Secrets of The Tamavice
"Uhh...huh?" Starburst moaned, before blinking. A dark bluish night sky with twinkling stars is what she saw at first, before she stood up. It seemed she was on a grassy field, and the place somehow was dark as if dusk just passed.
"Where am I? After that device suddenly sucked me into it-" she stopped as soon she turned to her left. A real-life sized Feathered Coatl that she saw in the device was flitting beside her, before tilting it's head.
"W-whoa-you sucked me in here?" She asked, pointing at the Coatl, but the stone puppet just shook it's head.
"You're currently inside my Tamavice." A voice echoed, causing her to turn forward. A dark silhouette appeared from a path of stars in front of her, revealing the old form of Tundra.
"Y-YOU?! WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING AT?!" Starburst screamed, pointing at him. "WHY DID YOU SUCKED ME IN HERE?!"
"Calm yourself down. I'm trying to explain why are you in here at the first place!" the latter snapped, but it eventually turned to bickerings. The hooded Coatl squeaked in disbelief before whacking the two with it's tail, stopping them in the instant.
"Whoa-whoa, stop it!" Tun yelped, evading the Coatl's tail whips. The Coatl then yapped, pointing at Starburst with it's wing.
"Okay...so, where am I now?" Starburst asked, rubbing her aching head. "And why me?"
"This place is known as the Forme Galaxy, where you can see the requirements needed to activate each forms of the current me." Tundra explained. "As you can see there..." he pointed upwards, where a group of stars shone brightly than the rest were situated. There's also few more stars that glowed the same as the former ones, but it's not grouped.
"I think this'll help you to know better." he added, pointing to the starry path he came from. "Follow me." So Starburst quietly followed Tundra with the strange Coatl flitting behind her. At first she was mesmerized being able to walk on the starry path while looking around the bluish black sky that was filled with small stars like sprinkles.
"Question, Tundra. Why did you appear here? Not to be offensive." she blurted, causing the lad in front of her to stop.
"To be honest. I'm not even sure myself of all places why I got assigned here. Probably it's because I'm associated with stars and constellations much, since I'm a Zodiac. The rest are assigned to other places." he explained without turning to her. "I'll be the tour guide in here to explain how does this system works." he added.
"Oh, okay..." she muttered. she then felt something was missing around her before noticing-four of her rings are gone, causing her to gasp. "Where are my rings?!" she squealed.
"No need to worry. Only you can pass through here, as the Tamer." The lad muttered while walking.
"Tamer? Wait...what, or who am I taming?" Star blurted, frowning before she got rammed by the flitting one-meter Coatl behind her tht let out a yelp.
"This device's owner. Kagine." Tundra stopped, before moving a little to the right. A pedastal was there, glittering with some sort of a keyboard was on it. "Here we are. The Observation Edge. Now you need to place your palm here." he added, pointing at a handprint on the keyboard. So Star slowly walked forward, before placing her palm on the said place. Suddenly a broad floating screen appeared, covering the bright lighting stars, and formed something.
"C-Constellations! And this-" she gasped, as soon the constellation at the center formed an image. It was Kagine's image. "This is his constellation?"
"Yes. And the others are around him, but isn't complete." Tundra explained, before Star noticed four more darkened image around the first clear constellation. A lot of stars were missing at the other constellations, except for one who had more stars than the rest.
"I'm pretty sure that's Natural." she muttered, seeing an incomplete constellation with less missing stars on the top left. "Well, the lines somehow formed like it's a pretty large...wing. No mistake." she muttered, before touching it. Suddenly the constellation was zoomed, revealing a better image of the silhouette. It was an image of a person with two different colored large wings with a red hat, and it's hugging it's knees. "Yep. Natural."
"Go turn the tab to the right. It'll explain his skills, abilities and his requirement to be activated." Tundra muttered. So Star looked at the keyboard before noticing something, and pulled out a game controller that's similar with a Playstation game controller.
"This one seems easier to control." she snickered, causing Tundra and the Coatl to laugh nervously. So she pressed the button as described by the hint before she stopped at the requirements.
"Hm..let's see...so Kagine needs to do these things in order to unlock it?" she asked, before Tundra nodded.
"The ones completed will glow, and each complete requirement adds a star to the constellation. The avatar will be activated as soon all stars are obtained." he explained, headscratching. "And there's also something special will occur if you unlock them."
"By the way..." Star blurted, turning to the Coatl. "What's this strange Coatl doing here? It doesn't seem to be like the regular Coatls at the Otami Ruins. The patterns are different." she mumbled, looking at the Coatl which seemed to be scared.
"That's one of the 'special things' I said. An Animated representing the finished constellation will appear and it'll roam like how did you see that guy yapping at you at the device's screen." He giggled. "More you unlock us, you can have more Modifeds like him to be able to roam on the screen. But we won't tell what Modifieds will appear from the avatars, you kinda can guess from their personalities." He added, rolling his eyes. "There's more, but still, only some of the functions appeared in the meantime."
