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[Halloween] Starchaser - The Doll Princess
Ameiko 2020-11-11 03:43
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"Welcome, ladies and gents, to our little show. Today's special, a tragedy... of a family..."

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It was early morning. Returning to land after spending the better half of the year on the high seas puts you in all kinds of mood. The winds and waves had been kind to me, my hard work paid off in the form of a Valor Carrack - the very thing that I promised to get one myself the first day I got here, on this Continent, fresh off the immigrants boat, eyes sparkled with hope. Back then, I hopped from coast to coast, fishing for a living. Now, I am an esteemed trader of the sea, bringing all sorts of cargo back and forth, feeding a whole company with hundreds of workers. But there is a certain... restlessness within me. I might be living paycheck to paycheck in the past, yet the spirit of adventuring was always there - with not a single care to hold me back, I just packed my things and went wherever my wanderlust pointed me to. Once the burden of responsibility hit me, all I could think of was making silver.

 

Tired and burnt out, I put my business behind me, and hid myself away in Olvia, the peaceful little village that I originally intended to build a retirement home, should time ravage me beyond the ability of herbalists to fix. Sitting on the rooftop with Rulupee, we traded travel stories together merrily, until Sady - my favorite fishing rod merchant back on my starter day - called out to me: "Ameiko! You have a letter from Valentine of Florin!"

 

You see, that's the thing with the letter delivery service in the Continent - no matter where you are, they will find you, and they will deliver you... letters. Don't ask me how, it just works. I often wonder if this service is low-key a you-are-being-watched callout from some super secret intelligence agency. At any rate, better I don't know. 

 

"Help us!" - the letter said simply.

 

- "Great, what have they been up to this time..." - I mumble to myself

- "Is everything alright Ameiko?" - Rulupee asked

- "Well, looks like Florin needs my help. Again. I hope this is not an elaborate plot to drag me into some new potion experiment they've been working on to boost sales."

- "Ooohhh, mysterious! Adventure finds you when you need it most! Best be going now, we'll talk later."

- "See you then."

 

The roadside decoration on Cliff's Road, a few minutes away from Florin

- "Oh I see! I think they wanted to ask for your help with decorating for Halloween!" - my darling Adora proclaimed excitedly. Festivities have always been one of her biggest endeavours.

- "Really... But you're probably right. It makes sense. Last time Izella did ask me to help her breathe a new wind to her dwindling inn. Maybe this is the same. Maybe this time Florin knows how to have fun."

- "Oh yes! Yes! Yes! Let's GO already!"

 

"Welcome, visitor."

 

Well I have to say, not bad. Finally some sense of festivity has arrived to this hard-working village

 

Even setting up a stage to entertain visitors? My, my chief Valentine. I want whatever potion you are on. I could use that business sense.

 

What does this do, I wonder? New brewing machine? I hope no workers get booted because of this thing.

 

Ah, Florin, glorious as always, if you know where to look.

 

 

 

 

I want this at my front yard. If I have a front yard that is...

 

The villagers seem to be doing quite well. In fact, I doubt they even need my help at all - this place is already wonderful. 

 

 

- "AH! Thank GOODNESS you are here Ameiko! Come, have a look at my new aide, Little Chuck." - Valentine waved me over enthusiastically

- "My, he's so cute!"

- "Yes! Look at this tiny little beak of his! - he lowered his voice - Help! Those possessed dolls are gonna kill us!"

- "Wait, what?"

- "Oh, oh, and look at his fluffy feathers! - ...They came 2 days ago, turned some of us into them! We fear the worst!"

- "... Yeah, feels like a fluff ball..."

- "I can't wait until the day when he wakes me up in the early morning! - The one leading them is called the Doll Princess. Please, investigate quietly! And chase them away, or find someone who can!"

- "... He'll grow up fast, you won't have to wait long."

- "Yes, yes! That's it! By the way, you must be tired from the trip. Why don't you head over to Izella's? She'll have a room ready for you. After that, you can help us decorate the place!"

 

At this point in our conversation, I considered telling him my expertise now lies on counting silver really fast or knowing which barter route to take, not exorcising possessed dolls out of a village. But the look of pleading in his eyes makes me opt for silence. No matter, I'll think this over in bed.

 

Izella's inn, warm and cozy

 

 

- "Hello Ameiko! It's so good to see you again! Thanks to your help finding new cooking recipes, customers are now returning in flocks."

- "Izella! Good to see you too. Although I think the customers are returning for more than just food. Must be because you're a cutie pie" - I whisper to her ears and wink

- "Aw! You're too kind as always. Ah, but I should not keep you. You room's right at the corner. I'll bring dinner when it's ready."

- "Thank you Izella. See you later."

 

This room looks so cozy I almost forgot I have to ponder about a problem with possessed dolls

 

Sleep finds me as swift as a breeze making its way through beneath the door gap, which is strange - Izella's inn barely ever has a breeze even in the main hall, but my eyelids were fully closed before the thought troubles me further.

