cast these spells to hold Kibo together and away from the common world. Even when a common person stepped into our world nothing was out of the ordinary. Even battles that were taking place could not be seen by a non-unit due to the strong illusions. These barriers are the very protection needed to keep the activities of our world hidden. Another key element should be noted here is the Masters of Manipulation. These very Masters had to do a memory swipe of sorts to make the Commons forget about us Units. This actually prevented the Huntings and other Bloodsheds from occurring. Without this intact Units of today would still be hunted and seen as a viable threat to the Commons. Over time we appointed a Prime Minister for Kibo and thus news around would state "City Council member over Southern...." Depending on what we were at the time became our Prime Ministers title to the outside world. We played this charade for many decades. In fact we were known as the City of Natural Disasters due to how much Natural Causes of damage we sustained due to our battles. But this haven units banded together and created is home and nothing will change that. As Kibo advanced the barriers were no longer needed and over time they fell. However Mind Swipes are still done to prevent any relapses. Battles are now much more controlled and Kibo is seen as a tourist spot everyone must visit at least once. Of course this is just the surface what is underneath is where the secrets live.
Despite the Prime Minister of Kibo being the face to the Commons it is a well known fact of who runs this city and which areas. Just like society our Hierarchy is very unique due to it being an old system with a twist of sorts. You see it is the Prime Minister who does the normal paperwork but it is the Aristocrats who govern and run Kibo. In fact on our city map some Aristocrats govern a portion of the city. When a council was being developed many fought as to who should be in charge of what. That mini tiff in the civic center caused one woman to rethink their system. "We know money is needed in many accounts. But we should have a huge financial backing so we don't have to rely on the support of the commons. We also need people who are very experienced in these special fields. So let's be smart and appoint those people in order to have a stable back bone here." Thus is where the Aristocrats became developed.
Image of the first Aristocrat party coming soon.
These people with Masters, Doctorates and PHD's are the very back bones who not only help build and rebuild Kibo, as it was needed many times, but they also help bring in the large surplus of income and support the city without having to heavily rely on the Commons. With their way with stunning a crowd and wooing an audience they not only attracted Commons but other Units as well. Under them is the Wealthy class. The very people who may have a seat in the council but don't own land. In fact they want nothing to do with the turf wars that occur once in a while between households. They pay their sum of cash to ensure their property is not damaged when one does occur. These Wealthy Units usually tailor to the Commons. Bringing in many venues for profit and yet without their help we would not be seen as a normal city. Due to wealthy kids being bored they got together and helped establish the amusement park. Another thing we thank the wealthy class for. Due to this structure and everyone's contributions society has grown and Units have expanded. But alas as they say all good things do turn to chaos at some time.
Chaos in disguise
Image of Ritsu coming soon
What Kibo looks like today is what it was during Ritsu's time here. Now mind you he did attend the same academy as you do. He went to a different University and came back with credentials for becoming a very reliable President. At the time the board saw him as the perfect candidate. His excellent grades, knowledge of the Unit world and how to restructure it. Even his extracurricular activities were noted in his resume. Even people he worked for found him to be a reliable man at the time. Bright smile and charming demeanor was all too familiar to everyone around. No one suspected him of anything bad because this man never showed such a side to society at all.
Once in office the first two years were perfect for him. He got the Academy to be voted the #1 Academy to have the highest ratings in approval and academic achievements. It wasn't until soon after the high rolling of being perfect did things start to change. At the time only the Students and Staff felt a little off about things. Most Aristocrats, when the meeting is called for it, help write the Academy Staff rules and regulations if they feel it needs to be updated. When the new Handbooks came out and the new fine print stated no mention of Academy Activities outside of staff knowledge is to be mentioned many believed it to be a new standard by the Aristocrats. Students really didn't notice any changes just like their teachers until some activities became a bit strenuous. But because most Staff weren't teaching these other courses most would give a puzzled look and state they know nothing about it. What many didn't know was that Ritsu had a much bigger plot in mind for a sick game the Unit world would come to know later on.
Like many things some started off as small ventures many sort of ignored. A small battle in the park which was monitored by selected staff. A little tiff in Aristocrat party around this time. Something many would consider pranks of sorts. It wasn't until things became more twisted and far more threatening than before. The Academy had enough funds to add more Staff members and even substitutes if they were needed. Odd how fights were becoming such a common factor that 'Security' now had to walk around the campus. Despite them being in Campus Police Uniforms to Ritsu, whom they serve, they are known as the Hounds. A special task force he sent out to deal with people he considered a threat or special problem that needed to be dealt with ASAP. They never questioned their targets just went and did their job and report back. The perfect mindless puppets he mastered to control. He found an odd beauty in this off screen killing spree of manipulation he called them: "Blood as beautiful and unique as a butterfly's wings." This is when he started collecting the rare species and would pin them in their boxes. Each person he had dealt with he ordered, or found depending on the season, a rare butterfly. A special box with red velvet as the background was ordered as well. He would pin the live butterflies to their prisons and watch as they slowly died as he grinned. Each species was placed in the office around the room.