"Hmmm..." she nodded, before reading the descriptions and stopped at a requirement. "Who is this...Sarge? It said here he must spar with Sarge." she blurted.
"Sarge von Cherryblade. One of the Cherryblade trio, and the oldest among them! He's a Ring Heart like us!" A timid voice appeared, causing her to turn around and saw someone behind them, clad with his doctor's coat, and the signature Diagnose clipboard.
"Dylan!" Starburst gasped, looking at the Diagnose Ring Heart. "How did you-" she asked, before Dylan pointed at his back nervously, where she could see three familiar Ring Hearts were roaming around in confusion.
"We just suddenly turned to this after you got sucked in here, Star..." Dylan stuttered. "And I know Sarge. He's one of the veteran Heart Rings and was believed to be one of the strongest attack Rings due to his bond with his owner." he explained, checking his clipboard.
"Who's his owner?" She asked, turning at the requirement. Dylan then mumbled a little, before taking a deep breath.
"Your old friend. Granadia." he spoke, causing Starburst to turn wide eyed. "Sarge was Granadia's first ring. So he knows a lot more about him rather than Kuro." he added.
"Anyways, Starburst, you better jot down the requirements before you lose them." Tundra yapped, snapping her.
"Uh papers and pen please?" Starburst sneered before Dylan gave his clipboard. As she was writing, once again she stopped at another requirement.
"Meeting Granadia's old friends?" she stuttered. "Who else are his friends in here? So far he met me, the three As and Kuro, even Von and Kiro too...so the only ones missing are-"
"Shiroaka and Roxis." Tundra spoke. "They didn't come at your birthday party. Happy birthday by the way." he added, wide eyed. Star just frowned a bit, before continued to jot.
"Thanks, anyways." she mumbled, before stopping and took the paper. "Okay so now how I gonna get out?" she asked, looking around.
"You can just choose the 'Exit' button by pressing 'Back' button again and again." Tun pouted. "Gonna leave now?"
"Well yeah, I need sleep, at least." Star frowned, before pressing the triangle button three times.
"Oh, ONE MORE THING!!" Tundra screamed, but noticing the rest are looking at him, he just grumbled. "I'll tell you something, later. It's important."
"Alright. See you." Starburst spoke, before pressing the triangle button, before all of the sudden her sight turned dark. When she woke up, she was still standing like before, and still holding the device as if nothing had happened.
"Whoa-feels like a dream or something..." she blurted, looking around. The device that she was holding suddenly beeped, showing the Coatl was sleeping at the screen.
"I wonder what happens if I shake it..." she muttered, before shaking it as hard as she could, causing the device to rattle. Few beeps also could be heard, before the beeping suddenly changed to three-toned beeps, showing the Coatl was engaging a battle.
"Oh well, this looks fun, at least." She giggled, before lying on her bed and start to play with it.
Around midnight, when Star was fast asleep, she rolled to the right before feeling a presence and opened her eyes. To her shock, it was Dark Tundra, sitting on a stool right infront of her, causing her to stun.
"Shh...don't tell anyone why I'm out here. It's Tundra's request." The fallen angel whispered lowly, looking around. "It's about the thing he was trying to tell you."
"Oh yeah. But why he asked you?" Star asked, sitting on the bed.
"As Tundra told you, each of us had been assigned for different tasks. I'm incharge of Kagine's old side's requests." He humbly explained. "Unlike Granadia who had limited time to go out from the Distortion World, I can freely wander in Gaia. I'll explain the whole stuff later." he muttered.
"Okay so what's the thing that sadist wanted to tell me?" Star asked, folding her arms.
"It's about Kagine. You need to be aware of his status at all times." Dark lifted a finger, wagging his tail slowly. "Never. EVER. Let him go into a hunger, because if THAT happens...you can't stop him till he's calmed down, no matter how much he feed on. He will be a binge eater-he'll eat MORE than he can, and kills MORE than he should." he spoke in a stern tone, causing Star to turn wide eyed.
"How can I know he's getting hungry or not?" Star asked, tilting her head to the right.
"He'll get tense. Sweaty. Cautious. Worried. And his ears will flick nonstop. Hunger will increase his ghoul instincts." Dark lifted his second finger. "By that time feeding him with human flesh is an absolute need. And Tundra also found out, you can feed him apples and tea too."
"Apples and tea?" Star blurted. "I think someone told me the same thing too...I forgot who. I think it's from a dream or something."
"Someone told you? Now that's a little shocking..." Dark muttered. "Anyways, you need to keep an eye out at his status via the Tamavice at the 'Status' menu. You cna feed him virtually via the 'Feed' menu, that one is the 'Constellation' menu where you'll be sent to where Tundra's guarding to check the requirements. The rest will be unlocked later when you had more of Kagine's selves unlocked." he added, pointing at the screen.
