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[ The feed clicks on with the Hitomi apparently propped up on a table or the like, catching a clear view of a white-haired older teen who seems to be peering at the recording for a second, making sure it's lined up properly. He sits back after the confirmation, smiling pleasantly in a way that makes the scar over the left side of his face twist a little. A trim military jacket with a high collar, black with red trim and a gold chain stands in high contrast against his somewhat pale appearance and the silver cross badge over his heart.

Those familiar might recognize the background as his and Howard Link's modest-yet-cramped room (sneaking a moment to himself while you're off somewhere, Link. Should he be grateful cooking takes a little longer here in the morning than in Jerry's kitchen?).

There is also a wobbly little golden ball with wings on his shoulder that seems to peer with jealousy great interest at the Hitomi. Does it act alive? Yes, yes it does. In fact for a second you could swear it grows a toothy mouth and flashes a quick grin. ]

Good morning, everyone. If we haven't met - hello, I'm Allen Walker.

[ And he continues pleasantly enough, but with a more sober cast to his eyes, chin dropping a little to look more directly into the Hitomi as he leans forward. ]

I know a lot of us have been talking about getting more organized, whether it's for protection or making a town of our own... I understand why a lot of people have misgivings, but I think regardless of what we do, it's a good point in general. We need to work together more and support ourselves here besides just scattering and doing our own thing.

[ Especially if they are being treated like ticking timebombs or wild animals. ]

I think something several of us have discussed is getting better at getting information to people when they first arrive. It's not easy for most of us, showing up in a forest and expected to find the inn in Hisato or some other roof over our heads... or even find a job. [ Thinking of you, Misa. Please tell him you've been looking at least and not hoping he'll pay for a place for you any longer. ] Not everyone is going to just ask on the Hitomi, and even then there's wrongful information out there. 

And, for those of you we missed... [ A pause, and he really does look chastened. Probably several people he's thinking of in particular he let down. ] I'm sorry. That's why I'd like to see something like this happen. People have come to this world injured, sick, confused, and often not knowing how to use the Hitomi. Children have arrived by themselves as well. We all know how dangerous it can be on the road from creatures, but it's more unfriendly to newcomers now than ever. Maybe they're capable of fighting, maybe they're not. I don't like just leaving that to chance.

[ There are also those he's wary of where he'd rather be aware of their existence right away. ]

So... the inn is looking for help. It doesn't pay much, certainly not enough positions for as many people as should be doing this I think, certainly not what they had in mind even I think. But if we could form a network of people to, ah... guide newcomers from Himorogi in a manner of speaking, get them to Hisato or comrades they might know, we might be able to help a lot of people and reduce a lot of the confusion. 

[ Brightening a little, because finding a way to possibly make things work when they've been frustrating him is... Well, it's not a common feeling for someone so used to being denied and stymied a lot. ] We could check in at Himorogi periodically and otherwise keep an eye out on the network and let the others know. It only has to be one or two people at a time, so even if it's just volunteer work it should be doable for anyone, and it could help reduce how many of us try to explain everything at once. Anyone knowledgeable with this world or who have been here longer - probably with someone able to protect them from any attacks if it's needed. 

[ There is also the worry - what of when enemies and those dangerous show. Especially before the reality of this world sinks in, of death and its lack of a hold... There's more than one reason to make sure anyone encountering new arrivals has someone or is someone able to defend themselves.

That creature, the one that reminded him of the Noah... perhaps yes, there is a reason so many soldiers are brought here. But it doesn't have to be for war. They can do good with it, too. There is protection. ]

So- [ And there is the moment of slight hesitation, of seriously proposing something himself in a moment not in battle, but he smiles in a clear, forthright kind of manner. Easy, not quite confident, but that sharper kind of this is right assurance. ] I'm going to keep trying to do this. Regardless of what else we decide, is there anyone else with me?

It's not much, but even if we can make sure that at least one of us that knows the lay of the land a little better can be there to explain things better, can help get those that need it any medical attention and safety if they need it... It could still be a lot.

[ As soon as he clicks the feed off, the smile still lingering for a moment... he suddenly sags back in his chair, the smile dropping with some exhaustion and a bracing sigh. Ahhh... he was sure to catch it from some people for what he'd just said, what it meant, but...