It took a long while before any Aristocrat would take notice to some changes at the Academy. Halls were becoming more empty when they started their surprise visits. Even the student numbers started to seem oddly low which was becoming a growing concern. When they asked Ritsu about the Academy Populace his only answer was: "I am uncertain. Some students have dropped out and have not returned. I try reaching their homes but I get no reply.." His look of course being genuine so many believed in this little white lie. Many didn't question him about gaining numbers back or why he hasn't tried to correct the problem. These people he kept a close eye on and decided how best to deal with them when the time came. Think for a moment what an Aristocrat would be afraid of. Trust me it isn't their life since they are well guarded, especially their Heads. It's their reputation and careers. Ritsu has managed to not only drag a few former Aristocrat surnames into the dirt but he managed to even get their careers taken from them and their money losses went to him and the academy. This man would ensure you and your family felt disgraced if you so much as seemed like a threat to him. How well this man can turn everything against you without showing his twisted side to the public is quite a scary thing.
By the time Ritsu had taken down 3 former Aristocrats he had more than enough funds to help rebuild the academy. One summer no courses were to be taken on the academy grounds. They were all moved to Tori Academy. Staff meetings and such were held at various locations of Ritsu's choosing and the Academic Affair with the other Aristocrats were held at special venues he deemed of worth to woo them in his ever growing web. Ritsu added a basement area which was where the other classes took place. Units were told to see a Security Guard and show proof of this class in the basement area. They would be escorted and the guards would have the key to unlock the area. With the door being well hidden no one could enter without knowing it's exact location. Once down in its depths the guard would take you to your class. Everything looks normal like upstairs until you are shoved into the sound proof rooms. Staff appointed by Ritsu would await you there and these special courses would begin. Your classes would be either 0, one hour before normal academy hours, or 7, one hour after academy sessions ended. These Periods Ritsu would watch from a monitor in a different part of campus. If he gave an instruction he sent it in the form of an encrypted email. It was read aloud in the class session and the action was done immediately afterwards. Thus the true torture began...
Images of the Butterflies coming soon
I want you to understand the tortures were never mentioned or discovered rather when Ritsu was in control. These documentations and files were not taken until he was removed. But that will be at a later time. These tortures were quite...gruesome. Anything from common beat downs to restructuring. Lashings to bond breaking. Techniques reversed and doubts are in abundance. You had to attend these secret halls and bloody rooms without a doubt. No escaping was allowed because if your teachers did not get you the Hounds sure did. Nothing is safe and now one knew of the consequences of those who failed. If you gained a non-passing grade rumor has it you were given one chance to redeem yourself. If you failed that then you were never seen from again. Some speculate you were made into a brainless slave. Others believe you were killed and your partner had to be restructured for someone else. Why do this? No one truly knows. But there is evidence and proof about what he was searching for. Units which were later called Zeros began roaming the city. But upon the many failures only one group was a success of being truly versatile and interchangeable. As if a Blank unit wasn't enough these dangerous units known as Zeros were blank slates. Ones who were fighter nor sacrifice and can be either one at any time. This study was his masterpiece but other documents were found of other countries with special units as well. He must have also been looking for rare and perfect units. Ones stronger than the normal standards of society. Many unknown reasons for doing this but we do know those who went through these classes have become dangers to themselves and society. Many go through therapy, treatments, some so far as asylums. The ones who were restructured/lost their partners are the fractured units. Ones who need assistance to repair the damage. It is a lifelong fracture and some may or may not be able to be repaired. Others who went through the Zero process lost all memory and others lost everything becoming a doll of sorts. It's dangerous to think what other projects this man had in line to do. It took years to get this far of course. And these notes I am telling you now? A group came from the depths of the academy and overthrew Ritsu. The one there now is the person releasing the notes to our secret society.
War to Repair
Image of hounds or something?