"Ah, wow, okay, thank you for the tip. And...uhh..what happens if I shake it?" Star asked, before she shook it again, creating beeps before the three toned beeps appeared.
"Uh...that's a bad idea." Dark laughed nervously. "The Modifieds will engage into a battle, which usually means Kagine is FACING an enemy in real life. Like now." he pointed, where the Coatl seemed to be agitated. In front of the Coatl is a small pixel of a flying Animated.
"Looks like a Clutch." Star blurted. But the Coatl seemed to be a little fatigued, due to it's uneven fluttering.
"The Coatl looks tired!" she gasped, before scrolling through the menu. But alas she can't find a healing item.
"Let it auto attack. Choose the instructions at the left." Dark instructed. As told by him, Star pressed few buttons before the Coatl suddenly acted on it's own, storming the Clutch before flying back and keep dodging the Clutch's tackles until the Clutch fell.
"You better apologize to him tomorrow. Poor lad will be bewildered where the heck the Clutch came from." Dark sneered, causing Starburst to sweat.
"Sorry Kagine!" she shouted at the device, before the Coatl just nodded shyly in front of her.
"Well I should go now, since I had sent the message." Dark stood up, patting his bottoms. "Anyways, from now on, you can address me as Junshin." he added, smiling at her.
"New name, huh?" Star lifted an eyebrow.
"I can't keep staying as someone's dark shadow, Starburst." Jun made a sad face. "I need a new life too..." he added, looking on the ground.
"Compared to Tundra, I can trust on you more than him." Starburst pouted, causing Jun to became wide eyed, before giggling.
"Yeesh, it's old story! You can't hate him forever, you even saw he's trying to change for his own good too." he added, closing his mouth to hold himself from laughing.
"Fine fine, people change, people change." Starburst squinted. Suddenly Jun's horns glowed bright.
"Okay, time's up, I REALLY need to go. If you had messages to be told to the Avatars, I'll be happy to lend a hand. Here, give me the device." he asked, before Starburst handed him the device. He later tapped his claw at the screen, before a ringtone played.
"There, I had installed a new function into the device. The 'Messenger' will directly summons me for me to send messages from you to the Avatars." he giggled.
"Okay then, thanks for the help Junshin!" Star bowed, but after she stood up, the fallen was nowhere to be seen.
"I never know this device is not just an odinary device..." Star mumbled, before jumping back to her bed.
The next day...
"Kagine-what happened to you?" One of their classmates asked. Tundra was having his right cheek bruised, left arm bandaged and cracked glasses, causing all of them to look at him bewilderedly.
"I-got attacked by Animateds when I was asleep..." he moaned, rubbing his cheek. Star, who apparently came late, saw the commotion in front of the room.
"...Whoops." she thought. She later went to the toilet instead heading to the class, and checked inside her bags for notes. She later saw a maple leaf inside her bag, which is still soft and silky.
"Weird. I don't remember passing through any maple trees, so how did this leaf got into my bag? Oh well." she mumbled, before pulling out the Tamavice and activated it. The Coatl by now was fluttering feebly, with the notification icon blinking.
"Guess he's getting hungry." she muttered, before feeding the Coatl with three pieces of pixelled meat, five apples and ten sundaes before stopped and went back to her class. Sure enough, Tundra seemed to be bloating in bewilderment.
"I was sure I didn't ate anything...so how come I'm pretty filled up?" He mumbled, before letting out a burp, causing Star to chortle.
"No idea." She snickered. Puzzled by Star's antics, he just shrugged and pulled out his Attack Guide book.
"By the way, I heard the Students Affair counter's been opened so you can go get some money there by doing the tasks given." Star informed. "Depending on your rank, they may even give you a better job to do."
"I see. I'll go check at lunch." Tundra nodded. "I might need some gang to help me doing tasks, for sure."
"Well, if we do it together? Since you're the same class as mine so it'll be helpul though. The Students Affair gives tasks depending on what class we've been registering, so we're more to battling rather than hoarding or treasure hunting." Star pouted.
"Just that? Bummer." Tundra frowned. "I'm no good in battling yet!"
"Oh that's the old rule Star." A classmate beside Star spoke, causing her to jump. "I heard from Prof Edmund now we can even go doing the other classes' tasks like synthesizing items, fetching lost items, and also the lastest tasks I just saw - Dungeon Exploring. That's if you can do five tasks that get S rank when you finish it." he added.
"Really? That's a good start!" Star beamed. "New quests to do!"
"Okay then, agree to meet at lunch!" Tundra yapped, before the two high fived. This caused the classmates to look at them in a weird manner.
"Guess the two made friends that quick." One of them whispered to his other friend.