But it was important anyway. It was needed. That's what matters. ]

[ooc: that morning, before he realizes Lavi has disappeared. Housemates feel free to suddenly make his morning miserable by pointing this out if they already noticed.]


Jan. 14th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
[Once again, Rin finds herself wholeheartedly agreeing with Allen. She's been thinking this for a long time now, so it's just as well that people start openly discussing it.]

You bring up very good points, Allen. I'm completely with you. It's about time we really organize ourselves in some way -- I think that's what should come before any other measures, in fact.

I'd be willing to take over the greeting new people thing. I have been here for a while, after all -- though not as long as some others. [Kakashi and Iruka come to mind.]
Jan. 14th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)

[ Now you're the one to get an audible sparkle. He had you in mind when mulling this over, after your last message about collecting notes on creatures in Kannagara. ]

That's great!  [ Take over? He'd gladly let you; he likes keeping his hands busy and doing this sort of thing, but... beyond that? Not quite his forte unless no one else will or can. He's a great footsoldier and Opinionated Person, not the kind to really organize... at least not yet. ] I think you'd be good at it.

That's what I was thinking, too. Whatever direction we decide to go in... new people can arrive at any time, so it seems important we at least be organized enough to take care of them and get them situated.

Edited at 2011-01-14 10:33 pm (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
[Oh, Allen, how you sparkle so nicely. Rin appreciates it, basks in it. Because she's going to take what praise she can get, yep.]

Ah, thanks!

Mh, for that, and also for other stuff -- for bettering our lives in the long run. I think efforts like that whole slave trading business could also potentially get much more effective like that.

Edited at 2011-01-14 11:13 pm (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
[ ...Oh dear. This could be a potentially dangerous vicious cycle, then.

He pauses for a moment though---the slave trade. ] 

Effective? What do you mean?
Jan. 15th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I mean it would be less likely to be just... small, single groups of people running off and doing things on their own.
Jan. 15th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)

[ ...A bit of a sheepish pause. He was one of those running off and doing his own thing, after all---mostly. There had been others. ] 

That's true. It could be a start at least. I think a lot of people don't ever really... think about what it means to be here with people not from their world. Maybe we could all start working together more about things like that.
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I definitely think so.

Then we might also help keep each other safe. From harm and from scorn both.

[The larger a person's social network, the more likely it is that there is someone who'll tell them if something is a bad idea, after all.]
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
[voice] 1/2
[ A nod. ... Before he realizes oops, right, she can't see it. Anyway. ] 

Maybe that's a better way to start. I understand if people are against organizing a military, but most people agree we should watch each other's backs and try to support each other, right?
Jan. 15th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
[voice] 2/2
At least... most of us. There are enemies, of course, but... that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to help everyone at first at least.
Jan. 16th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC)

And yeah, I myself am not too hot on building something we define as "military". We don't need to go about inviting violence -- any more than we already do by our mere presence.
Jan. 17th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)

[ There's hesitation there, because ... It's not that he doesn't agree with her concern, but...

Well, Rin. He is a weapon meant for the battlefield; literally. If there was a need for organizing fighters, then shouldn't they? Simply existing as such wasn't an invitation like that, was it? ] 

I know what you mean, but I worry after that invasion took us by surprise... A lot of people died. Maybe we could have saved more if we had been more organized. They might have feared us less, then.
Jan. 21st, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
[Here, have a Marco butting in. Because if there's one thing that's always on Marco's mind, it's PR . . . or in his case back home, the specific lack of PR.]

Then get someone who is good with words.

[As in, Marco is not interested in that mess. He rather make people laugh then yell at him for being in a world they never wanted to be in the first place.]

Just showing up harmless but organized is not going to help. Get a representative. Minorities are going to be prosecuted whether or not they done anything.
Jan. 21st, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
[voice] also keywords
Any suggestions?

[ Here, have a kneejerk response. Even if it's not really disagreeing, but---he's getting a little sick of quibbling over things and not doing them. ]

We have to start somewhere, even if it is just trying to look out for each other more.
Jan. 29th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: [voice]
[She's gotta admit he has a point.]

Well... yeah. Things might at least not have escalated that far, then.

But isn't that different? Fighting against supernatural demons is different than a military, because a military generally fights against other humans, don't you think?


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