 

"Wake up, Starchaser." - a faint whisper called

 

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To be continued below...

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2020-11-11

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
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# 2

 

I almost said "No thanks, I just had dinner earlier"

 

- "What is this? Where am I?

"Still in your bed, and asleep."

- "Is this... a dream?"

"Yes. I am sorry for the trouble you went through. We meant you, and Florin villagers no harm. We just want to talk and clear out any misunderstanding, and I figured a private tea will calm the mood of all those involved."

- "How did you know my title?"

"I overheard chief Valentine mention it. Forgive my manners, I am Catherine. These guys are my adopted brothers and sisters."

- "Brothers and sisters?"

"It would be for the best if I explain from the beginning. May I?"

- "I am listening."

 

And so, Catherine told me their story.

 

Long ago, there was a happy little family. My family. My father and mother ran a small circus with dolls to entertain kids, and they had me. For a time, we had all the happiness in the world. But a wasting disease found our mother. Father swore on her deathbed that he will take care of me, no matter what, and that nothing shall take me from his arms.

 

 

He raised me by himself, and we travelled together with our circus, finding happiness again in the smiling faces of the customers we served. I was the centerpiece of all his plays - his Doll Princess.

 

But since when did peace ever last? Fate was not kind to us, and the same disease found me like it did mother. Father wailed for days. The other guys in the circus, they tried their best to comfort him, to let me go to mother. They thought they succeeded when father stopped crying. Little did they know, father swore an oath - death will not stop him.

 

He dismissed everyone and disappeared. Through means unknown to me, he finally found a way to cheat death - forbidden magic hidden in ancient ruins. Somehow, he found them in his travels, and thus, I returned. But my body had long wasted away, and so he led me to the Doll Princess - the very doll that was my character, now serving as my anchor to the world of the living.

 

Father was afraid I would be lonely in the company of the living. He knew we were... different, even when I was right there with him. So he resolved to find me more brothers and sisters to play with.

 

Of course, he did not take kids from their family. He only took in orphans on the doorway of death, with no cure to save them and no family to care about their plight. Father would work his magic on them, leading them to another doll in our circus, and that was that.

 

There were few of us at first. 

 

By the next winter, our family doubled. It seems this world has no shortage of abandoned kids - we were such burdens, I guess. But he would care for us all - keep us company, make us happy with his stories and plays, all the while trying to make ends meet. Everyone wondered why our circus only had him and no one else, yet could pull off such a play with many characters, but nobody asked too close. If their kids were happy, they were happy.

 

Yet father could only do so much. One evening, after a play, the toll of the years, of work, and of just being near us - those who don't belong in this world, finally visited him and demanded their share of his soul. With him gone, the magic that binds us to these bodies of dolls waver. We could feel every second ticking within. 

 

Do you see those scissors which feature so prominently around here? They are not decorations. Like us, they are not of this world. They are here to sever our connection to fate entirely - father cheated so much, someone has to pay. As always.

 

So, that was why I chose to come here. We passed by Florin some time before, and I've always wanted to return. This place is so beautiful and serene. I packed whatever was left, brought them here so that my brothers and sisters can enjoy their last day in this world, the world that was so cruel to them, and yet, despite all that, we love it anyway. We cherished every moment we had together. Perhaps, it was the people. Their happiness, their sacrifices for those they loved so dear... Yes... this world is not so bad. If only more people would value home and family above all else, we would not need a Heaven to go to after death. We would be... right here, at home.

 

- "I sincerely apologize to the panic that we caused the villagers. We did not mean to. Those that chief Valentine claimed were turned to dolls... They asked me to, so that they could play with us. And it was only a temporary illusion - a necessary trick to have in this profession, not what father had. By morning, they will return to normal, and we will go on to pay for what we've done." - Catherine smiled sadly. "I guess I won't be seeing father and mother ever again."

"Catherine... I... I don't know what to say..."

"There is nothing you can do Ameiko. We've accepted our fate, or lack thereof. Just by listening to our plight, you've helped us a great deal. I am glad that I got this off my chest."

- "Catherine... if there is Heaven, I believe they will not stand idly by. I believe you will see your parents again, and so will your brothers and sisters. You all deserve happiness. If they deny you entry, then it is not a place where I should go when my time is up."

-"I... dare not hope for much..."
"You know, there is still something I can do for you." - I lean in to whisper in her ears

"You will do that? For us?"

- "I promise."

 

She reached out and touched both my hands, shaking.

 

- "Thank you, Ameiko."

 

Back when I was a kid, I could not wait for the morning to come - there was so much to do, so much to explore. This night, for the first time in my life, I wish morning would be as late as possible.

 

But since when the world revolves around our wishes?

 

When sunrise came, I took one last look at my friends. They waved, faces radiant with smiles, as if nothing has happened, and they have no burden in the world. I could not hold back tears. How is this a dream? 