They say betrayal is caused by the riot of distrust and lies, or of those who dare to grasp at what is more then they have. Behind it all in becoming the puppet master behind all of the misfortune that had begun to show its face within the city, Ritsu had begun to show some truth in his face. The man dreamed of things that could make the curtain that protected the city crumble, making the Units known to the world once more. Perhaps it was his thought to control all from the front instead of shadows being kept hidden. From the way he twisted the Academy, to build himself an army against any who would rebuke him, but its from the depths where the greatest betrayals can very well take root. It would be those he perhaps trusted the most to do his dirty work that would find the ways to worm in distrust against the ever growing tyrant. There in the mist of the years, risen into the ranks to command the Hounds, was a man called Kyros. Those who had attended the Academy at the same time as he would have known him to be a cruel thing. An individual with the talent to steal away the trust and loyalty of a many Fighters during his trials at the Academy. What more could be said besides this all being just a twisted sense of humor like Ritsu himself. A young man who lead the reigns of Ritsu's influence across the seas of Japan as he looked to strengthen his power and influence across the world as he become more focused on his plans. Making the small army of his look like the best thing any Aristocrat would support fully as the Blood Hounds crushed down a raising faction against the ruling families across the world. But alas things do twist in unexpected ways because a death at the Seven Suns Academy, the former name at the time, would also be the fall of the great man himself.
"Careful of the Butterflies you pin. You never know the Spiders that may still lay beneath"
His fall from power was not something that had been made a spectral nor was it do to be known by all who had come to fear the man of nightmares. The change was done in a sudden swift movement as Ritsu would fall from the world in a play of death but done years after his authority had already disappeared. Hidden within an unknown faction raising against the Academy, creating simultaneous incidents within the city itself, Ritsu's control of his coming empire would crumble at the very hands of the man he had been grooming to control his army. The puppet master would become the puppet, Kyros would become the one in control from behind. Things Ritsu had started, more so created, were slowed within the same shadows and disassembled. It would be time before most would come to light. Kyros is a man of show and secrets. It would not be until the Tyrant's death would Kyros come before the Aristocrats privately to share with them each the full fleshed plans Ritsu had been working towards in the shadows. All of the bad things that had come to be within the many years as headmaster had been shown to be his doing. The rogues, the zeros, the attacks on each family, the Prime Minister herself were all the doing of this one man. Kyros also came with the tale, of how Ritsu made one of the most well-known Aristocrat family fall at the loss of its only heir as the majority of its family had died in a freak fire years prior. That it had been Ritsu who kidnapped the child, using his experiments to create another he could control to take the family power to make himself stronger. Kyros told each of the families those dark entities. Dark secrets each family kept within their own closets should have been hidden better and deeper then any skeleton. Some would call this foolish to play your cards all at once. But why he met with each individual Aristocrat Head in order to place himself as the new Headmaster of this broken academy. To fix the damage done by the man who had caused so much damage to the delicate fabric that kept us all safe.
A meeting at the Civic Hall was called after information was shared by Kyros. He stood in the center as they all spoke around him about what to do. The Prime Minister, new one recently appointed, stood up and read the following statement made in the head letter everyone received. "Upon all the documentations I have gone through. Hard drives I have discovered, and hidden labs not just at the academy but in various parts of the city we visit on the daily. This man was a master manipulator and grand illusionist he would put any magician to shame. For 35 or more years as the President or Headmaster of the Academy he has created things no one in this world could stand up against at the time. He has mountains of information about each family which could help erase them from history. Council member accounts and information to easily have you removed from office within less than an hour. Let's not forget the army he raised who is now free or fractured depending on their likeness of the man. We are now at a state of ground zero and all must be reversed. It may take more than 35 years or less but the time to act is now." All Kyros did was nod at the statement as did everyone else.
That meeting was very long and it didn't end until a little past nightfall with a conclusion by the Parties there. "As Prime Minister of Kibo and speaker of the populace here. I assign the Academy name to have a new name and the headmaster will be you Kyros. This is in all agreement of the council. The Academy grounds will be under heavy monitoring but it will remain a neutral ground. No one can claim it and no turf wars are to be on that ground. All council meetings will include the Prime Minister and all changes have to pass majority vote. The Zeros have a weakness and that must be exploited other threats we will handle as they come along. This meeting is hereby adjourned." As the Prime Minister released everyone the process or repairing began. As different and odd as things may seem the process of repair is still in progress. In fact we have only just begun. This is where all of you come into play and how we help shape this world anew. The buildings have all been repaired and the academy name has already been changed. Word is some very naughty units and experiments are still out there hiding in the shadows. Who knows what other discoveries we may find during this clean up. As for now history is just about done but the pen will continue on as we shape Kibo's current state. I look forward to seeing Kibo in the next coming months and review it after the year. Till then Good Luck making history~
Prime Minister of Kibo