 

 

 

 

- "So, they'll be staying with us, right?" - Adora asked, her voice hopeful to cheer me up

- "Yes.  Our humble abode will be the home for their memory. We will preserve them however we can."

- "There is one other thing... Catherine has a surprise for us both."

- "Oh? What is it?"

- "One moment please! And do not peek!"

 

It was a tiny dress. Sewing tiny clothes was Catherine's favourite hobby. I guess our world is full of pleasant surprises after all.

 

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THE END

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2020-11-11

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
Lv 53
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# 3

Thank you, dear readers, for spending your time with my little story.

 

I've been wanting to do another Starchaser episode but writer's block and real life issue prevented me to, until late where an idea flashed within. The character in this episode - Catherine the Doll Princess, is actually an inspiration I took from Granado Espada character with the same name - Catherine, daughter of Dr. Torsche. She died young but the Dr. created an automated robot to resurrect her with. I always remembered that questline, and the soundtrack of their mansion, so sad, yet so beautiful. 

 

Life has been hard for all of us this year. You can see that I put my own feelings inside my stories - sarcasm, cynical, but hopeful anyway. When life is this bad, what else is there to comfort us but hope for a better future? Hope that stirs us to actions - actions that will build up that better future.

 

Stay safe, and take care of your family.

 

I wish you guys all the best.

2020-11-11

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
Lv 53
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# 4

Grats Emeraldis

2020-11-25

Character Name Veonya
Main Character Shai
Lv 62
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# 5
On: 2020-11-25 10:20, By: Veonya

Grats Emeraldis

10 Hours ago

 

Thank you friend! Honestly I entered this event so late (merely 1 hour before deadline) I didn't even hope someone would notice it, let alone winning the grand prize. This brightens my day!

2020-11-25

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
Lv 53
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# 6
On: 2020-11-25 21:06, By: Ameiko

 

Thank you friend! Honestly I entered this event so late (merely 1 hour before deadline) I didn't even hope someone would notice it, let alone winning the grand prize. This brightens my day!

57 Minutes ago

You work well under pressure.

Well the PA team saw it, that all that matters =)

 

 

 

2020-11-25

Character Name Veonya
Main Character Shai
Lv 62
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# 7
On: 2020-11-25 22:06, By: Veonya

You work well under pressure.

Well the PA team saw it, that all that matters =)

 

 

 

1 Hours ago

 

Indeed. I am much happier to know at least people liked my work. Definitely worth staying up until 4 am and went to work like a zombie haha.

 

Thanks again!

2020-11-26

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
Lv 53
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# 8

My guildies asked and I am curious as hell too!!!!!!!! about this shot

 

 

 

Doll in centre isn't a quest item, right?? Not attainable?

Please enlighten us and let me REST IN Peace for tonight hahaha

 

thanks Emeraldis

2020-11-26

Character Name Veonya
Main Character Shai
Lv 62
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# 9
On: 2020-11-26 00:48, By: Veonya

My guildies asked and I am curious as hell too!!!!!!!! about this shot

 

 

 

Doll in centre isn't a quest item, right?? Not attainable?

Please enlighten us and let me REST IN Peace for tonight hahaha

 

thanks Emeraldis

9 Minutes ago

 

Yeah, this little baby is not a quest item, but obtainable though - she's among the Halloween Doll Workshop Prop Set (which was on sale previously) alongside the other dolls.

2020-11-26

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
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# 10

Thank you!

 

Will inform her.

Now I can sleep finally hehehe

2020-11-26

Character Name Veonya
Main Character Shai
Lv 62
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# 11

Sleep well! 

 

If you guys want a closer look, you can come visit my house at Grana 10 - Emeraldis. The other dolls in my shots are included in the previously mentioned prop set (except the baby on the bedside table which belongs to the Sewing Prop Set). They're on the attic. Come have a look later and tell me what you think! XD

2020-11-26

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
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# 12

Told my guildies the info and your invitation as well, will do!

 

I missed the other 02 posts of yours earlier, was away from the game. All great work!

May I, with your permission repost this forums posts on Reddit Bdoor has it been done?

Its nice work IMO and may others enjoy Catherine as I have. 

 

Thank you.

 

Toffee of Florin 

2020-11-26

Character Name Veonya
Main Character Shai
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# 13

By all means! I appreciate it. Just please include my fam name, that's all. Thank you very much! (Although I think BDO SEA Reddit is kinda dead. Maybe BDO International Reddit will fare better). And do please send me the link to your post after. XD

 

Later when I have the time maybe I'll take some pics of my house and post them in this forum.

2020-11-26

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
Lv 53
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2020-11-26

Character Name Veonya
Main Character Shai
Lv 62
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# 15

Thanks! You're the best!

2020-11-27

Character Name Ameiko
Main Character Lahn
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# 16

Gratz again guildie!

 

 

2020-11-28

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Main Character Dark Knight
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# 17

>,,<

2021-05-04

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